The wife of a local journalist said that he has been detained by the Burma Army while reporting in Mon State on the  recent fighting between government forces and Karen rebels. She alleged that he has been custody of the army for several weeks and called for his immediate release. (more…)

Activists met with Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday to submit research on negative impacts of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a currently stalled mega industrial and transport project jointly developed by the governments of Burma and Thailand. (more…)

An unregistered minority-focused newspaper was ordered to shut down in northwestern Burma’s Chin State last week, the second such forced closure within a month. (more…)

Sebastien Hie, Regional sales director, Orange (more…)

Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn
Independent Yangon Region Hluttaw MP (more…)

The general election due to be held late next year is widely considered to be an important milestone in the transition towards democracy, but there have been some worrying portents. (more…)

As the UN Special Rapporteur prepares her report on Myanmar for the UN General Assembly at the end of October, a clear message is conveyed that the country may be “backtracking” including a “shrinking of democratic space, ” worries over press freedom, ongoing concerns about prisoners of conscience, a paucity of women’s voices, and fears over communal tensions. (more…)

Thailand has agreed to allow British police to join an investigation into the murder of two backpackers on a Thai island, after local authorities came under criticism for their handling of the case. (more…)

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions – known as Ba Ka Tha – and the University Students Union have announced plans for more protests against the newly enacted national education law. (more…)

Seventeen-year-old Ma Win was exhausted, to put it mildly. During the rainy season this year, the young woman fell sick with chills, body aches, joint pain and dizziness—not once, but twice, within two months. “I couldn’t walk,” she said in July, just days after recovering. (more…)

The Myanmar Tourism Federation will establish a privately-owned Tourism Bank Public Company Ltd to provide financial support to small and medium enterprises related to the travel and tour industry, the federation’s secretary general U Kyi Thein Ko told Mizzima in a telephone interview October 19. (more…)

Not enough Myanmar companies are benefiting from foreign investment in the oil and gas sector, says Parami Energy group chairman and chief executive officer U Ken Tun. (more…)

Japan is to carry out several studies on how the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Burma can be revived, after the massive Thai-Burmese project stalled last year, government sources said on Monday. (more…)

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Burma has exceeded the government’s original target just six months into the fiscal year, according to Aung Naing Oo, director-general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration and secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. (more…)

Confusion has emerged over the ownership structure of popular free-to-air channel MRTV-4. The network’s private investors have failed to clarify comments from a senior Ministry of Information official who insisted it has been wholly private since its establishment in 2006. (more…)

Cramped courts hidden down back alleys with half-trained staff – that was the picture of the nation’s judiciary that emerged from a frank exchange of views in Nay Pyi Taw recently. (more…)

Civil society representatives met last week in Yangon to discuss a range of issues central to the transition to democracy, and to the country’s future. These included legal reform, human rights, the voluntary NGO registration law, media law and the national education bill. A common theme in the discussion was the government’s failure to listen to the public’s views when considering laws meant to advance the transition. (more…)

Human rights activists in Myanmar have criticized President U Thein Sein’s request to block submission of a human rights report by the European Union to the United Nations General Assembly during his participation in the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy. (more…)

Three Karen women’s rights groups have urged various Karen rebel groups to overcome their differences and unify militarily and politically in order to better represent the interests of the Karen people in southeastern Burma. (more…)

A landmine exploded outside a school in Kachin State on Saturday, injuring three people including two young students. No casualties have been reported. (more…)

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