Many forms of violence against women continue in Burma’s homes and public spaces, despite increased awareness and availability of support. Preliminary research by a leading women’s rights network, published on Monday, revealed some of the less conspicuous but equally traumatic brands of abuse that continue unabated. (more…)

Leaders of Myanmar’s ethnic minority groups have said that the country’s reform process should proceed with four-party talks involving President Thein Sein, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Parliament speaker Thura Shwe Mann and Defence Services Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing  before opening a more inclusive dialogue involving political factions and ethnic armed groups. (more…)

Holders of temporary identification documents – better known as white cards – are likely to be barred from voting in a national referendum on constitutional change proposed for May 2015. (more…)

Burmese civil society groups on Sunday urged ethnic peace negotiators to implement transitional justice as the country inches closer to a nationwide ceasefire agreement. (more…)

Thailand’s largest cement producer has begun work on its first factory in Myanmar, aiming to open doors on the facility as soon as the second quarter 2016. (more…)

Starting a business in Myanmar is harder than anywhere else in the world, according to some metrics. A new startup guide released last week could help fledgling companies take off, or at least identify problems keeping them grounded. (more…)

Telenor and Yoma Bank are teaming up in mobile banking, aiming to provide basic financial services for millions of unbanked people in the country. (more…)

First Myanmar Investment Company (FMI) has announced plans for expansion in four sectors of Burma’s economy before the end of the current fiscal year, on the back of the conglomerate’s highest ever profit results. (more…)

Student activism is back. Marching through the streets, chanting slogans and holding blood-red student union flags and banners reading “Education not for sale”, “Fight for democratic education” and “Say no to National Education Law”, Myanmar’s more activist-minded students have once again made headlines around the world. (more…)

A plan to establish marine protected areas in Myeik Archipelago in southernmost Myanmar was backed by officials from several ministries at a workshop in Tanintharyi Region last week. (more…)

Japan pledged to take part in Dawei Special Economic Zone project and the Italian-Thai company plans to operate smaller projects, according to Aye Myint, chairperson of the special working committee for Dawei SEZ. (more…)

Eighty-two Rohingya from the 600 refugees who were rescued on November 17 while being trafficked to Malaysia, were bought before the Chittagong Chief Magistrate’s court for illegal entry into Bangladesh on November 19, said Kazi Shahabuddin, the Officer-in-Charge of Patenga Police Station, reports Kaladan Press November 21. (more…)

Muslims and Buddhists in Indonesia have joined hands to help resolve the conflict over the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and plan to send a team to Rakhine State to talk with Buddhist monks, according to the Jakarta Post. (more…)

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya minority “access to full citizenship on an equal basis” and to scrap its controversial identity plan. (more…)

Following a debate on human rights in Myanmar in the British Parliament November 19, Burma Campaign UK accuses the British government of being in denial about the reality of the reform process in Myanmar. (more…)

The chaotic traffic in Yangon appears to worsen every day while attempts to solve the problem remain stuck, placing commuters’ lives and livelihoods in increasingly greater jeopardy. (more…)

Myanmar’s nascent IT sector is quietly gaining traction – and attention – as internet access and connectivity improve across the country. Yet some see this growth coming at a price: that of personal freedom, as a result of the companies that sell software and those that hold users’ data. One such critic is Richard Stallman, 61. (more…)

A week ago as Aung San Suu Kyi and US President Barack Obama were meeting in Yangon, a piece of largely unreported news slipped out of the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. (more…)

In the silences as well as the speeches made during President Obama’s recent visit to Myanmar, attentive observers could glimpse a dramatic illustration of the tension between morality and amoral realism in the execution of US foreign policy. (more…)

The Myanmar government’s educational advisory group recognizes the call by protesting students to decentralize control over universities but claims there are limits to how independent they could be. (more…)

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