Prominent Burmese activist Su Su Nway on Tuesday narrowly escaped violent arrest by a pro-junta mob that broke up the demonstration she was attending at Hledan Market in Rangoon’s Kamaryut Township, the activist told The Irrawaddy by phone just hours after the attack.
After nearly two decades, during which many of its members were imprisoned or driven out of Burma, the influential All Burma Federation of Student Unions has resumed its struggle against the country’s military government, according to members of the group.
While much of Burma reels under a sharp rise in fuel prices, an announcement on Monday that the country’s ruling junta will increase exports of natural gas and bio-diesel has left some Burmese analysts perplexed.
The body of the commander of the 18th Battalion of the Karen National Liberation Army was found with a bullet wound to the head in the Haungthayaw River in Kawkareik Township of Karen State on August 20.
A United Nations official warned that fuel price hikes in Burma could worsen the dire economic situation for many people in the military-ruled country, as dozens of pro-democracy activists resumed defiant protests against the increase.
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has sued government anti-corruption officials, claiming they falsely accused him of illegally increasing the amount of a state loan to Burma for personal gain.
Islamic separatist insurgents in southern Thailand have undermined any claims of legitimacy with their widespread deadly attacks on civilians, a respected human rights group charged in a report issued on Tuesday.
Southeast Asian countries and China will hold a high-profile seminar before the end of the year to lure private investments for a US $2 billion railway project linking Singapore to southern China to facilitate the flow of goods and people across the region, officials said Monday.