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Activists, Locals Reject Letpadaung Inquiry

Activists and victims of a crackdown on a protest against a copper mine reject a parliamentary inquiry into the incident. They say protests will continue. Read More


Army Prevents Kachin Peace Marchers from Reaching Laiza

The activists have refused food offered to them by the military, which has said the way ahead is too perilous for the group to continue. Read More


Government Tries to Seduce Karen Rebels with Investment

Land disputes and a history of false promises mean ethnic Karen leaders are questioning the government’s sincerity when it talks of a “permanent peace.” Read More


New Frontline Discussed in Kachin Peace Talks

At talks in the Chinese border town of Ruili, negotiators for the Burmese government and Kachin rebels discuss the need to demarcate their respective territories. Read More


Burma Police Used Phosphorus at Mine Protest, Official Report Confirms

The findings are likely to disappoint opponents of the project, who said burns were caused by incendiary devices and ‘fire balls’. Read More


Burma is Open for Business, Says Minister

Business leaders promise “open doors” for investment in Burma at a Vietnam meeting, but no one mentions human rights. Read More


How Can Burma Begin to Heal the Scars of ‘88?

It’s been 25 years since the crackdown on the ’88 uprising began. Burma’s opposition and activists should now decide how to address these past crimes. Read More


Police Break Up Opposition Demonstrations in Bangladesh

Security forces in the Bangladesh capital fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Monday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing anti-government protesters. Read More


NKorea Slams UN ‘Plot’ to Investigate its Human Rights Record

North Korea condemned a threatened UN investigation into its alleged human rights abuses on Monday and denounced a UN report as ‘faked material’. Read More


Two Years On, Slow Tsunami Cleanup Progress Prompts Concerns

More than 300,000 people remain displaced and virtually no rebuilding has begun along the battered northeastern Japanese coast. Read More


Thein Sein to Visit New Zealand, Australia

Burma’s President Thein Sein will visit New Zealand and Australia this week, the president’s office and the New Zealand government said. The visit is scheduled to begin on Thursday and conclude on Sunday. The president and his delegation will receive a formal state welcome at the Government House in Auckland on Thursday followed by a [...] Read More


Former Top US Diplomat Seeks Business Deal in Burma

Kurt Campbell, a former top US diplomat who until recently dealt with Burma, has started a consulting firm that joined a bid for a huge contract to overhaul Rangoon International Airport, Foreign Policy magazine reports. Campbell, the former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, started a firm called the Asia [...] Read More


Thein Sein to Step Down as USDP Chair: Report

Burma’s President Thein Sein is due to step down as chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and hand over the post to current vice-chairman and Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann, The Myanmar Times reports. “The president will hand over the chairmanship of the party to U Shwe Mann,” Aung Ko, a [...] Read More


N Korea’s Kim Visits Front-line Troops Amid Tension

North Korea’s young leader urged front-line troops to be on “maximum alert” for a potential war as a state-run newspaper said Pyongyang had carried out a threat to cancel the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Kim Jong Un told artillery troops stationed near disputed waters that have seen several bloody clashes in past [...] Read More


136 Rohingya Rescued in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 boat refugees who are believed to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing inter-communal violence in western Burma, the Manila Times reports. It is the eleventh time this year that Malaysian authorities have picked up a boat with Rohingya refugees, Tan Kok Kwee of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said, adding [...] Read More


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