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Japan Promises Full Backing of Development Efforts in Burma

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says at a press conference that Japan pledges full-tilt support for development and peace efforts in Burma.

Laws Restricting Media to Be Amended: Minister

Burma’s new information minister unveils plans to liberalize media laws and encourage government transparency at an event commemorating World Press Freedom Day.

A Note From the Newsroom on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, we laud great progress but note that true freedom of the press has yet to be achieved in Burma.

Nationalist Provocateur Faces Defamation Suit Over Potshots at Powerful Trio

Nationalist instigator Nay Myo Wai faces a lawsuit after allegedly attacking Aung San Suu Kyi, President Htin Kyaw and Burma’s commander-in-chief on Facebook.

Fire at Arakan State IDP Camp Leaves Hundreds Homeless

A fire near Arakan State’s Sittwe Township leaves hundreds of Rohingya Muslims homeless after sweeping through parts of the Baw Du Ba IDP camp.

Military Chief Warns of Division Amid Army-Shwe Mann Row

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing attacks those who “may destroy the unity and weaken the strength of the army” in a wide-ranging speech to military officers.

Fresh Clashes Erupt Between Ethnic Factions in Shan State

As the Restoration Council of Shan State expands its numbers, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army launches attacks, attempting to maintain control of its territory.

A Tale of Two Mega-Dams: Burma and Borneo

A nixed dam in Malaysian Borneo could provide useful parallels for opponents of the controversial Myitsone dam in Burma’s Kachin State.

Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week (May 3)

The Irrawaddy picks 10 interesting events happening in Rangoon this week, ranging from music festivals to art and photo exhibitions.

Massacre Survivors Give Indonesian Govt List of Mass Graves

Survivors of Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in 1965 have submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government.

Japan to Support Mekong Countries With $7b Over Three Years

Japan will help countries in the lower Mekong River basin improve infrastructure and bolster development with US$7 billion in aid over three years.

‘Drug-Addicted People Should Not Be Treated as Criminals’

Dr. Nang Pann Ei Kham heads a network of civil society groups and researchers who advocate reforming Burma’s ineffective drug control laws.

Thousands protest in Arakan State to demand a cessation of hostilities after a recent escalation of violence leaves more than 1,000 displaced and homeless.

Leading women from minority and civil society groups advocate more female participation in Burma’s peace process and federalism during trainings in Switzerland and Norway.

El Nino winds strike Mandalay Division again, damaging homes, causing blackouts, and injuring residents.

Proposed By-Election Changes Aim to Limit Polls’ Frequency

Parliament looks to reduce the frequency with which by-elections are held by banning them in the first and fifth year of parliamentary terms.

Three members of the National League for Democracy meet United Wa State Army leaders as the new government begins delving into Burma’s fractious peace process.

KNU, RCSS Meet to Ready for ‘Second Panglong’ Summit

Members of the two largest signatories to the nationwide ceasefire meet to discuss strategy ahead of the “Panglong-style” summit proposed by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Minister Warns Engineers Will Be Jailed for Poor Roads

Win Khaing says engineers will be jailed if the roads they construct don’t last at least five years, the length of his government’s term.


Executive Director Burma/Myanmar Foundation Open Society Foundations April 2016   The Open Society Foundations (OSF) is opening a national foundation in Burma/Myanmar and is recruiting for an Executive Director. OSF has operated a Burma country program for over two decades, with an in-country office in Yangon for five years. This program will transition to become […]

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