This Week in Parliament (August 22-26) By

The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.

ANP Objects to Issuing of ‘Pink Card’ to Muslim Woman By

Arakan National Party lawmakers say the issuance of full citizenship to a Buthidaung Township woman was carried out against existing regulations.


National reconciliation requires recognizing the diverse, autonomous pasts of ethnic minority groups, which the current official history does not allow for.


A Sittwe court denies a bail request from prominent activist Khine Myo Htun, who was arrested last month and faces charges after accusing the Burma Army of committing war crimes.


The Asian Highway project is leading to increased militarization and the risk of armed conflict, say three ethnic Karen organizations.

Mon Groups Pledge to Block Coal Power Plant By

Attendees at the Mon National Conference promise to stand against the use of a coal power plant by a cement company in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw Township.


A longtime haven for Burma’s political dissidents, Thailand’s Mae Sot continues to host large numbers of Burmese migrant workers, visitors and merchants.


The Arakan National Party calls on the govt to cancel the new Arakan State Advisory Commission due to the presence of three high-profile international members.

UNFC: We Will Join the Union Peace Conference By

After an emergency meeting in Thailand, the United Nationalities Federal Council confirms that they will attend the 21st Century Panglong event.

Bagan After the Quake: Concerns Over Manhandling of Debris By

Unesco surveys damage to 187 historic temples in Bagan, amid concerns that premature efforts to clear debris may disturb artifacts and hamper restoration.


Burma’s main opposition party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, pins its hopes on new leader Than Htay securing Burma’s top job in the 2020 election. 

Meet the New Leaders of the Opposition By

A USDP reshuffle has seen younger faces emerge at the top of Burma’s biggest opposition party, but the link with the military appears to remain strong.


A Chinese envoy meets two ethnic armed groups based along the border, encouraging them to participate in the ‘21st Century Panglong’ peace conference

Parliament Amends Union Budget Law By

Burma’s legislature passes a bill cutting 470 billion kyats from the Union budget.

Lower House Approves Annulment of Emergency Provisions Act By

The bill, which proposes the abolishment of the controversial 66-year-old law, was drafted and submitted to the Parliament by the Lower House Bill Committee.


Roland Kobia, the European Union’s ambassador to Burma, speaks to journalists in Mandalay about the upcoming Union Peace Conference.


For the second time this year, National League for Democracy spokesperson U Win Htein lashes out at a reporter, calling him sauk yū [“deranged”].


The death toll from the outbreak has risen to 68, according to a regional lawmaker.


Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is to chair a new advisory commission for the resolution of ‘complex and delicate issues’ in Arakan State.

UN Chief to Attend Union Peace Conference By

Officials in Burma say United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the ‘21st Century Panglong’ peace conference next week.
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