Lower House Votes to Dismiss MNHRC Members By

Parliament’s Lower House approves an emergency proposal calling for the dismissal of three Myanmar National Human Rights Commission members.

New MCDC Members Elected Amid Election Controversy By

Six new committee members are elected to the Mandalay City Development Committee amid calls that the election was not run fairly.


Despite international pressure over human trafficking in the seafood trade, Thailand is failing to reform the fish processing industry and compensate victims of slavery


As clashes between a DKBA splinter group and the BGF subside, The Irrawaddy’s Lawi Weng writes of time spent amidst conflict in Karen State.


Burma’s State Counselor Office announces Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s health is stable but “she needs to take some rest for a while.”

This Week in Parliament (September 19-23) By

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


The Burma Army continues a weeklong offensive against the Kachin Independence Army in Waingmaw Township, a KIA spokesperson says.

One More Suspect Arrested in Tailor Shop Abuse Case By

Police detain another member of a family accused of the trafficking and abuse of two underage domestic workers at a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop.


Rangoon’s municipal body has said that Sule Square project developers must pay fines of more than 2 billion kyats for breaching building regulations.


The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy urges the government to ensure accountability and responsibility regarding the large hydropower dam projects on the Salween River.


A Lower House MP proposes action be taken against members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission for their insufficient handling of a high-profile abuse case against two underage domestic workers.

Mandalay Election Criticized for Unrestricted Campaign Spending By

Mandalay municipal elections come under fire as candidates are allowed unrestricted campaign spending.


Fighting has forced nearly 4,000 civilians, including many children and women, to flee their homes.

Suu Kyi Speaks at UN General Assembly By

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi calls for international understanding as Burma grapples with sectarian tensions.


The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission stands by actions that led families of victims to accept a cash settlement for years of abuse, rather than push for legal action.

‘Illegal’ Mosques to be Demolished in Arakan State By

Arakan State’s security and border affairs minister orders the demolition of ‘illegally constructed’ mosques, schools, houses and other buildings in Maungdaw Township.


Burma Army officers tell displaced ethnic Karen staying in a monastery to return to their villages as daily fighting continues in the Mae Tha Waw area.

Lawmaker Calls For Action Against Illegal Logging in Kachin State By

A lawmaker from Kachin State urged the Upper House to look into illegal logging carried out by local militia groups in Kachin State on the Sino-Burma border.

Lower House Approves Bill to Protect Against State Surveillance By

Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approves a bill to protect citizens from state surveillance and intrusion while military lawmakers resist some clauses.

Navy Chief Joins International Seapower Symposium in US By

Navy Chief Gen Tin Aung San attends an international naval meeting in Rhode Island, becoming the country’s first high-ranking military official to go to the US since sanctions were lifted against Burma last week

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