Depayin, 13 Years Later: ‘To Kill and Mutilate Was Their Purpose’ By

A survivor of the Depayin Massacre in 2003 describes how regime-linked thugs attacked a convoy in rural Sagaing Division that included Aung San Suu Kyi.

‘Twilight Over Burma’ Tells Tragic Tale of Austrian Shan Princess By

Movie about Inge Sargent, an Austrian who became a Shan princess, is screened in Thailand, shedding light on human rights abuses past and present. 


Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s state counselor and foreign minister, will visit Thailand next month, following last week’s visit to Thailand by the Burma Army chief.


Fighting between a Karen ethnic armed group and the Burma Army ended in 2012. Now a once desolate conflict zone is set for a comeback.


Last year’s floods and other extreme weather events have prompted many farmers in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta to leave some of their land fallow.

This Week in Parliament (May 23-27) By

The Irrawaddy keeps you up to date on the week that was in the national legislature.

Rangoon to Remove Unpopular Concrete Traffic Blocks By

Concrete traffic blocks—blamed for worsening congestion and causing accidents—are to be removed across Burma’s largest city, reversing a policy of Rangoon’s previous mayor.

Arakan State Govt’s Attempt to Help IDPs Gets Critical Reception By

Despite pledges from the Arakan State government to allocate more money toward the state’s IDPs, some see it as coming up short.

Betel Nut Sales to Be Curbed By

Burma’s new government will launch a campaign aimed at reducing betel nut consumption, starting with a sales ban around hospitals, schools and government buildings.


A Shan State MP sought to submit a proposal to Parliament that would help displaced children receive an education, but her efforts were denied.

Debate Over Burma’s Household Guest Registration Law Intensifies By

A bill to amend Burma’s colonial-era law requiring citizens to inform local officials when guests spend the night in their homes is up for debate.


In its 100-day plan, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population will make it easier for political exiles to return to Burma.

Rangoon Govt to Shake Up Manufacturing, Electricity Sectors By

Rangoon’s divisional government will confiscate unused land in the city’s industrial zones and revoke permits from private electricity providers in breach of their contracts.


A resident of a village in Pauktaw Township was allegedly beaten by local police after a dispute with his wife, and extorted for 100,000 kyats.


Mandalay’s chief minister says the city will appoint an ombudsman to monitor local courts, highlighting one of the regional government’s planned reforms.


Maung Aye left his poor village for Hpakant, where he risks his life each day to find the one jade stone that will lift him out of poverty.


The Rangoon divisional government plans to relocate the city’s estimated 400,000 squatters and provide them with temporary housing.


The Burma Army’s refusal to halt its offensive campaigns has fueled skepticism and undermined the trust required for peace with ethnic armed groups.


Former president Thein Sein blames the USDP’s election losses on party members, and aims to launch a comeback in Burma’s 2020 election.


Burma’s government intends to form a donor coordination body to scrutinize the country’s foreign aid so that it flows to where it is needed most.
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