Conditions are dire for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Burma, who after fleeing armed conflict are now being pressured to return to their villages in Kachin State’s Mansi Township.
The Burmese government has said that Médecins Sans Frontières will not be allowed to extend its contract for operations in the country as a punitive measure for misinforming the international community over incidents in Duchira Dan last month.
Ninety-nine percent of the recommendations submitted to a parliamentary review committee support Constitutional reform, the committee revealed, as their long-awaited report was presented to Burma’s Parliament.
Burma’s President Thein Sein offered the opening remarks at the 2nd Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum on Monday, pledging to prioritise seven development programmes during the remainder of his term.
The head of Burma’s Department of Population says that each person in the country shall be given the opportunity to refer to themselves by whatever ethnicity they choose in the upcoming national census, including the Rohingyas/ Bengalis.
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has denied allegations by the Taileng (Red Shan) Nationalities Development Party (TNDP) that dozens of ethnic Red Shan villagers were abducted by KIA troops in northern Burma’s Kachin state.
Six workers from Tawwin Wood Finished Products Factory who staged a protest demanding salary increases and labour rights in October 2012 were convicted by Sanchaung township court in Rangoon on Friday and ordered to either pay fines or serve one month in prison with labour.
Burma’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said it sent letters on Monday to the President, the parliament and the military commander-in-chief, requesting a quadripartite meeting.
Six activists who participated in a protest in Rangoon last year against the Latpadaung copper mine project were each sentenced to one month in prison with labour on Thursday by Kyimyindaing township court.
Up to 3,000 refugees from a displacement camp in Kachin state’s Mansi township have been forced to flee once again when clashes broke out nearby between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army.
While the Burmese government released 69 political prisoners on Friday, a Myitkyina court on the same day sentenced four Kachin IDPs to terms of two years in prison for being in contact with the outlawed Kachin Independence Army.
Hundreds of Buddhist monks and civilians staged a demonstration in Rangoon on Tuesday to protest a visit to Burma by representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation scheduled for the following day.
Burma’s parliament is planning to review government spending on the deployment of army battalions to provide security for state-owned mining projects across the country, which is estimated to cost millions of kyat each year.