Days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi led her lawmakers into parliament as Burma’s government-in-waiting, Ei Than watched bulldozers sent by the military destroy her house in a slum on the outskirts of Rangoon.
Nomadic fishermen on Thursday urged the Thai government to help resolve a dispute over access to ancestral shrines on land taken over by developers, following violence in which dozens were injured last month.
Burma’s national rights watchdog noted this week the destruction of over squatter’s 500 homes in the Mingalardon Pyin Ma Pin Industrial Zone and Yuzana Garden City areas of Rangoon, which left close to 1000 homeless.
Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from ethnic minorities and the army-backed party as parliamentary speakers in a chamber dominated by her allies.
Burma’s second parliament began on Monday with a session of the lower house in Naypyidaw, where the orange tunics of the National League for Democracy (NLD) provided bright reflection of the party’s thundering 2015 election win.