The 20 were each sentenced to five years in connection with a ship carrying 208 migrants that was intercepted by the Burmese navy last month.
On 2 May 2008, Cyclone Nargis swept through southern Burma, killing 140,000 people. Seven years after the worst natural disaster in Burma’s history, DVB Debate asks: ‘How would Burma manage another natural disaster?’
Millions of Burmese households remain in the dark, with only one third having access to regular electricity. More dams will mean more electricity, but where will it flow?
Thousands of visitors from Rangoon and the Irrawaddy region head to Yankinthar beach to escape the summer heat – and it’s bringing unexpected job opportunities for the local farmers.
Hundreds of activists set off from Rangoon by foot on a march to Myitsone, the source of the Irrawaddy River, to call for the complete shutdown of a China-backed hydroelectric mega-dam project at the site.
The Irrawaddy Dolphins are being threatened with extinction by the practice of “electrofishing”, which provides high yields for individual fishers at the expense of the natural environment.
Residents speak of bewilderment after two more devices are found in Henzada following yesterday’s bombing at a local government office
Explosion causes minor damage as second unexploded device is found in the compounds of separate local government office
International Labour Organisation receives case of 17-year-old girl forced by aunt to sleep with up to 10 clients each day
Police arrest 17-year-old boy after hospital in Irrawaddy division confirms body of orphaned girl displays signs of rape
New York-based group says little tangible improvement to Burma’s media landscape is evident as independent journalists face continued harrassment
Govt to hand decision regarding the Myitsone project to new Environment Ministry, offering hope of a rethink on the controversial dam
Farmers protest in Bassein, Irrawaddy division, plan to confiscate 800-acres of their farmlands near Ngwesaung
Advocates of the ‘save the Irrawaddy’ river campaign express anger over comments made by Zaw Min, govt Electric Power-1 Minister
Govt to press ahead with controversial Chinese dam at Myitsone in Kachin state, despite widespread objection blamed on ‘those with undesirable intentions’
Govt advisor Dr Nay Zin Latt refutes claims that a political forum will take place in the capital soon following suggestions in the media that one was imminent
Fortunes change for 9-year-old hospitalised following severe torture as public donations allow him to rebuild his life