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President Thein Sein handed over presidential responsibilities to newly sworn-in President Htin Kyaw

သမၼတ ႏွစ္​ဦး အာဏာလႊဲ​ေျပာင္​းပြဲ အခန္းအနား Outgoing President Thein Sein handed over presidential responsibilities to newly sworn-in President Htin Kyaw at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on Wednesday. (Photos: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


The accused in the Rohingya calendar case appear for the third time at Yangon’s Pazundaung Township Court on 16 December 2015. Photo: Zaw Kham Hein/Mizzima By Zaw Kham Hein Mizzima December 17, 2015 Five people who were sent to jail for their involvement in printing a calendar that stated that Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic-religious […]

Myanmar ethnic leader calls on Suu Kyi to clarify stance on peace process

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi gives a speech during talks between the government, army and representatives of ethnic armed groups over a ceasefire to end insurgencies, in Naypyitaw January 12, 2016. Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun By Timothy Mclaughlin Reuters January 16, 2016 Yangon — A key signatory to a ceasefire brokered by outgoing President Thein Sein […]

Burmese govt incites anti-Muslim unrest: Al Jazeera

Policemen stand guard as firemen work to extinguish fire during fighting between Buddhist Arakanese and Muslim Rohingya communities in Sittwe on 10 June 2012. (PHOTO: Reuters) By EMANUEL STOAKES 27 October 2015 Among the cache of evidence obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit are documents that analysts say prove the Burmese government has sought to […]

Thein Sein Vows Elections Will Be Free and Fair

By THE IRRAWADDY| Thursday, July 9, 2015 RANGOON — Burmese President Thein Sein vowed on Thursday to “try” to carry out free and fair elections, which will be held later this year. “Our government vows that we will try our best to have clean, free and fair 2015 general elections, the first one held under […]

Rohingya refusing Myanmar gov’t offer of ‘green cards’

18 June 2015 To receive cards, applicants must have held previous registration card, provide evidence of 3 generations of residence, renounce term ‘Rohingya’ by David Williams YANGON  Many Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State are refusing the government’s offer of “green cards” — frustrated with a system that refuses to recognize their ethnicity and renders them […]

An Arakanese Pagoda Festival through the Lens

By STEVE TICKNER / THE IRRAWADDY| Saturday, June 1, 2013 | Located in Arakan State in western Burma, Mrauk U was once the capital of the Mrauk U kingdom, the most important and powerful Arakanese kingdom, which held dominion over the region from 1430-1785. The one-time capital in Arakan’s north also boasts a rich collection […]