The student movement that had united in January around its demands for a democratic system of education has since splintered, its divisions fuelled by the government’s twin tactics of negotiation and incarceration.
A bilateral ceasefire has enabled the Karen National Union to emerge from its battle for survival with the Tatmadaw and re-engage with ethnic Karen across the country, from southern Tanintharyi to the delta.
Bill debated over past two days differs significantly from version agreed on at four-way talks in February.
Believing they have no future in Rakhine State, tens of thousands of Rohingya take to the seas each year at the end of the monsoon season, paying human traffickers to get them to countries such as Malaysia. On arrival, however, many are held by gangs who demand payment for their freedom.
Civil society activists and lawyers are concerned that a religious defamation law that once served as a tool of the military junta to jail its opponents is now being used selectively by the authorities to placate powerful Buddhist nationalists ahead of this year’s elections.
Hoteliers at Ngapali in southern Rakhine State have warned that beaches in the area could be irrevocably damaged unless the authorities stop allowing sand to be taken for construction projects.