Farmers are protesting against a plan they say will reduce their water supply. They say water is so short they have already been forced to abandon growing paddy and switch to beans and pulses.
In what is expected to be the first of a flood of land-grab cases, a deputation of farmers has petitioned Ayeyarwady Region hluttaw, now under firm National League for Democracy control, in the hope of recovering their farmland.
Taking office as Speaker in what might well be the most complex and politically charged of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions, U San Kyaw Hla is anticipating an “exciting” time as the new MPs take their seats.
Parliamentarians in Southeast Asia have called on President Barack Obama to emphasise human rights and democracy when he hosts ASEAN leaders next week.
Hundreds of civilians in northern Shan State are reported to have fled a sudden offensive by government forces and separate fighting between two ethnic armed groups, while senior monks are intervening to help villagers trapped in the war zone.
The village near Kutkai in northern Shan State is eerily quiet, except for the plaintive, unanswered wails of a tiny child crouched outside a fence surrounding a wooden stilt house. As the assistant village head later explains, “Half the population has left in the last two months. There are no men left here aged under 40.”