A conservative monks’ organisation concluded its national conference on June 21 by urging the government to stop all construction projects near Shwedagon Pagoda, build “strong fencing” along Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh and not allow “Bengali boat people into our land”.
A bill now before parliament could prevent President U Thein Sein and other senior government officials, as well as senior judges, from campaigning in the coming elections as members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party.
Journalists are to receive training in reporting in conflict situations under a new program set up by the Myanmar Press Council (Interim).
Journalists invited to attend a summit of armed ethnic groups in Kayin State instead found themselves trapped in the jungle with little to do.
The National League for Democracy has again refused to commit to contesting this year’s election, but backtracked on an earlier statement that the decision to run would depend largely on the outcome of a push for constitutional reform.