Chin Progressive Party Questions Koh Tao verdict

The Chin Progressive Party (CPP) issued a four-point statement concerning the death sentence handed down last month to two Arakanse migrant workers on trial for the murder of two British backpackers on the Thai island of Koh Tao. The strongly worded statement was sent to the Thai Embassy in Rangoon and the Privy Council of Thailand.

NLD to compile land grabbing list for Karenni State

Htoe Myar — The National League for Democracy (NLD) issued an announcement at the end of last month indicating that it will make a list of expropriated farmland in Karenni State, the country's smallest state.

NLD elect MPs take exam as part of training course

Salai Kyaw Moe Tun — The newly elected National League for Democracy (NLD) MPs from Sagaing Region, Chin State and Karenni State sat for an open book exam last week. The exam was the culmination of a three-day capacity building course held at Shwe San Eain Hotel in Nay Pi Taw from December 20 to 22.

NLD yet to do trash pickup in 3 Chin Townships

Salai Kyaw Moe Tun — Of the total seven townships won by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Chin State, a trash pickup campaign has yet to take place in Htantalan, Paletwa, and Mindat townships.

Interview with expert on political situation in post election Kachin State

Thuta Linn — BNI’s Election Newsroom recently met with Daw Nang Raw, the assistant director of Policy and Strategy Department for the Nyein Foundation (also known as Shalom Foundation), an NGO that is active in Kachin State.  During the interview she shared her views on the situation in post election Kachin State.

Karen civil society group vows to work for the common good

Sa Eh Sue — The Karen State Civil Society Organization Network (KSCN) plans to increase cooperation between civil society organizations and local authorities so that local residents can receive full guarantee for their interests and rights.  This declaration was made at an event to mark the opening of the group's office on Wednesday.

Ethnic parties in Kachin state want by-elections soon

By Thuta Linn — Ethnic parties in Kachin state parties want Burma’s incoming government to hold by-election soon.  “Even if the by-elections are held, we still won’t be able to form a government, but I want to know how much understanding and priority the new government will have with regards  to ethnic parties,” said U Lwam Zaung, a lawyer who vied for a state parliament seat representing the Kachin Democratic Party (KDP).

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