The headquarters for the Shan State Army-North are now deserted with thousands fleeing their homes amid fighting between government forces and rebel groups.
A new report from the the International Campaign to Ban Landmines has slammed the Burmese government for its refusal to begin the long process of mine clearance in one of the most polluted nations on earth.
“You can count yourself dead once you descend down the mine.”
The defence team say Patrick Kum Jaa Lee is suffering from asthma attacks in prison, where he has been held for over a month.
Detained student activists ended nearly three weeks of hunger striking yesterday, following calls from influential political leaders and organisations.
DVB sits down with Hla Swe and the National League for Democracy’s Than Soe, the candidate that beat him out of the Upper House seat of Gangnaw, Sagaing Division.
The international community has heralded the historic elections in Burma as a victory for the people.
Htay Oo has admitted defeat in his own bid to win a seat, but media reports that the USDP have conceded the election are unfounded.
“I’ve never been this excited,” said one Rangoon woman as she lined up to vote in Burma’s historic general elections on Sunday.
In Kawhmu, a rural district south of Rangoon, elderly voters, perhaps those most used to an early wake-up, file into the voting booth.
The ruling party has staked much of its legacy on its building works, from roads to agriculture to the restoration of holy sites.
Muslim candidates have been disproportionately disqualified from running in the 8 November election in a selection process that “lacked credibility”, according to American election monitors the Carter Center.
The Union Election Commission has begun issuing voter slips to residents whose details appear incorrectly on the existing voter lists, in hopes of reassuring eager voters that their voice will be heard on the 8 November election day
A new politically charged generation has the chance to vote for the first time. What will be the issues in their minds as they go to the polls?
Civil servants, police and elderly locals in Prome were among the first citizens within Burma to cast their votes in the historic general election as pre-voting opened across the country on Thursday.
Artist Ye Yint Hein takes DVB into his workshop, where he casts political portraits in chalk powder.
Burma opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said she would rather lose the election than win through scandals as she campaigned in her constituency on the fringes of Burma’s commercial capital, Rangoon on Saturday.