The Myanmar Journalist Network has called on media organisations to boycott the activities of government officials in response to what they claim was the direct targeting and beating of journalists during the March 10 crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan.
Strong currents are hampering efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of a ferry accident which killed at least 34 people off western Myanmar, as hopes dimmed for the missing.
Leaders of the Kachin Independence Army and the Tatmadaw are due to meet in Nay Pyi Taw on March 16, said a senior official from the Myanmar Peace Center.
Rescuers were frantically searching for survivors March 14 after an overloaded ferry sank in rough waters off the coast of western Myanmar killing more than 30 people and leaving at least a dozen more missing.
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners claims to have received reports of torture used on students recently detained by police in Letpadan, according to a press release from the NGO on March 13.
NGO Fortify Rights has called on the Myanmar government to immediately and unconditionally release a group of five Rohingya prisoners of conscience being held in Sittwe prison, Rakhine State, according to a press release from the NGO on March 14.
China summoned Myanmar’s ambassador in Beijing on March 13 after four Chinese were killed by a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane near the border, state-run Xinhua newsagency reported.
The United Nations criticised on March 13 a crackdown on student-led protests in Myanmar this week, demanding that the demonstrators be released and that the country investigate reports of excessive police force.
Fighting between government troops and soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army broke out March 11 at around 2 pm near Kawkareik Town, according to Karen News on March 12.
Myanmar President Thein Sein arrived in Kuala Lumpur on March 12 for a two-day stay, his first state visit to Malaysia, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on March 12.