Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their sentences

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentences, and that their jailing had nothing to do with freedom of expression. Punishment for the two journalists sparked worldwide criticism. They had been reporting on Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims when they were […]

Facebook bans Myanmar military officials following damning UN report

Facebook is taking action to halt the spread of hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar, banning Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the Myawady military TV network and other people and groups. It said that international experts, working with the UN Human Rights Council, “found evidence that many of these individuals and organizations committed or enabled […]

UN investigators says Myanmar military chiefs should be prosecuted for genocide

Top Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, investigators working for the UN’s top human rights body said on Monday. The call, accompanying a first report by the investigators, amounts to some of the strongest language yet from UN officials. They have denounced alleged human rights violations in Myanmar since a […]

Foreign travel advice: Myanmar introduces fast-track visa approval 365 days a year

Applying for a visa and can be one of the most frustrating parts of booking a trip with lengthy applications to fill and time constraints of getting everything sorted before you travel. However, Myanmar may have come up with a solution that will ease the progress for travellers. Last week, Myanmar introduced a fast-track tourist […]

UN has ‘strong suspicions’ of Myanmar genocide, calls for International Criminal Court prosecution

Paula Bronstein/Getty GENEVA (Reuters) – The top United Nations human rights official called on Friday for alleged atrocities committed against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, also urged Myanmar’s government to allow monitors into northern […]

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to resettle 650,000 displaced Rohingya Muslims within 2 years

Thomson Reuters Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to complete the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a crackdown from Myanmar’s army into Bangladesh last year. The UN has called Myanmar’s army crackdown a “textbook” example of ethnic cleansing, and over 650,000 Rohingya have fled. The UN is now warning that Rohingya […]

Myanmar: Top 10 facts about the country formerly known as Burma

1. The country’s official name was changed in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar. Traditionally Myanma was the literary and Bamar the colloquial name. 2. The national sport of Myanmar is chinlone, a sort of six-a-side football in which the object is to keep a woven rattan ball in the air. 3. Burmese language has 33 […]

In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

For chats and kyats MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial […]

Ceasefire in Myanmar ends amid allegations of government-initiated ethnic cleansing

Thomson Reuters YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities said there was no sign of attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants on Tuesday as a one-month insurgent ceasefire came to end. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) announced the ceasefire from Sept. 10 in order, they said, to facilitate aid deliveries to Rakhine State, where their attacks on […]