May 2012

In a recent update, the number of political prisoners is Burma has been put at 471 confirmed prisoners, with 465 more prisoners in a verification process as of May, according to The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma. (more…)

About 600 tenants who work in Rangoon’s North Okkalapa township on land they rented from the Burmese Army’s 435th, 436th and 391st Light Infantry Battalions have been told to move off the property by the end of May after receiving a 10-day notice. (more…)

Tens of thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar work in Thailand’s building, fishing and rubber industries, with very few rights. Zarganar, a famous comedian fresh out of jail, puts the spotlight on their plight. (more…)

Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s expected visit to Mae La refugee camp on Saturday has provoked mixed feelings from residents. (more…)

SINGAPORE: Hoteliers are eyeing a slice of Myanmar’s hospitality sector. (more…)

Yangon – The mother and child who touch hands in an overcrowded Yangon hospice are not family, but their tragic history begins in the blood. (more…)

The World Economic Forum in Bangkok this week was supposed to be about finding new economic opportunities in East Asia. With Europe’s debt crisis taking a fresh turn for the worse, there is plenty of discussion here about whether Asia alone can help keep the world economy expanding. (more…)

Mahachai, Thailand – Long a fighter against oppression inside Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has used her first foreign trip in 24 years to fight for her countrymen suffering abroad millions of economic migrants unable to work at home but vulnerable to exploitation elsewhere. (more…)

The Norwegian government has defended a controversial peace initiative that will channel aid into conflict-affected regions in Burma despite mounting criticism that it risks coercing ethnic and civil society groups into joining the government. (more…)

A reformed Myanmar could have a big effect on its neighbours. (more…)

The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) will meet in Rangoon starting this Sunday to finalize the draft of the long-awaited Asean Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). Held in a country that has for the past year made headlines in the international media for its reforms, this event might be seen by some as evidence of a “new” Asean and a “new” Burma. However, looking at it as an Asean citizen and a longtime activist for democracy and human rights in Burma, I see something entirely different. (more…)

Impressive economic growth, democratic opening in Myanmar and prolonged financial crises in the West have renewed United States and European Union (EU) interest in Southeast Asia after a decade of relative neglect. But will Washington and Brussels sacrifice their long-standing advocacy of democracy and human rights on the altar of new economic and strategic interests? (more…)

The Burmese government continues to commit human rights abuses including torture and inhumane treatment with impunity, according to a new report by ND-Burma, a network for human rights documentation. (more…)

Workers at Yangon Crown steel factory in Rangoon ended their strike yesterday after the factory’s owner agreed to increase the employees’ basic salary. (more…)

Burma’s Election Commission held roundtable talks on Tuesday with representatives from the country’s six major political parties to address a recent string of protests over electricity shortages and workers’ rights, according to an opposition lawmaker in attendance. (more…)

Seven Burmese performance artists will faces charges in a Mandalay court on Thursday after they allegedly broke an obscure law last week by performing in public with five foreigners who were subsequently deported. (more…)

After leaving Burma for the first time in more than two decades, Aung San Suu Kyi spent her first morning abroad in Thailand’s Mahachai district in Samut Sakhon province, which is home to an estimated 300,000 Burmese migrants. (more…)

New Delhi: Showing its commitment to deliver on what it has promised, Myanmar has ordered Manipur-based militant outfits to shut their camps and training facilities and leave its soil by June 10. (more…)

Yangon – As Myanmar opens up after five decades of military rule, a country run on cash is finding a new alternative: plastic. (more…)

Yangon – Sales clerk Soe Hlaing was returning to work after buying some betel nut to chew when he suddenly collapsed under a blazing sun on Yangon’s waterfront. (more…)

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