Friday, April 15th, 2016


A U.S. government commission called on the Myanmar government on Thursday to end rights abuses against the country’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority group, hoping that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will sort out a better deal for them under the new government.

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A week before last Friday’s mass release of political prisoners, on the day that the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi officially assumed power, social media in Burma lit up with images that perfectly captured the joy of the occasion. Pictures of Kachin peace activist Patrick Khum Jaa Lee’s reunion with his wife, fellow activist and International Women of Courage Award recipient May Sabe Phyu, went viral as he was freed after serving six months in prison for mocking Burma’s armed forces leader on Facebook.
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For the first time in the history of ASEAN, there will be a Nobel peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the AMM (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting or the ASEAN annual meeting) family. Myanmar’s new Foreign Minister Aung Sun Suu Kyi needs to know a few things about the organization, which she has had a dreadful relationship with. Of course, before she attends the first AMM on 22-23 July in Vientiane, she should come up with an overall policy towards ASEAN as a precursor to her future numerous ASEAN-related meetings in the next five years. Laos said that there would be at least one thousand meetings—in comparison to 2004 when Laos chaired and hosted about 400 meetings.
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Police in Burma’s two largest cities have been busy this week, cracking down on petty crime and reckless driving, and “educating” Thingyan revelers who have taken to the streets outfitted as guerrilla rebels.
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