ASEAN


The ASEAN Summit is finished. The international visitors have moved on, Naypyidaw hoteliers can adjust their room rates to reasonable levels again, and the Myanmar government can breathe a sigh of relief. (more…)

After a year as the ASEAN chair, Myanmar has handed over the position to Malaysia for 2015. (more…)

President Barack Obama and leaders from Europe and Asia gather this week in Myanmar to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Islamic State group, Ebola and other issues that threaten to undermine regional security. (more…)

The number of journalists attending the 25th Asean Summit in Naypyidaw is expected to reach a record high, but reporters said access is severely limited due to “tight security.” (more…)

Myanmar is now hosting 25th Asean Summit and its related meetings held in Nay Pyi Taw, a new capital, starting from November 9. The heads of the States/Governments will attend the Summit. (more…)

Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China have pledged to join forces to fight drug trafficking along the Mekong River, where officials estimate they are failing to intercept 80 percent of smuggled narcotics, reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Several activist groups in Rangoon are planning to march to the US Embassy during the Asean Summit next week in order to call on the international community to support for significant constitutional reforms in Burma, an activist said. (more…)

Members of the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a rights watchdog monitoring the lurching progression of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Burma’s southern Tennasserim Division, tabled fresh findings to the Thai Human Rights Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that evening.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on October 20 that Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam have brought in mutual visa exemption for short stays, according to the Global New light of Myanmar October 21. (more…)

While Myanmar holds the chair of ASEAN, it should focus on ensuring agreements are reached with the remaining five Southeast Asian neighbours yet to sign reciprocal visa exemption arrangements, says U Naung Naung Han, secretary of Myanmar Tourism Federation. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrived in Myanmar on October 9 in his first overseas foray since grabbing power in a coup, as he seeks to redouble economic ties with the kingdom’s emerging neighbour. (more…)

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved the president’s request that Myanmar become a member country of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. (more…)

When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Myanmar on Thursday, his first overseas trip as Thailand’s new prime minister, he can expect a little love and a lot of understanding. (more…)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will make his first foreign trip next week with a two-day visit to neighbouring Myanmar, and in mid-October will attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Italy, the government spokesman said Tuesday. (more…)

Labour rights groups have expressed concern that a regional treaty on migrant workers may not be completed by the end of the year as the issue has divided ASEAN between countries that send and receive migrant workers. (more…)

U Khin Aung Myint said he would send the letter after receiving a report from the Amyotha Hluttaw. The Human Rights Committee will compile a report on those who have been killed, as well as the apparent attempt to assassinate two prominent Rakhine MPs in February. (more…)

Two more Burmese migrant workers in Malaysia’s Penang State were murdered on Sunday, bringing the number killed this year in the fellow Southeast Asian nation to about 20, according to a Kuala Lumpur-based migrant advocacy group. (more…)

The decision by Thailand’s junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha to visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip is significant for many reasons, says an analysis in a leading Bangkok English-language newspaper, The Nation. (more…)

Laid off workers of the South Korean Master Sports footwear factory allege that they were beaten by police and that 20 workers were injured when they went to the closed down factory on Tuesday to pick up their unpaid salaries and severance pay. (more…)

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