International


It is expected that Thailand’s Prime Minister’s, Prayut Chan-o-cha’s will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the $60 billion Dawei mega project during his visit to Japan next week. (more…)

Burma has been named one of the five best countries in the world for cheap labor, making it much more attractive for manufacturing investment than neighbors China and Thailand. (more…)

Burma Campaign UK has launched a campaign to call on the Myanmar government to repeal the protest law and other repressive laws used to jail political activists and call for the release of political activist U Sein Than, jailed for two years for a peaceful protest. (more…)

Australian MP Luke Simpkins, who last month made a covert visit into eastern Burma, has conveyed his support to Karen ethnic armed groups and spoken against continuing human rights violations in the country.  (more…)

Myanmar on Wednesday condemned a U.N. official for using the term Rohingya to describe a persecuted minority that the government refers to as Bengali, which implies they are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.
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The international NGO Fortify Rights has called on the Myanmar government to “prosecute perpetrators, not human rights defenders,” in a press release issued on February 3. (more…)

The Myanmar authorities and donors are “sleepwalking arm-in-arm into an electoral disaster in 2015,” says Mr Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch, as his NGO releases its customary yearly survey of the state of human rights around the world. (more…)

Myanmar president’s office spokesman U Zaw Htay said on January 22, that the religious affairs ministry had been asked to look into the “rude and harsh” comments made by controversial monk U Wirathu, but he indicated the government was unlikely to take action. (more…)

Following a stinging rebuke by the United Nations’ human rights chief, Myanmar’s ultranationalist Buddhist monk fired back Thursday, saying he didn’t regret calling a U.N. special envoy a “whore” and a “bitch” after she criticized a bill opposed to interfaith marriage and religious conversions. (more…)

The US has urged Myanmar to investigate the deaths of two teachers who activists claim were raped and murdered by government troops, as crowds gathered in the country’s far north on January 22 to express rising anger over the killings. (more…)

A commentator with America’s influential Council on Foreign Relations has written a column that expresses concern over opinion that the coming national elections could be “waylaid.” (more…)

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders announced Wednesday that it has returned to Myanmar’s troubled state of Rakhine nine months after it was ordered out by the government for hiring members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. (more…)

A study into the openness of governments to publishing data has found Myanmar ranked bottom out of 86 countries surveyed by a foundation set up by the inventor of the internet. (more…)

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of peaceful activist Dr Tun Aung, jailed for trying to prevent communal violence, but called on the Myanmar authorities to free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars. (more…)

A senior US diplomat onJanuary 20 criticised Myanmar’s policies which impose severe restrictions on the Muslim Rohingya community in Rakhine, saying they “oppress” people in the strife-torn state. (more…)

Visiting human rights officials warned Myanmar on Friday that using religion to divide the population is like “playing with fire” and new laws proposed by the government could inflame sectarian tensions. (more…)

Critics have slammed Mr Hugo Swire MP, a junior minister in the UK’s Foreign Office, on January 15, for his failure to provide a robust response to a litany of Myanmar human rights abuses during a debate held in the British Parliament. (more…)

Concluding her second official visit to Burma on Friday evening, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, urged the government to redouble efforts to improve the country’s still-worrisome human rights situation. (more…)

The government has reiterated that there is no longer any need for the United Nations to have a special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, in comments that came as the envoy was making her second visit to the country. (more…)

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a forum of 34 countries which aims to address globalisation issues, released a new report on Burma on Wednesday, part of the group’s ongoing Multi-dimensional Review of Myanmar [Burma] project. Of the latest economic investigation, it says that “overall, the report finds that the need for reform is immense.” (more…)

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