As President Barack Obama arrives in Burma’s remote capital, he is confronting a nation backsliding in its pledges to enact economic and political reforms that were rewarded with US sanctions relief and made the long-isolated country a darling of Obama’s efforts to stake out a legacy in Asia. (more…)

As he arrives in Myanmar for the ASEAN regional summit, US President Barack Obama is confronting a brewing electoral drama – one that once involved bright White House hopes for Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy icon and opposition politician. (more…)

President Obama was ebullient during his historic visit to Myanmar in November 2012, the first by an American president to a nation that appeared on the cusp of a democratic transformation after five decades of authoritarian rule. But, in the two years since, the military-dominated, quasi-civilian government in Yangon has moved far too slowly on the commitments to reforms it made to the United States when the two nations pledged to begin a new relationship. (more…)

As Barack Obama makes an unprecedented second visit by a U.S. president to Burma, the bad news just keeps rolling in. But he can still make the trip a success. (more…)

On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama arrives in Burma for his second diplomatic visit in as many years. In advance of the Asean and East Asia summits in Naypyidaw, Obama answered questions from The Irrawaddy correspondent Lalit K Jha about his visit, the reforms of the past three years and the future of Burma’s democratic transition. (more…)

US President Barack Obama’s visit to Burma in 2012 was a celebration of the nation’s historic shift from military rule. But as Obama returns this week, optimism over economic and political reforms has faded. Revered opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has questioned what’s been accomplished in the last two years. (more…)

United States President Barack Obama is making his second visit in as many years to Myanmar this week, a trip that comes under a growing cloud of concern that the reforms he so eagerly welcomed in 2012 have stalled or even reversed course. (more…)

Myanmar’s transformation from pariah state to aspiring democracy has been kind to blogger Nay Phone Latt. He was freed from a 20-year prison term imposed for his coverage of anti-junta protests. He now has a weekly program on U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and runs an internationally praised campaign against sectarian hate speech. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Defense has announced that it has agreed with Belarus to form a committee to oversee technical cooperation on military matters. (more…)

On Nov. 11, President Obama will travel to Myanmar for the ninth East Asia Summit, a meeting of leaders from across the Pacific Rim. It will be the president’s second trip to a country that, for decades, was seen as a pariah in Washington, run by a brutal and xenophobic military regime that gunned down protestors in the streets and jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In 1997, the Clinton administration signed a law barring new U.S. investment, and the George W. Bush administration made the sanctions even tougher. (more…)

John Sifton is the Asia Division Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), based in Washington DC. He has covered South and South East Asia for HRW since 2001, and conducts advocacy with the White House, State Department, Congress and the Pentagon.

Despite hailing Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as “an icon of democracy,” U.S. President Barack Obama is quietly acquiescing to the government’s decision to bar her from running for the presidency in next year’s election, U.S. officials say. (more…)

US President Barack Obama will meet with Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on November 13, the day the discussion on the report by the Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee will begin, according to sources in the National League for Democracy. (more…)

The United States last week blacklisted Aung Thaung, a man regarded as one of Burma’s most controversial lawmakers. A former industry minister under the previous military regime, Aung Thaung today serves as a lawmaker in Parliament’s Lower House. His blacklisting comes less than two weeks ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to Burma, where the US president will attend the Asean and East Asia summits. (more…)

A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Burma’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging “access to full citizenship on an equal basis.” (more…)

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said. (more…)

As Burma prepares to welcome US President Barack Obama to Naypyidaw in November, human rights groups and activists have been urging Obama to press Burma’s government to improve the country’s socio-political environment. (more…)

The embassies of the United States and Britain have called on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist by the Burma Army. (more…)

Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on the country which addresses the government’s “backtracking on human rights” in light of a report by UN Special Rapporteur Ms Yanghee Lee. (more…)

The change to an e-visa system and the accompanying drop of Myanmar’s pre-arranged visa-on-arrival service has created difficulties for at least 3,000 visitors with plans to visit the Golden Land, U Hnaung Hnaung Han, the secretary of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association told Mizzima. (more…)

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