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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Ploughing protesters highlight land grab grievances in Myanmar

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 06:16am by Vincent Macisaac

    ... the 41 political prisoners released in the December 11 amnesty, the 14th since Thein Sein took office, had been detained under his government, according to the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights ... Vincent MacIsaac in Yangon Farmers stage protests over land confiscations Myanmar's swift economic development has been marked by the rise of a new class of political dissidents: ...

  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    With pond the only water supply in village near Yangon, Myanmar's boom is uneven

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by AP

    ... could rely on it year-around. Villagers have only one hour- 4pm to 5pm- to get their water during dry season, to limit its use. They are charged a tiny sum- 10 kyat for each bucket, or 8 Hong Kong cents. With so many takers it's enough money to pay for small upkeeps, like fixing the fence that surrounds the reservoir or stringing up electricity for lights. People walk for up ...

  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Freed prisoners in Myanmar now living in a jail of the mind

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 06:16am by Vincent Macisaac

    ... junta, said Bo Kyi, joint secretary of Myanmar's Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Yangon. The former military dictatorship began locking up pro-democracy activists in 1988 after massive protests against the government. Since President Thein Sein, a former military commander, took office in 2011, ushering in political, economic and social reforms, there have been ...

  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar’s first census in decades bars name Rohingya

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 05:19pm by Associated Press in Yangon

    ... and Wa states – said they were barring census takers because they worry it will be used for political purposes. Myanmar only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule and self-imposed ... Sein and political parties, adding that people could call themselves “Bengali”. Some Rohingya, speaking on condition of anonymity because they fear reprisals, told reporters they would refuse. ...

  5. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    US Congress panel slams Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 09:12pm by AP

    ... most significant political and economic reforms in 50 years. Over the past two years, Myanmar has released hundreds of political prisoners and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been ...

  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar reporters in court over China chemical-arms-plant stories

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 11:46pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... the government can ban publications that could jeopardise national security, incite unrest or undermine ethnic unity. Lawyer Saw Maung, himself a six-time political prisoner, said he was worried ... boarded the 10-hour bus to the Pakkoku. “If I make one mistake, they will arrest me.” The lawyer, who currently handles seven political cases, the Unity Journal trial is about the military wanting ...

  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar frees five political prisoners under Thein Sein pardon

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 01:27am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Yangon Five political inmates freed as Thein Sein honours vow Myanmar freed five prisoners yesterday and more are expected to be released next week as part of a pledge by the country's president to release all political prisoners by the end of last year. The move came after President Thein Sein granted a pardon on Monday to those convicted of, or charged with, a variety ...

  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar becomes a land of opportunity with political reform

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Charlotte So

    ... to the rich and privileged. A SIM card is not the only thing in the realm of fantasy. Even investors who have seen the prices of property in Hong Kong soar in recent years could be forgiven ... at Yoma Strategic Holdings. Yoma, founded by Hong Kong-based Myanmese national Serge Pun, is one of the big property developers in Myanmar. A 5,000 sq ft condominium at Kandawgyi Lake, the prime ...

  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar releases 41 political prisoners in government amnesty

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 09:58pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Yangon Myanmar freed 41 political detainees on Wednesday, a government spokesman said, bringing the country close to fulfilling a pledge by President Thein Sein to release all ... granted since taking over in March 2011 from a military leadership. The release leaves about 40 political detainees in prison, according to estimates by the Assistance Association for Political ...

  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Buddhist mob may have killed dozen Muslims in Myanmar: rights group

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 05:05pm by AP

    ... that occurred on Tuesday in northern Rakhine state were still emerging, with many of the reports conflicting with each other. It is one of the most isolated regions in the country, both politically ...




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