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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    US envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 11:32am by Reuters at the United Nations

    ... that the violence poses a serious threat to the country’s dramatic economic and political reforms as it emerges from a half century of military rule. “We continue to support Burma’s reforms, but are greatly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1486737/us-envoy-power-urges-myanmar-action-stop-rakhine-violence
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Ploughing protesters highlight land grab grievances in Myanmar

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

    ... 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: ... not obtain a permit before holding a public demonstration, he said. Farmers' rights activist Htin Kyaw, a former political prisoner, was jailed twice last year after he organised a protest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465825/ploughing-protesters-highlight-land-grab-grievances-myanmar
  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

    ... 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 ... public vigils for those who died behind bars, publicising the crimes that happened inside Myanmar's prisons, and advocating for the release of the remaining political prisoners. Members also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465826/freed-prisoners-myanmar-now-living-jail-mind
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1457927/us-congress-panel-slams-myanmars-persecution-rohingya-muslims
  5. News - Asia - MYANMAR

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

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

    ... articles to be approved by censors before publication in 2012. Last April, the government allowed newspapers to publish daily editions and Unity Journal was one of dozens of newspapers competing ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1451868/myanmar-reporters-court-over-china-chemical-arms-plant-stories
  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmese couple tie knot in nation’s first gay wedding ceremony

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 09:48pm by AFP

    ... in a lavish public ceremony that they say was the first of its kind in conservative Myanmar. Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet exchanged rings in an upmarket Yangon hotel, in the latest sign of changing ... publicly declaring their relationship. Same-sex relations are criminalised under the nation's colonial-era penal code. While the law is not strictly enforced, activists have long complained ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1439555/myanmese-couple-tie-knot-nations-first-gay-wedding-ceremony
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Medecins Sans Frontieres reopens Myanmar clinics, but not in Rakhine

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:13am by Reuters

    ... angered by the charity's public comments on Rakhine. The group has been treating both Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims, the latter a mostly stateless minority who live in apartheid-like ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1438843/medecins-sans-frontieres-reopens-myanmar-clinics-not-rakhine
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar press stage rare protest against journalist's conviction

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 01:54pm by AP

    ... and allowed the publication of privately owned daily newspapers for the first time in almost five decades. Reporters previously worked under some of the tightest restrictions in the world, subject to routine state surveillance, phone taps and censorship across all publications. However, even under recent reforms, some publications have been sued for defamation, including by government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1399741/myanmar-press-stage-rare-protest-against-journalists-conviction
  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar president Thein Sein backs constitutional amendment

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 02:42pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... to become the leader of the country Thein Sein “I believe that a healthy constitution must be amended from time to time to address the national, economic, and social needs of our society,” he said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1395840/myanmar-president-backs-constitutional-amendment
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Ex-Myanmar spy chief Khin Nyunt and his victims re-evaluate their lives

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 10:41pm by AP

    ... the country's former military rulers ceded power to a government led by retired generals who surprised the world by embarking on an era of economic and political reform. But no one responsible for half ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1396176/ex-myanmar-spy-chief-khin-nyunt-and-his-victims-re-evaluate-their-lives

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