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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's reforms may be running out of steam

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... The situation is most dire in Myanmar's western reaches, where more than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims are living as virtual prisoners, with little access to health care or food. The fast-deteriorating ... the dictatorship it was five years ago, when it allowed no free elections or public dissent. The government has conditionally released hundreds of political prisoners, abolished censorship and permitted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552885/myanmars-reforms-may-be-running-out-steam
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party youth ready to rise in ranks

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:40am by AFP

    ... and inter-communal violence, kick-starting the economy and reviving health care and education. The NLD lost one of its best-loved champions of freedom in April with the death of Win Tin at age 84. He ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547618/aung-san-suu-kyis-opposition-party-youth-ready-rise-ranks
  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Chief minister forced out in Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine state

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 10:42pm by AP

    ... their lives and had "wholly inadequate access to basic services including health, education, water and sanitation". Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers the Rohingya Muslims ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1537176/chief-minister-forced-out-myanmars-strife-torn-rakhine-state
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar’s Win Tin, who died at 84, a warrior for freedom to the end

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 11:14am by AP

    ... failed to dull his commitment to the democratic cause, had suffered worsening ill health in recent weeks. He died in hospital in Yangon early yesterday, National League for Democracy party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1493413/win-tin-myanmar-journalist-and-opposition-leader-dies-85
  5. 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 conditions and who otherwise have little access to health care. The UN and human rights groups say at least 40 Rohingya were killed by security forces and Buddhist civilians in a restricted area ...

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

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

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

    ... 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 ... set up mock prison cells, displayed tools of torture, and commemorated the 179 dissidents who died in prison. It was the association's most extensive public display yet. The former ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465826/freed-prisoners-myanmar-now-living-jail-mind
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Ploughing protesters highlight land grab grievances in Myanmar

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

    ... 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
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's census at risk amid fresh unrest in ethnic powderkeg Rakhine

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 10:29pm by GDN

    ... of an Islamic school in one of the camps. "We are losing every one of our rights, our health care, our education. We are being discriminated against from every corner. We have asked our people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1459812/myanmars-census-risk-amid-fresh-unrest-ethnic-powderkeg-rakhine
  9. 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
  10. 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

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