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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

    ... similar charges nationwide. More than 230 had been jailed in Irrawaddy region alone, he said. Most were convicted of trespassing or violating a 2012 law that ordered jail time if someone did ... announcing his opposition to the protest law with a megaphone, and standing outside court buildings holding placards denouncing it. Authorities arrested eight land-rights activists in February, ...

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

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

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

    ... and face a return to prison if they break any law. Still, many have resumed the activism for which they were originally jailed. Some assist farmers facing land disputes, others lead the fight against a new law that curbs protests. All the while, members of the prisoners' association race to document the previous junta's crimes, including their own torture in prison. ...

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

    Myanmar’s first census in decades bars name Rohingya

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

    ... and refers to them only as “Bengalis.” Though numbering around 1.3 million, they are denied citizenship by national law. Worried the census would legitimise their status, Buddhists in the state have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1461016/myanmars-first-census-decades-bars-name-rohingya
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

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

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

    ... as the Southeast Asian country’s military-backed government enacted its first media law, designed to ensure freedom of the press, after nearly five decades of censorship and harsh restrictions under ... new laws regulating the media, raising concerns over attempts of the quasi-civilian government to curtail the booming press in the country of about 60 million people. Under the new law ...

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

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

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

    ... 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
  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar frees five political prisoners under Thein Sein pardon

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

    ... of political offences such as unlawful association, high treason, contempt of government and violations of the peaceful assembly law. The decree also halted all ongoing trials and investigations ... pardon order. However, several steps need to be taken to maintain a level of zero political prisoners. There must be rule of law and more political freedom to maintain that level," Bo Kyi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1394371/myanmar-frees-five-political-prisoners-under-thein-sein-pardon
  7. Lifestyle - Books - MYANMAR

    Book review: Golden Parasol, by Wendy Law Yone

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by CLAIRE HUIBONHUA

    ... Claire HuiBonHoa Golden Parasol: A Daughter's Memoir of Burma by Wendy Law Yone Chatto & Windus 4.5 stars Claire HuiBonHoa Myanmar's chaotic history, full of coups ... In Golden Parasol Wendy Law Yone touches on several of these issues on both a personal and political level, creating a magnificent look into Myanmar. Compiled with a plethora of historical sources, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1286239/book-review-golden-parasol-wendy-law-yone
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    UN urges Myanmar to give Rohingya Muslims citizenship

    Posted Nov 20th 2013, 05:08pm by Associated Press in United Nations

    ... violence presents a threat to Myanmar’s political reforms because it could encourage security forces to re-assert control. In 1982, Myanmar passed a citizenship law recognising eight races and 130 ... are stateless. “These people are either Bangladeshis or Myanmar. We are not denying their right to citizenship. They will be given citizenship according to the law.” He called on the OIC ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1361168/un-urges-myanmar-give-rohingya-muslims-citizenship
  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Bombings threaten influx of tourists to Myanmar

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 10:53pm by AFP

    ... the rule of law". "Acts of violence like those perpetrated and attempted over the past week have no place in civilised society and we are confident in the people of this country ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1333956/bombings-threaten-influx-tourists-myanmar
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Dalai Lama appeals to Myanmar monks to respect Muslims

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... a decade ago. Suu Kyi said last week that she alone could not stop the anti-Muslim violence and that the solution was to install the rule of law. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1312555/dalai-lama-appeals-myanmar-monks-respect-muslims

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