Democracy in Myanmar

Myanmar activist’s jailing tied to copper mine protests

Activists pray at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on the ninth month anniversary of a crackdown on protesters occupying the Letpadaung copper mine. Photo: AP

Myanmar has jailed an activist for two years in connection with protests over a controversial mine project, her lawyer said, despite the regime's pledge to free all political prisoners.

Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 1:53am

Thousands mark 25th anniversary of bloody crackdown in Myanmar

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during the 25th anniversary of Myanmar's pro-democracy uprising. Photo: AP

Thousands massed in Yangon yesterday to mark the anniversary of a bloody crackdown on rallies in Myanmar 25 years ago, in a historic commemoration urging further democratic reform.

9 Aug 2013 - 9:57am

Myanmar frees dozens of political prisoners in amnesty

Political prisoner Kyaw Zin Min talks to reporters after his release in front of Insein prison in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar yesterday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the former pariah state. At least 59 political prisoners were included in the latest amnesty, Bo Kyi of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) said.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:21am

Myanmar activist told to return jail uniform four years after being freed

Win Tin on the day he was freed from prison in 2008. Photo: AFP

More than four years after he was freed by the junta, Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner has been ordered to return the uniform he was wearing on the day of his release. Veteran democracy activist Win Tin, 83, who spent almost two decades in jail for his political activities, said that he no longer had the blue shirt and sarong-like longyi, and was refusing to repay the cost of about US$2.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:22am

Myanmar becomes a land of opportunity with political reform

More than one million tourists visited Myanmar last year and the number is expected to surge this year. Photo: Charlotte So

Joseph bought his US$50 Chinese Huawei cellphone and a SIM card from a government-run telecom operator two months ago. The SIM card cost him another US$250, compared with just paying a monthly fee for the service in Hong Kong.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:14am

'How much longer for us?' ask Chinese after Myanmar ends media censorship

A street vendor reads a new private daily newspaper at a roadside stall in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: EPA

Netizens - anxious about media censorship in China - experienced both envy and excitement on Tuesday, a day after privately-owned daily newspapers hit Myanmar’s streets for the first time in decades.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:08pm 1 comment

Myanmar leader gives first New Year address

Myanmar demonstrators demand an end to civil wars in the country in Yangon on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Tuesday called for “mutual trust” between the ruling regime and the people in his first New Year address since taking power.

1 Jan 2013 - 7:21pm

Myanmar ruling party set for leadership vote

Lower house speaker Shwe Man in Myanmar's parliament in Naypyidaw. Photo: AFP

Top figures in Myanmar’s ruling party stepped down for a leadership revamp aimed at improving its electoral prospects against Aung San Suu Kyi’s resurgent opposition.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:11pm

Myanmar's Union Solidarity and Development Party to pick new chief

Myanmar's President Thein Sein (left) and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Myanmar Thura U Shwe Mann. Photo: Xinhua, Reuters

Myanmar's army-backed ruling party is preparing for a leadership revamp as the dramatic political reforms that it has helped foster threaten to bring an electoral wipeout in 2015.

14 Oct 2012 - 1:08pm

Thein Sein could accept Suu Kyi as Myanmar's president

Thein Sein

Myanmese leader Thein Sein said he would accept democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi as president if elected, but could not alone amend the rules that bar her from power.

The former general paid rare tribute to the Nobel laureate during a landmark tour of the United States, where he insisted his country would continue its strides towards democracy after decades of army rule.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Myanmar work will continue, vows National Endowment for Democracy

Myanmar's censorship office is closing down after 48 years, amid democratic reforms. Photo: NYT

One of the more discreet elements of Myanmar's transformation is the enduring role of the National Endowment for Democracy, the US taxpayer-funded body that for years has bankrolled and fostered human rights efforts, non-violent resistance movements and media activism inside the country.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:15am