As Burma’s economy flatlines, the country’s largest unions have demanded a total boycott of garment factory production, generating confusion amongst leading international exporters and leaving commentators fearing social catastrophe. All the while, some minor unions say they have been left out of the conversation. As unions internally debate the merits of sanctions, none is more …
Bahan township police commander Thein Win said the police intend to press charges against the demonstration ringleaders.
Nearly 400 civil society organisations in Burma released a joint statement on Tuesday demanding the release of activists who were detained and are facing charges for their role in an anti-war protest in Yangon on May 12.
Criticism has emerged over remarks by Kachin State’s social affairs minister after he said the state government did not know the location of many people displaced by recent conflict, professing ignorance amid reports of hundreds trapped in the jungles surrounding Tanai Township’s Awng Lawt village.
“Local villagers are simply too afraid to stay in homes close to the fighting, because they can hear and feel the constant blasts of heavy artillery fire.”
The CSOs also called for the release of two police officers, one of whom testified last Friday at the trial, saying that a police team had “set up” the journalists.