Human rights and civil society groups have long criticised the Peaceful Assembly Law, or Article 19 as it is commonly known, saying it has been used by the government and military to suppress opposition.
On this year’s Nordic Day, the diplomatic missions of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are highlighting their countries’ strong and continued commitment to gender equality — domestically, in Burma and beyond.
The prominent Rakhine nationalist politician Aye Maung was arrested on Thursday and is facing criminal prosecution after he gave a speech in which, according to state media, he “urged the people to take advantage of the weakness of the government and to march towards the goal of sovereignty.”
Insofar as the Union government’s agenda for ethnic reconciliation is concerned, there is little doubt that the north, where the most powerful rebel armies operate, holds the key to a permanent negotiated settlement.
Downtown Yangon will host a museum commemorating the historical pro-democracy uprising that came to a head on 8 August 1988, according to Burma’s Minister for Religious and Cultural Affairs Thura Aung Ko.
The chair of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party has said the party will renew efforts to unify Burma’s two most prominent ethnic Shan political parties, the other being the regionally dominant Shan Nationalities League for Democracy.
Locals and civil society organisations in Karen State are pushing back against plans for a coal-fired power plant in Hpa-an Township, where the project still has the blessing of the state’s leading official.
Hundreds of party faithful rallied at a staging grounds in Taungoo on Saturday morning in a show of support for beleaguered State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy’s longtime figurehead.
Speaking at an interfaith gathering, the head of the Rangoon archdiocese denounced the international community’s criticism of Burma over the ongoing Arakan crisis and asked for international support as the country works to resolve the issues blighting its westernmost state.
The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) must one day unite under the same banner, according to the leader of the former, who said that such a merger was ultimately necessary given Burma’s current political situation.
Fighting between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and government troops flared once again over the weekend in Kutkai Township, Shan State, with a shelling from the clashes landing in Maw Saung village and killing one woman, according to a local civil society group.
UN human rights envoy Yanghee Lee offered stern words for the Burmese government on Friday evening, urging it to reconsider its refusal to issue visas to a UN fact-finding mission tasked with probing alleged human rights abuses in Arakan State and elsewhere in Burma.