YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it will hold a general election in late 2015 as planned, countering rumors that the vote could be postponed.
Tin Aye, chairman of the Myanmar Union Election Commission, made the announcement Tuesday. He said international and local observers would be invited to witness the election, to be held in late October or early November of next year.
Burma’s path to democracy, born in considerable hope when the generals’ junta agreed to political reforms in 2011 and released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, is in depressing danger of failure.
As Burma is celebrated for growing investment and diplomatic opportunities, there are concerns among local activists and the international community that the country’s ongoing human rights abuses will be forgotten.
A court has sentenced Myanmar’s ex-religious affairs minister to 13 years in prison for embezzling state funds and sedition. It’s the harshest penalty given to a high-ranking official since the country began moving toward democracy.
YANGON, Burma (AP) — A Burma court has sentenced a media owner, publisher and three journalists to two years in prison in the latest ruling to raise concerns about press freedoms in the country emerging from military rule.
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