Burma

Myanmar confirms 2015 election will not be delayed

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 6:40PM UTC Tin Aye, chairman of Myanmar Union Election Commission, talks to journalists at a workshop with Union Election Commission and political parties. Pic: AP.

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 failed promise

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:23PM UTC Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

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.

Human rights still a concern in Burma, despite big-name investment

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:24AM UTC A nighttime view of the capital of Yangon. Pic: AP.

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.

Ex-govt minister in Burma gets 13-year sentence

By Sat, Oct 18, 2014 10:16AM UTC Hsan Sint, Burma's ex-religious affairs minister, was sentenced to 13 years in jail for embezzling state funds and sedition. Pic: AP

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.

Burma jails 3 journalists for leadership report

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:09PM UTC

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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