Burma

‘Karen rebel’ journalist shot dead by Burmese military

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:43PM UTC Burmese soldiers shot Aung Niang dead on 4th October. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s press council says the army shot dead a freelance journalist who was detained while covering clashes between ethnic rebels and government troops along the country’s rugged border.

US think tank faults Burma on Rakhine response

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:20AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar’s government for presiding over a “humanitarian catastrophe” in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of Buddhist-on-Muslim violence around the country.

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.

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