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New Zealand bar manager to be tried for religious offenses in Yangon

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:39PM UTC Comments Off The offending image. Image via Facebook.

A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images of the Buddha wearing headphones to promote a party at the bar he manages. ...

NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:27AM UTC Comments Off NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Burma men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones....

Burma: Rights groups call for charges against father of slain schoolgirl to be dropped

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM UTC Comments Off Brang Shawng. Image provided by Fortify Rights.

Rights groups have called for the Burmese government to drop charges ethnic-Kachin man Brang Shawng, 49, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in disputed circumstances in September 2012....

Burma: Government, ethnic groups wage war on drugs

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:22PM UTC Comments Off Villagers harvest opium in Burma's Shan State. Pic: AP.

With the poppy growing season underway in Burma UNODC has issued a report on opium production in the Southeast Asian nation as accounts come in of poppy fields being destroyed and drugs being seized by both the government and ethnic groups....

Convicts to join trafficked Burmese on Thai fishing boats

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:48AM UTC Comments Off Thai and Burmese workers sort fish at Mahachai port in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Pic: AP.

Human Rights Watch released a statement last week criticising the Thai military government’s plan to put convicts to work in the nation's fishing industry, which is notorious for employing trafficked people in harsh, dangerous conditions....

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