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

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:24AM UTC Comments Off 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....

Another Rohingya massacre, another media problem for Burma

By Fri, Jan 24, 2014 2:25PM UTC Comments Off Another Rohingya massacre, another media problem for Burma

As more details emerge of the massacre on January 13 of at least 40 Rohingya men, women and children in western Burma, the government predictably has gone on the defensive. The UN is now claiming that police in the remote village of Du Chee Yar Tan, northern Arakan state, were among the mob of Arakanese who attacked and killed villagers, allegedly in response to the slaying of a policemen following an earlier bout of violence in January that left at least eight dead. Even though the death toll is likely a conservative one, it stands as the deadliest single...

Political prisoners still held in Burma

By Thu, Dec 26, 2013 11:53AM UTC Comments Off A "shackled" protester clenches his fist during their picket at the Myanmar Embassy at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday March 13, 2012 to call for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar which is also known as Burma.  In their statement, the Free Burma Coalition, Philippines alleged that at least 852 more political prisoners remain in detention following the release of about 336 in two batches last January of this year. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

While the NGO Human Rights Watch called for Burmese President Thein Sein to keep his promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013, the authorities imprisoned a reporter in dubious circumstances. According to Human Rights Watch there are still over 200 political prisoners being held in Burma. Since 2012 Thein Sein has...

Thai navy sues journalists after reports on Rohingya trafficking

By Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:15AM UTC Comments Off Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

The Royal Thai Navy has filed defamation charges against international journalists for their reports on authorities being involved in human trafficking of ethnic Rohingya refugees. The move sends a chilling reminder to the media about the dismal state of press freedom in Thailand, the easy exploitation of flawed laws and how little outside inquiry Thailand's military tolerates....

Singapore Internet crackdown reflects growing Southeast Asian trend

By Fri, Jun 07, 2013 4:36PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

Bloggers and those opposed to the Singapore government’s new licensing scheme, which requires news websites that draw traffic of 50,000 users or more to obtain individual licenses and remove content deemed unacceptable by the authorities, will gather in Hong Lim Park tomorrow to protest the new regulations. In Singapore on Thursday, bloggers took their sites...

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