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  • A year on

    A year on

    While it is true that the world has invested in Myanmar’s democratic transition over the past decade, the unbelievably naïve dumping of Ms Suu Kyi as the best bet for the country because she allegedly defended the military action against Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine state (while being critical of excesses by the security forces) has been the international community’s cardinal error.

    February 24, 2022
  • A life behind bars

    A life behind bars

    The sentences are to be served concurrently. She also received a two-year sentence under the Natural Disaster Management Law for allegedly violating coronavirus rules while campaigning. Suu Kyi was convicted last month on two other charges ~ incitement and breaching Covid-19 restrictions ~ and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment. Hours after that sentence was issued, the head of the military-installed government, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, reduced it by half.

    January 12, 2022
  • US demands immediate release of Myanmar’s democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi

    US demands immediate release of Myanmar’s democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi

    They include charges of corruption, violating COVID-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign.

    January 11, 2022
  • Suu Kyi’s future

    Suu Kyi’s future

    While international condemnation of Ms Suu Kyi's December 6 sentencing this month has been widespread with the United States, United Nations and European Union all calling her conviction politically motivated there is a question as to how long the global community will advocate for her release

    December 23, 2021
  • Eclipse of Democracy

    Eclipse of Democracy

    The plot thickens as the verdict stipulates Suu Kyi will be detained at an undisclosed location. The secrecy is almost incredible. And irreversible will be the eclipse of democracy, unless continued protests by Myanmar’s civil society succeed in showing the military the error of its ways.

    December 8, 2021
  • Obituary of Democracy

    Obituary of Democracy

    At another remove, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta’s leader, announced on Sunday that he effectively ruled out any return to democracy before August 2023.

    August 4, 2021
  • Outrage on healthcare

    Outrage on healthcare

    Such heartrending stories abound. The suffering caused by the military’s takeover of a country with a population of 54 million has been relentless.

    July 9, 2021
  • Suu Kyi’s spokesman freed in Myanmar

    Suu Kyi’s spokesman freed in Myanmar

    As the military takeover unfolded, government residences in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon were ringed in by military vehicles, leading to the detention of a majority of senior NLD figures and senior civil servants.

    June 28, 2021
  • UN intervenes

    UN intervenes

    "Time is of the essence. The opportunity to reverse the military takeover is narrowing."

    June 22, 2021
  • Suu Kyi in dock

    Suu Kyi in dock

    The icon of democracy had, it would be pertinent to recall, suffered the predicament since the early 1990s.

    June 17, 2021
  • Neighbourly concern

    Neighbourly concern

    Governments of the North-eastern states bordering Myanmar have expressed sympathy for refugees fleeing military crackdown in that country.

    April 26, 2021
  • Myanmar’s civil strife

    Myanmar’s civil strife

    Suu Kyi was arrested on 1 February when the military grabbed power in a coup. It alleges that a general election last year, which saw Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) win by a landslide, was fraudulent, though there is no evidence to substantiate the charge. Myanmar has been rocked by weeks of protests since the coup.

    April 4, 2021
  • Screws turned

    Screws turned

    A reporter, representing the Associated Press, was arrested while covering anti-junta protests in the biggest city of Yangon. To that can be added the latest form of military repression ~ patients were forced out of a hospital in the west of the country

    March 16, 2021
  • Suu Kyi in court

    Suu Kyi in court

    The other is that Suu Kyi’s virtual presence in court has come a day after at least 18 protesters were killed by security forces in the bloodiest crackdown since the military takeover. Thirteen more were done to death on Wednesday.

    March 5, 2021
  • Honest broker

    Honest broker

    So, as the West continues dilly-dallying over providing direct support to the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy due to her vilification on the Rohingya issue, Asean makes the right noises in support of pro-democracy protesters but seems unwilling to do anything more, and Beijing waits patiently in the wings as its influence in Myanmar grows, India has a decision to make.

    February 26, 2021
  • Way forward

    Way forward

    The till recently ruling Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy had, it must not be forgotten, not only attempted to reduce the military’s political authority but also outright denied the Tatmadaw’s demand for an investigation into the November 2020 General Election which was the pretext used by the military dictatorship to assume all political power.

    February 16, 2021
  • Democracy is fragile, even more when it is half baked

    Democracy is fragile, even more when it is half baked

    Myanmar was controlled by military for half a century (1962-2011) until democratic reforms led by Suu Kyi ended military rule. The 2015 General elections of Myanmar were the first openly contested elections since 1990.

    February 15, 2021