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  • Myanmar military court sentences journos to jail

    Myanmar military court sentences journos to jail

    There have been reports of more than 5,400 detentions since the start of their rules, including of many journalists.

    June 3, 2021
  • Democracy and rights in Myanmar need support

    Democracy and rights in Myanmar need support

    There have been instances in various countries when there were no overall shortages at a national level but in conditions of violence and strife, serious shortages emerged in specific areas over prolonged periods.

    May 13, 2021
  • Diplomatic missions to Myanmar underscore need for press freedom

    Diplomatic missions to Myanmar underscore need for press freedom

    More than 80 journalists have been detained since a February 1 coup by the military, more than half of whom remain in custody, reports DPA news agency.

    May 3, 2021
  • Asean & Myanmar

    Asean & Myanmar

    Of considerable significance was the consensus that was reached on five points and suitably highlighted in the statement advanced by the “group chair”, Brunei.

    April 28, 2021
  • Sanctions prick bubble

    Sanctions prick bubble

    Myanmar has been rocked by almost daily protests since the coup and the military has intensified its attempts to crush dissent, though the UN and Western countries have condemned their takeover and the escalating violence.

    April 24, 2021
  • Shoot the Shadow

    Shoot the Shadow

    The dumping of bodies is indubitably an outrage of a Buddhist shrine, if ever there was one. “It is like a genocide. They are shooting at every shadow,” was the lament of an organiser of the protest against the gross injustice meted out to Aung San Suu Kyi post her election victory yet again.

    April 13, 2021
  • Myanmar logjam

    Myanmar logjam

    The coup may have been driven by the military's goal to preserve its central role in Burmese politics. The Defence Services Act imposes a mandatory retirement age of 65 for the Armed Forces' Commander-in-Chief. Min Aung Hlaing, the incumbent, would have been forced to retire on his 65th birthday in July 2021

    April 6, 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
  • India orders Assam Rifles to prevent influx from Myanmar

    India orders Assam Rifles to prevent influx from Myanmar

    Top sources in the paramilitary force said that the "instructions from the top" was clear and unambiguous -- no Myanmar national should be allowed to enter India without valid visa or travel permit.

    March 7, 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
  • Biden cracks whip

    Biden cracks whip

    In the net, the American President has signaled an exceptionally robust initiative against the intervention of the junta in the immediate aftermath of yet another victory of the National League for Democracy

    February 12, 2021
  • Revolutionary Change

    Revolutionary Change

    “This war has to end,” said the 46th President of the United States of America in a dramatic departure from the praxis of Trump and his support for his allies. Yemen since 2015 has been a critical storm-centre of the Arab world in the context of the war seemingly without end. All in all, Biden’s foreign policy is a revolutionary change from the Trump era.

    February 7, 2021
  • A perilous path

    A perilous path

    In Naypidaw, the electoral outcome and the change in the constitutional narrative may turn out to be shambolic yet again. Under the shadow of the soldier's gun, time has stood still in Myanmar for the past 30 years. The elections have only punctuated the narrative

    February 5, 2021