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Myanmar authorities charge education law protesters
March 25, 2015
Myanmar authorities on wednesday charged 69 protesters for demonstrating against the Myanmar National Education Law. The law has faced tremendous criticism from the public since its passage in 2014, in part due to lawmakers' lack of consultation with student and teacher groups, and also because the....... [more]

UN rights expert calls on Myanmar to end abuses
March 19, 2015
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Wednesday called on state authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although the....... [more]

Myanmar court jails New Zealand man for insulting Buddha
March 17, 2015
A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his associates to two-and-a-half years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones. Philip Blackwood, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin were sentenced to....... [more]

Myanmar urged to reject proposed legislation on religion and race
March 4, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday, urged to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting religion....... [more]

Myanmar authorities block students from protesting academic law
March 2, 2015
Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students from....... [more]

UN rights chief warns of widespread abuse in Myanmar
February 26, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful protest....... [more]

Myanmar president approves country's constitution referendum plan
February 11, 2015
Myanmar lawmakers on Wednesday said that the country's president has approved a law allowing a referendum on amendments to its constitution later this year. The referendum may include up to 95 proposed constitutional revisions and is tentatively scheduled for May 2015, before a general election in O....... [more]

Amnesty: Canadian and Chinese companies profiting from Myanmar mining abuses
February 11, 2015
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper Min....... [more]

Rights groups urge improvements in Myanmar prisoner of conscience committee
February 6, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a joint letter to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in Janua....... [more]

Myanmar allows temporary citizens to vote in upcoming constitutional referendum
February 3, 2015
Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union, passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary ID the....... [more]

Amnesty urges Myanmar to release all prisoners of conscience following activist's release
January 20, 2015
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first i....... [more]




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