July 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The ...[read more]
May 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Myanmar Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, ...[read more]
April 7, 2014
by Addison Morris
Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday expressed concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country's Rakhine State. Following recent attacks on international aid groups, aid workers have ...[read more]
March 18, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The Myanmar legislature on Tuesday approved a new media law affording greater press freedoms to local media outlets. The law purportedly assures local media freedom from state censorship and attempts to promote high-quality journalistic practices by emphasizing ethics and responsibility. However, ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Fortify Rights, an independent human rights group based in Southeast Asia, issued a 79-page report on Tuesday claiming evidence the Myanmar government ordered policy discrimination against Rohingya Muslims. The report is based on 12 leaked official documents going back to 1993, which reveal ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN humanitarian chief on Thursday called for an immediate investigation by authorities following reports of alarming levels of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. In a brief statement, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos stated:I am ...[read more]
January 7, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state enter Thailand seeking asylum. According ...[read more]
October 27, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, warned on Friday that sectarian violence between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State is contributing to wider anti-Muslim sentiments in Myanmar, threatening the positive changes ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Wednesday welcomed a recent release of 56 prisoners of conscience in Myanmar through presidential amnesty. Quintana noted that the releases are important for a "democratic transition and national ...[read more]
September 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Myanmar's parliament will draft a bill that forms groups to monitor court proceedings, a lawmaker said Saturday. Thura Aung Ko, the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee chairman, said that the purpose of the court monitoring bill was to crack down on corruption in Myanmar's judicial system, and ...[read more]

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