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]
July 29, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Monday praised the latest presidential amnesty that resulted in the release of 73 prisoners of conscience. His announcement, however, came with concerns over ongoing arrests of activists. On Tuesday, ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The government of Myanmar must do more to combat religious and ethnic discrimination against minorities or risk undermining the reform movement according to a statement made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Wednesday. Pillay commended Myanmar President Thein Sein for statements ...[read more]
January 29, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Myanmar's state-run newspaper Myanma Ahlin reported Tuesday that President Thein Sein abolished Order No. 2/88, which banned gathering and delivering speeches in public by a group of five or more people. The order, which was established in 1988 when the the military government came into power, has ...[read more]
January 18, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
Myanmar's campaign of shelling on the state of Kachin violates the laws of war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday, the same day the government announced a ceasefire. President Thein Sein ordered the ceasefire after the country's parliament unanimously passed a motion on the matter. HRW is ...[read more]
January 16, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Myanmar repealed a law on Tuesday that was used by the nation's military junta to impose long prison sentences on dissidents. The law, which was revoked by President Thein Sein, banned protests against the national convention and allowed for prison sentences of up to 20 years for writing or ...[read more]
September 17, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Myanmar officials on Monday announced amnesty for 514 prisoners. The Ministry of Information did not identify the prisoners who will be freed, but activists have identified several political detainees and foreigners slated to be released. The release announcement comes a week before President ...[read more]
September 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Myanmar's parliament passed a new foreign investment law on Friday after months of debate and modifications. The final version of the bill reportedly dropped some of the most controversial provisions, including a requirement that foreign investors contribute at least $5 million when engaging in ...[read more]
September 7, 2012
by Sarah Posner
All nine justices of Myanmar's Constitutional Court resigned Thursday after Parliament voted for impeachment. President Thein Sein has reportedly accepted the resignations of all nine justices. The parliament was created as part of Myanmar's constitutional reforms. Opposition leader Aung San Suu ...[read more]
August 18, 2012
by Keith Herting
Myanmar president Thein Sein on Friday announced the creation of a 27-member commission tasked with investigating the cause of the sectarian violence between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists. The clashes, which began in May and carried on into June in the western Rakhine state, were ...[read more]

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