Category Archives: BURMA (MYANMAR)

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23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Secretary Tillerson signals shift in US policy toward Burma

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just concluded a visit to Burma where he called upon the government to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya
http://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/secretary-tillerson-signals-shift-us-policy-toward-burma
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/15/asia/tillerson-myanmar-rohingya/index.html

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims must return to Myanmar’s Rakhine as citizens: UN

The head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Myanmar must grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims so that they can return to the Southeast Asian country they fled government-run violence against the persecuted minority group
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540786/Myanmar-Rohingyas-UN-citizenship-Rakhine-Suu-Kyi-Bangladesh
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic-international/myanmar-refugees-must-return-citizens-un-refugee-chief

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN chief urges Burma to end ‘nightmare’ for Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh
http://www.france24.com/en/20170929-united-nations-chief-guterres-urges-burma-myanmar-end-nightmare-rohingyas
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/28/asia/myanmar-un-security-council/index.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

 Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi

In the debate over whether Aung San Suu Kyi should do more to stop the violence in Myanmar, it’s often pointed out that she has limited power to intervene — the « de facto leader » has widespread support, but the army still rules the joint, writes Liam Cochrane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-24/myanmar-how-the-military-still-controls-the-country-not-aung-san-suu-kyi/1703974

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Rohingya in Myanmar: what you need to know

What makes Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims one of the most persecuted communities in the world? What is the conflict between the majority Buddhists and the minority Rohingya all about, and what should be done to resolve it?
http://www.dw.com/en/the-rohingya-in-myanmar-what-you-need-to-know/a-40340067

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/rohingya-muslims/

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

24 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan

The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairman, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan, gave this assessment, without identifying the Rohingyas by name, in its final report released on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-rakhine-a-human-rights-crisis-kofi-annan-9153350

11 JULY 2017

India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have historically been uneven and contingent on specific leadership approaches on both sides. Under India’s incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, this complex relationship has seen renewed commitment within the broader agenda of “Act East” – a timely upgradation of India’s post-Cold War tilt towards southeast Asia and beyond
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-myanmar-fast-tracking-the-eastward-push-5323.html

16 JUNE 2017

Yangon Court Releases Myanmar Satire Columnist Detained Under Controversial Law

A Myanmar court in Yangon on Friday released a detained satire columnist of an independent newspaper after the publication’s top editor testified that he was solely responsible for an article that allegedly insulted the armed forces under a controversial telecommunications law
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/yangon-court-releases-myanmar-satire-columnist-detained-under-controversial-law-06162017161031.html

24 MAY 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi Opens Second Round of Myanmar Peace Talks

The second round of peace talks under Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called « 21st Century Panglong”, commenced in the capital Naypyitaw Wednesday amid a cloud of frustration over the lack of progress made since the first conference held under her leadership in August
http://www.voanews.com/a/aung-san-suu-kyi-opens-second-round-myanmar-peace-talks/3868567.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/peace-process-pieces-myanmar/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170524_29/

18 MAY 2017

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday sued two local journalists using a controversial censorship law over an article they wrote criticising the top brass as fears grow over curbs on press freedom
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/myanmar%E2%80%99s-army-sues-journalists-satirical-article
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/26031-the-voice-daily-chief-editor-writer-face-defamation-suit.html
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-files-article-66d-lawsuit-satirical-piece.html

4 MAY 2017

Vatican and Myanmar establish diplomatic relations as Suu Kyi visits

The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-Francis-and-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-establish-full-diplomatic-relations-40650.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vatican-and-myanmar-agree-to-establish-diplomatic-ties-8818552

18 APRIL 2017

Myanmar publisher who criticised establishment is found stabbed to death

A Myanmar publisher whose magazine has criticised the military, political and business establishment was found stabbed to death in his office at the weekend, police said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-publisher-who-criticised-establishment-is-found-stabbed/3687830.html

11 APRIL 2017

China, Burma reach deal on oil pipeline after nearly a decade of talks

China and Burma (Myanmar) have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/china-burma-reach-deal-oil-pipeline-nearly-decade-talks/#uvt4L56RjYUdgljc.97
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/25676-myanmar-and-china-sign-crude-oil-pipeline-agreement.html

2 APRIL 2017

Suu Kyi’s party wins string of seats in by-elections but is rejected by Myanmar’s minorities

Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government won a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections on Sunday but was bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

1 APRIL 2017

Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-goes-to-polls-for-by-elections-in-first-vote-since-suu/3643878.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/01/myanmar-by-election-seen-as-test-for-aung-san-suu-kyi

30 MARCH 2017

Myanmar – A year of democracy

 A year ago, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took over the reins of the country as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century. Things haven’t turned for the better for everyone since then. Verena Hölzl reports
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-a-year-of-democracy/a-38210040

24 MARCH 2017

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/probe-alleged-crimes-rohingya-myanmar-170324113526685.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39380041

17 MARCH 2017

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2080159/china-russia-block-un-statement-myanmar

6 FEBRUARY 2017

30 dead as intense fighting breaks out in Myanmar-China border town

At least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2076489/30-dead-intense-fighting-breaks-out-myanmar-china-border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39182713

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised to investigate UN allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/myanmars-suu-kyi-vows-to-investigate-crimes-against-rohingya/8241036?section=world

3 FEBRUARY 2017

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child Killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38858655
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/rohingyas-killed-myanmar-crackdown-170203101817841.html

29 JANUARY 2017

Suu Kyi Muslim political advisor Ko Ni shot and killed at Yangon airport in Myanmar

A gunman has killed a legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon Airport
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-30/prominent-myanmar-suu-kyi-ally-assassinated/8221980?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2066370/prominent-muslim-lawyer-gunned-down-yangons-international

11 JANUARY 2017

Burma: Fresh fears for freedom of speech under Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration

Given the dozens of people who have been charged or jailed under the new administration for supposed online defamation of the regime, it appears those expectations may have been misplaced
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/burma-fresh-fears-freedom-speech-aung-san-suu-kyis-administration/

8 JANUARY 2017

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/buddhist-hardliners-stop-myanmar-muslim-ceremony/3422998.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

Nobel laureates slam Suu Kyi over Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, call for UN intervention

More than a dozen Nobel laureates on Thursday urged the United Nations to “end the human crisis” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority group, whose members have been fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a bloody military crackdown that has killed at least 86 people
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058191/nobel-laureates-slam-suu-kyi-over-myanmars-rohingya-crisis
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38470232

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Myanmar’s ongoing great power balancing act

Donald Trump’s recent victory calls into question Washington’s commitment to its current engagement strategy, let alone the ‘rebalance’. Even with its new civilian leadership, Myanmar is unlikely to move headlong into a new dependence relationship with the West, geopolitically or otherwise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/30/myanmars-ongoing-great-power-balancing-act/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

‘Mass destruction’ of ethnic Rohingya villages underway in Burma, human rights group warns

New satellite imagery from Burma’s western Rakhine state reveals mass destruction in ethnic Rohingya villages, said Human Rights Watch on Monday, calling for an urgent United Nations investigation into alleged abuses
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/21/mass-destruction-of-ethnic-rohingya-villages-underway-in-burma-h/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38049106

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Burma Army Says 86 Killed in Fighting in Arakan State

As many as 69 members of what Burma’s government has described as a Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 security forces have been killed in a recent escalation of fighting in northwestern Arakan State, the army said on Tuesday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-says-86-killed-in-fighting-in-arakan-state.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

10 OCTOBER 2016

In Myanmar, Rakhine border raids kill nine police officers

Nine Myanmar police officers were killed in coordinated attacks by insurgents on posts along the border with Bangladesh early yesterday, an official and police said
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/22992-rakhine-border-raids-kill-nine-police-officers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/attack-kills-myanmar-police-bangladesh-border-161010132157512.html

8 OCTOBER 2016

US lifts sanctions on Myanmar but vows to keep pushing for democratic reform and human rights

US President Barack Obama has lifted sanctions on Myanmar and pledged to assist the country’s civilian government led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in carrying on its efforts for political reform and broad-based economic growth
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2026300/us-lifts-sanctions-myanmar-vows-keep-pushing-democratic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-08/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar/7915136

4 OCTOBER 2016

The US, Myanmar and the dragon in the background

Moves by the Obama administration to soften sanctions and reward Myanmar’s progress to democracy, while welcome, are not enough to meet the country’s economic growth needs, giving China a strategic advantage, Monish Tourangbam and Pawan Amin write.
http://www.newmandala.org/us-myanmar-dragon-background/

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gets Harvard humanitarian award

 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honoured as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2020415/nobel-laureate-aung-san-suu-kyi-gets-harvard-humanitarian

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama Pledges to Lift All Sanctions Against Myanmar

President Obama pledged on Wednesday to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar, seeking to reward the country’s recent moves toward democracy after decades of brutal military rule
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/world/asia/myanmar-obama.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/obama-vows-to-lift-myanmar-sanctions-as-suu-kyi-visits/3127248.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighbouring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-closer-military-ties-myanmar
http://www.ecns.cn/military/2016/09-10/225992.shtml

31 AUGUST 2016

Historic peace conference begins in Myanmar

Peace talks between Myanmar’s government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-panglong-peace-summit-kicks-off/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160831_31/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/peace-vital-to-building/3089780.html

29  AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terr

19 AUGUST 2016

China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Support for Myanmar’s Peace Process

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi received a pledge of support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing an upcoming peace conference that will bring together Myanmar government representatives, the national military, and armed ethnic groups
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/chinas-xi-jinping-pledges-support-for-myanmars-peace-process-08192016155956.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160819_06/

13 JULY 2016

Burmese Buddhist leaders against anti-Muslim Ma Ba Tha movement

For the first time, the Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee openly disavows the extremist group. In a statement, Buddhist leaders say they never supported the ideas and statements by ultra-nationalists. For a Ma Ba Tha spokesman, the group is a voluntary organisation that does not require anyone’s approval
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-Buddhist-leaders-against-anti-Muslim-Ma-Ba-Tha-movement-38032.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmars-top-monks-parry-claims-of-buddhist-hardliners-amid-surge-in-sectarian-violence

7 JULY 2016

Mixed reviews on Myanmar government’s first 100 days

July 7 marked the 100th day in office for Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The cabinet, led by State Counsellor, foreign minister and de facto leader of the nation Aung San Suu Kyi, has focused largely on trying to end armed conflicts in Myanmar and establishing a stronger rule of law
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mixed-reviews-on-myanmar/2939194.html

7 JUNE 2016

Myanmar BBC reporter gets jail, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/07/content_15445807.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/20701-bbc-reporter-jailed-for-assaulting-police-officer.html

8 APRIL 2016

Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners

A Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-08/myanmar-court-frees-student-activists-after-aung-san-suu-kyi-pledge/1567492
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-government-releases-69-prisoners-160408094045351.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/08/dozens-of-political-prisoners-released-in-myanmar/

6 APRIL 2016

China pledges support for new Myanmar government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19857-china-pledges-support-for-new-myanmar-government.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/06/c_135255773.htm

4 APRIL 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmars-suu-kyi-drops-two-ministerial-jobs-takes-spokeswoman-role
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160404_27/

30 MARCH 2016

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected civilian president in décades

Mr Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, was sworn in as Myanmar’s president on Wednesday (March 30), becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/htin-kyaw-sworn-in-as-myanmars-first-elected-civilian-president-in-decades
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-swears-in-first-civilian-head-of-state-since-1962/3260795.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19730-transcript-president-u-htin-kyaw-s-inaugural-address.html
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/the-faces-of-the-next-five-years-burmas-sworn-in-leadership.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Yangon Stock Exchange opens doors for first day of trading

The Yangon Stock Exchange is scheduled to come to life at 9:30 this morning when First Myanmar Investment shares become free to trade electronically, following a pre-launch lockdown during which even the FMI public relations team was turned away.
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3705479-155/yangon-stock-exchange-opens-for-business
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/19653-ysx-opens-doors-for-first-day-of-trading.html

22 MARCH 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi to be nominated to Burmese cabinet as foreign minister

Aung San Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Burma’s first civilian government for decades, her party said on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being blocked from the presidency.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12200741/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-Cabinet-nominated-Burma.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmars-president-elect-nominates-suu-kyi-to-cabinet/a-19132857

15 MARCH 2016

Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in decades

Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s next president, the first civilian leader after more than 50 years of military rule.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35808921
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/19423-u-htin-kyaw-from-computer-science-grad-to-nld-loyalist.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/htin-kyaw-suu-kyis-schoolfriend-myanmars-proxy-president

13 MARCH 2016

Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media

Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-13/myanmar-army-frees-46-child-soldiers-state-media/1558258

10 MARCH 2016

NLD names U Htin Kyaw for president

U Htin Kyaw has been named as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidate for the presidency, ending four months of uncertainty following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19403-nld-names-u-htin-kyaw-for-presiden.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35770535
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12189606/Who-is-poised-to-be-Burmas-new-president-The-rise-of-Aung-San-Suu-Kyis-former-driver-and-loyal-aide.html

1  MARCH 2016

Burmese ‘Gypsy Writer’ Maung Tha Ya Dies At 86

Renowned Burmese writer Maung Tha Ya, author of over 60 books, passed away at age 86 in the US on Monday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/burmese-gypsy-writer-maung-tha-ya-dies-at-86.html

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar government and signatory armed groups agree to prevent further clashes

The Myanmar government, eight signatory ethnic armed groups and civil society groups have agreed to seek ways to prevent further clashes, an official report said Thursday, quoting a statement from the Joint Cease fire Monitoring Committee (JCMC)http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/myanmar-government-eight-ethnic-armed-groups-agree-prevent-further-clashes
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19161-military-sends-warning-to-shan-palaung-armies.html

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar rebels continue fight despite ceasefire deal

As a large number of rebel groups continue fighting in northern states, communities are being torn apart
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/02/myanmar-rebels-continue-fight-ceasefire-deal-160217144556153.html

9 FEBRUARY 2016

The Rohingya issue is more than a humanitarian crisis

With a new parliament sworn in and the date for selecting a new president fast approaching, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is now tasked with laying the foundation for the country’s democratic development. At the heart of this challenge lies curbing religious extremism and integrating the Muslim Rohingya minority into Burmese society
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/rohingya-issue-humanitarian-crisis-43405/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

The cut off point for presidential candidate proposals will be March 17, Win Khaing Than, the speaker of Myanmar’s combined houses of parliament told lawmakers Monday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/myanmar-presidential-nominees-named-march-17-093558768.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-08/myanmar-presidential-vote-to-begin-on-march-17-as-transition-talks-between-aung-san-suu-kyi-military/1545150
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/aung-san-suu-kyi-burmese-presidency/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi names former general to head key advisory panel

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Friday nominated Shwe Mann, one of the country’s most powerful politicians, to head a prominent legal advisory panel, as the freshly-elected parliament prepares to choose a new president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/suu-kyi-names-former-general-head-key-advisory-panel

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Historic day in Myanmar as Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party takes power

Myanmar’s parliament dominated by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Monday began a new and historic session that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35456982
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/myanmar-era-parliament-holds-historic-session-160201043336484.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/31/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-nld/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-01/aung-san-suu-kyis-prodemocracy-mps-take-their-seats-in-myanmars-parliament/1542366

22 JANUARY 2016

In Myanmar, 52 political prisoners released in amnesty

More than 50 political prisoners, including one New Zealander, have walked free from prisons across Myanmar today, in a presidential amnesty for over 100 inmates
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18625-52-political-prisoners-released-in-surprise-amnesty.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/22/myanmar-begins-releasing-political-prisoners/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

Burma activist jailed for six months for mocking military junta

A political activist in Burma has been jailed for six months for a social media post mocking the country’s powerful military establishment, in the latest sign of a renewed crackdown on free speech as the country struggles to chart a new democratic course
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12071449/Burma-activist-jailed-for-six-months-for-mocking-military-junta.html

18 DECEMBER 2015

What’s Next for U.S. Policy toward Myanmar?

The resounding victory of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is an outcome many in the United States had long wanted to see. But rather than being an end goal in itself, the election results signaled the start of a more challenging process and have taken Myanmar into completely uncharted territory
http://cogitasia.com/whats-next-for-u-s-policy-toward-myanmar/

9 DECEMBER 2015

Washington cuts sanctions on Myanmar ahead of democratic transition

The US has temporarily lifted certain trade sanctions on Myanmar, aiming to reinvigorate trade and support a peaceful political transition after a historic victory by democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in November elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/washington-cuts-sanctions-myanmar-ahead-democratic-transition

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Myanmar election results: Suu Kyi’s NLD wins landslide victory

With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president, ending decades of military-backed rule
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34805806
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-historic-win/index.html

11 NOVEMBRE 2015

Myanmar president and army chief congratulate Suu Kyi

Myanmar President Thein Sein and the country’s powerful army chief have congratulated opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as her party continued to steam towards victory in the country’s historic élections
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/myanmar-president-promises-peaceful-transfer-power-151111091302625.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-army-chief/2253566.html

8 NOVEMBER 2015

Polling peaceful in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years

Voting unfolded smoothly in Myanmar on Sunday with no reports of violence to puncture a mood of jubilation marking the Southeast Asian nation’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, its biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship
http://atimes.com/2015/11/polling-peaceful-in-myanmars-first-free-election-for-25-years/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34756381
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/voting-ends-myanmar-parliamentary-election-151108090030043.html

2 NOVEMBER 2015

 7 things you may not know about Burma’s historic élections

 Burma will vote on November 8 in its first national elections since a civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. Here are seven factors at play in the pending elections that may surprise readers
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-burmas-historic-elections/

26 OCTOBER 2015

Exclusive: ‘Strong evidence’ of genocide in Myanmar

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to « strong evidence » of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/exclusive-strong-evidence-genocide-myanmar-151024190547465.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Burma signs ceasefire deal with eight rebel factions

Myanmar’s government and eight smaller ethnic rebel armies signed a ceasefire agreement to end more than six decades of fighting, but other more powerful groups refused to come on board, signaling that peace will remain elusive.
http://www.france24.com/en/20151015-burma-myanmar-government-ceasefire-rebels
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/15/myanmar-s-president-hails-ceasefire-deal-with-rebels-as-historic/

14 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar activist arrested over Facebook post on military

A female Myanmar opposition activist has been arrested over a satirical Facebook post about the military, officials said on Wednesday (Oct 14), in the latest crackdown against free speech in the country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-activist-arrested/2192694.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/729936/myanmar-activist-arrested-over-facebook-post-on-military

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Myanmar approves ‘discriminatory’ marriage bill

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring Buddhist women to seek permission before marrying outside their faith. Parliament passed the bill in July despite criticism that it discriminates against religious minorities and encourages anti-Muslim sentiment
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/myanmar-approves-discriminatory-marriage-bill-150920075228353.html

28 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s hugely popular National League for Democracy (NLD)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/2083362.html

20 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar approves controversial religion bills

The bills regulating religious conversion and polygamy were approved by parliament on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition, who said his party had voted against the proposed legislation over fears that it was detrimental to human rights
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-approves/2064264.html

13 AUGUST 2015

 Shwe Mann ousted as head of Burma’s ruling party in ‘internal coup’

Myanmar President Thein Sein has moved to consolidate his power in the country’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by forcing out his chief rival Shwe Mann as party chairman, months ahead of a November general election
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/shwe-mann-sacked-as-party-chief-in-power-struggle-with-thein-sein.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15976-security-forces-surround-usdp-meet.html
http://cogitasia.com/shwe-manns-fall-from-power-a-mixed-blessing-for-myanmar/

21 JULY 2015

Myanmar editors fined for insulting president

A Myanmar court on Tuesday fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat (US$809) each after finding them guilty of violating the country’s media laws by insulting the president
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/631140/myanmar-editors-fined-for-insulting-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33618558

13 JULY 2015

Myanmar’s president Thein Sein will not run for second term, his office says

Myanmar president Thein Sein decides not to run in a parliamentary election scheduled for November 8, a senior official from his office says, meaning he will not be eligible for a second term as head of state
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-14/myanmars-president-thein-sein-will-not-run-for-second-term-his-office-says/1469508

Analysis: Why Burma’s election will be neither free nor fair

Burmese President Thein Sein will do his best to hold a free and fair election on November 8, but however hard he tries this election will not deliver democracy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134120/why-burmas-election-will-neither-be-free-nor-fair/

8 JULY 2015

Myanmar general election set for Nov 8

Myanmar officials on Wednesday announced November 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition in a quarter of a century
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/617084/myanmar-general-election-set-for-nov-8
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33441000

25 JUNE 2015

Myanmar’s parliament keeps Aung San Suu Kyi away from the presidential election

With their veto power intact, the military still keep the main opposition leader out of the run for the presidency. Only 388 lawmakers out of 664 voted in favour of changing the constitution, far short of the 75 per cent threshold
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar’s-parliament-keeps-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-away-from-the-presidential-election-34615.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/1941000.html

11 JUNE 2015

Rebels declare ‘ceasefire’ with Myanmar army

Rebels who have fought Myanmar’s army along a rugged border area with China for four months declared a unilateral ceasefire Thursday, after fighting left scores dead, threatened a nationwide peace pact and spilled over the frontier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/589689/rebels-declare-ceasefire-with-myanmar-army

10 JUNE 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for first visit

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate’s apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/asia/myanmar-china-suu-kyi-visit/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33064192

2 JUNE 2015

Myanmar jails writer for 2 years for ‘insulting religion’

Myanmar on Tuesday jailed a writer for two years with hard labour for « insulting religion », his lawyer said, with rights groups condemning the verdict as the country’s latest strike on freedom of expression
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-jails-writer-2-years-insulting-religion-lawyer
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/activists-o

28 MAY 2015

UN council holds first-ever briefing on Myanmar human rights

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/un-council-holds-first/1879094.html

16 MAY 2015

Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis

Myanmar’s government has said it is not responsible for the migrant boat crisis in south-east Asia, and may not attend an emergency summit on the issue.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32766748

8 MAY 2015

Myanmar president meets ethnic rebel leader in peace push

Myanmar President Thein Sein held a surprise meeting with a powerful armed group representing the ethnic Wa minority on Friday as the government tries to convince an array of rebel groups to sign a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-president-meets-ethnic-rebel-leader-peace-push
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/thein-sein-makes-surprise-visit-to-ethnic-leaders.html

31 MARCH 2015

Myanmar army and rebels sign draft ceasefire agreement

Myanmar’s president Tuesday signed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups that the UN hailed as a « historic and significant achievement » as the country tries to end decades of civil war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126918
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/513799/un-myanmar-leader-hail-historic-draft-ceasefire-pact

30 MARCH 2015

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/512627/myanmar-rebels-agree-landmark-draft-peace-deal
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-rebels-agree/1757654.html

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar signs deal to buy Thunder fighter from Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense said that a contract had been signed for Islamabad to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150325000059&cid=1101

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar charges 69 protesters with rioting after police crackdown

A Myanmar court laid charges, including rioting, on Wednesday against 69 students involved in a protest two weeks ago that was broken up in a police action that drew sharp criticism from Western governments, a student activist said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-charges-69-protesters-rioting-after-police-crackdown

19 MARCH 2015

2 Myanmar journalists jailed on defamation charges

The Mawlamyine Township Court in Mon State has sentenced two local journalists to two months in prison under section 500 of defamation charges. It is the first time for the journalists to face imprisonment on defamation charges in more than 100 years since the British colonial rule to successive Myanmar governments
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9361:two-journalists-jailed-for-defamation&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

14 MARCH 2015

China sends fighter jets to Myanmar border after bomb kills four

China sent fighter jets to patrol its border with Myanmar after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed four Chinese in southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Saturday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/496925/china-sends-fighter-jets-to-myanmar-border-after-bomb-kills-four
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31885318
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/497000/myanmar-denies-bombing-china

10 MARCH 2015

Myanmar police crack down on student protesters

At least 16 police officers and eight protesters were reportedly hurt, when Myanmar police clashed with students, monks and journalists as they broke up protesters calling for academic freedom, according to news reports and witnesses
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/myanmar-police-crack-student-protesters-150310123609713.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812028

3 MARCH 2015

Myanmar students defy deadline to disperse

Hundreds of students protesting against an education bill in Myanmar have defied an order to disperse.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31716169
http://www.irrawaddy.org/multimedia-burma/tension-mounts-as-clock-ticks-for-student-demonstrators.html

2 MARCH 2015

Myanmar president hosts rare Suu Kyi talks amid constitution debate

Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-myanmar-president-hosts-rare-suu-kyi-talks-amid-constitution-debate/2664546.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

United Nations warns on Myanmar reform ‘set back’

The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s treatment of minorities and suppression of free speech is setting back its political reforms.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31635566

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar army deepens offensive on ethnic rebels near China border

Myanmar’s army has continued an offensive to flush out rebels from areas around a flashpoint town on the northeastern border with China, state media said Friday, in 11 days of fighting that have displaced tens of thousands of people.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/480062/myanmar-army-deepens-offensive-on-ethnic-rebels-near-china-border

17 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region as fighting rages

Myanmar on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a conflict-torn border region, where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has sent thousands fleeing airstrikes and fierce gun battles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-declares-emergency-war-torn-region-fighting-rages
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-declares-state-emergency-war-torn-region-150217124515270.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

47 Myanmar soldiers reported dead in clashes with Kokang rebels

Days of clashes with rebels from a minority ethnic group in northern Myanmar have left 47 government soldiers dead and dozens more wounded, state media reported Friday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/12/asia/myanmar-violence/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-kokang-rebels-kill-dozens-soldiers-150213072401121.html

11 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31421179

24 JANUARY 2015

More than 400 child soldiers freed from Myanmar army in 2014: UN

There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/459825/more-than-400-child-soldiers-freed-from-myanmar-army-in-2014-un

7 JANUARY 2015

China’s influence in Myanmar facing growing scrutiny

Mounting local opposition to Chinese-backed infrastructure projects in Myanmar over the past few months has again led to growing scrutiny on Beijing’s influence in the Southeast Asian state
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/chinas-influence-in-myanmar-facing-growing-scrutiny/

2 DECEMBER 2014

Is the Myanmar regime splintering?

With one year remaining before Myanmar’s general election there is growing concern, both internationally and domestically, that the reform process is at best beginning to stagnate and at worst rolling back in some critical areas.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/02/is-the-myanmar-regime-splintering/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

UN presses Myanmar over Rohingya rights

The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday 21 urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Rangoon to scrap a controversial identity plan.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444762/un-presses-myanmar-over-rohingya-rights

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Suu Kyi party admits ‘cannot win’ fight to change constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on Wednesday admitted it « cannot win » its battle to scrap parts of a junta-era constitution that bars her from Myanmar’s presidency, decrying a parliamentary decision to postpone amendments until after 2015 elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/suu-kyi-party-admits-cannot-win-fight-change-constitution

22 Dead as Burma Army Fires on Kachin Military Academy

Twenty-two ethnic Kachin soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fired on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/22-dead-burma-army-fires-kachin-military-academy-rebels-say.html

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before polls

Myanmar’s parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444056/myanmar-rules-out-constitutional-change-before-polls
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/military-mps-object-constitutional-change.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi condemns ‘unjust’ constitution

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said constitutional rules which bar her from running for president because her sons are half British are « unfair, unjust and undemocratic ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30049266

President Obama tells Myanmar to move forward on democracy

On the road to democracy, Myanmar has sputtered, and it’s time to move forward, said President Obama from the porch of an infamously symbolic home in the country’s largest city.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/14/world/asia/myanmar-obama-democracy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Report accuses Myanmar generals of war crimes

Military activities carried out by Myanmar’s powerful minister of home affairs when the country was under army dictatorship could constitute war crimes, a new study has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/report-accuses-myanmar-generals-war-crimes-20141177143567931.html

1 NOVEMBER 2014

UN bill urges Myanmar to drop identity plan

 A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging « access to full citizenship on an equal basis. »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/un-bill-urges-myanmar-drop-identity-plan-201411102155672770.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms

On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it’s just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-moots-changing-constitution-barring-suu-kyi-presidency-0

24 OCTOBER 2014

Detained Myanmar reporter Aung Naing shot dead

A military statement said that Aung Naing was arrested in Mon state at the end of September while covering clashes near the border between Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29758329
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/missing-reporter-killed-custody-burma-army-report.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms

With 25% of the seats allocated to them by law, the military control the country and all modern and democratic reform in society. Issues in dispute include Art. 59 (F) which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and Art. 436, on the military veto. The next elections scheduled for late October and early November 2015.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-military-wants-to-retain-veto-power-of-constitutional-reforms-32501.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Study: Rohingya Among World’s Most Persecuted

The Rohingya minority community in Myanmar should rank as one of the most excluded, persecuted and vulnerable communities in the world. That is the conclusion of a pair of studies, prepared over a three-year-period, looking at the plight of the stateless group.
http://www.voanews.com/content/stateless-rohingya-deemed-among-worlds-most-persecuted/2486813.html

7 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar pardons 3,000 prisoners

Myanmar’s government has pardoned 3,073 prisoners, including 58 foreign nationals, as part of an amnesty that rights groups said included more than a dozen political prisoners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/myanmar-pardons-more-than-3000-prisoners-20141078411568883.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436372/myanmar-frees-3000-prisoners-including-ex-military-figures

30 AUGUST 2014

Myanmar ‘loses ten million people’ in census

Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people – far less than the previously estimated 60 million, according to preliminary results of the latest census.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/myanmar-loses-ten-million-people-census-201483055945633777.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-census-shows-population-9m-fewer-estimated

25 AUGUST 2014

President’s post unlikely for Suu Kyi

There are many reasons, the first of which is the maths involved. A quarter of Parliament’s 664 seats are reserved for the military. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has another 336
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-63761.html

24 JULY 2014

Myanmar lets Medecins Sans Frontieres back into Rakhine

Myanmar has invited the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume its work in Rakhine state, which has been plagued by sectarian violence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28471142

13 JULY 2014

Over 50 journalists charged for protesting without permission

Over 50 journalists who staged a silent protest during President Thein Sein’s visit to the Myanmar Peace Center on Saturday have been charged for protesting without permission, according to senior police sources.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6760:journalists-and-protestors-charged-with-section-18&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

12 JULY 2014

Journalists stage ‘silent protest’ while President meets with artists

Journalists staged a silent protest after the police stopped journalists who were holding a boycott and wearing t-shirts with the slogan ‘Stop Killing Press’ while coming to cover the meeting between President Thein Sein and artists held at Myanmar Peace Center
http://elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6743:journalists-stage-silent-protest-while-president-meets-with-artists&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

10 JULY 2014

Five reporters in Myanmar sentenced to 10 years in jail

A Myanmar court has sentenced five journalists to jail with hard labour for 10 years for writing that the military was making chemical weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28247691
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/myanmar-jails-journalists-10-years-2014710113757674385.html

4 JULY 2014

Myanmar Buddhists Threaten to Kill Muslims

Myanmar police cordoned off Mandalay’s Muslim neighborhood as hundreds of Buddhists wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city on Friday, following communal riots that killed two people earlier in the week
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-buddhists-threaten-to-kill-muslims/1950712.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418879/curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-after-religious-attacks
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6658:curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-following-two-deaths-in-unrest&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

2 JULY 2014

Sectarian unrest shakes major Myanmar city

Myanmar police fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the central city of Mandalay, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest eruption of religious unrest to shake the Buddhist-majority nation.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418645/sectarian-unrest-shakes-major-myanmar-city

25 JUNE 2014

Myanmar amends public protest law

Myanmar’s parliament amended a controversial law that requires people to obtain permission for public protests and subjects violators to penalties, including prison terms, state media reported Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417317/myanmar-amends-public-protest-law

13 JUNE 2014

Burmese vote to retain Suu Kyi Burma presidential ban

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of becoming Myanmar’s president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415192/suu-kyi-presidency-chances-fade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27838184
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/suu-kyis-presidential-bid-dead-yet-nld.html

7 JUNE 2014

Suu Kyi faces pushback from army over public pressure

Analysts say her tactics on charter change may backfire
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Suu-Kyi-faces-pushback-from-army-over-public-press-61181.html

24 MAI 2014

Myanmar ‘needs charter change’

The United Nations (UN) human rights envoy to Myanmar on Saturday expressed concern over the military’s veto power on constitutional changes, which he said are crucial for the country’s democratic transition and next year’s elections

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411546/un-rights-envoy-myanmar-needs-constitution-change

17 MAY 2017

Myanmar rally calls for charter change

Thousands of people joined a rally in Myanmar’s main city on Saturday to call for changes to a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410321/myanmar-rally-calls-for-charter-change

2 MAY 2014

UN envoy: Myanmar must give status to Muslims

The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar says the country’s Rohingya Muslims must have a path to citizenship, otherwise their security will remain under threat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/2014520519321853.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/122304/un-envoy-burma-must-give-status-to-muslims/

30 APRIL 2014

Cracks Appear in US Myanmar Rapprochement



Recent legislation introduced to U.S. Congress to put conditions on U.S. cooperation with Myanmar’s military may be one of the first signs of emerging dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s rapprochement policy with the post-junta government

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/cracks-appear-in-us-myanmar-rapprochement/

23 APRIL 2014

Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the Barracks

Myanmar’s feared military, the Tatmadaw, which dominated the country’s politics and economy for decades until democracy came in 2010, has been returning to the barracks much faster and more completely than anyone could have imagined, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-military-barracks/

21 APRIL 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/myanmar-democracy-activist-win-tin-dies-at-85/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/veteran-myanmar-pro-democracy-campaigner-win-tin-dies-0

14 APRIL 2014

An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Suu refused to address the plight of the oppressed Rohingya, who originally come from Bangladesh, when she met its prime minister

http://fpif.org/open-letter-aung-san-suu-kyi/

2 APRIL 2014

UN slams Rohingya census exclusion in Myanmar

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was « deeply concerned » members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403122/un-slams-rohingya-census-exclusion

15 MARCH 2014

The French Connection

Relations between Myanmar and France date back to the early 18th century, but ties were largely on hold in recent decades due to Western sanctions on Myanmar’s former military regime. Since the current government introduced reforms after coming to power in 2011, however, the two countries have moved quickly to increase their engagement

http://www.irrawaddy.org/interview/magazine-in-person/french-connection.html

6 MARCH 2014

Transition In Myanmar: Regional Implications And Future Directions – Analysis

http://www.eurasiareview.com/06032014-transition-myanmar-regional-implications-future-directions-analysis/

2 MARCH 2014

Myanmar couple in ‘first gay wedding’

The marriage does not enjoy any legal status but followed the customs of other Myanmar weddings, with the two men arriving in solemn procession followed by six groomsmen in front of some two hundred guests.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397965/myanmar-couple-in-first-gay-wedding

1 MARCH 2014

Foreign investment in Myanmar triples

Foreign investment in Myanmar is set to triple in the current fiscal year ending March 30, with 50% going into manufacturing, media reports said on Saturday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397664/foreign-investment-in-myanmar-triples

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Myanmar to mull interfaith marriage law

Myanmar’s president has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk that is aimed at « protecting » Buddhists in the former junta-ruled nation

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/myanmar-mull-interfaith-marriage-law-2014228125531626809.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-leader-proposes-interfaith-marriage-law

Burma: Médecins Sans Frontières ordered to leave Rakhine state

Burma’s government said it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.france24.com/en/20140228-burma-doctors-without-borders-MSF-end-all-activities-health/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120085/burma-medicins-sans-frontieres-ordered-to-leave-rakhine-state/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Journalists Detained for Reporting Alleged Burmese Chemical Weapons Factory

Four journalists and the CEO of the Rangoon-based Unity journal have been detained by the Burma police force’s Special Branch after the newspaper reported the existence of an alleged chemical weapons factory in central Burma

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/journalists-detained-reporting-alleged-burmese-chemical-weapons-factory.html

26 JANUARY 2014

World Bank pledges $2bn development aid for Burma

The World Bank has pledged $2bn in development aid to Burma for projects including energy supply and healthcare. Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the aid during his first visit there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25903687

23 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar mobs kill 40 Muslims

Buddhist mobs killed at least 40 Muslims when they stormed a village in western Myanmar last week, hunting down residents with knives, a human rights group said, citing witness testimony and a wide network of local sources

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391154/myanmar-mobs-kill-40-muslims-says-rights-group

22 JANUARY 2012

Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military

A former child soldier who is under the coordinated protection of the International Labor Organization and Burmese authorities has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit, a local rights group says.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/burmese-child-soldier-imprisoned-leaving-military.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers

Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a « historic step » towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390265/myanmar-frees-scores-of-child-soldiers

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/myanmar-releases-child-soldiers-from-service-2014118103450393981.html

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997

http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-ministers-conclude-first-high-level-meeting-in-burma/1832420.html

15 JANUAY 2014

Burma military ‘using rape as weapon’

Burma’s military has continued to use rape as a weapon of war even after a nominally civilian government was elected in 2010, a women’s group says.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25730758

9 JANUARY 2014

Keep an eye on the people with the guns in Myanmar’s transition

I fear that Myanmar’s transition to better governance could start to go off the rails in 2014. While a serious train wreck seems unlikely, the mood in the country could sour as problems pile up, which could make the national election expected at the end of 2015 a messy affair. As a result, the new government that will likely take office in early 2016 might be less effective than the current one.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/09/keep-an-eye-on-the-people-with-the-guns-in-myanmars-transition/

7 JANUARY 2014

Burmese Journalists Demand Release of Colleague

Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter — the first to be jailed since junta rule ended.
http://www.voanews.com/content/burmese-journalists-demand-release-of-colleague/1824984.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388499/myanmar-reporters-protest-new-threats-to-press-freedom

2 JANUARY 2014

Burma’s President Supports Changing Army-Drafted Constitution

Burma’s president gave his backing on Thursday for amending a military drafted constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-burma-president-supports-changing-army-drafted-constitution/1822140.html

01 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar takes first step to clear way for Suu Kyi

The ruling party has formally proposed a Constitutional amendment that currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from being president of the country

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-takes-first-step-to-clear-way-for-Suu-Kyi–55617.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/usdp-announces-surprise-constitutional-amendment-proposal.html

31 DECEMBER 2013

Myanmar president grants prisoners amnesty

Myanmar has freed five prisoners and more are expected
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/myanmar-president-grants-prisoners-amnesty-201312314465251868.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-releases-more-political-prisoners/1820559.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

Suu Kyi’s party to run in Myanmar elections

The party of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has declared that it will take part in 2015 parliamentary elections even if the country’s constitution barring her from running for president is not amended.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/suu-kyi-party-myanmar-elections-20131228144916841111.html

20 DECEMBER 2013

Suu Kyi signals threat to boycott 2015 election

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suggested for the first time that a boycott of the 2015 election may be on the cards unless her demands to amend an « undemocratic » Constitution are heeded.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/suu-kyi-signals-threat-boycott-2015-election

11 DECEMBER 2013

Burma Frees 44 Political Prisoners

Burma has released 44 political prisoners, in the latest step towards fulfilling President Thein Sein’s promise to free all political detainees by the end of the year

http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-frees-44-political-prisoners/1807886.html

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Burma’s Promise: President Thein Sein’s 11 Commitments to Obama one year ago

Here is what those 11 commitments are and where they stand today:

http://fpif.org/burmas-promise-president-thein-seins-11-commitments-obama/

18 NOVEMBER 2013

UN calls for end to Myanmar clashes

The United Nations has called for an immediate end to clashes between Myanmar troops and ethnic Kachin rebels, as hundreds of civilians remain trapped in a remote area with limited food and shelter.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/un-calls-end-myanmar-clashes-20131118145121343591.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners: officials

Myanmar on Friday said it had released dozens of detained activists as the fast-changing former pariah state hosts top-level international visitors, including from the European Union.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-frees-69-political-prisoners-officials

31 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar minority allowed to form political party

Ethnic minority Kachin leaders in Myanmar’s war-torn far north on Thursday hailed a government decision to allow them to form a political party as a step towards finding elusive peace.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-minority-allowed-form-political-party

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.

http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar at talks with Suu Kyi

Pope Francis called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar on Monday at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-urges-dialogue-myanmar-talks-suu-kyi

26 OCTOBER 2013

Thein Sein’s decision not to run paves the way for a challenge between Aung San Suu Kyi and Shwe Mann in 2015



Myanmar President Thein Sein, who led the reform process in the past two years, will not run for a second mandate in 2015, this according to Shwe Mann, speaker of the lower house and head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). His likely adversary will be Aung San Suu Kyi. Like her, Mann wants the constitution amended to allow the country’s main opposition leader to run.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thein-Sein’s-decision-not-to-run-paves-the-way-for-a-challenge-between-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-and-Shwe-Mann-in-2015-29383.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

UN envoy slams Myanmar’s anti-Muslim violence

« The situation in Rakhine State has fed a wider anti-Muslim narrative in Myanmar, which is posing one of the most serious threats to the reform process, » Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on the situation in human rights in Myanmar, said on Thursday. « Rakhine State remains in a situation of profound crisis. »

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/un-envoy-slams-myanmar-anti-muslim-violence-201310250350636671.html

22 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi finally gets EU Sakharov rights prize

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday finally received the EU’s Sakharov rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of a brutal military crackdown, but said her work was not yet done.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375888/suu-kyi-finally-gets-eu-sakharov-rights-prize

21 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders on reform

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country’s government to complete its reform process.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suu-kyi-urges-world-to/856198.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar journalist Sein Win dies

Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, died Thursday at age 91.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375121/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-myanmar-dies

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114545/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-burma-dies/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Burma agrees preliminary deal with Kachin rebels

The Burmese authorities say they have signed a preliminary peace agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels in the north.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24480495

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374040/myanmar-takes-asean-chair http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-pariah-myanmar-takes-asean-chair

Myanmar opposition spokesman fined over election claim

Myanmar’s opposition spokesman said Thursday he had been fined for a statement he made claiming that ballot sheets were tampered with in landmark by-elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party enter parliament last year.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374028/myanmar-opposition-spokesman-fined-over-election-claim

9 OCTOBER 2013

Sexual violence in Burma

Burma was not one of the 115 countries to sign up to the UN Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) launched by William Hague at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013. Despite Burma’s refusal to sign the initiative the British Government will still pay to train soldiers from the Burmese Army, which is accused of using rape as a weapon and child soldiers.

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2013/10/09/sexual-violence-in-burma/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Hundreds of Buddhists have rioted in western Myanmar, killing a 94-year-old Muslim woman and setting more than 70 homes ablaze, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24354159
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/myanmar-rioters-attack-muslims-burn-homes-2013101105542511855.html

Only 30% of Myanmar has access to electricity, says minister

Myanmar currently provides electricity to 30 per cent of the population according to the Minister Electric Power, Khin Maung Soe.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Only-30-of-Myanmar-has-access-to-electricity-says–52304.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Muslims in Hiding in Burma After Latest Bout of Sectarian Strife

Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Burma on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence. Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June of last year
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-muslims-in-hiding-in-burma-after-latest-bout-of-sectarian-strife/1759616.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113915/sectarian-tensions-flare-in-burma-town/

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Dalai Lama to Burmese monks : Enough anti- Rohingya violence

The Tibetan spiritual leader recalls the teachings of the Buddha and appeals to the Burmese monks : no more attacks and violence against « your Muslim brothers and sisters . » Aung San Suu Kyi calls for amendments to the Constitution to solve the ethnic problem . In the sixth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution monks call on authorities to apologize .
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Dalai-Lama-to-Burmese-monks-:-Enough-anti–Rohingya-violence-29059.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370012/suu-kyi-meets-dalai-lama-risking-china-ire

25 AUGUST 2013

Twelve arrested after fresh unrest in Myanmar

At least 12 people have been arrested after a renewed bout of religious violence in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region in which dozens of homes were set ablaze.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/2013825133757670971.html

23 AUGUST 2013

China’s troubled Myanmar policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/23/chinas-troubled-myanmar-policy/

Burma’s Parliament Approves $100 Million Loan From China

Burma’s Parliament has approved the government’s decision to borrow US$100 million from China, despite opposition from the National League for Democracy (NLD) and other parties.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/42738

21 AUGUST 2013

UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in attack

The UN’s rights envoy on Myanmar Wednesday slammed the nation’s government for failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town reeling from religious unrest.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365744/un-envoy-says-myanmar-failed-to-protect-him-in-attack
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-envoy-accuses-burma-of-failing-to-protect-him/1734057.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Rohingya activist held after Facebook post

An activist has been arrested in Myanmar after posting photos on Facebook from violent clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces in country’s restive state of Rakhine, police and an activist have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201381571457149651.html

13 AUGUT 2013

Burma must declare war against corruption

Corruption in Burma (Myanmar) is systemic and widespread, and will be the most significant threat to the country’s future economic growth and development.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/13/burma-must-declare-war-against-corruption/

8 AUGUST 2013

Burma marks 25 years since brutal junta crackdown

Politicians, Buddhist monks and thousands of Burmese citizens attended rallies in Yangon on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the brutal « 8888 » crackdown on student protests la http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdownunched by the country’s former junta rulers on August 8, 1988.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdown
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111694/burmas-president-urged-to-make-an-apology-for-1988-killings/
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-marks-25-years-since-88-uprising/1725732.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23602365

7 AUGUST 2013

Burma Army Frees More Child Soldiers as Part of Pact to End Practice

The Burma Army discharged 68 children and young people on Wednesday, the United Nations said, exactly a month after it released 42 children and young adults who had been recruited for soldiering and other duties.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/41542
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363519/myanmar-frees-kids-from-military

23 JULY 2013

Burma frees a further 73 political prisoners

The Burmese authorities say they are releasing another 73 political prisoners, after a promise by President Thein Sein to free all dissidents by the end of the year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23416223

19 JULY 2013

EU reopens preferential trade with Myanmar

Myanmar is set to profit from a preferential trade agreement with the European Union (EU) starting on July 19, according to an EU press release.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/business/2808-eu-reopens-preferential-trade-with-myanmar

Myanmar’s president says doesn’t object to Suu Kyi running for president

Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has « no objections » to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130719-438670.html

Myanmar military to return 18,000 acres of confiscated land

The Myanmar military will return over 18,000 acres of confiscated farmlands to their original owners, according to the Minister of Defence.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-military-to-return-18000-acres-of-confisca-49278.html

17 JULY 2013

Burmese president meets France’s Hollande

Burma’s President Thein Sein met French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday for talks on economic and diplomatic ties, in the second leg of his European tour.                                                                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130717-burma-president-thein-sein-meet-france-francois-hollande

Paris-based Watchdog calls for crimes against the media in Burma

Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter dated 16 July 2013 to Burmese President Thein Sein, who begins a two-day visit to France started on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into the former military government’s crimes against the media since 1962.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110770/paris-based-watchdog-call-for-crimes-against-the-media-in-burma/

13 JULY 2013

Burma signs treaty with Wa ethnic group

Burma’s government and rebels from the ethnic Wa guerrilla group have reached a peace deal, state media has reported.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300441

11 JULY 2013

Buddhist bin Laden’ or man of peace? Monk leads anti-Muslim campaign in Myanmar

Wirathu is the leader of a Buddhist extremist movement known as 969. He was once jailed for anti-Muslim violence and believes it is vital that Buddhist people keep their business, relationships and land dealings away from followers of Islam.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/11/19395152-buddhist-bin-laden-or-man-of-peace-monk-leads-anti-muslim-campaign-in-myanmar?lite

8 JULY 2013

Myanmar jails 2 Buddhists for riot murders

Myanmar has sentenced two Buddhist men to seven years in prison for murders during religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a local official said Monday.                                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130708-435602.html

http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/08/two-buddhists-jailed-for-murder-in-burmese-religious-riots/

Myanmar frees 42 children from military

Myanmar has discharged 42 children and young people from its armed forces, UN agencies said Monday, urging increased efforts to free child soldiers as the country emerges from military rule.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358915/myanmar-frees-children-from-the-armed-forces-un

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137810464011516.html

5 JULY 2013

Burma Lower House endorses controversial media bill

The Printing and Publishing Enterprise Bill submitted by the Ministry of Information with amendments was approved at Thursday’s Lower House of Parliament session, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported today.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110271/burma-lower-house-endorses-the-controversial-media-bill/

26 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?

Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/

25 JUNE 2013

Myanmar bans Time’s ‘Buddhist Terror’

Myanmar late Tuesday banned a controversial Time magazine cover story on Buddhist-Muslim religious violence « to prevent further conflict », according to a government spokesman, after days of angry reaction to the article.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356907/myanmar-bans-time-buddhist-terror

24 JUNE 2013

Burmese leader defends ‘anti Muslim’ monk Ashin Wirathu

Burmese President Thein Sein has defended a Buddhist monk accused of fomenting a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the country.                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23027492

21 JUNE 2013

Will Myanmar’s Soldiers Return to Barracks?

Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society                        http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5515&Itemid=168           http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/myanmar-civil-military-relations-and-constitutional-reform/

14 JUNE 2013

From Factories to Teashops, Child Labor a ‘Tradition’ in Burma

Child servers are a common sight at the average teashop or restaurant in Burma, where often the underage employees are working at the expense of schooling.                                                                                             http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/37540

6 JUNE 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to run for president

Addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in the capital Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace laureate appealed for the amendment of the military-drafted constitution which prevents her from leading the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/06/world/asia/myanmar-suu-kyi-presidential-aspiration/index.html?hpt=ias_c1  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aung-san-suu-kyi-says-she-wants-to-run-f/699802.html

30 MAY 2013

Burma reaches ceasefire deal with ethnic Kachin rebels

The Burmese government and ethnic rebels from the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) have reached a seven-point ceasefire deal.                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22716088                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135301064426259.html

28 MAY 2013

Suu Kyi criticizes two-child limit on Muslims in western Myanmar

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has joined human rights activists in criticizing a two-child limit imposed on Muslim families by authorities in areas of western Myanmar in an attempt to control their population. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/world/asia/myanmar-rohingya-child-limit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi:-Rohingya-Muslims-discriminated-against-in-two-child-law-28036.html

25 MAY 2013

Two child limit imposed on Myanmar’s Rohingya

Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area, and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence                                                                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130526-425281.htmlhttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013525133356670103.html

24 MAY 2013

As Burma Opens, Critical NGOs look in

Some international organizations urge foreign businesses to stay out until conditions improve http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5443&Itemid=217

21 MAY 2013

Myanmar jails Muslims over religious violence

A Myanmar court has sentenced seven Muslims to prison terms in connection with religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a justice official said.                                                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013521154453691869.html

20 MAY 2013

Obama hosts Myanmar leader in historic visit

Myanmar President Thein Sein has become the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms.                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/05/201352023713744342.html

17 MAY 2013

Myanmar frees group of dissidents

Myanmar has released more than 20 political prisoners, a government official has said, just hours before President Thein Sein leaves for a landmark state visit to the US.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013517104457315241.html

2 MAY 2013

China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group

China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/wa-04302013201404.html

2 MAY 2013

Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll

Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey                                                                                                           http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/media-05012013234119.html

26 APRIL 2013

US to boost trade, military ties with Burma

Burma could get broad duty-free access to the U.S. market by year’s end as the United States tries to deepen trade and military ties with the former military dictatorship.                                                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/106540/us-to-boost-trade-military-ties-with-burma/

23 APRIL 2013

Myanmar frees dozens of prisoners

Myanmar on Tuesday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the Southeast Asian state.                                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-frees-dozens-of-prisoners/649342.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22265293

22 APRIL 2013

EU ends Myanmar sanctions; arms embargo remains

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to lift the last of the bloc’s trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar, hailing « a new chapter » with the Southeast Asian country.                                                                                                        http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/eu-ends-myanmar-sanctions-arms-embargo-r/647660.html                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22254493

21 APRIL 2013

Myanmar’s economic prospects and its real potential

Myanmar’s economic potential has been vastly enhanced by the access to foreign resources — in the form of new trading opportunities, the inflow of foreign investment, elevated levels of bilateral and multilateral assistance — that President U Thein Sein’s commitment to political, social and economic reform has unleashed.                                                                                                  http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/21/myanmars-economic-prospects-and-its-real-potential/

20 APRIL 2013

Diplomats: EU to drop sanctions against Burma

The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said Friday. http://asiancorrespondent.com/105934/diplomats-eu-to-drop-sanctions-against-burma/             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/10006542/EU-to-lift-sanctions-against-Burma-permanently.html

18 APRIL 2013

Democracy veteran Win Tin warns of dark times ahead

As the Burmese new year begins, democracy veteran U Win Tin warns that its transition is being threatened by dark forces as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles to maintain her moral authority                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/105636/burma-democracy-veteran-win-tin-warns-of-dark-times-ahead/

6 APRIL 2013

13 Myanmar soldiers killed in border clash

Thirteen Myanmar soldiers were killed and two others went missing in a clash with unidentified armed forces at the border area of southern Ranong province, the same location where 92 Thais were arrested last year, a Thai military officer said yesterday. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/13-Myanmar-soldiers-killed-in-border-clash-30203515.html

1 APRIL 2013

Private newspapers return to Myanmar

Private dailies in the former British colony, also known as Burma, were forced to shut down following a military coup in 1964. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/private-newspapers-return-to-myanmar/

22 MARCH 2013

Deadly riots continue in central Myanmar

Two days of rioting between Buddhists and Muslims in a central Myanmar town has killed at least 20 people, a legislator said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332271825415121.html                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/22/deadly-ethnic-violence-erupts-in-myanmar/

21 MARCH 2013

At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP

At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, an MP said Thursday, prompting international concern at the country’s worst communal unrest since a wave of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last year.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130321-410409.html

18 MARCH 2013

Australia and Burma open defence talks

Australia is to ease restrictions on military engagement with Burma following democratic reforms carried out since the country’s ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011.                                                                   http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/18/australian-opens-defence-talks-burma

18 MARCH 2013

China counter-pivots on Myanmar

A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear                                                                                                                           http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180313.html

11 MARCH 2013

Report: Burma police used phosphorus at mine protest

An eagerly awaited official report has confirmed that police in Burma used smoke bombs that contain phosphorus during a crackdown on anti-mine protesters last year that left 108 people with burns, mostly Buddhist monks. The report also recommended the controversial Chinese-backed project continue.                                                                                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/101748/burma-myanmar-copper-mine-protest/                                                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130312-408031.html

8 MARCH 2013

Burma’s opposition NLD holds first congress

Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) is holding its first ever congress, at which it will elect party leaders for the first time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21710640                                                                                                                       http://www.asianewsnet.net/New-Myanmar-a-test-for-Suu-Kyis-party-43685.html                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/08/myanmar-suu-kyi-s-party-holds-first-ever-congress/

6 MARCH 2013

The Challenges of Myanmar and the Rest

Myanmar has experienced a profound transformation over the past months, and President Thein Sein’s recent 10-day visit to Europe should be regarded as a historic challenge for Europe and the rest of the global community.                                                            http://www.eias.org/publication/eu-asia-glance/challenges-myanmar-and-rest?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_219802893

4 MARCH 2013

President Suu Kyi?

It is worth asking the question: Can Aung San Suu Kyi make an effective transition from political symbol to political leader?                                         http://www.fpif.org/articles/president_suu_kyi

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Burma debate keeps going on unitary state vs. federal union

The people of Burma have been longing for a peaceful and prosperous country since the 1948 independence victory. But regrettably, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of liberation. As a result, civil wars throughout the nation came forward with the independence offered by British colonial rule.                                                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99077/opinion-burma-debate-keeps-going-on-unitary-state-vs-federal-union/

17 FEBRUARY 2013

UN accuses Myanmar army of torture against rebels

Serious human rights abuses are still being committed in Myanmar despite democratic reforms and progress in resolving conflicts with ethnic groups, according to the United Nations.                                                                                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/17/un-accuses-myanmar-army-of-torture-against-rebels/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Myanmar officials ‘involved in land grab’

A damning report on the violence at a copper mine in northern Myanmar last November accuses government officials of siding with Chinese and Myanmar military investors to force villagers to surrender their farmland to the mine. Police brutally broke up protests against the move but these have not died down.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-officials-involved-in-land-grab–42777.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Suu Kyi offers to mediate Myanmar peace talks

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country’s ethnic minority groups.                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/2013212235432194734.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Group Formed to Free Dissidents in Myanmar

Burma announced Thursday that it would establish a presidential steering committee to “grant liberty” to those imprisoned for voicing political dissent, in the government’s first public acknowledgement that it is holding political prisoners in the country’s jails http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/prisoners-02072013180917.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar secures debt relief worth almost $6bn

Myanmar on Monday 28 hailed a deal with international lenders to cancel nearly $6 billion of its debt, another milestone in the rapid transformation of the former junta-ruled nation.                                                                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130128-398512.html                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312882635377625.html

26 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar captures key rebel-held outpost

Myanmar troops have captured a key strategic outpost from rebels in the northern Kachin state, according to rebels, as the government criticised the US over its concerns about the escalating violence.                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013126142659670778.html

21 JANUARY 2013

Kachin rebels say Myanmar ignoring ceasefire

Myanmar troops have attacked rebel positions in northeast Kachin despite a ceasefire order from the president and an invitation to the rebels to take part in peace talks, a rebel spokesman and a local source have said.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131212566922246.html

19 JANUARY 2013

Burma ceasefire ‘holds’ in rebel-held Kachin areas

A ceasefire announced by the Burmese military fighting rebels in northern Kachin state appears to be holding., http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21096488

16 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar revokes anti-dissident law: state media

Myanmar has repealed a law that was used to jail critics of the former junta, state media said Wednesday, as the fast-changing nation works to overhaul a legal system once used to crush dissidents.                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130116-396032.html                                                                                           http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-myanmar-repeals-dissidents-law-20130116,0,4788537.story?track=rss

3 JANUARY 2013

Burma military admits airstrikes against Kachin rebels

Burma’s military acknowledged launching airstrikes against ethnic Kachin rebels in the north and said it captured a hilltop post from where the insurgents had attacked government supply convoys.                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94687/burma-military-admits-airstrikes-against-kachin/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Burma gives go-ahead for private newspapers in 2033                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20856701

24 DECEMBER 2012

Myanmar or Burma? Debate over nation’s name persists

Despite its obscurity abroad, the term Myanmar will probably prevail over Burma in the tug of words over the Southeast Asian nation’s name. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-myanmar-burma-name-20121224,0,5071578.story?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461

13 DECEMBER 2012

Burma’s police: The long road to reform

Last week, television viewers in Burma were treated to a remarkable sight: the police force formally apologising for using excessive force to break up a protest at a mine site, and injuring more than 20 Buddhist monks. This unusual event was in response to widespread public criticism of the violence, which will also be the subject of an official enquiry led by Aung San Suu Kyi.                                                     http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2012/12/13/Burmas-police-The-long-road-to-reform.aspx?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_199237096

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Burmese police break up copper mine protest

Police in Burma have used water cannon and tear gas to break up a protest against a vast Chinese-backed copper mine in the north-west of the country
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20536992

19 NOVEMBER 2012

US President Obama hails Burma’s ‘remarkable journey’

Burma is on a « remarkable journey » of reform that has much further to go, Barack Obama said as he made the first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving US president
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20386066
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/20121118171250497121.html
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138439/sebastian-strangio/what-obama-wants-from-myanmar

18 NOVEMBER 2012

Myanmar to look at Rohingya rights

Myanmar’s president has pledged to consider new rights for the stateless Rohingya minority ahead of a landmark visit by President Barack Obama, but stopped short of a full commitment that citizenship and other new freedoms would be granted.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=257938

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Myanmar’s president grants 452 prisoners amnesty

Hundreds of prisoners in Myanmar have been granted their freedom, according to the state-run newspaper, just days before President Barack Obama is scheduled to become the first sitting U.S. head of state to visit the fledgling democracy
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/14/world/asia/myanmar-prisoner-release/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Reforms in Myanmar: Challenges and prospects

In a week’s time, US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Asia’s – and perhaps the world’s – hottest destination: Myanmar. He should « see » the ugly realities of the country’s reforms that lie just beneath their surface and hear the cries of the wretched of Myanmar, such as the Muslim Rohingya and the Christian Kachins.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/11/20121114102511809369.html

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Obama to make historic visit to Myanmar

President Barack Obama later this month will become the first US leader to visit Myanmar, marking the strongest international endorsement so far of the fragile democratic transition in the once-isolated Southeast Asian country after decades of military rule.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211942656163448.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses to Take Sides in Burma Ethnic Violence

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has urged tolerance in response to a wave of ethnic violence in the west of the country, but says she will not take sides. In an interview with the BBC Saturday, the Nobel Peace laureate said she does « not think one should use one’s moral leadership » to promote a particular cause without looking into the sources of the problem
http://www.voanews.com/content/aung_san_suu_kyi_refuses_to_take_sides_in_burma_ethnic_violence/1538987.html

3 NOVEMBER 2012

EU chief Barroso offers new development aid to Burma

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has offered Burma more than $100m (£62m; 78m euros) in development aid as he met President Thein Sein
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20189448

2 NOVEMBER 2012

World Bank approves first aid to Burma in 25 years

The World Bank has approved an $80 million grant to support Burma’s reform efforts after suspending aid to the nation for 25 years. The funds are destined for infrastructure projects in rural villages, the bank said http://www.france24.com/en/20121102-world-bank-approves-first-burma-grant-aid-25-years-80-million-reform-myanmar-infrastructure http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121102-381134.html

31 OCTOBER 2012

Myanmar ‘rejects talks’ on ethnic violence

Myanmar has rejected an offer by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to open talks aimed at quelling deadly communal violence there, according to the regional bloc’s chief
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012103161130375846.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

Thousands displaced by ethnic violence in Burma

Thousands of displaced people have surged towards already overcrowded camps in western Myanmar, the UN has said, after new communal violence that has left dozens dead. Tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya are already crammed into squalid camps around the state capital Sittwe after deadly violence between Rohingya and Buddhists began in June.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210276502242958.html http://www.france24.com/en/20121027-burma-rakhine-state-thousands-displaced-deadly-ethnic-violence-buddhists-rohingya-muslims

19 OCTOBER 2012

US invites Myanmar to joint military drills

The United States has invited Myanmar to the world’s largest multi-national military field exercise, a powerful symbolic gesture toward a military with a grim human rights record and a milestone in its rapprochement with the West
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012101910515790866.html

16 OCTOBER 2012

Myanmar president re-elected ruling party leader

Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein was re-appointed Tuesday as head of the ruling party at a key meeting aimed at reviving its flagging political fortunes against a resurgent opposition. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121016-378051.html http://www.voanews.com/content/burmese-president-retains-party-leadership/1527421.html

14 OCTOBER 2012

Burma army-backed party to choose new leadership

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) wants to regroup after the newly legalised opposition NLD, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, trounced nearly all its candidates in April by-elections. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19940499

4 OCTOBER 2012

Burma’s Corrupt Legal System

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4868&Itemid=168

28 SEPTEMBER

Myanmar reforms irreversible, Thein Sein tells UN

Myanmar’s top leader assured the world yesterday that the radical reforms his country has taken so far are irreversible, even as the United States announced a day before that it would begin easing a decade-old ban on imports from the South East Asian nation
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=36889&sec=1

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Myanmar president leaves for historic US tour

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein headed to the United States on Monday for a landmark visit that coincides with a triumphal American tour by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373491.html
21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Urges Cooperation Among Burma’s Leaders

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged cooperation among leaders in her country to work for its good. Speaking briefly during a visit to the United Nations Friday, she said the time has come for the Burmese people to take responsibility for democratizing their own country http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-welcomes-lifting-of-us-sanctions/1512515.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Burmese editor and publisher charged with libel

The editor and publisher of an independent journal in Burma have been charged with defamation after publishing a story about alleged corruption in government
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19659294

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi receives Congressional honour

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader, has received Congress’s highest award, hours before she was due to meet President Barack Obama
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9553804/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-receives-Congressional-honour.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Burma frees 514 prisoners in political reforms

More than 500 prisoners are to be released on humanitarian grounds in Burma, just days ahead of a trip by Aung San Suu Kyi to the United States http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9548356/Burma-frees-514-prisoners-in-political-reforms.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

9 judges resign amid pressure from Burma lawmakers

All nine judges on Burma’s presidentially appointed Constitution Tribunal abruptly resigned Thursday after the lower house of parliament voted to impeach them in a standoff within Burma’s nascent government http://asiancorrespondent.com/88909/9-judges-resign-amid-pressure-from-burma-lawmakers/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19498968

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Dozens of child soldiers have been discharged from the Myanmar military, state media said Tuesday, months after the country agreed with the United Nations to curb the use of underage recruits
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120904-369562.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Buddhist monks stage anti-Rohingya rally

Hundreds of Buddhist monks marched in the Burmese city of Mandalay on Sunday 2 to back President Thein Sein’s proposal to deport members of the Rohingya Muslim minority group. Fighting between the two sides has left almost 90 people dead since June.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120903-buddhist-monks-march-back-rohingya-deportation-plan-muslim-myanmar-sectarian-conflict


Myanmar to allow daily newspapers next year: minister

Myanmar’s new information minister on Sunday predicted newspapers would be able to publish daily from early 2013, heralding fresh reform for a sector recently freed from decades of draconian censorship. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120902-369181.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

Burma’s student leader Moe Thee Zun returns home

A prominent Burmese student leader, who was sentenced to death in his absence, has returned to Burma – the latest in a series of leading exiles to do so
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19450435 http://www.voanews.com/content/prominent_exiled_activist_returns_to_burma/1499979.html

29 AUGUST 2012

Thein Sein shuffles to restart reform

A cabinet reshuffle in Myanmar aims to put President Thein Sein’s increasingly stalled reform process back on track. The highly anticipated shake-up, announced on Monday, will empower reformers at the expense of hardliners and could provide new impetus behind the president’s stated policy priorities of national reconciliation and economic development.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH30Ae03.html

27 AUGUST 2012

Myanmar president promotes reformers in cabinet shake-up

Myanmar President Thein Sein announced a long-awaited reshuffle of his cabinet on Monday that sees his top reformers moved into key ministerial posts and reassignments for remnants of the former military junta. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48802303/ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222432/1/.html

26 AUGUST 2012

US sends basketball players to Burma

As the two countries’ diplomatic relations warm, the US embassy said that four « sports envoys » will be in Burma this week as part of a State Department-sponsored programme « to emphasise the importance of academics, cooperation, and respect for diversity. » http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9500603/US-sends-basketball-players-to-Burma.html

20 AUGUST 2012

Burmese government ends “all media” censorship after 50 years

From today, newspapers and broadcasts of political or religious nature will not be subject to prior examination. Last year, the government had already removed controls on less ideologically « sensitive » newspapers and magazines. A further signal of the path of democratic reforms promoted by Thein Sein. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-government-ends-“all-media”-censorship-after-50-years-25583.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87985/burma-government-ends-censorship-of-local-media/

17 AUGUST 2012

New reform balance in Myanmar

After a drawn-out selection process, Myanmar’s military parliamentarians have appointed Admiral Nyan Tun as the country’s new vice president, a choice that may help to consolidate President Thein Sein’s position and signal a shift in the military’s position on his ambitious reform agenda http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH17Ae01.html

6 AUGUST 2012

Myanmar lifts suspensions on journals after protests

Myanmar’s government has agreed to lift suspensions on two weekly journals within two weeks, their editors said on Monday, just days after rare protests by journalists in two cities to demand more press freedom. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48527459/
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120806-363837.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Myanmar journalists protest against censorship

Dozens of journalists marched in Myanmar’s main city Saturday to protest the suspension of two journals amid fears officials are rowing back on pledges to ease strict junta-era censorship laws, an AFP reporter said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120804-363436.html http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-04/burmese-journalists-protest-suspensions/993306

4 AUGUST 2012

Irony Behind Rohingya Crisis

It may be an irony that some of the world’s worst discrimination against an ethnic Muslim minority has been occurring in Southeast Asia, home to the world’s biggest Muslim population.
http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/rohingya-08032012220302.html

3 AUGUST 2012

US Congress renews Burma import ban

But Republican minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said Thursday he was encouraged by Burma’s progress in the past year-and-a-half. He said lawmakers would monitor developments there “with hope for the future.”
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87006/us-congress-renews-burma-import-ban/

1 AUGUST 2012

Report blasts Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces have killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, a rights group has said, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128154245751775. html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86908/human-rights-group-cites-atrocities-in-western-burma/

20 JULY 2012

US hopes for economic kick start in reformed Myanmar

The arrival of Derek Mitchell in Myanmar as the first US ambassador to the country in 22 years anchors a new page in US-Myanmar relations. It is the ultimate manifestation of the US recognition and affirmation of the democratic reforms adopted by Myanmar President Thein Sein. Complementing Mitchell’s arrival was Washington’s expected announcement on the implementation of easing the financial sanctions on Myanmar, a move that has been fervently lobbied for and anxiously awaited by eager US companies for months.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/722110.shtml

19 JULY 2012

Burma TV marks Suu Kyi father’s Martyrs’ Day memorial

Burmese state TV has shown live footage of a ceremony honouring the father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in what is seen as another sign of change.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18898103

13 JULY 2012

Clinton meets with Burma’s President Thein Sein, discusses investment, human rights

Two days after President Obama formally lifted prohibitions on U.S. investment in Burma, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Burmese President Thein Sein, marking another step in the administration’s rapid normalization of relations with the formerly isolated country. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/clinton-meets-with-burmas-president-thein-sein-discusses-investment-human-rights/2012/07/13/gJQAwMKHiW_story.html

12 JULY 2012

Myanmar’s army can’t be left behind: Thein Sein

Myanmar’s military has a much reduced role in now, but cannot be ‘left behind’ by moves towards democratic reforms, President Thein Sein says
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=33282&sec=1

11 JULY 2012

US eases economic sanctions on Myanmar

The United States eased its economic sanctions on Myanmar while maintaining a ban on ties with its military, President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday.In a statement issued after the appointment of the first US ambassador to Burma in two decades, Obama said Myanmar, which was until recently dominated by a notorious military regime, is making progress towards democracy http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1213021/1/.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/11/world/asia/us-myanmar-easing-sactions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

10 JULY 2012

Hardline ex-general named to be new Burma VP

One of the military’s representatives in parliament said  that his bloc has nominated Myint Swe to fill the job that Tin Aung Myint Oo vacated earlier this month for health reasons. Myint Swe has been serving in the important position of chief minister of the Yangon region, with responsibility over the country’s biggest city and commercial center.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85636/hardline-ex-general-named-to-be-new-burma-vp/

4 JULY 2012

Burma vice president’s resignation announced

Lawmakers were told Wednesday that President Thein Sein had accepted the resignation of Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo for health reasons. The resignation took effect July 1, though he was widely reported to have quit in early May. http://asiancorrespondent.com/85351/burma-vice-presidents-resignation-announced/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9375143/Burmas-hardline-vice-president-steps-down-in-further-sign-of-reform.html

21 JUNE 2012

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in historic speech to British parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi urges the world to help Myanmar complete its journey towards democracy as she became the first foreign woman to address both houses of Britain’s parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1209133/1/.html

16 JUNE 2012

Suu Kyi gives Nobel speech in Norway, 21 years later

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi gave her Nobel speech in Norway on Saturday, more than two decades after she won the peace prize. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/16/world/europe/norway-suu-kyi-nobel/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-accepts-nobel-peace-prize.html?ref=asia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/06/201261610252337322.html

15 JUNE 2012

UN urges Bangladesh to take in people fleeing Burma violence

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burma’s province of Rakhine by boat. About 30,000 are already in camps in Bangladesh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18460804

13 JUNE 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi heads to Europe for historic trip out of Burma

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi left Burma on Wednesday on her first trip to Europe since 1988 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global limelight two decades ago.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9328365/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-heads-to-Europe-for-historic-trip-out-of-Burma.html

11 JUNE 2012

Burma declares emergency after sectarian riots

Burmese President Thein Sein has imposed a state of emergency and ordered troops to patrol the western state of Rakhine after a surge in sectarian violence between Muslims and Buddhists left at least seven people dead on Friday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120611-burma-declares-state-emergency-after-deadly-sectarian-clashes-rakhine-muslims-buddhists http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9323433/Tensions-rise-in-Burma-as-Thein-Sein-declares-state-of-emergency-in-western-state.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1206969/1/.html

5 JUNE 2012

Myanmar state press appeals to « leader » Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s state media hailed Aung San Suu Kyi Monday as « the hope of Myanmar » and a leader alongside the president in a rare tribute to the democracy icon that urged the pair to « cooperate »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120605-350715.html

30 MAI 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi in first foreign trip in 24 years

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy leader, has arrived in Thailand for her first trip abroad in more than two decades http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/9297758/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-in-first-foreign-trip-in-24-years.html

17 MAY 2012

A pride with no parade for Burma’s first gay festival

Hundreds of people in Burma have attended the country’s first public gay pride event http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18106018

Obama eases ban on Burma investment, but sanctions on junta remain

In an effort to encourage reform, US President Barack Obama on Thursday eased bans on investment in Burma’s financial services industry and on doing business in the country but kept sanctions against « individuals associated with the former regime » http://www.france24.com/en/20120517-obama-eases-ban-burma-investment-keeps-sanctions-junta-military-financial-services http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1201943/1/.html

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

2 MAY 2012

Suu Kyi joins Burmese parliament for first time

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Burma’s parliament for the first time on Wednesday, cementing a risky detente between her party and the country’s military rulers http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-un-swearing-in-parliament http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17918414

23 APRIL 2012

EU agrees to suspend most Burma sanctions

The European Union has formally agreed to suspend sanctions against Burma for a year in recognition of « historic changes », officials say. An embargo on arms sales, however, will stay in place, the EU Council said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813656

Suu Kyi’s party ‘boycotts’ assembly over oath

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, and newly elected MPs from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have refused to attend the opening session of parliament over a dispute regarding the wording of the parliamentary oath
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201242341831595332.html

13 APRIL 2012

British PM David Cameron on landmark Myanmar visit

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Myanmar Friday on the first visit by a high-profile Western leader to the nation in decades. Speaking alongside pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, he said that sanctions should be suspended, rather than lifted entirely, to encourage further progress in democracy and human rights in Myanmar
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/13/world/asia/myanmar-britain-cameron/index.html?hpt=ias_c2http://
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17698526

11 APRIL 2012

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar president

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met President Thein Sein, as she prepares to take a seat in parliament after her by-election victory
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124114643591166.html

7 APRIL 2012

Burma President Meets with Karen Rebels

President Thein Sein meets  with members of a peace delegation from the rebel Karen National Union. The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, was the first time the president had talked with rebel leaders since he issued a call for dialogue last August
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Burma-President-Meets-with-Karen-Rebels-146521725.html http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11055405-war-has-yet-to-end-for-the-karen-a-christian-minority-in-myanmar

5 APRIL 2012

US to soften sanctions on Myanmar

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has said Washington will ease restrictions on investment to Myanmar and move quickly to name an ambassador in a further sign of thawing relations between the long-isolated state and Western powers http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124419585627384.html

3 APRIL 2012

Asean calls for Burma sanctions to be lifted

Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), meeting in Cambodia, have called for economic sanctions against Burma to be lifted
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17599929

1 APRIL 2012

Myanmar opposition claims landmark Suu Kyi win

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory on Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her first bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among supporters