UN pressures China, Russia over Myanmar
The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar.
Australia hand in hand with Myanmar’s military
Amid frequent reports of continuing attacks on Rohingya by the murdering butchers of Myanmar’s tatmadaw (military) comes news that my own country, Australia, not only refuses to condemn these unspeakable acts but is actually training 22 tatmadaw officers in Australia.
— The Nation
Nearly half a million Myanmar refugees, church voices concern
Church officials have expressed concern over the rising numbers of refugees from Myanmar and internally displaced people within the country itself as highlighted in a recent UN report.
— UCA News
UK medics head to Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees infected with diphtheria
More than 40 doctors, nurses and firefighters from the UK are travelling to Bangladesh to help deal with an outbreak of diphtheria in refugee camps, UK broadcaster Sky News reported on Thursday.
— Tvnz (video)
Myanmar ‘feels sad’ over US sanction decision
Myanmar “feels sad” over a U.S. decision to sanction a military general, a government spokesman said, after Washington linked the commander last week to abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority, todayonline has reported.
Myanmar to free TRT journalists jailed for flying drone
Two foreign journalists who were jailed for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament are to be released on 5 January, the authorities say.
Reuters reporters held in Myanmar were handed papers, then arrested: families
Family members of two Reuters reporters detained in Myanmar said on Thursday the pair had told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by policemen they had gone to meet.
Myanmar Political Prisoners File Complaint With UN Rights Office Over Journalists’ Detention
A Myanmar rights organization has filed a complaint with the U.N.’s human rights office about the detention of two Reuters journalists charged with violating the country’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
— Radio Free Asia
Myanmar extends curfew in northern Rakhine to ensure further security
Myanmar local authorities extended the curfew order in Maungtaw, a sensitive area of conflict in the northern part of Rakhine state, for another two months to ensure further security, stability and rule of law, Myanmar News Agency quoted the Maungtaw District General Administration Department as reporting Wednesday.
Myanmar to hold symposium on anti-corruption
Myanmar will hold a symposium on anti-corruption in Yangon on Jan. 22-23, 2018, under the theme of “Promoting integrity to Counter Corruption,” Myanmar News Agency reported Thursday.
Myanmar’s Anti-corruption Commission receives 4,516 complaint letters
The Anti-corruption Commission has received 4,516 complaint letters since the opening of their office to 30th November, state media reported quoting a press release of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Myanmar and India’s Expressway to ASEAN
The first Global Investors Summit in Guwahati will be held in February. Assam has geostrategic advantage and now she is considered India’s expressway to ASEAN. The summit will explore vibrant business investment opportunities in Assam.
— Morung Express
Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand return home during New Year holiday
A large number of Myanmar migrant workers are leaving for their home country during the New Year holiday via a border pass in northwestern Thailand, police said on Thursday.
Myanmar commissions new OPV and landing craft
The vessels included an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), named UMS Inlay (54), two 56 m landing craft utility (LCU) vessels (1614 and 1615), as well as four 29 m landing craft tank (LCT) vessels (1713–1716).
— Janes’s 360
Library’s Myanmar exhibit illuminates rocky transition to democracy
Seems like not a day goes by when we don’t hear someone loudly decrying “an attack on free speech.” It happens so often it can be tough to remember what real crackdowns on free speech look like under oppressive regimes, and what can happen if those restrictions on speech start to slowly loosen their grip.
— Insider Louisville
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