Myanmar government, rebels sign draft nationwide ceasefire accord


YANGON - The United States led international praise on Tuesday for a draft ceasefire accord between Myanmar’s government and ethnic rebel groups, a move aimed at ending more than 65 years of armed conflict in the country.

Thailand detains 76 migrants found on train, including Rohingya 30 Mar 2015

BANGKOK - Thai authorities said on Monday they had found a group of 76 migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, including six suspected Rohingya, in a sign that one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes is still thriving despite Bangkok's vow to stamp out trafficking.

No U-turn on road to press freedom, Myanmar says, but critics disagree 27 Mar 2015

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar's commitment to freedom of expression after half a century of military rule is irreversible, the government said on Friday, although critics cited lawsuits, beatings and arrests of journalists as signs of it backtracking on reforms.


Myanmar to invite Western observers for general election 24 Mar 2015

YANGON – - A senior member of Myanmar's government has said members of the U.S.-based Carter Center and the European Union will be invited to monitor a general election later this year, the first time in at least 65 years that the country will call in Western poll observers.

Myanmar convicts five over fake rape claim that sparked riots 20 Mar 2015

YANGON - - A Myanmar court convicted five people for spreading fabricated allegations that a Muslim man raped a Buddhist woman, which led to deadly riots last July, a court official said on Friday.


Myanmar military to maintain political role, president says 20 Mar 2015

YANGON - Myanmar's military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President Thein Sein said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

Myanmar jails two journalists for defamation 19 Mar 2015

YANGON - A Myanmar court has jailed two reporters for two months for defamation, a newspaper editor said on Thursday, in a case likely to raise concern about a reform programme after half a century of strict military rule.

Threatened U.N. rights envoy confident Myanmar will protect her 18 Mar 2015

GENEVA - A U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday she expects Myanmar to guarantee her security, despite failing to censure a radical Buddhist monk who called her a "whore" and incited his followers against her.


Myanmar court jails NZ bar manager, colleagues for insulting religion 17 Mar 2015

YANGON - A Myanmar court on Tuesday jailed a New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar colleagues for two and a half years for insulting religion by using a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones to promote their bar.


Monks plan to sue Myanmar minister for using chemicals to end protest 16 Mar 2015

YANGON - Buddhist monks have prepared a lawsuit against Myanmar's interior minister, accusing police of using poisonous chemicals to break up a protest in 2012, the monks and a human rights organisation said on Monday.

Images from Myanmar

A patient from Myanmar looks through the window of the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, in northwest Thailand October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An uncertain fate

Myanmar's long standing political crisis has forced millions of refugees across the border.  Slideshow