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Myanmar official says runaway monk 'incited hatred' against Suu Kyi

18 Jun 2019

YANGON A Myanmar official on Tuesday told a court that a nationalist Buddhist monk, Wirathu, who has evaded arrest on sedition charges, "incited hatred" against leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.

Nationalist group condemns Myanmar sedition case against Buddhist monk

18 Jun 2019

YANGON Myanmar's most prominent group of nationalist Buddhist monks on Monday condemned sedition charges against one of its leading members, Wirathu, ahead of a hearing in the fugitive monk's case expected on Tuesday.

Rights group urges Myanmar to drop charges against satirical performers, filmmaker

18 Apr 2019

YANGON Human Rights Watch urged Myanmar on Thursday to drop charges against four satirical performers and a filmmaker arrested after criticising the military, as an army spokesman defended "rules and limits" on freedom of expression.

Myanmar pardons more than 9,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

17 Apr 2019

YANGON Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners on Wednesday, with many drug offenders among the first to walk free, but just two political detainees, after the president declared an amnesty on the first day of the traditional New Year.

'The people's messengers' - Myanmar's satirical poets target censorship

13 Apr 2019

YANGON In a classroom on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city, a thin, bespectacled university student led about a dozen peers in boisterous chants of "Censorship is a shame!" and "We don’t believe in censorship!"

Jailed Reuters journalists appeal to Myanmar's top court as rights group decries 'fear'

06 Mar 2019

YANGON Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws against peaceful critics. | Video

Thousands rally in Myanmar's biggest city to change army-drafted constitution

27 Feb 2019

YANGON Thousands of people rallied in Myanmar’s commercial capital on Wednesday in support of constitutional reform, amid mounting tension between the ruling party and the military over changes to the charter that enshrines the army’s role in politics.

"Tarnished image" - Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

20 Feb 2019

YANGON Organisers of a summit in Myanmar's crisis-hit western state of Rakhine are this week pitching to investors its plentiful farmland and fishing grounds, tourist-ready beaches and historic temples.

"Tarnished image": Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

20 Feb 2019

YANGON, Feb 20 Organisers of a summit in Myanmar's crisis-hit western state of Rakhine are this week pitching to investors its plentiful farmland and fishing grounds, tourist-ready beaches and historic temples.

Myanmar policeman who detailed Reuters reporters' entrapment freed from jail

15 Feb 2019

YANGON A Myanmar policeman who told a court last year how officers planted secret documents on two Reuters reporters in order to "entrap" them was released from prison on Friday, after being sentenced to a year in jail for violating police discipline.

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