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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.

In Myanmar, new parties challenge Suu Kyi's grip on power

14 Feb 2019

YANGON New political groups are emerging to contest Myanmar's next election in 2020, aiming to challenge the hegemony of national civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after she has been weakened by escalating ethnic conflicts and slowing economic growth.

Myanmar police use rubber bullets to break up protest

13 Feb 2019

YANGON Myanmar police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse a protest over a statue of independence hero General Aung San that is opposed by members of the Karenni ethnic minority, police and a protest leader said.

Myanmar activists charged after protesting independence hero statue

08 Feb 2019

YANGON Dozens of activists in eastern Myanmar face charges of unlawful assembly, an activist leader said on Friday, after police broke up the latest protest against a statue of Aung San, the nation's independence hero and father of leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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