Soldiers of Karen National Union (KNU) attend a music concert during the 70th anniversary of Karen National Revolution Day in Kaw Thoo Lei, Kayin state, Myanmar.
MYANMAR-THAI BORDER – Thousands of people sporting traditional ethnic costumes and Karen rebel fighters showing off their guns marched, sang and danced last week to celebrate 70 years since the start of the struggle for greater autonomy from Myanmar. Boasting more than 5,000 soldiers, the Karen National Union (KNU) is one of the most […]
The international human rights group named Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest.
YANGON – Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, Suu Kyi has been stripped of a series […]
Canadian MPs vote unanimously to revoke symbolic honour from Myanmar leader over her handling of Rohingya crisis.
OTTAWA – Canada’s parliament has unanimously voted to strip Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship over her handling of the Rohingya crisis. Thursday’s vote came a week after Canadian MPs approved a motion recognising the crimes committed against the Rohingya as genocide. Aung San Suu Kyi received the honour from Ottawa […]
Ngar Min Swe, also known as Sar Min Swe, was found guilty in Yangon Western District Court on Monday of inciting hatred against the government
YANGON – A former columnist for Myanmar’s state media has been jailed for seven years for “abusive” Facebook posts about Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a court official said Wednesday, the latest case threatening free expression in the country. Ngar Min Swe was sentenced for sedition on Tuesday, Rangoon’s Western District Court spokesman Htay […]
YANGON – At least 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists on Sunday, warning that the seven-year prison terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public’s right to information. Demonstrators including high-school students gathered peacefully in the heart of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, held signs […]