Myanmar’s Upper House Begins Discussing Education Law Amendments

Myanmar’s upper house of parliament began discussions today on amendments to the controversial education law, as authorities released 20 people arrested earlier this month during a brutal police crackdown on students and others protesting against the current legislation. Eight lawmakers in the upper house want to include specific changes to the current education law such […]

2 Burmese & Kiwi jailed for religious insult

The use of Buddha in a promotional poster on a Myanmar bar Facebook page has landed a New Zealand national and two Burmese men in jail. Philip Blackwood appeared in court accused of contravening Myanmar’s stringent religious insult laws. The promotional poster for the V Gastro bar showed an image of the Buddha wearing DJ […]

Crackdown coming for Yangon’s many unlicensed contractors

Unlincensed contractors are facing a crackdown as the Yangon Region government is spurring municipal authorities into action. Builders in Thingangyun township were singled out as particularly unlikely to follow licensing rules, though Hlaing, Mayangone and Insein townships also have their fair share of unlicensed contractors, according to Yangon City Development Commission (YCDC) building engineering department […]