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Myanmar child rights law needs further reform, effective enforcement, says HRW

After years of discussion and debate, Myanmar has finally enacted a law to protect the rights of children. Consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Myanmar has ratified, the law defines a child as anyone younger than 18 and provides all children born in Myanmar have the right to […]

Waiting for Godot: farmers seek return of seized land

Farmers in Myanmar are still waiting for justice as many of their lands were confiscated by government officials, military personnel, authorities and their cronies for various reasons, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” […]

Amid Peace and Prosperity, Myanmar Farmers Fall Prey to Land Seizures

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Land conflicts in Myanmar have escalated in recent years, with military and armed groups driving people from their land, and new laws failing to protect farmers, a rights watchdog said on Thursday. Land disputes are a longstanding problem in Myanmar, but researchers from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented […]

Business community pins sanction hopes on State Counsellor’s visit to US

With State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington today, many in Myanmar’s business community will be watching closely. The two are set to discuss US sanctions that have been in place for decades, and that investors are rearing to have removed. Businesses have long called for lifting sanctions they say cripple […]

Ahead of Suu Kyi visit, Obama weighs Myanmar sanctions relief

The United States is considering further easing or lifting sanctions against Myanmar around the time of a White House visit this month by the country’s new leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, U.S. officials told Reuters. President Barack Obama is expected to decide on the extent of the sanctions relief after consultations between Suu Kyi and […]

In Burma’s wildest corner, jade, drugs and rebels will test the new government

MYITKYINA, Burma — The jade tycoon of Burma lives behind stone walls and a sophisticated security system. A visitor must be buzzed through a gate into the garden, pass a hunk of jade as big as a compact refrigerator, enter through a sliding screen and glide by the preserved tusks of the family elephant before sitting […]

U.S. Plans to Ease Myanmar Trade Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department is preparing to make it easier for American companies to do business through a port in Myanmar that is owned by a sanctioned company whose reclusive owner has close ties to the ruling military junta. Since July, U.S. banks have been wary of processing payments for trade through the main port […]

Myanmar: Facebook should warn users about risks of self-expression

The Myanmar government has detained at least three people over Facebook posts it deemed offensive in the last few weeks. This crackdown on freedom of expression in the run up to the general elections is of great concern. Only the Myanmar government, and the generals’ lack of sense of humour, are to blame. Yet Facebook […]

South Korea urged government to end labour protests

When Yangon labourers from five foreign-owned factories reeled out the picket lines and demanded a meagre pay boost at the end of January, their calls were initially dismissed. Two weeks later, however, the government shifted into overdrive to quell the demonstrations at the behest of the South Korean embassy, The Myanmar Times has learned. After […]

London Accused of Hypocrisy While Preaching Myanmar Transparency

The British government has been sharply criticized for hiding behind “commercial confidentiality” rules relating to Myanmar while calling for business transparency in the Southeast Asian nation. The London Foreign and Commonwealth Office has refused all requests for information about British companies’ activities in Myanmar, “using commercial interests and commercial confidentiality as an excuse,” said the […]