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EU’s threat to scrap trade preferences spurs Myanmar’s reforms

Economic reform is getting a second wind in Myanmar as the government tries to lure back foreign investors scared away by reports of human rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. The government has announced the easing of restrictions on foreign banks and the creation of a new ministry to oversee foreign investment in […]

Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights ‘dirty list

Facebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide. A list of 49 companies, compiled by the pressure […]

Estranged brother of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi bids to sell lakeside home

The estranged brother of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday he is making a new bid to sell the lakeside house where the democracy activist turned politician spent 15 years under house arrest. Aung San Oo, who spends most of his time in the United States, submitted an appeal at the supreme […]

Suu Kyi’s Myanmar Problem: Where’s the Economy?

YANGON, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi came to power last year with a laser focus on ending the insurgencies that have dogged Myanmar for decades. The consuming nature of that goal has led to a new problem for the Nobel laureate: falling investor confidence in her ability to manage a fast-opening $67 billion economy. […]

Myanmar’s highest Buddhist authority bars radical nationalist group

Myanmar’s top Buddhist authority banned a hardline monks’ group on Tuesday, raising pressure on extremists after they barred a firebrand monk from public sermons and authorities arrested several Buddhist nationalists. The radical group known by its Burmese initials Ma Ba Tha was declared illegal and “no person or organization” is allowed to use its name, […]

Myanmar census data undercuts Buddhist hardliner claims

NAY PYI TAW: Muslims make up just over two per cent of Myanmar’s population, government census figures showed on Thursday (Jul 21), undercutting claims by Buddhist hardliners that Islam poses a threat to the dominance of their faith. Full details from the 2014 count, the first of its kind in decades, was withheld for almost […]

US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticised for taking an easier line on Thailand. Announcing the release of the State Department’s annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and […]