Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism directed at Muslims

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism, aiming to curb ethnic and religious tension that saw two mosques destroyed and scores of Muslim residents fleeing their villages in recent weeks. Nobel Peace Prize winner and government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under criticism from human rights activists and lawyers for […]

Buddhist nationalists protest Myanmar govt’s policy on naming Rohingya

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – The National League for Democacy government argues that saying either Bengali or Rohingya is unnecessary, inflammatory and appears to believe it’s own term will help to reduce tensions. Buddhist hardliners on Sunday staged protests across Rakhine state against the National League for Democracy government’s (NLD) call for Rohingya Muslims to be referred […]

Business lobby calls for U.S. to drop sanctions on Myanmar

WASHINGTON — The U.S. business lobby says it is high time to drop the remaining U.S. sanctions on Myanmar, but human rights activists and U.S. lawmakers say not so fast. Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi is now running the government after winning elections. Still, the military continues to wield considerable power. That poses […]

US to renew most Myanmar sanctions with changes to aid business

WASHINGTON: The United States plans to renew the bulk of its sanctions against Myanmar when they expire next week, but will make some changes aimed at boosting investment and trade, according to several senior U.S. officials and congressional aides. An announcement on extending much of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, or IEEPA, could come […]

India took 180-degree turn in Myanmar policy: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: India took a “180-degree turn” in its approach towards Myanmar from being pro-democracy and anti-junta when Jaswant Singh was External Affairs Minister as it could not afford to surrender its influence on the country to China and Pakistan, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor today said. He said that successive governments too followed the […]

New MPs to inherit host of issues in Myanmar

Rookie MP Tin Ko Ko Oo spends his free time poring over training manuals, learning English and studying a much-thumbed Burmese-English copy of Myanmar’s Constitution. “It’s like going back to university, but not as easy,” he said in his modest office allotted to MPs in a leafy compound in Naypyitaw. “Now we have responsibilities; we […]

Poverty, ethnic tensions and China top agenda for Myanmar’s new politicians

Expectations were running sky high as Myanmar’s first democratically elected parliament in more than 50 years, dominated by the former opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), convened for the first time on Monday tasked with choosing the country’s next president. After decades of stultifying military rule, all the talk was of a new era and […]

How Will Myanmar’s Past Play Into Its Post-Election Future?

Post-election horse-trading has begun in earnest in Myanmar, hinting at the contours of a new power-sharing arrangement between elected and military forces. As National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds private meetings with senior military leaders, including an unprecedented session with influential former dictator Senior General Than Shwe, questions are rising about […]

Myanmar vote boosts hopes of lifting US sanctions if military accepts the results

The United States on Monday (Nov 9) welcomed Myanmar’s election as a victory for the people, and the vote appeared to raise prospects of a further lifting of US sanctions – provided the military accepts the results. While highlighting encouraging signs from Sunday’s poll, Washington remained cautious and said it would watch for the democratic […]

Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief

Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains. At least 47 people have died in the floods, according to the government. Myanmar’s call for international aid stands in sharp contrast […]