Thais risk “sub-standard” democracy, state-run Myanmar newspaper says

YANGON: A state-run newspaper in Myanmar said on Friday neighbouring Thailand risked “sub-standard” democracy if a military-backed draft constitution is approved in a referendum this weekend. For decades Myanmar suffered economic stagnation under harsh military rule while Thailand was seen as an Asian “tiger” economy with extensive freedoms and a developing democracy. But the tables […]

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 […]

Myanmar welcomes US move to ease more sanctions

YANGON – A US decision to pare back economic sanctions on Myanmar could unclog investment as the country claws its way out of poverty, Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government said Wednesday, welcoming the move. Suu Kyi’s party took power in March after clinching a majority at last year’s election, the freest in generations for […]

Senior officials implicated in Myanmar jade probe: official

Two senior Myanmar officials were purged from their posts this week after an investigation over corruption in the country’s multi-billion-dollar jade mining industry, authorities said Friday. Yangon – Two senior Myanmar officials were purged from their posts this week after an investigation over corruption in the country’s multi-billion-dollar jade mining industry, authorities said Friday. The […]

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 […]

Myanmar govt, Facebook to purge hate speech accounts

The Myanmar government is set to work with Facebook to delete any accounts on the social network that post hate speech or incite personal attacks during the upcoming election, the President’s Office said. Zaw Htay, director of the President’s Office, told the Democratic Voice of Burma that the government has reviewed Facebook’s community standards, and […]