*USDP newspaper claims crime ‘rampant’ under NLD

August 25, 2016  •  Author: Htet Khaung Lin/Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – A newspaper published by the former ruling party of ex-generals has claimed that crime has sharply risen under the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, and that her efforts to impose rule of law have failed. The Union Daily, a littl... Read more ►

*As Thein Sein exits, his reform legacy gains mixed reviews

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Swe Win (Myanmar Now)

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Shortly after newly elected President Htin Kyaw completed a swearing-in ceremony in Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday morning, the country’s new leader, a ‘proxy’ of National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, headed to the Pre... Read more ►

*Myanmar parliament gets mixed scores for performance as end of term nears

December 15, 2015  •  Author: Htet Khaung Linn/Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar Now) — When Myanmar’s current parliament first convened in 2011 following a flawed general election, most observers and opposition members expected it to be a rubber stamp for the army and the newly installed civilian government of ex-generals. As with so... Read more ►

Minister U Soe Thien and Minister U Aung Min To Contest Election In ‘Winnable’ Karenni ‘Military Friendly’ Constituencies

November 7, 2015  •  Author: Ko Htwe

The people of Burma will vote in the country’s national elections on Sunday November 8. In the build-up to the election international onlookers were concerned that a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate was stabbed with a machete at a campaign event in Yangon, man... Read more ►

*Ceasefire ‘Broken’ Before It Began

November 5, 2015  •  Author: Phil Thornton

The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement signing ceremony on Oct 15 was Thein Sein’s big chance to add some much-needed credence to the national elections to be held next Sunday. But despite Thein Sein and Gen Mutu Sae Po’s optimism, not everyone is convinced the NCA will brin... Read more ►

Why Burma’s ethnic armed groups are reluctant to agree to Thein Sein government’s peace plan – a minority perspective

July 10, 2015  •  Author: *Saw Greh Moo

Since coming to power in 2011, President Thein Sein, a former general, has initiated a plan to resolve Burma’s decades-long ethnic conflict as part of broader domestic reform programs. Burma observers, both inside and outside, agree that resolving ethnic conflict is centra... Read more ►

Traders Excited By Start of Construction of New Friendship Bridge Between Mae Sot and Myawaddy

June 10, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A Thai construction company began their works on a second Maesot-Myawaddy Friendship Bridge project on the Thai side of the border in early June. Local residents on the Thai side of the River Moei that separates Burma from Thailand said large earth moving machinery began lev... Read more ►

MAY DAY: Labor Activists Still In Jail For Demanding A $1 Pay Rise

May 1, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma government continued its crackdown on political activists with the February arrest of two union leaders who demanded a $1 pay rise for garment workers. The Burma Campaign UK, on the eve of May Day, called for the “immediate and unconditional release of two union ... Read more ►

UK Advocacy Group Welcomes British Govt Admission That Burma’s Reforms Are Flawed

March 13, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The advocacy group, Burma Campaign UK released a statement that “welcomed a new report by the British government,” that acknowledged ‘Burma’s reforms process was ‘of significant concern. The Burma Campaign UK said that the British government’s “admission came i... Read more ►

Campaign Aims to Highlight Ongoing Human Rights Plight in Burma

February 8, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A campaign by the Burma Campaign UK is trying to highlight ongoing human rights abuses in Burma. To make its point, Burma Campaign has delivered more than 2,000 rose-tinted glasses, and issued photo petitions to the British Foreign Office to put pressure on the British gover... Read more ►

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