20,000 flee Myanmar’s civil war: China

A sign at Mandalay Palace stresses the military’s role in society. More than 20,000 Burmese refugees have fled into China to avoid fighting, according to...

Pressure mounts on Suu Kyi over Rohingya

The plight of the Rohingya is attracting increasing attention within Asean. Source: YouTube The British foreign affairs minister, Boris Johnson, is due in Myanmar today...

Myanmar expels UN envoy 

Myanmar has banned the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee, investigating the crackdown in Rakhine State, claiming an earlier report by...

Myanmar downsizes Kyaukpyu project

Myanmar has downsized plans for a Chinese-backed port on its Rakhine State coast, heavily reducing the cost of the project after concerns it could...

Suu Kyi visits Rakhine

Myanmar’s embattled state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, has visited Rakhine State to inspect the sites of atrocities against the displaced Rohingya community. The international...

Suu Kyi denies ‘ethnic cleansing’

Aung San Suu Kyi is still largely revered inside Myanmar. Picture credit: Asean Economist In a rare interview, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi...

Nobel laureates condemn Suu Kyi 

Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Source: Wikimedia A group of Nobel laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have urged the UN Security Council to end Myanmar's...

Annan calls Suu Kyi to act

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has reported that Myanmar must end restrictions on movement and citizenship for its Rohingya minority if it wants...

Buddhist bully cowers after NLD pressure

Buddhism is an intrinsic part of Burmese society. Source: Asean Economist   The Burmese nationalist Buddhist organisation, called the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and...

Rohingya rapes rampant: NGOs

Rohingya had no history of attacking the security services before October 9 and conclusive evidence has not yet been provided. Source: Flickr Human rights groups...

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Rare good news for Asean media

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