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Myanmar journalists sentenced for alleged national security violations
July 12, 2014
A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced four journalists and the chief executive from the Unity Journal to a 10-year prison sentence and hard labor for publishing a story in January in violation of the national State Secrets Act, a British colonial law dating back to the 1920s. The repor....... [more]

HRW: Myanmar must protect freedom of press
May 3, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Myanmar Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, and....... [more]

UN expert raises concerns over withdrawal of humanitarian aid in Myanmar
April 7, 2014
Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday expressed concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country's Rakhine State. Following recent attacks on international aid groups, aid workers have be....... [more]

Myanmar enacts law assuring freedom for local media
March 18, 2014
The Myanmar legislature on Tuesday approved a new media law affording greater press freedoms to local media outlets. The law purportedly assures local media freedom from state censorship and attempts to promote high-quality journalistic practices by emphasizing ethics and responsibility. However, t....... [more]

Rights group claims evidence of official discriminatory policies in Myanmar
February 25, 2014
Fortify Rights, an independent human rights group based in Southeast Asia, issued a 79-page report on Tuesday claiming evidence the Myanmar government ordered policy discrimination against Rohingya Muslims. The report is based on 12 leaked official documents going back to 1993, which reveal explic....... [more]

UN rights expert calls for probe into violence in Myanmar
January 24, 2014
The UN humanitarian chief on Thursday called for an immediate investigation by authorities following reports of alarming levels of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. In a brief statement, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos stated:I am dee....... [more]

HRW: Thailand must end trafficking of Rohingya asylum-seekers
January 7, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state enter Thailand seeking asylum. According to....... [more]

UN rights expert: conflict in Rakhine continues to inspire discrimination in Myanmar
October 27, 2013
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, warned on Friday that sectarian violence between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State is contributing to wider anti-Muslim sentiments in Myanmar, threatening the positive changes undertak....... [more]

Myanmar: UN rights expert welcomes release of prisoners of conscience
October 10, 2013
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Wednesday welcomed a recent release of 56 prisoners of conscience in Myanmar through presidential amnesty. Quintana noted that the releases are important for a "democratic transition and national reconciliat....... [more]

Myanmar proposes law to scrutinize judicial proceedings
September 9, 2013
Myanmar's parliament will draft a bill that forms groups to monitor court proceedings, a lawmaker said Saturday. Thura Aung Ko, the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee chairman, said that the purpose of the court monitoring bill was to crack down on corruption in Myanmar's judicial system, and s....... [more]

Myanmar urged to revise draft association law
August 26, 2013
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the government of Myanmar to significantly revise or discard their draft association law. The draft law, if enacted, would require nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain official registration to operate; would provide broad and difficult to interpret....... [more]




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