July 21, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 21, 2008, Myanmar signed on to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) charter, despite other ASEAN members' criticism of the country's human rights record and continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The charter was designed to create stronger economic and ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On May 25, 2007, the military government of Myanmar extended the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. At the time, Suu Kyi had spent 15 of 21 years in her political career under house arrest for alleged violations of an anti-subversion law. She ...[read more]
January 16, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Myanmar repealed a law on Tuesday that was used by the nation's military junta to impose long prison sentences on dissidents. The law, which was revoked by President Thein Sein, banned protests against the national convention and allowed for prison sentences of up to 20 years for writing or ...[read more]
September 7, 2012
by Sarah Posner
All nine justices of Myanmar's Constitutional Court resigned Thursday after Parliament voted for impeachment. President Thein Sein has reportedly accepted the resignations of all nine justices. The parliament was created as part of Myanmar's constitutional reforms. Opposition leader Aung San Suu ...[read more]
July 21, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On July 21, 2008, Myanmar signed on to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) charter, despite other ASEAN members' criticism of the country's human rights record and continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The charter was designed to create stronger economic and ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
Myanmar president Thein Sein on Tuesday granted amnesty to 37 male prisoners and nine female prisoners on humanitarian grounds. Among those released are at least 25 political prisoners, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners- Burma (AAPP-B). Upon hearing of the amnesty... ...[read more]
June 14, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged the international community to support Myanmar in its attempt to build a stronger democracy and uphold the rule of law. In her speech at the 101st International Labour Conference by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized ...[read more]
December 13, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Myanmar government announced Tuesday that the political party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to register for the next elections. Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy (NLD) decided last month to reenter politics after boycotting last year's elections in which Suu Kyi ...[read more]
November 13, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On November 13, 2010, the Myanmar Police Force released Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, ending her almost eight years under house arrest. Her detention by the Myanmar junta had been widely decried by the international community. Suu Kyi's release came two days after the Myanmar Supreme Court ...[read more]
October 14, 2011
by Sarah Posner
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the release of approximately 200 political prisoners by Myanmar's president, while urging the government to release all political prisoners in accordance with the rule of law. Ban Ki-moon also acknowledged the dialogue between the government ...[read more]

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