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  • Despite new Myanmar law, Suu Kyi not likely to have a shot at presidency
    Despite new Myanmar law, Suu Kyi not likely to have a shot at presidency Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - A new law that enables Myanmar to hold a referendum on amending the constitution is unlikely to bring changes that would allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president after this year's general election, a ruling party MP said on Thursday. President Thein Sein has signed off on a constitutional referendum law, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The move comes after domestic and international pressure to reform Myanmar's political system, which is stacked in favour of the military. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been pushing for changes to the constitution, which the military drafted. More »

  • Myanmar president enacts law allowing referendum on disputed constitution
    Myanmar president enacts law allowing referendum on disputed constitution Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president has approved a law allowing a referendum on changes to the constitution, lawmakers said on Wednesday, a move that could eventually lift what amounts to a ban on opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency. President Thein Sein's government has come under domestic and international pressure to reform Myanmar's political system, which is stacked in favour of the military, before a general election this year. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been pushing for changes to the constitution, which the military drafted. One clause bars Suu Kyi from becoming president because her two sons are British citizens, a chapter U.S. President Barack Obama said made "no sense". More »

  • Myanmar government and students agree on points of reform Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government reached an agreement Wednesday with student protesters who have been marching to Yangon to seek education reforms, but the deal announced by the two sides still needs parliamentary approval. More »

  • Myanmar leader voids temporary ID cards for non-citizens
    Myanmar leader voids temporary ID cards for non-citizens Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president declared Wednesday that a system of temporary identification cards for people seeking citizenship will become invalid at the end of March, negating an earlier decision that would have allowed card holders to vote in an upcoming constitutional referendum. More »

  • Foreign firms and human rights abuses in Myanmar
    Foreign firms and human rights abuses in Myanmar Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Forced evictions and violence at copper mines in northern Myanmar continue after decades of profit-making, report says. More »

  • Myanmar nationalists threaten protests over Rohingya vote change
    Myanmar nationalists threaten protests over Rohingya vote change Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Nationalist monks and some political leaders in Myanmar have threatened to hold mass rallies to protest a parliamentary decision giving the Rohingya ethnic minority voting rights in a referendum to amend the constitution. Many in Myanmar consider them illegal immigrants even though they have lived in the area for generations. Few Rohingya are full citizens, but most hold temporary national identification cards known as white cards. They were able to vote in a 2008 referendum to approve Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution, as well as in elections in 2010. More »

  • Myanmar students reject government warning to stop protests Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — University students from across Myanmar on Friday rejected a government warning that they stop protesting against a new education law that they say prohibits them from engaging in political activities and curbs academic freedom. More »

  • Gate Myanmar's Suu Kyi spoke from to go up for auction
    Gate Myanmar's Suu Kyi spoke from to go up for auction Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering supporters as she made speeches challenging the country's then-military rulers, is going on the auction block. More »

  • Myanmar icon Suu Kyi's front gate up for auction
    Myanmar icon Suu Kyi's front gate up for auction Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Proceeds will go towards helping Aung San Suu Kyi build new headquarters for her National League for Democracy party. More »

  • US official warns Myanmar of danger of religious intolerance
    US official warns Myanmar of danger of religious intolerance Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Visiting human rights officials warned Myanmar on Friday that using religion to divide the population is like "playing with fire" and new laws proposed by the government could inflame sectarian tensions. More »

  • As reforms stall, US and Myanmar to discuss human rights
    As reforms stall, US and Myanmar to discuss human rights Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is hoping to nudge Myanmar's quasi-civilian government on stalled reforms during a high-level human rights dialogue, yet expectations are limited as the former pariah nation enters a crucial election year. More »

  • Widow of D-Day 'Great Escaper' dies
    Widow of D-Day 'Great Escaper' dies Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The wife of a war veteran who slipped away from his care home to attend last year's 70th anniversary D-Day events in France has died - just days after his death. More »

  • D-Day 'Great Escaper' dies aged 90
    D-Day 'Great Escaper' dies aged 90 Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    A war veteran who left his care home to attend last year's 70th anniversary D-Day events in France has died - months before he hoped to return to Normandy's beaches. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi says "too early" to commit to 2015 election
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi says "too early" to commit to 2015 election Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the government on Tuesday to hold a transparent election next year and said her party was waiting for a poll date to be set before deciding whether to run. The Nobel laureate said it was "too early" to commit, when asked at a news conference if her party would contest the ballot scheduled for the end of 2015. "As I'm not an astrologer, I cannot say what the situation will be," she said. "I'm just a politician. As politicians we can calculate, but we can't assume the situation will happen as we calculate. ... More »

  • Myanmar's opposition undecided on contesting polls Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it is too early for her party to decide whether it will participate in 2015 elections because it depends on whether the constitution and election laws are amended. More »

  • UN urges Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingya Muslims Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday urging Myanmar to provide "full citizenship" to its Rohingya Muslim minority and to allow them to move freely throughout the country. More »

  • Hundreds protest against China-backed mine in Myanmar
    Hundreds protest against China-backed mine in Myanmar Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Around 500 people including dozens of Buddhist monks protested near the Chinese consulate in Myanmar's central city of Mandalay on Saturday demanding the closure of a flashpoint copper mine. More »

  • Yangon votes for first time in 60 years
    Yangon votes for first time in 60 years Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Residents of Myanmar's commercial hub Yangon went to the polls Saturday for the first municipal elections in six decades, with voters enthusiastic for change even though many knew little about the candidates or their policies. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi says wants West to spur reform not reimpose sanctions
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi says wants West to spur reform not reimpose sanctions Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday called on the West to encourage her country's government to enter meaningful reform talks but told it not to reintroduce punitive sanctions even though democratic reforms were foundering. Suu Kyi, who is ineligible to become president after planned parliamentary elections next year because of a technicality in the constitution, criticised the West for being too optimistic about change but said it could help by pushing for talks. "That's a problem with the international community. ... More »

  • Myanmar city to hold rare but 'flawed' polls
    Myanmar city to hold rare but 'flawed' polls Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Myanmar's main city is poised to go to the polls on Saturday for the first municipal vote in six decades, but observers warn the process is riddled with flaws and could cast a shadow over crucial 2015 general elections. More »

  • Myanmar court jails former opposition official accused of insulting Buddhis … Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - A prominent former official with Myanmar’s main opposition party was detained on Wednesday and faces charges of insulting religion, which stemmed from a speech intended to discourage extremist interpretations of Buddhism, his lawyer said. Htin Lin Oo, a writer, was dismissed from his post as an information officer for the National League for Democracy (NLD) after an excerpt from a speech he gave in October was shared widely online, prompting accusations he had attacked Buddhism. ... More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a landslide victory in parliamentary elections Sunday that will likely return his ruling coalition to power with an even bigger majority, empowering him to pursue an ambitious agenda of political and economic reforms. "This is the only way!" is the slogan Abe is driving home in his campaign speeches. For Japanese voters, that is probably the case. More »

  • US sends mixed message to Myanmar military
    US sends mixed message to Myanmar military Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Myanmar's widely criticized military just weeks after President Barack Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren't going to happen soon. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A teenager described in a blog post from his home in Afghanistan how he felt more comfortable there than in his native South Africa, which has a high crime rate. Just weeks later, he was killed by Taliban gunmen who stormed a Kabul aid office where his family lived. "If you're going to be constantly paranoid that you're going to die if you go out, then there's no point in being here," the 17-year-old Jean-Pierre Groenewald had written. He was buried Friday in South Africa along with his father and sister. The three were fatally shot in the Nov. 29 attack in the Afghan capital, according to a family member in South Africa. More »

  • Malala to receive Nobel Peace Prize
    Malala to receive Nobel Peace Prize Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai will tonight be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. More »

  • Myanmar officer jailed for backing smaller army role in politics Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s military has jailed an officer for two years for signing a petition supporting a constitutional amendment to reduce the army’s role in politics, the officer’s wife said Monday. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, spearheaded a campaign earlier this year to rescind Section 436 of the constitution, which gives unelected military MPs veto power over further amendments to sections, including one that bars Suu Kyi from the presidency. ... More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi woos military lawmakers ahead of talks on constitutio …
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi woos military lawmakers ahead of talks on constitutio … Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun and Jared Ferrie YANGON, November 27 (Reuters) - (This November 27, 2014 story was corrected to delete erroneous quote in penultimate paragraph) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has invited military lawmakers to dinner in a bid to build ties ahead of a proposed summit on changing the constitution, which bars her from the presidency, a senior member of her party said on Thursday. On Tuesday, parliament unanimously endorsed talks among Suu Kyi, President Thein Sein, the speakers of the two houses of parliament, military chief Gen. ... More »

  • Myanmar constitution summit 'impractical' - presidential spokesman
    Myanmar constitution summit 'impractical' - presidential spokesman Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun and Jared Ferrie YANGON, November 27 (Reuters) - A summit of political leaders proposed by Myanmar's parliament to debate constitutional change is "impractical" and unlikely to happen, the president's spokesman said in a further setback to hopes for full democracy after 49 years of military rule. A semi-civilian government took office in 2011 and undertook rapid series of reforms but the pace of change has slowed, raising international concern that the military is not yet ready to submit to the authority of a parliamentary democracy. ... More »

  • Congolese doctor receives EU prize for helping rape victims
    Congolese doctor receives EU prize for helping rape victims Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege called Wednesday for global efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon of war as he received the European Parliament's Sakharov rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims. More »

  • Myanmar political leaders to hold talks on amending constitution
    Myanmar political leaders to hold talks on amending constitution Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's parliament has unanimously endorsed talks between the country’s top political leaders on amending a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from being president, a parliamentarian from her party said. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected military members of parliament as the country, which emerged from 49 years of military dictatorship in 2011, moves towards an election next year. ... More »

  • UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis." More »

  • U.N. calls for credible Myanmar election, minority protection
    U.N. calls for credible Myanmar election, minority protection Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Myanmar on Friday to continue reforms to ensure credible elections next year and to step up efforts to protect ethic and religious minorities. A resolution passed the U.N. General Assembly committee dealing with human rights welcomed positive steps in political and economic reform in Myanmar but reiterated serious concerns about violence and other discrimination against the Rohingya Muslim minority. ... More »

  • Suu Kyi party admits cannot win fight to change constitution
    Suu Kyi party admits cannot win fight to change constitution Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted Wednesday it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency, as the powerful military signalled strong opposition to such amendments. More »

  • Myanmar parliament chief throws doubt on Suu Kyi's presidential chances
    Myanmar parliament chief throws doubt on Suu Kyi's presidential chances Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's constitution cannot be changed until after next year's general election, the speaker of parliament said, casting doubt on the chances of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and the military's political power being weakened. Lower house chairman Shwe Mann reaffirmed his intent to run for president himself and said amendments to the constitution, which bars Suu Kyi and gives the military a legislative veto, could only be changed after a new parliament convenes after the poll late next year. ... More »

  • David Burrowes MP: Burma’s reforms– genuine freedom or a false dawn? Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    With reforms ground to a halt and the continuation of appalling human rights abuses, David Burrowes MP calls for the UK to join in the chorus of disapproval. More »