Aung San Suu Kyi, Australian economist jailed 3 years by Myanmar court

BANGKOK – Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was handed a three-year prison term on Thursday for breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, several media outlets have reported. This adds to the existing 20 years jail she is serving for a range of offences, including electoral fraud, corruption and violating Covid-19 pandemic restrictions – charges […]

Is the military junta losing its ground in Myanmar?: Daily Star contributor

DHAKA (THE DAILY STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The military junta in Myanmar, which came to power by toppling the elected government in February 2021, seems to be in deep trouble. They rejected the results of the national election in 2020, which was arranged under their supervision. In fact, they reversed Myanmar’s history. Long after their […]

UN special envoy Noeleen Heyzer in Naypyitaw to meet Myanmar junta leadership

NAYPYITAW (REUTERS) – A senior UN official is expected on Wednesday (Aug 17) to meet Myanmar’s military leadership, in a rare, high-profile visit that comes amid growing political chaos and violence in the country. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi early […]

Japanese lawmaker meets Myanmar junta as Tokyo calls for filmmaker’s release

NAYPYIDAW (REUTERS) – A Japanese ruling party lawmaker has met with Myanmar’s junta leader, according to Myanmar state media, days after a Japanese documentary filmmaker was arrested while covering a protest. Mr Hiromichi Watanabe, a member of Japan’s more powerful Lower House of Representatives for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was in Myanmar from Sunday […]

Time for the world to react to the junta’s brutal force: Jakarta Post contributors

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The brutal execution of four pro-democracy activists without fair trials sent a frightening message to the world community that the military regime in Myanmar is defying all international and regional norms despite constant appeals for restraint by the international community and Asean. Resolution on a global scale must […]

Myanmar junta charges Japanese journalist with encouraging dissent

YANGON (AFP) – A Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar has been charged with breaching immigration law and encouraging dissent against the military, the junta said Thursday (Aug 4). Myanmar’s military has clamped down on press freedoms since its coup last year, arresting reporters and photographers, as well as revoking broadcasting licences as the country plunged […]

After G-20 summit, Jokowi should shift focus to Myanmar: Jakarta Post contributor

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) Summit, which will be held in Bali in early November, has been sapping the energy and attention of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, which has directly impacted the course of the […]