Category: Myanmar

Australian Academic Detained in Burma Testifies For the First Time in Closed Court

An Australian academic and former economic adviser to deposed Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has testified in a closed military court for the first time this week. Sean Turnell was on trial for violating Burma’s official secrets law, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. He had been detained for 18 months since…


Burma’s Junta Says Activists’ Executions Were ‘Justice for the People’

The ruling military of Burma, also known as Myanmar, defended its executions of four activists as lawful and carried out in the name of justice for the people. State media reported that “the punishment has been conducted,” but did not say when, or by what means. Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said the military authorities had…


International Outcry as Burma’s Military Executes 4 Democracy Activists

Burma’s military junta has executed four democracy activists convicted of terrorism in a move swiftly condemned by international human rights groups. The four men were executed for committing “violent and inhuman acts of terrorism,” the junta’s Information Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. This marks the first executions carried out by Burma in decades….


World Court Dismisses Burma’s Objections in Rohingya ‘Genocide’ Case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday rejected all of Burma’s preliminary objections to a case alleging that the military-ruled nation committed genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority. The Gambia filed the case in November 2019, alleging that Burma, also known as Myanmar, committed genocidal acts against the minority to “destroy the Rohingya group…


Poverty Has Doubled in Burma, World Bank Says

Burma’s economy remains weak, and poverty is estimated to have doubled, with internal conflicts, inflation, and rapid policy shifts complicating businesses, the World Bank said on Tuesday. Economic growth in the military-ruled country is projected to grow 3 percent in the fiscal year ending in September 2022, following an 18 percent contraction the previous year,…


Burma Seeks Military and Nuclear Energy Cooperation With Russia Amid Sanctions

Burma’s military regime has sought to cooperate with Russia in the fields of nuclear energy and military technology, as both nations have been subjected to extensive Western sanctions. Burmese top general Min Aung Hlaing held bilateral talks with the Russian government during his weeklong trip to Moscow, which marks his second visit to Russia since…


Burma’s Military Junta Agrees to Expedite China’s Belt and Road Projects

China sent its top diplomat to Burma for talks with the military junta, which overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi last year, as Beijing seeks to increase bilateral ties in the region. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Burmese counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin on the sidelines of the seventh Lancang-Mekong…


Myanmar Shifts Suu Kyi Trial to Jail Venue

The military junta in Burma (also known as Myanmar) has ordered all legal proceedings against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be moved from a courtroom to a prison, a source familiar with her cases says. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who turned 77 on Sunday, has been charged with at least…


Cambodia Invites Burmese Junta’s Defense Minister to ASEAN Summit

Cambodia has invited the Burmese junta’s defense minister to the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, despite the pleas of hundreds of human rights groups to bar him from attending due to the junta’s atrocities against civilians. General Nem Sowath, director-general of Cambodia’s General Department of Policy and Foreign Affairs at the Defense Ministry, said on…


UN ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Burmese Military’s Decision to Execute Democracy Activists

The Burmese military said on Friday that it would proceed with the execution of two pro-democracy activists convicted of treason and terrorism, drawing outcry from human rights groups. Veteran democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu, as well as Phyo Zeyar Thaw, a former lawmaker from the National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by deposed Aung…