Military-linked party spokesman calls charges against journalists ‘undemocratic’

A spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), whose leaders are former military officers, told local media last week that the prosecution of three journalists over their news reporting goes “beyond democratic standards”. “Under the constitution, every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. In the case of ...

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Former opium producers start exporting coffee to Europe

Former opium producers start exporting coffee to Europe

A cooperative of former poppy growers in southern Shan State exported their first shipment of coffee to the European market last week, marking a victory for efforts in Myanmar to...

Charges against comedian’s suspected killers downgraded to assault

Charges against comedian’s suspected killers downgraded to assault

The trial of the three young men suspected of fatally beating viral video star Aung Yell Htwe resumed yesterday after the case was controversially closed in July, leading to the...

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three editors of Eleven Media were arrested this morning for publishing an article over the weekend accusing the Yangon Region government of financial mismanagement and violating...

Police officer charged over ‘accidental’ killing of truck driver

Police officer charged over ‘accidental’ killing of truck driver

A police officer in Naypyidaw was arrested and charged with homicide on Sunday over what he says was the accidental shooting and killing of a truck driver who was allegedly...

Nationalist writer sentenced to two years for incitement

Nationalist writer sentenced to two years for incitement

Buddhist nationalist writer Maung Thway Chun was sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor on Monday for delivering a speech at the birthday party of a prominent monk in...

Bullet smuggler admits to arming government-linked militias

Bullet smuggler admits to arming government-linked militias

A Yangon man who was arrested for smuggling ammunition on Monday has confessed to police that he had been working with a captain in the Myanmar Army to deliver bullets to...

Abandoned Rohingya homes razed in northern Rakhine village

Abandoned Rohingya homes razed in northern Rakhine village

Three homes belonging to Rohingya villagers who fled Rakhine State for Bangladesh last year were burnt to ash on Wednesday night, sources in the area reported on Twitter and...

Suspected ammunitions smuggler arrested in Sanchaung

Suspected ammunitions smuggler arrested in Sanchaung

A man suspected of attempting to smuggle ammunitions from Yangon to Muse, Shan State, was arrested this week at the entrance to the Pyay Gardens housing complex in Sanchaung...

Video shows Myanmar soldier planning Rohingya deportation

Video shows Myanmar soldier planning Rohingya deportation

Fortify Rights released a short video on Thursday that appears to contain evidence of a coordinated effort by the Myanmar military to drive Rohingya villagers from their homes....


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Coconuts Yangon Crime

Yangon is one of the safest cities in the region, and crime rates are generally low. As a result, when a murder or other violent crime occurs, it’s big news. But, anecdotally, there is a feeling that crime has increased slightly since Myanmar started opening up to the world in 2011. More blocks downtown are getting CCTV cameras, for instance. But Yangon has also maintained its reputation for being a city of good Samaritans, and stories of residents returning bags of cash or jewels left in taxis or elsewhere are not uncommon.