Mandalay minister sees no merriment in memes, files lawsuit

Defamation suits from National League for Democracy members looking to silence their critics are nothing new in Myanmar, but this particular lawsuit appears to be breaking new ground. Mandalay Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung is taking two Facebook users to court over memes. In a recently filed suit, the former political prisoner has targeted ...

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Karen activist ‘Billy’ was burned and stuffed in oil drum: DSI

Karen activist ‘Billy’ was burned and stuffed in oil drum: DSI

Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen’s skull was broken and his body stuffed in an oil drum before being set on fire and thrown in a river, according to evidence laid out by...

Final Judgment: Thai Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings

Final Judgment: Thai Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings

The final appeal of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island was today rejected by Thailand’s...

Gov’t body says gay university librarian who took own life ‘mentally weak,’ dismisses bullying claims

Gov’t body says gay university librarian who took own life ‘mentally weak,’ dismisses bullying claims

A probe into the death of a gay Myanmar man which cast a spotlight on the marginalized community concluded he was “mentally weak,” findings slammed Wednesday by his...

Australian publisher jailed for 13 years in Myanmar over drugs

Australian publisher jailed for 13 years in Myanmar over drugs

A Myanmar court on Wednesday sentenced a veteran Australian media publisher to 13 years in jail after a police raid uncovered a stash of drugs at his home last year....

Myanmar army’s ‘business empire’ fuels atrocities: UN probe

Myanmar army’s ‘business empire’ fuels atrocities: UN probe

Tougher sanctions are needed against Myanmar’s wealthy and powerful military as its web of economic interests has generated a fortune that helps fund atrocities, UN...

Bodies of three teens found on Yangon roadside in suspected human-trafficking case

Bodies of three teens found on Yangon roadside in suspected human-trafficking case

The corpses of three teenagers found lying along a roadside in Yangon’s northernmost neighborhood bear all the hallmarks of a potential human-trafficking case, according to a...

Police draw jeers as they defend #JusticeforVictoria record, announce arrest of critic

Police draw jeers as they defend #JusticeforVictoria record, announce arrest of critic

Myanmar’s police force became the collective punch line for tens of thousands of the country’s Facebook users this week after attempts to defend their efforts to solve the...

Another child rape case in Myanmar highlights endemic problem

Another child rape case in Myanmar highlights endemic problem

With public furor over child sexual abuse still at a fever pitch after the recent #JusticeforVictoria street marches, yet another rape case has been thrust into the national...

Yangon Police arrest 34-year-old man accused of smothering his mother with a pillow

Yangon Police arrest 34-year-old man accused of smothering his mother with a pillow

On Monday night, residents of Dagon Seikkan township in Yangon walked into the living room of a local resident, Daw Htwe Kyi, and found her dead, her body black and bruised, after...


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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.