Myanmar parliament votes down death penalty for child rapists

Myanmar’s parliament voted down a proposal to give the death penalty to convicted child rapists, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported today. The vote follows months of protests by local rights groups demanding that parliament allow child rapists to be executed. “[Myanmar has] unconditionally accepted the fact that no crime should have the ...

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Raids reveal Myanmar poachers’ indiscriminate bloodthirst

Raids reveal Myanmar poachers’ indiscriminate bloodthirst

A series of targeted raids by Forestry Department agents on Tuesday ended with the arrest of six poachers Mandalay, Ayeyawady, and Bago regions and the seizure of a vast array of...

Myanmar Times founder nabbed in drug bust

Myanmar Times founder nabbed in drug bust

Myanmar Times founder and former chief editor Ross Dunkley was arrested by Yangon police at his rented Bahan Township home early yesterday morning and charged with three...

Myanmar hastily jails Kaman Muslim teacher who escaped IDP camp

Myanmar hastily jails Kaman Muslim teacher who escaped IDP camp

For several days, the parents of 26-year-old teacher Ma Hla Phyu had no idea where their daughter was. She had not told anyone she planned to leave the Kyauktalone IDP camp in...

Record-breaking Malaysian meth haul was shipped from Yangon

Record-breaking Malaysian meth haul was shipped from Yangon

Malaysian customs authorities seized 1.3 tons of crystal meth hidden in tea packets last week in what was reportedly the country’s largest meth bust in terms of value and...

Myanmar judge upholds testimony of jailed whistleblowing cop

Myanmar judge upholds testimony of jailed whistleblowing cop

The judge in the ongoing case against Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo decided today to accept the testimony of a police officer who said the arrest of the two reporters...

Myanmar cop who exposed plot to ‘trap’ reporters gets prison sentence

Myanmar cop who exposed plot to ‘trap’ reporters gets prison sentence

A police officer who exposed his colleagues’ plot to trap two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to prison for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, Reuters reported...

Man calls out Myanmar officials charging fake fee to migrant workers coming home for Thingyan

Man calls out Myanmar officials charging fake fee to migrant workers coming home for Thingyan

Across the world, phone cameras are providing a way for ordinary people to document and expose abuses of power. In Myanmar, recognizing the power a widely shared video can have,...

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: conservation group

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: conservation group

An emerging online market for elephant skin in China is threatening the survival of the creatures in neighboring Myanmar as poaching intensifies to meet demand, conservationists...

Wife of whistleblowing cop begs Aung San Suu Kyi for help following eviction

Wife of whistleblowing cop begs Aung San Suu Kyi for help following eviction

The wife of a police officer who accused his superiors of orchestrating the entrapment of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo has issued a plea to Myanmar’s leaders to...


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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.