Amnesty calls for int’l prosecution of Myanmar’s military leaders

By Alexander Wishneff Amnesty International has accused Myanmar security forces of crimes against humanity in a comprehensive and harrowing new report on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine State. Titled “My World is Finished,” the report catalogs a “systematic, organized, and ruthless” campaign of violence aimed at expelling Rohingya people from their homes in ...

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Myanmar’s information ministry shares The Irrawaddy’s fake story

Myanmar’s information ministry shares The Irrawaddy’s fake story

More than 24 hours after The Irrawaddy deleted a story from its website after it was proved to be fake, Myanmar’s Ministry of Information shared the same story in a last-grasp...

The Irrawaddy’s fake story fuels anti-Rohingya feelings

The Irrawaddy’s fake story fuels anti-Rohingya feelings

A story published by The Irrawaddy spent less than a day online yesterday when it was discovered that what the story’s authors presented as current news actually took place...

Rakhine reporting by Myanmar-based media lacks accuracy, objectivity: report

Rakhine reporting by Myanmar-based media lacks accuracy, objectivity: report

Reporting by Myanmar-based media during the first two weeks of the conflict in Rakhine State relied too heavily on government sources for their coverage to be considered accurate...

Former UN chief Kofi Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Former UN chief Kofi Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas who have been driven out in an army...

Shifting accounts of Hindu massacre reveal Myanmar’s ‘dirty tricks’

Shifting accounts of Hindu massacre reveal Myanmar’s ‘dirty tricks’

For more than two weeks, Myanmar’s top leaders and state-run media outlets have bombarded the public with grisly images of the skeletal remains of Hindu villagers unearthed by...

Rakhine human rights activist sentenced to 18 months for documenting military abuses

Rakhine human rights activist sentenced to 18 months for documenting military abuses

The controversial trial of Myanmar human rights activist Khaing Myo Htun ended at a Sittwe courthouse yesterday with a conviction and an 18-month prison sentence. He was found...

Media ‘hiding the truth’ about Rakhine, Myanmar army chief tells US ambassador

Media ‘hiding the truth’ about Rakhine, Myanmar army chief tells US ambassador

The media is using “instigation and propaganda” to influence international responses to the situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar’s commander-in-chief said in a meeting with...

UN Security Council to hear Kofi Annan brief on Myanmar tomorrow

UN Security Council to hear Kofi Annan brief on Myanmar tomorrow

The Security Council will on Friday hold an informal meeting on Myanmar to hear former UN chief Kofi Annan provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, diplomats...

EU to cut ties with Myanmar military chiefs over Rohingya crisis

EU to cut ties with Myanmar military chiefs over Rohingya crisis

The EU is to halt ties with senior Myanmar military chiefs to protest the “disproportionate use of force” against the Rohingya minority, according to an agreement seen...


 

Coconuts Yangon Politics

This was the big buzzword of 2015 and 2016. Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to election victory in November of 2015 and formed a government in April 2016. This ended some five decades of military-controlled rule. In September 2016, the US dropped its remaining sanctions on Myanmar. But many problems remain. The military still controls 25 percent of parliament. Suu Kyi was barred from the presidential post because of a clause in the 2008 constitution – written by the military – preventing anyone with a foreign spouse or children from holding the post. She has one British son and one American son. Instead, she took the jobs of foreign minister and state counsellor, and her close aide Htin Kyaw was nominated for the presidency, giving her the leeway to still make all the decisions and represent the country as its de facto leader. For her administration to succeed, it will need to address an intimidating list of priorities, including making peace with several ethnic armed groups in the country and helping to resolve tensions in Rakhine State between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Needless to say, stories about Myanmar politics are abundant on Coconuts Yangon.