Myanmar probes murder of 4 people in Rakhine

Myanmar police are investigating the murder of four people in northern Rakhine state, the government said Tuesday, days after ending a military campaign in the area the UN has compared to ethnic cleansing The corpses of three women and a man were found buried in a field near Luuphanpyin village in Maungdaw township last Thursday, according to the office of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi "A man's dead body...

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UN envoy visits Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

UN human rights envoy Yanghee Lee was Tuesday visiting Rohingya refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh, where thousands have taken shelter after fleeing a military crackdown in...

UN envoy visits Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Mon State chief minister resigns amid controversy

Mon State Chief Minister U Min Min Oo submitted a letter of resignation to President Htin Kyaw yesterday, announced Myint Than Win, director of Mon State Government Office U...

Mon State chief minister resigns amid controversy

Human Rights Commission to inspect lock-up conditions

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is set to launch a city-wide investigation of prison cells in order to ensure that they are up to international...

Human Rights Commission to inspect lock-up conditions

New Rohingya rights campaign grabs Burma by its business interests

Nothing yet has seemed to convince Myanmar’s leaders to end the military’s campaign of rape, killing and destruction against Rohingya civilians in Rakhine State Documentation...

New Rohingya rights campaign grabs Burma by its business interests

Hundreds of Rohingya return home from Bangladesh

Hundreds of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar have returned home, community leaders said Sunday, adding that most had gone back temporarily to fetch...

Hundreds of Rohingya return home from Bangladesh

Myanmar army ends operations in north Rakhine: govt

Myanmar's army has halted "clearance operations" in northern Rakhine, a senior official said Wednesday, ending a four-month crackdown by security forces the UN has warned may...

Myanmar army ends operations in north Rakhine: govt

Malaysian aid ship for Rohingya arrives in Bangladesh

A Malaysian ship carrying aid for thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a bloody army crackdown in Myanmar docked in Bangladesh Tuesday, days after it met with protests in...

Malaysian aid ship for Rohingya arrives in Bangladesh

Myanmar to execute Rohingya man for raid on police post

Myanmar authorities have sentenced a Rohingya man to death for leading raids on police border posts that sparked a deadly military crackdown in the north of Rakhine state, police...

Myanmar to execute Rohingya man for raid on police post

Ayeyarwady government concerned about unmarried couples’ Valentine’s Day hotel escapades

At the most recent Ayeyarwady Parliamentary session, one speaker brought an extremely important and pressing matter to everyone’s attention: Valentine’s Day Myint Myint...

Ayeyarwady government concerned about unmarried couples’ Valentine’s Day hotel escapades

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.