Street artist charged with blasphemy for COVID-19 mural

A group of artists trying to raise awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic have been charged with blasphemy and subjected to online vitriol from Buddhist hardliners after posting photos of their work to Facebook. Artist Zayar Hnaung apologized online last night, saying he was a Buddhist with no intention to of insulting Buddhism with the mural ...

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Yangon students arrested for protesting Rakhine internet shutdown

Yangon students arrested for protesting Rakhine internet shutdown

Nine students today face three months in prison for protesting ongoing internet outage in Rakhine state. The East Yangon University students were arrested yesterday and charged...

22 Rohingya arrested after fleeing Myanmar camp by boat

22 Rohingya arrested after fleeing Myanmar camp by boat

Twenty-two Rohingya Muslims trying to escape one of Myanmar’s camps by boat were arrested after they were forced ashore by their leaking vessel, local police said Friday....

UN chief urges Myanmar to ensure ‘safe’ return of Rohingya

UN chief urges Myanmar to ensure ‘safe’ return of Rohingya

The UN chief on Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure the "safe" return of Rohingya refugees driven out by army operations, a plea made in front of Aung San Suu Kyi more than two years...

Rohingya refugees agree move to flood-prone Bangladesh island: official

Rohingya refugees agree move to flood-prone Bangladesh island: official

Thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal, officials said Sunday, despite fears the site is prone to flooding.

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

The Bangladesh military said Thursday it has ordered an investigation after a Rohingya family in a refugee camp accused army troops of raping a 12-year-old girl. The inquiry comes...

Mandalay minister sees no merriment in memes, files lawsuit

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...

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at ‘serious risk of genocide’: UN

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at ‘serious risk of genocide’: UN

Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a “serious risk of genocide,” UN investigators said Monday, warning the repatriation of a million already driven from...

Bangladesh university suspends student for being Rohingya

Bangladesh university suspends student for being Rohingya

A Bangladesh university has suspended a student for being Rohingya, officials said Sunday, as impatience with the refugees grows following a second failed attempt to repatriate...

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...


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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.

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