ICC gives Myanmar deadline to respond to Rohingya jurisdiction request

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have given Myanmar just over a month to respond to the prosecutor’s request for jurisdiction over the country’s alleged deportation of Rohingya to Bangladesh. The request was originally issued in April, but the judges decided yesterday to give Myanmar authorities until July 27 to reply. “Considering that the ...

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Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom

Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom

Pope Francis made an appeal for greater press freedom in “so-called democratic” countries during an interview with Reuters yesterday. He cited the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe...

Myanmar parliament votes down death penalty for child rapists

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...

Myanmar courts Japanese, South Korean tourists with visa-free access

Myanmar courts Japanese, South Korean tourists with visa-free access

Myanmar authorities are planning to grant visa-free access to Japanese and South Korean tourists, as well as visa-on-arrival service for Chinese visitors who come on group tours....

Myanmar military chief blew Kirin’s cover in donation scandal

Myanmar military chief blew Kirin’s cover in donation scandal

Japanese beer company Kirin has announced that it is investigating a donation allegedly made by its Myanmar subsidiary to the country’s military just days after the mass...

Foundation withholds honors from jailed Reuters reporters, whistleblowing cop

Foundation withholds honors from jailed Reuters reporters, whistleblowing cop

The Hanthawady U Win Tin Foundation has decided to withhold honors from detained Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and from Police Captain Moe Yan Naing. The two reporters...

Radio Free Asia dropped from Myanmar TV over use of ‘Rohingya’

Radio Free Asia dropped from Myanmar TV over use of ‘Rohingya’

Programming by Radio Free Asia (RFA) will no longer appear on Myanmar TV after the US-government-funded news outlet refused to stop using the term “Rohingya.” On May 7, the...

Myanmar army, government hold rare meeting over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar army, government hold rare meeting over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar’s army and civilian leadership held a rare “national security” meeting on Friday and discussed an internal investigation into the Rohingya crisis in...

Facebook’s face-saving Myanmar tour becomes fake news fodder

Facebook’s face-saving Myanmar tour becomes fake news fodder

A series of actions taken by Facebook this week in an effort to repair its reputation in Myanmar have produced the opposite effect – a torrent of fake news. On Tuesday, Facebook...

UN gives Myanmar 30 days to accept human rights investigators

UN gives Myanmar 30 days to accept human rights investigators

The UN Security Council has given Myanmar 30 days to respond to a request for the country to allow UN experts to investigate alleged atrocities against Rohingya civilians in...


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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.