UN Security Council to hear from UN fact-finding mission on Rohingya next week

The UN Security Council is scheduled to hear a briefing next week from the head of a UN fact-finding mission that has accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingya, diplomats said yesterday. Nine countries including the United States, Britain and France requested the briefing that is likely to be opposed by China, which has ...

Politics

Clinic for political prisoners seeks donations

Clinic for political prisoners seeks donations

The Hanthawaddy U Win Tin Foundation is seeking donations of funds and medicine to operate a free clinic for political prisoners and their families, executive committee member Tun...

Military-linked party spokesman calls charges against journalists ‘undemocratic’

Military-linked party spokesman calls charges against journalists ‘undemocratic’

A spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), whose leaders are former military officers, told local media last week that the prosecution of three...

NLD MP: ‘I fear we are returning to the age of the generals’

NLD MP: ‘I fear we are returning to the age of the generals’

When three Yangon journalists were arrested this week for publishing an article that criticized the Yangon Region chief minister Phyo Min Thein, one lawmaker from the chief...

Myanmar helps Japan dominate passport rankings

Myanmar helps Japan dominate passport rankings

With a boost from Myanmar, Japan has overtaken Singapore as the country with the strongest passport, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index. In July, Japan and Singapore were...

Most lawsuits against journalists brought by government officials

Most lawsuits against journalists brought by government officials

Out of 28 lawsuits brought against journalists since the National League for Democracy (NLD) took over Myanmar’s government in 2016, 17 were filed by members of the government,...

Suu Kyi does not remember why she criticized the military a month ago

Suu Kyi does not remember why she criticized the military a month ago

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi told a reporter in Tokyo on Saturday that she does not know why she said last month that the military response to Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine...

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three journalists arrested over coverage of Yangon chief minister’s alleged finance violations

Three editors of Eleven Media were arrested this morning for publishing an article over the weekend accusing the Yangon Region government of financial mismanagement and violating...

Nationalist writer sentenced to two years for incitement

Nationalist writer sentenced to two years for incitement

Buddhist nationalist writer Maung Thway Chun was sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor on Monday for delivering a speech at the birthday party of a prominent monk in...

Myanmar map ‘mistake’ sparks diplomatic spat with Bangladesh

Myanmar map ‘mistake’ sparks diplomatic spat with Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s foreign ministry summoned the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka over the weekend over a map that appeared on Myanmar government websites showing a Bangladeshi island as...


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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.