Category: Government

Thousands More Myanmar Villagers Flee Armed Conflict in Rakhine State

  More than 3,000 civilians have fled villages in the far north of Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state after three days of heavy fighting between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army that killed one villager and injured three others, a relief worker said Thursday. The refugees from Rathedaung and Maungdaw townships join a tide of […]

Rohingya-based Party Urges Myanmar to Allow The Muslim Minority to Vote And Run For Office

A political party representing Myanmar’s persecuted ethnic Rohingya is pressing election authorities to allow members of the Muslim minority who hold temporary “white card” IDs to vote and to run in November nationwide elections. Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya — more than 740,000 of whom were driven out of their communities in northern Rakhine state […]

Myanmar Government Rejects Motion to Shutter Polluting Chinese-Owned Coal Plant

  Myanmar’s government on Tuesday rejected a Shan state member of parliament’s proposal to shutter a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant residents of his region say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and livelihoods. Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) party lawmaker Sai Tun Aye proposed the motion not […]

Myanmar MPs Reject bid to Allow Suu Kyi to Become President

NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR – Myanmar’s parliament rejected on Wednesday a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to officially become president.The rejection had been expected because the prop…