Category: Legal

Bomb blast injures 17 people on ferry crossing the Yangon River

A suspected mine blast on a crowded ferry in Yangon injured 17 passengers over the weekend, many of them seriously, according to the junta’s information group. The Cherry 2 ferry, which carries around 30,000 passengers each day between downtown Yangon’s Pansodan Jetty and Dala township, was crossing the Yangon River […]

Malaysian court lifts stay on deporting 114 Myanmar nationals

A Malaysian court on Tuesday lifted a stay on the deportation of 114 Myanmar nationals, their lawyer said, as human rights groups expressed concern that they would be forced to return to their conflict-ridden country.  Amnesty International and Access Asylum Malaysia urged the government to reconsider the mass expulsion, saying […]

Junta court sentences Sithu Aung Myint to another 7 years in prison

A special court in Yangon’s Insein Prison has sentenced journalist Sithu Aung Myint to seven years in prison. He had already received two sentences totaling five years for allegedly inciting sedition in the army, meaning he will have to spend 12 years in prison. The junta court sentenced him on […]

Myanmar religious leader detained and banned from leaving the country

Police and junta troops detained well-known Myanmar religious leader Hkalam Samson at Mandalay International Airport as he tried to fly abroad for medical treatment. They released him on Monday after holding him overnight and put him on a plane back to Kachin state, his friends told RFA, but re-arrested him […]

Student activist sentenced to 15 years in prison in Myanmar’s Kayin State

A student leader who took part in anti-junta protests in Myanmar’s Magway region has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in Kayin State. Myawaddy District Court handed down his sentence, under Section 49(a) of the Counter-Terrorist Act, on Wednesday, a fellow activist told RFA on condition […]

Biden steps up engagement with ASEAN amid China rivalry and global conflict

U.S. President Joe Biden offered rare praise for Cambodia’s authoritarian premier as he encouraged diplomatic support for ending the war in Ukraine and bringing peace to Myanmar at a summit with Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday. Although the control of U.S. Congress lies in the balance back in Washington, Biden […]