The opposition National League for Democracy and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society both slammed the government yesterday for its lack of progress on constitutional reform despite popular support for the changes demonstrated during a massive campaign last year.
Upward of 150 Buddhist nationalists converged at a rally in Yangon’s Tarmwe township yesterday, protesting against international pressure over the migrant boat crisis, as well as perceived bias in foreign media coverage.
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo yesterday made a powerful appeal to the government and the Buddhist community not to allow “a handful of merchants of hatred” to destroy the country’s tradition of compassion as migrants fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh die at sea “unwept” and “unsung”.
The seamen’s union is ready to take recruiters to court over unpaid compensation and wages for fishermen who survived the sinking of their freezer trawler last month, representatives said yesterday.
Australia has pulled the plug on contributions to the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund, emptying the health consortium of tens of millions of dollars amid the largest single slashing of the country’s foreign aid budget in history.
Tatmadaw forces were accused by a human rights group yesterday of killing a civilian and seriously injuring three others while they were travelling on a main highway in northern Shan State close to the border region of Kokang.
Civilian witnesses have been giving evidence in the hearing over the death of freelance journalist Ko Aung Kyaw Naing, better known by his pen name Ko Par Gyi, who was shot while in Tatmadaw custody last October.
No wonder critics accuse parliament of sleepwalking into political deadlock.