A nationwide inventory is being conducted to determine the legality of religious buildings, according to the Ministry of Religion and Culture. Those found not to be in compliance with the laws could be denied funding from their local state and regional religious authorities.
During her recent trip to the United States, Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi highlighted the importance of amending the 2008 constitution, calling it a barrier to building “a truly democratic country”. Her rhetoric abroad, however, has yet to be matched by concrete action at home since her government took power in late March.
The Dutch national who unplugged an amplifier broadcasting a Buddhist dhamma sermon in Mandalay last week – leading to a “religious insult” criminal charge – made a lawyer-less and remorseful initial appearance at the Maha Aung Myay Township Court yesterday.
The brief period of Rakhine ethnic political unity appears to be over. Despite – or perhaps in part because of – its relative electoral success in last November’s election, the Arakan National Party now faces a formal split along the factional lines of the two co-founding ethnic parties.
The Sakura garment factory has gone back on its promise to allow protesting workers to resume their former production targets, instead insisting on increased amounts that triggered nearly three months of strikes.
Protesters of Thabeikkyin township gold mines, who have not shied away from guerrilla tactics in the past, said they feel their complaints have finally been heard, following a meeting with a regional minister this week.
Activists yesterday released a 30-minute documentary as part of a campaign against a mega-dam in central Shan State.