In an annual ritual, Myanmar has been rapped again by the United Nations Human Rights Council in a resolution that extends the mandate of the UN special rapporteur for another year, following a debate that once more highlighted divisions between Western governments and Asia.
A local reporter for the Myanmar service of the BBC has been charged with assaulting a police officer in Mandalay during student-led protests on motorcycles there and in Yangon on Armed Forces Day that also resulted in several arrests.
When the Myanmar warship Mahar Thiha Thura docked in Yangon yesterday, more than 100 migrant workers poured out, relieved to be far away from the Malaysian detention camps where they say they were tortured, starved and beaten.
A group calling itself the “Alliance against Sand Mining at Ngapali and Myanmar Beaches” has launched an online petition urging President U Thein Sein to put a halt to sand extraction and overdevelopment at Myanmar beaches, particularly Ngapali in southern Rakhine State.
Ethnic media leaders are calling for an official presence on the Myanmar Press Council (Interim) in order to protect reporters from minority newsgroups.