Witnesses in the Unity journal trial have testified that they did not see any signs warning that a military factory was designated a restricted area.
Rakhine organisers of the first census to be held in Myanmar for 30 years had decided they might as well ignore international standards and get the most controversial question over and done with first.
United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has called President U Thein Sein, urging him to ensure that the nationwide census currently underway is conducted in a peaceful and credible manner.
The United Nations has extended the mandate of the special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar and renewed its call for the government to allow the opening of a country office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The United Nations Population Fund said on Monday that recent statements from the government on self-identification in Myanmar’s census raise “serious concerns” about its commitment to upholding international standards.
A senior reporter from The Myanmar Times was found guilty of defamation and fined K10,000 after a 10-month legal battle in Mandalay.
Demonstrations gathered outside of the Bangladesh embassy in Yangon on March 26 to voice their anger over a recent article published by the Dhaka Tribune newspaper suggesting that parts of Rakhine State join Bangladesh.
Despite years of falling allocations, defence spending remains a prominent feature of the budget recently adopted by parliament.