Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has sought to assuage concerns over the potential partiality of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission, saying its mandate is to take on board concerns of both the state’s Buddhist and Muslim communities, and not to police human rights.
Japan has pledged 135 billion yen (US$1.33 billion) to Myanmar as its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held bilateral talks yesterday on the sidelines of the ASEAN summits and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos.
The sword-wielding assailant and two accomplices involved in an attack on a National League for Democracy candidate during campaigning for last year’s election were sentenced to prison terms on multiple counts this week.
The planned transfer of a landmark Yangon institute to the Education Ministry could be held up by negotiations with private companies that have been given leases to occupy parts of it, city authorities say.
Prison bars are not preventing some inmates from receiving a university education. This year’s intake at the University of Distance Education will include nine students currently serving terms at Yangon’s Insein Prison.
Shacks, tips, hovels and huts are being removed from Yangon’s alleys as the city authorities extend their efforts to clean up the streets. Yangon City Development Committee says homeowners and tenants are being cooperative, but that anyone who resists could end up in prison.