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The Day Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi First Met Her Jailer

On this day in 1994, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, then under house arrest as the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, met junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe for the first time.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi First Met Her Jailer

On this day in 1994, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, then under house arrest as the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, met junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe for the first time.

Will COVID-19 and Continuing Armed Clashes Combine to Postpone Myanmar’s Election?

The Irrawaddy talks with U Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint of the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections about the possibility of a pandemic postponement of the November vote.
The Irrawaddy

Will COVID-19 and Continuing Armed Clashes Combine to Postpone Myanmar’s Election?

The Irrawaddy talks with U Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint of the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections about the possibility of a pandemic postponement of the November vote.

Sacrifices of September 1988 Not Forgotten as Myanmar’s Long March to Democracy Continues

As Myanmar prepares for November’s general election, the 32nd anniversary of the bloody coup that brought the SLORC to power reminds us of what is at stake.
The Irrawaddy

Sacrifices of September 1988 Not Forgotten as Myanmar’s Long March to Democracy Continues

As Myanmar prepares for November’s general election, the 32nd anniversary of the bloody coup that brought the SLORC to power reminds us of what is at stake.

Carter Center Launches Election Monitoring Mission in Myanmar

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, monitoring and reporting by Myanmar citizens will be remotely overseen by international specialists.
The Irrawaddy

Carter Center Launches Election Monitoring Mission in Myanmar

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, monitoring and reporting by Myanmar citizens will be remotely overseen by international specialists.

Myanmar’s NLD Says Postponing November Election Would Lead to Chaos

Ruling party says voting should go forward despite COVID-19 restrictions, as delaying it would mean postponing it to an uncertain future.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s NLD Says Postponing November Election Would Lead to Chaos

Ruling party says voting should go forward despite COVID-19 restrictions, as delaying it would mean postponing it to an uncertain future.

Myanmar Military Offers More COVID-19 Quarantine Beds to Civilians

The military’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, tells The Irrawaddy that thousands of civilians could be quarantined on military land across Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Offers More COVID-19 Quarantine Beds to Civilians

The military’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, tells The Irrawaddy that thousands of civilians could be quarantined on military land across Myanmar.

People’s Pioneer Party Stands by Nationalist Candidate in Myanmar’s Election

The party's chairwoman says it has no intention to ditch a candidate who has been revealed to have nationalist sympathies.
The Irrawaddy

People’s Pioneer Party Stands by Nationalist Candidate in Myanmar’s Election

The party's chairwoman says it has no intention to ditch a candidate who has been revealed to have nationalist sympathies.

Japan’s Neighbors Hope to Improve Ties as Suga Succeeds Abe as Prime Minister

As Yoshihide Suga took over as prime minister of Japan, the governments of China, South Korea and Russia expressed a desire to improve ties.
The Irrawaddy

Japan’s Neighbors Hope to Improve Ties as Suga Succeeds Abe as Prime Minister

As Yoshihide Suga took over as prime minister of Japan, the governments of China, South Korea and Russia expressed a desire to improve ties.

A Poll, a Senior General and the Demise of His Promise of a New Democratic Era in Myanmar

Snr-Gen Saw Maung’s vow that the army would return to the barracks after the 1990 vote never materialized; conspiracy theories about his sudden fall from grace abound.
The Irrawaddy

A Poll, a Senior General and the Demise of His Promise of a New Democratic Era in Myanmar

Snr-Gen Saw Maung’s vow that the army would return to the barracks after the 1990 vote never materialized; conspiracy theories about his sudden fall from grace abound.

UPDATE: Myanmar Reports 18 More COVID-19 Deaths, Taking Toll to 57

A teenage girl and a 90-year-old man were among 18 new COVID-19 fatalities announced on Thursday; Myanmar has now reported 3,895 cases with 57 deaths.
The Irrawaddy

UPDATE: Myanmar Reports 18 More COVID-19 Deaths, Taking Toll to 57

A teenage girl and a 90-year-old man were among 18 new COVID-19 fatalities announced on Thursday; Myanmar has now reported 3,895 cases with 57 deaths.

Myanmar, S. Korea Pledge to Step Up Cooperation on Trade, Investment, Energy

South Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to deepen economic ties with Myanmar after projects agreed during President Moon’s visit last year were delayed due to COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar, S. Korea Pledge to Step Up Cooperation on Trade, Investment, Energy

South Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to deepen economic ties with Myanmar after projects agreed during President Moon’s visit last year were delayed due to COVID-19.

Myanmar Traders Brace for Another Hit as China Closes Key Customs Gate Due to COVID-19

Trade on Myanmar’s border with China has ground to a halt and truckloads of goods are stranded after the Chinese town of Ruili closed its customs office due to COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Traders Brace for Another Hit as China Closes Key Customs Gate Due to COVID-19

Trade on Myanmar’s border with China has ground to a halt and truckloads of goods are stranded after the Chinese town of Ruili closed its customs office due to COVID-19.

Hong Kong Court Charges Activists Over Tiananmen Square Commemoration

A court in Hong Kong has indicted 26 pro-democracy activists for their involvement in an event to mark the anniversary of China’s 1989 massacre of student protesters.
The Irrawaddy

Hong Kong Court Charges Activists Over Tiananmen Square Commemoration

A court in Hong Kong has indicted 26 pro-democracy activists for their involvement in an event to mark the anniversary of China’s 1989 massacre of student protesters.

WTO Says Most US Tariffs Against China Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization has ruled that 25-percent tariffs imposed by the US on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports run counter to international trade rules.
The Irrawaddy

WTO Says Most US Tariffs Against China Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization has ruled that 25-percent tariffs imposed by the US on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports run counter to international trade rules.

Thai Authorities Arrest 10 Illegal Migrants From Myanmar in Mae Sot

Ten illegal migrants from Myanmar were detained without travel documents in Thailand’s Tak province as officials there tighten border security amid COVID-19 fears.
The Irrawaddy

Thai Authorities Arrest 10 Illegal Migrants From Myanmar in Mae Sot

Ten illegal migrants from Myanmar were detained without travel documents in Thailand’s Tak province as officials there tighten border security amid COVID-19 fears.

Election Posters for Myanmar’s Ruling Party Vandalized in a Dozen Locations

The NLD has filed cases under the election law after its campaign posters and other materials were vandalized in multiple locations around the country.
The Irrawaddy

Election Posters for Myanmar’s Ruling Party Vandalized in a Dozen Locations

The NLD has filed cases under the election law after its campaign posters and other materials were vandalized in multiple locations around the country.

Myanmar’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 32 After 12 Reported in Single Day

Myanmar reported 12 more fatalities from COVID-19 on Monday—11 in Yangon and one in Sittwe; the country’s death toll now stands at 32 with 3,299 total cases.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 32 After 12 Reported in Single Day

Myanmar reported 12 more fatalities from COVID-19 on Monday—11 in Yangon and one in Sittwe; the country’s death toll now stands at 32 with 3,299 total cases.

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Foundation Converts Football Center Into COVID-19 Hospital

The Ayeyarwady Foundation is converting a football stadium in Yangon into a makeshift COVID-19 treatment center as the city’s hospitals reach capacity.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Foundation Converts Football Center Into COVID-19 Hospital

The Ayeyarwady Foundation is converting a football stadium in Yangon into a makeshift COVID-19 treatment center as the city’s hospitals reach capacity.

Despite Current Economic Fallout in Myanmar, ADB Forecasts a Bounce

The Asian Development Bank is hopeful that Myanmar’s economy will spring back from the current 1.8 percent growth to 6 percent in the next financial year.
The Irrawaddy

Despite Current Economic Fallout in Myanmar, ADB Forecasts a Bounce

The Asian Development Bank is hopeful that Myanmar’s economy will spring back from the current 1.8 percent growth to 6 percent in the next financial year.

Civil Servants Among COVID-19 Patients as Cases Spread Through Myanmar Capital

Over 40 coronavirus cases have now been reported in Naypyitaw, with civil servants and their relatives accounting for half of the cases.
The Irrawaddy

Civil Servants Among COVID-19 Patients as Cases Spread Through Myanmar Capital

Over 40 coronavirus cases have now been reported in Naypyitaw, with civil servants and their relatives accounting for half of the cases.

Australian Journalist Feared He Would Be ‘Disappeared’ by China

Australian Financial Review journalist Michael Smith, who fled China after being questioned in a ‘security’ case, said he feared he would be ‘disappeared’ by authorities.
The Irrawaddy

Australian Journalist Feared He Would Be ‘Disappeared’ by China

Australian Financial Review journalist Michael Smith, who fled China after being questioned in a ‘security’ case, said he feared he would be ‘disappeared’ by authorities.

Myanmar Officials to Prosecute Owner of Nightspot Responsible for Yangon’s Biggest COVID-19 Cluster

Thingangyun Township authorities say they will take action against the owner of a KTV venue who ignored prevention guidelines, causing over 90 staff to contract COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Officials to Prosecute Owner of Nightspot Responsible for Yangon’s Biggest COVID-19 Cluster

Thingangyun Township authorities say they will take action against the owner of a KTV venue who ignored prevention guidelines, causing over 90 staff to contract COVID-19.

Hong Kong Says It Won’t Intervene In Case of 12 Residents Detained by China

Hong Kong’s security chief said the island won’t intervene in the cases of 12 residents who fled by boat and were detained by China, which has labeled them separatists.
The Irrawaddy

Hong Kong Says It Won’t Intervene In Case of 12 Residents Detained by China

Hong Kong’s security chief said the island won’t intervene in the cases of 12 residents who fled by boat and were detained by China, which has labeled them separatists.

Powerful Armed Ethnic Group Launches Its Own Military Academy in Myanmar

With 30,000 troops and plenty of military hardware, the United Wa State Army now plans to improve officer training for the next generation.
The Irrawaddy

Powerful Armed Ethnic Group Launches Its Own Military Academy in Myanmar

With 30,000 troops and plenty of military hardware, the United Wa State Army now plans to improve officer training for the next generation.

Myanmar Builds Temporary Hospitals as COVID-19 Centers Near Capacity

A spike in coronavirus cases in Yangon means the city requires an extra 5,000 temporary hospital beds, according to a health chief.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Builds Temporary Hospitals as COVID-19 Centers Near Capacity

A spike in coronavirus cases in Yangon means the city requires an extra 5,000 temporary hospital beds, according to a health chief.

Myanmar Law Students Provide Free Legal Information to Local Communities

Students at two law schools in Yangon are providing free legal information and referrals for justice services to community members who need help resolving disputes.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Law Students Provide Free Legal Information to Local Communities

Students at two law schools in Yangon are providing free legal information and referrals for justice services to community members who need help resolving disputes.

Myanmar Official in Suu Kyi’s Office Tests Positive for COVID-19

Civil servants and journalists in Naypyitaw have been screened after an assistant director at the President’s Office tested coronavirus-positive.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Official in Suu Kyi’s Office Tests Positive for COVID-19

Civil servants and journalists in Naypyitaw have been screened after an assistant director at the President’s Office tested coronavirus-positive.

Myanmar Military Demands Return of Two Soldiers Who Confessed to Rohingya Atrocities

Sending two privates to the ICC in The Hague after they confessed to Rohingya atrocities was an “intervention” in Myanmar’s judicial process, a military spokesman said.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Demands Return of Two Soldiers Who Confessed to Rohingya Atrocities

Sending two privates to the ICC in The Hague after they confessed to Rohingya atrocities was an “intervention” in Myanmar’s judicial process, a military spokesman said.

Forget Knocking on Doors: Open a Facebook Account—the New Way to Campaign in Myanmar Amid COVID-19

As stay-at-home orders amid a rise in cases make traditional campaigning impossible, even top politicians like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are going online to reach voters.
The Irrawaddy

Forget Knocking on Doors: Open a Facebook Account—the New Way to Campaign in Myanmar Amid COVID-19

As stay-at-home orders amid a rise in cases make traditional campaigning impossible, even top politicians like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are going online to reach voters.

Japan’s Ruling Party Set to Elect Yoshihide Suga as Abe’s Successor

Lawmakers from the ruling LDP were expected to vote for Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to replace Shinzo Abe as party president and Japanese premier on Monday.
The Irrawaddy

Japan’s Ruling Party Set to Elect Yoshihide Suga as Abe’s Successor

Lawmakers from the ruling LDP were expected to vote for Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to replace Shinzo Abe as party president and Japanese premier on Monday.