Myanmar



UN Rapporteur: Finding the Truth or Furthering False Narratives in Myanmar?

Incoming UN special rapporteur on human rights Thomas Andrews’ ties to Fortify Rights—a group whose reporting on Myanmar has been discredited—are cause for concern.
The Irrawaddy

UN Rapporteur: Finding the Truth or Furthering False Narratives in Myanmar?

Incoming UN special rapporteur on human rights Thomas Andrews’ ties to Fortify Rights—a group whose reporting on Myanmar has been discredited—are cause for concern.

Myanmar’s Military Claim Dead Suspect Was Arakan Army Sergeant

Myanmar’s armed forces are accused of torturing another civilian to death in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State, with the Arakan National Party saying deaths in custody must end.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Military Claim Dead Suspect Was Arakan Army Sergeant

Myanmar’s armed forces are accused of torturing another civilian to death in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State, with the Arakan National Party saying deaths in custody must end.

Trump, Biden Clash Over Pandemic in First US Presidential Debate

Amid repeated interruptions from his opponent, Joe Biden said Donald Trump had failed to produce a plan to fight COVID-19, in their first debate ahead of the US election.
The Irrawaddy

Trump, Biden Clash Over Pandemic in First US Presidential Debate

Amid repeated interruptions from his opponent, Joe Biden said Donald Trump had failed to produce a plan to fight COVID-19, in their first debate ahead of the US election.

Thailand Extends State of Emergency, Allows Some Foreign Tourists

Thailand has extended its COVID-19 state of emergency for a month, though some special tour groups on chartered flights will now be allowed to enter the country.
The Irrawaddy

Thailand Extends State of Emergency, Allows Some Foreign Tourists

Thailand has extended its COVID-19 state of emergency for a month, though some special tour groups on chartered flights will now be allowed to enter the country.

Controversial Head of Myanmar’s ‘Rose Party’ Arrested on Fugitive Warrant

UDP chairman Michael Kyaw Myint was arrested Monday night following reports he escaped from prison in the ’90s and had unscrupulous financial dealings.
The Irrawaddy

Controversial Head of Myanmar’s ‘Rose Party’ Arrested on Fugitive Warrant

UDP chairman Michael Kyaw Myint was arrested Monday night following reports he escaped from prison in the ’90s and had unscrupulous financial dealings.

Yangon Health Official Vows ‘All-Out Battle’ Against COVID-19

The vice chairman of Yangon’s COVID-19 committee said all city residents must observe prevention guidelines; the city is preparing more facilities as testing increases.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon Health Official Vows ‘All-Out Battle’ Against COVID-19

The vice chairman of Yangon’s COVID-19 committee said all city residents must observe prevention guidelines; the city is preparing more facilities as testing increases.

G-20 Summit in November to Go Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the presidency of the G-20, said the group’s leaders’ summit would be held online in November due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Irrawaddy

G-20 Summit in November to Go Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the presidency of the G-20, said the group’s leaders’ summit would be held online in November due to COVID-19 concerns.

Myanmar Govt Vows to ‘Build Back Better’ With Latest COVID-19 Recovery Plans

Minister U Thaung Tun said the government has put together a medium- to long-term economic recovery plan based on promoting investment in sustainable industries.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt Vows to ‘Build Back Better’ With Latest COVID-19 Recovery Plans

Minister U Thaung Tun said the government has put together a medium- to long-term economic recovery plan based on promoting investment in sustainable industries.

Leader of Myanmar’s Top Shan Party Resigns in Shock Announcement

Just weeks before the election, SNLD chairman Khun Htun Oo has announced his resignation; party leaders have declined to accept it as they ponder their next move.
The Irrawaddy

Leader of Myanmar’s Top Shan Party Resigns in Shock Announcement

Just weeks before the election, SNLD chairman Khun Htun Oo has announced his resignation; party leaders have declined to accept it as they ponder their next move.

Myanmar Health Official Warns of Political Campaign as COVID-19 Cases Exceed 10,000

The campaign for the November general election is endangering lives, according to a health ministry disease specialist as the coronavirus death toll reaches 226.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Health Official Warns of Political Campaign as COVID-19 Cases Exceed 10,000

The campaign for the November general election is endangering lives, according to a health ministry disease specialist as the coronavirus death toll reaches 226.

Bangladesh Deploys Troops on Myanmar’s Border

Bangladeshi deployments appear to be in response to increased activity by Myanmar’s military along the border, saying it is cracking down on “terror” groups.
The Irrawaddy

Bangladesh Deploys Troops on Myanmar’s Border

Bangladeshi deployments appear to be in response to increased activity by Myanmar’s military along the border, saying it is cracking down on “terror” groups.

North Korea Accuses South of Intrusion in Search for National’s Body

Pyongyang has accused South Korea of intruding into its territory while searching for a man killed by N. Korean troops and warned of heightened tensions.
The Irrawaddy

North Korea Accuses South of Intrusion in Search for National’s Body

Pyongyang has accused South Korea of intruding into its territory while searching for a man killed by N. Korean troops and warned of heightened tensions.

Years On, Family Still Demands Answers in Slain Japanese Journalist’s Death

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2017 story on the aftermath of the death of a Japanese journalist covering the event.
The Irrawaddy

Years On, Family Still Demands Answers in Slain Japanese Journalist’s Death

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2017 story on the aftermath of the death of a Japanese journalist covering the event.

Saffron Revolution: A Rangoon Diary

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2007 account of the protests and bloody crackdown by photojournalist Thierry Falise.
The Irrawaddy

Saffron Revolution: A Rangoon Diary

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2007 account of the protests and bloody crackdown by photojournalist Thierry Falise.

The Power Behind the Robe

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this analysis of the political power of the monkhood first published in October 2007.
The Irrawaddy

The Power Behind the Robe

To mark the 13th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, The Irrawaddy revisits this analysis of the political power of the monkhood first published in October 2007.

Many Myanmar Migrants in Thailand To Be Denied Vote as Extra Polling Stations Ruled Out

Many Myanmar migrants in Thailand won’t be able to vote in the upcoming election, as polling stations outside Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been ruled out due to COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Many Myanmar Migrants in Thailand To Be Denied Vote as Extra Polling Stations Ruled Out

Many Myanmar migrants in Thailand won’t be able to vote in the upcoming election, as polling stations outside Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been ruled out due to COVID-19.

Myanmar Military Begins Treating Civilian COVID-19 Patients as Govt Facilities Struggle to Cope

The Tatmadaw has admitted 150 civilian COVID-19 patients at a military medical center in Yangon as government facilities struggle to cope with the soaring caseload.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Begins Treating Civilian COVID-19 Patients as Govt Facilities Struggle to Cope

The Tatmadaw has admitted 150 civilian COVID-19 patients at a military medical center in Yangon as government facilities struggle to cope with the soaring caseload.

Clothing Factories Forced to Close in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region After COVID-19 Cases

Four staff in Pathein factories have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing a two-week closure for all garment operations across the region.
The Irrawaddy

Clothing Factories Forced to Close in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region After COVID-19 Cases

Four staff in Pathein factories have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing a two-week closure for all garment operations across the region.

Rakhine Villagers Defy COVID-19 Lockdown to Flee Myanmar’s Military Offensive

Nearly 3,000 villagers have fled their homes after naval shelling and the threat of military raids in response to alleged action by the Arakan Army.
The Irrawaddy

Rakhine Villagers Defy COVID-19 Lockdown to Flee Myanmar’s Military Offensive

Nearly 3,000 villagers have fled their homes after naval shelling and the threat of military raids in response to alleged action by the Arakan Army.

Chinese Companies Flocking to Southern Myanmar’s Industrial Complex Megaproject

Chinese investors are far outpacing their Japanese and Thai counterparts in proposing projects for the $8-billion Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region.
The Irrawaddy

Chinese Companies Flocking to Southern Myanmar’s Industrial Complex Megaproject

Chinese investors are far outpacing their Japanese and Thai counterparts in proposing projects for the $8-billion Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region.

The Day the Leader of a Historic Challenge to British Rule Died

On this day 77 years ago Myanmar lost Thakin Pho Hla Gyi, a pivotal figure in the struggle for independence and workers’ rights, to cancer at the age of just 35.
The Irrawaddy

The Day the Leader of a Historic Challenge to British Rule Died

On this day 77 years ago Myanmar lost Thakin Pho Hla Gyi, a pivotal figure in the struggle for independence and workers’ rights, to cancer at the age of just 35.

Violence Erupts Shortly After Myanmar Political Parties Hit Campaign Trail

So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.
The Irrawaddy

Violence Erupts Shortly After Myanmar Political Parties Hit Campaign Trail

So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.

Indonesia to Start ‘Food Estate’ Project Despite Criticism

Jakarta is proceeding with a controversial program to plant more crops to ensure food security; critics say the plan repeats the failed strategies of the past.
The Irrawaddy

Indonesia to Start ‘Food Estate’ Project Despite Criticism

Jakarta is proceeding with a controversial program to plant more crops to ensure food security; critics say the plan repeats the failed strategies of the past.

Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Candidates in Myanmar’s Yangon Square Off in Online Debate

Three candidates cover a wide range of issues while spelling out their differences of opinion.
The Irrawaddy

Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Candidates in Myanmar’s Yangon Square Off in Online Debate

Three candidates cover a wide range of issues while spelling out their differences of opinion.

Thai Health Authorities Keeping a Close Eye on Myanmar

The Thai Department of Disease Control has warned local businesses not to hire foreign workers after 592 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Myanmar on Wednesday.
The Irrawaddy

Thai Health Authorities Keeping a Close Eye on Myanmar

The Thai Department of Disease Control has warned local businesses not to hire foreign workers after 592 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Myanmar on Wednesday.

China Taking Increasingly Aggressive Posture in Border Row With India

Emerging reports of a Chinese troop buildup along its disputed border with India remind us of the region’s bloody history.
The Irrawaddy

China Taking Increasingly Aggressive Posture in Border Row With India

Emerging reports of a Chinese troop buildup along its disputed border with India remind us of the region’s bloody history.

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