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Myanmar’s Wathann Film Festival Closes with Praise for High Standard of Entries

Documentary on Shan State opium farmers, short film about a man struggling to cover cost of treating a sick friend among this year’s winners at WFF.

Sixty Myanmar Students to Be Evacuated From China as Coronavirus Spreads

The Myanmar Embassy in Beijing plans to evacuate 60 students from the Wuhan area by bus and plane as the coronavirus death toll rises to 80.
The Irrawaddy

Sixty Myanmar Students to Be Evacuated From China as Coronavirus Spreads

The Myanmar Embassy in Beijing plans to evacuate 60 students from the Wuhan area by bus and plane as the coronavirus death toll rises to 80.

China Has World’s Second-Largest Arms Industry, Think Tank Estimates

China is now second only to the US in terms of the value of its weapons industry, according to a Swedish group that monitors arms sales.
The Irrawaddy

China Has World’s Second-Largest Arms Industry, Think Tank Estimates

China is now second only to the US in terms of the value of its weapons industry, according to a Swedish group that monitors arms sales.

Confessions of Two Military Men Illustrate the Myth of ‘One Voice’

The memoirs of two senior figures in Myanmar’s ex-military government shed light on the junta’s machinations, and expose the cracks in the monolithic image it projected.
The Irrawaddy

Confessions of Two Military Men Illustrate the Myth of ‘One Voice’

The memoirs of two senior figures in Myanmar’s ex-military government shed light on the junta’s machinations, and expose the cracks in the monolithic image it projected.

After Four Years in a British Prison in Uganda, Myanmar’s ex-Premier Came Home

On this day in 1946, U Saw, leader of British Burma, came home after spending World War II in a British prison in Uganda for saying he would support Japan if it invaded Burma.
The Irrawaddy

After Four Years in a British Prison in Uganda, Myanmar’s ex-Premier Came Home

On this day in 1946, U Saw, leader of British Burma, came home after spending World War II in a British prison in Uganda for saying he would support Japan if it invaded Burma.

The Day Deng Xiaoping Arrived to Bolster Ties With Myanmar

On this day in 1978, then Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping arrived in Myanmar on a six-day goodwill visit as tensions rose between Moscow and Beijing.
The Irrawaddy

The Day Deng Xiaoping Arrived to Bolster Ties With Myanmar

On this day in 1978, then Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping arrived in Myanmar on a six-day goodwill visit as tensions rose between Moscow and Beijing.

How Will Millions of Myanmar Migrant Workers Vote in the 2020 Election?

This week, The Irrawaddy talks to migrant worker advocate Ko Htoo Chit and elections expert Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint about prospects for Myanmar voters abroad in 2020.
The Irrawaddy

How Will Millions of Myanmar Migrant Workers Vote in the 2020 Election?

This week, The Irrawaddy talks to migrant worker advocate Ko Htoo Chit and elections expert Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint about prospects for Myanmar voters abroad in 2020.

Highlights From the Summary of Myanmar Report on Human Rights Violations in Rakhine

The Irrawaddy publishes highlights of a summary, issued by the President’s Office, of the still-unreleased Independent Commission of Enquiry report.
The Irrawaddy

Highlights From the Summary of Myanmar Report on Human Rights Violations in Rakhine

The Irrawaddy publishes highlights of a summary, issued by the President’s Office, of the still-unreleased Independent Commission of Enquiry report.

Top Myanmar Court Rejects Final Appeal for Rakhine Activists in Treason Case

The Union Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal in the case against Rakhine politician Dr. Aye Maung and writer Win Hin Aung, upholding their 22-year prison terms.
The Irrawaddy

Top Myanmar Court Rejects Final Appeal for Rakhine Activists in Treason Case

The Union Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal in the case against Rakhine politician Dr. Aye Maung and writer Win Hin Aung, upholding their 22-year prison terms.

More Than Half of Parliamentarians Back NLD Charter Amendment Bills

The bills, backed by 351 members of Parliament will be discussed in the upcoming parliamentary session, but they are likely to face a military veto.
The Irrawaddy

More Than Half of Parliamentarians Back NLD Charter Amendment Bills

The bills, backed by 351 members of Parliament will be discussed in the upcoming parliamentary session, but they are likely to face a military veto.

Wuhan Flights to Myanmar Stopped Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese flights to Myanmar are being canceled because of the coronavirus and students in affected Chinese cities are being urged to contact the authorities.
The Irrawaddy

Wuhan Flights to Myanmar Stopped Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese flights to Myanmar are being canceled because of the coronavirus and students in affected Chinese cities are being urged to contact the authorities.

Myanmar Girls Trafficked to China from Shan, Militia Detains Suspects

A local Kachin group is asking for help finding two girls from Shan State who were trafficked to China as the group gathers evidence against suspects held by a local militia.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Girls Trafficked to China from Shan, Militia Detains Suspects

A local Kachin group is asking for help finding two girls from Shan State who were trafficked to China as the group gathers evidence against suspects held by a local militia.

Myanmar Foreign Ministry Acknowledges ICJ Ruling, Repeats Denial of Genocide Against Rohingya

Responding to the ICJ’s imposition of provisional measures against Myanmar, the government has reiterated its stance that there was no genocide against the Rohingya.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Foreign Ministry Acknowledges ICJ Ruling, Repeats Denial of Genocide Against Rohingya

Responding to the ICJ’s imposition of provisional measures against Myanmar, the government has reiterated its stance that there was no genocide against the Rohingya.

Myanmar Military Denies Using Drones to Attack Arakan Army Troops

The Myanmar military says it only uses drones for security purposes, rejecting AA’s claim it uses them in combat; KNU says even reconnaissance use violates ceasefire.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Denies Using Drones to Attack Arakan Army Troops

The Myanmar military says it only uses drones for security purposes, rejecting AA’s claim it uses them in combat; KNU says even reconnaissance use violates ceasefire.

China Building 1,000-Bed Hospital Over the Weekend to Treat Coronavirus

To combat the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the city of Wuhan, China hopes to have a brand new 1,000-bed hospital built by next week.
The Irrawaddy

China Building 1,000-Bed Hospital Over the Weekend to Treat Coronavirus

To combat the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the city of Wuhan, China hopes to have a brand new 1,000-bed hospital built by next week.

China Coronavirus Infects 830, Kills 26 as Lunar New Year Holiday Begins

Cases of the new coronavirushave been confirmed in 29 of China’s provincial-level regions, with 26 deaths and 830 infections reported.
The Irrawaddy

China Coronavirus Infects 830, Kills 26 as Lunar New Year Holiday Begins

Cases of the new coronavirushave been confirmed in 29 of China’s provincial-level regions, with 26 deaths and 830 infections reported.

Govt Administrator Shot in Myanmar’s Northern Shan State

Adding to the police's previous failures to prosecute gunmen for similar crimes, an administrator in Kyaukme has been wounded while traveling home from work.
The Irrawaddy

Govt Administrator Shot in Myanmar’s Northern Shan State

Adding to the police's previous failures to prosecute gunmen for similar crimes, an administrator in Kyaukme has been wounded while traveling home from work.

Myanmar’s LGBTIQ Festival is Back With a New Campaign: ‘Love Is Not a Crime’

Yangon’s LGBTIQ pride festival will span three weekends, uniting supporters under the slogan ‘Love Is Not a Crime’ with performances, dancing, film screenings and a gala.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s LGBTIQ Festival is Back With a New Campaign: ‘Love Is Not a Crime’

Yangon’s LGBTIQ pride festival will span three weekends, uniting supporters under the slogan ‘Love Is Not a Crime’ with performances, dancing, film screenings and a gala.

Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya Rights, End Genocide

In a blow to State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the International Court of Justice has approved provisional measures to protect the Rohingya.
The Irrawaddy

Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya Rights, End Genocide

In a blow to State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the International Court of Justice has approved provisional measures to protect the Rohingya.

Myanmar State Counselor Says Int’l Condemnation of Country Over Rohingya Crisis Is Unfounded

Writing in the Financial Times, Myanmar’s State Counselor has cast doubt on the international justice system’s ability to get to the truth of the Rohingya crisis.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar State Counselor Says Int’l Condemnation of Country Over Rohingya Crisis Is Unfounded

Writing in the Financial Times, Myanmar’s State Counselor has cast doubt on the international justice system’s ability to get to the truth of the Rohingya crisis.

Japan Welcomes Myanmar Govt’s Report on Crimes Against Rohingya, Promise to Prosecute

Tokyo says it welcomes Myanmar’s move to investigate and prosecute rights abuses and war crimes in Rakhine State reported by a domestic commission of inquiry.
The Irrawaddy

Japan Welcomes Myanmar Govt’s Report on Crimes Against Rohingya, Promise to Prosecute

Tokyo says it welcomes Myanmar’s move to investigate and prosecute rights abuses and war crimes in Rakhine State reported by a domestic commission of inquiry.

Myanmar Military Says It Needs to Study ICOE Report Before Investigating Rakhine Crimes

The military says it cannot provide details of when it will begin investigating crimes against Rohingya in Rakhine until it has finished studying the ICOE’s full report.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Says It Needs to Study ICOE Report Before Investigating Rakhine Crimes

The military says it cannot provide details of when it will begin investigating crimes against Rohingya in Rakhine until it has finished studying the ICOE’s full report.

What We Know About the New Coronavirus Spreading in China and Beyond

In addition to China, the new coronavirus has been reported in five countries, including Thailand; China has reported 17 fatalities.
The Irrawaddy

What We Know About the New Coronavirus Spreading in China and Beyond

In addition to China, the new coronavirus has been reported in five countries, including Thailand; China has reported 17 fatalities.

China’s New Coronavirus Outbreak Complicates Lunar New Year Holiday

Tourist destinations that are popular among Chinese travelers are scrambling to implement safety measures amid an outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China.
The Irrawaddy

China’s New Coronavirus Outbreak Complicates Lunar New Year Holiday

Tourist destinations that are popular among Chinese travelers are scrambling to implement safety measures amid an outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China.

Australia’s Bushfire Danger Returns as Sydney Faces Scorching Heat

With temperatures set to hit 41C in Sydney, Australian authorities warned that scores of bushfires still burning could flare up.
The Irrawaddy

Australia’s Bushfire Danger Returns as Sydney Faces Scorching Heat

With temperatures set to hit 41C in Sydney, Australian authorities warned that scores of bushfires still burning could flare up.

What You Need to Know: The Gambia’s Request for Provisional Measures & Myanmar’s Arguments at the ICJ

The ICJ rules today on The Gambia’s request for provisional measures against Myanmar as part the genocide case it filed with the court. Here’s what you should know.
The Irrawaddy

What You Need to Know: The Gambia’s Request for Provisional Measures & Myanmar’s Arguments at the ICJ

The ICJ rules today on The Gambia’s request for provisional measures against Myanmar as part the genocide case it filed with the court. Here’s what you should know.

Myanmar Election Commission Warns of Fake News Ahead of 2020 Election

Officials with Myanmar’s election commission have said hate speech, fake news and misinformation can hurt the country’s prospects for a fair election later this year.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Election Commission Warns of Fake News Ahead of 2020 Election

Officials with Myanmar’s election commission have said hate speech, fake news and misinformation can hurt the country’s prospects for a fair election later this year.

Japan to Provide Over $1 Billion in Loans to Myanmar for Development Projects

Myanmar and Japan have signed four loan agreements worth more than US$1 billion for the development of sewerage, power and other projects in seven states and regions.
The Irrawaddy

Japan to Provide Over $1 Billion in Loans to Myanmar for Development Projects

Myanmar and Japan have signed four loan agreements worth more than US$1 billion for the development of sewerage, power and other projects in seven states and regions.

Yangon Launches Free Ferry Service to Remote Andaman Sea Island

Yangon’s authorities are paying for a free monthly ferry service to remote Coco Island but the ship is only available to civil servants and islanders.
The Irrawaddy

Yangon Launches Free Ferry Service to Remote Andaman Sea Island

Yangon’s authorities are paying for a free monthly ferry service to remote Coco Island but the ship is only available to civil servants and islanders.

Myanmar Attorney General Vows to Prosecute Civilian Perpetrators of Crimes Against Rohingya in Rakhine State

The Union Attorney General’s Office said it would investigate and prosecute crimes committed in Rakhine State in 2017, as recommended by the ICOE and the President.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Attorney General Vows to Prosecute Civilian Perpetrators of Crimes Against Rohingya in Rakhine State

The Union Attorney General’s Office said it would investigate and prosecute crimes committed in Rakhine State in 2017, as recommended by the ICOE and the President.

Banana Ban and Meatless Menus, but How Green Is Davos Summit?

The recruitment of vegan chefs is among the steps the organizers of the World Economic Forum have taken in order to project a more sustainable image.
The Irrawaddy

Banana Ban and Meatless Menus, but How Green Is Davos Summit?

The recruitment of vegan chefs is among the steps the organizers of the World Economic Forum have taken in order to project a more sustainable image.

North Korea Bars Tourists From China Over Virus Outbreak

Tourists from China have been barred from entering North Korea following the outbreak of a deadly coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The Irrawaddy

North Korea Bars Tourists From China Over Virus Outbreak

Tourists from China have been barred from entering North Korea following the outbreak of a deadly coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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