NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule on an appeal filed by lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on...
Myanmar sentences 2 to death in killing of Suu Kyi aide
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced two men to death on Friday for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar parliament approves step toward charter change
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament voted Tuesday to create a committee to propose amendments to the country's military-enacted constitution, which grants the armed forces the power to block any change.
The proposal to form the committee was presented by a member of the ruling National League for Democracy party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power in 2016 after more than five decades of military or military-backed rule.
Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military announced Friday that the Arakan Army, a Buddhist rebel group in Rakhine state, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks.
The state earlier was the site of a brutal counterinsurgency campaign by the military against the Muslim Rohingya minority, causing more than 700,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
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Pence says Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya ‘without excuse’
SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims.
In a meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, Pence told Suu Kyi that he was anxious to hear about progress in resolving the crisis, which stems from a violent military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.
Pence: anti-Rohingya violence ‘without excuse’
Mahathir slams Myanmar’s Suu Kyi for handling of Rohingya
SINGAPORE (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed sharply criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for her handling of an ethnic crisis that led to mass killings and the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from her country.
Mahathir said Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi was "trying to defend the indefensible" in justifying violence by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya in Rakhine state.
Amnesty International withdraws award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
NEW YORK (AP) — Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honor from Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in light of what it said was the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for."
The human rights organization announced Monday that its secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, informed Suu Kyi that it was revoking her 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award.
Myanmar’s ruling party wins 7 of 13 by-election seats
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's ruling party led by Aung San Suu Kyi won just over half the seats in by-elections to fill 13 of the 1,171 seats in national, regional and state parliaments, according to complete preliminary results.
Myanmar by-elections a test for Suu Kyi’s ruling party
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Voters in several parts of Myanmar went to the polls Saturday in 13 by-elections seen as a test of support for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling party.
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 general election, putting an end to decades of rule by the military and its proxies, though the army retains considerable power under a constitution it implemented.
3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov’t calls false
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Three detained journalists appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges filed against them by the Yangon regional government, which alleges a story they published was false.
An increasing number of journalists have been arrested and jailed for their work under Myanmar's civilian government, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner.
Japan urges Myanmar to conduct credible Rohingya probe
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Myanmar's leader Tuesday that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving tensions in the country's Rakhine state.
Abe told a joint news conference after holding talks with Aung San Suu Kyi that Japan will support efforts by Myanmar to accommodate Rohingya who return home from refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
Canada revokes Myanmar leader’s honorary citizenship
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's Parliament formally stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday for complicity in the atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya people.
The Senate voted unanimously to strip Suu Kyi, Myanmar's civilian leader, of the symbolic honor bestowed on her in 2007.
The upper house's move follows a similar unanimous vote in the House of Commons last week.
Suu Kyi is the first person to have her honorary Canadian citizenship revoked.
Amal Clooney: Pardon Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human Rights attorney Amal Clooney, who is representing two journalists from Reuters news agency sentenced to hard labor after they uncovered a military massacre, urged Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday to immediately pardon the reporters and reverse a miscarriage of justice.
Amal Clooney: Myanmar should release journalists
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US urges Myanmar to prosecute abusers of Muslim minority
NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed U.S. calls on Friday for Myanmar to bring to justice those responsible for human rights abuses against the minority Rohingya Muslim population.
In a meeting in New York with a top aide to Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Pompeo also urged the government to immediately release two Reuters journalists who were jailed for reporting on violence in the country's northern Rakhine State, according to the State Department.
80 US lawmakers seek release of jailed Myanmar reporters
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 80 U.S. lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to step up efforts to win the release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for reporting about massacres against Rohingya (ROH'-hihn-jah) Muslims.
Suu Kyi says handling of Rohingya could have been better
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In the face of global condemnation, Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said that the handling of Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal military campaign, could have been better, but still defended security forces from charges of civilian atrocities.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly session
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A senior Myanmar official has confirmed that the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, will not attend the U.N. General Assembly session beginning next week in New York.
Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin, who is accompanying Suu Kyi at a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Vietnam, said "She has no plan to go there."
Cambodian prime minister says ‘let us fix our own problems’
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen slammed criticism by outsiders of political issues in the Mekong region, saying Wednesday that the countries should be allowed to solve their own problems.
Speaking at a World Economic Forum gathering in Hanoi, Hun Sen heatedly defended Myanmar against accusations its security forces have engaged in genocide against its Rohingya minority.
Hun Sen said other countries do not understand the problems that Myanmar and its neighbors face.
World criticism doesn’t have Suu Kyi or Myanmar on the ropes
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's government looks as if it's under siege from an international community concerned about the condition of its nascent democracy, with widespread calls for a genocide tribunal to hold its military to account for the brutal treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority.
Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies toward Rohingya Muslims
SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.
Suu Kyi made the comments in a lecture in Singapore in which she reviewed her two years in power.
Myanmar panel probing Rohingya crisis pledges independence
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Members of a commission established by Myanmar's government to investigate human rights violations in western Rakhine state, where 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority fled brutal army operations, addressed critics Thursday with a pledge to be impartial.
The Independent Commission of Enquiry held its first formal meeting Thursday in the capital, Naypyitaw, a day after holding talks with the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar snubs Hague court’s intervention in Rohingya crisis
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar sharply rejected an attempt by the International Criminal Court to consider the country's culpability for activities that caused 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh for safety last year.
The office of the nation's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a statement posted online Thursday that the court in the Netherlands has no jurisdiction over Myanmar because it is not a member state.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government should expedite restitution for past illegal confiscations of land, an international human rights group said Tuesday, detailing how previous land seizures there are still harming farmers under the civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebels
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's military commander on Wednesday opened a major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups to try to move toward a lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes her as saying that "hate narratives from outside the country" have fueled tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine communities in the country's west.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. expert on the impact of conflict on children expressed concern Tuesday over a lack of access to Myanmar's Rakhine state, where army-led violence has prompted about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since last August.
Top-level UN team meets Myanmar leader in Rohingya probe
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Ambassadors from the U.N. Security Council probing Myanmar's crisis over its ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority met Monday with the country's leader and military chief after visiting Bangladesh, where about 700,000 Rohingya who fled military-led violence live in refugee camps.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has served as state counsellor of Myanmar since 2016. Although she is essentially prime minister, the country’s struggle to build a democracy seems to have stalled.
SINGAPORE (AP) — A board appointed by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to offer recommendations on the crisis in Rakhine state, from which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled state violence, on Tuesday applauded Bangladesh's agreement to let a Myanmar state minister visit border camps where the refugees live.
Myanmar swears in Suu Kyi loyalist as new president
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — A longtime Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist vowed to prioritize the rule of law, peace and reconciliation Friday after being sworn in as the country's new president, who will continue his predecessor's deference to her as the de facto national leader.
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday elected as the country's new president a longtime loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi who is expected to carry on his predecessor's practice of deferring to her as her nation's de facto leader.
Myanmar parliament selects expected presidential choice
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament took a first step Friday in selecting a replacement for President Htin Kyaw, who retired this week with ill health, by filling the empty seat of one of the country's three vice presidents.
Myanmar’s president, a close friend of Suu Kyi, retires
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president, a close friend of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said Wednesday that he was retiring, a move that puts a representative of the country's already powerful military at least temporarily in a position of executive power.
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi welcomed to Australia amid protests
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was feted in Australia with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute Monday as part of a state visit that has provoked protests over her response to her country's violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders started gathering Friday for their first summit in Australia as the regional neighbors look for closer economic and security links and the host prime minister warned against trade protectionism.
The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, rarely meet outside their 10 member nations and the weekend summit in Sydney has caught the attention of protesters angered by human rights abuses in Southeast Asia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States Holocaust Museum is revoking a major human rights award given to Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian leader, saying she has failed to respond adequately to the mass killings of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 200 people marched in Myanmar's biggest city on Monday to protest government plans to amend a law governing public demonstrations to make it easier to charge participants with crimes and increase penalties for violations.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Three peace prize laureates who met with Rohingya Muslims in sprawling refugee camps accused fellow Nobel recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's military of committing genocide in the deadly violence that forced hundreds of thousands to flee into Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi does not oversee her country's military or its security operations that set off the refugee exodus, but the laureates said as Myanmar's leader, she cannot avoid responsibility.
Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists
BANGKOK (AP) — When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as "very excessive."
2 groups join Myanmar government’s peace process
BANGKOK (AP) — Two ethnic rebel groups on Tuesday joined Myanmar's long-delayed peace process, a small step forward in ending decades of civil strife. Other major groups continue to keep their distance.
UK’s top diplomat meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis
BANGKOK (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday to discuss the Southeast Asian nation's Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority and how almost 700,000 of them can be repatriated safely after fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence perpetrated largely by Myanmar's military.
Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi’s Myanmar home; no injuries
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A crude petrol bomb was tossed Thursday morning into the residential compound of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but she was not at home and damage was minor, officials said.
Suu Kyi was in the capital Naypyitaw when the incident took place, government spokesman Zaw Htay said.
Southeast Asian leaders celebrate ties with India
NEW DELHI (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are celebrating ties with India, as New Delhi looks to deepen bonds with its eastern neighbors amid China's ever-growing influence.
The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, are meeting Thursday in New Delhi to observe 25 years of ties between India and the 10-nation bloc. The leaders will also be guests of honor at Friday's Republic Day celebrations, an important diplomatic distinction for India.