On World Press Freedom Day, we laud great progress but note that true freedom of the press has yet to be achieved in Burma.
March 30 was the day that Burma, formerly beleaguered by military rule, saw its first democratically elected government since 1962 sworn into office.
In spite of not unwarranted fears over the conduct of Burma’s general election on Nov. 8, a peaceful, credible vote has given rise to new optimism. Millions of Burmese cast ballots, free of intimidation and fear, with the country’s main opposition party claiming a resounding parliamentary majority and the right to form a government in […]
RANGOON — Few trusted Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) Chairman Tin Aye when he first took up the role in 2011. As a former general, a former ruling party lawmaker and a close associate of President Thein Sein, many Burmese took it for granted that Tin Aye would be far from impartial in carrying out […]
To the extent that it is still possible, it is imperative that Burma’s Sunday general election must be free and fair in every respect. In less than 24 hours, more than 30 million voters across the country will cast votes that, they hope, will help bring change to their lives and to the country after […]
As the election draws closer, it is telling that the country’s powerful military chief looms larger over the campaign than the president. The front page splashes of Thein Sein in state-run newspapers, cordially greeting diplomats and touring villages, would not appear out of place at any point in the last five years. A slick campaign […]
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has promised the military will abide by the results of the election. The nation can’t afford otherwise.
Following months of equivocation, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has firmly ruled itself in for the November election. After struggling to survive decades of political repression, the unlawful detention of its leaders and the extrajudicial killing of its members, the party can reasonably expect the year’s end to mark their finest hour—should the poll […]
Whatever slender hopes Aung San Suu Kyi had of maneuvering her way into the presidency are dashed. What now?
The top brass has shown a particular interest in improving the country’s moribund naval fleet.
With this week’s historic peace deal, another gesture toward national reconciliation is in order: the immediate release of students in Burma jailed for peacefully protesting.
There has been no indication that the International Red Cross is using its influence to request access to political prisoners from the Letpadan student protests.
After violent crackdowns on student protests in Burma, many are no doubt wondering whether the country’s much vaunted political reforms are back to square one.
After more than two weeks of intense fighting between Kokang rebels and the Burma Army around Laukkai, a number of questions remain unanswered.
After yet more hate-filled invective from controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu, the government should show it is serious about tackling all forms of incitement to hatred.
To many Burmese who had looked to 2014 with cautious optimism, the year has hardly been inspiring, leading to the question: Where are we heading?
Hope deferred may be the legacy of 2014, but desire for a just society in Burma will not be diminished by this year’s unfulfilled promises.
A harsh sentence handed down to journalists for reporting on an alleged chemical weapons factory serves as a reminder that Burma is still an “enemy of the press.”
After three years of war, fighting continues and recently distrust between the sides deepened. Both sides should build up trust and resume negotiations in earnest.