News Updates

08.02.2017

With regard to the news release issued by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression voicing concerns over the use of the lèse-majesté law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to clarify as follows:

08.02.2017

GENEVA (7 February 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today called on the Thai authorities to stop using lèse-majesté provisions as a political tool to stifle critical speech. In Thailand, defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family carries a penalty of three to fifteen years’ imprisonment.

08.02.2017

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 10:25AM EST
Leading Rights Groups Protest Pattern of Intimidation

(Phnom Penh) – Cambodian authorities should immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation of human rights defenders Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak, Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today.

07.02.2017

Mon, 6 February 2017
Erin Handley

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reassured his Burmese counterpart that the Kingdom will not interfere in the escalating “Rohingya issue”, a day after a damning UN report revealed widespread gang rape and murder allegedly committed against the Muslim ethnic minority by Myanmar security forces.

07.02.2017

By Reuters 3 February 2017

GENEVA, Switzerland — Burma President Htin Kyaw’s spokesman said on Friday that the government had not yet seen a highly critical UN human rights report on Arakan State.

07.02.2017
February 6, 2017 2:00 am JST
De facto leader distancing herself from Myanmar's religious tensions
MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei staff writer
07.02.2017

February 6, 2017 3:31PM EST

Justice Marred by Cover-Up, Shoddy Inquiries, and Gaps in Law

24.01.2017

By Equality Myanmar on December 29, 2016 HR News

Aung Myo Min, Human Rights Activist and Director of Equality Myanmar

As a dedicated human rights activist, U Aung Myo Min is one of the foremost civil society leaders in Burma.

13.12.2016

December 12, 2016 1:55 am JST

Aung San Suu Kyi responds to regional concern over Rakhine with unprecedented call for ASEAN meeting.

Kavi Chongkittavorn, Contributing writer

13.12.2016

Posted 12 Dec 2016 21:52 Updated 12 Dec 2016 22:00

YANGON: Myanmar has called an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the Rohingya crisis, a diplomat said Monday (Dec 12), as regional tensions deepen over a bloody military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority.

More than 20,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh over the past two months, fleeing a military campaign in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.

28.11.2016

Indonesia marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Date: 26 November 2015

28.11.2016

23 Nov 2016 at 21:14 4,687
WRITER: MYANMAR TIMES

Nearly 100 Karen refugees from the Nu Po camp in Tak are expected to return to Myanmar next year, forming the second batch under the two governments’ repatriation scheme.

28.11.2016

So, this is not just about Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte -- a colorful “rock star” from some media view, fresh from his debut in the international stage -- being perceived as friend or enemy of other countries as he chairs the ASEAN Summit and related meetings of 2017.

28.11.2016

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNOV. 24, 2016, 4:30 A.M. E.S.T.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Hundreds of Indonesians, angered over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, protested Thursday outside the Myanmar Embassy in the Indonesian capital.

28.11.2016

(Bangkok, 27 November 2016) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), together with its member, Progressive Voice,[1] is deeply concerned over the human rights situation in Rakhine State of Burma/Myanmar.

28.11.2016

The Cabinet of Malaysia discussed today the current situation in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar and has decided to issue the following statement:

Malaysia condemns the escalation of violence in the northern Rakhine State over the past months resulting in the loss of innocent lives and displacement of people.

28.11.2016

By Reuters 25 November 2016

KUALA LUMPUR & DHAKA – Malaysia will summon Myanmar’s ambassador over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northwestern Arakan State, it said on Friday, as protesters across Southeast Asia demonstrated against the rising violence.

28.11.2016

GENEVA (22 November 2016) - People from LGBTI communities around the world are experiencing a proliferation in hate speech, including “rampant” social media attacks, as well as violence and discrimination, said a specialist on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people newly appointed by the Human Rights Council.

27.11.2016

By Reuters 25 November 2016

KUALA LUMPUR & DHAKA – Malaysia will summon Myanmar’s ambassador over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northwestern Arakan State, it said on Friday, as protesters across Southeast Asia demonstrated against the rising violence.

11.11.2016

By: Blueisblue5 Posted: 11/10/2016

A majority of Thais endure tough working conditions. Source: Wikimedia

As Thailand prepares to crown a new king, there are few signs that the upheaval will bring democratic reform.

Instead human rights, freedom of speech and democracy, always based on relatively feeble foundations in Thailand, are consigned to memory.

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