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Stories about Myanmar (Burma)

25 September 2019

A snapshot of climate strikes across Southeast Asia

The protest actions in Southeast Asia highlighted various issues such as the impact of large-scale mining, haze pollution, and continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

17 September 2019

A day in the life of a bamboo shoot harvester in Myanmar

Meet Ko Pho La, a bamboo shoot harvester living in Kyee Bin Village in Irrawaddy Region.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Advox

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

4 September 2019

Unified under one font system as Myanmar prepares to migrate from Zawgyi to Unicode

Myanmar hopes to complete its migration from its use of Zawgyi font to the adoption of a unified system of fonts that conform to the international standard called Unicode.

9 August 2019

Remembering the '88 uprising’ for democracy in Myanmar

"Government newspapers said over 300 died in the crackdown but independent sources estimated that the actual figure was ten times that."

30 July 2019

New book presents rarely researched aspects of Myanmar's political and media transition

"But as many of the contributors noted, while the space for expression did open up, the threats against journalists and activists did not reduce."

23 July 2019

Life in Panghsang, a Chinese enclave in Myanmar's Wa region

Despite its location on the Myanmar side of the border, on a stroll around the town, you may believe you’re in China.

15 July 2019

#MeToo in Myanmar: Two documentaries on how the global movement has inspired women to speak out

A major challenge in advancing women’s welfare is resisting feudal thinking like the concept of hpon which promotes the supposed superiority and positive spiritually of men over women.

28 June 2019

Netizen Report: Conflict triggers internet shutdowns in Mauritania, Myanmar and Ethiopia (again)

Advox

Struggles for political power in Myanmar, Mauritania and Ethiopia led to widespread shutdowns of internet services this week.

Myanmar unites against anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination after tragic death of a young gay librarian

Kyaw Zin Win wrote in his last note, "[Myanmar] is a country that mocks the identity and existence of a person".

27 June 2019

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

The Bridge

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

24 June 2019

Myanmar disables internet access in conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin states

Advox

The government and operators did not specify when access to the internet will be restored.

22 June 2019

New documentary explores the roots of Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya community

"I wish people in Myanmar see this film, since it is not only about Rohingya, it is about all ethnic minorities, who have faced persecution for years."

29 May 2019

In Myanmar, Buddhists offer white roses to Muslims during Ramadan

"There is no place for religious extremists in our country."

8 May 2019

Despite the release of detained Reuters reporters, free speech remains under threat in Myanmar

Advox

"...the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is proof that journalists are in constant risk of political reprisal for keeping power in check."

4 April 2019

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

Advox

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

27 March 2019

Growing controversy in Myanmar: A Kachin banana plantation in photos

"Most of the plantations have Chinese backing and are accused of stealing land, damaging the environment and violating their workers’ labor rights."

8 March 2019

March 7th: The day Gandhi preached non-violent revolution in Myanmar

“I have no other and no better guidance to offer to you than to commend to your attention the general principle of non-violence, in other words, self-purification.”

14 February 2019

Athan: A youth group promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar

"All lawsuits filed against journalists must be withdrawn. All journalists staying under detention including Reuters journalists must be released unconditionally. Defamation must be decriminalized in accordance with international standards."