The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama`s planned visit next month.
US President Barack Obama urged Myanmar`s government to make every effort to conclude a national ceasefire and protect the rights of minorities, just hours before the country`s president and the military chief met opposition political parties and ethnic minority groups.
US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" elections process next year in Myanmar, where President Thein Sein was set to hold an unprecedented political summit today with his rivals.
A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number fleeing by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said on Saturday.
Myanmar's press council Saturday said the army had admitted to shooting dead a man in its custody who activists claim was a reporter detained after covering clashes near the conflict-hit eastern border.
A Myanmar court has sentenced a media owner, publisher and three journalists to two years in prison in the latest ruling to raise concerns about press freedoms in the country emerging from military rule.
Thai authorities have arrested two men with human trafficking, police said on Tuesday, following the discovery of 134 suspected victims in southern Thailand at a time when the military government is under international pressure to tackle the crime.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha departed for Myanmar Thursday in his first overseas foray since grabbing power in a coup, as he seeks to redouble economic ties with the kingdom`s emerging neighbour.
Authorities sealed off villages for months in Myanmar's only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to compel Rohingya to identify themselves as migrants from neighboring Bangladesh.
Only three political prisoners were among thousands of people granted amnesty by the Myanmar government this week and rights group said the release was apparently aimed at improving the country`s image before a visit by the US president.
Mizoram's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has requested political parties to ensure that no foreigners' names are included in the upcoming special summary revision of photo electoral rolls, an official said here on Wednesday.
Myanmar pledged on Tuesday to release thousands of prisoners, a move announced just over a month before it hosts an East Asia summit that U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are expected to attend.