Myanmar

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

In this update, we examine key flashpoints which exemplify Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to dismantle freedom of expression restrictions, and describe how civil society is fighting back. Read more

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

As concerns continue to grow over atrocities perpetrated by security forces Rakhine state, authorities in Myanmar have come under increasing international pressure to allow independent investigators into the conflict zone. Read more

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

Free speech still being curtailed under Myanmar's new government

Vague defamation laws are being used to target government critics in Myanmar. Read more

Free speech still being curtailed under Myanmar's new government

Violence in Rakhine state prompts international condemnation of authorities in Myanmar

Violence in Rakhine State has placed a spotlight on the treatment of the minority Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar. Read more

Violence in Rakhine state prompts international condemnation of authorities in Myanmar

Myanmar mosque ransacked by armed mob and youth conference banned

On 23rd June, a mosque in Bago Province, Rakine State, Myanmar was attacked by over 200 Buddhist extremists. A disagreement over the building of a Muslim school in the area quickly escalated into religious violence, leaving the mosque ransacked and other religious sites badly damaged. In a separate event, a National Ethnic Youth Conference planned for 27 to 30 July was suspended for dubious reasons by authorities. Six hundred young people from across Myanmar had already gathered and were awaiting the start of the conference. Read more