President establishes anti-narcotics taskforce

President establishes anti-narcotics taskforce

President U Win Myint has established an Anti-Narcotics Special Squad, aimed at tackling the issue of drug use and drug trafficking in the country. Speaking on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, U Win Myint said the squ
Judge rules to pursue charges for Reuters journalists

Judge rules to pursue charges for Reuters journalists

Two Reuters journalists arrested in December while investigating the military crackdown in Rakhine State have been formally charged under the Official Secrets Act, after several months of pre-trial hearings. Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo appeared in
ICRC president says Myanmar not ready for returns

ICRC president says Myanmar not ready for returns

Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), has completed his visit to the country, where he said that what he saw convinced him that Myanmar is not yet ready to receive refugees from Bangladesh. “I think the
Myanmar military denies dispute with the government

Military downplays fall out with government

Myanmar’s military has downplayed reports of a dispute with the civilian government, saying that relations between the two branches of the government remain strong. “If I [may] say, relations with the government are generally good,” said Senior
Myanmar downgraded in trafficking report

Myanmar downgraded in trafficking report

The United States has downgraded Myanmar in its latest human trafficking report, rating it among the worst offenders including North Korea, Syria and Iran. The US State Department’s 2018 “Trafficking in Persons Report” saw Myanmar downgraded to
Myanmar says it will ignore ICC request

Myanmar says it will ignore ICC request

Myanmar’s government has said it will not respond to a request put forward by the International Criminal Court (ICC), regarding the alleged deportation of almost 700,000 people to Bangladesh last year, according to reports. A local newspaper quoted