Political monk U Wirathu in custody

Fugitive controversial monk U Wirathu, wanted for sedition, has surrendered to police after a year-long manhunt. The arrest of the ultranationalist comes less than a week before the general election. U Wirathu is a founder of the Association for the

Parliament rejects constitutional amendments

With support from the military bloc, the Union Parliament struck down proposed amendments Tuesday to the 2008 constitution that would have limited the military’s role in politics. The proposed amendments were written by the NLD-backed Charter A
Aung San Suu Kyi

Thousands march in support of Daw Suu

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as she defended Myanmar before the United Nation’s highest court. On December 10th, the supporters marched to Yangon City Hall to mark the beginning of the three

Top general defends army’s power

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw), defended the large role the army plays in civilian politics. He went so far as to suggest a possible bid for the presidency in the future, according to an arti
Aye Maung, Wai Hin Aung handed 20-year sentences for high treason

Prominent Rakhine politician sentenced

U Aye Maung, a prominent Rakhine politician, and writer U Wai Hin Aung have been sentenced to more than 20 years imprisonment each for high treason. The charge happened after a speech they gave in their home state early last year. A court in Sittwe,
Shwe Mann forms party ahead of 2020 election

New political party to be formed by U Shwe Mann

Thura U Shwe Mann has announced that he is forming a new political party that intends to “work with the people”. The official name of the new party will be the Union Betterment Party. It plans to build a federal union and develop the economy.