Garment industry scores foreign investment despite worker unrest

A new batch of foreign companies will invest a collective USD 24 million to make garments and bags in Yangon. According to the Yangon Region Investment Committee (YRIC), ten companies from Myanmar as well as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Estonia will

Students arrested after protesting internet blackout

Police arrested students last Sunday during a protest against the ongoing internet blackout in conflict-riddled parts of Rakhine and Chin State. The students are facing charges of unlawful association after police broke up the Yangon protest against
Myanmar Parliament Approves Constitutional Amendment Committee Report

Army supporters rally as constitution debate rages

Hundreds of nationalists took to the streets of Yangon last Sunday to support the Tatmadaw (Myanmar armed forces) and protest potential constitutional amendments that would limit its power. The demonstration is the latest in a series of protests and

Garment tycoons optimistic despite strike

Myanmar’s garment industry is on track to meet its goal of USD 10 billion in exports by 2024, according to the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA). The statement comes despite ongoing strikes and protests from garment workers. The
Myanmar govt orders internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin amid escalated tensions

Christmas eve protests fight Rakhine internet blackout

A small crowd of ethnic Rakhine activists took to Yangon’s Mahabandoola Park on Christmas eve to demand an end to an internet blackout in parts of Rakhine State. The blackout has been in place in some degree since June, but critics say it has w

Major coal enterprise draws community pushback

A large-scale Thai coal operation in eastern Shan State has drawn the ire of local communities worried for their land and environment. Residents of Mong Hsat Township issued a joint statement against the project, which is a joint venture between