Latest Myanmar News

UN human rights chief decries new Myanmar death sentences

Dec. 02, 2022 22:53 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-installed government has sentenced more critics to death, bringing the total to 139, and is using capital punishment as a tool to crush opposition, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Friday. High Commissioner Volker Türk said at...

25 years later, Bangladesh closer to peace in border region

Dec. 02, 2022 06:21 AM EST

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh (AP) — A quarter century ago, Modhumala Chakma says it was impossible to leave her house in the evening and walk around the nearby hills because they were controlled by a tribal insurgent group seeking autonomy in southeastern Bangladesh. “It was a difficult...

Australian jailed in Myanmar applauded in Parliament

Dec. 01, 2022 03:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sean Turnell, an Australian economist who spent almost two years imprisoned in Myanmar, received a hero’s welcome Thursday at Australia’s Parliament House where lawmakers rose in a standing ovation and the prime minister praised his courage, optimism and resilience....

Japan filmmaker freed from Myanmar prison vows to tell story

Nov. 28, 2022 03:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Toru Kubota, a Japanese journalist who was arrested while covering a protest in military-ruled Myanmar and detained for more than three months, said his experience made him more determined to tell the story of people there. “I feel I can understand their feelings...

Myanmar military arrests 2 journalists from friendly media

Nov. 23, 2022 11:03 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military government, which has cracked down on independent media since seizing power last year, has arrested two journalists working for outlets sympathetic to it, a reporter familiar with their situation and a news report said Wednesday. The two...

UN expert questions sincerity of Myanmar's prisoner release

Nov. 21, 2022 04:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The recent release of thousands of prisoners in Myanmar is likely an attempt by its military-controlled government to “create a veneer of progress” in the country to sway international opinion, a U.N. expert said Monday. Myanmar freed about 5,700...

Myanmar releases 4 foreigners in broad prisoner amnesty

Nov. 17, 2022 21:13 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-controlled government released an Australian academic, a Japanese filmmaker, an ex-British diplomat and an American on Thursday as part of a broad prisoner amnesty that also freed many local citizens held for protesting the army takeover. The...

Reports say detained Australian Sean Turnell, Briton Vicky Bowman, Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota released in Myanmar

Nov. 16, 2022 21:58 PM EST
BANGKOK (AP) — Reports say detained Australian Sean Turnell, Briton Vicky Bowman, Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota released in Myanmar.

Second boat of over 100 Rohingya lands on Indonesian beach

Nov. 16, 2022 01:04 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Over 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a wooden boat have landed on an Indonesian beach, the second group in as many days to arrive in the island nation's northernmost province of Aceh. The group of 61 men, 36 women and 22 children that landed Wednesday...

110 Rohingya flee Myanmar, land by boat in Indonesia

Nov. 15, 2022 03:07 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — More than 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a boat for more than a month were found along the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday, the latest group of refugees believed to be making hazardous sea voyages from Myanmar. Local fishermen saw...