Thu Thu Aung

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18 Apr 2019 | 5:45 PM

Rights group urges Myanmar to drop charges against satirical performers, filmmaker

YANGON (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch urged Myanmar on Thursday to drop charges against four satirical performers and a filmmaker arrested after criticising the military, as an army spokesman defended "rules and limits" on freedom of expression.

17 Apr 2019 | 3:02 PM

Myanmar pardons more than 9,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar began releasing more than 9,000 prisoners from jails on Wednesday, after the president announced an amnesty on the first day of the traditional New Year.

13 Apr 2019 | 2:19 PM

'The people's messengers' - Myanmar's satirical poets target censorship

YANGON (Reuters) - In a classroom on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city, a thin, bespectacled university student led about a dozen peers in boisterous chants of "Censorship is a shame!" and "We don’t believe in censorship!"

27 Feb 2019 | 7:41 PM

Thousands rally in Myanmar's biggest city to change army-drafted constitution

YANGON (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in Myanmar’s commercial capital on Wednesday in support of constitutional reform, amid mounting tension between the ruling party and the military over changes to the charter that enshrines the army’s role in politics.

20 Feb 2019 | 5:20 PM

'Tarnished image' - Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

YANGON (Reuters) - Organisers of a summit in Myanmar's crisis-hit western state of Rakhine are this week pitching to investors its plentiful farmland and fishing grounds, tourist-ready beaches and historic temples.

14 Feb 2019 | 4:41 PM

In Myanmar, new parties challenge Suu Kyi's grip on power

YANGON (Reuters) - New political groups are emerging to contest Myanmar's next election in 2020, aiming to challenge the hegemony of national civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after she has been weakened by escalating ethnic conflicts and slowing economic growth.

12 Feb 2019 | 8:20 PM

Myanmar police use rubber bullets to break up protest

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon on Tuesday to disperse a protest over a statue of independence hero General Aung San that is opposed by members of the Karenni ethnic minority, police and a protest leader said.

8 Feb 2019 | 8:05 PM

Myanmar activists charged after protesting independence hero statue

YANGON (Reuters) - Dozens of activists in eastern Myanmar face charges of unlawful assembly, an activist leader said on Friday, after police broke up the latest protest against a statue of Aung San, the nation's independence hero and father of leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

1 Feb 2019 | 6:49 PM

In Myanmar, final arguments made in Muslim lawyer's murder case

YANGON (Reuters) - Lawyers defending the suspected conspirators behind the murder of a prominent Muslim lawyer in Myanmar on Friday proclaimed their clients' innocence, or asked the court for lesser charges, as the landmark case drew to a close.

1 Feb 2019 | 5:48 PM

Jailed Reuters journalists appeal to Myanmar's top court as rights group decries 'fear'

YANGON (Reuters) - Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws against peaceful critics.