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Human Rights Watch says Myanmar government using ‘abusive laws’ to punish critics

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has used repressive laws to prosecute peaceful critics, dashing hopes that its first democratic leader in decades would safeguard free speech, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

Exclusive: Aid curbs in Myanmar's Rakhine impact 'at least 50,000 people' - U.N.

YANGON (Reuters) - New government curbs on aid activities in Myanmar's western Rakhine State "are affecting at least 50,000 people", the United Nations has said in an internal note, highlighting the growing impact of recent fighting on the civilian population.

U.N. calls for 'rapid and unimpeded' aid access to Myanmar's Rakhine

YANGON (Reuters) - The United Nations called on the Myanmar government on Monday to allow “rapid and unimpeded” humanitarian access to Rakhine State, where fighting between government troops and autonomy-seeking rebels has displaced thousands of people.

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defence had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.

U.N. chief in Myanmar concerned over fighting in Rakhine State

YANGON (Reuters) - The head of the United Nations in Myanmar on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation in the western state of Rakhine, where fighting between the military and the rebel Arakan Army has displaced about 4,500 people since early December.

Myanmar's civilian, military leaders meet, vow to 'crush' Rakhine rebels

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi discussed insurgent attacks on Myanmar police on Monday in a rare meeting with the military chief, and her administration called for the armed forces to "crush" the rebels, a government spokesman said.

Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" and links to the country's military.

Myanmar activists stage rally on anniversary of Reuters reporters' arrest

(Reuters) - More than 100 Myanmar activists marked the anniversary on Wednesday of the arrest of two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail in a landmark free speech case by releasing balloons at a rally in the country's largest city Yangon.

Bangladesh faces refugee anger over term 'Rohingya', data collection

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in camps in Bangladesh began a protest on Monday, demanding that Bangladesh recognise their ethnicity as Rohingya and that officials and aid agencies stop sharing their family information with Myanmar.

Not all smooth at regional meetings

Malaysia punched above its weight at last week’s Asean Summit, where key decisions on the RCEP trade deal were postponed because many issues were unresolved.