Burma Affairs

RVISION March 28, 2018

A week after U Htin Kyaw stood down as leader of the country, on Wednesday parliament elected former Pyithu Hluttaw speaker U Win Myint to be the country’s 10th president since independence. In the vote, Win Myint won overwhelmingly with 403 out of 636. Acting president and military candidate U Myint Swe won 211 and […]

RVISION March 23, 2018

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myannmar for reporting on the campaign of violence against the Rohingya have now been in prison for 100 days. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December while they were how the Myanmar military looted and burned a Rohingya village, killed 10 men and then buried the bodies […]

RVISION March 21, 2018

The president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, has stepped down, saying he is “taking a rest” following health issues. Htin Kyaw was an important ally in the government for state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from the presidency, and the pair were childhood friends. Htin Kyaw was nominated as president by Aung […]

RVISION February 16, 2018

Myanmar’s Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe arrived in Dhaka this afternoon on a three-day visit as Bangladesh is expected to press for restoration of peace and stability in Rakhine State of Myanmar for sustainable return of Rohingyas. He landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airlines flight around 12:48pm, an official told […]

RVISION January 25, 2018

Two armed ethnic groups in Myanmar have agreed to sign a ceasefire with the government, state media reported on Wednesday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict. Ending near-perpetual civil war has been Suu Kyi’s stated top priority, but the Buddhist-majority country has seen […]

RVISION January 18, 2018

Reacting to the police shooting dead at least eight protesters in Mrauk-U in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: Even if protesters were throwing stones and bricks, nothing can justify police apparently firing into a crowd of thousands. This is a clear case of excessive use […]

RVISION January 15, 2018

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler says two journalists facing 14 years in a Myanmar prison need the public’s attention. Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were jailed last month for what Adler described as routine journalistic work. The Myanmar government claims they “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media,” […]

RVISION January 10, 2018

The Myanmar authorities must immediately release two journalists from the Reuters news agency who have been arbitrarily detained for investigating military abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Amnesty International said. The two journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are due in court tomorrow. They had been investigating the recent military operations in Rakhine State when […]