Free Press Journal
  • Rohingya crisis: UN has ‘no right to interfere’, says Myanmar army chief

    Yangon: Myanmar’s army chief said the United Nations had no right to interfere in the sovereignty of the country a week after a UN probe called for him and other top generals to be prosecuted for “genocide” against the Rohingya minority. The defiant response is the army chief’s first public reaction since a UN fact-finding mission urged the Security Council to refer Myanmar’s top military brass to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

  • Suu Kyi’s pragmatism

    Hand-wringing in some quarters that Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, did not stand up to her global reputation and, instead, seems to have endorsed the violent and repressive actions of the military junta, ignore a vital fact. Which is that she could have stood by principles of liberty, equality and democracy only by alienating the junta, and thus, finding herself marginalised in the sharply divided polity of the

  • Myanmar president and Suu Kyi confidant Htin Kyaw resigns

    Yangon: Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly today leaving the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis.

  • Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award

    Washington: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has stripped Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a human rights award over the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslim minority, the media reported.

  • Myanmar govt under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists

    Bangkok : When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decade-long prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi then an opposition lawmaker condemned the harsh punishments as “very excessive.” The journalists, from the now-defunct Unity publication, had been convicted for violating the nation’s Official Secrets Act the same colonial-era law now being leveled against a pair of

  • Republic Day 2018: Meet the 10 ASEAN leaders who will be the chief guests this year

    The ASEAN summit is going to be held on January 25 in New Delhi. As a part of this summit, the country heads of Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, have come to India. And, after attending the ASEAN summit, they will be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade tomorrow.

  • Myanmar army’s admission of killings a ‘positive step’: Suu Kyi

    Yangon: Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed an unprecedented army admission that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings of Rohingya Muslims as a “positive step”, state-backed media reported today.

  • Myanmar burned Rohingya homes despite refugee deal HRW

    Yangon : Myanmar’s army burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within days of signing a refugee repatriation deal with Bangladesh, showing the agreement was a mere “public relations stunt”, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

  • Pope demands respect for all in Myanmar, omits ‘Rohingya’

    Naypyidaw : Pope Francis called for respect for rights and justice in a keenly-watched address in Myanmar on Tuesday, but refrained from any mention of the Rohingya, or allegations of ethnic cleansing that has driven huge numbers of the Muslim minority from the country, reports AFP.

  • Not been silent on Rohingyas: Suu Kyi

    Naypyidaw : Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday hit back at accusations that she has been silent over the Rohingya crisis, saying she has focused on speaking in a way that does not inflame tensions, reports AFP.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

    Manila: UN chief Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to return, when they met today at a summit in the Philippines, his office said. The meeting added to global pressure on Suu Kyi to take action to end the crisis for the Muslim minority, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson due Tuesday also to hold talks with her in Manila then travel

  • Suu Kyi makes first visit to strife-torn Rakhine region

    Moscow : Aung San Suu Kyi made her first visit as Myanmar’s leader on Thursday to the conflict-torn region where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled state-led violence that has spiraled into Asia’s worst refugee crisis in decades.