Burma

Another Massacre of Rohingya - Another Failure to Act

Tun Khin | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

How many more massacres will have to happen before the UN, USA and UK are forced to face up the fact that they will have to act?

Military Reform Is Crucial for Lasting Change in Burma

Hugo Swire | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Over the last three years, tentative but welcome reforms have begun in Burma... But much as we welcome this progress, there is still a huge amount to be done if we are to maintain the momentum towards democracy and to tackle the continuing human rights concerns.

My 14 Priorities for 2014

Benedict Rogers | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Admittedly, my direct involvement is in Asia and so I draw heavily on my experiences there. But the principles hold, wherever they arise - for the values in contention are universal.

Immigration: We Need That Other Story of Britain

John Jackson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Jackson

We are in great need of the other story of Britain. The one where millions of us get on with our lives and get on with each other. That everyday local experience provides the building blocks of our national experience. It should no longer remain invisible. The story of new neighbors who have become true friends has never been told, now is the time to start telling it.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Comments on Muslims Expose Endemic Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Tun Khin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Given the opportunity to clearly condemn attacks against Muslims, she repeatedly refused to do so. Instead she generalised by saying she condemned all violence and hatred. She has moral authority like no other person in Burma. When she speaks, people listen. If she strongly condemned attacks on Muslims it would make a difference.

Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Sandhurst

Gareth Milner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gareth Milner

On Friday the 25th of October 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi visited and spoke at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). I'm extremely privileged to have attended this event. Whilst writing this I've attempted to add value to the notes/scribbles I took.

Our Lady, The Lady, The Iron Lady

Benedict Rogers | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

What can we learn from Our Lady, The Lady and The Iron Lady? First, it would be bordering on the sacrilegious to equate the three.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Meets With UK Parliamentary Speaker's Delegation in Burma

Valerie Vaz | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics
Valerie Vaz

Following a request from Daw Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition in the Burmese Parliament, the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP led a parliamentary delegation to Burma which included Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, Fiona Bruce MP, two Officers of the House and me.

Freedom From Fear: Remembering Comedian U Pa Pa Lay

Matt Roper | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

U Pa Pa Lay is dead. According to sources in Burma, the comedian died at 1pm last Friday, 2 August 2013. Three times jailed by the Burmese junta for exercising his right to freedom of expression, one of his most famous jokes was this one:

The Four Horsemen of Intolerance

Benedict Rogers | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Four brands of intolerance are on the rise around the world. We could call them the 'Four Horsemen of Intolerance'. They take different forms, shaped ...

USA Must Not Abandon Forgotten Allies in Burma

Nang Seng | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Whenever people learn I am from Burma, the first thing they say is something like, 'isn't it all getting better there now?' Perhaps it is for some, but I am an ethnic Kachin woman, and so my answer is no, it is getting much much worse.

Platitudes Won't Stop Rape in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Zoya Phan

When Thein Sein met Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, he would have found them a lot more enthusiastic about the reform process in Burma than most people who actually live there.

Burma's President Thein Sein Must Be Given Benchmarks and Timelines for Progress During His Visit to the UK

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Burma's President Thein Sein arrived in London last night, the first such visit in almost thirty years. Today, he and David Cameron will meet. Until a year ago, such a visit would have been unthinkable. Burma's regime was a pariah, facing sanctions and growing calls for an inquiry into crimes against humanity.

Stop Treating Burma with Kid Gloves

David Mepham | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
David Mepham

From the moment of his first trip to Burma in April 2012, David Cameron and his government have been too eager to praise the reforming achievements o...

President Thein Sein's Visit: An Opportunity the Prime Minister Must Seize

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

As a leading aid donor to Burma, it is right that we acknowledge and encourage the progress to date, but the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will be failing in their responsibilities if they are not frank about the clear shortcomings.

Still Some Way to Go, But Progress Is Being Made in Burma

Hugo Swire | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

After almost half a century of repression, the last two years have seen Burma make rapid progress towards the goal of becoming a freer and more democratic nation. But there is still much to do.

Burma's Discriminatory Citizenship Laws Are at the Heart of the Humanitarian Crisis Faced by Rohingya Muslims

Rushanara Ali | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Rushanara Ali

Stripped of their Burmese citizenship in 1982 and subjected to shockingly discriminatory laws and practices, the minority Muslim Rohingya community in Burma has been described by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Refugees Seek Freedom From Addiction on the Thai-Burma Border

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Refugee camps are supposed to provide shelter from conflict and persecution, but, for Burmese refugees in Thailand, life in camp introduces a whole new set of dangers. These refugee camps have become a fertile breeding ground for drug and alcohol addiction.

Awards for War? Why Are We Giving Prizes to Burma's Thein Sein and Indonesia's SBY?

Benedict Rogers | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Intelligent people can be staggeringly unintelligent at times. In recent weeks, two respectable international organisations working in the fields of...

Eye Witness Accounts of Meiktila Massacre; Beaten, Burnt and Stabbed

Assed Baig | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

Reports of what actually took place in the Central Myanmar town of Meiktila are still emerging. IDPs are beginning to speak out and tell the world of what they witnessed with their own eyes.

Massacre in Meiktila: That Was My Friend

Assed Baig | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Assed Baig

Following recent attacks in central Myanmar against Muslims, the displaced have been fleeing to the central city of Mandalay. Buildings were burnt down and the "official" death toll stood at 32, as angry mobs roamed the streets.

Burmese Days

Graham Sheffield | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Graham Sheffield

There is... a desperate need for help in restoring and maintaining the fabulous wealth of historical monuments across the country, ravaged by years of instability, war and neglect.

International Women's Day: A Time to Reflect on What Has Been Done to Secure World Gender Equality

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Mary Goudie

Emerging markets are not making use of women's talents and are facilitating an environment that is not only stunting for female aspirations, but can also become dangerous for women, which was illustrated by the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for women's rights to education.

Failed Politics Lead to National Tragedy

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

South Asia is the home to about a quarter of humanity. It occupies a strategic geopolitical location. Yet from Pakistan to Burma, Bangladesh to Sri Lanka, it is - in parts - succumbing to chaos.

Taking the Message of Open Government to Burma

Francis Maude | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Francis Maude

Let's be honest. Burma isn't the first country that comes to mind when one talks about open government. Yet despite its ongoing challenges, Burma has made huge strides towards reform and openness in the past few years.