Burma

The Most Persecuted Minority in the World

Damian Collins | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Our collective response to the plight of the Yazidis was the right one. If we fail to replicate that standard in Rakhine, our moral authority will be further diminished and it will be our enemies that pedal examples of the West's indifferences towards the Islamic world's suffering who alone will be the beneficiaries.

Why Are the United Nations Doing Nothing to Prevent the Genocide of the Rohingya?

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sayed Bukhari

The international community, the UN, and the Muslim nations must act now to prevent a genocide which many observers have described as second only to the Holocaust. The concentration camps are well documented and there are several rumours of mass graves.

'The Future Of Burma Lies In Educating Our Young People', Says Aung San Suu Kyi

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Burma's young people hold the key to the country's success, opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said. The former politi...

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Is a Policy Success for President Thein Sein

Mark Farmaner | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The simple truth is that the government of Burma has a policy of trying to drive the Rohingya out of the country. Boat loads of trafficked Rohingya heading for other countries are exactly what they want to see. For President Thein Sein, this is a policy success.

Three Jaw Droppingly Beautiful Places to Visit in Burma

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

A journey to Burma is something of a surreal experience. Scenic mountains, endless forests, enchanted temple ruins and a captivating culture with a distressing past running through the veins of the sovereign state.

Free Maldives' Mohamed Nasheed From 'Alice in Wonderland' Trial - And Award Him the Nobel Peace Prize

Benedict Rogers | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Far from its popular image as a tranquil, tropical paradise, with sun-drenched beaches, crystal-clear blue waters and honeymoon couples, the Maldives today is a cross between Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe and Alice in Wonderland, with elements of North Korea, Burma and radical Islamism thrown in.

A Visitor's Perspective on Tourism and Animal Welfare in Myanmar

Georgina Allen | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

Often innocently visited by tourists because they love animals, few know the often real brutality that can goes on breaking in and managing elephants (meant for the tourist industry) so that they can be ridden or handled, a concerning issue documented in other S-E Asian countries.

Wirat Piyapornpaiboon Shoots the Messenger

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Mark Farmaner

Wirat Piyapornpaiboon is making the same mistake as McDonalds, but it isn't too late to change yet. He might find dropping the cases now to be personally embarrassing, but even if he wins the cases in a Thai court, he will lose in the court of public opinion, in the media, and in the business world. Any good businessman knows when the time has come to cut your losses and move on. For Wirat Piyapornpaiboon, that time is now.

British Tourists Killed In Thailand Named As Police Release CCTV Images

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK

Police in Thailand say they are focusing on migrant workers in the hunt for the murderer of a British man and woman found dead on an idyllic island. ...

Why the Scots Would Be Mad to Vote for Independence (Not That I Care)

Hugh Salmon | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

So, next week the Scots will decide if they want to be independent. Let me start by declaring a lack of interest in this issue. A complete lack of interest. I think may be one-eighth Scottish but I really don't care if I have Scottish blood coursing through my veins. It hasn't affected my life either way.

Burma's President Thein Sein in the Hague At Last

Mark Farmaner | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

There is a downward spiral of continuing attacks, human rights violations, repression and restrictions on humanitarian aid against the Rohingya. There is impunity from the villager to the President, and as long as this impunity continues, so will the repression and violations of international law.

Beautiful Burma - A Backpacker's Paradise

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Since Burma's fifteen year tourism ban came to an end, backpackers have become curious to explore this intriguing country. Burma is rich in history, culture, sights and sounds with a surprise around every corner.

UK Silent on Growing Numbers of Political Prisoners in Burma

Mark Farmaner | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The number of political prisoners in Burma has more than doubled since the start of 2014, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma.

Hugo Swire, Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Isn't a 'Bump in the Road'

Mark Farmaner | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Since reforms began the situation of the Rohingya has deteriorated significantly. They have been subjected to two large-scale violent attacks. Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence of human rights violations which could constitute crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

John Kerry Should Set Timelines and Benchmarks to See Progress on Deteriorating Situation of Rohingya in Burma

Tun Khin | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tun Khin

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Burma tomorrow. Just days before his visit, more than 100 security forces came to an internally displaced...

Book Review: "To The Front and Back, Please", by Carsten Stormer

Musa Okwonga | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

Carsten Stormer, a war photographer, was a man born out of place, and has spent most of his life rushing between peace and peril, trying to find out where he should be: hence the title of his memoir...

Tourism May Be Booming, But Burma Is Not Yet Fixed

Justin Francis | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

After decades of isolation, three years ago Burma (Myanmar) opened its doors to the world, and on arrival we realize we are literally a world apart. Burma is exquisitely unique, a time-warp completely untouched by Westernised culture. Ironically, this is what entices Westerners to travel there.

Five Places Backpackers Have to Visit Before the Crowds Descend

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

For as long as those with backpacks have travelled, the most enticing places to visit have been those that remain untouched by mass tourism. The places where the locals are intrigued by visitors and are happy to chat away and share their knowledge of their country and find out why you are there.

Burma Travel: Three Years On

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

Throttled by international sanctions since 1990, Burma was a pariah state that once ranked alongside North Korea as one of the worlds most isolated and opaque nations.

The Government Reforms and Future Election of Aung San Suu Kyi to the Presidency Are Only the Beginning on Burma's Long Road to Being an Inclusive, Democratic Society

Mark Hendrick | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hendrick

Since 2010 the Burmese military Government has embarked on an agenda of reform and modernisation, the speed of which has taken many by surprise. The reforms have seen the release of 1,100 political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as the relaxation of restrictions on freedom of the press and of expression...

Signing of Declaration Doesn't Mean End of Sexual Violence in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Zoya Phan

Foreign Secretary William Hague deserves a lot of credit for helping to persuade the Burmese government to sign this declaration, but he should remember Thein Sein's broken promise on releasing all political prisoners by the end of last year, and keep up the pressure to make sure he keeps his word this time.

The Truth About Foreign Aid

Holly Alsop | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Holly Alsop

The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against - climate change and the increased frequency of natural disasters, unhindered economic growth causing environmental and social deterioration and the rise of political fundamentalism, just to name a few.

Is Britain's Honeymoon With Burma's President Over?

Mark Farmaner | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

It's a scenario used in endless Hollywood romantic comedies, and many of us will have had a friend in the same situation. Girl meets boy, or boy meets girl, falls hopelessly in love‎, but the friends say he/she isn't what they pretend to be, and don't approve.

Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored ?

Tun Khin | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Tun Khin

Legal experts, academics, and NGOs working in Burma identified key elements of genocide which are taking place there. These included denying Rohingya legal existence and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life...

Six Years After Cyclone Nargis

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Next week will mark the sixth anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, which swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma and killed at least 140,000 people. I've just been to the delta to see how the survivors have managed to rebuild their lives. This is what I found...