Burma

Five Places Backpackers Have to Visit Before the Crowds Descend

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 28.07.2014 | 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 23.07.2014 | 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 01.07.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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...

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.