Tourist Jailed For Switching Off A Loudspeaker That Was Keeping Him Awake

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK

A tourist has been jailed for switching off a loudspeaker which was disturbing his sleep. Klaas Haytema, from the Netherlands, was sentenced to three ...

Ethnic Rohingya Muslims Are Entitled to Enjoy Their Fundamental Rights

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all individuals have rights based upon their race, colour, gender, language, religi...

A Tale of Two Mosques

Richard Reoch | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

As a Buddhist, I have spent the last month - to the surprise of many - visiting the morning and evening prayers at my local mosque during this holy month of Ramadan. In brutal contrast, this morning I woke up to the news that my fellow Buddhists in Southeast Asia had just razed a local mosque to the ground.

Top Destinations for Young Solos

Cathy Winston | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

Solo travel is definitely not just for 20-somethings - but there's no doubt this is the decade when people often catch the solo travel bug. Whether it's a traditional gap year or simply making the most of having fewer responsibilities, it's a great time to pack up and go.

Five Innovative Ways We Are Fighting Malaria

Ilya Jones | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Ilya Jones

Malaria has been a persistent blight for thousands of years. Spread by mosquitos, the oldest surviving records of the disease appear in ancient Chinese medical texts dating back to 2,700 BC. Since that time, efforts to tame it have been equally tireless.

Burma: The Hope and the Truth

Benedict Rogers | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Last week, Burma's first civilian President in half a century was inaugurated. Htin Kyaw is the first democrat, and perhaps the first good man, to lead Burma's government since General Ne Win ousted prime minister U Nu in a coup in 1962. So last week should have been a time of celebration, marking the achievement of a struggle for democracy that has gone on for decades. Or so many think.

Hope for Myanmar: From Sweatshop to High Street

Bill Nighy | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Bill Nighy

Imagine being too scared to ask for a bathroom break at work. Or working in 38 degree heat without safe drinking water. Or being locked in, forced to live in fear of fires or other accidents. On a recent trip to Myanmar, I spoke to Su Su Hlaing, a young woman for whom this was a daily reality. Su Su Hlaing told me that when she was young, she dreamt of being a teacher. But when the recent economic problems started, she had to find a job in the garment factories to support her family. I met her in their dormitory room where she lives and sleeps in what can only be described as slum-like conditions.

My Social Media Misstep Was Easily Rectified - My Cousin is a Year Into a Jail Sentence Because of His

Chris Blackwood | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Chris Blackwood

Without action, Phil will continue to rot in his cell in one of the world's most infamous jails, while his baby daughter and fiancé go without his support. Without action, his family face another Christmas without him.

The Top Group Trips for Singles in 2016

Cathy Winston | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

This is the time of year that I start craving travel - when it's cold, grey and miserable in the UK, the thought of somewhere exciting to visit in the New Year always gives me a lift. And just at the right time, the travel experts and tour operators all start releasing their latest trips and hottest destinations for 2016. Here are my top five most exciting group trips for singles in 2016.

Burma: There's More to Democracy Than Elections

Alistair Burnett | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Despite the encouraging noises since Sunday's election, the constitution entrenches military influence in the political system. A quarter of seats in parliament are reserved for officers and the National Defence and Security Council retains the power to remove the government. Then - perhaps surprisingly to many - there is growing doubt about Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Annie Lennox's Three Fs of Feminism: Facts, Fun and Fulfilment

Laurie Adams | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Laurie Adams

Last night, in the trendy Drink, Shop, Do cafe in central London with Annie Lennox and women from the music industry, I found myself thinking that the activism I've been involved with for twenty years has too often been missing a key ingredient: fun...

Burmese Days: Tales from Myanmar

Arabella Noortman | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

Myanmar opened up to tourism recently. I felt lucky to have experienced the splendour of the place so freshly unveiled. It was rather like witnessing a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis with tremulous legs, quivering with beauty and fragility, taking its first few steps into the wider world.

The Most Persecuted Minority in the World

Damian Collins | Posted 25.06.2016 | 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 16.06.2016 | 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.

#Girl Hero: The Story of a Determined Girl in Myanmar

Payal Dalal | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK
Payal Dalal

In recent months, education in Myanmar has dominated headlines. A new law to reform Myanmar's outdated education system was introduced to train students to be critical thinkers and law abiding citizens. But the law has also faced significant criticism, because it undermines the autonomy of universities and fails to recognise the formation of student and teacher unions.

'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 Muslim Minority: The World's Most Unwanted People

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

It is difficult to see when all of this going to end, but one thing needs to be made clear: If we remain silent, all of us will eventually have to pay a heavy price.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Is a Policy Success for President Thein Sein

Mark Farmaner | Posted 15.05.2016 | 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.

Five Countries You Should Visit in 2015

Claire Michael | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Michael

By visiting these places before they become popular you'll have the rare opportunity to enjoy them before they become overly commercial and lose some of their charm. Get your trips booked and see these beautiful countries while they're still at their best.

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.

How You Can Give a Child Affected by Extreme Poverty or Conflict a Future

Hugh Dennis | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Dennis

Poverty in Myanmar affects ordinary Burmese families and children, with one in four of the population living in extreme poverty, but ActionAid's child sponsorship programme is really helping and making real transformations... That is why I am is backing ActionAid's Christmas appeal to find sponsors for 2,700 children across six countries in the developing world - Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and The Gambia - who are affected by extreme poverty or conflict to help give them a future.

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.

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.