#Myanmar

The Violence In Myanmar Yet Again Highlights The Inability Of The International Community To Address Conflict

Steve Valdez-Symonds | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Steve Valdez-Symonds

The shocking escalation of violence of the Myanmar army directed at the Rohingya population in that country yet again highlights an inability of the international community to prevent and address repression and conflict. More than 400,000 people have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in barely three weeks. The Rohingya have suffered systematic discrimination in Myanmar for decades. Now the army is targeting their homes and villages, burning them to the ground.

Lessons From The Myanmar Response: Why We Need To Support Local And National Aid Agencies

Imran Madden | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

Images of thousands of refugees fleeing Myanmar have quite rightly focused global attention on the human tragedy of displacement and the search for safety. However, there is another story here, namely the scramble to deliver aid to over 400,000 refugees - the population of a small city.

The Nobel Prize - And The Flaws Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Robin Lustig

Are Nobel Peace Prize winners living saints? Probably not, or at least not all of them, given that among their number they count Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state who won the prize in 1973, jointly with Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam.

Myanmar Refugees: There Is No Greater Toll Than The Loss Of Life

Imran Madden | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

At the point where so many seek a new life, for too many it marks the end of theirs - surely a toll too high to pay.

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Fallen Hero With Blood On Her Hands

Elisabeth Mahase | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Elisabeth Mahase

Once known for being one of the world's most prominent political prisoners, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has remained deadly silent as the Rohingya, "the world's most persecuted minority" have been slaughtered on her streets.

Rohingya Muslims In Burma Need Urgent Humanitarian Intervention And Justice

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

There has been a call for the mainstream media to highlight the plight of the Rohingya Muslims plight in Burma and a call for government officials to step in and help in the plight. Human rights organisations need to help provide the much needed support and intervention that the Rohingya community so desperately need.

Sayeeda Warsi Condemns Aung Sang Suu Kyi Amid 'Campaign Of Genocide' In Myanmar

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics

A “campaign of genocide” is happening “on the watch” of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Sayeed Warsi has warned. Former Tory Party...

They Kill Children, Massacre Civilians, Use Slave Labour And Human Shields, And Are Trained By Britain

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Mark Farmaner

A shocking new report by Amnesty International into ongoing human rights violations in Kachin State and northern Shan State in Burma has prompted Burm...

From Burma, Indonesia And Malaysia To The Streets Of Britain, We Must Drive Out Religious Hatred For Good

Benedict Rogers | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Throughout the world, writing as a Muslim and a Christian from two different countries and two different political traditions, we cry out for three simple principles: recognition of human dignity for all, defence of freedom of religion or belief for all, and action to promote dialogue and understanding and drive intolerance from our places of worship, our streets, our chatrooms and our legislatures for good.

It's Time To Talk About Min Aung Hlaing

Mark Farmaner | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military, is the most powerful person in Burma. It is his soldiers and security forces who have be...

21st Century Skills For All: UNICEF And Pearson Launch Educational Partnership For Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

Tuấn Nguyễn lost his vision when he was 19. At the time, he was a sophomore in a Vietnamese university and had to quit school because he couldn't...

Myanmar's Garment Industry Holds Unique Opportunity

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made

Fast Fashion, Mass Manufacture, And Meaningful Work

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

In the context of life in Myanmar, of course there is a different lens on this. Tedious work that pays is aspirational if the alternative is an inability to feed one's children. Yet, what this experience brought home to me was the depth of our double standards across the fashion industry as a whole.

November - The Month Of Trump And Modi

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Sufiya Ahmed

It was at my aunt's home in Paris that I woke up to the news that Hillary Clinton had failed to smash the hardest of all ceilings, allowing Donald Tru...

Lifeline Programming: Bringing Together Humanitarians, Media And Governments

Katy Williams | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Katy Williams

In a humanitarian crisis, people need timely and accurate information about how to meet their fundamental needs. They want to know where they can find food, shelter, water and medical help and how they can keep themselves and their families safe.

Meanwhile In Myanmar: A Wider Insurgency Is Born

Alistair Burnett | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

While much of the media - especially in the Anglophone world - has been focusing on the American election and the implications of Donald Trump's victory, there's been a new outbreak of violence in western Myanmar that needs urgent attention before it escalates and undermines the country's ongoing reform process.

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 27.07.2017 | 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 05.07.2017 | 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 14.05.2017 | 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 21.04.2017 | 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 06.04.2017 | 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 05.04.2017 | 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 09.12.2016 | 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 27.11.2016 | 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.