Aung San Suu Kyi

Is Myanmar ready for 2020 elections?

In late 2020, Myanmar will hold its general election for more than 1,000 seats in its legislative bodies. The lead-up to the elections overlaps with the 21st Century Panglong peace process and the possible repatriating of Rohingya refugees in ways that will only deepen social tensions. Myanmar's history of elections has seen large parties favoured over smaller ones and independent candidates.

17 March 2020

Does Suu Kyi have real power in Myanmar?

Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party took power following a landslide victory in 2015, after five decades of both, direct and indirect military rule. Suu Kyi, however, could not be named president due to Article 59(f) of the constitution, which bars a person from becoming president if his or her spouse or children are foreign citizens.

13 March 2020

Myanmar army blocks bid to slash parliamentary power

Myanmar's military on Tuesday quashed proposals in parliament that would mean its MPs relinquish power, in a vote pitting the armed forces in open opposition against Aung San Suu Kyi as elections loom. The vote was the climax of a year of fierce debates between MPs as the civilian government attempted to reform the constitution and reduce the military's stranglehold on parliament.The country is gearing up to polls likely to be held later this year, only the second since out

11 March 2020

Forces committed war crimes against Rohingya

A Myanmar-appointed panel concluded Monday that some soldiers likely committed war crimes against its Rohingya Muslim community but the military was not guilty of genocide, findings swiftly condemned by rights groups.The "Independent Commission Of Enquiry (ICOE)" released the results of its probe just ahead of a ruling Thursday by the United Nations’ (UN) top court on whether to impose urgent measures to stop alleged ongoing genocide in Myanmar.It conceded some security personnel ha

21 January 2020

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to usher in a "new era" of ties with Myanmar after a red-carpet welcome Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Myanmar fighter jets escorted Xi's plane as it touched down in Naypyidaw where children presented him with flowers, according to China's official Xinhua news agency, as he was whisked off to a greeting party.

18 January 2020

Myanmar's Suu Kyi visits China border state

Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi made a rare trip to a region bordering China days before President Xi Jinping is expected to push for controversial port and dam projects during a visit to the country.Wearing traditional ethnic attire, Suu Kyi danced with a street procession on Friday in northern Kachin state's capital Myitkyina, a day after supporters cheered her arrival at the airport.She urged a crowd of thousands to "focus on the present" and called for peace in the remote

11 January 2020

Blasts hit Rakhine town as Suu Kyi visits

Three small explosions went off in a southern Rakhine town in Myanmar Thursday just before civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi landed there in a rare visit to the conflict-ridden state, a local official said.The blasts happened in the normally quiet town of Manaung on an island off Myanmar's western coast where Suu Kyi was due to open a solar power plant."There were three explosions, but no casualties," Win Myint, spokesperson for Rakhine's regional government, told the media

21 December 2019

Suu Kyi warns UN not to reignite Rohingya crisis

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi urged United Nations (UN) judges on Thursday to throw out a genocide case against Myanmar, warning it risked reigniting the crisis that forced nearly three quarters of a million Rohingya Muslims from their homes.In her closing arguments after a three-day hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Myanmar's de facto civilian leader issued a stark warning to judges that allowing Gambia's case against Myanmar to go ahead could "under

15 December 2019

Rohingya face jail as Hague hears 'genocide' case

Nearly 100 Rohingya appeared in a Myanmar court Wednesday after being arrested for trying to flee persecution, their lawyer said, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the UN's top court to deny allegations of a genocidal campaign against the ethnic minority.One-by-one, the weary detainees stepped down from a police van at the courthouse in the western Myanmar city of Pathein.Their crime was to leave their home townships without permission from authorities.Rohingya in Rakhine state live u

12 December 2019

High stakes: Myanmar's Lady gambles image

From democracy champion to defending Myanmar against genocide charges, the shock decision by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to face the UN's top court risks further damaging her image overseas and deepening the siege mentality at home."We stand with you," proclaim billboards across Myanmar, sporting beaming portraits of the Nobel laureate as she prepares to face the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Rohingya crisis.Suu Kyi's supporters are printing off T-shir

9 December 2019

Thousands rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of court date

Thousands rallied in support of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar Saturday, on the eve of her departure for the United Nations’ (UN's) top court to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. The raucous rally in the capital Naypyidaw came as China's foreign minister arrived for a visit at Suu Kyi's invitation.Analysts say Beijing's permanent seat on the UN Security Council – and its veto vote – makes it a valuable ally as Myanmar faces intensif

8 December 2019