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Myanmar Leader Stripped of Honor Amid Ethnic Cleansing Claims

De facto leader of Myanmar criticized for downplaying the issue

(Newser) - Oxford recognized Aung San Suu Kyi for her struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar when the city gave her the honorary Freedom of Oxford title in 1997. On Monday night, city councilors decided to withdraw the honor, CNN reports. Suu Kyi, the longtime activist turned de facto leader of Myanmar,... More »

UN's Human Rights Chief Just Went There on Myanmar

'Seems like a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'

(Newser) - The top human rights official for the UN has dropped a damning charge on Myanmar: "ethnic cleansing." Addressing the agency's Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that Myanmar will not allow investigators to fully assess what's happening to the Muslim Rohingya community, "... More »

Nobel Winner Blasts 'Misinformation' About Rohingya Situation

Aung San Suu Kyi says people in Rakhine are being protected

(Newser) - Harsh criticism against Myanmar's de-facto leader in light of a violent campaign against a Muslim minority is unfounded, says Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement released by her office Wednesday, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" about violence targeting... More »

'Almost Genocidal': Hundreds Dead in Myanmar Clashes

UN agencies barred from providing aid

(Newser) - The United Nations is warning about a possible humanitarian crisis after increased violence against a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar. With the government claiming the Rohingya people are migrants from Bangladesh with no citizenship rights, security forces in the country have killed hundreds and destroyed their villages, reports the New ... More »

One Rule Blocks Suu Kyi From Presidency in Burma

But her party looks headed for a landslide victory

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party was confident after Burma's elections Sunday , and that confidence so far seems to have borne out: Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party appears "on course for a landslide victory that could ensure it forms the next government," per Reuters... More »

Burma Election Makes History

Suu Kyi's party leading after first free national vote in 25 years

(Newser) - The opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi sounds very confident after elections that the Independent describes as the freest in Burma's history. Her National League for Democracy party is expected to make huge gains after Sunday's vote in the country's first free national election in... More »

We Shouldn't Be Optimistic About Burma—or Suu Kyi

Adam Lerner writes that the president has some shortcomings to acknowledge

(Newser) - Barack Obama is currently in the midst of a three-day visit to Burma, and after an evening meeting with President Thein Sein he expressed that he is "optimistic about the possibilities" for the country. Writing for Politico , Adam Lerner sees "optimism" as the entirely wrong word choice. As... More »

Snowden Nominated for Coveted Human Rights Prize

In running for Europe's Sakharov Prize

(Newser) - Past winners of the Sakharov Prize, a human rights prize for freedom of thought, include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi—and soon Edward Snowden could join their ranks. The NSA leaker is one of seven nominees for the prize this year after getting a nod from the Greens... More »

Burma Minority Limited to 2 Kids

Now a top official supports local rule

(Newser) - Burmese officials last month "reaffirmed" a controversial two-child limit on minority Rohingya Muslims in two townships in Rakhine state, and now a top official has lent his support to the effort. "This will benefit the Bengali women," Immigration Minister Khin Yi tells Reuters , using the government term... More »

Suu Kyi: I Want to Be President in 2015

Former political prisoner has grand ambition in Burma

(Newser) - This would have been unthinkable a scant few years ago—let alone during the 15 years she spent under house arrest—but Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to be the next president of Burma in 2015, reports Voice of America . "I want to run for president, and... More »

Obama Praises Reforms in Historic Burma Visit

Thousands line streets as he meets Suu Kyi

(Newser) - President Obama praised progress in Burma and promised American help if reforms continue on his visit to the country today, the first by an American president. He met with pro-democracy leader and President Thein Sein before giving a televised speech at the University of Yangon, the AP reports. "Instead... More »

Suu Kyi Can Be President: Burma's Leader

Thein Sein: It all 'depends on the will of the people'

(Newser) - While Suu Kyi continues her 17-day US tour , Burmese President Thein Sein made his most glowing remarks about her so far—saying she could become Burma's president. "Whether she will become a leader of the nation depends on the will of the people," he said in a... More »

Suu Kyi Makes Landmark US Visit

Meanwhile, Burma releases hundreds of political prisoners

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Washington today, to begin a 17-day US tour that would have been unthinkable a mere two years ago, when the Nobel laureate was still under house arrest in Burma. She will have meetings at the State Department and White House, and will receive the... More »

Suu Kyi Meets With Myanmar President

It's her first meeting with U Thein Sein since joining parliament

(Newser) - Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi huddled with the country's president for two hours yesterday in the first meeting between the two leaders since Suu Kyi was elected to parliament, reports CNN . Details of their talk were not released, although a government spokesman did say a range... More »

Suu Kyi Makes Historic Speech

Asks Britain for help making Burma 'true democracy'

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday asked the UK parliament for help in bringing democracy to Burma, becoming the first non-head of state ever to address both Houses, reports Reuters . "We have an opportunity to reestablish true democracy in Burma. It is an opportunity for which we have waited decades,... More »

Suu Kyi: World Is Short on Kindness

She accepts her Nobel Peace Prize, two decades late

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi finally got to deliver her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991, reports Reuters . Some highlights from the Myanmar opposition leader's speech in Oslo, from AP :
  • What it meant to win: "Often during my days of house arrest it felt
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Suu Kyi's Doctor Worried After Vomiting Incident

He says she has a poor stomach for travel

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi's doctor says he's worried about her health, after the Burma opposition leader threw up in front of reporters yesterday. "I am very concerned," Pyone Moe Ei told the AP in Yangon. "Considering her age, the amount of travel she's doing,... More »

Suu Kyi to World: Don't Buy Our Oil

Opposition leader addresses UN in Geneva

(Newser) - Aung San Suu Kyi visited the UN's European headquarters in Geneva today, and amidst pleasantries, made a serious call for the world to boycott Burma's state-run oil and gas companies. "The Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise … lacks both transparency and accountability at present," she said,... More »

Signs of Strain Between Burma's Leader, Suu Kyi

With Burma opening hinging on Suu Kyi, Thein Sein, observers worry

(Newser) - Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi apparently did not woo many members of the ruling party with her comments in Bangkok last week, in which she cautioned that investors should avoid "reckless optimism" in regards to the country. An adviser to Burma's President U Thein Sein criticized... More »

Suu Kyi: Avoid 'Reckless Optimism'

Reflects on leaving Burma for first time in 24 years

(Newser) - There's hope for Burma, but it should be tempered with caution, said Aung San Suu Kyi during her first trip outside the country in 24 years. Speaking to the World Economic Forum in Bangkok, she called the optimism surrounding the recent changes seen in Burma "good," but... More »

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