The Vulnerability Box: An interview with Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah on pregnant women, children, refugees and research

Cameron Conaway with Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah – WNN Interviews (WNN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Pregnant women with malaria are not given the most effective drugs during their first trimester. Why? It’s contraindicated. “We need to ask ‘why?’ again to get to a deeper answer,” insists Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah, Head of Bioethics and Engagement […]

Myanmar women’s rights groups oppose Interfaith Marriage Act

Myanmar women’s rights groups oppose Interfaith Marriage Act

Thin Lei Win for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Religion and Belief (WNN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA:  A planned law intended to stop Buddhist women in Myanmar marrying non-Buddhist men is “a disgraceful act that would invite international ridicule” and violate women’s basic rights, a statement released by 97 civil society organizations said. The law, proposed […]

Burma / Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

Burma / Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

IRIN – UN news and analysis for – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Bagan, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. “Getting food is a headache for us every day,” said 30-year-old Kyi Htay […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Ethnic indigenous Chin christians afraid to return home

BURMA/MYANMAR: Ethnic indigenous Chin christians afraid to return home

IRIN for WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Aizawl, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Recent political reforms have not improved conditions in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, but life in neighbouring India – where many Chin people continue to seek asylum and livelihoods – often means surviving without legal protection and encountering tensions with host communities, experts say. A 1988 uprising […]

‘Trust takes time’ between Buddhists & Muslims in western Burma/Myanmar

‘Trust takes time’ between Buddhists & Muslims in western Burma/Myanmar

Joshua Lipes with Min Thein Aung and Kyaw Thu for RFA – WNN Breaking (WNN/Radio Free Asia) Rakhine State, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Trust-building will “take some time” between ethnic Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state, where clashes between the two groups left more than 200 dead last year, a Rakhine community leader said […]

Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi hopes for inclusion in Burmese peace negotiations

Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi hopes for inclusion in Burmese peace negotiations

Tiffany Hsiung – WNN Breaking (WNN) Naypyidaw, BURMA/MYANMAR, ASIA: Working on issues that may help bring the ethnic diversity of Burma/Myanmar together, Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has released a formal statement directed toward members of Burma’s National League for Democracy party saying that she wants to be personally involved in peace […]

Continued conflict in Burma/Myanmar feeds instability

Continued conflict in Burma/Myanmar feeds instability

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Rakhine State, BURMA/MYANMAR: In the wake of renewed violence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the authorities in Myanmar to take action to bring an end to the lawlessness currently affecting the north of the Asian country’s Rakhine state. “While the Secretary-General notes the clear recognition at the highest political levels […]

U.S. President Obama and Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi finally meet

U.S. President Obama and Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi finally meet

Kent Klein – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) The White House, WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.: President Barack Obama and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have met for the first time. The two Nobel Peace laureates spoke at the White House Wednesday as the United States lifted sanctions on Burma’s president and parliament speaker. The closed-door meeting […]

UN Special Rapporteur calls for conflict accountabilty in Burma/Myanmar

UN Special Rapporteur calls for conflict accountabilty in Burma/Myanmar

WNN Breaking   (WNN) YANGON/GENEVA: As progress in Burma/Myanmar is beginning in politics and civil society, the region continues to grapple with serious human rights abuse across ethnic, racial and religious lines. United Nations Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana, who visited Myanmar from 30 July to 4 August, returned to the United Nations in Geneva […]