On the anniversary of Win Tin’s death, The Irrawaddy revisits this archived article wherein another former political prisoner, Kay Latt, pays tribute to his resilience.
Members of Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic write that shortly after his daughter’s death, Brang Shawng wrote two letters that would eventually be deemed criminal.
While the government relishes its accomplishments, Burma’s ethnic groups must prepare for what will still be a long and thorny path to peace.
Aung San Suu Kyi has sacrificed her credibility to court the military and the USDP, with no quid pro quo to show for her compromises.
Far from a cause for celebration, Burma’s 70th Armed Forces Day was a salient reminder of the military’s failure to reform.
Recent repression in Myanmar is being directed by the military, which retains control of the laws and institutions it used to dismantle past pro-democracy movements.
Burma is under major Chinese diplomatic, military and political pressure to deal with the bombing death of four civilians in Yunnan.
The Burmese government needs the ability to measure public opinion, a critical force in shaping and transforming society.
Burma needs to rethink an energy policy based on dams, which threatens to see millions of local lives disrupted in order to satisfy foreign markets.
Questions and a reevaluation are warranted after a police force receiving training from the EU brutally cracked down on peaceful protestors in Burma this week.
Government conspiracy theories over the motivations of student protesters fail to address the Burmese public’s genuine grievances or offer any viable solutions.
The crackdown on student protestors and a rise in ethnic conflict do not bode well for Burma’s democratic elections—how will the international community respond?
The new student protest movement marks the first national grassroots movement in 25 years that stands outside the established opposition.
The results of an election this month in the Indian capital shows how electoral systems can grossly misrepresent voter sentiment.
As parliament prepares to mull amendments to the National Education Law, The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Hnin Soe argues for an inclusive, bottom-up approach to reform.
With the Chinese government seeking to protect its political and economic relationships with Burma, Peng Jiasheng’s forces are unlikely to find backers in Beijing.
The legacy and continued dominance of the ethnic Bamar in Myanmar, and enduring chauvinism, are major obstacles to national reconciliation in an immensely diverse country.
The Irrawaddy contributor Khin Zaw Win says it takes both individual and collective will to combat the poisonous words and ideas of a few extremists.
The Burmese government must prioritize allocation of resources for awareness, age verification and disciplinary action to end the use of child soldiers, advocates say.
Illegal extraction of natural resources is fueling armed conflict in northern Myanmar, and the Chinese government’s inaction is partly to blame.