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Thailand to press Myanmar to open elections

NEW YORK - (APINTL) Thailand will be pressing Myanmar's military leaders in the coming week to open its first elections in two decades to all political opponents and ethnic minorities, the country's foreign minister said Friday. "I'm concerned about the national reconciliation and...

SE Asian leaders urges credible Myanmar elections

HANOI, Vietnam - (AP) Southeast Asian leaders urged Myanmar's isolated military regime Friday to hold "inclusive" elections amid controversy over planned polls the opposition has vowed to boycott and denounced as designed to extend the junta's rule. The 16th annual summit of the...

Veteran Myanmar politician says gov't party to win

YANGON, Myanmar - (AP) A veteran politician contesting Myanmar's upcoming elections said Sunday the political party backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps. Thu Wai, chairman of the newly formed Democratic Party...

Southeast Asian Laws Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis South East Asian Laws Toolbox , the law toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the nations of South East Asia, excluding the Peoples’ Republic of China. You will find below the legal content and analysis that we have for several countries in this burgeoning...

Reforms in Myanmar may spark refugee return

MAE LA REFUGEE CAMP, Thailand (AP) - The children who live in this camp for Burmese refugees have known no other life. Neither have many of their parents or their grandparents. Yet now, surprisingly rapid reforms and cease-fires under way in Myanmar are opening the Full version (available to lexis...

Myanmar reforms leave political prisoners behind

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - In a remote prison in northwest Myanmar, Aye Aung wakes up each day as he has for nearly 14 years alone in a dark cell on a wooden plank, a prisoner of conscience all but forgotten by the world. For hours, the former student activist Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Police collect bodies in strife-torn Myanmar town

SITTWE Myanmar (AP) - With fearful residents cowering indoors, security forces patrolling a tense town in western Myanmar collected bodies Monday from the debris of homes burned down over the weekend in some of the country's deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years. The Buddhist-Muslim violence...

Highlights of Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize speech

OSLO Norway (AP) - Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize speech explored her views on the ideals of peace, the seeds of war, the bonds of our common humanity, and the rare power of kindness. Here are the highlights. Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Bangladesh to send back more arrivals from Myanmar

COX'S BAZAR Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh security forces on Thursday detained more Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Myanmar and were questioning them before sending them back, a border official said Thursday. Bangladesh has turned back more than 2,000 Rohingyas who tried to Full ...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi plans trip to US in September

NAYPYITAW Myanmar (AP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will accept an award in the United States in September, setting up a new round of international accolades for the Nobel Peace laureate and former political prisoner who was unable to Full version (available to lexis.com...

Myanmar sets up internal probe of sectarian unrest

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - Myanmar's government has formed a commission to investigate the causes of recent sectarian violence in which at least 83 people were killed. President Thein Sein's website announced the commission Friday, more than two months after the June clashes between Full version...

Myanmar sentences 2 UN staff to jail for violence

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - A court in Myanmar has sentenced two United Nations staff members to prison terms for their alleged involvement in a spate of bloody communal violence in the west of the country in June, the world body said Monday. The punishments were Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Prominent Myanmar activist cancels trip to US

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - A prominent Myanmar activist said Saturday that he is canceling a trip to the United States to receive a democracy award, to show solidarity with more than a dozen fellow activists whose applications for Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)