Phyo Zeya Thaw arrives at the Myanmar parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 19, 2015.

Mynamar junta executes 4 pro-democracy activists to ‘instill fear,’ Radio Free Asia editor says

Human rights

Myanmar’s government confirmed Monday it had carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years, hanging a former lawmaker, a democracy activist and two other political prisoners.

Several members of a youth group hold a flash mob rally to protest against the military government of Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing in Pabedan township in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 30, 2021.

From bookworm to bomb maker: The evolution of a Myanmar revolutionary

People wait outside a shop where face masks and vitamins are being given away in Mandalay, Myanmar

6.2 million Burmese could go hungry by October. It’s the worst situation in ‘living memory,’ UN official says.

A person is shown in the near ground with their fist in the air and wearing a white construction helmet with a large crowd of people sitting and holding candles.

Myanmar declares martial law on deadly day

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Myanmar nationals living in Thailand hold pictures of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar military Commander in Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing during a protest in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok, Feb. 3, 2021. 

Relent or resist the coup? Myanmar’s citizens plot their next move. 

A man looks at a screen showing the face of another man projected on a wall

In Myanmar, underground poetry nights build bridges between Rohingya and Burmese writers


The event’s participants and organizers were fully aware that they were doing something sensitive. In a country where even the word “Rohingya” is taboo, there was a risk that the audience would respond badly.

Portrait of a Myanmar poet wearing a blue shirt.

A spoken word poet in Myanmar speaks out against hate and injustice

Arts, Culture & Media

Than Toe Aung faced years of discrimination and harassment as a Muslim in Myanmar. When he discovered the power of slam poetry, he decided to use it as a tool to speak out, unite and fight for justice.


Youth activists and journalists in Myanmar call for release of two jailed Reuters reporters

Demonstrators including high-school students gathered peacefully in the heart of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, held signs and chanted slogans denouncing the guilty verdict against the two journalists.

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This woman bodybuilder in Myanmar is using Facebook to advocate for harsher penalties for rape

A recent Myanmar government report says the number of rape cases in Myanmar increased by nearly 30 percent from 2016-2017.

Rows of garment workers work on a factory floor in Myanmar

The true cost of Myanmar’s growing garment industry

Women & Gender

Discrimination and sexual harassment in Myanmar’s garment factories can take a massive financial toll on both the workers and the industry. To improve women’s economic wellbeing, employees and authorities need to address their physical safety, say rights advocates.