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  • Myanmar junta sentences civilian leader

    The header photo shows Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Htoo Tay Zar, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

    Myanmar (MNN) — The military junta ruling Myanmar has sentenced the former civilian leader to another six years in prison. Aung San Suu Kyi had already been sentenced to 11 years on previous charges. She has been held in prison since a February 2021 coup.

  • Sri Lankans storm president’s house

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    Sri Lanka (MNN) — On July 9, Sri Lankan protestors stormed the president’s official residence in the capital, Colombo.

  • UN to discuss Myanmar this week

    The header photo shows the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR, CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons)

    Myanmar (MNN) — The United Nations will decide this week which government gets to represent Myanmar at the General Assembly. The military seized power from Myanmar’s elected officials in a February coup. But several of those officials have formed a shadow government, known as the National Unity Government.

  • ASEAN appoints special envoy to Myanmar

    The header photo shows a protest in Yangon, Myanmar from February 2021. (သူထွန်း, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

    Myanmar (MNN) — On Sunday, fresh protests broke out against Myanmar’s military rule. They coincided with the anniversary of 1988 pro-democracy protests. Read more here.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has appointed a special envoy to Myanmar to deal with the post-coup violence wracking the country.

  • Civil war fears grow in Myanmar; believers persevere

    In header image, protesters rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 9, 2021. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Myanmar (MNN) — Civil war threats loom large in Myanmar. This weekend’s military crackdown on civilian protestors led to the highest death toll since the February 1 coup.

    The U.S. cut all trade agreements with Myanmar over the bloodshed. Meanwhile, protestors and armed ethnic groups called for unity against the military junta.

  • Military cracks down on protests in Myanmar

    The header photo shows people gathered to protest the coup in Myanmar. (Photo courtesy of friends of Asian Access)

    Myanmar (MNN) — After seizing power in early February, Myanmar’s military killed over 30 people yesterday from several different cities. Police deliberately targeted unarmed civilians, including a 14-year-old boy, a 19-year-old girl, and several other young people according to reports from inside the country.

  • Military, civilians face off in Myanmar as crisis escalates

    In the header image, protesters rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 9, 2021. (Photo, caption obtained via Wikimedia Commons)

    Myanmar (MNN) — Myanmar’s military is using increasing force against protestors, prompting warnings from the United Nations. Local church leaders who partner with Asian Access fear collapse.

  • Two warning signs of further crackdown in Myanmar

    Header image depicts protestors in Myanmar on February 14, 2021. (Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons)

    Myanmar (MNN) — Amid an intensifying crackdown, Myanmar’s military pushes for a new cybersecurity law to keep citizens in the dark. Meanwhile, Asian Access supports local Christian leaders as they shine Christ’s light in their communities.

  • The USCIRF condemns Myanmar coup

     An armored car patrolling Myanmar after the coup. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

    Myanmar (MNN) — Governments around the world have condemned the Myanmar coup. The military took control of the country on Monday, disregarding the democratic process. Now, police have charged the elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, as a justification for holding her. The charge? Illegally possessing and importing walkie talkies.

  • The military stages a coup in Myanmar

    Myanmar (MNN) — The military of Myanmar has staged a coup, detaining several senior politicians. Internet, phone, and television access were blocked around the capital of Naypyitaw.

  • Thai Christians rise above political unrest

    A protest at Thammasat Rangsit campus on August 10. (Photo credit: Milktea2020/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0)Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai Enquirer, there have been 13 coups since the start of the 20th century. Today, any conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators and monarchy supporters could give the military an excuse to take control. Led by students, ongoing pro-democracy protests have been largely peaceful. Demonstrators want the current Prime Minister to resign, and they’re calling for constitutional reform. Protestors appealed to Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday after marching to the German embassy in Bangkok. Supporters of the Thai kingdom criticize this youthful movement...

  • Leadership plays a critical role in Hong Kong protests

    (Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Pasu Au Yeung)Hong Kong (MNN) — Tensions are rising in Hong Kong. Protestors, upset over China’s involvement with a new CEO, have threatened to occupy government buildings. Then, they demanded the resignation of the chief executive. A former British colony, Hong Kong returned to China’s sovereignty in 1997. China promised...
  • Tensions building in Hong Kong protests

    hong kong protests Oct 2014Hong Kong (MNN) -- Tensions building between Hong Kong protestors and mainland China. Hong Kong protestors and mainland China square off over democracy issues. Asian Access President Joseph Handley talks issues, perspective and vigilance as it applies to their scope of mission. Interviewed by MNN’s Ruth Kramer.

    Listen to the interview...

  • Deadly violence mars Bangladesh elections

    bangladesh-protests-195Bangladesh (MNN) — What makes a valid mandate when it comes to elections?

    Yesterday, the Awami League handily won Bangladesh’s election, but the victory was marred by street fighting, low turnout, and a boycott by the opposition. Without a contender, the Awami League took more than two-thirds of seats in the contest.

    Accusations over...

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