Following the recent release of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, former UN Ambassador and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson spoke to Marco Werman about Aung San Suu Kyi and the dark realities of the government of Myanmar.
Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty and sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act. Their lawyers say courts lack proof of 'intent to harm.'
Canadian legislators, in a symbolic move, on Thursday voted unanimously to strip Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship in response to crimes committed against the Rohingya minority.
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson resigned last week from a panel looking into solutions to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. And on his way out he blasted Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for lacking "moral leadership" on the issue.
The United Nations says 620,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August to form the world's largest refugee camp after a military crackdown in Myanmar that Washington has said clearly constitutes "ethnic cleansing."
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the United Nations General Assembly this week, her spokesman said Wednesday, as the Nobel laureate faces a barrage of criticism over her failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims fleeing in huge numbers.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Lake Inya, a scenic lake in Yangon, Myanmar, where Burmese authorities took an American into custody after he swam across the lake. He's suspected of trying to enter the compound of the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from Tin Htar Swe, head of the BBC's Burmese service.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Jonathan Head about the new charges brought by the military government of Myanmar against opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She faces a new trial just as her current house arrest was about to end. The new charges stem from a bizarre incident last week when an American man swam across a lake to Suu Kyi's house.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Brian Joseph of the National Endowment for Democracy, about Senator James Webb's trip to Myanmar. The visit follows the Burmese government's sentencing of opposition Aung San Suu Kyi to another 18 months of detention.
Unconfirmed reports out of Myanmar, or Burma, say pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be released soon. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the head of the BBC's Burmese service, Tin Htar Swe.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest after an American man swam out to her lakeside home in May. BBC Asia expert Jill McGivering tells The Takeaway about the sentence and the uninvited visitor.
This weekend's election will be the first held there in twenty years and the state media is urging citizens to cast their ballots. Our partners at the BBC spoke with people in Burma about the upcoming election.
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