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'The Authorities Don't like Me Very Much'

Unity 5 lawyer Robert Sann Aung

Lawyer U Robert Sann Aung in his Yangon homeAs an activist U Robert Sann Aung has seen many jails from the inside. His opposition to the former military regime landed him ten years in the “black house”. He began practising law in 1981 but his licence was revoked in 1993 and it was another nineteen years, until July 9, 2012, before he was allowed to practise again. U Robert Sann Aung has since appeared in more than 60 cases, most of which have been political, with the most prominent being the case against four journalists and the chief executive officer of Unity Journal.


'We Believe in Federalism, We Fought for It, We've Been to Jail for It'

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo

In February 2005, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo and seven other Shan leaders were arrested, convicted of high treason and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 79 to 106 years. Khun Tun Oo, 71, who was born at Hsipaw, Shan State, and studied Law at Yangon University, was released under amnesty in 2012 and resumed the chairmanship of the SNLD. The party registered with the Union Election Commission after the 2012 by-elections and intends to run in the 2015 general election. It will be its first campaign since the elections in 1990 for a constituent assembly in which it won 23 seats. In a wide-ranging interview, Mizzima Business Weekly's Portia Larlee asked Khun Tun Oo about ethnic politics, federalism and the drug trade.


'Telecommunications Has the Power to Change Lives Forever'

Sébastien Hié, Regional Sales Director, Orange

French telecommunications giant orange is one of 14 partners in a consortium formed to lay an undersea cable linking Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries with the Middle East and Western Europe. The 20,000-kilometre SEAME-WE 5 fibre optic cable will be the second to link with Myanmar, after SEAME-WE 3. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Manny Maung spoke with Orange regional sales director, Sébastien Hié, during his recent visit and asked about his company’s role in the cable project and what it will mean for the connectivity in Myanmar.


‘We Need More Brave Parliamentarians’

Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn
Independent Yangon Region Hluttaw MP

Yangon region parliamentarian Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn studied and taught law in Japan, where she was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. She returned to Myanmar in 2009 and in 2010 won a seat in Bahan-2 constituency in the Yangon region Hluttaw for the Democratic Party. She left the party two years later and has since represented her inner Yangon constituency as an independent, gaining a reputation for being outspoken on a range of issues. In an interview with Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst, Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn discussed the forthcoming election for the Yangon City Development Committee, the democratic gap in the Yangon Region parliament and corruption.


Father of Kao Tao murders suspect requests chance to talk to his son

The murder of two British tourists on a beach in Thailand has caught media attention from around the world. With the focus now on the two Myanmar migrant workers charged with murder, Mizzima talked by phone October 8 to U Tun Tun Hteik, the father of Win Zaw Htun, 21, one of the two suspects.


Interview with U Maung Maung Than on Burmese citizenship status scrutinizing process

(In Mray Bon township of Arakan, over 1000 Muslims have applied for the Burmese citizenship status. Local authorities are presently engaged with the scrutinizing process under the guidelines of 1982 Burmese Citizenship Act. People are expecting that all the applicants would be considered as Burmese Citizens. Narinjara News talked to U Maung Maung Than, director general  of Immigration Department, recently and the excerpts are here).


Min Ko Naing on Meiktila

Meiktila was quiet on Wednesday, March 20. Everyone was going about their business, including the customers in a local gold shop. Somehow an argument broke out in the shop and a customer stormed out. He returned with friends and attacked the gold shop owner who is Muslim. A crowd quickly gathered and the situation spiraled into mob violence—local Buddhists taking sides with the aggrieved customer and local Muslims siding with the shop owner.


2008 Constitution vs Genuine Federal Union: Amendment, a must task

Trust-building for Peace conference is due to be held on March 20 in Lashio, the second capital of Shan State. In order to have an idea about the conference, its objectives and main tasks of focus, S.H.A.N has reached out to Maj Zaw Lwin, the first secretary of the Kayan New Land Party (KNLP), the representative and a leading organizer of the Shan-Kayah Trust-building for Peace conference.


Interview with Saw Thamein Tun

KNU Day is a very special issue for the whole of the Karen nation. There were many various Karen Organizations in the past. In 1881, the Karen National Association (KNA) became the first organization of the whole Karen Nation. Thanks to the KNA’s efforts, education in the Karen nation has improved, and Karen culture and literature was allowed to be officially taught in government schools. After World War I the Karen people developed a greater sense of nationhood.


Released Political Prisoners face huge problems

In an exclusive interview with Karen News, Ko Bo Kyi, a founding member and joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), outlined his concerns over Burma’s on going reform process and the treatment of current and former political prisoners inside Burmese prisons.


Nuclear fallout

Following the backlash from a report in a Japanese newspaper that suggested Naypyidaw might still have some military ties to North Korea, Mizzima interviewed Hmu Zaw, the director of the President’s Office.

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