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An displaced persons camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: UNHCR Myanmar/2012
An displaced persons camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: UNHCR Myanmar/2012

The prospects for constitutional change and a free and fair general election has made 2015 a “tipping point” for the reform process in Myanmar, United Nations special envoy Yanghee Lee said on March 16.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide has expressed concern over the latest religious defamation cases. Sentenced to two years hard labour for insulting religion. U Tun Thurein and U Htut Ko Ko Lwin (C), followed by Mr Philip Blackwood, at Bahan Township court on March 17, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima

Christian Solidarity Worldwide says it is deeply concerned about the violations of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Myanmar, amid growing religious intolerance, as illustrated by two current cases of “religious defamation,” according to a press release on March 17.

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People carry their belongings as they flee from the Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
People carry their belongings as they flee from the Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The Shan Human Rights Foundation has called for an end to Myanmar government shelling in Laogai, Shan State, and for the protection of civilians, in a press release on March 17.

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 The seventh round of ceasefire talks gets underway in Yangon. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

During the seventh round of ceasefire talks between the Union Peacemaking Working Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, which began on March 17, the discussions mainly focused on how to stop the current fighting as soon as possible, according to participants speaking afterwards in a press conference.

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Prominent columnist U Htin Lin Oo will face trial for insulting religion after a court at Chaung-U in Sagaing Region upheld charges against him on March 17. Photo: Htin Lin Oo/Facebook
Prominent columnist U Htin Lin Oo will face trial for insulting religion after a court at Chaung-U in Sagaing Region upheld charges against him on March 17. Photo: Htin Lin Oo/Facebook

Prominent columnist U Htin Lin Oo will face trial for insulting religion after a court at Chaung-U in Sagaing Region upheld charges against him on March 17.

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Sentenced to two years hard labour for insulting religion. U Tun Thurein and U Htut Ko Ko Lwin (C), followed by Mr Philip Blackwood, at Bahan Township court on March 17, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima
Sentenced to two years hard labour for insulting religion. U Tun Thurein and U Htut Ko Ko Lwin (C), followed by Mr Philip Blackwood, at Bahan Township court on March 17, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima

The New Zealand manager of VGastro Bar in Yangon and his two Myanmar business associates have been jailed for two years and six months for insulting Buddhism over an online Facebook advertisement showing a picture of Buddha wearing headphones.