“People are expressing tenderness publicly and tolerance is more visible,” says Sid Naing, country director for Marie Stopes International, a nongovernmental organization providing reproductive health services.
Since adopting a nominally civilian government in 2010, Myanmar has generated more jobs and wealth.
At the bar, an American expat details to a friend how his Burmese ex-girlfriend won’t stop stalking him; nearby, a local girl argues about her curfew with her parents on the phone.
One could say that Burmese are pretty anal about it.
It was just something to get the media involved.” Staged or not, the headless body of 41-year-old Muslim man from Ngakhura village who had spoken to the journalists, was found floating in a river on December 22.
He had been reported in the media as saying there were “no cases of arson by the military and police forces, no rape and no unjust arrests.” Meanwhile, the situation in Rakhine state is causing tensions between Myanmar and fellow ASEAN member Malaysia.
Earlier, the president sent a letter to Congress saying the administration is moving to restore trade benefits to Myanmar that were suspended more than two decades ago because of human rights abuses.
A man who gave an interview to journalists on a government organized media trip to Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State this week was found beheaded a day later, according to police.