What the Military Removal of Shwe Mann Means for Burma

On the night of August 12, soldiers in Naypyidaw surrounded the headquarters of Burma’s ruling military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). By the end of the night, Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann had been deposed as party leader, replaced by President Thein Sein. Some call this a “military coup,” with Thein Sein using military force to … More What the Military Removal of Shwe Mann Means for Burma

Burma’s draft Association Law: a government chokehold on civil society

Civil society organizations have provided essential guidance to Burma’s peace and development process, often – through years of exiled activism and international support during military rule – holding far more political and legal knowledge than government officials themselves. This summer, the Burmese government, threatened by these organizations’ influence and advocacy efforts, rolled out the draft … More Burma’s draft Association Law: a government chokehold on civil society

Burmese parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann & Commission-itis

Burma loves little more than a good commission…a commission a day keeps international scrutiny away. Or at least that’s what we took away from “The Current Political Situation in Myanmar: Perspectives from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw,” a panel discussion with Burmese parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann and a handful of his parliamentary colleagues. The June 13 event, … More Burmese parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann & Commission-itis