Myanmar court jails 9 people for timber smuggling

A local court sentenced nine people to 10 years in jail each for timber smuggling, an official of the Yangon Region Forestry Department said. They were found guilty of trying to smuggle out of the country 33 tonnes of teak and 163 tonnes of processed wood in 13 shipping containers at Myanmar International Port in […]

Yangon government takes first move to bring Reuters to court

The Yangon government has filed a complaint against international news agency Reuters before the Myanmar Press Council over a report about the alleged lack of transparency in the procurement of buses, a senior member of the council said Tuesday. The Yangon government’s move was the first step in hauling Reuters to court, according to legal […]

Myanmar unveils plans to overhaul court system

YANGON: Myanmar on Wednesday (Dec 17) announced plans to reform its judicial system, a move met with scepticism by lawyers and activists long used to red tape and poor access to justice during the junta era. Courts across the country are to be modernised and committed to “integrity”, independence and the rule of law, according […]

Crackdown coming for Yangon’s many unlicensed contractors

Unlincensed contractors are facing a crackdown as the Yangon Region government is spurring municipal authorities into action. Builders in Thingangyun township were singled out as particularly unlikely to follow licensing rules, though Hlaing, Mayangone and Insein townships also have their fair share of unlicensed contractors, according to Yangon City Development Commission (YCDC) building engineering department […]