Mandalay is Burma’s cultural heart. The city’s soul can still be found in its artisan workshops, where its short—but rich— history is preserved…in gold.
Closing arguments are heard in the trial of writer Htin Linn Oo, who stands accused of blasphemy charges for criticising the Buddhist monk-led Ma-ba-tha.
Amnesty International has called on Burma’s authorities to immediately and unconditionally release three restaurant managers charged with insulting the Buddhist religion.
Four lawyers have refused to represent Phil Blackwood, a New Zealand citizen detained in Insein Prison on charges of insulting religion, because they believe the case is “too sensitive”.
Three men, including a New Zealander, are charged under Burma’s Religion Act after posting a picture of Buddha as part of nightclub marketing.
A New Zealander is appearing in a Rangoon court after being arrested for using an image of the Buddha wearing headphones in a bar promotion.