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Constitutional Crackdown Brings A Dark Day for Democracy in Burma
Rin Fujimatsu 5 days ago

After an increasingly dispiriting start to 2015, and with landmark national elections now likely only five months away, Burma’s flimsy “reform process” is unraveling inexorably. Fi… Read More

 
As the Conflict in Ethnic Areas Continues the International Community and the Burma Government Must Respect the Rights of Refugees and IDPs
Naing Lin 2 weeks ago

Every year on 20 June, many refugees who have fled Burma due to ongoing conflict, persecution, and human rights abuses, mark World Refugee Day with a sense of uncertainty and anxie… Read More

 
Another Year Passes in the War Against the Kachin, the International Community Must Pressure the Burma Government
Naing Lin 3 weeks ago

On 9 June 2015, the latest summit of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) concluded in Law Khee Lar, Karen State. On the very same day four years ago, Burma Army broke its 17-year-old… Read More

 
The Burma Government Must Stop Condoning Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas
Rin Fujimatsu 4 weeks ago

On 5 June 2015, Burma Campaign UK released a briefing paper that illustrated the Burma Government’s lack of action towards eliminating sexual violence since it signed the Declarati… Read More

 
A Regional Solution to the Refugee Crisis Must Address Root Causes
Rin Fujimatsu 1 month ago

On 29 May 2015, Thailand hosted the long-awaited Special Meeting on Irregular Migration to address the unfolding refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea. The talks brought together repre… Read More

 

Migrants: Justice and Koh Tao Murder Case

Prior to British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller’s heinous murders last September, migrant worker’s presence and everyday lives on Koh Tao island were not publicly discussed. This situation abruptly changed once migrants were identified by case investigators as key suspects behind the killings […]

July 2, 2015 | By Migrant Worker Rigths Network | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Parliamentarians Call on Asean Ministers to Address Root Causes of Migrant Crisis at Kl Meeting

JAKARTA, 1 July 2015 – ASEAN home ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow must take firm action to combat human trafficking, protect vulnerable asylum seekers, and address the root causes of the continuing migrant crisis, including the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today […]

July 1, 2015 | By ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Southeast Asia: Open Letter on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Southeast Asia

One month after 17 countries gathered in Bangkok to discuss the refugee and migrant crisis in South East Asia, we are writing to you to express our deep concern at the continuing lack of concrete and regionally-coordinated measures to tackle the current crisis and its long-standing root causes […]

July 1, 2015 | By Amnesty International | Tags: , , , , , , | Read more >>

‘With Only Our Voices, What Can We Do?’: Land Confiscation and Local Response in Southeast Myanmar

ORCHID HOTEL, YANGON – Three years after the 2012 preliminary ceasefire negotiations between the Myanmar government and the Karen National Union (KNU), reported instances of land confiscation continue to increase in southeast Myanmar […]

June 30, 2015 | By Karen Human Rights Group | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Kachin Region: War Torn Displaced Village Profiles

image1The country of Myanmar has been plagued by bitter experience of civil war and successive brutal regimes since the pre and post-independence era. The country gained independence from British colony in 1948 and a union of Myanmar was formed based on the principles enshrined in historic Panglong agreement signed by ethnic representatives from Kachin, Shan, Chin and Burmese. Karen and Mon started their ethnic armed struggle since pre-independence time […]

July 3, 2015 | By Relief Action Network for IDP and Refugee | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

‘With Only Our Voices, What Can We Do?’: Land Confiscation and Local Response in Southeast Myanmar

CaptureORCHID HOTEL, YANGON – Three years after the 2012 preliminary ceasefire negotiations between the Myanmar government and the Karen National Union (KNU), reported instances of land confiscation continue to increase in southeast Myanmar. In the 2015 report, With only our voices, what can we do?, KHRG highlights four main land use types which lead to land confiscation, including infrastructure projects, natural resource extraction, commercial agriculture projects, and military activities. Based on testimony from local villagers, the Myanmar government; domestic corporate actors; and Tatmadaw and Karen ethnic armed groups (EAGs) are all identified as being complicit in the confiscation of land from local communities in southeast Myanmar. However, local villagers report using a variety of strategies to prevent and mitigate the impacts of land confiscation, such as reaching out to civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media, negotiating with actors involved in projects, and lobbying both the Myanmar government and Karen EAGs […]

June 30, 2015 | By Karen Human Rights Group | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>