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New Lease of Life in Burma Parliament but Political Prisoners Left Behind
Ray 2 days ago

Optimism swept over Burma this past week as hopes for historic changes to the country heightened with the start of the new Parliament dominated by the National League for Democracy… Read More

NLD’s Trip into the Murky World of the Drugs Trade
Ray 1 week ago

As the new Parliament sits for the first time in Naypyidaw, the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) choice of Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) member, T Khun Myat, a… Read More

NLD Face Major Challenges as Lack of Rule of Law Perpetuates Impunity
Rin Fujimatsu 2 weeks ago

Just months before the end of the President Thein Sein Government, a series of events and issues publicized over the past week demonstrate the pressing need for reforms to establis… Read More

Time for a Fresh Start for Genuine Peace
Rin Fujimatsu 3 weeks ago

Between 12-16 January, 2015, the ‘Union Peace Conference’ was held with over 700 representatives of the Burma Government, signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), M… Read More

Burma Army Moves to Tighten Grip on Power
Ray 1 month ago

While people were still in a buoyant mood over the November 2015 elections results, wrapping up last year’s work and preparing for 2016, the Burma Army and the Government had a cle… Read More


In Open Letter, MPs Call on Pres. Obama to Prioritize Human Rights during US-ASEAN Summit

JAKARTA, 11 February 2016 – Over 100 parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia sent a joint letter to US President Barack Obama today, urging him to make discussion of human rights and democracy a priority during the upcoming US-ASEAN Summit […]

February 11, 2016  •  By ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

TWO and TSYU Condemn Human Right Violations Committed by RCSS/SSA in Northern and Southern Shan State

1. U Paw Pwae who is the secretary of the the local township committee organized and hired by the troop of Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) Battalion no. 377 based in Mong Kung Township together with 7 members of the local township committee ordered the headman of Pan Laut village, chairmen of 8 villages in Naung San Phuu tract, 6 villages in Khae Owm Owae tract, 3 villages in Sone Laut tract, and 8 villages in Phar Kaung tract in Mong Kung township to recruit 100 soldiers from each of the tracts totally 400 soldiers to send the military training on 20 Feb, 2016 […]

February 10, 2016  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Myanmar: Release Human Rights Defender U Gambira Immediately and Unconditionally

(Bangkok, 9 February) – Myanmar should immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender and former political prisoner U Gambira, who has been detained on flimsy charges of “illegally entering” the country, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today […]

February 9, 2016  •  By Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS): On the Occasion of The 69th Anniversary of Shan State People National Day

1. The 7th February of 1947 was the historic day on which our Shan leaders achieved unity among themselves; on which the Shan National Flag was raised and the Shan National Anthem sung in unison for the first time. Because of its historical significance, 7th February has been designated as Shan National Day or Shan State People National Day by the Tai people and the peoples of Shan State. And as a result of the Shan National Day, the historic Pang Long Agreement and the Union of Myanmar have come into being […]

February 7, 2016  •  By Restoration Council of Shan State  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Protection of People Must be Priority in Burma’s Protracted Peace Process

In a new briefing paper titled, “Protection of People Must be Priority in Burma’s Protracted Peace Process” released to mark Union Day, Burma Partnership highlights how the peace process of the Thein Sein Government has been unsuccessful, ultimately leading to many powerful ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) refusing to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). It also resulted in a call by civil society organizations to postpone the Union Peace Conference […]

February 12, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Sticks and Stones: Hate Speech Narratives and Facilitators in Myanmar

Sticks and StonesConditions for Muslims have steadily declined in Myanmar, with the Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine State facing the gravest threat. In 2012, the country was rocked by the worst sectarian violence in over 50 years, resulting in over 200 killed and 140,000 displaced, most of them being the Rohingya […]

February 5, 2016  •  By C4ADS  •  Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤