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Statement on TWO’s Cancelled Press Conference

By Ta'ang Women's Organization  •  June 27, 2016

Unofficial translated summary of the statement by Ta’ang Women’s Organization. Original in Burmese below. Translation provided by Burma Partnership.

The Ta’ang Women’s Organization (TWO) was preparing to launch their latest report, “Trained to Torture,” on June 25, 2016, at the Orchid Hotel in Rangoon, Burma. TWO already invited media for the event on the 25th of June. However, authorities intervened and halted the launch of the report and TWO had to cancel their launch plans on the 25th. The press conference was then moved to June 27, 2016 at Excel Treasure Hotel in Rangoon. At midnight on the day before the launch, on June 26, 2016, TWO received a call from the Excel Treasure Hotel. They were informed that permission from the authorities was necessary to use the hotel for the launch of the report and was again forced to cancel the event.

TWO regards the cancellations by both hotels as an indicator of the ongoing restrictions on freedom of expression and media freedom, even under the new government. The report highlights human rights violations in northern Shan State from March 2011 to March 2016 and implicates the Burma Army’s involvement in these violations in armed conflict areas. The hotel informed TWO that due to the information provided in the report involving the Burma Army and politics, they were instructed by authorities to cancel the event.

TWO recommends that during the time of the new democratic government, media and press freedom and freedom of expression should not be restricted, and urges an immediate end to all human rights violations committed against ethnic people by the Burma Army in armed conflict areas.
Executive Committee

Ta’ang Women’s Organization

Contact persons:

Lway Poe Ngeal :  +95 0973063017

De De Poe Jaing :  +95 096718218


၂၀၁၆ ခုႏွစ္ ဇူလုိင္လ ၂၇ ရက္

ညွဥ္းပန္းႏွိပ္စက္ရန္ ေလ့က်င့္ထားသူမ်ားအစီရင္ခံစာ သတင္းစာရွင္းလင္းပြဲ ပိတ္ပင္တား ဆီးသည့္အေပၚ တအာင္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးအဖြဲ႔အစည္း၏ သေဘာထားထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကျငာခ်က္

တအာင္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးအဖြဲ႔အစည္းမွ “ညွဥ္းပန္းႏွိပ္စက္ရန္ ေလ့က်င့္ထားသူမ်ား” အစီရင္ခံစာႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး သတင္းစာရွင္းလင္းပြဲျပဳလုပ္ရန္ Orchid Hotel ၌ ဇြန္လ ၂၅၊ ၂၀၁၆ ခုႏွစ္တြင္  စီစဥ္ထားျခင္းအေပၚ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားမွ ပိတ္ပင္တားျမစ္ခဲ့သည္။ ကနဦးတြင္ ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ Orchid Hotel တြင္ ဇြန္လ ၂၅ ရက္ေန႔က ျပဳလုပ္ရန္စီစဥ္၍ သတင္းမီဒီယာမ်ားအား ဖိတ္ၾကားထားၿပီးျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း အနီးကပ္မွ ခြင့္မျပဳႏိုင္ဟု အေၾကာင္းၾကားလာခဲ့ေသာေၾကာင့္ Excel Treasure Hotel တြင္ ၂၇ရက္ေန႔တြင္ျပဳလုပ္ရန္ ထပ္မံ စီစဥ္ခဲ့ျပန္ပါသည္။ သို႔ေသာ္ Excel Treasure Hotel တြင္လည္း အားလံုးစီစဥ္ၿပီးခ်ိန္ ၂၆ရက္ ညဥ့္နက္ခ်ိန္တြင္မွ ပြဲခြင့္ျပဳမိန္႔ ရွိမွသာလွ်င္ သတင္းစာရွင္းလင္းပဲြ လုပ္ခြင့္ျပဳမည္ဟု ဟိုတယ္မွ အေၾကာင္းၾကားလာပါသည္။

ဤသို႔ ပိတ္ပင္တားျမစ္ျခင္းသည္ အစုိးရသစ္ လက္ထက္တြင္ လြတ္လပ္စြာ သတင္းထုတ္ေဖာ္ ေျပာဆုိခြင့္မရွိေသးေၾကာင္း ေဖာ္ျပေနသည္ဟု တအာင္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးအဖြဲ႔အစည္းမွ သံုးသပ္သည္။

“ညွဥ္းပန္းႏွိပ္စက္ရန္ ေလ့က်င့္ထားသူမ်ား” အစီရင္ခံစာသည္ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္း စစ္ပြဲျဖစ္ပြါးခ်ိန္ ပဋိပကၡအတြင္း မတ္လ ၂၀၁၁ခုႏွစ္မွ မတ္လ ၂၀၁၆ ခုႏွစ္အထိ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးခ်ဳိးေဖာက္မွဳမွတ္တမ္းမ်ားကို ေဖာ္ျပထားေသာ အစီရင္ခံစာျဖစ္သည္။ ဤအစီရင္ခံစာႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး သတင္းစာရွင္းလင္းပြဲကို ဇြန္လ ၂၅ ရက္ေန႔ Orchid Hotel တြင္စီစဥ္ထားျခင္းမွ၊ ၂၇ရက္ေန႔တြင္  Excel Treasure Hotel ၌ Booking လုပ္ထားၿပီး၊ လုပ္ခြင့္ရထားၿပီးျဖစ္ၿပီး ျဖစ္သည့္အတြက္   မိတ္ဖက္အဖြဲ႔အစည္းမ်ား၊ မီဒီယာမ်ားအား ဖိတ္စာမ်ားေပးပို႔ၿပီးေနာက္ပိုင္း ထုိဟိုတယ္၂ခုလံုးမွ  ဤအစီရင္ခံစာသည္ ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္ႏွင့္ ႏုိင္ငံေရးတို႔ႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ေန၍ အထက္မွပိတ္ပင္ေသာေၾကာင့္မျဖစ္ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း အခ်ိန္ကပ္၍ အေၾကာင္းၾကားခဲ့သည္။

ဒီမုိကေရစီအစိုးရသစ္လက္ထက္တြင္ အေျခခံလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးျဖစ္ေသာ  သတင္းလြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ႏွင့္ လြတ္လပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆိုခြင့္ကို မပိတ္ပင္သင့္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ပဋိပကၡျဖစ္ပြားေနေသာေဒသမ်ားရွိ တိုင္းရင္းသားျပည္သူလူထုအေပၚ ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္မွ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးခ်ိဳးေဖာက္က်ဴးလြန္ ေနမႈမ်ား ရပ္တန္႔ေစေရး အျမန္ဆံုးႀကိဳးပမ္းေပးပါရန္ တိုက္တြန္း၍ ဤသေဘာထားေၾကညာ ခ်က္ကို ထုတ္ျပန္လိုက္သည္။

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