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Announcement: Burma Partnership Transitions to Progressive Voice

This year, Burma Partnership celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Over the last decade, our organization, born out of Burma’s border-based movement for democracy, ethnic equality, human rights, peace and justice, has had the privilege to work alongside a vibrant civil society – from inside the country, along Burma’s borders, and networks from across the Asia Pacific […]

October 10, 2016  •  Read more ➤

Burma Army Displays Blatant Disregard for 21st Century Panglong Peace Process

2h9a4330-aThe Burma Army continued to launch offensives throughout Karen and Kachin States this past week […]

October 3, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Latest Human Rights Abuse Case Demonstrates Urgent Need to Reform the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission

mnhrc-parliamentThis past week, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) sparked outrage for failing to provide an adequate response to a case involving the abuse of two young domestic helpers in Rangoon. The victims, Ma San Kay Khaing, 17, and Ma Tha Zin, 16 reported being both physically and psychologically abused by members of the family-owned Ava tailoring shop that employed them […]

September 27, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Human Rights Far From Guaranteed as US Sanctions on Burma Are Removed

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTSNSUW

During his meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on September 14 2016, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would end sanctions on Burma. Earlier in the week, White House deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes anticipated the easing of sanctions, stating, “We want to make sure our sanctions are not preventing the type of economic development and investment that would help the people of Myanmar […]”

September 19, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Development for Whom?

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The impact of development projects on local communities and the environment in Burma has held considerable attention in the news over the last few weeks. On 26 August 2016, IFI Watch Myanmar, a local organization supporting the involvement of civil society and communities in monitoring the activities of international financial institutions, released a report entitled, “How Community Driven are CDD Projects in Myanmar?” on the implementation of the World Bank’s National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) […]

September 13, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

21st Century Panglong Conference Reaffirms Obstacles to Peace

DSC_0083-copy-copyOn 4 September, 2016, Burma’s “21st Century Panglong Conference” concluded after four days of an exchange of opinions on the country’s protracted armed conflict and on ways forward to establish a federal democratic union. Issues ranged from the geographical composition of the Union to the formation of a federal army under the civilian government – and thus the need to amend the 2008 Constitution – through the delivery of a series of speeches, proposals and position papers. Over 1,400 delegates attended including ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), the Government, political parties, the Burma Army and third party observers […]

September 6, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Advisory Commission on Rakhine State – A Welcome Investigation into Arakan State’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Crisis

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter (R), former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (C) and former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi, members of the Elders group, attend a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not in picture) in Moscow, Russia, April 28, 2015. Members of the Elders independent group are global political and public figures, who held top posts in their countries and international organizations, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia official web site. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov - RTX1AM1E

On 23 August 2016, the Ministry of the Office of the State Counselor announced the formation of a nine-member Advisory Commission on Rakhine State […]

August 30, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Balancing Human Rights and Environmental Protection with Diplomacy and Investment

Government-Dismissal-Kachin-StateDaw Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to China this past 17 August 2016, continuing on a diplomatic tour that has seen the State Counselor visit Laos and Thailand since taking power in April 2016 […]

August 22, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

New Report Urges Government to Address Protracted Displacement in Upcoming Panglong Conference

BP Report Cover Lay.cdrThis past week three civil society organizations, Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Burma Link and Burma Partnership released a joint report, titled Invisible Lives: The Untold Story of Displacement in Burma, underlying the ongoing challenges facing displaced ethnic communities […]

August 16, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Positive Developments at Mai Ja Yang, Yet Obstacles Remain Ahead of 21st Century Panglong Conference

Mai-Ja-YangThe Mai Ja Yang conference concluded on 30 July, 2016 after four days of meetings between ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), political parties and civil society actors in Kachin State […]

August 7, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤