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Burma Government Must Heed US Stance on Rohingya

Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hliang before a Bilateral Meeting at the Commander-in-Chief's Compound in Naypyitaw

With US sanctions on Burma being extended with amendments, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry paying a visit to the country, US policy on Burma has become clarified […]

May 24, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Offensives Must Stop to Show Commitment to the 21st Century Panglong Agreement

1.41Amid Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s attempts to speed up the convening of the so-called ‘21st Century Panglong Conference,’ armed conflict, displacement and the lack of humanitarian aid to those suffering only underlines the importance of the peace process […]

May 17, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Letpadaung Copper Mine Project Resumed, Symbolic of Larger Human Rights Problems

13173073_1234357086608441_7883708632886404158_oOn 5 May, 2016, fresh tensions erupted over the resumption of the Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Region, a project jointly owned by Chinese company Wanbao and the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. (UMEHL) […]

May 10, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

As Temperatures Rise, so do Religious Tensions

13063223_1229802143730602_7431748223013740437_oThe ugly head of religious extremism has reared again as a number of incidents involving nationalistic and extremist figures spreading hateful and destructive messages have presented a huge challenge to the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led Government just one month into its term in office […]

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

More Displacement, More Abuses in Latest Burma Army Attacks

Peace-TalksThe Burma Army is stepping up on its promise to “eliminate” the Arakan Army (AA) with an increase in the number and ferocity of military attacks in northern Arakan State […]

April 26, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

A First Step Forward for Political Prisoners

Student activists releasedMerely a day after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to release political prisoners, many of the detained students and their supporters who had been detained and were awaiting trial for over a year for their part in peaceful demonstrations had their charges dropped and were released on Friday 8 April, 2016. This was undoubtedly a happy day for democracy activists throughout Burma, especially the students, supporters and their families, and could be a potent symbol of the path that the National League for Democracy (NLD) Government is attempting to forge […]

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

MPC Future Unknown, Peace Continues To Be Taken Hostage

MPCIn one of the final moves just before the formal transfer of power to the new administration, former president Thein Sein dissolved the government-affiliated Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) and transferred its assets and properties to new organizations that will be led by leading figures and top officials of the MPC […]

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

Reforms Gathering Momentum but Road Ahead Paved with Same Challenges

The Irrawaddy2Ahead of the formal transfer of power on 1 April, 2016, buzz around the country centered on the recent nominations for Cabinet ministerial positions and how the new National League for Democracy (NLD)-led Government will take shape […]

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

At United Nations Human Rights Council, Outgoing Government Defiant To the Very End

General view at the opening day of the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 25, 2013 in Geneva. The Council kicks off with widespread abuses in North Korea and Mali the top items on the agenda, along with the crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Last week on 15 March 2016, the same day Burma’s Parliament elected its President, the country also underwent a review by member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council following which a resolution will be made on how to move forward with the scrutiny and accountability of the human rights situation in the country […]

March 23, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma Army Digs Its Heels In

Presidential-Nominees-1024x683Amid the attention and focus on the National League for Democracy (NLD) confirming their choices for Vice-President, and the selection of Htin Kyaw as the next President of Burma, 46 imprisoned students as well as their fellow colleagues, families and supporters outside noted a rather more sombre event – the first anniversary of the crackdown on peaceful student protesters in Letpadan, Bago Region […]

March 15, 2016  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤