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People's Voices

The people of Burma continuously find ways to take action on issues that matter to them, despite restrictions and the threat of retaliation or imprisonment. These actions may include expressing opposition to a development project or protesting against human rights violations such as land confiscation.

Read on to hear about their courageous actions.

Anger Over NLD Candidate Picks Spills Into Pakokku’s Streets

MANDALAY — More than 300 people, including members of the National League of Democracy (NLD), staged a demonstration on Friday in Pakokku, Magwe Division, to voice dissatisfaction over the opposition party’s roster of local candidates set to contest Burma’s general election later this year.

August 7, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Myanmar Political Party Calls For Emergency Fund For Flood Victims in Rakhine State

Severe floods caused by torrential monsoon rains in western Myanmar have killed 10 people, prompting the dominant political party in the hard-hit region to call on Friday for the establishment of an emergency fund for victims […]

July 31, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Activist Su Su Nway Arrested for Trespassing

RANGOON — Labor rights activist Su Su Nway was arrested on Thursday on charges of trespassing in relation to her support for farmers claiming their lands had been seized by the military […]

July 24, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

As Case Goes to High Court, Kachin Women Maintain Husbands’ Innocence

MYITKYINA, Kachin State — Being forced to flee their burned out homes after fighting flared in Kachin State in June 2011 put incredible strain on the families of Lashi Lu and her fellow villager Hkawn Nan, who along with many of their neighbors took shelter in a Myitkyina camp for internally displaces persons (IDPs). But things got far worse for both women a year later, when soldiers from Infantry Battalion 37 arrested their husbands while they were working as cattle hands […]

July 22, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma Army Restricts Aid to Kachin IDPs, Charity Group Says

More than 1,000 displaced civilians from five villages in northern Burma have been trapped for over a week without food and other assistance amid clashes between ethnic rebels and government troops in Kachin State, according to a religious group that provides aid for the displaced […]

July 20, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , | Read more >>

Garment Workers – Demand Award Wages, Lunch Breaks and Reasonable Overtime Hours

About 700 migrant workers from the Garman (aka A1) garment factory in Mae Sot, Thailand staged a protest over seven demands […]

July 17, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Protesting Workers Demand K4000 wage

demonstrator-protests-the-government-proposed-minimum-wageOver 200 workers from 15 different factories at the Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone demonstrated yesterday in favour of a K4000 minimum wage, up K400 from the government-backed amount already rejected by factory owners as too expensive […]

July 13, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Solo demonstrator sentenced for Tharawaddy protest

A solo demonstrator demanding the release of student activists has been sentenced to two years in prison for sedition […]

July 2, 2015 |

Truth and Justice for Ko Par Gyi

I am seeking justice for my husband. My husband was captured, tortured and killed by the military in October 2014, in Kyaikmayaw in Myanmar’s Mon State. His name was Aung Kyaw Naing. He is also known as Ko Par Gyi. He was a freelance reporter […]

June 26, 2015 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Recognise our Education, Realise our Dreams

Today a film “Recognize our Education, Realize our Dreams” became available for online viewing. This film created by Monkey Business Film Productions and directed by Timothy Syrota focuses on Burma’s refugees and their education in the nine camps along the Thailand-Burma border. The short film calls for refugee education (certificates, degrees and diplomas) to be recognized by the Burma Government. Their rights need to be respected, and their voices need to be heard […]

June 25, 2015 | Tags: , , | Read more >>