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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.

TPP Tax Payers Decry Unjust Taxation

TPP Tsp Revenue Dept Meeting with Town Residents by BNALast Saturday, Nov. 23, locals gathered in quarter 3 of Three Pagodas Pass (TPP) on the Thai-Burmese border to protest against alleged unjust taxation.

At around 9:00 AM more than 10 TPP tax-payers publicly opposed Daw San San Aye, the head of Kyarinnseikkyi township [Karen State] revenue department, as she was meeting with politicians, local authorities and quarter administrators [...]

November 26, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Burma Activists Urge Protest Law Reform

Protest against Electricity Rate Increase Rangoon 7 Nov 2013 by Sai Zaw-The IrrawaddyMore than 50 activist groups have called on lawmakers to amend a controversial provision of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law that has put scores of people behind bars since its enactment two years ago.

The coalition, including the influential 88 Generation Peace and Open Society and the youth-oriented Generation Wave, convened a meeting on Sunday at which they drafted a letter urging Parliament to repeal the law’s Section 18, which requires would-be demonstrators to get permission from government authorities before staging a protest. The letter will be sent to Parliament and President Thein Sein [...]

November 25, 2013 | Tags: , | Read more >>

Strike at Garment Factory Enters Second Week

Handsome Factory Strike 4 November by MizzimaWorkers at a Yangon garment factory have entered the second week of a strike called over the sacking of a colleague and the installation of CCTV cameras near a women’s toilet.

The strike by about 200 workers at the ‘Handsome’ factory in Dagon Seikkan township began on October 26 after the sacking of their colleague,Sithu Min,who was reportedly accused by management of refusing to work overtime [...]

November 4, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Villagers Demonstrated Against an Arakanese Court Order

Kyauk Phyu sentencing protest 26 Sept 2013 by NarinjaraA group of villagers have staged a protest demonstration on Thursday in front of Kyauk Pru township court in Arakan following the court passed a verdict for imprisonment of ten community leaders.

The protesters, nearly 500 villagers expressed their dissatisfaction on the court order for three months imprisonment to their leaders, said U Hla Myint Kyaw, president of Kyauk Pru social network [...]

September 27, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

ထား၀ယ္ၿမိဳ႕၌ပထမဆံုးအေနျဖင့္လယ္သမားတစ္ေယာက္ေထာင္ဒဏ္ခ်မွတ္ခံရ

ထား၀ယ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ၊ ၀ဲကြ်န္းထိန္သစ္ရပ္ကြက္ ၊ကေျမာကင္းလမ္း၊ ကေျမာကင္းတံတားနံေဘး ၌လက္ရွိလယ္ စိုက္ပ်ဳိးလွ်က္ရွိေသာလယ္သမား ဦးစံလင္းအား ထား၀ယ္ခရုိင္အုက္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမႉး ဦးေက်ာ္ေဆြ မွ ၁၈၇၆ ခုႏွစ္ ေျမယာႏွင့္ အခြန္ေတာ္ဥပေဒ ပုဒ္မ (ဏ ) ျဖင့္တရားစြဲဆိုကာ၂၆.၈.၂၀၁၃ (တနလၤာေန႕)တြင္ဒဏ္ေငြ (၂၀၀) ႏွင့္ေထာင္ဒဏ္(၁)လကို ထား၀ယ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ တရားသူႀကီး [...]

August 30, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

The Women’s League of Burma Condemns the Violent Handling and Arrest of Peaceful Women Activists in Monywa

The Women’s League of Burma strongly condemns the violent handling and arrest of Naw Ohn Hla and nine other women who were staging a peaceful protest against the Letpadaung copper mine in Monywa on August 13 [...]

August 14, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Women’s Groups Launch Campaign Against National Race Protection Law

Women's campaign against marriage lawKaren Women Empowerment Group and other local women’s groups have released this poster as a part of a campaign to oppose the controversial National Race Protection Law [...]

July 18, 2013 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Farmers Across Burma Ask Thein Sein for Help

Farmer in Dala Township near Rangoon © The IrrawaddyA movement among farmers to win back confiscated land has spread widely across the country, with protesters in Burma’s biggest city and several other divisions urging President Thein Sein to step in and help.

In downtown Rangoon, more than 200 landowners gathered at Sule Pagoda on Thursday and called on Thein Sein to give back land that was confiscated by the government more than two decades ago [...]

June 27, 2013 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Land Loss Resident in Dawei to Sue ITD

Villagers oppose Dawei-Kanchanaburi road Sept 2012 © dawei.blogspot.comThe Dawei Watch Group has said that a local resident is planning to sue the Italian-Thai Construction Company (ITD) for losses incurred when the Thai firm built a highway through his land in Yay Phyu Township.

Win Lwin Oo says he lost two acres of farmland because of the highway construction which leads from the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region to Kanchanaburi in Thailand [...]

June 24, 2013 | Tags: | Read more >>

Hundreds Demand Probe of Burmese Mine Crackdown Five Months On

Security Forces Stop Letpadaung Protest 25 April 2013 Photo © RFAHundreds of villagers held a protest Monday to back their persistent calls for a government probe into a harsh crackdown on protesters against a controversial China-backed copper mine in northern Burma’s Sagaing division that left more than 100 injured and was strongly condemned by rights groups.

More than 500 people marched from Ton village in Sagaing to the office of the Letpadaung mine developer, demanding an end to the project and calling on authorities to prosecute those responsible for a Nov. 29 pre-dawn raid [...]

April 29, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>
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