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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.

Tanitharyi Divison Villagers Call For Development Projects To Stop As Govt Grants Hundred Of Thousands of Acres To Business Interests

16 October 2014 Photo By Kare NewsRepresentatives from civil society groups, religious leaders and villages in the Tanitharyi Division have sent a petition letter to both the government’s Division Chief Minister and the Karen National Union’s Megui/Tavoy District chairperson to try to get development projects stopped that villagers claim are health hazards.

The petition sent on October 13, was signed by 125 representatives from 46 villages, members of civil society organizations such as Tarkapaw, Community Sustainable And Livelihood Development,Trip-Net, Dawei Development Association and religious leaders in the region [...]

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Protesters Call for Fair Trial of Myanmar Suspects in Murder of British Tourists

10 October 2014 Photo Hein Htet MizzimaA small crowd of protesters took to the streets of Yangon on the occasion of the Thai premier’s visit to demonstrate on behalf of the two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering two British tourists on the Thai holiday island of Koh Tao.

Nay Myo Zin, a former military captain and political prisoner organized the demonstration in front of Yangon City Hall between 8 and 9 am October 10 to call for a free and fair trial by the Thai authorities of Myanmar nationals Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 21 [...]

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Michaungkan Protestors Stage One-day Hunger Strike

10 October 2014 Photo By DVBProtestors from Michaungkan began a hunger strike at Maha Bandula Park on Wednesday calling for the release of Sein Than, a community leader from the eastern Rangoon village who was arrested and jailed for staging an unauthorised protest in July.

The protestors have occupied the site in central Rangoon for seven months, demanding the return of seized lands [...]

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Smattering of Rangoon Protesters Greet Thai PM Over Koh Tao Murder Case

10 Oct 2014 Photo Sai Zaw The IrrawaddyRANGOON — A smattering of Burmese activists held two days of protests against the arrest of a pair of Burmese migrants accused of murdering two tourists on southern Thailand’s Koh Tao island last month, as Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived in Rangoon on Friday for the second day of his first overseas trip since taking the helm of the military-ruled country.

A group of about 20 Burmese led by the Movement for Democracy Current Force held a protest and prayer vigil at downtown Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda on Thursday evening, holding placards that urged the former general turned prime minister “to let the accused two Burmese receive the benefit of the doubt.” [...]

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Michaungkan Protestors Stand Fast as Deadline Passes

4 October 2014 Photo By DVBAs Saturday dawned, dozens of protestors from the Rangoon suburb of Michaungkan, who have been conducting a vigil outside Maha Bandula Park in the city centre to protest land grabs, were still occupying the public street despite a 3 October deadline ordered by local police to dismantle their camp and leave.

As Friday’s deadline struck, police did not appear at the protest site where many feared that force might once again be used to disperse the villagers [...]

October 4, 2014 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Arakanese Remembered Monk Revolution in Sittwe

30 September 2014 Photo By NarinjaraThe people of Burma remembered the monk revolution in various parts of the country. The Arakanese capital city of Sittwe also held the commemoration ceremony where 90 monks received donations from the devotees.

The 8th anniversary of monk revolution was jointly organized on 27 September by the Arakanese Young Monk Association (for maintaining discipline and welfare to the people), Youth Association of Mizzan Quarter (in Sittwe) and the students & youths of Mizzan Duarter [...]

October 1, 2014 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Monywa Students Protest Education Bill

25 Sept 2014 Photo By DVBStudents from Monywa University in Sagaing Division on Wednesday launched a campaign opposing the National Education Bill.

The controversial bill, passed by parliament at the end of July, has been a subject of criticism among educators and students alike. Several student protests have been held around the country, claiming that the new bill would centralise decision-making and grant too much power to the Ministry of Education [...]

September 25, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Backlash Grows Against Burma’s National Education Bill

23 Sept 2014 Photo By Sai Zaw The IrrawaddyRANGOON — More than 200 civil society organizations have joined a national network of education organizations and a growing chorus of voices in rejecting a draft National Education Bill that looks likely to soon pass into law.

The National Network for Education Reform (NNER), which came out against the bill after it was passed by Parliament in late July, was joined this week by a diverse coalition of groups opposing the legislation because they say it violates “human rights standards.” [...]

September 23, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Read more >>

International Peace Day

Photo By Thaw Hein Htet The Irrawaddy

Hundreds of peace marchers passed four different townships on Sunday, International Peace Day. The peace marchers called for ending war and to restore peace, while singing Peace songs. (Photo: Thaw Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)

September 22, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Hundreds Gather in Rangoon to Mark World Peace Day

22 Sept 2014 Photo By Steve Tickner The IrrawaddyRANGOON — At several sites in Rangoon on Sunday, hundreds of activists gathered to mark the International Day of Peace and call for an end to conflict in Burma.

A festive mood prevailed at the Women’s Peace March, one of three peace rallies held in the city this weekend, where several hundred women belonging to various women’s organizations showed up wearing blue shirts emblazoned with the peace symbol and a slogan ‘No Women, No Peace.’ [...]

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