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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.

Peace Day Protest Goes Ahead in Rangoon

In the largest popular demonstration since the monk-led 2007 Saffron Revolution, hundreds of protesters marched through Rangoon on Friday to mark International Peace Day and to demand an end to the ongoing conflicts in Burma’s ethnic regions. In a defiant move rarely seen in Burma, protesters gathered in front of City Hall on Friday morning before setting off in lines through the busy streets of Rangoon to their planned rendezvous, Inya Lake, where they say they will hold a prayer service for national peace in the evening.[…]

September 24, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

ေျမသိမ္းတိုက္ပြဲ

4,000 local people and representatives of civil society organizations and networks launched a protest against copper mining in Latpantaung area on 5 September 2012 and called for the full termination of the mining project. Protesters included farmers whose lands have been confiscated […]

၅.၉.၂၀၁၂ ရက္ေန႕ ေျမသိမ္းတိုက္ပြဲ (၁၃) ရက္ေန႕ေျမာက္ေန႕တြင္ ေဒသခံျပည္သူမ်ားမွ မံုရြာ-ပုသိမ္လမ္းဆံု၌ ေန႕လည္ (၁၁း၀၀) နာရီမွ စတင္ကာ ဆႏၵျပမႈမ်ားကို စတင္ခဲ့ျပီး လက္ပန္ေတာင္းေတာင္ ေၾကးနီစီမံကိန္း လံုးဝရပ္ဆိုင္းရန္ ဆႏၵကို ထုတ္ေဖာ္ခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။ လက္ပန္ေတာင္းေတာင္ ေဒသတြင္ လက္ပန္ေတာင္းေတာင္ ေၾကးနီစီမံကိန္းေၾကာင့္ […]

September 5, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Former Political Prisoners Hold Planning Meeting for Future Actions ဆရာဦးေရႊထူးႏွင့္ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ား ဂုဏ္သိကၡာရွိစြာ လြတ္ေျမာက္ႏိုင္ေရးအတြက္ ညႇိႏိႈင္းေဆြးပြဲ က်င္းပ

A future planning consultation meeting, joined by 50 former political prisoners, was held on 19 August at the house of U Shwe Htoo who is still serving his sentence in Taunggyi Prison. Participants agreed to focus on 10 action points for future activities that aim for the release of remaining political prisoners with dignity […]

က်န္ရွိႏိုင္ငံေရး အက်ဥ္းသားမ်ား လြတ္ေျမာက္ေစရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ၿပီး အဆုိပါ အစည္းအေဝးကို ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသား ဆရာဦးေရႊထူး (ေတာင္ၾကီးေထာင္) ၏ မိသားစုအိမ္တြင္ ယေန႔(၁၉-၈-၂၀၁၂)မြန္းလြဲ (၂း၃၀)နာရီမွာ က်င္းပေၾကာင္း သိရပါတယ္ […]

August 19, 2012 | Tags: , | Read more >>

မစိုးရိမ္လာၿပီး ဝီရသူနားရြက္ကို တံေတြးစြတ္သြားသူ

A monk helping a 14-year-old girl in a legal case against her employer for torturing her, sent an appeal letter to the regional high court to reassess the unfair process and procedure of hearings […]

မဟာေအာင္ေျမၿမဳိ႕နယ္၊ တရားရုံးတြင္ ၁၃-၈-၂၀၁၂-ေန႔၌ကေလးလုပ္သား မတင္နီလာေအး၏ အမႈကို ေရွ႕ေနငွားခြင့္မရဘဲ ရုံးတင္ေသာေန႔တြင္ပင္ ဇြတ္တရြက္ အဓမၼ တစ္ဖက္သက္ စစ္ေဆးခဲ့ျခင္းကို၊ ဥပေဒနဲ႔ အညီတရားမွ်တမႈ၊ မွန္ကန္မႈ ရွိေစရန္အတြက္ ျပန္လည္စစ္ေဆးေပးရန္ ေမတၱာရပ္ခံျခင္း […]

August 16, 2012 | Tags: , | Read more >>

Farmers Block Tractor to Protest Land Grabs

Farmers in Wundwin Township Block Tractor © Public Affairs Network, MeiktilaThree farmers from Mandalay Division, whose land has been confiscated, lay in front of a tractor belonging to the accused company on Wednesday in order to halt work and highlight their claims.

The farmers, from Oh Pyun Kan Village of Wundwin Township, Meikhtila District, accuse Kaungkin Company of illegally seizing land that has been in their families for generations and pledged to fight until death to win back what was stolen […]

July 26, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Kachin Protest for Refugee’s Release

Protest in Myitkyina, Kachin State, for the release of a Kachin refugeeMore than 1,500 people staged a peaceful protest in Myitkyina on Friday calling for the release of a detained Kachin refugee, Lahtaw Brang Shawng, who they say has been brutally tortured by security forces for three days and nights.

The protesters are mostly Christian Kachin locals in the state capital, including youths and women, as well as pastors from Jan Mai Kawng Baptist Church and Kachin Baptist Convention […]

July 6, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Gold Miners Claim Victory After Demands Granted

Gold mine protest in Mandalay Division. Photo © The IrrawaddyMore than a thousand gold miners called off a weeks-long protest on Thursday after their demands to restart work were granted by their parent company.

“The company agreed to 95 percent of our demands. Finally we achieved what we deserve and will call off the protest and will leave the area late this evening,” said Than Lwin, one of the miners […]

June 14, 2012 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Thousands of Miners Protest Government Order

Thousands of miners in Mandalay division’s Yamethin township rallied after an order from the Ministry of Mining demanding the suspension of all mining operations across the country left them jobless […]

June 4, 2012 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

69 People from Shan State Sign Letter Calling for 24-hour Electricity and Sufficient Water Supply

A group of 69 people signed letter to President Thein Sein calling for 24-hour electricity and sufficient water supply. The letter highlighted the issue of electricity shortage that has got worse and the need of sufficient water supply for Shan State’s highland. […]

May 26, 2012 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Steel Workers Go on Hunger Strike

Around 25 workers at a Chinese-owned steel factory in Rangoon Division announced on Friday that they will begin a hunger strike in response to the company’s refusal to raise wages […]

May 25, 2012 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>