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Burma: Increased Number of Political Prisoners Calls for Renewed International Pressure

Without genuine legislative reform and sustained international pressure, the number of Burma’s political prisoners is set to steadily rise, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), warned today [...]

July 15, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma: Four Reporters Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

Paris, Bangkok: The conviction of four reporters to lengthy prison terms is the clearest sign of Burma’s backsliding on press freedom, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), said today. On 10 July, a court in Pakokku, Magwe Division, sentenced all four Unity Weekly reporters Lu Maw Naing, Yarzar Oo, Paing Thet Kyaw, and Sithu Soe and the Unity Weekly CEO Tint San to 10 years in prison with hard labor under the 1923 Official Secrets Act [...]

July 10, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma: End the Prosecution of Rohingya Human Rights Defender Kyaw Hla Aung

Bangkok-Geneva-Paris-Rangoon. The Burmese Government must end the prosecution of Rohingya human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung and immediately release him, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, and the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma) said today [...]

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

State of the Word’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014

mrg-state-of-the-worlds-minorities-2014Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality across Asia but is often ignored by the governments of the region, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) warns in its annual report. This year’s flagship report, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, is themed around ‘Freedom from Hate’ and shows that a worrying trend of vilification and hostility towards minorities and indigenous peoples has spread across the region.

A key aspect of hate crime and hate speech is its invisibility, especially when governments or societies overlook or tolerate entrenched patterns of discrimination against particular communities, says MRG. Across Asia, governments have failed to provide adequate protection to its minority and indigenous populations.

“Hate crimes have been able to flourish in Asia largely as a result of the complicity or support of politicians who stand to gain from the persecution of minorities,” says Mark Lattimer, MRG’s Executive Director. “Hate speech goes unchallenged and crimes are often under-acknowledged and under-reported, enabling perpetrators to operate with impunity.” [...]

July 3, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma: Killing of Mr. San Tun

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Burma [...]

June 12, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma: Open Letter to President Thein Sein on the Abolition of the Death Penalty

FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), urge you to take bold steps to abolish the death penalty in Burma. Burma has not carried out an execution since 1988. As a result, it is among the world’s de facto abolitionist countries. However, during the Universal Periodic Review [...]

May 9, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Burma: A Aribute to Win Tin, Burma’s Voice of Reason

Paris, Bangkok: With the death of Win Tin, Burma loses its voice of reason and an extraordinary example of dedication, perseverance, and courage in the face of tyranny and oppression, FIDH and its member organization ALTSEAN-Burma said today. Veteran journalist, senior NLD leader, and Burma’s longest-held political prisoner, Win Tin died at Rangoon General Hospital on 21 April. He spent over 19 years in jail until his release from Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison on 23 September 2008, at the age of 78 [...]

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

Largest-ever ASEAN Civil Society Conference Urges Regional Governments to Establish Human Rights Protection Mechanisms

Paris, Rangoon, 25 March 2014: ASEAN leaders must listen to the voices of civil society and grassroots organizations in the region, FIDH and its member organization ALTSEAN-Burma said at the conclusion of the 10th ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF), which was held in Rangoon from 21 to 23 March 2014 [...]

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

Burma: Ongoing Human Rights Violations Warrant the Renewal of the UN Special Rapporteur’s Mandate

Paris, Bangkok, 17 March, 2014: The UN Human Rights Council must renew the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma with full monitoring and reporting powers, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), said today [...]

March 17, 2014 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

President Thein Sein Fails to Keep His Promise to Release All Political Prisoners by Year-End

The international community should hold the Burmese government accountable for failing to fulfill its promise to release all political prisoners by December 31, 2013, said FIDH and its member organization the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma) today [...]

January 10, 2014 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>
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