Optimism swept over Burma this past week as hopes for historic changes to the country heightened with the start of the new Parliament dominated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) […]February 9, 2016 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: All Burma Federation of Student Unions, Burma Partnership, Human Rights, National Education Law, National League for Democracy, Political Prisoners • Read more ➤
As the new Parliament sits for the first time in Naypyidaw, the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) choice of Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) member, T Khun Myat, as deputy lower house speaker demonstrates the intricate and complex web that links the USDP, the Burma Army, the drugs trade, and paramilitary drug militias as well as the dangerous ground the NLD treads in attempting to form a government of national reconciliation […]February 2, 2016 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Burma Partnership, Business and Human Rights, Drugs, Kachin State, National League for Democracy, Poppy, Shan State, Union Solidarity and Development Party • Read more ➤
Between 12-16 January, 2015, the ‘Union Peace Conference’ was held with over 700 representatives of the Burma Government, signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), Members of Parliament, political parties and other invitees in Naypyidaw. This much-heralded event is a continuation of the flawed and exclusionary peace process that the President Thein Sein Government has been pursuing since 2011. The lack of trust that ethnic communities and the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) Government place on this conference is a telling sign of the lack of good-faith from the Government and the Burma Army in pursuing a genuine peace, as well as an overall failure of the peace process. This failure is demonstrated by the continuing military offensives by the Burma Army in ethnic nationality areas and further displacement of local communities, a blatant manifestation of the obvious contradictions to the rhetoric of peace that the current Government and its international backers are espousing.
The dialogue is aimed to be a political dialogue for a sustainable peace. Yet as many of the major players in Burma’s decades-long civil war are not present due to the exclusionary process of the NCA, seen by many as a ‘divide and rule’ policy of the Burma Army, it is difficult to attach any meaningful conclusions to the holding of this event. Indeed, the largest ethnic armed organization (EAO) in Burma, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), did not participate, describing the event as “meaningless.” A key alliance of EAOs, the United Nationalities Federal Council which counts some of the strongest EAOs including the Kachin Independence Army, as members, also declined the invitation to attend, criticizing the “discriminatory” attitude towards certain EAOs. Furthermore, despite making a speech on the first day, NLD leader, Daw Aung Suu Kyi, described the process as merely an “acknowledgement” of the NCA and the real work will commence when the NLD comes into power.January 20, 2016 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Burma Army, Burma Partnership, Ethnic Armed Organisations, Military, Military Dictatorship, National League for Democracy, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement • Read more ➤
While people were still in a buoyant mood over the November 2015 elections results, wrapping up last year’s work and preparing for 2016, the Burma Army and the Government had a clearly different agenda, initiating several discreet moves in an attempt to maintain its grip on power during the term of the future National League for Democracy (NLD) Government […]January 12, 2016 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: 2008 Constitution, Article 14, ASEAN, Burma Partnership, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, National Defense and Security Council, National League for Democracy, Union Solidarity Development Party • Read more ➤
The highlight of 2015 was undoubtedly the historic general elections, which saw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party triumph emphatically at the polls on 8 November 2015. While the conduct of the polls was relatively smooth, the elections were marred by glaring irregularities, in particular during the preparation and campaign stages. They ranged from the partiality of the Union Election Commission (UEC), disqualification of minority candidates, rife voter disenfranchisement of large segments of minority communities due to conflict and blatantly discriminatory policies, and voter lists fraught with discrepancies.
However, the first competitive national vote since 1990 was significant as it marked a key milestone in Burma’s democratic transition process and more importantly, it resoundingly signaled the will of the people for “genuine change” […]December 23, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Burma Partnership • Read more ➤
Burma’s multi-billion dollar jade industry is coming under close scrutiny as two new reports demonstrate the corrupt, unaccountable, and dangerous industry that is driving conflict, a heroin epidemic, and hazardous working conditions […]December 10, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: ASEAN, Burma Partnership, Business and Human Rights, China, Crimes against humanity, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Global Witness, Human Rights, Kachin State, Union Solidarity and Development Party • Read more ➤
Last week, the Women’s League of Burma marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by calling upon the incoming National League for Democracy Government to take a serious stance on the protection of women from sexual violence. According to their statement, “Women and girls in the Union of Burma are facing with different kinds of violence daily. Especially in ethnic areas, continuous impunity remains for the military personal who continued to commit sexual violence against women and girls.”
The International Day, observed each year on 25 November, was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to recognize the widespread physical and sexual violence against women around the world. Considering that globally, one out of three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, it is crucial for the international community to address this pandemic and the gender inequality that fuels it. In Burma, sexual violence is widespread and perpetrators – particularly those within the Burma Army – share complete impunity from prosecution […]
The International Day, observed each year on 25 November, was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to recognize the widespread physical and sexual violence against women around the world. Considering that globally, one out of three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, it is crucial for the international community to address this pandemic and the gender inequality that fuels it. In Burma, sexual violence is widespread and perpetrators – particularly those within the Burma Army – share complete impunity from prosecution.December 2, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Burma Partnership, Karen Women Organisation, Sexual Violence, Women's League of Burma • Read more ➤
ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအမ်ဳိးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္ (MNHRC) ၏ ၾသဇာရွိန္ဝါႏွင့္ အက်ဳိးသက္ေရာက္မႈကို စံုစမ္း ေလ့လာရန္ (ႏုိင္ငံအဆင့္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး အဖဲြ႔အစည္း) NHRI မ်ားဆိုင္ရာ အာရွ NGO ကြန္ယက္ (ANNI) ၏ အတြင္းေရးမႉးအဖြဲ႔ျဖစ္ေသာ အာရွလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးႏွင့္ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးဖိုရမ္ (ဖိုရမ္-ေအးရွား)ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာ့အေရးပူးေပါင္း ေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ားအဖြဲ႔တို႔က ၂၀၁၅ ခုႏွစ္ ႏိုဝင္ဘာလ ၁၆ ရက္မွ ၁၈ ရက္ေန႔အထိ ပူးတြဲျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ေသာ အခ်က္ အလက္ရွာေဖြေရး အစီအစဥ္မွာ ယေန႔ၿပီးဆံုးခဲ့ၿပီ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ကုိယ္စားလွယ္အဖြဲ႔တြင္ ကိုးရီးယားသမၼတႏိုင္ငံ အမ်ဳိးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္ ဥကၠဌေဟာင္းလည္းျဖစ္ ဆိုးလ္ၿမိဳ႕ အမ်ဳိးသားတကၠသိုလ္ ဥပေဒေက်ာင္း အၿငိမ္းစားပါေမာကၡလည္းျဖစ္သူ ပါေမာကၡ ကၽြန္းဝွန္ဟန္း၊ အင္ဒိုနီးရွားႏိုင္ငံ အမ်ဳိးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္ဥကၠဌ မစၥတာ ႏူးရ္ခုိလစၥ၊ ဖုိရမ္-ေအးရွားအဖြဲ႔၏ ႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ လုပ္ငန္းမန္ေနဂ်ာ မစၥဘက္တီ ယိုလန္ဒါႏွင့္ ျမန္မာ့အေရး ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ားအဖြဲ႔မွ စည္း႐ံုးလႈံ႔ေဆာ္ေရးႏွင့္ သုေတသနအရာရွိ မစၥတာ ဂ်ိဳးဆက္စ္ ကြမ္ တို႔ ပါဝင္ခဲ့သည္။ […]December 2, 2015 • By Burma Partnership andForum-Asia • Tags: Burma Partnership, Equality Myanmar, Forum-Asia, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Smile Education and Development Foundation • Read more ➤
Last week, a fact-finding mission comprised of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) and Burma Partnership released a statement on the impact and effectiveness of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC). The statement reflected the conclusions drawn from a mission conducted from 16-18 November, 2015. The statement noted serious concerns relating to issues of credibility, a lack of adherence to the Paris Principles, a failure to engage with repressive legislation in Burma, and an inability to effectively counter widespread human rights abuses such as land confiscation […]November 24, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions, Burma Partnership, Equality Myanmar, Human Rights, Kachin State, Letpadan, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, National League for Democracy, Smile Education and Development Foundation • Read more ➤
A joint fact-finding mission conducted from 16-18 November 2015 by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), as secretariat of the Asian NGO Network on NHRIs (ANNI), and Burma Partnership to inquire into the impact and effectiveness of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) was completed today […]November 18, 2015 • By Burma Partnership and Forum-Asia • Tags: Article 18, Burma Partnership, Forum-Asia, Freedom of Assembly, Human Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission • Read more ➤