On the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in 1988, Burma Campaign UK is calling on President Thein Sein to reveal the exact role he played in suppressing the uprising. Thousands of students and protestors died when the military and security forces crushed the uprising […]August 7, 2013 | By Burma Campaign UK | Tags: 1988 Uprising, 8888 Anniversary, Accountability, Burma Campaign UK, Crackdown, President Thein Sein | Read more >>
The struggle of farmers and their allies in the Letpadaung Hills of central Myanmar against the expansion of a copper mining operation under a military-owned holding company and a partner company from China obtained international attention when in the early morning hours of 29 November 2012 paramilitary police launched a night time […]May 22, 2013 | By Asian Legal Resource Centre | Tags: Asian Legal Resource Centre, Crackdown, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Mining | Read more >>
Executive Summary This report was prepared by Lawyers Network, an independent association of leading lawyers throughout Myanmar, and Justice Trust, an international group that supports national efforts to advance rule of law and human rights. It concerns recent controversies at a Letpadaung copper mine, a joint venture between Wanbao Mining, a subsidiary of North China […]February 14, 2013 | By Lawyers Network and Justice Trust | Tags: Crackdown, Human Rights, Justice Trust, Lawyers Network, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Monks | Read more >>
Beginning of the “5-day long peaceful sit-in-protest cum photo exhibition at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi” today, over 40 Burmese activists in India condemn the Burmese government’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters who demanded the suspension of Letpadaung copper mine near Monywa, Sagaing Region in Burma last month […]December 17, 2012 | By Burmese Pro-democracy Groups in India | Tags: Burmese pro-democracy movement in India, Crackdown, India, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Monywa, Protest | Read more >>
When US President Barack Obama travelled to Burma last month, in his speech at the University of Rangoon, he spoke about the need for freedom of expression and said that the “United States of America is with [the people of Burma].” Please join us in calling on President Obama to live up to his words and demand the Burma government to release all political prisoners, including those arrested for protesting against the Letpadaung copper mine in Monywa, northern Burma.
Two weeks after Obama’s trip to Burma, we witnessed the most brutal crackdown on freedom of expression since President Thein Sein took office. In the early morning of 29 November, riot police raided peaceful protest camps near the Letpadaung copper mine, firing water cannons, tear gas and incendiary devices into the camps. More than 60 monks were injured, many with 3rd degree burns. Police also arrested 8 activists in Rangoon who organized protests against the mine and the crackdown, as well as Ashin Gambira, a monk leader of the 2007 Saffron Revolution. They are all currently being held in Insein Prison […]
A series of both improvements and setbacks highlighted an eventful month in Burma. While advancements in international recognition made worldwide news, human rights violations persisted with far less global interest. News coverage focused on a historic visit from President Obama, and paid little attention to issues such as the government’s violation of freedom of assembly. Even as Burma stood on the world stage, the government continued a merciless crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Among the cases of human rights violations in Burma throughout November, the blatant and unwarranted abuse of landowners and other civilians over the peaceful protest of the Letpadaung copper mine stands out as a particularly egregious offense. Since the government seized 7,800 acres of private land for the copper mine, the Burmese people have continued to exercise their right to assemble but have been met with unprovoked force […]
The KNU reaffirms deeply its appreciation of effort by current Burma (Myanmar) government and its processes for securing ceasefire and peace with the armed ethnic organizations.
The violent suppression by Myanmar authorities of the ongoing people’s movement relating to Letpadaung Taung Copper Mining Project should never have happened […]December 4, 2012 | By Karen National Union | Tags: Crackdown, IDPs, Kachin State, Karen National Union, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Monywa, National Reconciliation, Peace | Read more >>
Thein Sein’s government has revealed its true colors with the surprisingly reckless and bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters in Monywa, Sagaing Region. The crackdown on the protest camps came at 3am, without any chance for the protesters to withdraw. It was an ambush and an old tactic that characterizes the old military regime that the world has been trying to believe has reformed.
The Letpadaung copper project near Monywa – the largest copper mine in Burma – is a joint venture between military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., and Wan Bao, a unit of the weapons manufacturer China North Industries Corp. The project has been facing a growing objection since August by the local communities in the Letpadaung area who say the project has confiscated as many as 7,800 acres of land, forcing them out of their villages and ruining the environment.
Riot police aggressively dispersed protesters using water cannons, tear gas and, according to protesters, incendiary devices that set the camps on flames leaving at least 50 people injured by the fire. Many of those who were severely wounded were Buddhist monks […]December 3, 2012 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Arrest, Burma Partnership, Crackdown, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Mining, Monks, Monywa, President Thein Sein, Protest | Read more >>
A hundred Burmese in India hold a demonstration in New Delhi today condemning the Burmese government’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters who demanded the suspension of Letpadaung copper mine near Monywa, Sagaing Region in Burma […]December 1, 2012 | By Burma Centre Delhi | Tags: Burma Centre Delhi, Crackdown, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Monywa, Protest | Read more >>
Incident Tests Government’s Claim to Respect Peaceful Assembly
The government of Burma should promptly and impartially investigate alleged excessive force by local authorities against peaceful anti-copper mine protesters, Human Rights Watch said today […]December 1, 2012 | By Human Rights Watch | Tags: Crackdown, Human Rights Watch, Investigation, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Monywa, Protest | Read more >>