I conclude my third official visit to the country as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar as the country is coming to grips with the scale of destruction and loss of human life caused by the floods. I conveyed my deepest sympathies and profound sadness to all those I met during the mission and wish to renew those sentiments publicly now and particularly to the families of the victims and all those who have been affected by this disaster […]August 7, 2015 • By Yanghee Lee • Tags: Article 18, Article 505 (b), ASEAN, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Myanmar Peace Center, Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, Political Prisoners, Protection of Race and Religion, Rakhine State, Rohingya, The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Yanghee Lee • Read more ➤
The release of at least 11 prisoners of conscience in a mass prisoner amnesty in Myanmar today is a step in the right direction, but authorities must immediately clear the country’s jails of the scores of peaceful activists who still remain behind bars, Amnesty International said […]July 30, 2015 • By Amnesty International • Tags: Amnesty International, ASEAN, Freedom of Expression, Political Prisoners, Rohingya • Read more ➤
Burma Partnership and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released the joint report, “How to Defend the Defenders? A Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Burma and Appropriate Protection Mechanisms” on 25 July 2015. The report highlights the key threats that human rights defenders (HRDs) in Burma face, including oppressive legislation, a corrupt judiciary, violence and a lack of protection, as well as providing policy recommendations to relevant actors. The report points to a picture of a deteriorating human rights situation, in which the authorities are often the main perpetrators or are at least complicit in targeting, oppressing, stifling, controlling and silencing HRDs and the valuable work they carry out.
One of the key tools of repression used by the government, the report highlighted, was the use of Section 18 of the Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act (the Assembly Law), among other pieces of legislation. As stated by Bo Kyi, Joint Secretary of AAPP, “The Assembly Law continues to be used extensively by the authorities as a tool to imprison and silence HRDs… the legal system is being used to develop and implement oppressive laws, a practice that signifies the real need for legislative and judicial reform in Burma.” […]July 29, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Burma Partnership, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights • Read more ➤
Burma Campaign UK today urged the High Representative of the European External Action Service, Federica Mogherini, to take action to free Rohingya community leaders, Ba Thar, Kyaw Khin, Kyaw Myint and Hla Myint, and to pressure the military-backed government in Burma to reform the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee […]July 20, 2015 • By Burma Campaign UK • Tags: ASEAN, Burma Campaign UK, Ethnic Nationalities, Freedom of Expression, Rohingya • Read more ➤
A Burmese Muslim activist, Zaw Zaw Latt, who has been working tirelessly for interfaith peace building in Burma, has been arrested.
Zaw Zaw Latt was arrested at 8 pm, on 14th July in Chan Aye Thar Zan Township, Mandalay. He was arrested in a café by police officer U Soe Naing, who arrested him without an arrest warrant. Zaw Zaw Latt is charged under section 17/1 of the penal code for unlawful association with a blacklisted organisation […]July 17, 2015 • By Burma Muslim Association • Tags: Burma Muslim Association, Ethnic Nationalities, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Violations • Read more ➤
One year after five media workers from the Unity newspaper were given long jail sentences and five media workers from the Bi-Midday Sun newspaper were detained – later sentenced and jailed – solely for their peaceful journalistic activities, Amnesty International calls on the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release them and all other prisoners of conscience in the country […]July 10, 2015 • By Amnesty International • Tags: Amnesty International, Article 19, Article 499, Article 500, Article 505 (b), ASEAN, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Media Law, Universal Declaration of Human Rights • Read more ➤
The Karen Women’s Organization (“KWO”) and Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (“KWEG”) call for the immediate and unconditional release of Naw Ohn Hla, imprisoned in Burma for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and opinion […]June 30, 2015 • By Karen Women's Organisation and Karen Women's Empowerment Group • Tags: Crimes against humanity, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Violation, Karen Women's Empowerment Group, Karen Women's Organisation, Political Prisoners • Read more ➤
Human rights watchdog, Freedom House issued a statement condemning the contempt of court charges filed against 17 journalists in Burma. Freedom House said in their statement that the contempt of court charges filed against the 17 journalists was an indicator of the lack of press freedom in Burma […]June 29, 2015 • By Karen News • Tags: Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Violation, Journalists, Karen News, press freedom • Read more ➤
Myanmar’s media landscape has seen a radical change since the country embarked on a series of important political, economic and social reforms, announced by President Thein Sein in March 2011. The lifting of pre-publication censorship, the release of imprisoned journalists and greater space for freedom of expression have seen the development of an increasingly vibrant and diverse media. These media reforms have been lauded by many in the international community, who are keen to point to increased media freedoms as one of the hallmarks – and successes – of Myanmar’s reform process […]June 16, 2015 • By Amnesty International • Tags: Amnesty International, ASEAN, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Human Rights Violations, Journalists, Media Freedom, President Thein Sein • Read more ➤
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is concerned at reports that Htin Lin Oo, the former information officer of the National League for Democracy (NLD), has been handed a two-year prison sentence following his conviction on charges of insulting religion […]June 5, 2015 • By Christian Solidarity Worldwide • Tags: ASEAN, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Religious Freedom • Read more ➤