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Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Expression’

Myanmar Parliament Passes Dual Media Laws

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has welcomed the passing of the country’s first press laws, but has also described elements of the two new laws as unnecessarily controlling. The IFJ also calls on the Thein Sein government to continue its dialogue with journalists if it is determined to develop a free and robust media […]

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

Public Consultation Meeting on Article 18 of Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Procession Law

A public consultation meeting on Article 18 of Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Procession Law was held on 6 November 2013 at the office of 88 Generation Peace and Open Society in Thingangyun Township, Yangon. The forum was attended by various types of civil society organizations including Human Rights and political activist [...]

November 6, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

ပံုႏွိပ္ျခင္းႏွင့္ ထုတ္ေ၀ျခင္း လုပ္ငန္း ဥပေဒၾကမ္းအား BNI ကန္႔ကြက္

ျပည္သူ႔လႊတ္ေတာ္က ဇူလိုင္လ ၄ ရက္ေန႔က အတည္ျပဳလိုက္သည့္ ပံုႏွိပ္ျခင္းႏွင့္ ထုတ္ေ၀ျခင္း လုပ္ငန္း ဥပေဒၾကမ္းကို တိုင္းရင္းသားမီဒီယာ အမ်ားစု ပါ၀င္ဖြဲ႕စည္း ထားသည့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျမန္မာ့သတင္း (Burma News International- BNI) က ကန္႔ကြက္လိုက္ပါသည္။ “ဒီဥပေဒဟာ အစိုးရရဲ႕၀န္ၾကီးဌာန ျဖစ္တဲ့ ျပန္ၾကားေရး ၀န္ၾကီးဌာနကို သတင္းဌာနေတြရဲ႕ မွတ္ပံုုတင္ခြင့္ကို ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ခြင့္ေပးလိုက္တာ ျဖစ္တယ္” ဟု ဘီအဲန္အိုင္ အဖြဲ႔ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးေရး အရာရွိ နန္းေဖာ့ေဂ က ေျပာသည္ [...]

July 9, 2013 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Burma: Telecom Winners Should Safeguard Users

Burma’s new telecom license winners should make a public commitment to strong human rights policies and broad transparency measures, Human Rights Watch said. Firms should say how they plan to protect users from illegal surveillance and censorship, given the current lack of legal human rights protections [...]

June 27, 2013 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Arrest Warrants Issued Against Human Rights Defenders Messrs Moe Thway, Wai Lu and Wai Hmuu Thwin

On 20 June 2013, human rights defenders Messrs Moe Thway, Wai Lu and Wai Hmuu Thwin published a statement regarding the arrest warrants issued against them on 13 June 2013 by Monywa Court under section 505 (b) of the Penal Code, “offences against the state or against public tranquillity” [...]

June 20, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , | Read more >>

Statement on Arrest Warrants for Speaking Out about Letpadaung Emergency Law

3 HRD Briefing PC 20 June 2013We would like to explain what is happening to us, Moe Thway (Generation Wave), Wai Lu and Wai Hmuu Thwin (Yangon People Service Network), in these days.

On 13 June 2013, Monywa court issued warrants to arrest the three of us under section 505(b) of the Penal Code. Lieutenant Khin Zaw Latt from Monywa Police Station 1 said he requested Monywa court to charge us with section 505(b) because of our comments about the Letpadaung copper mine case [...]

June 20, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Human Rights Defenders Under Attack in Burma’s Democratic Transition

Warning to be shot in Letpadaung April 2013 © Han Win AungThis week, seven protesters were jailed, four villagers arrested and two social activists detained for protesting against the relocation of local communities in different areas of Burma. These events all took place in a broader context of judicial harassment and arrest of activists, especially those supporting farmers against land confiscation.

On 12 June, seven protesters were jailed, including three for one year and three months, for demonstrating without permission. The case started in August 2012 when U Sein Aung, U Aye Thein and U Win Swe Myint were arrested without warrant after staging a peaceful demonstration against streets vendors’ relocation in Mandalay. The three were charged under article 505 (b) of the Penal Code and Section 18 of the Peaceful Demonstration and Gathering Act. They were denied bail and spent 177 days in prison including two days in solitary confinement.

Earlier this week, around 100 police officers entered Kan Bae village around Inle Lake and arrested four villagers without warrant. The arrests come after locals, whose lands were confiscated due to a hotel zoning project, plowed the lands seized by the hotel developers. Following the arrests, locals fled the village in fear of further police intervention [...]

June 17, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Open Letter to President U Thein Sein on the Arbitrary Arrest, Incommunicado Detention and Unfair Trial of Human Rights Defenders and Peaceful Protesters

Your Excellency,

Burma Partnership, a regional democracy and human rights advocacy network, and Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma, a political prisoner monitoring and advocacy group, along with the human rights organizations endorsing this letter, wish to draw your attention to the arbitrary arrest, prolonged incommunicado detention, and unfair trial of human rights defenders and peaceful protesters, most recently in Salingyi Township, Sagaing Region [...]

June 17, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma Falters, Backtracks on Press Freedom

CPJ burma2013 CoverThe media landscape in Burma is more open than ever, as President Thein Sein releases imprisoned journalists and abolishes the former censorship regime. But many threats and obstacles to truly unfettered reporting remain, including restrictive laws held over from the previous military regime. The wider government’s commitment to a more open reporting environment is in doubt [...]

June 13, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Advances and Challenges to Media Freedom in Burma

Press protest 24 Aug 2012 by Jpaing - IrrawaddyWorld Press Freedom Day was held on 3 May, marking an eventful year for media freedom and freedom of expression in Burma. There have been both advances towards increased freedoms, but also serious challenges.

Most notably, the government ended pre-publication censorship and the disbanded the censorship board, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD). Independent organizations such as the Myanmar Journalist Association, Myanmar Journalist Network and Myanmar Journalist Union, have been permitted to form in order to promote the rights and welfare of journalists, replacing the government affiliated Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association. The Ministry of Information and Communications granted permission for 16 privately owned journals to publish dailies for the first time in 50 years starting on 1 April, with an additional 10 journals granted permission at the end of April. Many exiled journalists have returned to Burma and foreign news agencies, such as Associated Press, NHK and Kyodo News, are opening offices in Rangoon.

Despite these positive steps, there remain many challenges to the freedom of expression of journalists and publications. One of the largest threats of repression is that the Printers and Publishers Registration Act (1962) and other restrictive laws remain on the books, providing legal grounds for the government to repress critical voices [...]

May 6, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>
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