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Posts Tagged ‘Karen State’ (107 found)

Elections for Ethnic Equality? A Snapshot of Ethnic Perspectives on the 2015 Elections

Election for Ethnic Equality In the context of the 2015 elections, the report “Elections for Ethnic Equality? A Snapshot of Ethnic Perspectives on the 2015 Elections” aims to provide a summary of what these elections mean and how the elections are perceived in ethnic nationality areas of Burma. Given that up to 40% of the population of Burma are not ethnically Burman, it is vital to present the perspectives and attitudes, as well as the political situation, in these ethnic areas in the run up to this much anticipated event […]

October 9, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Institutional and Structural Governance Reforms Must Go Hand-in-hand With the 2015 Elections to Achieve Ethnic Equality

[Rangoon – 9 October 2015] As Burma prepares for the much anticipated 2015 elections, what must not be forgotten is the much needed fundamental, structural and institutional reforms of governance to address the concerns, and political aspirations of ethnic communities, Burma Partnership said in a report released today[…]

October 9, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

The Exploitation of Conflict in Burma’s 2015 General Elections

Burma-Election-The Union Election Commission (UEC) has declared 102 villages in Karen State to be too dangerous for polling to take place, which will prevent nearly 10,000 citizens in Burma from voting during the 8 November, 2015 General Elections. The announcement comes amid a number of similar voting cancellations and interference during the last few months […]

October 6, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

The Burma Army Must Respect a “Free and Fair” Election

Military representative members of Myanmar's Parliament register as they attend a Parliament meeting at Lower House of Parliament in NaypyitawA request from the Burma Army to issue army personnel as polling station officers across 15 polling stations within military compounds in Zeyathiri Township has been denied by an election sub-commission in Naypyidaw. The demand from the Burma Army cites security concerns as a primary reason for involvement in the polling stations, though sub-commission officials are well aware that this will raise concerns amongst election observers. According to Burma’s Election Law, polling station officers are to be appointed from positions within the civil service, such as from the education ministry […]

September 29, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Human rights violations by Second Lieutenant Tha Beh of BGF Battalion #1014 in Hpapun District, between 2012 and 2015

This News Bulletin describes forced labour, violent abuse, threats, arbitrary taxation and demands, and fighting committed by Second Lieutenant Tha Beh of Border Guard Force (BGF) Battalion #1014 between 2012 and 2015. Second Lieutenant Tha Beh has committed numerous human rights violations in the regions under his influence, such as A—, B—, and C— areas, in Pa Zwun Myaung village tract, Bu Tho Township, Hpapun District. On January 13th 2014, Second Lieutenant Tha Beh violently abused a villager from G— village, Bu Tho Township for logging without paying him a tax, resulting in the villager’s arm being broken. Second Lieutenant Tha Beh also fined the villager 300,000 kyat (US $257.07) after the abuse […]

September 7, 2015  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Fighting between Tatmadaw and DKBA soldiers along the Asian Highway displaces villagers in Dooplaya District, July 2015

This News Bulletin describes the displacement of villagers in Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District as a result of fighting that took place during July 2015 between Tatmadaw and Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) soldiers over control of a recently completed section of the Asian Highway […]

September 3, 2015  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

More Clashes, More Talks, No Protection

clashes-Shan-KachinAs talks over the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) continue, with another meeting planned for later this month, the Burma Army continues to attack various ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) in Kachin, Palaung, Shan and Karen areas, casting doubt on the dominant narrative of optimism that surrounds the NCA. Meanwhile, as has always been the case, it is civilians and local communities who are bearing the brunt of the war, with their protection glaringly absent in the ceasefire discourse […]

August 31, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

FBR’s relationship with the Burma Government and an Assessment of the Current Situation in Burma

The situation in Burma is changing, in some case for the better and in others for the worse. In the midst of this FBR continues its mission of giving help, hope and love and putting a light on the situation. In areas where there have been improvements, such as parts of Karen State, some of […]

August 28, 2015  •  By Free Burma Rangers  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma: Land Rights Activists Are Newest Political Prisoners

(Bangkok) – Burmese authorities should immediately stop using abusive laws on association and expression to halt the activities of land rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The recent arbitrary arrest of a prominent land rights advocate in Karen State exemplifies the government’s persecution of vocal opponents of land grabs by officials and their business associates […]

August 15, 2015  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Mon and Karen State Residents Fear Increased Flood Risk from Salween Dams

The Save the Salween Network is holding a press conference today in Moulmein, the Mon State capital, to raise concerns about downstream impacts of the planned Salween dams, including the increased risk of flooding […]

August 12, 2015  •  By Save the Salween Network  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤