The US Special Envoy for Human Rights in Burma, US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski and his accompanying delegation, completed the second trip of this kind, highlighting the plethora of grave human rights concerns that continue to plague the people of Burma. On the same day, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, also gave a stark analysis of progress in human rights.
The two day, US-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue visit included meetings with Union ministers in a closed door arrangement in Naypyidaw as well as meetings with civil society in Rangoon and Myitkyina, the capital of war-torn Kachin State. The 10-day trip of Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee also included meetings with various government and civil society representatives, as well as visits to the site of the Letpadaung Copper Mine, Insein Prison, Arakan State, and Lashio, northern Shan State.January 19, 2015 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Arakan State, Burma Army, Burma Partership, Coordination Committee for Civil Society Organizations Forum, Geneva Conventions, Insein Prison, Kachin Development Network Group, Kachin Independence, Kachin State, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Myitkyina, Northern Shan State, Special Rapporteur, Tom Malinowski, US Special Envoy for Human Rights in Burma, US-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue, Yanghee Lee | Read more >>
The ongoing dispute between local villagers and the Burma Government and Wanbao, a Chinese mining company, over land grabs and environmental damage continues to rumble on as police shot dead Daw Khin Win as she was demonstrating against the controversial Letpadaung mining project in Sagaing Region. Meanwhile, the police continue to arrest and detain activists who speak out against such violence on politically motivated charges, underlining the dire need for legal and judicial reform and the complete lack of the rule of law in Burma […]January 12, 2015 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Arbitrary Detention, Burma Army, Burma Government, Burma Partnership, Chinese, Judiciary, Khin Win, Legal Reform, Letpadaung Copper Mine, National Reconciliation, Norico, Sagaing Region, Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., Wanbao Mining Ltd. | Read more >>
The civil societies from Myanmar strongly condemn current events arising in the Latpataung conflict and express concern that this hinders implementation of the EITI mechanism in Myanmar […]December 24, 2014 | By Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability | Tags: Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability | Read more >>
One villager was injured by rubber bullets while another was injured by a slingshot after protests broke out on Laikkhun Hill. Police were attempting to fence-off the land when they were confronted by locals who have refused compensation as part of government land seizures. […]December 14, 2014 | Tags: Burma Government, China, Democratic Voice of Burma, Land Confiscation, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Protest | Read more >>
Two years after police used incendiary weapons against monks and villagers protesting a mining project in central Myanmar, no one has been held accountable, Amnesty International said ahead of the anniversary of the attack. […]November 27, 2014 | By Amnesty International | Tags: Amnesty International, Displacement, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Human Rights Violations, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Monks, Peaceful Protest, Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited, Wanbao Mining Ltd. | Read more >>
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Burma […]October 9, 2014 | By Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders | Tags: All Burma Federation of Student Unions, Arbitrary Detention, China, Human Rights, International Federation for Human Rights, Letpadaung Copper Mine, National League for Democracy, Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, Phyu Hnin Htwe, Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., World Organisation Against Torture | Read more >>
On 13 September 2014, police arrested female human rights defender (HRD) Phyu Hnin Htwe at her house in Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region, and sent her to Monywa Prison, Sagaing Region, where she is currently being detained. Phyu Hnin Htwe is a second-year Burmese student at Mandalay’s Yadanabon University, and is also an activist and member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU). She has helped farmers who have been forcibly evicted to make way for the infamous Chinese-backed Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Region, going to the Letpadaung area at weekends and supporting displaced farmers.
Her arrest ostensibly relates to a murky incident that took place on 18 May of this year. Two Chinese workers – employees of Wanbao company, the main company involved in the joint venture – were seized from the Letpadaung area, taken to a monastery in Hsete Village, and held there for about 30 hours. The incident followed efforts by Wanbao employees to restart measuring plots of land for which compensation had not even been provided, in spite of villagers’ protests, thereby provoking their anger.
As a result, Phyu Hnin Htwe and six villagers were charged with kidnapping and abduction under Articles 364 and 368 of the Penal Code, which prescribe sentences of up to ten years’ imprisonment. While the case against five of the villagers was quickly dropped, charges still remain against Phyu Hnin Htwe and local villager Win Kyaw, neither of whom attended court in May […]September 23, 2014 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: All Burma Federation of Student Unions, Arrest, Burma Government, China, Human Rights, Human Rights Defenders, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Day of Peace, Letpadaung Copper Mine, National Education Bill, Peaceful Assembly, Phyu Hnin Htwe, Protest, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Women's League of Burma, Women’s Organizations Network (Myanmar) | Read more >>
Hundreds of villagers in northern Myanmar, also known as Burma, have staged protests to demand the release of a student activist who was involved in the brief abduction of two workers at a Chinese copper mine this year.
A monk in the Letpadaung area tells VOA that 500 to 600 locals staged peaceful protests in several villages Monday seeking the release of Phyu Hnin Htway, who was detained Saturday […]September 15, 2014 | Tags: China, Environment, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Military Regime, Protest, students | Read more >>
On 3 December 2013, Mr Tin Htut Pai was arrested for his involvement in commemorating the one-year anniversary of the protests against the Letpadaung mining project. Tin Htut Pai is currently detained at Insein prison, where he is able to meet his family members but has not been permitted to see his lawyer […]December 6, 2013 | By Front Line Defenders | Tags: Arrest, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Defenders, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Protest, Tin Htut Paing | Read more >>
Human rights defender, Ms Naw Ohn Hla, is facing thirty-three additional charges in relation to her work protecting land rights in Burma. In August 2013, she was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for disturbing public tranquillity. Naw Ohn Hla is being held in Mandalay prison […]November 5, 2013 | By Front Line Defenders | Tags: Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Defenders, Land Confiscation, Letpadaung Copper Mine, Naw Ohn Hla | Read more >>