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Posts Tagged ‘Physicians for Human Rights’ (24 found)

Physicians for Human Rights: Kachin Conflict in Burma Enters Fifth Year

This week’s four-year anniversary of the breakdown of a ceasefire between the Kachin Independent Army and the Burmese Army, which had previously held for nearly two decades, renews attention on violence against ethnic minorities in Burma. The end to the ceasefire was the beginning of yet another onslaught of government-initiated human rights violations against Kachin, Shan, and Ta-ang civilians in northern Burma, violations that persist to this day. While attention has recently been focused on the plight of the Muslim Rohingya, who are fleeing the country to escape persecution, other groups have also been victims of war crimes and other human rights abuses over the past four years […]

June 9, 2015  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Father of Slain School-Girl

(Bangkok, December 18, 2014)— Authorities in Myanmar should drop criminal charges against human rights defender Shayam Brang Shawng, said Fortify Rights and five leading international human rights organizations in an open letter to President Thein Sein published today. Brang Shawng, 49, faces two or more years in prison for filing a complaint with the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) that alleged the Myanmar Army was responsible for the death of his 14-year-old ethnic-Kachin daughter, Ja Seng Ing […]

December 18, 2014  •  By Fortify Rights  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Open Letter: To President Thein Sein

December 08, 2014 President Thein Sein President’s Office Nay Pyi Taw Republic of the Union of Myanmar Re: Prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng Dear President Thein Sein, We write to you to express our concerns about the criminal prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng (hereinafter Brang Shawng), an ethnic Kachin resident of Sut Ngai Yang village, […]

December 8, 2014  •  By Amnesty International and Fortify Rights and Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Watch and International Commission of Jurists and Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

A Foreseeable Disaster in Burma: Forced Displacement in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone

PHR reportExecutive Summary

Recent liberalization of some governmental policies in Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar) has led to the lifting of a number of bilateral sanctions and increases in foreign aid and investment. Both governments and corporations are entering into partnerships with Burmese companies to undertake major development projects, including building special economic zones (SEZ), developing hydroelectric dams, signing concession agreements for mining operations, and building pipelines. Despite their potential to create opportunities for economic advancement, such development projects are causing widespread forced displacement throughout the country, undermining the human rights of the people living in affected areas.

Forced displacement threatens people on every continent. Environmental degradation, conflict, the race for scarce resources, development projects, and land grabs have caused a significant number of these illegal displacements. People living in marginalized communities, including ethnic minorities and indigenous groups, are particularly vulnerable to forced displacement. […]

November 13, 2014  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Forced Displacement Leaves Burmese Families Living in Substandard Conditions, with Higher Rates of Hunger and Sickness

The Burmese government violated international standards when forcibly displacing families from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by threatening many residents with court appearances and imprisonment, giving them inadequate compensation for land lost, and failing to provide training or other means of income to those who lost their jobs, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). […]

November 13, 2014  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

President Obama’s Burma Visit Offers Opportunity to Push for Improvement on Human Rights

NEW YORK – During his trip to Burma this week, President Obama should demand progress on a range of human rights issues, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today […]

November 10, 2014  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Resolution to End Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma Introduced

U.S. Government and International Community Must Help Stop Discrimination and Violence Against Rohingya and other Minority Groups

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomed the introduction of a resolution that aims to end discrimination against the Rohingya, a minority group in Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar) that is one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic groups […]

November 19, 2013  •  By Physicians for Human Rights and Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

PHR Documents Systematic Patterns of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma

New Report Shows Government’s Failure to Protect Muslims From Widespread Attacks

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released a report documenting the recent wave of violence against Muslims throughout Burma, whose government has created a culture of impunity for the violators and has failed to protect the Muslim minority.

The report details a number of serious human rights violations that have taken place over the last two years, which have resulted in the displacement of nearly 250,000 people and the destruction of more than 10,000 homes, scores of mosques, and a dozen monasteries […]

August 20, 2013  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Patterns of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma: A Call for Accountability and Prevention

Burma-Violence-Report-August-2013 CoverIn this report, PHR documents how persecution of and violence against the Rohingya in Burma has spread to other Muslim communities throughout the country. PHR conducted eight separate investigations in Burma and the surrounding region between 2004 and 2013. PHR’s most recent field research in early 2013 indicates a need for renewed attention to violence against minorities and impunity for such crimes […]

August 20, 2013  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Massacre in Central Burma Muslim Students Terrorized and Killed in Meiktila

This report details the results of a PHR investigation into the March 20 and 21, 2013, attacks on Muslim students, teachers, and residents in the Mingalar Zayyone quarter of Meiktila, a small town in central Burma. A two-person team from PHR conducted 33 interviews about the attacks, which resulted in the deaths of at least 20 children and four teachers […]

May 20, 2013  •  By Physicians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤