(28 May 2015) The Burma Government should treat the underlying structural causes of the recent outbreak of protests in Burma rather than using violence against demonstrators, Burma Partnership said in a new briefing paper released today […]May 28, 2015 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Burma Partnership, Freedom of Assembly, National Education Law, Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, Peaceful Protest, Protest | Read more >>
Facilitated by the proliferation of social media as an agent for social and political change over the last five years, mass organized protests have simmered and erupted across the globe. From the 2011 “Arab Spring” in the Middle East and North Africa, to the Occupy Movement in Western cities, from the 2013 Maidan Square Revolution in Ukraine, to the recent Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, from stifled democracy movements in Iran, Russia and Cambodia, to austerity protests in southern Europe and the 2014 race protests in Ferguson, Missouri, United States, mass protests have been a defining feature of the decade thus far. Neither is Burma a stranger to mass public protests, especially given its history of the pro-democracy student uprising in 1988 and the monk-led Saffron Revolution in 2007. While it is still premature to claim that 2015 has been another key protest year in Burma, on a par with 1988 and 2007, protests have nevertheless dominated the headlines so far this year […]May 28, 2015 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Freedom of Assembly, Letpadan, Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, Peaceful Protest, Protest | Read more >>
Villagers shouted slogans, such as “No Aunden coal plant”, “Dismiss the Aunden coal power plant!”, “We don’t want Toyo-Thai Company!”, and “We don’t want coal plant in our area!” while marching through the town of Ye. […]December 14, 2014 | Tags: Democratic Voice of Burma, Japan, Ministry of Electric Power, Mon State, Peaceful Protest, Protest, Thai | 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 >>
Four hundred students held a march through Rangoon on Friday, begining at the central railway station and culminating in a sit-in demonstration outside the town hall. The protest continued until evening and coincided with US President Obama’s visit to the former capital.
The protest was staged in opposition to the National Education Law, signed into effect by President Thein Sein on 30 September. […]November 14, 2014 | Tags: All Burma Federation of Student Unions, Committee for Democratic Education Movement, National Education Bill, Peaceful Assembly, President Thein Sein, Protest, students | Read more >>
The Myanmar authorities must ensure a comprehensive, independent, impartial and effective investigation into the death of journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, aka Par Gyi, who was reportedly killed while in the custody of the Myanmar Army in Mon State, Eastern Myanmar, earlier this month. Failure to adequately ? and transparently ? investigate such serious allegations and hold perpetrators to account would further entrench impunity in the country, and have a chilling effect on other journalists […]October 30, 2014 | By Amnesty International | Tags: Amnesty International, Burma Army, Extrajudicial Killing, Human Rights Violations, Journalists, Klohtoobaw Karen Organization, Ko Par Gyi aka Aung Kyaw Naing, Peaceful Assembly, Protest, Torture, United Nations | Read more >>
MANDALAY — Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and laypeople marched through downtown Mandalay on Thursday afternoon to demand that the government take action on a set of highly controversial and currently stagnant interfaith bills.
Organized by the upper Burma chapter of the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, locally referred to as the Ma Ba Tha, the rally was joined by sympathizers from several nearby townships including Sagaing, Myingyun and Mandalay’s immediate surrounds […]October 30, 2014 | Tags: Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, Buddhism, Burma Government, Interfaith Bills, Ma Ba Tha, Mandalay, Monks, Protest, The Irrawaddy, U Wirathu | Read more >>
“My husband died from drug addiction and it left me scared, angry and inconsolable,” said one protestor. “I get very upset seeing young people whose lives are dictated by their drug habit – it brings tears to my eyes […]October 29, 2014 | Tags: Burma Government, Democratic Voice of Burma, Drugs, National League for Democracy, Peaceful Assembly, President Thein Sein, Protest, Sagaing Region | Read more >>
Around 30 Burmese nationals, most of them are Arakanese , staged a demonstration in front of Thai Consulate in New York on Friday demanding justice to two Arakanese migrant workers, who were detained in Thailand in a murder case there, said Ko Khaing Ba Khine, one of the organizers of the event in America.
The demonstrators, who assembled in front of the Consulate General of Thailand for two hours beginning on 2 pm, urged the Thai government in Bangkok to scrutinize the case fairly, where the two Arakanese youths have been accused of murdering two British citizens namely David Miller (25 years old) and Hannah Witheridge (23) […]October 20, 2014 | Tags: Arakan National Party, Arakan/Rakhine, Justice, Migrant Workers, Murder, Narinjara News, Naypyidaw, Protest, Royal Thai Government, United Kingdom, United States | Read more >>
Protestors from Michaungkan began a hunger strike at Maha Bandula Park on Wednesday calling for the release of Sein Than, a community leader from the eastern Rangoon village who was arrested and jailed for staging an unauthorised protest in July.
The protestors have occupied the site in central Rangoon for seven months, demanding the return of seized lands […]October 10, 2014 | Tags: Arrest, Burma Government, Democratic Voice of Burma, Land Confiscation, Michaungkan, President Thein Sein, Protest | Read more >>