The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has stated there are still thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees stranded at sea, half of whom have been confined to their boats for more than a month. Many of the refugees are facing severe food and water shortages, and rescuers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – including Sumatran fishermen who have taken it upon themselves to rescue refugees – have reported that a number of boat people are in grave condition. Meanwhile, on 24 May 2015, another mass grave containing hundreds of refugees was unearthed near one of the recently uncovered human trafficking camps in Malaysia. A number of the victims were found to be from Burma, demonstrating the desperation faced by thousands of refugees wishing to emigrate from the oppression faced back home.
Burma’s discriminatory treatment of the Rohingya continues to fuel the refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea. Over the past weekend, President Thein Sein approved the Population Control Health Care Bill, which enshrines into law the authority for state governments to determine birth-spacing guidelines in regions that are deemed to be facing high population growth, thus potentially acting as a tool for religious and ethnic discrimination. This repressive and discriminatory bill, a component of the controversial Race & Religion Protec tion Laws, has been supported by an influential group of ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks, such as the notorious Wirathu. The group has long spearheaded the hate campaign against Burmese Muslims of which many analysts claim is politically motivated by elements within the state apparatus.May 25, 2015 • By Burma Partnership • Tags: ASEAN, Human Trafficking, Population Control Healthcare Bill, Refugee, Rohingya, Trafficking, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon • Read more ➤
Thirty seven international humanitarian aid and advocacy organisations have written today to the United Nations Secretary-General, urging him to give his “personal attention” to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) and to take “a personal lead” in negotiating for humanitarian access to all areas of Rakhine State […]May 20, 2015 • By 37 Civil Society Organizations • Tags: 37 Civil Society Organizations, Arakan State, Internally Displaced People, Rakhine, Rohingya, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon • Read more ➤
Burma Campaign UK has confirmed reports that two ethnic Kachin teachers were raped by Burmese Army soldiers overnight on 19th/20th January.
Burma Campaign UK is calling on the British government to implement provisions in its Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and dispatch a team of experts to Burma to investigate the case. Burma Campaign UK is also calling on the British government to halt its training of the Burmese Army, which is currently taking place […]January 20, 2015 • By Burma Campaign UK • Tags: Burma Army, Burma Campaign UK, Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Kachin, Kachin Baptist Convention, Kachin State, Northern Shan State, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon • Read more ➤
Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK welcomes the debate on the Rohingya held in the British Parliament on Wednesday 14th January. We are disappointed however, by the response of Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP, who failed to accept that his approach has failed to influence the Burmese government, and failed to announce any new initiatives to try to address the human rights and humanitarian crisis faced by the Rohingya in Burma […]January 12, 2015 • By Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK • Tags: 1982 Citizenship Law, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, Refugees, Rohingya, UK, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon • Read more ➤
Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK today called on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee to make violations of international law against the Rohingya the main focus when she visits Rakhine State, Burma.
Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK is also calling on Yanghee Lee to recommend that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon personally take the lead in negotiating international humanitarian access in Rakhine State […]January 7, 2015 • By Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK • Tags: Arakan State, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, IDPs, Special Rapporteur, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Yanghee Lee • Read more ➤
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, more than 2,000 campaign postcards are being delivered to the British Foreign Office calling on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to support the establishment of an international investigation into rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese Army. The postcards were signed by supporters of Burma Campaign UK. […]November 25, 2014 • By Burma Campaign UK • Tags: British Government, Burma Army, Burma Campaign UK, Burma Government, Sexual Violence, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Women, Women's League of Burma • Read more ➤
In January 2014, the Women’s League of Burma (WLB) published a report which demonstrated the systematic use of rape by the Burma Army as a strategy to subjugate communities across the country. We documented over a hundred cases of sexual violence in the years since President Thein Sein took office – a number which we believe grossly underestimates the true scale of the problem. Drawing on evidence gathered by our member organisations across Burma, we argued that there are clear links between militarisation, investment and human rights abuses. We also proposed a number of steps to uproot the culture of impunity which surrounds sexual violence, and prevents survivors from obtaining justice. Whilst recent months have seen positive action taken in several areas, the pillars which provide impunity for perpetrators of human rights abuses remain in place. In January, we called for constitutional reform to place the military under civilian control; the establishment of effective judicial and non-judicial mechanisms to investigate human rights abuses, particularly those relating to sexual violence, and; greater participation of women in the peace process dialogue. […]November 24, 2014 • By Women's League of Burma • Tags: Burma Army, Burma Government, CEDAW, Crimes against humanity, Ethnic Armed Organisations, Human Rights Violations, National Reconciliation, National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women, Peace Process, President Thein Sein, Sexual Violence, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Women, Women's League of Burma • Read more ➤
Myanmar has shown progress in areas of socio-economic development, national reconciliation and democratization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed today, while also warning that the Asian country still faced “critical hurdles” as it approached its impending elections […]September 26, 2014 • By United Nations • Tags: Arakan/Rakhine, Buddhism, Burma Government, Muslims, National Reconciliation, Peace Process, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations • Read more ➤
Burma Campaign UK today called on the government of Burma to immediately publish what concrete actions it will take, within a specific timeframe, to actually implement the ‘Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict’, which it has finally signed […]June 6, 2014 • By Burma Campaign UK • Tags: Burma Campaign UK, Child Soldiers, President Thein Sein, Sexual Violence, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations • Read more ➤
Dear President Obama,
Our organizations urge you to continue the national emergency with respect to Burma. Since May 20, 2013, the Burmese government has failed to substantively address any of the concerns that informed the renewal of Executive Order 13619 […]May 6, 2014 • By 29 Civil Society Organizations • Tags: Ethnic Nationalities, Government of Myanmar, Human Rights Violations, IDPs, Journalists, Kachin, North Korea, President Thein Sein, Rohingya, Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Union Solidarity and Development Party, US President Barack Obama • Read more ➤