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2015 Burma Elections (67 found)

Burma’s Challenge: Democracy, Human Rights, Peace, and the Plight of the Rohingya

Chairman Salmon, Ranking Member Sherman, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to testify on the important issues of democracy, the protection of human rights, and forging sustainable peace in Burma […]

October 21, 2015  •  By Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs  •  Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

For a “Free and Fair” Election, Freedom of Expression Must be Upheld

MDY-Students-SentencedOn 14 October 2015, plainclothes police arrested Patrick Khum Jaa Lee on the grounds that he had shared a photo on Facebook that was deemed to be insulting to the Burma Army Chief, Min Aung Hlaing. A similar incident occurred earlier last week, in which 25-year-old Chaw Sandi Htun was arrested and charged under Article 500 of the Criminal Procedure Code for defamation along with the 2004 Electronic Transactions Law for using Facebook to compare the new colour of the Burma Army uniforms to that of Aung San Suu Kyi’s htamein (A traditional sarong worn by women in Burma) […]

October 20, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

CSOs Forum Statement on Upcoming Multi-party General Elections

Myanmar will hold general elections on November 8, 2015, the first multi-party elections in 25 years since the result of 1990 general elections, held after the 8.8.88 democracy uprising, was rejected […]

October 18, 2015  •  By Civil Society Organizations Forum  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Human Rights Watch: Activists Charged for Mocking Military Online

(New York) – Burmese authorities should immediately release two people arrested this week for posting images on social media mocking the military, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests took place in the run-up to the November 8, 2015 elections, with the military firmly in charge behind the scenes […]

October 17, 2015  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Ethnic Aspirations Not Exclusively Tied to the 2015 Elections

Election for Ethnic Equality CoverOn Friday 9 October, 2015, Burma Partnership released the report Elections for Ethnic Equality? A Snapshot of Ethnic Perspectives on the 2015 Elections at the Royal Rose Restaurant, Rangoon. The report highlights the need for institutional and structural reforms of governance to be implemented that reduce the power of the Burma Army and devolve power to Region and State Parliaments as a priority for ethnic communities. Otherwise, elections will not be able to make substantive changes to the communities’ lives […]

October 13, 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 ➤

Burma’s 2015 Elections: No Place for Ignorance, Discrimination, or the Ma Ba Tha

Ma Ba ThaOn 15 September 2015, the foreign embassies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America issued a joint statement calling on the Burma Government to ensure transparency in the 2015 elections. The focus of their announcement highlighted a growing concern amongst observers of Burma’s transition towards democracy, “As the campaign in Myanmar officially begins, however, we, as international partners invested in the success of this country and these elections, are concerned about the prospect of religion being used as a tool of division and conflict during the campaign season […]”

September 22, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

2015 Elections Highlight Longstanding Gender Imbalance

The Union Election Commission has announced that of the 6,189 candidates that registered for the 2015 elections on 8 November, only 800 are women […]

September 15, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

The UEC Must Review Discriminatory Candidate Rejections

2015 election campaign in BurmaOn 20 August, the Union Election Commission (UEC) announced the preliminary candidate lists for the upcoming 8 November General Election. So far, 5,866 candidates have been nominated from 93 political parties across the country, with both the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the National League for Democracy (NLD) each fielding over 1,000 candidates […]

September 8, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤