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Can Burma’s Human Rights Commission Fight Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas?

RANGOON — The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) has said they are ready to address cases of sexual violence perpetrated by the Burma Army, but rights groups remain skeptical of the commission’s ability to achieve justice […]

March 8, 2016  •  By The Irrawaddy  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Questions for rights body as NLD prepares to take office

In what many have hailed as a new dawn in terms of respect for human rights in Myanmar with the coming to power of a National League for Democracy government, some activists are questioning how much, and how soon, anything is going to change […]

March 2, 2016  •  By Yola Verbruggen  •  Read more ➤

Clashes spread in Shan State

The two days of fighting in Kyaukme township follows earlier clashes to the northeast in Namkham township where some 550 villagers fled advancing forces of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), which has been fighting the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) sporadically over the past two months […]

February 12, 2016  •  By Myanmar Times  •  Read more ➤

Burma’s Peace Process Needs a Fresh Start

On Union Day, 69 years since the signing of the Panglong Agreement, it is time for a reappraisal and a new start to what has ultimately been an unsuccessful peace process. Key elements toward achieving a successful peace agreement have been missing throughout the past five years: inclusivity, trust, the meaningful and full participation of women, and—perhaps key to the whole process—political will from the Burma Army […]

February 12, 2016  •  By The Irrawaddy  •  Read more ➤

Human Rights Commission comes under fire over record

Last week, ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council session in March when Myanmar’s human rights record will be keenly scrutinised by member states, the commission was dealt a further blow when the international governing body of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) graded it with a “B” status […]

February 3, 2016  •  Read more ➤

One year on, still no justice for Burmese rape-murder victims

TODAY marks the one-year anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in Shan State by the Burma Army. On January 19, in Bangkok, Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) and Legal Aid Network (LAN) launched a new report detailing witness testimonies, mishandling of evidence by police, and barriers to justice for women in Burma […]

January 19, 2016  •  By Asian Correspondent Staff  •  Read more ➤

Why NMSP Not Attending Union Peace Conference

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) will not be attending the Union Peace Conference (UPC) currently happening in Nay Pyi Taw, according to NMSP Vice-Chairman Nai Hongsar […]

January 15, 2016  •  By Mon News Agency  •  Read more ➤

100+ CSOs Urge Reconsideration of Representation in Upcoming Peace Conference

More than 100 civil society organizations (CSOs) called for amendments to the framework of the Union Peace Conference, set to begin on January 12, in a statement issued last Tuesday […]

January 7, 2016  •  By Mon News Agency  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Optimism Follows Meeting of Myanmar’s Political Heavyweights

Khin Ohmar, a coordinator with the rights group, Burma Partnership, said the constitutional reforms remain at the heart of the NLD’s political platforms. She said people are watching closely as the power shifts during the political transition […]

December 8, 2015  •  By VOA  •  Read more ➤

Assessment Highlights Ongoing Deficiencies of Burma’s Human Rights Commission

RANGOON — Burma’s human rights commission is at risk of being viewed as an “alibi institution” in the service of the government, according to the findings of a fact-finding mission, presented at a press conference in Rangoon on Wednesday […]

November 19, 2015  •  Read more ➤