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China silent to appeals from across the globe to halt dam on Irrawaddy River

Ignoring its stated commitments to social responsibility in foreign investment projects, the Chinese government has failed to reply to numerous public appeals from affected peoples and petitions submitted by overseas Kachin to Chinese embassies in five countries to stop the Irrawaddy-Myitsone dam project in Kachin State, Burma. Open letters from Kachin State leaders and affected […]

March 2, 2010  •  By Kachin Development Networking Group  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Nobel Laureates to Host International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma

On March 2, 2010, Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams will host the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma in New York City. This quasi-legal event will feature the compelling testimony—for the first time ever—of 12 women from Burma who have suffered rape, torture and other crimes at the hands of […]

March 1, 2010  •  By Women's League of Burma, Nobel Women's Initiative  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi must be released immediately; Supreme Court’s decision on her house arrest another travesty of justice

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma) strongly condemn the decision by Burma to reject Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal against the extension of her house arrest. FIDH and Altsean-Burma consider this latest development as another proof of the regime’s disinterest in engaging in true democratic […]

March 1, 2010  •  By International Federation for Human Rights,Altsean-Burma  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Joint Press Release on Forced Labour

The Federation of Trade Unions-Burma (FTUB) and Federation of Trade Unions-Kawthoolei (FTUK) strongly condemn the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the Burmese army and the local authorities for the continuous use of forced labor throughout the country, in violation of the ILO Convention 29 and of the SPDC/ILO agreement. FTUB and FTUK highlight fresh […]

February 28, 2010  •  By Federation of Trade Unions-Burma and Federation of Trade Unions-Kawthoolei  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Continuing Detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi ‘Politically Motivated’

The Burmese Supreme Court’s rejection of the appeal by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi comes as no surprise. If political motives of the Burmese generals were not in play, the democracy leader would never have been under house arrest. In Burma, where verdicts for political activists are decided beforehand by the ruling military circles, we […]

February 27, 2010  •  By National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma  •  Tags:  •  Read more ➤

Hong Kong Groups Condemn Thai Government for Treatment of Migrant Workers

Thailand is set to show its rough treatment of undocumented migrants and refugees. In the guise of a national verification scheme, the government readies the stage for a massive crackdown on undocumented foreign workers and refugees in the country.

February 26, 2010  •  By Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Pioneering women village heads targeted for systematic abuse by junta’s troops across Eastern Burma

Walking Amongst Sharp Knives reveals previously unreported abuses taking place against ethnic Karen women in Burma. The practice of the Burmese Army to execute village heads has led to traditional Karen culture being turned upside-down, with women now being appointed village chiefs as they are seen as less likely to be killed. However, this change […]

February 25, 2010  •  By Karen Women Organization  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Fair labour rights in Myanmar benchmark for country’s 2010 elections

As Myanmar plans for general elections this year, the country’s military rulers have announced their commitment to ASEAN and the international community to conduct a truly democratic election and ensure a “free and fair” electoral process. The country has asserted that it will respect the rights of its citizens as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter […]

February 25, 2010  •  By ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Burmese Army Mortar-Bombs Schoolchildren

One schoolboy has been killed and two more injured when the Burmese Army fired a mortar bomb at a school in Northern Karen State.  The attack took place at 9am on Friday 19th February, in Mutraw (Papun) district in Northern Karen State. Burma Campaign UK sources say the school was in a temporary village for […]

February 24, 2010  •  By Burma Campaign UK  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Thailand: Migrant Workers Face Killings, Extortion, Labor Rights Abuses

February Deadline for Renewal of Work Permits Invites Exploitation The Thai government should swiftly act to end police abuse and discriminatory laws and policies against migrant workers and their families, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The February deadline for more than a million migrant workers to enter the “nationality verification” […]

February 22, 2010  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤