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Tens of Thousands of Rohingyas from Burma at Risk of Starvation in an Unprecedented Crackdown in Bangladesh

A new report released today by The Arakan Project states that an unprecedented crackdown by the Bangladesh government on Rohingyas from Burma is creating a grave humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees.  The report “Unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: Crackdown, forced displacement and hunger” calls on the Bangladesh authorities to immediately cease mass […]

February 16, 2010  •  By Arakan Project  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

The Repression of Ethnic Minority Activists

Myanmar urged to end repression of ethnic minorities before elections

Myanmar’s government must halt its repression of ethnic minority activists before forthcoming national and local elections, Amnesty International warned in a major report released on Tuesday.

The 58-page report, The Repression of ethnic minority activists in Myanmar, draws on accounts from more than 700 activists from the seven largest ethnic minorities […]

February 16, 2010  •  By Amnesty International  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

UN envoy to Myanmar asked to table ‘human rights protection’ on Burma polls

As UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Tomas Ojea Quintana today starts his five-day visit in Burma, solidarity activists in the Philippines urged the UN envoy to prioritize on his agenda the “protection of human rights” of the peoples of Burma since the military regime is reportedly cracking down legitimate dissent ahead of polls this […]

February 15, 2010  •  By Free Burma Coalition - Philippines  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

UNISON Appeal for UN Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against the Burmese People

UNISON, the UK’s leading public sector trade union, has written to MPs, asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry to be set up into crimes committed by the Burmese Government, against its own people. The union, a long time supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi, an honorary […]

February 15, 2010  •  By UNISON  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Support Workers’ Demands for Labour Rights in Burma

On February 8th 2010, 3,600 factory workers, mostly women, in the Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone in Rangoon, Burma, protested against the substandard working conditions they are forced to endure in the factories. Workers employed at the Opal 2 and Mya Fashion factories  demanded a wage increase of 10US$ a month. The next day, workers at […]

February 12, 2010  •  By Asian Migrant Centre, MAP Foundation, Workers and Farmers Solidarity League of Burma  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Statement on the 2010 Burma elections

Today, February 12, marks the 63rd anniversary of the Union Day of Burma. To commemorate this important date, Free Burma Campaign Singapore (FBCSG) is issuing a statement with regards to the upcoming 2010 elections. We call upon the regime to respect the voices and choices of the people by carrying out a free and fair […]

February 12, 2010  •  By Free Burma Campaign Singapore  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma army burns over 70 houses & intensifies offensive over Karen

Over 70 houses, a mobile health clinic and two schools in eastern Burma have been burnt down by army patrols stepping up the offensive on Karen villagers, according to the Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People (CIDKP). Most recently, Burma army allied troops set fire to 46 houses in Toe Hta area and 28 houses […]

February 12, 2010  •  By Christian Solidarity Worldwide  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

BROUK Welcomes EU-Parliament resolution on Burma

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK today welcomed the European Parliament resolution of 10th February 2010 which mentions that Burma’s planned elections 2010 cannot be free and fair. The resolution also supports tri-partite dialogue and strongly condemns the ongoing systematic violations of human rights fundamental freedoms and basic democratic rights of the people of Burma. They expressed their […]

February 12, 2010  •  By Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

UK Government: ‘Tangible Progress’ Needed Before EU Eases Burma Sanctions

The Burma Campaign UK today welcomed a statement by Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis MP that; “The UK will not support any easing of sanctions in the absence of tangible progress on the ground.” On Thursday the European Parliament also called on EU governments not to relax sanctions until there is; ‘tangible progress on democratisation.’ […]

February 12, 2010  •  By Burma Campaign UK  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Asean MPs requests Thailand to halt plans to return Burma asylum seekers

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) is gravely concerned for the well being of unregistered Karen refugees currently residing in displacement sites in Tha Song Yang District, Tak. Announcements last month from the Thai government relating to the planned forced repatriation of the refugees beginning in February 2010 have caused renewed concern for their safety. […]

February 11, 2010  •  By ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤