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KWO Six Months Summary of Human Rights Violations in Karen State: January to June 2015

The Karen Women’s Organization (“KWO”) collected information regarding continuing serious human rights abuses perpetrated by the Burma Army in all seven districts in Karen State from January to June 2015. Our data demonstrates that the Burma Army has taken advantage of the preliminary ceasefire to continue to commit serious human rights abuses, perpetrate direct attacks on civilians and expand its presence in Karen State […]

July 8, 2015  •  By Karen Women Organisation  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Kachin State Natural Resources Development Discussion Paper

CaptureThis policy discussion paper is based on our experiences and findings of our community research over the last ten years, documenting the impacts of centralized mega development projects on peoples across Kachin state. We did this research together with local communities, including in Hukawng, Hpakant, Putao, Chibwe, Tangphre as well as others. This paper also draws on experiences and solutions from other countries where there has been conflict over natural resources. We hope this paper will contribute to the debate over political solutions to allow the future generations of Kachin state to benefit from its natural resources […]

July 7, 2015  •  By Kachin Development Networking Group  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

‘With Only Our Voices, What Can We Do?’: Land Confiscation and Local Response in Southeast Myanmar

CaptureORCHID HOTEL, YANGON – Three years after the 2012 preliminary ceasefire negotiations between the Myanmar government and the Karen National Union (KNU), reported instances of land confiscation continue to increase in southeast Myanmar. In the 2015 report, With only our voices, what can we do?, KHRG highlights four main land use types which lead to land confiscation, including infrastructure projects, natural resource extraction, commercial agriculture projects, and military activities. Based on testimony from local villagers, the Myanmar government; domestic corporate actors; and Tatmadaw and Karen ethnic armed groups (EAGs) are all identified as being complicit in the confiscation of land from local communities in southeast Myanmar. However, local villagers report using a variety of strategies to prevent and mitigate the impacts of land confiscation, such as reaching out to civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media, negotiating with actors involved in projects, and lobbying both the Myanmar government and Karen EAGs […]

June 30, 2015  •  By Karen Human Rights Group  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma 2014 Human Rights Report

Burma’s parliamentary government is headed by President Thein Sein. In 2012 the country held largely transparent and inclusive by-elections in which the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, chaired by Aung San Suu Kyi, won 43 of 45 contested seats of a total 664 seats in the legislature. Constitutional provisions grant one-quarter of all national and one-third of all regional and state parliamentary seats to active-duty military appointees and provide that the military indefinitely assume power over all branches of the government should the president declare a national state of emergency. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) continued to hold an overwhelming majority of the seats in the national parliament and state and regional assemblies, and active-duty military officers continued to wield authority at many levels of government. There is no civilian control of the military; police forces also report to the military through the minister of home affairs […]

June 25, 2015  •  By US Department of State  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

At Your Own Risk: Reprisals against Critics of World Bank Financed Projects

imageBeginning in February 2015, 40-50 residents of Durgapur village in northern India, mostly women, sat in protest for more than a month. A state-owned company called the Tehri Hydro Development Corporation India Ltd. (THDC) was developing a hydroelectric power project near their community and some villagers believed that tunneling for the project endangered their homes and the overall well-being of their community […]

June 22, 2015  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Analysis of the Affected Communities’ Rights and Remedies Under Myanmar Law and JICA’s Guidelines

image-1EarthRights International (ERI) found serious flaws relating to land rights, resettlement, and environmental protection in the planning and development of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Yangon, Myanmar. These flaws and their impacts on displaced communities and the surrounding environment are documented in two new briefers […]

June 2, 2015  •  By EarthRights International  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Analysis of EIA for Phase I of Thilawa SEZ

image-3EarthRights International (ERI) found serious flaws relating to land rights, resettlement, and environmental protection in the planning and development of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Yangon, Myanmar. These flaws and their impacts on displaced communities and the surrounding environment are documented in two new briefers […]

June 2, 2015  •  By EarthRights International  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Australian Consultants Cancel Public Meeting as 300 Kunhing Residents Gather to Oppose Mong Ton Megadam

Australian consultants abruptly cancelled a public meeting scheduled for April 30 in Kunhing, southern Shan State, when over 300 local people, including a Shan MP, gathered to raise concerns about the planned Mong Ton megadam on the Salween River […]

May 1, 2015  •  By Shan Human Rights Foundation  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Kunhing People’s Statement on the Upper Salween ( Mong Ton) Dam Project

As our “thousand island” Kunhing township, is one of the 16 townships which will be flooded by the Mong Ton hydropower project, under a flood zone of 262 square miles, it will be greatly hazardous to our community. So, we strongly reject the project […]

April 30, 2015  •  By People of Kunhing Township  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

The Rohingya Crisis and the Risk of Atrocities in Myanmar: An ASEAN Challenge and Call to Action

RohingyaExecutive Summary

The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has led to the highest outflow of asylum seekers by sea since the U.S. war in Vietnam. Human rights violations against Rohingya have resulted in a regional human trafficking epidemic, and there have been further abuses against Rohingya upon their arrival in other Southeast Asian countries […]

April 22, 2015  •  By ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤