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People's Voices

The people of Burma continuously find ways to take action on issues that matter to them, despite restrictions and the threat of retaliation or imprisonment. These actions may include expressing opposition to a development project or protesting against human rights violations such as land confiscation.

Read on to hear about their courageous actions.

Massive Protest Shines a Light on Power Cuts

power cut protestMore than 1,000 people in Burma’s second-largest city have held a protest against severe power cuts, residents told AFP, the country’s biggest public demonstration in five years.

A large crowd was again expected to gather in Mandalay on Monday evening as residents vent their anger at three months of power cuts that have left the city with as little as four hours of electricity a day […]

May 21, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Artists Launch Peace Movement and Fundraising Campaign for IDPs in Kachin State

A group of artist led by U Ye Lwin has launched an awareness raising and fundraising movement in Rangoon. The group performed in public areas such teashops and restaurants in Rangoon and collect donation for war-fled displaced people Kachin State […]

May 15, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Former Political Prisoners Appeal the President for Release of Ko Aye Aung and Other Political Prisoners

Former political prisoners appealed to President Thein Sein for the release of Ko Aye Aung who was sentenced 59 years imprisonment since 1999 for his participation in a protest in Rangoon […]

ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရက ၁၉၉၈ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ဖမ္းဆီးခဲ့ၿပီး ပုဒ္မ ၅ (ည) ၊ ၁၇ (၂၀) ၊ ၁၇ (၁) တို႔ျဖင့္ ၁၉၉၉ ခုႏွစ္ ဇန္န၀ါရီ ၁၅ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ အင္းစိန္ေထာင္တြင္း အထူးတရားရံုးက ေထာင္ဒဏ္ ၅၉ ႏွစ္နဲ႔ အက်ဥ္းခ်ထားသူ ဒဂံု အေ၀းသင္တကၠသိုလ္၊ ရူပေဗဒ အထူးျပဳ […]

May 15, 2012 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

Farmers Square Off with Parliamentarian’s Company

Tensions nearly boiled over between security guards from a company owned by business tycoon and parliamentarian Khin Shwe and local farmers in Rangoon’s Mingaladon township last Thursday over a land dispute.

On May 10, a row broke out between the two sides when employees from the Zaykabar company began to bulldoze land in Shwenanthar village. The farmers in the area responded by taking to the fields with two tractors and standing their ground […]

May 15, 2012 | Tags: , | Read more >>

405 villagers from Maubin Township Reclaim Confiscated Lands

405 farmers from Maletto Village, Maubin Township, Irrawaddy Division sent an appeal letter to President Thein Sein on May 12 requesting help in reclaiming their farming lands confiscated by U Pai company. These more than 1,000 acres […]

May 14, 2012 | Tags: , | Read more >>

MDCF Calls for 24-hr Electricity and Cheaper SIM Cards

Forty members of Myanmar Democracy Current Force (MDCF) distributed pamphlets in four public places in Rangoon on 9 April to raise awareness about the issue of electricity shortage in Burma and call on the general public to protest the 200,000-kyat (US$244) mobile phones that they claimed the government is keeping the price high […]

April 9, 2012 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

500 Join Free Political Prisoners Prayer in Mandalay

Around 500 people, including the relatives of political prisoners, gathered at Mandalay’s Maha Myat Muni Pagoda on Thursday to pray for the unconditional release of jailed activists and others behind bars for political reasons […]

၂၂ ရက္ မတ္လ ၂၀၁၂ ခုႏွစ္ မြန္းလြဲ ၁ နာရီတြင္ က်န္ရွိေနဆဲ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ား လြတ္ေျမာက္ရန္ ၀တ္ျပဳဆုေတာင္းပြဲတခုကို မႏၱေလးၿမိဳ႕ မဟာျမတ္မုနိ ရုပ္ရွင္ေတာ္ျမတ္ႀကီး ေရွ႕ေမွာက္တြင္ က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့သည္ […]

March 22, 2012 | Tags: , | Read more >>

Villagers Relocated from Myitsone Dam Area Appeal to Return Home

Civilians from Aung Myin Tha village submitted an appeal letter to Kachin State Minister and Government administration on March 14, 2012, requesting to return to their original villages due to the inhabitability of the relocation areas. They also reported the issues they are currently facing relating to the construction of the Myitsone Dam […]

ေအာင္ျမင္သာစံျပေက်းရြာေန ေဒသခံျပည္သူမ်ားသည္ မိမိတို႕ေျပာင္းေရြ႕သြားခဲ့ေသာ ေနရာမ်ားမွာ စိုက္ပ်ဳိးေမြးျမဴေရး လုပ္ငန္းမ်ား လုပ္ကိုင္ရန္ ခက္ခဲေသာေၾကာင့္ မိမိမူရင္းေနရပ္ ေက်းရြာမ်ားသို႕ ျပန္လည္အေျခခ်ႏိုင္ရန္ႏွင့္ ျမစ္ဆံုဆည္တည္ေဆာက္မႈႏွင့္ […]

March 14, 2012 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

Villagers Sign Complaint Letter About Anyarphya Hydropower Project in Tavoy

As many as 3,000 villagers sign a complaint letter addressed to President Thein Sein about the ongoing Anyarphya Hydropower Project in Tavoy, Tenasserim Division, expressing their concerns over the local impact of the project and the losses that villagers will have to bear […]

တနသၤာရီတိုင္း ထားဝယ္ျမိဳ႕အနီးတြင္ အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္လ်က္ရွိေသာ အညာဖ်ား ေရအားလွ်ပ္စစ္ စီမံကိန္းႏွင့္ ပက္သတ္၍ သက္ေရာက္မည့္ ဆိုးက်ဳိးမ်ားအေပၚ ၎တို႕၏ စိုးရိမ္ပူပန္မႈမ်ားႏွင့္ နစ္နာဆံုးရံႈးမႈမ်ားကို ေရးသားေဖာ္ျပထားသည့္ တိုင္ၾကားစာတစ္ေစာင္ကို ရြာသား ၃၀၀၀ ခန္႕က လက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးကာ သမၼတဦးသိန္းစိန္ထံသို႕ ေပးပို႕ခဲ့ၾကသည္။ […]

March 13, 2012 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

ခဲႏွင့္သတၱဳတူးေဖာ္ျခင္းကို တားဆီးေပးရန္ ျပည္သူျပည္သားမ်ား အာဏာပိုင္ထံလက္မွတ္ထိုး ေတာင္းဆို

ျမန္မာ့ျမွားဦးကုမၼဏီ လြယ္လြမ္ျပည္သူ႕စစ္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဦးေအာင္ထြန္းတို႕ ပူးေပါင္း၍ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္း မူဆယ္ခရိုင္ နမ့္ဖတ္ကာေဒသတြင္ ေဒသခံျပည္သူလူထုမ်ား မွီတင္းလုပ္ကိုင္စားေသာက္ေနေသာ နမ့္ေမာေခ်ာင္းႏွင့္ နမ့္ခါေခ်င္းအား သတၱဳတြင္းတူးေဖာ္ရန္ စတင္လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနသည္ကို […]

March 13, 2012 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>