February 3, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union, passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary ID ...[read more]
August 28, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Myanmar's army is still committing human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in Karen state, according to a report released Monday by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). PHR's findings were based on a field survey it conducted this year, in which 30 percent of families reported experiencing ...[read more]
August 24, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on China to stop forcibly returning thousands of Kachin refugees to northern Myanmar. HRW reported that Chinese authorities repatriated more than 1,000 Kachin refugees to Myanmar last week and plan to deport another 4,000 in the near future. HRW claims ...[read more]
August 1, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a 56-page document accusing Myanmar security forces of human rights abuses against a minority religious community in June. "The Government Could Have Stopped This": Sectarian Violence and Ensuing Abuses in Burma's Arakan State alleges that government ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
Myanmar president Thein Sein on Tuesday granted amnesty to 37 male prisoners and nine female prisoners on humanitarian grounds. Among those released are at least 25 political prisoners, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners- Burma (AAPP-B). Upon hearing of the amnesty... ...[read more]
June 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Bangladesh to open its borders to hundreds of refugees fleeing sectarian violence in neighboring Myanmar. Escalating violence between Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims in the Arakan State of Myanmar has put residents in the region at risk and has ...[read more]
January 13, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Myanmar released over 130 political prisoners Friday following announcement by the Burma State Media of a presidential pardon that will free a total of 651 prisoners. Among those released were Hitay Kywe and U Gambira, leaders of a 2007 revolt, Min Ko Naing, student leader of a 1988 protest, and ...[read more]
November 28, 2011
by Jamie Davis
Human rights group Partners Relief and Development said Monday that Myanmar soldiers may be committing war crimes in the form of torture and forced labor against ethnic communities in Kachin State. The group issued a report documenting the war crimes which allegedly began on June 9 after a 17-year ...[read more]
October 11, 2011
by John Paul Putney
US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on Monday indicated Myanmar's civilian-led government is planning dramatic changes including releasing hundreds of political prisoners and consequential dialogue with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Journalists, lawyers and democracy advocates ...[read more]
July 13, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) said Wednesday the Myanmar military is committing war crimes by forcing convicts to serve as porters on the front lines. In a report entitled "Dead Men Walking: Convict Porters on the Front Lines in Eastern Burma," HRW and KHRG argue ...[read more]

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