Human Rights


Fighting has again flared between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South), with a member of the rebel group accusing government troops of staging an attack on its base in a village of Shan State’s Mauk Mae Township.
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The Myanmar Red Cross Society is working to reunite and reconnect families separated by the conflict in north-eastern Shan State, Myanmar, according to Mandy George, writing for the International Federation of the Red Cross on March 2.
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Mi Mi Than, a judge from Nay Pyi Taw City Development Court, sentenced Tin Hlaing, an 88-year-old woman, to one month in Yamethin prison for squatting while Daw Nyo, an 82-year-old woman, faces similar charges.
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“Honesty is one kind of courage” said activist May Sabe Phyu, just prior to being awarded a 2015 International Women of Courage Award by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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The four bills forming the “Race Protection” package are a distraction from Burma’s real political and economic challenges, and should never have reached parliament, says Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi apologized for a play staged on Sunday by her National League for Democracy’s Prome office that graphically depicted brutalities by the former military regime.
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S.H.A.N. police officers received election security training at the state police office in Taunggyi Town, Shan State on 23 February.
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Several foreign embassies in Myanmar have voiced support for the upcoming general elections set for November and have been providing technical, training and donor support to the Union Election Commission, according to a joint press release on March 3.
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Two United Nations agencies are calling for a national immunisation program to resume in Shan State’s Kokang region, despite ongoing violence that has claimed more than 130 lives.
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A physical confrontation between student activists and riot police took place in Letpadan at round 11:30 on Tuesday morning as tensions neared boiling point in the standoff.
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Hundreds of student protesters vowed to camp out in the middle of a major road in Myanmar on Tuesday night after police locked arms, forming a human chain to block their march to the country’s largest city.
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Temporary ID card or white card holders in Rakhine State say they will hand over their white cards to the relevant authorities only if they get a similar ID card to take the place of the white cards.
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The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) issued a statement alleging that Burma Army had looted villages near Laogai.
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“What is happening in Burma is a constitutional crisis,” says Bo Gyi, co-founder of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), on the subject of the right to protest.
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Chinese authorities last week issued an order restricting access to the Kokang border, where the number of refugees continues to swell.
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A freelance photographer from Monywa was detained by local authorities on Friday for posting a satirical photo on his Facebook page that mocked authorities.
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The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) has asked state and divisional governments not to assign its members to Burma Army units and allow the organization to focus on its core humanitarian work, as the organization seeks to end its historically close relationship with the military.
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Following complaints that people are being forcibly conscripted into the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) S.H.A.N. spoke to Lieutenant Yawd Serk the RCSS/SSA chairman about the issue.
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Around 30 trucks owned by a silica mining company had their route blocked as part of a protest against mining operations in northern Shan State on Thursday.
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A migrant worker captured by soldiers from an unknown armed in the Kokang region managed to escape after being held at gunpoint and tortured. After reaching the Mansu Shan monastery in Lashio, which is sheltering hundreds of people made homeless by the fighting, Ko Zin Min Aung received medical treatment at Lashio general hospital. From his hospital bed he told The Myanmar Times about his ordeal.
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