Human Rights


Karen groups have joined together to call for an investigation into alleged war crimes by the army in eastern Myanmar following the release of four-year probe carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School in the United States. (more…)

As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without necessary assistance such as blankets and clothes, according to the United Nations. (more…)

About 53,000 people left Bangladesh and Myanmar on treacherous smuggling boats bound for Thailand and Malaysia this year, about 540 of them dying on the journey, the UN refugee agency said November 5. (more…)

The fence stretches as far as the eye can see, its concrete pillars carrying coils of barbed wire across the mountains and marshes of western Myanmar.

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A report released earlier this month by Harvard University’s International Human Rights Clinic lays out damning allegations accusing three senior Burmese generals of war crimes and crimes against humanity.The three men, including current Home Affairs Minister Lt-Gen Ko Ko, still hold senior positions in Burma’s quasi-civilian government, prompting questions from some quarters about President Thein Sein’s reformist credentials.

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Bangladesh has outlined proposals to intern thousands of undocumented Rohingya before repatriation to Myanmar, which they fled because of targeted violence and systematic discrimination, an official Foreign Ministry document obtained by Al Jazeera America reveals. (more…)

The Burmese army systematically uses sexual violence against women – including gang rape by soldiers – to “demoralise and destroy the fabric of ethnic [minority] communities” and establish control over resource-rich areas, according to a women’s rights group. (more…)

The Burma Army on Monday discharged and released 80 children and young people who had been recruited illegally when they were younger than 18 years, Unicef has announced. (more…)

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday. (more…)

The smuggling of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar is so lucrative that Thai fishermen are converting their boats to carry humans, police and officials in southern Thailand said. (more…)

The Arakan State parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya” during his most recent visit to Burma. (more…)

The Queensland Rohingya community gathered in front of King George Square in Brisbane, Australia on November 15 to remind the world leaders attending the G-20 summit of the plight faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar, said Noor Zaman, the president of Queensland Rohingya Community Inc, according to a report by Kaladan Press. (more…)

More than 600 trafficking victims from Burma and Bangladesh have been rescued off the South Asian coast, a navy spokesman in Dhaka said on Tuesday, in the single biggest operation of its kind by Bangladesh authorities. (more…)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has responded to criticism leveled at him over the use of the term “Rohingya” by explaining that people should not get hung up on terms when trying to seek solutions for the two communities in Rakhine State. (more…)

The United Nations on Wednesday urged Myanmar to protect the rights of its stateless Rohingya people amid plans for a state program to issue second-class citizenship to members of the Muslim minority and expel those who don’t qualify. (more…)

Before President Obama left for Asia this week, his top advisers met privately in Washington with human rights activists to discuss concerns over crackdowns in Burma and Hong Kong, hoping to head off criticism of the president’s visit. (more…)

Earlier this summer, uniformed immigration workers descended on a squalid refugee camp in one of the remotest parts of Burma, a township called Myebon that is best accessible by boat. (more…)

A report by Harvard researchers due to be released on Friday says there is sufficient evidence to prosecute high-ranking officers in Myanmar’s military for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against an ethnic minority. (more…)

The Nobel laureate’s refusal to condemn documented atrocities suggests that political calculation has trumped human rights in her thinking. (more…)

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said. (more…)

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