Human Rights


Eleven former slaves who recently escaped a fishing village in Tanintharyi Region’s Yephyu township have asked government officials to save the rest of the human-trafficking victims in the area.

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In 2012, U Khin Htwe Maung was building a house in downtown Sittwe, paid for with the pension he received for decades of military service.

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EARLY IN the morning, before the sun has appeared over the horizon, U Zaw Lin Htun waited at the bus stop in his bustling neighbourhood. People stopped to stare at him as they walked by.

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The Burma Army has said it will take action against troops accused of killing civilians in a rural area of northern Shan State’s Lashio Township in late June.

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Amnesty has called for urgent action to be taken to secure the release of 15 factory workers and student union members who are still detained in Myanmar and face a range of criminal charges for their peaceful protest to demand better working conditions. They are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released, according to a recent statement.

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The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has blamed the government for the continued arrest and detention of activists under undemocratic legislation that threatens freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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In the face of the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, ASEAN cannot continue to look the other way, according to political analysts.

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The murders of seven innocent villagers in Shan State last month and the impunity of the Burmese military cannot be swept under the carpet, says Shan human rights advocates in a statement released yesterday.

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Chris Lewa, the founder and director of the Arakan Project, was in Geneva this week to as Burma’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) came under review for the first time since 2008. DVB spoke with her on Wednesday to learn more about the review, and about her work with the Arakan Project, which focuses on improving the human rights situation of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living mainly in Arakan State.

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Burma’s national human rights commission will join the Ministry of Education in integrating human rights education into the national curriculum, a move likely to be implemented in the following academic year, the commission has announced.

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The vice-president of Thailand’s second-largest tuna export company has admitted that his company has purchased meat from a poultry farm that is facing allegations of abusing Burmese migrant workers, according to a migrant rights advocacy group.

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The European Parliament condemned Myanmar on Thursday for practices that discriminate against its minority Muslim community in western Rakhine State, home to around a million stateless Rohingya.

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The government is to defend a package of four controversial “protection of race and religion” laws at a key UN meeting on discrimination against women in Myanmar being held in Geneva tomorrow.

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The Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) has sent President U Htin Kyaw and other senior government officials a letter calling for the release of civilians who have been detained by the Burma Army for their association with the group. The SSPP/SSA has also requested that a number of their troops, who were also detained by the army over the past few months, be released as well.

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Ms Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, made a statement at the end of her 12-day visit to Myanmar on Friday. Here is her statement in full.

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Khin Htar Kyu was in her late teens when she left her village in Ayeyarwady Region’s Wakema Township with a younger sister to find work in Yangon in order to help her indebted family.

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Even though there are schools, teachers and students in Maungdaw, no educational arrangement or coaching teachers in support of Rohingya children in rural schools since 2012 – after conflict between Rohingyas and Rakhine communities, said Hamidul Rahaman, father of four students from Maungdaw.

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Myanmar’s government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), should amend and abolish laws that threaten freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.

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A decision by the Rangoon Division government to ban the release of a report on torture in ethnic conflict areas shows the limits of what rights advocates can expect under Burma’s new civilian government, civil society organisations (CSOs) said on Tuesday.

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The United States has decided to place Myanmar on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking, officials said, a move aimed at prodding the country’s new democratically elected government and its still-powerful military to do more to curb the use of child soldiers and forced labour.

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