Human Rights


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…)

As Burma prepares to welcome US President Barack Obama to Naypyidaw in November, human rights groups and activists have been urging Obama to press Burma’s government to improve the country’s socio-political environment. (more…)

Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on the country which addresses the government’s “backtracking on human rights” in light of a report by UN Special Rapporteur Ms Yanghee Lee. (more…)

Some European countries have challenged the Myanmar authorities to prove the claim that Rohingya do not exist in Myanmar by providing strong evidence, according to Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn. (more…)

Myanmar’s Minister of Information U Ye Htut told media at the Myanmar Journalist Network office on October 21 that he will call on President U Thein Sein to consider the case of the jailed media personnel from the now-defunct Bi Moon Te Nay journal. (more…)

A Shan rights group alleges that government soldiers committed human rights abuses during a recent military offensive against the forces of the Shan State Progressive Party-Shan State Army in Ke See Township in Central Shan State. (more…)

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has submitted a report to the Thai government after meeting with Thai police, prosecution witnesses and the two suspects in the Koh Tao murder case and that report will offer a help to the suspects facing trial, U Win Maung, the Myanmar Ambassador to Thailand, told Mizzima October 22.   (more…)

Members of the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a rights watchdog monitoring the lurching progression of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Burma’s southern Tennasserim Division, tabled fresh findings to the Thai Human Rights Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that evening.
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Human rights activists in Myanmar have criticized President U Thein Sein’s request to block submission of a human rights report by the European Union to the United Nations General Assembly during his participation in the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy. (more…)

Authorities sealed off villages in Myanmar’s only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to force Rohingya to indicate they are illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh. (more…)

One of the biggest problems the Myanmar government faces dealing with human trafficking is that victims are often too scared to tell anybody about what happened to them, Luis CdeBaca, US Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons told Mizzima at a press conference held at the Embassy of the United States in Yangon on October 6. (more…)

U Than Tun, a member of Rakhine State’s Emergency Co-ordination Committee told Mizzima on October 6 that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s does not understand the reality on the ground. (more…)

Human Rights Watch is calling on the World Bank to act to overcome Myanmar’s major human rights problems in its new strategy for the country. (more…)

Burmese civil society groups on Thursday published a damning review of the performance of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC), saying that it had not successfully investigated “any case submitted to it” since it was formed by President Thein Sein in 2011. (more…)

Medics working with civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State are struggling to cope because of a lack of resources – community based organizations warn of a potential health crisis. (more…)

Eighty per cent of human trafficking cases in Myanmar are linked to China, Union Home Affairs Minister Lt-Gen Ko Ko said on Saturday. (more…)

A lack of clarity in Burma’s recently amended Law on Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as the country’s courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without permission.
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Twenty-eight farmers near Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Division, are facing eviction after years of property battles, villagers say.
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More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency that operates under the Japanese government.
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