Human Rights


Burma’s leading media bodies have reached a 16-point agreement to protect media workers and ensure that their legal rights are respected.
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(This is an edited version of the statement made by the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee, in a news conference at Yangon International Airport on July 26. There may have been departures from the text of the statement as it was delivered by Ms Lee at the news conference).
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Yanghee Lee, the new UN rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, visited the Arakan State capital Sittwe and has met with leaders of the Arakanese Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities in the troubled region, local sources said.
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Lawyers representing the four jailed journalists and manager of Unity journal on Monday submitted an appeal against their conviction, one of the lawyers told The Irrawaddy.
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After two people were killed and 14 others were injured in the clashes, authorities declared a curfew on July 3, from 9 pm until 5 am. During those hours, gatherings of five people or more were prohibited.
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A rape case believed to have sparked recent riots in central Burma’s Mandalay was fabricated, according to an investigation carried out by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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The Women’s League of Burma, an umbrella group representing 13 women’s organizations in Burma has said that a culture of “systemic impunity” to rape exists in the Burma Army.
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Residents raise environmental, health concerns
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced Tehran’s readiness to help Myanmar settle the problems of the Muslim community living in the Southeast Asian country.
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Two local officials for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and a member of 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) stood trial on Thursday in Magwe Division for using a loudspeaker during a rally without first obtaining permission from the local authorities.
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The Women’s League of Burma, an umbrella group representing 13 women’s organizations in Burma has said that a culture of “systemic impunity” to rape exists in the Burma Army.
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Religious prejudice continues to endanger Burma. Recently, deadly clashes of Muslim and Buddhist mobs in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, showed once again just how explosive the tensions between both faiths have become.
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“Muslims are pitiable, stupid and ignorant. They are not living in harmony with us.”
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A Sagaing Division court sentenced 18 farmers to prison terms varying from three months to three years on Thursday on charges of trespassing and causing damage, after the farmers had plowed land that is being claimed by a sugar cane company, local villagers said.
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A Rangoon court sentenced two rights activists to six months’ imprisonment on Wednesday because they distributed pamphlets
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Yanghee Lee, the new UN special envoy to Myanmar for human rights visited the Insein Prison in Yangon this morning, after she arrived in the country yesterday.
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The Shan Human Rights Foundation, a community based human rights organisation, claims that since June 11th the Burma Army has been attacking civilians and is contravening its ceasefire agreement with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N).
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A Shan ethnic lawmaker in the Lower House asked the Burmese government on Tuesday to cease military operations in Kyaythee Township in northern Shan State, where several hundred villagers have been displaced after fighting between the Shan State Army-North (SSA-North) and the Burma Army has recently escalated.
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Farmers from eastern Shan State’s Tachileik Township have called for an immediate end to gold mining operations in the area, which they say are seriously polluting water sources and causing other environmental damage.
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Eight women’s rights activists were questioned yesterday in two Chin State courts for staging unauthorised public protests against sexual violence by the Burmese military.
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