Human Rights


Former political prisoners have called on the Union government to establish a justice ministry to ensure judicial independence.

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Last week photos emerged of two girls who were tortured in a tailor shop. One girl was burnt, stabbed and had her fingers broken. The girls were aged 11 and 12 when they were sent to work in the shop. Their working conditions deteriorated rapidly and they were held like slaves for five years.

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Tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery are just some of the more common ailments plaguing inmates at Myanmar’s putrid penitentiaries.

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On a recent cloudy Yangon afternoon, a group of workers was taking a lunch break at a small roadside restaurant.

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A proposal calling for punitive action against the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for its poor handling of an abuse case that made headlines last week was passed by parliament’s lower house on Monday.

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The European Union praised Myanmar’s progress from the release of political prisoners to the efforts of the government to address the challenges of Rakhine State and to holding the inclusive Union Peace Conference. As a result, the EU said that it would not table a human rights resolution on Myanmar at the United Nations for the first time in 25 years, state media reported on 25 September.

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The Rangoon Police Force on Friday detained another member of a family accused of the trafficking and abuse of two underage domestic workers at a downtown tailoring shop, according to a statement released on Facebook.

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The President’s Office announced yesterday that it is closely keeping tabs on the progress of an abuse case of two underage maids in Kyauktada Township, state media reported on 23 September.

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The Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and Yangon Region Social Welfare Department have filed lawsuits against the owners of Ava Tailoring, accusing them of abusing their two maids, state media reported on 22 September 2016.

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A Lower House parliamentarian submitted an emergency proposal to the legislature calling for action to be taken against members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for their insufficient handling of a high-profile abuse case against two underage domestic workers.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday pledged to promote human rights in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state as the Nobel laureate made her UN debut as her country’s de facto leader.

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appointment of the Kofi Annan-led commission on Rakhine State clearly evidences the government’s recognition that these issues have risen to an international scale. Such a commission, and the inclusion of foreign experts, could not have been conceived of even a year ago.

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Burma Army officers tried to convince displaced ethnic Karen on Thursday to return to their villages, despite continuous daily fighting in Karen State’s Mae Tha Waw area, The Irrawaddy has learned.
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Representatives from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) have defended their response to what has become a high-profile case of abuse against two under-aged domestic workers in Rangoon.

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Scars on their arms, fingers, neck, face and feet illustrate how two teenaged girls were tortured for five years while being forced into domestic servitude in a downtown Rangoon household in Kyauktada Township.

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Pressure is growing on the European Union to again table a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution critical of Myanmar’s human rights record, after the EU signalled last week that the 28-nation bloc was dropping the motion for the first time in a quarter century.

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Further buttressing complaints about the Rakhine State Advisory Commission, 11 political parties put out a joint statement calling for the disbanding of the “illegitimate” new body.

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As the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly gets underway this week in New York, the European Union delegation to Myanmar told The Myanmar Times today that it will abandon a time-honoured tradition there: the submission of a UN resolution criticising Myanmar’s human rights record.

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Shin Thant is an activist working with Colors Rainbow, an NGO advocating for the rights of Myanmar’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

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A proposal rejecting the legitimacy of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission and its activities was approved by the Rakhine State legislature yesterday during a hluttaw session, in a vote of questionable practical significance.

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