Human Rights

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…)

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.

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.

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…)

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