In response to your recent public comments in the United States regarding the conflict and human rights violations in Kachin State, Kachin communities world-wide would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit internally displaced people (IDP) forced to live in makeshift camps in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State. (more…)

We would like to draw your attention to the plight of Rohingyas, an ethnic group in Southeast Asia that has been declared stateless, and severely persecuted, by the Myanmar Government since 1972. Fresh violence began in June of this year and although there are talks and promises of democracy and political change, we see little interest in resolving the “Rohingya crisis.” (more…)

There are some parties and elements forcing government into tight corner and undermining peace and stability. (more…)

Following her release from house arrest this past November, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has once again begun contributing her “Letter from Burma” column to the Mainichi, ending a 13-year absence from its pages. (more…)

Madam Secretary,

We are writing on behalf of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA) and the 88 Generation Students, two prominent opposition groups fighting for democracy and human rights in Burma by peaceful means. The 88 Generation Students group was founded in 2005 by former student leaders, who spent over a decade in prisons experiencing beatings and torture for their leading role organizing the nationwide democracy uprising in 1988. The 88 Generation Students led peaceful protests in August 2007 against the military junta’s sudden increase of fuel prices and many leaders of it, including Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Htay Kywe, Jimmy and Mya Aye, were rearrested. Following their arrest, hundreds of thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns, led by the ABMA, held peaceful demonstrations nationwide, calling for the junta to release all political prisoners and solve the problems through meaningful and time-bound dialogue with democratic opposition led by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The junta responded with bloody and violent crackdown and many monks, nuns and lay people were brutally killed by its soldiers in September 2007, widely known as the Saffron Revolution. Many leading monks, including Ashin Gambira, were arrested. They have been sentenced to severe imprisonment and transferred to remote prisons. Solitary confinement and torture are their daily life. (more…)