A time-bomb was found near the Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge at around 6:30am on Sep 15 in the Myanmar border town of Myawady and authorities managed to defuse it in an hour, according to officials. (more…)

The veneer of progress is wearing thin in Myanmar. A year ago, the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, promised to release all prisoners of conscience. Earlier this year, to mark Myanmar’s Independence Day, the President ordered the release of thousands of prisoners. Now one year on from the promise to release all prisoners of conscience, the promise remains unfulfilled. Even more troubling is the fact that the government is arresting more prisoners of conscience.

(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).

Asia Human Rights Commission  – Urgent Appeals Programme (more…)

The text of the following statement was released by His Excellency Union Minister of Energy U Than Htay of Myanmar and Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) expresses displeasure with the mannerpolitical prisoners have been released on 17 May, resulting in the release of 23 prisoners, of which 19 areconfirmed to be political prisoners. While AAPP (B) welcomes the freeing of any political prisoner, thereleases mean little if political prisoners are released with restrictions attached and without a completewiping of their criminal records. (more…)

The Buddhist leader condemned the recent Buddhist monk attacks on Muslims in Myanmar in front of 15,000 people at the University of Maryland on Tuesday. (more…)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing and for the Commission’s sustained concern about Burma over the years. I am particularly grateful to the late Tom Lantos himself, who played a critical role in shaping U.S. policy. I appreciate the opportunity to outline for the Commission the administration’s views on human rights and democracy in Burma. (more…)

“Human Rights in Burma” (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw, 4 Feb-Peace talks between Union Level Peace Making Committee and KIO was held at Shweli today. (more…)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A senior White House official said on Wednesday that a Burmese government policy that strongly favors Buddhists has fueled tensions between followers of different religions in the Southeast Asian country. (more…)

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of Myanmar/Burma

NAY PYI TAW – President U Thein Sein delivered an address at the ceremony to take heed of the speech of the President and make affirmation today. (more…)

Six international Rohingya organizations have released an open letter thanking the international community and Muslim countries for expressing solidarity and support towards Rohingya people in western Burma. (more…)

I have just concluded my six-day mission to Myanmar – my sixth visit to the country since I was appointed Special Rapporteur in March 2008. I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Myanmar for its invitation, and for the cooperation and flexibility shown during my visit, in particular for my visit to Rakhine State. (more…)

Burma’s government should ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access to displaced people and conduct an impartial investigation into recent violence in Arakan (Rakhine) State, Amnesty International (AI) said in a statement on Monday. (more…)

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 19 June 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. (more…)

Yangon 15 June 2012 – A United Nations team led by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General and Mr. Ashok Nigam, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, visited Maungdaw, in Rakhine State on 13-14 June. Mr. Nambiar was in Myanmar for the Peace Donor Support Group meeting. On 8 June, serious disturbances occurred in Rakhine State which led to the Government declaring a state of emergency in the State. The UN also temporarily relocated, on a voluntary basis, some of its staff that were based in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Sittwe. (more…)

New Delhi: Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy (IPFDB) in Burma released a statement today and welcomes the proposed momentous visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Burma.

While extending its appreciation of the visit, the IPFDB also prompts the Prime Minster of India that there are crucial concerns that needs to be resolved by the government led by President Thein Sein. And therefore, urges India to facilitate in this process as well as advocate for genuine democratic transition in Burma.

For more information please contact
Burma Centre Delhi
WZ- 110 A, BudellaVikas Puri
New Delhi 110018, India
Phone + 91 11-44515838

Myanmar’s new government faces an historic opportunity to jump-start economic development, and lift living standards, says the IMF in its annual assessment of the Southeast Asian economy, which the government agreed to make public for the first time. (more…)

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