The flow of desperate migrants across the Bay of Bengal will continue unless Myanmar ends discrimination against its Rohingya Muslim minority, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Friday.

The United States is coming under pressure from human rights groups and some in Congress to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea as Southeast Asian nations refuse to let them come to shore.

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) have criticized Indonesia’s approach to dealing with the influx of migrants in the midst of an escalating regional refugee crisis, the group said in a statement on May 13.

A Statement from the Migrants Working Group forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission

It was reported that on 1 May 2015, that police officials from Sadao District, Songkhla, uncovered a concealed camp at which they found 26 dead bodies in Ban Taloh, Tambon Padang Besar, Sadao District, Songkhla. (more…)

According to recent interviews by SHRF, Kokang refugees sheltering in China remain fearful of return, due to killing, beheading and disappearance of villagers caught returning home.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has documented that an increasing number of peaceful protesters are being arrested and jailed under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act. Citing the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the country, and ensuring the upcoming 2015 election remain peaceful, authorities, especially Administrative Officers, have filed cases against numerous peaceful protesters under this Act. (more…)

Amnesty International
International Secretariat
Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street
London WC1X ODW, United Kingdom

Thein Sein
President’s Office
Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar

14 April 2015

Your Excellency,


I am writing to urge you, as President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, not to sign into law the Population Control Healthcare Bill or any other legislation which would entrench discrimination on religious and gender grounds or which could result in other human rights violations, including the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to privacy, children’s rights and the right to freedom of expression. (more…)

The United States is concerned by reports that the Government of Burma has filed criminal charges against peaceful protesters engaged in campaign activities advocating reform of the National Education Law. We call for the immediate, unconditional release of all individuals being detained in the country as a result of exercising their right to peacefully assemble.

The Burmese police should end their crackdown on student protests and investigate officers responsible for the use of excessive force against protesters. (more…)

The violent police crackdown on largely peaceful protesters in Myanmar amounts to unnecessary and excessive use of force and must end immediately, Amnesty International said.

Yangon-Myanmar Press Council (Interim) issued a statement condemning Myanmar Police Force’s hostile action of beating and arresting the journalists covering news as to the main students’ column of democracy education, disrespecting for local and international laws. (more…)

A delegation of refugees from Thailand-Burma border is visiting the UK this week, for a lobbying trip focusing on the situation of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) along the Thai-Burma border, and the need for more humanitarian assistance.

ICRC/ IFRC/ MRCS – Yangon/ Kuala Lumpur/ Geneva – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply saddened to learn that two volunteers from the Myanmar Red Cross Society were wounded on Tuesday when a convoy transporting displaced families came under fire. The eight vehicle convoy, which was marked with the Red Cross emblem, was evacuating civilians displaced by fighting in the Kokang region of northern Shan state.

The following is unofficial translation of the message sent by President Agga Maha Thayay Sithu, Agga Maha Thiri Thudhamma U Thein Sein on the occasion of the 68th Anniversary Shan State Day.

I am privileged to convey a message to all nationalities residing in Shan State on the auspicious occasion of the 68th anniversary of Shan State Day, which falls on 7 February.

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…)

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