Statement


Myanmar should immediately repeal or amend a new law passed today which could grant former presidents blanket immunity for human rights violations and crimes under international law, said Amnesty International.
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Today’s jailing of another activist just hours after a prisoner amnesty was announced in Burma is a stark reminder of how prevalent repression still is in the country, said Amnesty International.
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Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Silver Spring, Maryland

Well, let me just say what a special experience it is for me to come to the refugee center. The refugees I met with come from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Burma, Eritrea, Congo, various countries. And they have escaped great violence. They’ve escaped a threat to their lives and their families. And they have come here looking for the possibility of a new life. Everybody has said that – they need and want a new life.
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Amnesty International and FIDH have call on all UN member states to recognize the continued need for a resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in light of the ongoing human rights violations taking place in the country, the two organisations said in a joint statement on 16 November. (more…)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic issued a statement yesterday calling Myanmar’s elections “a historic milestone.” (more…)

“The Secretary-General warmly congratulates the people of Myanmar for their peaceful, dignified and enthusiastic participation in the historic elections of 8 November,” according to a statement issued on 12 November. (more…)

President Obama spoke last night by phone with President Thein Sein to offer his congratulations to the people of Burma for their participation in the historic parliamentary election on November 8, 2015.  (more…)

“I would like to congratulate Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, on what appears to be an impressive election victory. The results of the elections published so far indicate that the people of Myanmar have voted for change. I urge all actors to respect the outcome of the elections even though the process has not been perfect. (more…)

British PM David Cameron praised the Myanmar electorate in the November 8 elections, noting their clear voice for change, in a statement made on November 10. (more…)

Over the last two months, I have travelled to many parts of this country, taking stock of the elections. I’ve been to Sagaing, to Mandalay, to Shan and Kachin. Earlier I was in Mon, Magwe and Bago [Pegu]. Everywhere I’ve met with political parties, with government officials, and with the Election Commission.
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Htoi Pan vividly recalls the moment when the fighter jets streaked across the sky over her village in northern Myanmar, piercing the calm of that late June morning.
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Myanmar’s authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a peace activist and a young woman who have been arrested for mocking the country’s army chief on Facebook, Amnesty International said.
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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday rejected a joint statement issued by nine embassies urging tolerance and equal application of law in the lead-up to a general election in November.
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Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 17, 2015

The United States is concerned about the disqualification of approximately 100 candidates for Burma’s upcoming general election, with over half of the cases rejected based on questions of citizenship.
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CP Foods condemns, in the strongest possible terms, all aspects of human trafficking and slavery, and we take this opportunity to reassert our strong commitment to human rights and a sustainable supply chain the company said in a statement on 24 August.
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The Myanmar Parliament’s passage of two bills targeting religious minorities constitutes an attack on religious freedom and threatens to stoke inter-communal tensions and violence less than three months ahead of critical general elections, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).
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President Thein Sein of Burma should refuse to sign into law two pieces of legislation that violate fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 21, 2015, the joint parliament approved the Religious Conversion Bill and the Monogamy Bill, two of four contentious so-called “race and religion” laws that will entrench discrimination based on religion, and also violate internationally protected rights to privacy and religious belief.
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Burmese authorities should immediately stop using abusive laws on association and expression to halt the activities of land rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The recent arbitrary arrest of a prominent land rights advocate in Karen State exemplifies the government’s persecution of vocal opponents of land grabs by officials and their business associates.
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Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Putra World Trade Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
August 5, 2015

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much, my co-chair and friend. I appreciate enormously the opportunity to be here with you. It’s a privilege to sit around the table with so many friends from ASEAN, and I particularly want to thank Foreign Minister Anifah Aman for his chairmanship of ASEAN itself this year. And I thank my co-chair and friend, the foreign minister of Myanmar, Wunna Mwang Lwin, for co-chairing and serving as the U.S. country coordinator so ably in this.
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Remarks
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Putra World Trade Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
August 5, 2015

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning everybody. And let me begin by thanking my counterparts, my colleagues from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam for coming this morning for the meeting, as well as the secretary general, Secretary General Luong Minh. And I’m really delighted to say thank you to Malaysia for hosting us here today. And thank you for putting up with me. I’m moving a little slow.
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