Statement


Following the release of dozens of student protestors in Myanmar earlier today, the Tharawaddy Court in Myanmar released several more protestors including Phyoe Phyoe Aung, a student leader, and her husband, Lin Htet Naing. The move came after the new government announced on April 7 that it would work to release all prisoners of conscience as soon as possible.
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The U.S. State Department said on Monday it had determined that Myanmar is persecuting its Rohingya Muslims, but the government’s treatment of the religious minority group does not constitute genocide.
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The Director of Operations for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, John Ging, briefed media in New York following his recent visit to Myanmar, 22 to 25 February.
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The European Union Delegation to Myanmar issued the following statement today, the 23 February, in relation to the ongoing conflict in Shan State.
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Amnesty International’s written statement to the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council (29 February-24 March 2016)

The recent elections in Myanmar should not be seen as a sign that the UN Human Rights Council’s engagement is no longer needed in Myanmar. When it assumes power at the beginning of April 2016, Myanmar’s new government will be confronted with a wide range of human rights challenges, and it is unclear, at this stage, what capacity it will have to address them. The Council’s attention on the human rights situation in Myanmar is still necessary to ensure the new government receives the support it needs to fulfil its international human rights obligations and commitments.
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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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