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Three years of uncertainty over murder of Kachin school teachers

19 January 2018, Rangoon   Three years of uncertainty over murder of Kachin school teachers The recent military’s admission of extrajudicial killings paves the way for further acknowledgements of human rights violations committed by its troops On the three year anniversary of the rape and murder of two Kachin schoolteachers in Shabuk Kawng Kha, Kachin State, the Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) calls on the government to

9 People Reported Dead After Police Crackdown on Protest in Mrauk-U

By MOE MYINT 17 January 2018 YANGON — A police crackdown on a protest in northern Rakhine State’s ancient city of Mrauk-U on Tuesday night left at least nine people dead and 12 severely wounded by gunfire, according to a local lawmaker. U Tun Thar Sein, who represents Mrauk-U (1) in the state Parliament, spoke with The Irrawaddy over the phone at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday after returning home from Mrauk-U’s general

Incitement trial against former child soldier will continue, judge rules

Hopes that the judge presiding over a controversial court case involving a former child soldier would drop the incitement charge brought against him were dashed on Wednesday as the magistrate in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan Township decided to allow the prosecution to proceed. The former child soldier Aung Ko Htwe, his lawyer and family members had thought the judge might rule against continuing the trial, in which the defendant has been

More Than Words: Apologies as a Form of Reparation

1/27/2016 Official public apologies are an important element of a transitional justice policy. As a form of symbolic reparation, an apology is a formal, solemn and, in most cases, public acknowledgement that human rights violations were committed in the past, that they caused serious and often irreparable harm to victims, and that the state, group, or individual apologizing is accepting some or all of the responsibility for what happened. Th

Myanmar: reverse laws and practices that perpetuate military impunity – new ICJ report

Myanmar’s government must take concrete action to counteract decades of military impunity for human rights violations, the ICJ concluded in a report published today. The report Achieving Justice for Gross Human Rights Violations in Myanmarfinds that gross human rights violations in Myanmar rarely go punished, particularly in conflict areas. Justice remains elusive for victims and their families as a result of laws, institutions and investigative practices that protect members of security

State Counsellor sends condolences for victims of Rakhine State riot

January 17, 2018 State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed condolences yesterday to the victims of the riot that occurred in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State on Tuesday, and pledged to probe the incident, take action against those who violated the law, and restore community peace and the rule of law. She made the remark in her opening address during a meeting on Rakhine State yesterday at the Presidential Palace in

Myanmar military admits mass murder of Rohingya

YANGON: Myanmar’s military admitted on Wednesday its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September. Local Buddhist villagers joined in the mass murder by digging the mass grave and forcing the captured men into it. “Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder,” the military said in a statement. A five-member military team led by Lt Gen Aye

Refugees rise in Kachin, Shan states due to clashes

THE number of people displaced in the escalating clashes between government forces and ethnic armed groups in Shan and Kachin states rose to 1200, aid officials said Thursday. Some 1100 people from Kaing Tine, Kyaukphyu Lay, Ar Pyaung and Hgin Gar villages fled to Kyaukme city due to fighting between Tatmadaw and Ta’aung (Palaung) National Liberation Army (TNLA) in northern Shan State’s Kyaukme and Namsan townships, according to Shan State Department

Ex-Political Prisoner Makes Art From Plastic Refuse

By KYAW PHYO THA 5 January 2018 Shortly before daybreak on the last day of 2017, San Zaw Htway, a Myanmar artist famous for his collages made from recycled plastic bags and also a former political prisoner, succumbed to a liver ailment in a Yangon hospital. Known for his humility and the promotion of his collage techniques among children, including those in internally displaced person camps, the 44-year-old had been diagnosed with