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Magyi Khon Nang Wants Justice

By NAN LWIN HNIN PWINT 18 October 2017 An ethnic Kachin woman in faded clothes, carrying a small baby, entered the compound of the Myanmar Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 319 in Kachin State’s Mansi Township. She came to attend a military court hearing and to seek justice for her late husband who was killed before she gave birth to their last child, who is now three months old. In 2014, Magyi

Myanmar/Burma: Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopted the following conclusions on Myanmar/Burma: “1.  The humanitarian and human rights situation in Rakhine State is extremely serious. There are deeply worrying reports of continuing arson and violence against people and serious human rights violations, including indiscriminate firing of weapons, the presence of landmines and sexual and gender based violence. This is not acceptable and must end immediately. More than 500 000 people, mostly Rohingya, have fled

September Burma justice news: Rakhine, former child soldier faces jail, land rights, ten year anniversary of Saffron Revolution, and more.

Seeking Justice in Burma September 2017  Crisis in Rakhine Since the beginning of the latest military „clearance‟ operations in northern Rakhine State, news from Burma has been dominated by allegations of grave human rights violations against the local Muslim community by the Burmese military. The UN human rights chief has called the operations a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and Human Rights Watch believes the military’s actions amount to “crimes

Opinion: Without justice, the innocent will continue to be killed in Burma

28 SEPTEMBER 2017 Veronica Collins, ND-Burma Abuses reportedly being carried out in Rakhine are the same as have been documented across the country – especially in ethnic nationality areas – since 2004, writes Veronica Collins of the Network for Human Rights Documentation in Burma. At a recent democracy forum held in Burma’s capital Nay Pyi Taw, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was clear about who she believes is to blame for the

Memory of Sacrifice: Memory, Justice and the Saffron Revolution

Aileen Thomson reflects on commemorations of the pro-democracy struggle. [This week’s posts on Tea Circle represent the start of our forum on the “Saffron Revolution,” during which we will feature submissions by those analyzing, debating, and reflecting upon the impact of Myanmar’s 2007 demonstrations, 10 years on. We will continue to accept submissions through the coming weeks, so if you would like to add your voice, whether in your own post or in the form

ND-Burma holds advanced transitional justice training 

From 9 to 14 September, ND-Burma and its Reparations Working Group held an advanced training session on transitional justice in Yangon. Members of the Reparations Working Group examined how other countries have provided redress to victims of human rights violations and discussed what actions the Burmese government will have to take in order to finally end mass state sanctioned abuses. The Reparations Working Group also prepared for the launch of

Recent defamation case in Phakant highlights urgent need to bring the Burma Army under civilian control 

September 8, 2017   Recent defamation case in Phakant highlights urgent need to bring the Burma Army under civilian control   Since the founding of the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) on September 9, 1999, we have been working to promote and protect the rights of women and children in Kachin areas of Burma. Unfortunately, due to worsening Burma Army offensives and abuses, the rights of our communities continue to

ND-Burma bring together members to discuss human rights work  1-5 September, Yangon 

ND-Burma held its 32nd Network meeting from 1-5 September in Yangon. The meeting brought together representatives from 7 member organizations, two affiliates,and one candidate. TheHuman Rights Documentation Network (HRDN) also attended. Attending members included: The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT), The Ta’ang Women’s Organization, the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization, and Equality Myanmar.    Affiliate members the

New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans

New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans A new report launched today exposes how the stunningly beautiful, biodiverse Ngo Chang Hka valley — ancestral home to over 4,500 indigenous people on the eastern Kachin State-China border — is under threat from a cascade of four dams, which are among 50 large hydropower projects planned by the Burmese government, mainly for export. “Saving the