For Immediate Release
22 September 2010
ND-Burma Releases Periodic Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma
The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) today released its latest Periodic Report documenting human rights violations in Burma from January to July of this year.
Over this period, ND-Burma has documented a total of 352 human rights violations. In the areas where cases were gathered, forced labor, confiscation or destruction of property, torture and inhumane or degrading treatment are among the most prevalent human rights violations. Arbitrary and corrupt taxation is a violation that is challenging the survival of many families in Burma. For more information on this topic, see ND-Burma’s recent report, We have to give them so much that our stomachs are empty of food: The Hidden Impact of Burma’s Arbitrary and Corrupt Taxation (available at www.nd-burma.org).
“These are not just isolated cases; the military regime is systematically attacking civilians in Burma. The cases in this report add more details to the growing body of evidence that the regime may indeed be committing crimes against humanity,” Ko Tate Naing, Advisory Board member of ND-Burma, said.
Over the same period, ND-Burma documented 60 election-related violations committed by the military regime and its supporters. “During this reporting period, we saw that there were restrictions on freedom of movement, expression and association and a threat of violence and intimidation and arbitrary arrest. These are not conditions conducive to free, fair and democratic elections,” Moon Nay Li, Management Board member of ND-Burma, said.
ND-Burma fieldworkers put themselves at great risk to document these human rights abuses. Because this monitoring cannot take place openly, a comprehensive representation of all human rights violations that happen in Burma is not possible. However, ND-Burma’s reports feature information from a wide range of areas of Burma and cover 16 categories of human rights violations. These Periodic Reports provide up-to date information and highlight pressing issues and trends within the country including election-related human rights violations in the pre-election period.
ND-Burma will continue to document election-related human rights violations in the lead up to election day, and will be releasing a comprehensive report on the subject.
ND-Burma’s 13 member organizations seek to collectively use the truth of what communities in Burma have endured to challenge the regime’s power through present-day advocacy as well as prepare for justice and accountability measures in a potential transition.
For further information, please contact –
Ko Tate Naing: email@example.com (+66 (0)81 287 8751)
Moon Nay Li: firstname.lastname@example.org (+66 (0)85 625 1912)