Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:02
11th to 16th 2013 . Twenty delegates from 10 member organizations attended. The meeting is part of the
internetwork consultation process.
Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:36
One of the participants from Palaung area said, “I come from an ethnic area and I participate at this training. In the ethnic area, people do not understand what human rights and human rights abuses are. In this training, I gain and recognize the situation that we are facing, and when I will get back home, I’ll share the knowledge that I gain from this training with my people and will be able to report information on the human rights violations that I see. Such trainings represent a unique opportunity in Burma, especially in ethnic area. I really thank ND-Burma for arranging this training”
ND-Burma’s members in Rangoon conduct the Human Rights Documentation’s training. Among them, 14 participants from ND-Burma organization members coming from various areas joined this training.
In the training, facilitators discuss basic Human Rights, UDHR, international treaties, particularly the ones Burma has signed and the importance of documentation in the context of transitional justice.
ND-Burma was founded in 2004, in order to provide a way for Burma’s human rights organizations to collaborate on the human rights documentation process. The 13 ND-Burma organizations members seek to collectively use the truth of what Burma’s communities have endured to challenge the regime’s power through present-day advocacy, as well as preparing justice and accountability measures in the optic of a potential transition.
A Human Rights Documentation training for the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network was organized by ND-Burma and occurred in Rangoon from May 21 to May 27, 2013. Ko Thar Gyi, a member of ND-Burma organizing in this session, said “ND-Burma will inform Burma’s Human Rights situation to the respective organizations and institutions in Burma through the Human Rights Documentation training, in collaboration with human rights defenders”.
“HRDP is focusing on Human Rights education and intervening for people who have been the victims of human rights violations and abuses. HRDP members will continue to gather Human Rights documentation from what they gain from such trainings, in order to be able to inform human rights real situation on the ground to MNHRC and the Burmese Parliament” Ko Thar Gyi said.
During this training, twenty HRDP participants learnt from Human Rights documentation and methodology.
However, this session faced security threats as members received visits from the local authorities and the police. Ko Thar Gyi explained to them that “working on Human Rights meant collaborating in order to restore democracy in Burma; sadly, local and low rank authorities do not distinguish between Human Rights and politics”.
This session, led by the Human Rights Documentation training, was conducted by ND-Burma for the defense of Human Rights inside Burma. ND-Burma thus aims to strengthen human rights documentation capacity among potential partners and Human Rights defenders right inside the country.
“Human Rights Situation Deteriorated as Fighting Intensified in Kachin State”
Burma's human rights situation in January 2013 remained poor, in large part, due to the intensified fighting in Kachin State. In January 2013, the Burmese military admitted that it had launched an aerial assault against the strongholds of the KIO/KIA.
According to a member organization of the ND-Burma, there are over 25,000 refugees being sheltered in close proximity to the aerial attacks. Reports of civilian causalities have also been received.
The Network for Documentation in Burma (ND-Burma) is thrilled to announce that we have held our first ever Fieldworker Workshop in Mae Sot from September 2nd to September 9th. The training included 18 participants from a diverse group of inside Burma organizations, representing a number of regions.
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