The annual report of Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) documented the human rights situation in Burma from December 2011-January 2013. The report provides information on human rights violations (HRVs) over this period and highlights pressing issues and trends taking place in Burma. The annual report covers human rights violations in 16 categories over all 14 states.
The year 2012 has seen rapid changes in Burma that have led to dramatically increased standing in the international community. Both U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama made unprecedented trips to the previously shunned state.
Over the period of this report, the political landscape in Burma has undergone noticeable shifts. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, once a political prisoner under house arrest, recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the United States where she received the Congres- sional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honour. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the U.S. Congress touted her cooperation with Burmese President Thein Sein, who visited the United Nations in New York City. The trip, at the urging of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, also resulted in the further easing of sanctions on the Burmese gov- ernment, including an end to the crippling ban on imports.
Simultaneously, human rights violations persist throughout the country. Deadly civil war in ethnic areas, forced labour, child sol- diers, torture and ill treatment remain grave concerns. Additionally, this report will emphasize the rampant land confiscation and forced relocation by the Burmese government. Recent events, including the arrests and beatings of farmers protesting the forced relocation of landowners from 66 villages for the Latpadaung copper mine,1 un- derline the on-going human rights violations by the Burmese govern- ment.
This report documents the Government of Burma’s torture and ill treatment against its own people since the 2010 elections. This report demonstrates that the Burmese government continues to commit these abuses despite being bound to international human rights treaties and norms. Furthermore, the lack of domestic legislation prohibiting torture, the absence of an independent judiciary, and an ineffective Human Rights Commission contribute to a climate where torture and ill treatment are perpetrated with impunity.
The periodic report of the Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND–Burma) documents the human rights situation in Burma from March 2011 - March 2012 the period marking President Thein Sein and his government being in office. The ND-Burma periodic report provides up-to-date information on human rights violations (HRVs) and highlights pressing issues and trends within the country. The information gathered covers 16 categories of human rights violations (HRV’s), documented in all 14 states and regions across Burma.
The Documentation and Training Center serves as a physical location to manage the database and to provide small-scale trainings to NDBurma members as well as non-members.
From previous experience, the most effective method for building database skills has been general trainings on using the Martus software followed by individual small-scale (one-on-one or –two) trainings.
The Documentation and Training Center provides a space for similar trainings, whether through a formal program or for short-term ad-hoc trainings with members and non-members who seek NDBurma’s assistance in building their skills with Martus.
This is the briefing paper of the ND-Burma's recent report Intimidation, Imprisonment and Repression: The Road to Military Victory in the 2010 Elections.
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