ND-Burma November Justice news: Pope calls on Burma to respect justice and human rights; 14-year-old boy arrested and tortured; journalists jailed; protest ban in Yangon, and more...

November 2017 Pope calls on Burma to commit to justice and respect for human rights During a 4-day visit to Burma, the Pope delivered a speech calling for a future in which there is “peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society.” He also stressed that peace can only come about through “a commitment to justice and respect for human rights.” UN committee tasked with ending

ND-Burma October Justice newsletter:  Ethnic leaders lambast stalled peace process; Kachin and Rakhine rights defenders jailed; no progress on Rakhine, and more....

Seeking Justice in Burma October 2017 Ethnic leaders criticise government on two year anniversary of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement 15 October marked the two year anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and the month saw a number of ethnic leaders and peace negotiators criticise the lack of progress on the peace process. The Chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy criticised the NLD for neglecting ethnic political parties since

ND-Burma member Tavoyan Women's Union speaks to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court about their work:

“The Tavoyan Women’s Union was founded in 1995 in order to fight the injustices being carried out against people living in the Tanintharyi region of southern Burma. Here, land grabs happen frequently and serve to enrich the military and their cronies – the Tavoyan people are rarely sufficiently compensated and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) bring nothing but human rights abuses and environmental destruction. Our work teaches women and their families

ND-Burma takes part in workshop examining role of truth in peace (Aceh, Indonesia)

ND-Burma took part in a workshop entitled “The Role of Truth in Strengthening Peace,” held in Aceh, Indonesia, 9-14 October 2017. The workshop brought together more than 100 policymakers, academics, civil society and survivors from the region to discuss the role of truth commissions in strengthening peace. Participants reflected on the ways that truth commission have contributed to peace building in a number of post-conflict countries in the region and

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