Network for Human Rights Documentation-Burma
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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.
ND-Burma Periodic Report underlines human rights abuses in Burma, with focus on land confiscation
Media Advisory: ND-Burma Periodic Report underlines human rights abuses in Burma, with focus on land confiscation. The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) has released a periodic report documenting the human rights situation in Burma during the period of April 2012– September 2012. The report documents 114 cases of human rights violations (HRVs) committed by the government and its supporters in the 14 states and regions throughout Burma.
ND-Burma documented 27 cases of forced labour, 26 cases of land confiscation and 21 cases of torture. The violations were committed as direct result of on-going armed conflict, and the marriage of military and industry.
According to the report, “The confiscation and destruction of property that ND-Burma has reported through the efforts of field workers has been reflected by the growing number of reports in recent news out of Burma. The weakness of the 2012 Farmland Law has allowed the government and closely linked businesses to continue to commit these HRVs unabated.”
The report goes on to note, “As ND-Burma has documented in case studies, for every report of land being confiscated or property destroyed, there are families and entire villages of people across Burma being stripped of their livelihoods.
It should be noted that the report does not serve as a representative sampling of all HRVs that take place in Burma. Because of security concerns, human rights monitoring cannot take place openly.
The full report can be viewed at: www.nd-burma.org
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In February 2010, Burma Issues conducted a field trip inside Karen State to raise internally displaced persons' (IDPs) awareness of the upcoming elections. While they were watching a video, the township where the IDPs were staying was attacked by the Burmese Military's Army. They had to flee into the jungle and our cameraman decided to follow.
He became particularly interested in one family-a grand grandmother, 2 parents, and 4 young children-who have ensured permanent displacement for 3 generations. For 4 months he became deeply involved with them and managed to film an intimate portrait of their daily struggles. He had returned after a period of time to assess if their lives had improved. But they hadn't.
As the family had to leave all of their possessions behind, their life is now a cyclical nightmare. Every time they manage to build a hut for shelter, or manage to plant a basic crop, they have to flee from violence. Soldiers and landmines ensure that returning is out of the question, which raises obvious questions about whether it is a safe time to consider the repatriation of Burmese refugees from Thailand. Regardless of the risks however, the family manage to keep on building new shelters but never manage to make a home.
Although shot in eastern Burma, this video highlights the plight of the countless millions of IDPs across the country who have to contend with extreme violence, food shortages and a lack of access to health care and education.
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The manual is one of the collective efforts of the 12 member organizations of the ND-Burma.
ND-Burma has been documenting the human rights violations with the aim of seeking truth and justice for a peaceful democratic transition in Burma. In doing so, the ND-Burma’s Training Team has held a series of human rights documentation training for field workers as well as other human rights organizations in Burma. The training manual is being published to allow them to be more effective.
The ND-Burma would like to express its gratitude towards the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)’s Burma Program, including Patrick Pierce, Hla Myat Tun, and Monica Tulchinsky, for their editions, ND-Burma member organizations for their constructive feedbacks, Kyaw Thura for translation from English to Burmese, and London based Aegis Trust for their financial assistance to publication.
Network for Human Rights Documentation in Burma (ND-Burma) July 2012
Summary of the Current Situation There were at least 21 detentions, 2 arrests, 1 sentencing, and 2 releases in the month of May 2012. Trends May has been marked by a sharp contrast between an international rush to lift sanctions and commend the limited political reforms underway, and the reality of continued human rights violations, especially with regard to political prisoners.