181 STORIES TAGGED ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’

Worried Community Opposes Power Plant Proposed to Run Myaing Galay Cement Plant

October 14, 2016  •  Author: Nan Wai Pyo Zar and Saw Nyunt Thaung

Local residents and community leaders gathered to meet with local press at Zayat Phyu village on October 8, to express their opposition against the proposed coal power plant to supply electricity for the No.2 Myaing Galay cement plant near Hpa-an. On the mid-September 2016, ... Read more ►

VALE DESMOND BALL – 1947 to 2016 – “He stood with the oppressed people of Burma…”

October 12, 2016  •  Author: Phil Thornton

Professor Desmond Ball, academic, military strategist and author of more than 40 books on military intelligence, died today at 3:35pm Australian time. Des work was impressive. He spent time inside US top secret nuclear and command centres, advising the CIA, the White House a... Read more ►

HRW: US Government ‘Should Retain Key Sanctions’

September 9, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The New York based human rights organisation Human Rights Watch has called on the US Government to retain ‘key sanctions’ in order to keep pressure on the Burmese military to reform. “US sanctions are focused on the Burmese military and its cronies, not the people of B... Read more ►

*INVESTIGATION-Abuses, exploitation rife in Myanmar’s forgotten prison labour camps

September 6, 2016  •  Author: Swe Win

Some 20,000 convicts toil in prison labour camps across the country, where they face abuse, exploitation and forced labour, a Myanmar Now investigation finds. NAUNG CHO TOWNSHIP, Shan State (Myanmar Now) – Under the glare of the midday sun, several dozen men wearing blue o... Read more ►

Refugee Community on the Thai-Burma Border Caught in Hard Place

September 2, 2016  •  Author: Jami Campbell

Funding cuts have decreased food rations, negatively impacted already weakened health care and education systems, and a resettlement process has taken many in community leadership roles before replacements can be adequately trained. Refugees feel they are being forced to ... Read more ►

Burma Army’s War in Kachin, Shan States ‘Escalating’

August 31, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A report by the frontline humanitarian organisation Free Burma Rangers has said that the war in Kachin and Shan States is escalating. The FBR said in a report dated 29 August 2016 that “clashes and infantry assaults backed by mortar attacks are now a daily occurrence, and ... Read more ►

**Abused at home, Myanmar women failed by law and traditions

August 31, 2016  •  Author: Ei Cherry Aung/Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Last month, Phyu Phyu made a life-changing decision that few women in Myanmar dare to take in her situation: the 38-year-old mother of two left the family home in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township to escape her abusive husband. “I was hit with a ... Read more ►

VALE – SAW KWEH SAY – 1973 to 2016 KAREN ACTIVIST AND DOCUMENTARY MAKER

August 30, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Saw Kweh Say Karen activist, songwriter, singer, filmmaker and founding member of Karen News, died in Mae Sot at the age of 43. Kweh Say suffered from diabetes and number of other health related illnesses in recent years. His commitment to his family, Karen related issues w... Read more ►

Report Highlights Ethnic Women’s Mistrust of Govt After Decades of War, Human Rights Abuses

August 3, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A new report by the Karen Human Rights Group has documented the insecurity and mistrust ethnic women have to Burmese authorities following decades of armed conflict. The report, entitled Hidden Strengths, Hidden Struggles, catalogues some of the main concerns ethnic women ha... Read more ►

Human Rights Groups Call for Investigation into Destruction of Mosques

July 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A group of 19 community based organizations has called for an official investigation into the destruction of religious buildings in Burma. The statement was signed on behalf of a range of ethnic and human rights groups both local and international including Burma Campaign UK... Read more ►

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