181 STORIES TAGGED ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’

End Colonial-Era Laws, Human Rights Watch says

June 29, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s new Government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National league for Democracy party, is in a position to repeal a swathe of colonial-era laws that criminalize cornerstones of a functioning democracy, including freedom of assembly and free speech. Human Rights Watch has... Read more ►

Burma Army Behind “Systemic Torture” of Civilians, says Report


June 29, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army is engaging in “systemic torture” of civilians, a report by the Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO) has found. The TWO is a community based human rights advocacy organization representing the ethnic Ta’ang, a minority in Eastern Burma. The report, Tra... Read more ►

Human Rights Watch Criticises New Assembly Law Proposal

June 8, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch has criticized an assembly law proposed by Burma’s National League of Democracy government, saying it needs “significant revisions” to meet international standards. Burma’s Assembly Law currently requires citizens to apply for government approval f... Read more ►

Burma Army Commander, Uses Guns to Reinforce Demands for Logs and Forced Labor from Villagers

June 4, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Local villagers from Maw Kee in Myawaddy District were frightened by gunshot fired Burma army commander near their village. Villagers said the Burma Army was angry in negotiation with villagers when he demanded timber. Burma Army soldiers led by Major Nyunt Win Hlaing from ... Read more ►

“All My Clothes Were Wet with Blood…” – Burma Army Accused of “Torturing and Killing” Civilians in Shan State

June 4, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A community-based human rights organisation alleges that Burma Army soldiers stationed in Shan State are committing grave human rights violations. The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) said in a public statement that Burma Army forces in Shan State have used “torture, ex... Read more ►

HRW: New Government Must Make Human Rights ‘Top Priority’

May 9, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Prominent human rights advocacy organization, Human Rights Watch calls for new civilian government to push for human rights reforms. In a statement released today, Human Rights Watch has called on the new National League for Democracy government to make human rights a “top... Read more ►

Burma Government Urged to Release Religious Tolerance Advocates

May 3, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights advocacy organisation has led calls to release three prominent religious tolerance activists. The activists, Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and Zaw Win Bo, are Muslim and Hindu members of Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar – Peace Seekers and Multiculturalist Movemen... Read more ►

International Group Calls on Burma’s Gov’t to Address Human Rights Abuses, Discrimination and Violence Against the Rohingya People

April 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The European Burma Network has called on the newly elected NLD government of Burma to “act swiftly” in addressing the humanitarian crisis confronting the country’s Muslim Rohingya population. “The past five years have seen a dramatic escalation of human rights abuses... Read more ►

Fortify Rights Calls on US Government to Downgrade Burma’s Trafficking Rating

March 24, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights organization, Fortify Rights, based in South East Asia has called upon the US Department of State to assign Burma a ‘Tier-3’ ranking on its upcoming Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. Burma is currently ranked as a Tier-2 country on the US Depart... Read more ►

Fortify Rights: Burma Army Using Civilians As Forced Labor Under Threat of Death

March 20, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Army soldiers have forced civilians to work for them in Rakhine State, under threat of death if they do not, Fortify Rights a human rights watchdog based in South East Asia said. Fortify Rights said that ethnic Rakhine civilians were forced to dig graves and carry supp... Read more ►

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