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 ►

Karen Women Pressure Politicians To Fulfill Obligation To Increase Their Numbers In Peace Process

March 11, 2016  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

To mark International Women’s Day, Karen women’s groups demand involvement in the Burma peace building process and reminded politicians to keep their promise of giving women a 30% stake in the process. International Women’s Day ceremonies were widely held in KNU contr... Read more ►

BURMA: Number of Politically Motivated Arrests on the Rise, says Asian Human Rights Commission

March 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A report by the Asian Human Rights Commission warns of a rise in the number of politically motivated arrests. The AHRC welcomed the prospect of the newly elected NLD led civilian government, but pointed to Burma’s ongoing human rights violations. “Despite the historic el... Read more ►

Human Rights Organisation Allege Government ‘Cover-up’ at the “Highest Levels” in Murder Investigation

January 21, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The Burma Army covered up evidence that members of its armed forces may have raped and murdered two young Kachin teachers last year, a report released by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) alleged. The report, entitled ‘Justice Delayed, Justice Denied,’ pre... Read more ►

Six Men Charged over Using Term ‘Rohingya’ in a 2016 Calendar

December 15, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Six men have been charged over printing a 2016 calendar which used the term Rohingya, leading to condemnation from a prominent human rights organisation. The calendar, printed in November of this year, referred to Rohingya as an ethnic group of Burma, and was printed in thre... Read more ►

Local NGOs Accuse Government of ‘War Crimes’ in Shan State Conflict

December 11, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A coalition of Shan community based organisations has accused the Burmese Government of committing ‘war crimes’ in the ongoing Shan State conflict. At a press conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, more than 30 Shan community organisations, including Shan Human Rights Fou... Read more ►

Burma Army Accused of Using Sexual Violence in Shan State Conflict

November 30, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Army soldiers are perpetrating sexual violence against women in conflict areas inside Shan State, according to a local human rights organisation. The Shan Human Rights Foundation documented at least eight cases of sexual violence committed by Burma Army soldiers in ce... Read more ►

Yale Law School: Treatment of Rohingya “could constitute genocide”

November 3, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s government is under pressure to establish an independent inquiry into the treatment of ethnic Rohingya with a new report highlighting widespread human rights abuses that, “could constitute genocide.” A report conducted by the Allard K. Lowenstein Intern... Read more ►

Burma Army “Using Civilians as ‘Human Shields’ in Shan State …”

September 21, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights organisation has accused the Burma Army of forcing 10 villagers to be human shields during fighting in Shan State. The Shan Human Rights Foundation said that Burma Army forced villagers from Kunhing township – in southern Shan State – to march with the... Read more ►

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