Burma Parliament ‘Discriminatory’ Religious and Marriage Laws Passed

August 24, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s Parliament has passed controversial laws regulating religion and marriage, amid concern from human rights organisations that the laws further isolate minorities. “Parliament has not only shown disregard for basic human rights norms, but turned up the heat on Burm... Read more ►

Woman Murdered By Burma Army Solider Casts Doubt on Gov’t’s Promises To End Sexual Violence

August 16, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The case of a Burma Army soldier raping and murdering a 28-year-old woman in Shan State throws government promises of an end to sexual violence in doubt, a human rights organisation has claimed. The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) said the murder happened in Ho Pong Town... Read more ►

Committee to Protect Journalists Condemns Attack On Burmese Media Owner

July 20, 2015  •  Author:

The Committee to Protect Journalists urged the Burma government and relevant authorities to “prosecute the perpetrators” of an attack on the owner of the Eleven Media Group. The Burmese media reported that slingshot-wielding assailants attacked Than Htut Aung, the owner ... Read more ►

Karen Animists: “We Want The Right To Live on Our Land and Worship Our Gods…

July 16, 2015  •  Author: Saw Mort

In 1997 the Burma Army forced Karen people from the Mutraw (Papun) District in Karen State from their homes. Many of these people were practicing animists. During the forced displacement, villagers unable to live on their land were many of their deity’s lived, lost many as... Read more ►

Freedom House: Burma Gov’t Charges 17 Journalists

June 29, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights watchdog, Freedom House issued a statement condemning the contempt of court charges filed against 17 journalists in Burma. Freedom House said in their statement that the contempt of court charges filed against the 17 journalists was an indicator of the lack of p... Read more ►

UNHCR Meet With Karen Community Groups to Discuss Repatriation Concerns

June 26, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint, Karen News

Following a statement issued by the Karen Women Organization calling for Burma government and international community to respect the right of refugees on World Refugees’ Day, representatives of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees met with Karen community based... Read more ►

Writer Gets Two-Years Hard Labor for Criticizing Religious Extremism

June 4, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

On Tuesday, the Burma government handed down a two year jail sentence to writer, Htin Lin Oo for criticizing religious extremism in a speech. The Burma Campaign UK in a media statement, urged the British “Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to pressure the Burmese government ... Read more ►

HRW: Rohingya Asylum Seekers Cast Adrift by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia

May 16, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia’s policy of pushing boats of asylum seekers from Burma is‘cold-hearted,’ Human Rights Watch said in a statement released to the media. The International Organization for Migration estimates that as many as 8,000 Rohingya asylum seekers ... Read more ►

Rohingya UK Group – Urges ASEAN to Rescue and Tackle Causes of Refugee Crisis

May 14, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK released a media statement on Wednesday 13 May, requestin,g “ASEAN member states to launch an urgent rescue operation for thousands of Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis stranded in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indone... Read more ►

Fortify Rights: Warns Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia That “Closing Borders and Pushbacks Have Led to Death, Abuse

May 14, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Fortify Rights, a human rights organization that has been documenting the persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya said in a media statement released on Wednesday 13 May that, “Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia should immediately coordinate search and rescue operations f... Read more ►

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