Burma’s Decision to Sign Sexual Violence Declaration Labeled a ‘PR Exercise’

June 9, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

President U Thein Sein decision to sign the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence a week before the global summit in London on sexual violence in conflict has been labeled a “PR Exercise” by a British based human rights advocacy organisation. Burma Campaign UK... Read more ►

Burma’s Move on Marriage Restrictions Spark International Alarm of an Attack on Rights of Women and Minorities

June 6, 2014  •  Author:

Alarm is mounting over a suit of newly proposed laws regarding marriage and religion, proposed by a group allegedly connected to the extremist Buddhist nationalist ‘969’ movement, with international rights watchdogs and community groups alike warning that they discrimina... Read more ►

Karen General – Constitutional Reform ‘Our Greatest Concern’

June 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

In an exclusive Karen News interview a senior commander in the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) has added his voice to the growing calls for Burma’s military-backed government to amend the country’s undemocratic constitution before the 2015 national elections, as it... Read more ►

Burma Govt Still Arresting Political Activists – 59 Remain In The Country’s Prisons

May 28, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Despite the much-lauded government reforms by the international community and President U Thein Sein’s 2013 promise to release all political prisoners, Burma’s military backed government is still clamping down on voices critical of the government, including political act... Read more ►

Burma’s Draconian Protest Laws Repress Dissent

April 28, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy organisation, has called for Burma’s President to release the country’s remaining political prisoners and repeal Article 18 of the controversial Peaceful Procession and Peaceful Assembly Law, claiming that the law is being used ... Read more ►

Burma Army Offensive Displaces Thousands, Amidst Reports of Rape and Shooting of Civilians

April 23, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Reports of rape and the murder of two civilians have emerged following a Burma Army offensive in parts of Kachin State and Shan State, that has also led to more than three thousand civilians displaced in the attacks. The frontline humanitarian organisation, Free Burma Ranger... Read more ►

Ethnic Groups And Advocates Demand Investigation Into Burma Army’s Systematic Use Of Rape, Sexual Violence

April 22, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights organisations and ethnic political groups have called for an international investigation into systematic sexual abuses committed by the Burma Army, noting that reports of rape continue to emerge three years after reformist President Thein Sein’s administration... Read more ►

Rohingya Don’t Count In Burma Census

April 4, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Burma’s census discriminates against ethnic Rohingya Muslims by refusing to recognise their existence, according to international rights groups, with even the UN agency tasked with carrying out the census expressing deep concerns. A man picks at a bruised piece of fruit, t... Read more ►

HRW: Proposed Marriage Law “Violates Women’s Rights”

April 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

International rights group condemns marriage law proposal in Burma’s parliament as violating the rights of women and religious minorities. In an interview with Karen News a human rights advocate warns that the proposed law is a “bluntly racist answer to a paranoid racist... Read more ►

Media Laws ‘Unnecessarily Controlling’ says IFJ

March 19, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An international organisation representing journalists worldwide said it welcomed the passing of Burma’s first press laws, but raised concerns over elements of the legislation as being “unnecessarily controlling.” The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), call... Read more ►

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