Burma Campaign UK: ‘Hundreds’ of political activist still rotting in Burma’s prisons

August 7, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Burma Campaign UK, a prominent rights advocacy group, has accused the President of Burma, U Thein Sein, of keeping hundreds of political prisoners in jail despite his claims of democratic reform and liberalising the country’s political system. The group has highlighted the... Read more ►

President releases 73 political prisoners, but hundreds more await potential prison sentences

July 27, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Burma’s government released 73 prisoners on the 23rd of July, a move welcomed by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). The AAPP is cautious in it’s praise of the current release of political prisoners made by Burma’s government. “Despite the posi... Read more ►

Thein Sein’s pledge to release all political prisoners looks hollow as 74 year-old activist is jailed

July 22, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

A prominent human rights group has called into question President Thein Sein’s recent commitment to clear Burma’s jails of prisoners of conscience by the end of the year, with a human rights activist jailed in Rakhine State the same day the announcement was made. The Ass... Read more ►

Caught in a Two-Front War in Post-Ceasefire Karen State

July 18, 2013  •  Author: Saw Greh Moo*

Despite a ceasefire agreement between the Karen National Union and the Burma government and endless rounds of dead-end peace-talks, the Burma Army continues to consolidate and reinforce its military bases in Karen State. Many observers fear the government is ‘playing’ pe... Read more ►

Shan Rights Group: Stop attacking ceasefire groups and civilians…

July 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

A Shan human rights group condemned the Burma Army for shelling a Buddhist temple in central Shan State, eastern Burma and said the government disrespects religion, except when it uses it for its own propaganda. The Shan Human Rights Foundation claim that last week Burmese t... Read more ►

Burma Army attacks in Shan State undermine Govt’s claims of human rights reform

July 7, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Burma’s military has renewed offensives in Shan State this month, leading to displacement of civilians and has occupied a Buddhist temple, turning it into a military base, say local rights group. As Burma’s military attacked the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) last week, a... Read more ►

UK MP: ethnic cleansing of Rohingya needs investigating…

June 12, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Britain’s Foreign Office Minister says investigation into ethnic conflict in Burma is needed. Britain’s Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi noted in parliament that “independent investigative work” is required for “an informed assessment as to whether ethnic cl... Read more ►

KNU Mergui-Tavoy leaders under pressure from Burma Army

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Eh Na

Karen News has learnt that Burma Army leaders and officers in Tenasserim Division are under orders to create disagreement among the Karen National Union (KNU) leaders in Mergui-Tavoy District. A Burma Army source in the Dawei area, who requested that his name not to be used,... Read more ►

HRW: Japan’s PM’s Burma visit must not ignore abuses

May 27, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should make improving human rights in Burma a key priority during his visit to the country , the New York based Human Rights Watch said in a statement released to coincide with Mr Abe’s visit. Mr Abe’s three-day visit to Burma, started ... Read more ►

HR Groups – President Thein Sein fails to live up to his reform promises

May 21, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Burma’s President U Thein Sein arrived in Washington on Saturday and met with United States President Barack Obama today (Thai time) amidst criticism’s from international human rights groups that the Burmese’s government has failed to carry out its reforms promises mad... Read more ►

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