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(Svenska) FN bör utreda pågående människorättsbrott i Myanmar

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(Svenska) I januari gick över 40 civilsamhällesorganisationer från Myanmar ut med uppmaningen att en oberoende internationell kommission måste tillsättas med uppgift att utreda vad som uppges vara pågående brott mot mänskligheten i delstaten Rakhine. Situationen har eskalerat kraftigt sedan hösten 2016 då rohingyafolket blivit måltavla för storskaliga militära operationer. Som ny medlem i säkerhetsrådet har Sverige nu en unik möjlighet att ta initiativet för att avbryta diskrimineringen, innan det är för sent.

Why a UNGA Resolution is Still Needed in Myanmar

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Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), ALTSEAN-Burma, Amnesty International, Article 19, Forum-Asia, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are concerned that the European Union (EU) may not introduce a new resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Our organizations believe that ending the resolution at this time would be premature, and that strong human rights monitoring mechanisms must remain in place to ensure Myanmar continues to press forward with much needed reforms

HuffPost: “Protection Of Myanmar’s Muslims A Litmus Test For Reforms”

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“It’s crucial that the government take concrete measures to remove longstanding restrictions on the Rohingya and the Muslim minority”, writes Shaivalini Parmar, Programme Officer for Myanmar at Civil Rights Defenders, in The World Post on 6 July. “Revoking all policies that place arbitrary limitations on movement would be an appropriate start, so that, at minimum, access to basic services like health and education are no longer impeded”.

Statement: Myanmar Must Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings

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On 5 July, Civil Rights Defenders joins 18 other non-governmental organisations in Myanmar to call on the Government of Myanmar to conduct a formal investigation into the recent destruction of religious buildings in Kachin State and Bago Region. The statement represents a collective show of support from Myanmar civil society for victims of religiously motivated violence in the country. We call on the Government of Myanmar to live up to the aspirations of a democratic Myanmar with respect for human rights.

Myanmar: One Year On, No Justice for Kawng Kha Rape

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One year ago today, two teachers volunteering with the Kachin Baptist Convention were attacked and killed at home in a local church compound in Kawng Kha Village. A year on, there has been little progress towards identifying the perpetrators of the brutal rape, torture and murder. This case demonstrates the pressing need for the country’s incoming leaders to address impunity in genuine efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict.

Will Myanmar’s Government Deliver on Human Rights Commitments?

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In the days following Myanmar’s historic election it was fast apparent that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party NLD had taken a landslide victory. Will the NLD and their allies be able to effectively remedy a long legacy of human rights abuses? What hope is there for the persecuted minority group Rohingya when they appear to have no representation in the new government? Read Civil Rights Defenders’ Op Ed in The Huffington Post.

(Svenska) Valet i Myanmar: “Inte en vändpunkt – men ett steg i rätt riktning”

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(Svenska) Civil Rights Defenders programchef för Sydostasien, Brittis Edman, intervjuas av TV4 om valet i Myanmar. ”Man måste fortsätta och bevaka situationen och de mänskliga rättigheterna och inte riktigt se att det är en vändpunkt utan ett steg i rätt riktning”, säger hon till TV4. De första siffrorna visar på en stor seger för oppositionspartiet NLD, men ännu är inte alla röster räknade i valet som ägde rum den 8 november.

Human Rights in Myanmar

Significant changes have taken place in Myanmar after the quasi-civilian government was installed in 2010, ending a fifty-year military rule. However, the military still has great influence in politics. Corruption and impunity persist and reinforce each other. With current peace negotiations and wide discussions on constitutional reforms as well upcoming elections in 2015, Myanmar is at a crossroads for democratisation or a possible reversal.

Authorities Must Drop Politically Motivated Charges Against Activist

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The Myanmar authorities should immediately release from prison and drop all charges against activist Myat Nu Khaing. Myat Nu Khaing, an independent candidate contesting in the Phyu constituency in Pegu Division, was arrested on October 16 while campaigning for elections in Yangon. “Given the timing of the arrest, these charges appear politically motivated,” said Brittis Edman at Civil Rights Defenders.

(Svenska) Kritiskt för människorättsförsvarare i Myanmar

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(Svenska) Omvärlden måste tala klarspråk om behovet av skydd för människorättsfösvarare i Myanmar. Det säger de burmesiska aktivisterna Khin Ohmar, Aye Aye Cho och Theinny Oo som under ett sverigebesök säger att bilden av det nya Myanmar, som ett land i förändring mot demokrati, inte stämmer. Att omvärlden får upp ögonen är extra viktigt just nu eftersom landet snart går till val.

Published in the Irrawaddy: Human Rights Defenders Continue to Suffer in Burma

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Min Min* has been actively promoting land rights issues for over two decades. In the late 1990s she was arrested and imprisoned for her political activities, and during her detention she was subjected to torture and severe abuse at the hands of authorities. After languishing in prison for years, she was finally released. Undeterred by her experience, she continued to pursue her rights activism.

Published in The Nation: Myanmar, Thailand abandoned Rohingya in their time OF NEED

Published in The Nation May 22, 2015: In the past three years, more than 100,000 Rohingya have fled sectarian violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where they have been subjected to a systemic, state-sponsored campaign of violence, abuse and discrimination, leading to a humanitarian crisis. The international community must awaken now, grasp the urgency of the Rohingya’s plight and do more. How many more mass graves need to be uncovered before we ensure accountability from the government of Myanmar, and put an end to systemic abuses against a recognised vulnerable population?

Tomás Ojea Quintana on challenges in Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana , the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar , recently left Myanmar after their last field trip to the country. He describes the ongoing reforms as a positive step towards democracy in Myanmar , while stressing the remaining challenges .ome and listen to a breakfast seminar with Tomás Ojea Quintana on March 20, when he talks about future challenges for human rights in Myanmar and the role the international community can play in addressing these challenges .

Tomás Ojea Quintana on challenges in Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, describes the ongoing reforms as a positive step towards democracy in Myanmar, while stressing the remaining challenges. On 20 March, he visits Civil Rights Defenders to talk about future challenges for human rights in Myanmar and the role the international community can play in addressing these challenges. Watch live on: http://bambuser.com/v/4459084

(Svenska) Statslösa i sitt eget hemland – om konflikten i västra Burma

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(Svenska) Dagens Burma präglas inte bara av positiv förändring. Den här kortfilmen (10 min) som premiärvisas under Almedalsveckan, visar en annan utveckling – etnisk rensning pågår, delvis i det tysta. I juni 2012 utbröt våldsamheter mellan etniska grupper i delstaten Rakhine i västra Burma. Därefter har våld blossat upp, i huvudsak mot medlemmar av folkgruppen Rohingya, men också mot andra muslimer.

Burmese human rights lawyers inspired in Serbia

Human rights lawyers in Burma do not waste any time when trying to make use of emerging opportunities as their country is opening up. But rule of law is weak, civil society initiatives are nascent and threats against lawyers commonplace. To support them, Civil Rights Defenders has organised a two-week study tour to Serbia for ten activist lawyers, to meet with our partner organisations that work in the field of legal aid.