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(English) Urgent Action Needed to End Escalating Violence in Myanmar

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(English) Reports estimate that more than 270,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following the outbreak of violence two weeks ago. In a joint open letter on 8 September, Civil Rights Defenders and 39 other organisations call on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently act by passing a resolution on Myanmar calling for an end to abuses against the population in Rakhine state and ensuring immediate humanitarian access.

(English) Myanmar Must Repeal Law Which Criminalises Peaceful Online Communication

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(English) In the last two years, the Telecommunications Law in Myanmar has opened the door to a wave of criminal prosecutions of individuals for peaceful communications on Facebook and has increasingly been used to stifle criticism of the authorities. According to a research group, which has been documenting prosecutions, at least 71 people are known to have been charged for online defamation under the law. Together with 60 other signatories, we urge the authorities to repeal parts of the law.

(English) Recommendations Regarding State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit to Sweden

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(English) Since the National League of Democracy (NLD) took office in Myanmar in 2016 the new administration has failed to carry out significant reform. We recognize the continued domination by the military, but the new government’s ability and willingness to improve the human rights situation is deeply disappointing. Read Civil Rights Defenders recommendations regarding state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Sweden in June.

(English) Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights Must Raise Violations in Upcoming Visit to Myanmar

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and The Swedish Burma Committee in a joint letter to Annika Ben David, Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights, urge that the following recommendations regarding widespread human rights violations are brought to the table in all dialogues with the Burmese Government. The trip on 22 May 2017 takes place in an atmosphere that has recently seen the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi reject a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

(English) Myanmar Must Cooperate With International Mission Investigating Grave Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with 22 civil society organisations in a letter to several states; including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation call on them to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State.

FN bör utreda pågående människorättsbrott i Myanmar

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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.

(English) Why a UNGA Resolution is Still Needed in Myanmar

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(English) 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

(English) HuffPost: ”Protection Of Myanmar’s Muslims A Litmus Test For Reforms”

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(English) ”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”.

(English) Statement: Myanmar Must Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings

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(English) 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.

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

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(English) 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.

(English) Will Myanmar’s Government Deliver on Human Rights Commitments?

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(English) 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.

Myanmar har röstat för förändring

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Den 8 november röstade miljontals väljare i Myanmars historiska val. Efter nästan 50 år av militärt styre var euforin påtaglig och valdagen fortskred i stort sett utan rapporter om större oegentligheter eller våld. Valdeltagandet låg på omkring 84 procent och Aung San Suu Kyis NLD vann en jordskredsseger. Civil Rights Defenders var på plats för att dokumentera processen. Här kan du läsa vår summering och titta på bilder från valet.

Valet i Myanmar: ”Inte en vändpunkt – men ett steg i rätt riktning”

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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.

(English) How the Rohingya Have Been Excluded From the Elections

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(English) After almost five decades under despotic military rule, the people of Myanmar will head to the polls on November 8. But hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority group, have lost their right to vote, entrenching and deepening discrimination against them. Many Muslims and almost all Rohingya seeking to compete for Parliament have been effectively disqualified.


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Sedan den kvasi-civila regeringen installerades 2010 har betydelsefulla förändringar skett i Myanmar. Ett femtio år långt militärstyre har fått ett avslut, och fredsförhandlingar och diskussioner om konstitutionell reform har fått ett uppsving. Militären har emellertid fortfarande stort inflytande över politiken, och korruption och strafflöshet både kvarstår och spär på varandra. Efter valet 2015, där Aung San Suu Kyis NLD vann en jordskredsseger, återstår nu att se om verklig förändring kommer att ske i landet.

(English) Authorities Must Drop Politically Motivated Charges Against Activist

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(English) 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.

(English) Seminar: Myanmar Elections – Aftermath and Implications

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(English) In less then a month Myanmar is holding historical general elections. What will happen after the elections in terms of democratization and human rights? On 21 October, Civil Rights Defenders, Diakonia and the Swedish Burma Committee are organising a seminar with two leading human rights defenders from the country about the implications and aftermath of the elections. Welcome to attend!

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

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(English) 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.

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

(English) 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?

Seminarie: Rohingyakrisen i Myanmar – Valet 2015 och framåt

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Myanmar befinner sig i ett vägskäl mellan politiska reformer och militärt styre. Civil Rights Defenders inbjuder dig att lyssna på Maung Zarni, burmesisk demokratiaktivist i exil, människorättskämpe och gästföreläsare i rasism, våld och folkmord på institutionen för global hälsa och socialmedicin vid Harvard Medical School. Under seminariet kommer han tala om förföljelsen av Rohingya och riskerna för framtiden, inte minst i samband med valet 2015.

Tomás Ojea Quintana om utmaningar i Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, FN:s specialrapportör för situationen för mänskliga rättigheter i Myanmar, lämnade nyligen Myanmar efter sin sista fältresa till landet. Han beskriver de pågående reformerna som positiva steg på vägen mot demokrati i Myanmar, men betonar samtidigt kvarstående utmaningar. Kom och lyssna på ett frukostseminarium med Tomás Ojea Quintana den 20 mars, när han berättar om framtida utmaningar för de mänskliga rättigheterna i Myanmar och vilken roll det internationella samfundet kan ha i hanteringen av dessa utmaningar.

Tomás Ojea Quintana om utmaningar i Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, FN:s specialrapportör för situationen för mänskliga rättigheter i Myanmar, beskriver de pågående reformerna som positiva steg på vägen mot demokrati, men betonar samtidigt kvarstående utmaningar. Den 20 mars besöker han Civil Rights Defenders och berättar om framtida utmaningar vad gäller de mänskliga rättigheterna i Myanmar samt vilken roll det internationella samfundet kan ha. Se live på: http://bambuser.com/v/4459084

Statslösa i sitt eget hemland – om konflikten i västra Burma

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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.

Burmesiska människorättsjurister inspireras i Serbien

Människorättsjurister i Burma slösar inte tid på oväsentligheter när de försöker utnyttja möjligheterna i ett land som öppnar sig. Men rättsstaten är ännu svag, det civila samhällets initiativ är i sin linda och hot mot advokater vardagsmat. För att stödja dem har Civil Rights Defenders organiserat en två veckor lång studieresa till Serbien för tio människorättsjurister för att de ska få träffa organisationens samarbetspartner inom rättshjälpsområdet.