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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 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.

(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) 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.


(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.

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.