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Minorities speak at the UN: India 

H. Benjamin Mate, of the Indo-Myanmar Tribal Development Association, spoke at the UN Forum on Minority Issues. He described the condition of Kuki people in India and Burma: alienated  and expropriated of their identity and rights.To read his full statement, click here.“These regions have been often described as India’s biggest zoo by the mainland Indian. The basic necessities such as safe drinking water, sanitation,...

Burma: Children displaced by war face hunger, forced labor 

In eastern Burma, schools have been forced to close due to military offensives, displacement, economic hardship, and human rights abuses. There are large number of stateless children in Eastern Burma and Thailand. The International Organization for Migration estimates that there are 200,000 migrant children in Thailand.In an interview, one 17-year-old migrant said this about the regime, which is officially known as the State Peace and...

Burma: Kachin women trafficked into forced marriages, prostitution in China 

Ethnic Kachin women are being trafficked across the border into China and sold into forced marriages and prostitution, according the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). The organization has documented more than 130 such cases during the past year, some including children. KWAT blames the practice on widespread poverty in Burma brought about by decades of military rule. “According to the latest information we have...

Bangladesh: 'Rohingya – a people without hope', winner of the Minority Voices young Journalist Award  

The English translation of the story below won the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award, a prize awarded by Minority Rights Group (MRG) to young professional and student journalists covering issues affecting minority and indigenous communities in developing countries. Journalist Per Liljas’ entry was described by judges as “outstanding, brilliant and a cut above the rest”. Winners were announced in March and Liljas, who took...

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011 

Women from minority and indigenous communities are targeted for rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and killings specifically because of their ethnic, religious or indigenous identity, Minority Rights Group International says in its 2011 annual report launched today. In the flagship annual publication, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011, MRG documents cases from across the world showing how...

Burma: conflict leads to spike in trafficking of Palaung minority 

The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) has released a new report that explores and uncovers human trafficking in ethnic Palaung areas of Burma.PWO has documented 72 cases of actual or suspected trafficking involving 110 people, which took place along the China-Burma border, mostly during the past six years. The majority of those trafficked were young Palaung women from tea farming communities in Namkham, Namhsan and...

Foreign investment threatens Burma's ethnic minorities: report 

Foreign investment has risen dramatically over the past year, as international companies cooperate with Burma’s government to exploit the country’s natural resources. But those resources are concentrated in areas occupied by ethnic minorities, and projects such as hydroelectric dams have already sparked fighting between ethnic armed groups and government forces.The influx of investment threatens both ethnic minorities and the environment, according to a new...

China digs in across conflict-ridden Burma to access oil and gas  

A report released by the Shwe Gas Movement reveals the disturbing extent to which China has advanced construction of a trans-Burma oil and gas pipelines project, despite raging conflict and associated abuses. Sold Out details the expanding construction of a deep sea port, gas terminal, and oil transfer point in Burma’s western Arakan State as well as the laying of nearly 800...

Burma: Military targeting civilians in Kachin State 

A rights group is demanding the release of four ethnic Kachin women believed to be held captive as sex slaves by the Burma Army.The Chiang Mai-based Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT) says it is "gravely concerned" for the lives of the four women.Escaped porters who fled from an outpost near the Chinese border with Kachin State told the group the four women were being...

Burma: Resource development fuels ethnic conflict 

A Thai company and the Burmese government are planning to construct a hydroelectric dam in Karen state. The dam is expected to displace ethnic Karen from the surrounding communities and has already led to clashes between Karen rebels and the Burmese army.The project is one of roughly 50 hydropower projects already in the pipeline throughout the country. It's also part of a worrying trend...

Burma: Regime's land grabs disrupt lives in minority communities 

Almost two-thirds of farming families from ethnic Ta’ang communities in Burma’s northern Shan State have lost land to the country’s powerful military, according to a new report. The Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization, or TSYO, says 63 percent of farming families from the Ta’ang community in the area have had land confiscated by the military. The Ta’ang are also known as Palaung. TSYO researchers...

Burma: Mega-dams to impact thousands 

Burma’s military-backed government is proceeding with two mega dams on Burma’s Shweli River, a major tributary of the Irrawaddy, which will forcibly displace 3,000 people and directly impact over 15,000 people. The report, Shweli Under Siege, details how farmlands have been confiscated, roads built, and surveying conducted under military escort in preparation for construction of two hydropower dams in northern Shan State,...

Burma: Interview with Salai Za Uk Ling, an activist with the Chin Human Rights Organization 

The Chin people have for decades faced racial discrimination, religious persecution, forced labour and internal displacement. In this interview with MRG's Director of Prgrammes, Shobha Das, Salai Za Uk Ling, Program Director at the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), describes the systematic human rights violations that come as a result of the heavy presence of the Burmese Army. He covers several pertinent issues including...

Burma: Stateless Rohingya Children are deprived of Education at Home and Diaspora  

Download an article on the current situation for the Rohingya minority in thier home country of Burma and wider diaspora communities, from the Rohingya Society in Malaysia....

Where is the dignity of Burma? 

Download a report 'Where is the Dignity of the Chin of Burma? Time to speak out about crimes against humanity in Chin State.'...

India/Burma: Hopeful Chins Look to Don Bosco Ashayalam to be a Saving Grace 

27 March 2012 - Delhi, India: The Burmese Chin refugees started boycotting the services of the UNHCR implementing partner YMCA last July 7, 2011 because many of the Indian employees at the YMCA providing the services were very discriminating, rude, told outlandish lies, threatened parents, and did not care or show compassion to the refugees they were supposed to be helping. ...

Burma: Foreign investment is a catalyst for conflict 

Foreign investments are causing increasing conflict and abuses in northern Burma, despite recent ceasefire agreements and talk of reform in the country, according to a briefing paper released today by an ethnic Ta’ang group. Catalyst for Conflict by the Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO) documents how Burma Army soldiers deployed to secure Chinese mega projects, including oil and gas pipelines and hydropower...

Burma: International support needed to protect Rohingyas from persecution 

Statement, 14 June 2012 Odhikar is deeply alarmed by rapidly deteriorating sectarian violence in the Rakhine State of western Burma since June 3, 2012. So far the facts and evidence received by Odhikar depicts a grim scenario in which the minority Rohingyas are particularly persecuted and forced to leave their homeland. They are being killed, wounded and their villages burnt and when they try...

Burma: Dams feed ethnic conflict  

‘The soldiers came to my house and said, “Starting now you cannot grow on the farms near the river,” and I asked him back: “Why?” He gave the reason that they will build the dam in that area. They confiscated the land from my farm, it was about 18 acres.’  Molo villager facing eviction. On 30 September 2011, President Thein Sein announced an indefinite...

Burma: communal violence in Rakhine state  

In Rakhine State, Myanmar, there are two groups: Ethnic Rakhines and stateless people who are descendants from the tribes of Bangladesh who migrated into Rakhine state a long time ago. Rakhines are Buddhists and the Bengali descendants are Muslims.Their cultures and languages are so different and there has been friction and conflict between the two groups, although both of them are minorities in comparison...


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