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Burma: Army commander’s wife violates rights of ethnic minority soldiers’ wives 

Chin State is the poorest state in the country. All resources are limited and scarce for Chin people and infrastructure needs to be build up. Chin are one of the ethnic minorities in Burma. Chin state is very isolated geographically because of poor transportation and communication, and is a recycle bin of government/public service personnel. If a public service personnel offends in a service,...

Burma: Despite the ceasefire, health care woes continue in south-east 

In a bustling waiting room, Naw sits on a fold-up chair, her hair caught in the breeze of a whirling fan. Her arms rest over the bump just beginning to show beneath her clothes.This will be the eleventh time she has been pregnant. However, it is the first time she will actually consult with a health professional during the sensitive prenatal months.For many like...

Burma: Continued fighting causes human rights abuses and health concerns in non-ceasefire areas 

Lway Poe Ngeal is a Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in neighbouring Thailand. Now, she works with the Palaung Women’s Organization, which advocates for the rights of an ethnic minority community concentrated in northern Shan state.Palaung civilians have become caught up in the violence between the Burma Army and armed ethnic militias, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta-ang...

Burma: Kachin group slams China’s new CSR report on Myitsone dam 

Kachin activists have slammed a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) report aimed at bolstering support for seven China-backed hydropower projects along the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma, including the deeply unpopular Myitsone mega dam.The Upstream Ayeyawady Confluence Basin Hydropower Co. (ACHC), part of state-owned Chinese Power Investment (CPI), launched its “Ayeywady Dams Corporate Responsibility Report” in Rangoon in December, claiming the projects would be...

Burma: Systematic sexual violence in ethnic areas, new report 

Today marks the launch of an important new report documenting ongoing crimes of sexual violence-over 100 cases documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes--perpetrated by the Burmese military in ethnic regions of Burma.The Women's League of Burma (WLB), consisting of thirteen women's organizations representing different ethnic areas in Burma, released the report, "Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual abuses by the Burma army will not...

MRG Podcast February 2014 

Welcome to Minority Rights Group International’s February 2014 podcast. This month we investigate the current situation for religious minorities in Pakistan, take a look at the plight of Burma’s stateless Rohingya, and check out a Maasai choir from the plains of East Africa....

Burma: Leaked documents expose government complicity in persecution of Rohingya 

Leaked government documents reveal severe violations of human rights of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, including restrictions on their freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth, Fortify Rights said in a new report released on Tuesday.The report implicates state and central government officials in the systematic persecution of Rohingya — tantamount to crimes against humanity under international law. 'The impacts of these restrictions are severe and have been well-documented...

Burma: Network calls for action for rivers  

The Burma Rivers Network, comprising several organizations defending the communities in Burma against the effects of dams' construction, organized the international day of action for rivers and against dams to focus attention on a project undertaken by China, Thailand and Burma for building dams on the Salween River. The goal of the organization is to stop the plan that puts at risk not only the...

Photo story: Peoples under Threat 2014 

The Peoples under Threat index identifies those countries around the world where communities face the greatest risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression.It provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities.The Middle East and Africa dominate the list of major risers in the index this year.The war in Syria, whichhas risen dramatically up the table to now rankthird, continues to fragment, and...

Burma: Drug use and rights abuses in Burma's ethnic areas out of control 

The only men who aren’t using drugs in Palaung area are the monks, said a report by Palaung Women Organization (PWO). 91% of young people in Palaung area aged 15 and over are addicted to drugs, added Lway Poe Ngeal, joint general secretary of the local women’s rights group.Poe* is a 25 year old Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in...

SWM 2014: The role of civil society in countering hate speech in Burma 

Case study by Hanna HindstromThe rise of extremist rhetoric against Burma’s Muslim minority has been facilitated by the government’s reluctance to take meaningful steps to curb this hate speech. Even pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attracted criticism for her apparent silence on the targeted abuse and displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya. The escalation of the violence since the recent thawing...

SWM 2014: Photo story 

Hate crime towards minorities and indigenous peoples is a daily reality in many countries across the globe, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in its annual report, but is often ignored by authorities.The international organisation’s flagship report, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014, focuses on ‘Freedom from hate’ and presents compelling evidence showing that hate crime and hate speech are prevalent...

Myanmar: The continued persecution of Rohingya 

By Nicole Girard While right-wing populism and anti-migrant rhetoric are widely reported in Europe and North America, they are by no means confined to these regions. From Côte d’Ivoire to India, many political groups are actively exploiting fears and resentments around migration to further their own identity- based platforms. Yet there are few instances where the intensification of hostility has occurred so rapidly in...


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