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BURMA/MYANMAR: Call to ensure peaceful election on November 8

The historic parliament election is due to be held on 8 November 2015 in Burma/Myanmar. This election is seen by some as the country’s first free and fair election in 25 years, and that the future o...

BURMA/MYANMAR: MNHRC appeals the President to pardon the all political prisoners

A Statement from Myanmar National Human Rights Commission forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Statement No.(15/2015) The Multi-party Democracy Gener...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Hold Police Accountable for Crackdown at Letpadan, Free Wrongfully Imprisoned Protesters

A Press Release from Fortify Rights and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) New report finds police blocked peaceful assembly...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Woman faces 5 years imprisonment over a Facebook post

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding a young woman being arrested and brought to trial over a post on social media. Lt. Col Kyaw Htin, an Army general sta...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Imminent elections causes spike in politically motivated arrests

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the state of freedom of expression in Burma, at a time when Burma is awash in election campaigns. Rather than allow for the people to air th...

BURMA/ MYANMAR: Denial of rights and arbitrary detention of student protesters

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) calls for the release of all detained student protesters from prison, who have been charged with multiple sections. Student protesters awaiting trial have spen...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Yellow Ribbon Campaign to end military appointment to judicial position

A campaign has been launched in Myanmar demanding an end to the practice of the appointment of military officers as judicial officers to the court of Myanmar. This movement demands the end to militari...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Joint Statement on Disenfranchisement and ‘policy of exclusion’ of the Rohingya

The undersigned Rohingya Organizations in Europe have strongly denounced the undemocratic actions of the Election Commission against Rohingya parliamentary candidates under the government’s ‘polic...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Former political prisoner sees hope in Myanmar

An article from Hong Kong Free Press forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission In the past year I have met him a few times, both in Yangon, Myanmar, as well as in Hong Kong. In these meetings and...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Release the women sentenced for leading a peaceful prayer

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding three women being sentenced to four months imprisonment, with labor, for leading a peaceful prayer. In March, the women led ...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Labour rights activist prosecuted for trespassing on confiscated land

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a Labour rights’ activist is being prosecuted for allegedly trespassing on land confiscated by the military. Sh...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Before elections, arrests

On Thursday, July 23, police in Indagaw Township in Bago (Pegu) Region of Myanmar arrested human rights defender Ma Su Su Nwe and took her to the local court, where she was remanded in custody charged...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Author sentenced to two years imprisonment; appeal rejected

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding a writer who was charged and prosecuted for allegedly committing a religious offence. He has now been ...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Time to sign and ratify the UNCAT

Burma got a new government in 2010, after decades of military dictatorship. The change, by general election and under a new constitution, converted Burma from a military to a semi-military government....

BURMA/MYANMAR: Detained Student Protestors in Immediate Need of Medical Attention and Hygienic Environment

Poor and unhygienic conditions in Tharawaddy Prison has resulted in students and their supporters detained there for over 3 months to be afflicted by diseases and ailments. During the brutal crackdown...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Disciplinary punishments for police who assault and torture no substitute for criminal sanctions

In a letter dated 10 April 2015, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission—an innovation of the current period of political change in Myanmar, or Burma—wrote to the Asian Human Rights Commissio...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Organizer of candlelight vigil sentenced to six months imprisonment

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man from Mandalay has been sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to join a candlelight vigil. He has b...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Court martial exonerates soldiers of murder of journalist while death inquest in civilian court still underway

On 8 May 2015 the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission issued a short statement (No. 5/2015) to the effect that two soldiers accused of involvement in the killing of freelance journalist Ko Par Gy...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Activist prosecuted for protesting against confiscated land

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that activist Thant Zin Htet has been charged for taking part in a peaceful protest in 2014 against lands seized by the government. He...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Law being misused to prosecute peaceful protestors

The Asian Human Rights Commission has documented that an increasing number of peaceful protesters are being arrested and jailed under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act. Citing the main...