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Burma Human Rights

This 16 Year-Old Wants Education for All in Myanmar

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

16 year-old Theint Theint Thu is working to improve the education system in her homeland of Myanmar. A junior at high school, Theint Theint currently ...

Aung San Suu Kyi's coming fall from grace

Rachael Willis | Posted 04.06.2016 | Home
Rachael Willis

Aung San Suu Kyi, who has served as the standard bearer for the Burmese people's dream of a democratic state for two and a half decades, is now facing the biggest challenge of her political career.

Reformers Who Entrench Power

Jack Healey | Posted 09.09.2016 | Impact
Jack Healey

The meeting between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Obama made for a nice photo op for two Nobel Prize winners, but as Burma goes into election mode in late 2015, progress has been made on none of these promises and hopes.

Preventing and Dealing with Outbursts of Religious Violence

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is hard to find a major religion or secular ideology that has not been used by some of its adherents to justify violence against others.

No Easy Solution for Myanmar's Rakhine Crisis

Kyle Knight | Posted 01.04.2015 | Home
Kyle Knight

Chris Lewa, the director of The Arakan Project, a research and advocacy group that monitors Rakhine State, told IRIN the number of Rohingyas that have fled western Myanmar since 2012 has now topped 100,000.

Old Wars in the 'New Burma'

John Sifton | Posted 01.03.2015 | Home
John Sifton

When President Obama and other world leaders arrive here in Burma, they need to press the government on a slew of human rights issues, ranging from constitutional issues to the Rohingya crisis. But they also need to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the context of Burma's armed conflicts.

Intimidation, Uncertainty Mar Aid Work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.20.2014 | Home
Kyle Knight

The aid response in the western Burmese state has been tricky since two bouts of communal violence between Rakhine Buddhists and the minority Rohingya Muslims in June and October 2012 resulted in more than 140,000 people -- mostly Rohingyas -- being forced to flee to camps.

Burma Goes To School in Big D

Rena Pederson | Posted 09.14.2014 | Home
Rena Pederson

A distinctive group of 18 visitors at the George W. Bush Presidential Center this month were not the usual tourists in shorts and jogging shoes hoping to get their photo taken in the replica of the Oval Office.

Rape and Human Trafficking -- Is This Burmese Democracy?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

The world may be weary of stories of atrocities with constant accounts of man's inhumanity to man in the media. But recent events in Burma demand the attention and definitive action from the international community.

New Political Page, Same Story: Burmese Military Still Raping Ethnic Women

Tin Tin Nyo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Tin Tin Nyo

At the top of our wish list is that the military is placed under civilian control. That's because the military is still wreaking havoc on Burma's ethnic communities, particularly women.

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | Home
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Obama, Take Note: Wireless Revolution Is Coming in Myanmar

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 07.24.2013 | Home
Jerrold D. Green

Threats still exist for foreign telecom companies looking to enter the market in Myanmar -- from regulatory risk to civil unrest and political concerns. These are very real considerations for companies making investment decisions.

Burma's Women Give Hope for Country's Future

Melanne Verveer | Posted 12.04.2012 | Home
Melanne Verveer

We came to realize that even after years of isolation and repression, Burma's women had built a strong and resilient civil society and had found resourceful ways to meet critical needs in local communities.

The Lady’s Leap of Faith

Abhishek Raman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Abhishek Raman

Aung San Suu Kyi, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, shows how one's faith and secular values can provide a much-needed moral compass for fighting social injustice in our world. Her latest move toward reconciliation is a realization of the opportunity to unshackle Burma.

Myanmar: A Long Way to Walk

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Reporters Uncensored

Although the government of Myanmar has given the world a glimpse of their openness to democracy, Phan hopes that their desire to save face within the international community will lead to substantive and not merely cosmetic reform.

PHOTOS: Back In Time In Misunderstood Myanmar

Robert Schrader | Posted 06.26.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

From the moment I stepped off the plane, I was indeed taken aback, but not by any seeming threats to my safety or personal freedom. Rather, it felt like I had traveled back in time at least half a century.

Burma -- Or Is it Myanmar? -- Goes to See Its Shrink

MP Nunan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Comedy
MP Nunan

"I had a really bad weekend," Burma says. "Or a really good one," says the shrink. "The first reasonably free-and-fair election since 1990?"

Why Khet Mar Got Thrown in a Burmese Prison for Writing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home
David Henry Sterry

Khet Mar is a writer and activist from Burma. When I heard about her heartbreaking odyssey, I thought it was my duty to tell the world her story.

Burma or Myanmar: Is This a de Klerk Moment?

Jack Healey | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Jack Healey

The civilian/military government of Myanmar now is making moves that may be similar to de Klerk, the Prime Minister of the last apartheid government in South Africa.

Burma: Engagement or Appeasement?

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
John Feffer

The imminent détente with Burma has continued to generate criticism from those who suffer from the appeasement complex, a syndrome that causes politicians to conflate diplomacy with selling out and negotiating with kowtowing.

Clinton's Visit to Burma: Is Obama Administration Slipping on Human Rights?

Amnesty International | Posted 01.30.2012 | Home
Amnesty International

When a senior U.S. leader visits a foreign country that has been previously vilified, the visit acts as an informal endorsement of that government. Is that the message we want to send the brutal regime in Burma?

Playing With the Enemy

John Jackson | Posted 12.24.2011 | Impact
John Jackson

Having fun with your activism is a crucial strategy to having impact. It not only helps you enjoy your work, it attracts attention, recruits support and cuts through your opponents defenses.

Asia's New Great Game

Foreign Policy | Thant-Myint U | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home

When geography changes -- as when the Suez Canal joined Europe to the Indian Ocean, or when the railroads transformed the American West and the Russia...

WikiLeaks: Burma's Opposition Stifled By Old Farts and Uninformed Analysis

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.

India and China Greedy in Burma; Obama Scolds

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Betwa Sharma

Even as President Barack Obama endorsed India's candidacy for the U.N. Security Council, he scolded New Delhi for not being tough on its neighbor, Burma.