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Counting Down: Burma's Race to the Bottom for Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Burma seemed to be on the verge of rising up. Now it seems to be in a race to the bottom for denying basic human rights and for maintaining a regime of silence on such a front.

As Violence and Hate Increase in Burma, Business as Usual for the US

Tom Andrews | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Today Defense Secretary Hagel is hosting the Defense Minister of Burma among others to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to “peace and security” in the region. But there is no peace and security for the ethnic minorities in Burma.

The Rohingya Crisis: Finding a Way Forward

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Michel Gabaudan

Eighteen months have passed since sectarian violence pushed some 140,000 stateless Rohingyas into a series of camps around Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar. And yet the scars of the violence they suffered remain all too evident.

UN Is Right to Refer North Korea to International Criminal Court -- Now It's Burma's Turn

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Azeem Ibrahim

Burma's 1982 Citizenship Law is racist, breaks Burma's treaty obligations, and so violates international law. It does not recognize Rohingya as an ethnic group in Burma. It helps render the Rohingya stateless, and helps underpin discrimination against them.

Burma is at a Crossroads? Again?

Jack Healey | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

That there has been major change happening is certainly true. But much more needs to be done, and as quickly as possible in some areas. The very nature of human rights suggests (or certainly should suggest) that they are universal and irrevocable.

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.

Using the 'T' Word to Justify Human Rights Abuses

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Engy Abdelkader

From China to Burma to Egypt, some governments invoke the "T" word to justify official conduct that runs afoul of international human rights law.

More Deaths in Burma -- And More Official Indifference

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

It is an appalling travesty of so-called democracy in a country that once inspired the world when it threw off military dictatorship and allowed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to enter politics after so many years under house arrest.

Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Engy Abdelkader

Amid continued communal strife in Myanmar, Muslim women and children are increasingly finding themselves in vulnerable situations that have yet to be adequately recognized and addressed. This post glimpses the related issue of human trafficking.

10 Things You Need to Know About the Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar (Burma)

Kyaw Min | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Kyaw Min

My wife, son, two daughters and I spent the next seven years in prison. They said our "crime" was declaring our rights as ethnic Rohingya. My jailers told me that speaking up for the Rohingya was giving Myanmar "a bad name" internationally.

When Saints Rule? Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Sainthood

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Suchitra Vijayan

In the past week, we have seen an explosion of stories critiquing the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. One article's particularly hyperbolic headline even asked if she was going to be Burma's "next tyrant?"

The Hypocrisy of Aung San Suu Kyi

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 12.31.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

At a time when the world is looking to her for moral leadership, her silence on the plight of Burma's Rohingya people is shocking.

Religion Cause for War?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

If organized religion is not exclusively responsible for war, nonetheless, it is fair to ask does it justify our loyalty at least for preventing conflict and killing? More fundamentally, does organized religion tip the scales for peace over war? 

New Report Documents Scope of Religious Violence in Burma

Jake Scobey-Thal | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Jake Scobey-Thal

In the end, the fire in Yangon was indeed the result of an electrical shortage, but the suspicions surrounding the incident underscored a new normal: the brutal violence directed towards Muslims was now a national crisis.

Temple Bombed To Allegedly Avenge Violence Against Persecuted Group

AP | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A senior official said Monday that an attack on a Buddhist temple in Indonesia's capital was apparently aimed at avenging violen...

Rohingya: The Obligation of Refuge

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Today, I plead with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana to let these unwanted, persecuted people stay in our country. Surely, we can share our bamboo roof, a loaf of bread, a plate of rice, cassava, some coconut water with our fellow brothers and sisters from Myanmar.

Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims Wait in Refugee Camps as Buddhist Leaders Dismiss 'Genocide'

Burma Journal | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Burma Journal

By Kevin Douglas Grant GlobalPost-Open Hands Initiative reporting fellows interview the Buddhist monk U Wirathu, founder of the anti-Muslim 969 move...

Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Continues Despite Presidential Visit

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The violent persecution of the Burmese Muslims has thus taken a new and ominous turn, making President Thein Sein's promises seem cynical in the extreme.

Burma Has Devised a New Way to Rid Itself of the Rohingya

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The systematic persecution and violent resettlement of the Rohingya people is tantamount to ethnic cleansing, yet the world and Burma's own leaders are turning a blind eye to the situation.

The Rohingya of Burma -- Betrayed by Aung San Sui Kyi

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The continuing silence of Aung San Sui Kyi on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma continues to confound and dismay all those who welcomed her return to the international scene as the moral voice of Burma.

Myanmar's Muslim Minority Refuses To Evacuate Ahead Of Cyclone

AP | TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

SITTWE, Myanmar — A cyclone only a day away carries wind and rain that could become deadly. But in dozens of refugee camps that spatter Myanmar'...

Burma: Cyclone Threatens Displaced Muslims

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Bangkok) - Burma’s government should take immediate action to evacuate to higher ground tens of thousands of Muslims displaced last year b...

Burma: End 'Ethnic Cleansing' of Rohingya Muslims

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

125,000 Rohingya and other Muslims Forcibly Displaced (Bangkok) – Burmese authorities and members of Arakanese groups have committed crimes...

Aung San Suu Kyi -- Silence to Genocide?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Recognition is a blessing but also an obligation towards those marginalized, oppressed, and ultimately targeted/victimized. Voices are now literally and figuratively being silenced by killings on one hand and a desire to only see the best in a new Myanmar.

Burma's New Generation

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Andrew G. Lim

Just as Burma is at a political and economic crossroads, so too are its youth. Today's young leaders in Burma will be trailblazers in the new politico-economic climate.