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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Briefing: Situation of Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar 25th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council


12 March 2014



Situation of Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar

25th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

A briefing note written by Burma Partnership and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is being presented to the UN Human Rights Council (Council) in its current session in Geneva. This briefing note acknowledges that while positive developments have occurred in some areas relating to human rights in Burma, in other areas, progress has been lacking, while in some others still, significant backsliding has taken place. The areas that have witnessed significant backsliding or lack of progress include:

  • the continued criminalisation and harassment of political activists and human rights defenders (HRDs);
  • the continued existence of repressive laws in the country;
  • the lack of progress in achieving sustained peace as well as the ongoing gross human rights violations in ethnic areas;
  • the escalation of communal conflict and the continued failure to address the systemic discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, especially the Rohingya; and
  • the rise in human rights violations as a result of development and business investments

The briefing note thus argues that it is vital to maintain pressure on the government of Burma through a resolution on the situation of human rights in Burma under agenda item 4 of the Council to highlight these concerns, and to ensure that it continues with its reforms and addresses these issues as a matter of extreme urgency.  This call has also been made by over 45 civil society groups in an open letter to the Member States of the Council on 10 March 2014.  The briefing note concludes by providing a number of recommendations to the Council.

The full briefer is available here.

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Burma Partnership

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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,
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