Progressive Voice - Blog Posts (32 found)

Progressive Voice was born out of the work of Burma Partnership and formally established in October 2016. Comprehensive resources on the situation of human rights in Myanmar prior to the establishment of Progressive Voice can still be found on Burma Partnership’s website at www.burmapartnership.org

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June 21, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Nowhere To Go, No One To Turn To

As the Myanmar [1] Army increases its presence in ethnic areas, the outlook for civilians has become evermore grim. Renewed clashes on 3 June, 2017 between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in western Kachin State’s Tanai Township have escalated in re... Read more ►

June 14, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

66(d) Must Go

Despite the political reforms that accompanied the National League for Democracy (NLD)’s rise in recent years, material conditions for journalists and dissidents have hardly improved. Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, most notably, looms threateningly like a let... Read more ►

June 7, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Accountability Needed to End Impunity as Human Rights Violations Continue to Plague Myanmar

While the most recent iteration of the 21st Century Panglong Conference concluded without substantive progress on 29 May, 2017, emerging evidence of appalling human rights violations committed by the Myanmar [1] Army in ethnic conflict areas only underlines the need for the ... Read more ►

May 31, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Religious Intolerance Must Be Resolved for Myanmar to Advance Democratic Transition

Outbreaks of violence fueled by religious intolerance has led to the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na) banning the Association for Protection of Race and Religion (Ma Ba Tha) from continuing activities under its current name and ordering the organization to remov... Read more ►

May 24, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar Should Prioritize Rights Protection Over OBOR

The One Belt One Road (OBOR), the signature foreign policy and infrastructural development project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has come knocking loudly at Myanmar’s[1] doorstep. Last week, President Xi’s coming-out party for the trillion-dollar initiative—which se... Read more ►

May 17, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Contentious Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Continues to Divide

As the second session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference approaches, Myanmar’s[1] ongoing peace process remains at a crossroads as continued Government and military pressure to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) is exacerbating differences between ethnic ar... Read more ►

May 11, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Co-operation with UN-mandated Fact-Finding Mission Necessary for Democratic Reform in Myanmar

Tensions were high between the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the European Union (EU) during her visit last week to Brussels, Belgium. Contrary to former diplomatic visits, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was met with criticism for rejecting an international fact-finding mi... Read more ►

May 3, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Governments, Including Myanmar, Must Take Responsibility for Fact-Finding Mission

As the Myanmar[1] Government continues to refuse to cooperate with a UN-mandated fact-finding mission to investigate abuses by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine, as well as in other areas of concern such as Shan and Kachin States, 23 organizations issued an open letter as a timely... Read more ►

April 26, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Freedom of Expression, Not Suppression Needed in Appeals for Legal Reform

On the third year anniversary of the death of prominent journalist, co-founder and patron of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and former political prisoner, U Win Tin, 23 civil society organizations, including Progressive Voice, called for the establishment of an inde... Read more ►

April 6, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Donor Support for IDP and Refugee Camps Must Continue Until Durable Return and Sustainable Peace Can be Achieved

The predicament of Myanmar’s [1] internally displaced persons (IDPs) was again brought to the spotlight when State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited IDP camps in Kachin State last week. In meetings held in and around Myitkyina, camp residents expressed their livelih... Read more ►

March 29, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

UN-Mandated Fact-Finding Mission a Historic Opportunity for Human Rights Progress in Myanmar

In a historic move last week, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) decided to dispatch a Fact-Finding Mission to investigate allegations of grave human rights abuses in Myanmar,[1] particularly in Rakhine State. The draft resolution containing the call was adopted by consensus ... Read more ►

March 21, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

HRC Must Be Resolute and Mandate Fact Finding Mission in Myanmar Including Rakhine State

In a positive turn of events on March 16, 2017, the Human Rights Council (HRC) draft resolution onMyanmar[1] now calls for the urgent deployment of an international Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) to investigate allegations of human rights violations committed by the military and... Read more ►

March 16, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Human Rights Council Member States Have Responsibility to Support COI for Alleged Human Rights Violations in Myanmar

As the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) continues, Myanmar looks to evade a UN-mandated investigation into alleged atrocities committed by the Myanmar[1] Army on innocent civilians. Last week, the European Union (EU)-led draft resolution decided not to call ... Read more ►

March 9, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Lack of Progress in Peace Process and Further Military Impunity Underline Urgent Need for UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in Northern Myanmar

Last week saw the conclusion of what was touted as a “successful” meeting between State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the political negotiation branch (DPN) of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), a coalition of seven non-signatory ethnic armed organiz... Read more ►

March 2, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Fresh Protests at Letpadaung Copper Mine Underline Need for Better Management of Natural Resources

Last week, the highly controversial Letpadaung Copper Mine in Myanmar’s[1] northwestern Sagaing Region once again faced protests when nearby villagers instigated a roadblock in front of the compound, demanding that the mine cease operations. Protestors claim that the mine... Read more ►