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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 ... 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 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’s... Read more ►

February 22, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

‘Peace Partners’ Must Be Given Equal Status Ahead of Next 21st Century Panglong Conference

Armed clashes and military aggression by the Myanmar Army against the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the ethnic Kokang, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) are posing further problems to the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference, which has been rescheduled ... Read more ►

February 16, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

As Myanmar Evades Accountability for Rohingya Abuses, International Community Must Fulfill its Responsibilities

A flash report by the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that details widespread and horrific human rights abuses committed by the Myanmar security services in its ‘clearance operations’ in northern Rakhine State has confirmed many people’s wo... Read more ►

February 8, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Remembering U Ko Ni: An Irreplaceable Loss to Myanmar

On 29 January 2017, prominent lawyer and legal advisor to the National League for Democracy (NLD), U Ko Ni, was assassinated at the Yangon International Airport upon returning to Myanmar after a government organized trip to Indonesia. The attack was met with outcry especiall... Read more ►

February 1, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Unionization for the Advancement of Workers’ Rights

Over 20 garment workers lost their jobs this week when the Chinese-owned Unitedtex Overseas Co factory dismissed them for trying to unionize. The garment industry in Myanmar is growing exponentially as more and more buyers seek investment in low cost factories. Yet, despite ... Read more ►

January 25, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

‘Reprisal’ the Order of the Day

On 20 January, 2017, at the conclusion of her latest visit to Myanmar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee spoke of the “deteriorating” situation in northern Myanmar, condemned the Government’s response to “defend, d... Read more ►