Progressive Voice - Blog Posts (44 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

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September 21, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Humanitarian Aid for IDPs and Refugees Must Continue until Myanmar Army’s Terror Campaigns Stop

The crisis in Rakhine State needs international action, not only to stop the campaign of terror inflicted upon innocent civilians, but also in the form of humanitarian aid for the 410,000 people who have fled into Bangladesh. The need for support to the victims of the Myanm... Read more ►

September 13, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

US Must Rebuke, Not Reward the Myanmar Army

The US Senate has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – the annual defense budget – to normalize relations between the militaries of the US and Myanmar[1] , a move that was vehemently opposed by Myanmar civil society. As the US Congress... Read more ►

September 6, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Crisis in Rakhine State

The crisis in northern Rakhine State has escalated dramatically in the past two weeks as conflict, displacement, razing of villages, killings and a litany of human rights violations have torn apart the region yet again. Breaking point has been reached and a human catastrophe... Read more ►

August 23, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Civilians Continue to be Targeted in Decades Long War in Myanmar

As the world marked this year’s World Humanitarian Day, the campaign led by the UN highlighting the need to protect civilians and aid workers caught in conflict and to reaffirm that they are “#NotATarget” reflects the reality on the ground for the over 1,000 newly disp... Read more ►

August 15, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Aspirations of 1988 Still Being Fought For

Last week, 8 August, 2017, marked the 29th anniversary of the 8-8-88 uprising in Myanmar[1] , the largest people power uprising against military rule the country has ever seen. Yet the ideals and aspirations that these nationwide protests were fighting for have yet to be ful... Read more ►

August 9, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

No Bail, Still in Jail

The three journalists arrested and charged under the Unlawful Associations Act after covering a drug-burning ceremony of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army – Lawi Weng, U Aye Naing, and Ko Pyae Phone Aung – remain in prison after their application for bail was den... Read more ►

August 1, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Ally of Human Rights, or Alibi of Abuse?

Members of Parliament discussed the 2016 Annual Report of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) in Parliament last week, and while the MNHRC continues to take on cases of domestic abuse, it is clear that it is still reeling from its failures to act ethically a... Read more ►

July 26, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

In Undermining Yanghee Lee, NLD-led Government Enables Military Power

Last Friday, 21 July, 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar,[1] Ms. Yanghee Lee, concluded her third country visit under the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led Government. Her 12-day visit occurred amidst a precarious backdrop. In nort... Read more ►

July 19, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar Government Must Hold Itself Accountable to Campaign Promises

Double standards continue to be at play in the grievances between the Myanmar[1]Government and Army asserted that “there are no civil-military relations in the democratic era” and for equating the military commander-in-chief’s position to be same as a director-general.... Read more ►

July 12, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Coal Not a Priority for Community Development

As the Myanmar[1]Government and Army continue their campaign against free speech and fact-finding, local voices have never stood stronger. From Kyaukphyu Township in Rakhine State to Dawei Township in Tanintharyi Region, villagers caught in the country’s insatiable thirst ... Read more ►

July 5, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Fact-finding, the Only Defense against Myanmar Army’s False Reality

As armed conflict continues to rage in northern Myanmar[1] and negotiations over the peace process remain stagnant, the physical security of anyone relaying or helping to relay information from conflict-affected areas remains especially precarious—and not because of bombs ... Read more ►

June 29, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Unwavering Support for Myanmar’s Refugees and IDPs Still Needed

This year’s World Refugee Day – 20 June 2017 – brought into focus the pressing and at times tragic issues facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Myanmar[1]. With the peace process faltering and humanitarian support for refugees and IDPs decrea... Read more ►

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 ►