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

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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[1] 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 reschedul... 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[1] security services in its ‘clearance operations’ in northern Rakhine State has confirmed many people’s... 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[1] after a government organized trip to Indonesia. The attack was met with outcry especi... 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[1] is growing exponentially as more and more buyers seek investment in low cost factories. Yet, despi... 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[1], Ms. Yanghee Lee spoke of the “deteriorating” situation in northern Myanmar, condemned the Government’s response to “defend... Read more ►

January 18, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Locally-led Initiatives – A Path towards Achieving Long-term Sustainable Development and Peace

A new report published on palm oil plantations by several local civil society organizations in an ethnic Karen area of Tanintharyi Region demonstrates the serious negative social, environmental and economic impacts that irresponsible investment in conflict or post-conflict a... Read more ►

January 11, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Armed Conflict Jeopardizes Prospects for the follow-up 21st Century Panglong Conference

As a new year begins, offensives and human rights violations by the Myanmar[1] Army continue to plague ethnic areas and see no sign of abating. With the second 21st Century Panglong Conference a matter of weeks away, local communities’ faith in the peace process is reachin... Read more ►

December 20, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar 2016 – New Leadership, Old Problems

There is no doubt that 2016 has been a pivotal year for Myanmar[1]. Despite strong uncertainty over whether the November 2015 general elections would be free and fair, the National League for Democracy (NLD) went on to achieve a resounding victory. A landslide of popular sup... Read more ►

December 14, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

No End in Sight for Myanmar Army’s Continued Reign of Terror

The Northern Alliance-Burma (NA-B) – a group composed of the Kachin Independence Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Arakan Army – was branded as a “terrorist organization” by the Shan State parlia... Read more ►

December 7, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Raising the Bottom of Labor Standards

On 1 December, 2016 at a press conference in Yangon, Progressive Voice released a report on the garment industry in Myanmar,[1] pointing to the poor working conditions that over 240,000 workers face without adequate protection from national legislation. The report comes at a... Read more ►

November 29, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar’s Masters of War

As Myanmar’s[1] myriad of conflicts persist, critics of the National League for Democracy-led Government continue to question the extent to which the country’s leadership is capable of achieving a nationwide peace. The recent military offensives, in the north, northeast ... Read more ►

November 23, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Escalating Conflict in Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin States Topples Prospects for Peace

“350 killed, 300 injured, many dozens of women raped, hundreds of people arrested on concocted charges, and 3500 houses, including four villages, were burned down or destroyed”Arakan Rohingya National OrganisationA new round of calls were sent last week to the M... Read more ►

November 16, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

So Long, Freedom of Expression

Myanmar’s[1] political reform, which started under the previous quasi-civilian government of U Thein Sein, was applauded for opening up significant space for media freedom. Yet the relaxation on media control, such as the abolition of the Ministry of Information’s censor... Read more ►

November 9, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Blackout in Rakhine State as the Myanmar Army Runs Amok

Calls from diplomatic observers for an independent investigation into the human rights violations in Rakhine State is the latest development to surface in Myanmar[1] following attacks on border guard outposts on 9 October, 2016. The initial attacks, which left nine police of... Read more ►

November 2, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

First Organized Refugee Returns from Thailand Take Place, Despite Concerns Over Readiness on the Ground in Myanmar

This past week saw a pilot voluntary return of 68 Myanmar[1] refugees living along the Thailand-Myanmar border. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) heralded the return as a “milestone.” “We chose to return to Myanmar but I think we made a mist... Read more ►