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Apartheid Awaits for Rohingya

“ASEAN must not consider the option of voluntary return without addressing the root causes of the displacement and entrenched discrimination of the Rohingya.” - A statement by civil society organizations

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By-Election Losses, Violence and Faltering Trust

“While the continuing increase in the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) indicates a need for increased support from humanitarian aid organizations, the Myanmar military has instead demonstrated that civilian aid workers can be targeted and detained for carrying out their invaluable work.”

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Urgent Action Needed to End Ongoing Atrocity Crimes

“Shutting down the IDP camps or planning to repatriate the refugees from Bangladesh without restoring the Rohingya’s rights to full citizenship, freedom of movement, education, health and other fundamental rights further segregates the Rohingya community in their own country into an apartheid-like condition,” - Razia Sultana, Rohingya Women’s Welfare Society

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Solidarity and Struggle

“Such a move risks having a disproportionate impact on ordinary people who have played no role in human rights violations against the Rohingya and others, and in fact themselves suffer from a lack of human rights and genuine democracy in Burma.” - European Burma Network

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The Absence of Human Rights Protection

“It’s obvious that 505(b) is being used to limit freedom of expression. The government has said it accepts media criticism; it shouldn’t charge journalists under a law that provides for offenses against the state.” - Than Zaw Aung, Myanmar Media Lawyers’ Network

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Myanmar Needs a Genuine Peace Process

“villagers … tried to rebuild their lives and improve their living standards after decades of conflict, but the recent situation returns them to their past nightmares and refreshes their fears. They didn’t put their trust in the peace process and now recent conflicts means they have no trust at all.” - Saw Albert, Field Director of the Karen Human Rights Group

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Villagers protest against a copper mine project during a visit by Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Sarlingyi township

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“ေရွ႕ေျပးအသံ” သုိ႔မဟုတ္ အဂၤလိပ္လုိ “Progressive Voice” သည္ ျမန္္မာႏုိင္ငံ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးႏွင့္ ဒီမုိကေရစီေရးအတြက္ စည္းရံုးလံႈ႔ေဆာ္ေရးလုပ္ေဆာင္ေသာ အာရွ-ပစိဖိတ္ေဒသတြင္းမွ အဖဲြ႔မ်ားျဖင့္ ၂၀၀၆ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ကြန္ရက္အျဖစ္ ခ်ိတ္ဆက္ဖဲြ႔စည္းခဲ့သည့္ ျမန္္မာ့အေရး ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ားအဖဲြ႔ (Burma Partnership) မွ ေပါက္္ဖြားလာသည့္ အဖဲြ႔ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

Villagers protest against a copper mine project during a visit by Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Sarlingyi township

Progressive Voice

Amplifying voices from the ground

‘Progressive Voice,’ or in Burmese, ေရွ႕ေျပးအသံ ‘Shay Pyay Athan,’ was born out of Burma Partnership, a network of organizations throughout the Asia- Pacific region, advocating for and mobilizing a movement for democracy and human rights in Burma that was established in 2006.

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November
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2018

Human Security in South Eastern Myanmar

By The Border Consortium

BLOG POSTS - ဘေလာ့ဂ္

November 14, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Apartheid Awaits for Rohingya

Despite the horrific violence, institutionalized discrimination, and curtailment of many basic human rights, the repatriation of Rohingya to Rakhine State is due to start this week, as decreed by the Joint Working Group that consists of officials from the Governments of Ban... Read more ►

November 9, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

By-Election Losses, Violence and Faltering Trust

“While the continuing increase in the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) indicates a need for increased support from humanitarian aid organizations, the Myanmar military has instead demonstrated that civilian aid workers can be targeted and detained for carrying... Read more ►

October 31, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Urgent Action Needed to End Ongoing Atrocity Crimes

In his briefing to the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 24 October, 2018, the Chair of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar[1], Marzuki Darusman, called the situation in Rakhine State “an ongoing genocide,” and reminded the Council of its responsibi... Read more ►

October 26, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Solidarity and Struggle

Striking workers from one of Yangon’s hundreds of garment factories experienced the cold and often vicious realities of the unregulated and destructive capitalism that is characterizing the economic liberalization of Myanmar[1] since 2011. A gang of thugs set about beating... Read more ►

October 18, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

The Absence of Human Rights Protection

“Myanmar is facing a critical time in its history, with various human rights crises around the country. Now more than ever we need a strong, capable, and principled human rights institution that is independent from the Government and the military.”Thwin Linn Aung, Direct... Read more ►

October 12, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar Needs a Genuine Peace Process

If the peace process is to move forward, the Myanmar military must immediately take steps to cease its military operations and withdraw from ethnic areas in order to reduce the conflict’s impact on civilians, and to begin the long process of building trust with conflict-af... Read more ►