On this World Refugee Day, Voices of Refugees Must be Heard and Respected

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On this World Refugee Day, Voices of Refugees Must be Heard and Respected

"Refugees and IDPs are some of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in Myanmar and any return should include restitution for the abuses and human rights violations that they have suffered. Thus, their voices and concerns must be heard at all stages of planning and implementation of return to ensure their safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return."

On this World Refugee Day, Voices of Refugees Must be Heard and Respected
Seven Years and No Peace in Sight

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Seven Years and No Peace in Sight

"The Myanmar Government is wilfully blind to the plight of those who have been displaced due to ongoing conflict, instead initiating discussions to close IDP camps in Kachin, Shan, Karen and Rakhine States."

Seven Years and No Peace in Sight
Another Day of Life for Rakhine State’s Muslims

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Another Day of Life for Rakhine State’s Muslims

"Restrictions on childbirth, marriage, movement, healthcare, livelihoods, access to government jobs, being able to vote, being able to become a citizen, or to even register their self-identified ethnicity have been the daily life of Rohingya and other Muslims in Rakhine State for decades."

Another Day of Life for Rakhine State’s Muslims
Grassroots Democracy Must be allowed to Take Root

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Grassroots Democracy Must be allowed to Take Root

“The local administrators touch the daily life of all civilians and must be accountable to the community they represent, not nodding and working for the unelected, GAD-appointed Township Administrators who remain under the service of the military appointed Ministry of Home Affairs. For this, the Constitution must also be amended.” - Ye Min Naung, Action Committee for Democracy Development

Grassroots Democracy Must be allowed to Take Root
 Grassroots Democracy: Analysis of the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law

Joint Briefer

Grassroots Democracy: Analysis of the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law

“The Parliament must continue to review and amend problematic sections of the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law in order to ensure that it does not become a token form of local-level democracy that does not fully reflect the people’s voices. The local elections are an indispensable part of Myanmar’s transition to democracy. Voters’ rights must not be restricted, including the voting rights of women and youth and other disenfranchised minorities.” - Thinzar Shunlei Yi, Action Committee for Democracy Development

Grassroots Democracy: Analysis of the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law
Villagers protest against a copper mine project during a visit by Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Sarlingyi township

ေရွ႕ေျပးအသံ

လူထုအသံ ျမင့္ေစရန္

“ေ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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Statement Supporting Karen Global Action for Peace in Burma/Myanmar

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June 20, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

On this World Refugee Day, Voices of Refugees Must be Heard and Respected

As the global public observes World Refugee Day, it is more important than ever to honor the strength and courage of refugees throughout the world, including refugees from Myanmar[1], who have for decades faced persecution, violence and fear in the face of ongoing violent at... Read more ►

June 14, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Seven Years and No Peace in Sight

The 9th of June, 2018 marked the seventh year since the civil war reignited in Kachin State. The Myanmar[1] Army has continued to launch offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) since the resumption of war in 2011, when the Myanmar Army broke the ceasefire that ... Read more ►

June 6, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Another Day of Life for Rakhine State’s Muslims

The Myanmar[1] Government has announced yet another domestic investigation into the Rakhine State crisis, a move to deflect international attention away from the atrocities that the Myanmar Army has committed against the Rohingya population. Meanwhile, the realities on the g... Read more ►

June 1, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

International Community Must Refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court

The Canadian government has recently joined the rallying cry for an international response to the Rohingya crisis, adding to calls from Liechtenstein and the UK House of Commons International Development Committee for action by the UN Security Council (UNSC) to refer the sit... Read more ►

May 22, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Grassroots Democracy Must be allowed to Take Root

Last week, Progressive Voice and Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD) released a briefing paper outlining how local level democracy is restricted by legislation that excludes portions of the population and extends the centralized control that the Myanmar[1] Army... Read more ►

May 16, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Youth Speak Out, Myanmar Cracks Down

Over the first half of May 2018, authorities in Myanmar[1] have made different attempts to suppress increasing peaceful anti-war protests, including a violent crackdown on May 12 in Yangon. At least 30 protesters and organizers have been charged with criminal offenses so far... Read more ►