Childhood Interrupted – Myanmar Must Do More to Protect Children from Conflict and Abuses

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Childhood Interrupted – Myanmar Must Do More to Protect Children from Conflict and Abuses

“Children in Myanmar continue to suffer from conflict-related violence and abuses, including systematic forced recruitment into the Myanmar Army and some ethnic armed organizations, arrest by the Myanmar Army on suspicion of association with unlawful organizations, and injury or death from landmines and shelling of civilian areas including churches and schools."

Childhood Interrupted – Myanmar Must Do More to Protect Children from Conflict and Abuses
Ethnic Communities’ Recurrent Nightmare

Weekly Highlights

Ethnic Communities’ Recurrent Nightmare

“Decades of these Tatmadaw [Myanmar Army] abuses have so traumatized us that mere mention of the Tatmadaw brings back nightmares.” - Indigenous Karen Village Leaders

Ethnic Communities’ Recurrent Nightmare
Dam Nation

Weekly Highlights

Dam Nation

“Our Karen people ask for peace and freedom. What they [authorities] give us in response are dams. That is not what we asked for. The dam cannot bring us peace. We don’t want any dams. We are against it.” - Paul Sein Twa, Director of Karen Environmental and Social Action Network

Dam Nation
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.

Suspicious Minds: The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission’s Trust Deficit

Joint Report

Suspicious Minds: The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission’s Trust Deficit

“When asked about how the new government would deal with the MNHRC in March 2016, NLD spokesperson U Win Htein responded: “I don’t know. I don’t care about them"

Suspicious Minds: The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission’s Trust Deficit
သံသယစိတ္မ်ား။ ။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအမ်ိဳးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္၏ ယံုၾကည္မႈ ကပ္ဆိုက္ပံု

ပူးတဲြအစီရင္ခံစာ

သံသယစိတ္မ်ား။ ။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအမ်ိဳးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္၏ ယံုၾကည္မႈ ကပ္ဆိုက္ပံု

“ အစိုးရသစ္က MNHRC ႏွင့္ မည္သို႔ဆက္ဆံမည္ကို ၂၀၁၆ ခုႏွစ္ မတ္လက ေမးခဲ့သည့္အခါ NLD ေျပာေရးဆုိခြင့္ရွိသူ ဦးဝင္းထိန္က “က်ေနာ္မသိဘူး။ သူတို႔ကို က်ေနာ္ ဂ႐ုမစိုက္ဘူး”ဟု ျပန္ေျဖဆိုခဲ့ျခင္းမ်ိဳး ကဲ့သုိ႔ ၎၏ကိုယ္စားလွယ္မ်ားေျပာသည့္ ေအးတိေအးစက္စကားမ်ားအရ သိရွိႏုိင္ပါသည္။"

သံသယစိတ္မ်ား။ ။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအမ်ိဳးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္၏ ယံုၾကည္မႈ ကပ္ဆိုက္ပံု

ANNOUNCEMENTS - ေၾကညာခ်က္မ်ား

March
7
2018

Vacant Position: Media and Communications Officer

By Progressive Voice

BE INFORMED - သတင္းအေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားသိေစရန္

April
9
2018

Statement: Mutraw Emergency Assistance Team

By Mutraw Emergency Assistance Team

BLOG POSTS - ဘေလာ့ဂ္

April 11, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Childhood Interrupted – Myanmar Must Do More to Protect Children from Conflict and Abuses

On March 28, 2018, a Yangon court sentenced a former child soldier, Aung Ko Htway, to two years in prison with hard labor for giving an interview to the media outlet Radio Free Asia in July 2017 about his abduction into the Myanmar Army at age 14, and subsequent harsh traini... Read more ►

April 5, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Ethnic Communities’ Recurrent Nightmare

The indigenous peoples of conflict-affected Mutraw District of northern Karen State, where a Myanmar[1] Army offensive has displaced over 2,000 people in recent weeks, have implored State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to act to stop the violence. In a statement, the leade... Read more ►

March 28, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Action Must Go Beyond Condemnation

Myanmar[1] is once again descending into pariah status as it faced multiple criticisms of its treatment of minorities – particularly the Rohingya – during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) that concluded last week. The Resolution on Myanmar, which was ad... Read more ►

March 21, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Dam Nation

Communities living alongside the lifeblood of Myanmar[1] – its rivers – came together for International Rivers Day on 14 March, 2018 to make their collective voices heard and oppose harmful hydropower construction. In Karen, Karenni, and Shan States, where fourteen dam p... Read more ►

March 14, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Dry Season Dread

As the horrors of the Myanmar[1] Army’s campaigns of atrocities in Rakhine State are condemned by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, dry season military offensives against ethnic Kachin, Karen, and Ta’ang minorities, demonstrate how this violence is both nation... Read more ►

March 8, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

“Press for Progress” toward Accountability for Sexual Violence and Other Crimes in Myanmar

From February 24 to March 2, 2018, a delegation from the Nobel Women’s Initiative, led by three female Nobel Peace Laureates, visited the Bangladesh border to learn about and highlight the situation of Rohingya refugees, in particular violence against Rohingya women. At th... Read more ►