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
 Youth Speak Out, Myanmar Cracks Down

Weekly Highlights

Youth Speak Out, Myanmar Cracks Down

UN-mandated Fact-Finding Mission must be supported in its efforts to find the truth about military abuses, and the UN Security Council must refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, as an end to impunity is the only way to stop the conflict and abuses and allow Myanmar to move forward toward building a peaceful and harmonious society.

Youth Speak Out, Myanmar Cracks Down
 အေျခခံလူတန္းစား၏ဒီမုိကေရစီ – ရပ္ကြက္ သုိ႔မဟုတ္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး ဥပေဒအား သုံသပ္ျခင္း

ပူးတဲြထုတ္ စာတမ္းတုိ

အေျခခံလူတန္းစား၏ဒီမုိကေရစီ – ရပ္ကြက္ သုိ႔မဟုတ္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး ဥပေဒအား သုံသပ္ျခင္း

“လူထုအသံကို ထင္ဟပ္မႈမရွိတဲ့ ဟန္ျပေဒသႏၱရ ဒီမိုုကေရစီ မျဖစ္ဖုိ႔အတြက္ လႊတ္ေတာ္အေနနဲ႔ ရပ္ေက်းဥပေဒမွာ ျပႆနာျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ အခန္းေတြကို ဆန္းစစ္သံုးသပ္တာေတြ ျပင္ဆင္တာေတြ ဆက္လက္ လုုပ္ေဆာင္ရမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေဒသႏၱရေရြးေကာက္ပြဲေတြဟာ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံရဲ႕ ဒီမုိကေရစီအေျပာင္းအလဲ အတြက္ မရွိမျဖစ္ လုိအပ္ပါတယ္။ အမ်ိဳးသမီး၊ လူငယ္နဲ႔ အျခားအပယ္ခံထားရတဲ့ လူနည္းစုေတြအပါအ၀င္ မဲေပးသူေတြရဲ႕ အခြင့္အေရးကို ကန္႔သတ္တာမ်ိဳး မလုပ္သင့္ပါဘူး။” - သဥၨာရႊန္းလဲ့ရည္, ဒီမုိကေရစီဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးတုိးတက္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားေဆာင္ရြက္မႈေကာ္မတီ

အေျခခံလူတန္းစား၏ဒီမုိကေရစီ – ရပ္ကြက္ သုိ႔မဟုတ္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး ဥပေဒအား သုံသပ္ျခင္း
 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.

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

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BLOG POSTS - ဘေလာ့ဂ္

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 ►

May 9, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Broadening the Scope: The Need to Take a Holistic Look at Myanmar’s Conflicts

While much attention was on the visit of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week, the Myanmar[1] Army was heavily shelling civilian areas in Kachin State, and blocking civilians from seeking refuge. In response, approximately 5,000 peop... Read more ►

May 2, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

International Accountability Needed to End Decades Long Impunity and Abusive Tactics of the Myanmar Army

As representatives of the UN Security Council (UNSC) visit Bangladesh and Myanmar[1], calls from within Myanmar grow for the Council to take concrete steps toward accountability for the Myanmar Army, including referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Kachin and Ka... Read more ►

April 26, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

The Dignity of Speaking Out – Support Those Who Risk their Lives to Tell the Truth in Myanmar

In a shocking twist in the trial of the two Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for alleged violations of the Official Secrets Act, prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing testified that he had been ordered by Police Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko to “trap”... Read more ►

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 ►