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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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Will Anyone Defend the Defenders?

“These human rights defenders need to be adequately protected and supported. There is an urgent need to create safe and conducive civil society space so that the people of Myanmar can openly question the military’s actions and speak out in support of truth, justice and accountability.”

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Justice for the People of Myanmar

“If there is not going to be accountability and justice in Burma, then the international community needs to look at all options including ICC referral.” - Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary

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Repression by Any Means Necessary

“those who exercise their freedom of expression endure the risk of being incarcerated for speaking truth to power” - Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)

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Bravery Amidst the Direst Circumstances

“We take this as a crackdown on the right of access to information and media freedom, and an oppressive gesture on all concerned people of Myanmar who are aspiring and building for a society characterized by rule of law, accountability, and justice.” - A statement by 83 civil society organizations

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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

ေ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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS - ေၾကညာခ်က္မ်ား

October
9
2018

လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ျမႇင့္တင္ကာကြယ္ေပးျခင္းကို ထိေရာက္စြာ လုပ္ေဆာင္ႏိုင္ရန္အတြက္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအမ်ိဳးသား လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္...

By Progressive Voice, Action Committee for Democracy Development, Burma Monitor, Future Light Center, Generation Wave, Genuine People’s Servants, Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters, Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Kachin Women’s Association-Thailand, Loka Ahlinn, Smile Education and Development Foundation, and Synergy
October
9
2018

သက္ဆိုင္သူထံ ျပန္ပို႔ရန္ – ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအမ်ဳိးသားလူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာ္မရွင္ဥပေဒကို ျပန္လည္ျပင္ဆင္ရန္အတြက္ လႊတ္ေတာ္ထံသို႔ ျပ...

By Progressive Voice, Action Committee for Democracy Development, Burma Monitor, Future Light Center, Generation Wave, Genuine People’s Servants, Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters, Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Kachin Women’s Association-Thailand, Loka Ahlinn, Smile Education and Development Foundation, and Synergy
October
9
2018

‘Return to Sender:’ MNHRC Enabling Law Must be Returned to Parliament for Structural Reform

By Progressive Voice, Action Committee for Democracy Development, Burma Monitor, Future Light Center, Generation Wave, Genuine People’s Servants, Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters, Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Kachin Women’s Association-Thailand, Loka Ahlinn, Smile Education and Development Foundation, and Synergy
October
9
2018

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Must Be Reinvigorated for Better Human Rights Promotion and Protection

By Progressive Voice, Action Committee for Democracy Development, Burma Monitor, Future Light Center, Generation Wave, Genuine People’s Servants, Association of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters, Human Rights Foundation of Monland, Kachin Women’s Association-Thailand, Loka Ahlinn, Smile Education and Development Foundation, and Synergy

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BLOG POSTS - ဘေလာ့ဂ္

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 ►

October 3, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Will Anyone Defend the Defenders?

“These human rights defenders need to be adequately protected and supported. There is an urgent need to create safe and conducive civil society space so that the people of Myanmar can openly question the military’s actions and speak out in support of truth, justice and a... Read more ►

September 27, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Justice for the People of Myanmar

“I have never been confronted by crimes as horrendous and on such a scale as these.”Marzuki Darusman, Chairperson of the IIFFMM As the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) concludes this week, it is vital that the Resolution tabled jointly by the European Union... Read more ►

September 19, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Repression by Any Means Necessary

As the world focuses on crimes committed by the Myanmar[1] military against the Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minorities, as described by the report of the International Fact-Finding Mission to Myanmar (IIFFMM) released on 18 September, 2018, Myanmar’s judicial s... Read more ►

September 11, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Bravery Amidst the Direst Circumstances

“My husband is an honest man who has done nothing wrong against the state. He works as a correspondent and he was put in prison for doing his job. That is unjust.”Chit Su Win, Kyaw Soe Oo’s wife The seven year sentence handed down to the two Reuters journalists for the... Read more ►

September 5, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Crime and Punishment?

The fallout continues from the release of the UN-mandated Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar’s (IIFFMM) report that concludes that the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar[1] military, Min Aung Hlaing, and other top generals, should be investigated and ... Read more ►