(Bangkok-Geneva-Paris) Burmese authorities should immediately drop all charges filed against 11 farmers and two land rights defenders over a protest against land confiscation in Mandalay Region, the Observatory (FIDH and OMCT) said today.
“Instead of prosecuting dispossessed farmers, Burmese authorities should concentrate their efforts on addressing their legitimate grievances. It’s crucial that the government adopts a humane approach in the resolution of land disputes.”
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) was created in 1997 by FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). The objective of this program is to prevent or remedy situations of repression against human rights defenders. FIDH and OMCT are both members of ProtectDefenders.eu, the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism implemented by international civil society.
|For more information, please contact:
• FIDH: Audrey Couprie: +33648059157 (Paris); Andrea Giorgetta: +66886117722 (Bangkok)
• OMCT: Delphine Reculeau: +41228094939 (Geneva)
ALTSEAN-Burma: Debbie Stothard: +66816861652 (Bangkok)
View the original press release HERE.