Progressive Voice - Blog Posts (70 found)

Progressive Voice was born out of the work of Burma Partnership and formally established in October 2016. Comprehensive resources on the situation of human rights in Myanmar prior to the establishment of Progressive Voice can still be found on Burma Partnership’s website at

၂၀၁၆ ခုႏွစ္ ေအာက္တိုဘာလတြင္ ျမန္မာ့အေရးပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ားအဖြဲ႔မွ ေရွ႕ေျပးအသံအဖြဲ႔သို႔ ေျပာင္းလဲဖြဲ႔စည္းခဲ့သည္။ ထိုေျပာင္းလဲဖြဲ႔စည္းျခင္းမတိုင္မီ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံလူ႔အခြင့္အေရး အေျခအေနႏွင့္ပတ္သက္သည့္ အခ်က္အလက္မ်ားကုိ ျမန္မာ့အေရးပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ားအဖဲြ႔၏ ၀က္ဆုိဒ္  တြင္ ရယူႏုိင္ပါသည္။

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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 ►

February 28, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Development for Whom? Local Communities Lead the Way in Sustainability

While the implementation of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been halted for years due to the widespread environmental and social problems posed by the project, 36 civil society organizations released a statement on February 20, 2018 opposing the Myanmar[1] Governme... Read more ►

February 21, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Voluntary, Safe and Dignified Return Requires More than Infrastructure

In recent weeks, the Myanmar[1] Government has engaged in a charm offensive, leading diplomatic delegations on tours to inspect newly-built “repatriation centers” and to demonstrate the process of issuing National Verification Cards (NVCs). These tours appear to be an at... Read more ►

February 13, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

UN Security Council Must Act to End Atrocities in Myanmar

The devastating report by Reuters describing Myanmar security personnel involvement in a massacre of Rohingya civilians was released this week as two of the local journalists that led the investigative reporting – Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone – remain in jail and face... Read more ►

February 7, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Special Rapporteur Outlines Myanmar’s Decades-Long Institutionalized Violations Against Myanmar’s Ethnic Minorities

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar[1], Ms. Yanghee Lee, giving her end-of-mission statement on 1 February, 2018 despite being barred from entering the country, laid bare the extent of the deeply troubling human rights violations experienced by... Read more ►

February 2, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Peace Donors Must Hold Myanmar Accountable to International Humanitarian Law

The renewed offensives against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which started with heavy attacks during the holiday season in December 2017 has resulted in more human casualties and further displacement in a region with very little humanitarian provisions. The Mya... Read more ►

January 25, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Broken Trust Underpins Stalled Peace Process

Events over the past few weeks have left ethnic people’s trust in the political will of the Myanmar[1] Government and Army to engage in a process to achieve sustainable peace and national reconciliation to hit a nadir. From Rakhine State in the west, Kachin and Shan State ... Read more ►

January 17, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

2018 Must Seek to Hold the Myanmar Army Accountable and End its Impunity and Crimes Against Minorities

2018 begins in the same vein that 2017 finished, with the continued military offensives, the denial of access to independent human rights investigators and the continuing arrests of journalists. Further, the deteriorating human rights situation in Myanmar[1] is inextricably ... Read more ►

December 22, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

2017 in History as Watershed Year for Human Rights Situation in Myanmar

As 2017 draws to a close, any last shred of optimism regarding progress in human rights and democracy in Myanmar[1] has been emphatically blown away by the Myanmar Army’s campaign of violence in northern Rakhine State. It is important to note, however, that while internati... Read more ►

December 14, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Special Circumstances Require Special Efforts for Accountability

In light of the continuing crisis in northern Rakhine State, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held a special session on 5 December, 2017, issuing a resolution condemning “alleged systematic and gross violations of human rights and abuses committed against persons belongin... Read more ►