Progressive Voice - Blog Posts (124 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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Eight Years of War in Kachin State and No End to Military Impunity

June 21, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

Eight years since the Myanmar[1] military broke a 17 year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have passed, and the impunity that the military has enjoyed means that gross human rights violations, such as the rape and murder of two Kachin schoolteachers in 2015,... Read more ►

Appetite for Destruction

June 12, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

On World Environment Day, Myanmar[1], which is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, seems committed to go down a damaging, fossil fuel-dependent development path over sustainable, locally-led ecological governance that values and protects the ... Read more ►

Catch Me If You Can

June 5, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

The news that the seven soldiers who were in prison for their role in the massacre of the Rohingya villagers in Inn Dinn Village, Rakhine State, have been freed under the military justice system, is just another example of how the rule of law simply doesn’t apply to the My... Read more ►

Refugees and IDPs Stuck in Limbo as Humanitarian Aid Diminishes

May 31, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“Our villages and lands are occupied by [the] Burmese government and Wa [the United Wa State Army (UWSA)] troops. It is impossible for us to return home under the current conditions.”Sai Leng, Shan State Refugee Committee - Thai Border Over three and a half years have pa... Read more ►

Nationalists Foiled by Community Spirit

May 24, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“I’d like to show appreciation to all our Muslim brothers [for showing patience]… It’s not only a gesture of peace to those mobs but also a goodwill message to all other citizens.”U Seintita, the Abbot of Light of Asia Monastery in Pyin Oo Lwin A group of armed nat... Read more ►

Journalists Freed but the Truth Still Under Threat

May 15, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

The release of Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone brought good news to their families and supporters, as they finally taste freedom after over 16 months in prison. They should never have been in prison in the first place, and their release should not represent benev... Read more ►

Growing Military Impunity in Rakhine State

May 9, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

The detention of hundreds of villagers and the recent deaths of civilians in Rakhine State is yet another reminder that the Myanmar military continues to act with total impunity, particularly in ethnic nationality, conflict-affected areas. As fighting between the Myanmar[1] ... Read more ►

Another Landslide, Another Tragedy

May 2, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

Armed actors, including druglords, Myanmar military-affiliated militias, ethnic armed organizations and the Myanmar military itself, which has the largest stake, have interests in the jade mines and use this profit to sustain the conflicts that devastate local communities in... Read more ►

A Hark Back to the Dark Past – Freedom of Expression Under Attack

April 26, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

Political satire has become the new target of the authorities, marking a grim beginning to Myanmar’s New Year with dire consequences for freedom of expression, which has increasingly been under attack. Five members of the Peacock Generation who performed a Thangyat  – a... Read more ►

Local Land Practice Must be Recognized

April 11, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“There is no vacant, fallow & virgin land in ethnic areas. The recently enacted Vacant, Fallow & Virgin Land Management Law is a law that facilitates making people who depend for their lives on land & forest to become landless. Instead of accepting and enacting... Read more ►

“Bride” Trafficking and the Invisible Victims of the Ongoing Armed Conflict

April 5, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

In yet another report highlighting the devastating consequences of the ongoing war in Myanmar’s ethnic areas, Human Rights Watch highlighted how the Chinese and Myanmar[1] authorities continue to turn a blind eye as Kachin women and girls from the conflict-torn areas of no... Read more ►

Resolution Highlights Failures of UN Operations in Myanmar

March 27, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

The resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council calls for the UN Secretary-General to conduct “a comprehensive, independent inquiry into the involvement of the United Nations in Myanmar since 2011 with a view to establishing whether everything possible to prevent or m... Read more ►