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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Rohingya Demand Accountability and Justice

March 22, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“We are not stateless. Stop calling us that. We have a state. It is Myanmar. So, we want to go home to Myanmar with our rights, our citizenship, and international security on the ground. For one year, the UN and the international community had countless discussions about R... Read more ►

#Standwithher to End Atrocity Crimes in Myanmar

March 15, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“We need the world to act as a united community to implement target sanctions against the military and to have a body outside Burma to [deliver] justice and to hold generals accountable for these extreme human right violations.”Naw K’nyaw Paw, General Secretary of the ... Read more ►

This Land is Our Land

March 6, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“Land is the key to addressing political grievances and unresolved historic injustices in Burma. The success of a participatory and inclusive peace and reconciliation process will hinge on a political will to embrace the diverse territorial claims and governance systems at... Read more ►

The Spoils of War

February 26, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“I witnessed with my own eyes that Army soldiers were the only armed group shooting at the homes.”U Moe Kaung, the village administrator As Rakhine State sinks deeper into intractable and complex conflict, the Myanmar government has seen an economic opportunity. In the s... Read more ►

New Constitution Needed for Genuine Transition to Democracy

February 21, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

“The current constitution is not democratic, and Myanmar cannot be considered a democracy without it being amended.”The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Two years since the assassination of U Ko Ni, the National League for Democracy’s (NLD... Read more ►

Ethnic Struggles Face Harsh Reality on Union Day

February 13, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

Over seventy years later, it is time for the the current NLD Government, under the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to reflect on what they are doing differently to the decades of military dictatorship… As another Union Day passes in Myanmar[1], ethnic people in all... Read more ►

Constitution Change Essential for a Federal Democratic Myanmar

February 6, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

It is not just the military’s control over government that is problematic. The deeply centralized structure of governance and policies of Burmanization have perpetuated the lack of equal rights for ethnic nationalities, an issue that has been at the core of Myanmar’s civ... Read more ►

Protection, Justice and Accountability Needed for Return of Rohingya Refugees

January 31, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

As the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities continue to face threats and persecution, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar[1], Ms. Yanghee Lee, called for the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar military, Min Aung Hlaing, to be prosecuted for genocid... Read more ►

`Does China Give A Dam?’

January 25, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

With China’s multi-billion dollar “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) at stake, China’s aggressive pursuit of the resumption of Myitsone dam and its attempts to secure its border areas is further negatively impacting ethnic communities in Myanmar[1], particularly those ... Read more ►

Another Year, Another Crisis in Rakhine

January 18, 2019 • Author: Progressive Voice

Rakhine State has lurched into another crisis over the last few weeks, as attacks by the Arakan Army (AA) on border guard police posts, reveal the deep, structural problems and resentment that many ethnic Rakhine people have towards the Bamar-centric statebuilding project of... Read more ►

Myanmar’s Latest Whitewash

December 18, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

The latest Myanmar[1] government-led Independent Commission of Enquiry (CoE) to finally find out the ‘truth’ behind what happened in Rakhine State in 2017, after having spoken with the military, is now giving victims a few weeks to submit evidence of abuse by the end of ... Read more ►

‘One Prisoner of Conscience is One Too Many’

December 13, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

In an appalling verdict on Friday, three Kachin human rights defenders – Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jat – were sentenced to six months in prison and given a 500,000 Kyat fine each (approximately $320 USD) for publicly calling for the protection of civilians in co... Read more ►