Progressive Voice - Blog Posts (100 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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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 ►

August 30, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Justice for Genocide

The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar[1] (IIFFMM), in its abbreviated report to the Human Rights Council released on 27 August, 2018, called for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar military leaders for genocide in Rakhine State, and found ... Read more ►

August 22, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Fundamental Freedoms At Risk

Fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly are facing an existential crisis in Myanmar[1] today. Various incidents, including the charges faced by organizers of a Karen Martyrs Day celebration, the National League for Democracy (NLD) Magwe Region Party Chai... Read more ►

August 15, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

An Unfinished Movement for Democracy and Human Rights

It has been thirty years since the nationwide, society-wide demonstrations in Myanmar[1], often known as 8-8-88, galvanized the movement for freedom, democracy and human rights, becoming a reference point for democracy activism ever since. Many changes have occurred in the p... Read more ►

August 8, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Commission of Avoidance

The formation of a Commission of Enquiry (COE), announced by the Myanmar[1] Government on 30 July, 2018, has been criticized by rights groups as another attempt to reduce international pressure without providing the justice that Rohingya and other ethnic nationality victims ... Read more ►

August 2, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

A Stark Warning for Myanmar’s Hydroelectric Projects

“the dam disaster in Laos must serve as a wake-up call for the Burmese government. They must immediately ensure stability of all existing dams and suspend construction of any new ones.”Mi Ah Chai, Burma Rivers Network As regional neighbor Laos reels from the huge devasta... Read more ►

July 25, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Gender Equality is a Must but Should Not Deflect Attention from Root Causes of Conflict

While moves to improve women’s participation are encouraging as a first step toward quality participation, the women involved should have knowledge of gender issues and include women from all Myanmar’s diverse range of ethnic nationalities and religions, particularly wom... Read more ►

July 18, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Freedom to Criticize

“Listening to the people’s voices speaking out against oppression is a core duty of a democratically-elected government.”Two leaders of recent anti-war protests in Yangon and Myitkyina As Myanmar[1] faces many challenges to its development as a federal, democratic syst... Read more ►

July 11, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Fulfilling the Promise of Genuine Equality and Federalism

As the third session of the Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference, begins on 11 July, 2018, the Myanmar[1] Government and military have the opportunity to revive the stalled peace process and move toward a broader, more substantive and in... Read more ►

July 3, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

The Long and Winding Road to Accountability

Pressure on the Myanmar[1] military personnel responsible for the atrocities in Rakhine State is building. Individually targeted sanctions by the EU and Canada have been announced, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee has called for... Read more ►

June 28, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Human Rights Council: Time for Accountability in Myanmar

“clear indications of well-organized, widespread and systematic attacks continuing to target the Rohingya in Rakhine State.”Mr. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN Commissioner for Human Rights The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) that is currently in session has heard from the Spe... Read more ►