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

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June 20, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

On this World Refugee Day, Voices of Refugees Must be Heard and Respected

As the global public observes World Refugee Day, it is more important than ever to honor the strength and courage of refugees throughout the world, including refugees from Myanmar[1], who have for decades faced persecution, violence and fear in the face of ongoing violent at... Read more ►

May 22, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Grassroots Democracy Must be allowed to Take Root

Last week, Progressive Voice and Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD) released a briefing paper outlining how local level democracy is restricted by legislation that excludes portions of the population and extends the centralized control that the Myanmar[1] Army... Read more ►

May 16, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Youth Speak Out, Myanmar Cracks Down

Over the first half of May 2018, authorities in Myanmar[1] have made different attempts to suppress increasing peaceful anti-war protests, including a violent crackdown on May 12 in Yangon. At least 30 protesters and organizers have been charged with criminal offenses so far... Read more ►

May 9, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Broadening the Scope: The Need to Take a Holistic Look at Myanmar’s Conflicts

While much attention was on the visit of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week, the Myanmar[1] Army was heavily shelling civilian areas in Kachin State, and blocking civilians from seeking refuge. In response, approximately 5,000 peop... Read more ►

May 2, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

International Accountability Needed to End Decades Long Impunity and Abusive Tactics of the Myanmar Army

As representatives of the UN Security Council (UNSC) visit Bangladesh and Myanmar[1], calls from within Myanmar grow for the Council to take concrete steps toward accountability for the Myanmar Army, including referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Kachin and Ka... Read more ►

April 26, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

The Dignity of Speaking Out – Support Those Who Risk their Lives to Tell the Truth in Myanmar

In a shocking twist in the trial of the two Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for alleged violations of the Official Secrets Act, prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing testified that he had been ordered by Police Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko to “trap”... Read more ►

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 ►