Progressive Voice - Blog Posts (107 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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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 ►

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 ►