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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February 28, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Development for Whom? Local Communities Lead the Way in Sustainability

While the implementation of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been halted for years due to the widespread environmental and social problems posed by the project, 36 civil society organizations released a statement on February 20, 2018 opposing the Myanmar[1] Governme... Read more ►

February 21, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Voluntary, Safe and Dignified Return Requires More than Infrastructure

In recent weeks, the Myanmar[1] Government has engaged in a charm offensive, leading diplomatic delegations on tours to inspect newly-built “repatriation centers” and to demonstrate the process of issuing National Verification Cards (NVCs). These tours appear to be an at... Read more ►

February 13, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

UN Security Council Must Act to End Atrocities in Myanmar

The devastating report by Reuters describing Myanmar security personnel involvement in a massacre of Rohingya civilians was released this week as two of the local journalists that led the investigative reporting – Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone – remain in jail and face... Read more ►

February 7, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Special Rapporteur Outlines Myanmar’s Decades-Long Institutionalized Violations Against Myanmar’s Ethnic Minorities

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar[1], Ms. Yanghee Lee, giving her end-of-mission statement on 1 February, 2018 despite being barred from entering the country, laid bare the extent of the deeply troubling human rights violations experienced by... Read more ►

February 2, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Peace Donors Must Hold Myanmar Accountable to International Humanitarian Law

The renewed offensives against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which started with heavy attacks during the holiday season in December 2017 has resulted in more human casualties and further displacement in a region with very little humanitarian provisions. The Mya... Read more ►

January 25, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

Broken Trust Underpins Stalled Peace Process

Events over the past few weeks have left ethnic people’s trust in the political will of the Myanmar[1] Government and Army to engage in a process to achieve sustainable peace and national reconciliation to hit a nadir. From Rakhine State in the west, Kachin and Shan State ... Read more ►

January 17, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

2018 Must Seek to Hold the Myanmar Army Accountable and End its Impunity and Crimes Against Minorities

2018 begins in the same vein that 2017 finished, with the continued military offensives, the denial of access to independent human rights investigators and the continuing arrests of journalists. Further, the deteriorating human rights situation in Myanmar[1] is inextricably ... Read more ►

December 22, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

2017 in History as Watershed Year for Human Rights Situation in Myanmar

As 2017 draws to a close, any last shred of optimism regarding progress in human rights and democracy in Myanmar[1] has been emphatically blown away by the Myanmar Army’s campaign of violence in northern Rakhine State. It is important to note, however, that while internati... Read more ►

December 14, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Special Circumstances Require Special Efforts for Accountability

In light of the continuing crisis in northern Rakhine State, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held a special session on 5 December, 2017, issuing a resolution condemning “alleged systematic and gross violations of human rights and abuses committed against persons belongin... Read more ►

December 6, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Building Trust into the Peace Process

On 27 November, 2017, the government, military and ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) agreed to delay the third 21st Century Panglong Conference until the final week of January 2018. This agreement was the latest in a series of procedural delays and substantively-unproductive... Read more ►

November 29, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Leave No One Behind: Support and Justice for Rohingya Women Survivors of Sexual Violence

Every year, from 25 November until 10 December, 2017, women’s rights activists, along with the United Nations and various governments, commemorate “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.” For 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign, UNiTE to... Read more ►

November 22, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

The Perilous Defense of Human Rights

Amid a catastrophic human rights crisis, the space for civil society and human rights defenders is shrinking as protests in Yangon are banned, a land rights defender is beaten to death, and spurious charges are used to silence those who speak out against the military’s vio... Read more ►