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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Bravery Amidst the Direst Circumstances

September 11, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

“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 ►

Crime and Punishment?

September 5, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

Justice for Genocide

August 30, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

Fundamental Freedoms At Risk

August 22, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

An Unfinished Movement for Democracy and Human Rights

August 15, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

Commission of Avoidance

August 8, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

A Stark Warning for Myanmar’s Hydroelectric Projects

August 2, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

“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 ►

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

July 25, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

Freedom to Criticize

July 18, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

“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 ►

Fulfilling the Promise of Genuine Equality and Federalism

July 11, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

The Long and Winding Road to Accountability

July 3, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

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 ►

Human Rights Council: Time for Accountability in Myanmar

June 28, 2018 • Author: Progressive Voice

“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 ►