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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January 11, 2017 • Author: Progressive Voice

Armed Conflict Jeopardizes Prospects for the follow-up 21st Century Panglong Conference

As a new year begins, offensives and human rights violations by the Myanmar[1] Army continue to plague ethnic areas and see no sign of abating. With the second 21st Century Panglong Conference a matter of weeks away, local communities’ faith in the peace process is reachin... Read more ►

December 20, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar 2016 – New Leadership, Old Problems

There is no doubt that 2016 has been a pivotal year for Myanmar[1]. Despite strong uncertainty over whether the November 2015 general elections would be free and fair, the National League for Democracy (NLD) went on to achieve a resounding victory. A landslide of popular sup... Read more ►

December 14, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

No End in Sight for Myanmar Army’s Continued Reign of Terror

The Northern Alliance-Burma (NA-B) – a group composed of the Kachin Independence Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Arakan Army – was branded as a “terrorist organization” by the Shan State parlia... Read more ►

December 7, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Raising the Bottom of Labor Standards

On 1 December, 2016 at a press conference in Yangon, Progressive Voice released a report on the garment industry in Myanmar,[1] pointing to the poor working conditions that over 240,000 workers face without adequate protection from national legislation. The report comes at a... Read more ►

November 29, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Myanmar’s Masters of War

As Myanmar’s[1] myriad of conflicts persist, critics of the National League for Democracy-led Government continue to question the extent to which the country’s leadership is capable of achieving a nationwide peace. The recent military offensives, in the north, northeast ... Read more ►

November 23, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Escalating Conflict in Rakhine, Shan, and Kachin States Topples Prospects for Peace

“350 killed, 300 injured, many dozens of women raped, hundreds of people arrested on concocted charges, and 3500 houses, including four villages, were burned down or destroyed”Arakan Rohingya National OrganisationA new round of calls were sent last week to the M... Read more ►

November 16, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

So Long, Freedom of Expression

Myanmar’s[1] political reform, which started under the previous quasi-civilian government of U Thein Sein, was applauded for opening up significant space for media freedom. Yet the relaxation on media control, such as the abolition of the Ministry of Information’s censor... Read more ►

November 9, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

Blackout in Rakhine State as the Myanmar Army Runs Amok

Calls from diplomatic observers for an independent investigation into the human rights violations in Rakhine State is the latest development to surface in Myanmar[1] following attacks on border guard outposts on 9 October, 2016. The initial attacks, which left nine police of... Read more ►

November 2, 2016 • Author: Progressive Voice

First Organized Refugee Returns from Thailand Take Place, Despite Concerns Over Readiness on the Ground in Myanmar

This past week saw a pilot voluntary return of 68 Myanmar[1] refugees living along the Thailand-Myanmar border. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) heralded the return as a “milestone.” “We chose to return to Myanmar but I think we made a mist... Read more ►

October 19, 2016 • Author: Burma Partnership and Progressive Voice

Final Announcement from Burma Partnership: As Burma Partnership Comes to an End, Progressive Voice Remains to Amplify Voices from the Ground

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners, This year, Burma Partnership celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Over the last decade, our organization, born out of Burma’s border-based movement for democracy, ethnic equality, human rights, peace and justice, has had the privilege to ... Read more ►

October 10, 2016 • Author: By Burma Partnership and Progressive Voice

Burma Partnership Celebrates Continuing Regional Solidarity for Burma and Embraces the Work Ahead for Progressive Voice

[Rangoon, 10 October 2016] – Today, after reflecting on ten years of work coordinating the regional solidarity movement for human rights and democracy in Burma, Burma Partnership (BP) announced its discontinuation and the establishment of ‘Progressive Voice,’ a new pa... Read more ►