Anna Roberts and Wai Hnin of Burma Campaign UK were at the teachers trade union NASUWT conference in Belfast this weekend. Lots of support for our campaign, including access to education for Rohingya children.
Wai Hnin, Burma campaign UK’s Campaigns Officer, at the NASUWT conference.
Mizzima reports on Burma Campaign UK’s call to the UK government to spend more on humanitarian aid to refugees and internally displaced people.
The proportion of British aid spent on humanitarian aid, which helps refugees and internally displaced people, has fallen, and now makes up just 17 percent of the budget. The UK government claims it is giving more aid to ethnic areas, but it is money for economic development, not extra humanitarian assistance to people living in the camps.
“Economic development is important, but people who have lost everything and have no way to earn a living should not be left in squalid camps without proper shelter, healthcare, food and education for their children,” said Anna Roberts, Executive Director of Burma Campaign UK. “They must be prioritised when decisions on aid spending are made.”
One of three Kachin activists jailed for six months just for organising peaceful protests to help free villagers trapped in the jungle after the army attacked their villages has been released, reports Mizzima.
Nang Pu was released on 5 April from prison two months early. The three Kachin activists, Nang Pu, Lum Zawng and Zau Jat, were jailed in December.
A number of foreign activist groups had joined forces with activists in Myanmar and around the world demanding their release, and according to Burma Campaign UK the pressure worked.
Mark Farmaner, Karin Valtersson, Anna Roberts and Doug Janke from Burma Campaign UK’s team with Karen grassroots delegation Wah Ku Shee and Hsa Moo.
The Karen grassroots delegation had a productive meeting today with Mr. Speaker John Bercow of the UK House of Commons, who visited the Karen refugee camp on the Thai border in 2004 and is a strong supporter of Burma.
Speaker John Bercow is shown with Zoya Phan, Burma Campaign UK’s Campaigns Manager, Naw Wah Ku Shee from Karen Peace Support Network and Naw Hsa Moo from Karen Environmental and Social Action Network.
Local residents along the Namtu (or Myitnge) River in northern Shan State are urging all foreign companies involved in dam projects on the river to follow the decision of Engie, the French company that pulled out of the Upper Yeywa Dam project.
Engie was removed from Burma Campaign UK’s “Dirty List” of companies linked to human rights violations in Burma after confirming that their subsidiary—the Germany company Lahmeyer—was no longer involved in the Upper Yeywa Dam project.
Local communities in northern Shan State are greatly encouraged that French company Engie has pulled out of the Upper Yeywa dam project, and are urging all other foreign companies involved in dams on the Namtu/Myitnge river to follow suit.
Engie was removed from Burma Campaign UK’s “Dirty List” of companies linked to human rights violations in Burma, after confirming that their subsidiary, the German company Lahmeyer, was no longer involved in the Upper Yeywa dam project.
Two representatives from Karen grassroots communities are in the UK for a lobbying trip, calling for the British government to prioritise human rights, increase aid for refugees and internally displaced people, press for the end of the Burmese military offensive and support a peace process that guarantees rights and equality for the Karen and all ethnics in Burma.
Naw Wah Ku Shee from Karen Peace Support Network and Naw Hsa Moo from Karen Environmental and Social Action Network, with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Burma, after speaking to an APPG meeting.
The French multinational energy company Engie has pulled out of the controversial Upper Yeywa dam project in Shan State, reports Malaysia’s news website the Star Online. Engie had been included on Burma Campaign UK’s “Dirty List” of 49 companies linked to human rights violations and environmental destruction in Myanmar.
Burma Campaign UK has now removed Engie from the “Dirty List”.
Burma Campaign UK has submitted evidence to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the future of UK sanctions, which is looking at options for the UK’s approach to sanctions policy after leaving the EU.
In its evidence BCUK argued for the UK government to impose targeted sanctions on the Burmese military and to keep them in place until the conditions for lifting them are met. Where international consensus cannot be reached, there can still be value in the British government acting alone and/or publicly stating what should be done.