At the UN Security Council’s first ‘thematic’ debate on human rights this Tuesday, Burma rejoined the ranks of Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria as the USA’s least favourite human rights violators.
Anna Roberts, Executive Director and Doug Janke, Head of Development at Burma Campaign UK, at NASUWT’s conference in Manchester this weekend, with thanks to NASUWT for great support.
BCUK Director Mark Farmaner writes in Huffington Post: “Min Aung Hlaing is the biggest obstacle to improving human rights, democratic reform, peace, modernisation, and improving health and education in Burma.Yet somehow, he largely escapes direct criticism.”
“Unrecognised Leaders, Tomorrow’s Hope: Raising the Voices of Forgotten Youth” is a documentary film by Burma Link, the Karen Student Network Group and the Karen Youth Organisation. The documentary calls for inclusion of displaced ethnic youth on the Thailand-Burma border in political processes and recognition of refugee education certificates.
Aung San Suu Kyi has denied there is ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority, despite widespread reports of abuses.
In an exclusive interview with Fergal Keane of the BBC, Burma’s State Counsellor acknowledged problems in Rakhine state, but said ethnic cleansing was “too strong” a term to use.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy and director Karim Shah travelled to Burma to investigate whether its fledgling democracy is already under attack. Their report was shown on Channel 4 today.
Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK, spoke today on women’s rights at an event in Parliament hosted by Catherine West MP, Shadow Foreign Minister, to mark International Women’s Day.
Burma’s ethnic Rohingya Muslims are fleeing for their lives, says Human Rights Watch. A UN flash report found it’s very likely that crimes against humanity were committed in October and November. Only an independent international investigation will be able to uncover the truth.
On International Women’s Day, join us and stand with the women of Burma to end rape and sexual violence.
Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK, has been refused a visa to enter Myanmar by its embassy in Bangkok. “No reason was given but embassy staff told the agency I went through that I would not be given a visa anywhere,” he told Mizzima.