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Burma 10K Run

Burma 10K Run - donate today!

Burma 10K Run

We did it! Team BCUK completed the Regent’s Park 10K to raise funds to help people in Burma.

Still time to make a donation here.

Blue Shirt Day

Blue Shirt Day

Blue Shirt Day

Join ‘Blue Shirt Day’ for political prisoners on Friday 21st April.

Wear blue. Share a picture on social media. Use the hashtag: #blueshirt4burma

We can’t let political prisoners be left behind, forgotten in jail.

Email Your MP Rohingya EDM

Email Your MP

Email Your MP Rohingya EDM

Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh are telling horrific stories of the human rights violations taking place. Ask your MP to sign a new motion in Parliament calling on the British government to back a UN Inquiry into the Rohingya crisis.

25th Anniversary Appeal

25th Anniversary Appeal

This year we mark our 25th anniversary. From our beginnings as a small solidarity group in the wake of the military crackdown after the 1990 election in Burma, we have built the campaign to become the leading Burma campaign group in the world, working with activists from Burma to achieve real change.

 

 

Peace and Justice for Kachin State

Peace and Justice

Peace and Justice for Kachin State

The Burmese Army is committing horrific human rights abuses against ethnic civilians in Kachin State.

Take action and support the call for peace, justice and accountability in Kachin State.

Send a message of hope

Send a message of hope

Send a message of hope

Will you send a message of hope to end repression of the Rohingya?

Sign our petition calling on the NLD-led government to take four steps to help end the repression against the Rohingya.

100 Women action

Stop Rape in Burma

100 Women action

Join over 100 high profile women, including Dame Judi Dench, Annie Lennox, Jo Brand, Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters and Zoë Wanamaker, and stand with the women of Burma to end rape and sexual violence.

100 women home page

100 Women

easyfundraising home

Shop and raise money!

easyfundraising home

Whenever you shop online, you can now raise money to help the campaign for human rights in Burma. Just sign up for free here.

 

easyfundraising

easyfundraising

easyfundraising

With easyfundraising you can help support Burma Campaign UK every time you do your online shopping!

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board, including Amazon, John Lewis, Boots, M&S, Argos and Sainsbury’s.

Every time you shop, they pay a small percentage to us – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

2015 Elections

2015 Elections

2015 Elections

After the NLD’s landslide election victory, this briefing contains detailed analysis of what is likely to happen next, the process of the elections, and key election statistics.

Rohingya Letter Writing Guide

Take Action!

Rohingya Letter Writing Guide

This letter writing guide gives an introduction to the situation of the Rohingya, and tells you how you can help by taking action.

You can download a pdf of the letter writing guide here.

Rape and Sexual Violence Letter Writing Guide

Take Action!

Rape and Sexual Violence Letter Writing Guide

This letter writing guide gives an introduction to rape and sexual violence in conflict in Burma, and tells you how you can help by taking action.

You can download a pdf of the letter writing guide here.

 

Letter Writing Guides

Letter Writing Guides

Letter Writing Guides

These letter writing guides provide campaign information, draft letters and addresses to write to.

Letter Writing Guides are available for:

Political Prisoners

Rape and Sexual Violence

The Rohingya

Andy Hall donation

Help Andy Hall's case

Andy Hall donation

Andy Hall is facing several trials. He needs our help. If he is convicted, Andy will go to jail for doing nothing more than helping vulnerable people who are being exploited

Please make a donation towards Andy’s legal costs, to help keep him out of jail.

Support Burma

Support Burma

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Tell Boris Johnson to act for the Rohingya!

Tell Boris Johnson to act for the Rohingya!

Tell Boris Johnson to act for the Rohingya!

A UN inquiry into the Rohingya crisis could help reduce human rights violations and set out a roadmap for ensuring human rights for the Rohingya. Email Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson now!

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence

These two Kachin teachers were raped and murdered by the Burmese Army. The British government could immediately take three practical steps to help stop rape in Burma, but so far they have refused to do so.  Please take action.

Aid on British Policy page

Aid to Burma

Aid on British Policy page

Is British aid to Burma linked with the deaths of children?

A controversial census in Burma, part paid for by British aid money, increased ethnic tensions and triggered violence.

 

Left over currency home page

Donate your old currency

Left over currency home page

Donate your old currency or left over holiday money.

Do you have any foreign coins or banknotes gathering dust? Why not donate your forgotten currency to Burma Campaign UK?

Donate your old currency

Donate your old currency

Donate your old currency

Donate your old currency or left over holiday money.

Do you have any foreign coins or banknotes gathering dust? Why not donate your forgotten currency to Burma Campaign UK?

Burma Campaign UK depends on donations, as we do not receive government funding. Let your forgotten coins and notes make a difference to the people of Burma.

Click here, print the form and send it off.

Leftovercurrency.com will then exchange your currency and donate the exchanged amount plus 5% of the value to Burma Campaign UK.

Or you can download the form here and use it to send off your old currency.

Thein Sein 88 Action

Thein Sein Action

Thein Sein 88 Action

Please email President Thein Sein, asking him to publish his full army record, including the role he played in crushing the uprising in 1988.

The 8th August is the 26th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of people, many of them students, who had been protesting for democracy in Burma.

Soldiers opened fire on the protesting students, and in the following weeks at least three thousand people are thought to have been killed. The date, 8-8-88 is one of the most significant anniversaries in Burma’s struggle for freedom. There has never been a full investigation into the massacre.

When he became President, Thein Sein described the massacre and crackdown as having ‘saved the nation’.

A leaked US embassy diplomatic cable dated 20th October 2004 said Thein Sein ’distinguished’ himself cracking down against the 1988 uprising. It stated: ‘Major Thein Sein served as commander of Light Infantry Division (LID)-55, one of the elite organizations loyal to the Burmese Socialist Program Party (BSPP). In that capacity, he distinguished himself, as did Soe Win, in the crackdown against the 1988 uprising in support of democracy.’

Please email President Thein Sein, asking him to publish his full army record, including the role he played in crushing the uprising in 1988. The people of Burma have the right to know the past actions of the President.

Stop Rape in Burma Action

Action

Stop Rape in Burma Action

The Burmese government has now signed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The declaration contains practical and political commitments to end impunity, promote accountability, and provide justice and safety for victims of sexual violence in conflicts.

This shows pressure works. However, just because Burma has signed the declaration, it doesn’t mean that they will actually do anything about it. We have seen a great many broken promises by President Thein Sein in the past, including his failure to release all political prisoners by the end of last year, his failure to stop using child soldiers in the Burmese Army, and his failure to stop Burmese Army attacks in Kachin State.

Pressure must be maintained to ensure that President Thein Sein agrees concrete actions within a specific timeframe to actually implement the declaration.

Please write to Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and urge him to take action to stop rape and sexual violence in Burma.

Free Zaw Pe

Free Zaw Pe

Free Zaw Pe

Zaw Pe is a journalist with Democratic Voice of Burma who has been jailed for asking a government officer questions. This is the latest in a series of recent arrests or jailings of journalist.

Take action to free Zaw Pe and all Burma’s political prisoners.

Rohingya action home page

Let The Aid In

Rohingya action home page

Rohingya are facing starvation.

Please take action to call on UN Secretary General António Guterres to go to Burma to persuade the government and military to LET THE AID IN.

 

Nay Myo Zin and Win Cho

Nay Myo Zin and Win Cho

Nay Myo Zin and Win Cho

Nay Myo Zin and Win Cho were arrested on 18th January 2014 for leading a protest with hundreds of farmers across Burma. They were charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, and sentenced to 3 months in Insein Prison.

 

British Policy on Burma

British Policy on Burma

The British government has performed a dramatic U-turn in Burma policy since Thein Sein became President, reversing a decade’s long policy of prioritising human rights. Trade and investment are now the priority for the British government.

Since the change of policy, the British government has tended to downplay serious human rights abuses, or even ignore them altogether.

 

FCO Response to Political Prisoner action

Had a reply from the FCO?

FCO Response to Political Prisoner action

Have you received a reply from the British Foreign Office to your letter about political prisoners in Burma?

Click here for more information and advice about how to reply.

Response to FCO letter December 2013

Downplaying Human Rights

Downplaying Human Rights

Downplaying Human Rights

Our new briefing paper analyses the most recent quarterly human rights update on Burma published by the Foreign Office. This reveals that the FCO report provides a misleading and inaccurate description of the current human rights situation in Burma.

Rose tinted glasses Action page

Rose-Tinted Glasses

Rose tinted glasses Action page

To highlight how the British government takes a rose-tinted view of Burma, and to pressure the government to put human rights first, we are sending rose-tinted glasses to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

Order your rose-tinted glasses here. We will use your donation to buy rose-tinted glasses and deliver them to Philip Hammond.

Kyaw Hla Aung

Kyaw Hla Aung

Kyaw Hla Aung

No Political Prisoner Left Behind

Take action to free Burma’s political prisoners. Community leader Kyaw Hla Aung was arrested on 15th July 2013 and has been detained in Sittwe Prison. His trial continues.

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Rape by the Burmese Army

Home – Briefing promo box

The Burmese Army is still committing rape and sexual violence with impunity.

Burma Campaign UK is calling for an international investigation into rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army.

Fundraising – Auntie Pamela’s Skydive

Auntie Pamela's Skydive

Fundraising – Auntie Pamela’s Skydive

Auntie Pamela’s
Skydive for Burma

On Saturday March 14th Auntie Pamela Sarkaw Moo jumped out of a plane from over two miles up to raise funds for Burma Campaign UK.Auntie Pamela is a 67 year old Karen refugee from Burma who volunteers every week at BCUK.

In Burma, she was a nurse at a hospital in Rangoon and treated students shot by the army in 1988.She says: “I am jumping because BCUK is doing a fantastic job. They work for equality, rights and self-determination for all people in Burma, not just my ethnic group.”

Please sponsor her here.

Fancy skydiving for
Burma Campaign UK? 

Fundraising for Burma Campaign UK raises desperately needed funds supporting vital action for the people of Burma. Your support will help us to work for real freedom for the people of Burma.

We can send you a fundraising pack with an A-Z of fundraising ideas from Abseiling to Zorbing. You can download the A-Z of Fundraising here.

If you are feeling inspired and want to help us fundraise, please register your interest and we will contact you or call 020 7324 4710.

 

Andy Hall – More Campaign Info

Free Political Prisoners – Letter Writing Guide

Letter Writing Guide

Free Political Prisoners – Letter Writing Guide

This guide provides case studies and addresses to write directly to political prisoners and to demand international action for the release of political prisoners.

Download the Political Prisoner Letter Writing Guide here.

 

 

 

 

Crisis in Arakan State – Write to the Foreign Secretary

Crisis in Arakan State

Crisis in Arakan State – Write to the Foreign Secretary

Since 2012 there has been a downward spiral in the human rights and humanitarian situation of the ethnic Rohingya in Burma. Now a new plan proposed by the Burmese government will further increase discrimination and could result in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people being interned in what amount to concentration camps.

The draft Rakhine State Action Plan is completely unacceptable, violates international law, and must be rejected by the British government and rest of the international community.

Please email the British Foreign Secretary.

Download a Word version of this letter here to print and send to the Foreign Secretary.

 

Think It’s OK in Burma?

Think It’s OK in Burma?

Think It’s OK in Burma?

With the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and some reforms in Burma, there is a growing perception by many people that things are ok in Burma now.

However, Burma still has one of the worst human rights records in the world. International pressure is still needed to promote human rights and democracy in Burma.

Thein Sein & Human Rights

Thein Sein & Human Rights

Human Rights Abuses Since Thein Sein Became President

It is now more than two years since Thein Sein became President, yet Burma still has one of the worst human rights records in the world.

Click here to read the briefing.

 

Thein Sein In His Own Words

This briefing provides revealing quotes, past and present, from Burma’s President Thein Sein.

Download it here.

 

Thein Sein – President of Burma

This briefing highlights Thein Sein’s decades-long involvement in human rights abuses in Burma.

Thein Sein spent 40 years as a soldier in one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world. He spent 14 years on the ruling council of the dictatorship, and he also spent many years based in ethnic states, where the Burmese Army committed horrific human rights abuses against the civilian population.

Download it here.

Rose-Tinted Glasses

Rose-Tinted Glasses

Rose-Tinted Glasses

President Thein Sein of Burma has been hailed as a reformer by the British government.

However, Thein Sein rules a country which still has one of the worst human rights records in the world. A country with hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, where torture is still being used, where his army continues to kill, to bomb and to rape ethnic civilians and camps where ethnic children die because he won’t allow them to get aid.

If all this sounds familiar, it is because many of the abuses committed by the past regime haven’t stopped. In fact some have even increased since Thein Sein became President. Worse, Human Rights Watch has evidence that ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity have been committed against the ethnic Rohingya minority.

But you won’t hear Prime Minister David Cameron talking about taking action on ethnic cleansing going on in Burma. You won’t hear Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond condemning the widespread use of rape by the Burmese Army. That’s because the British government now takes a rose-tinted view of what is happening in Burma. They talk up the positives, but play down or don’t talk about many of the negatives.

Last Month in Parliament – Resources

Last Month in Parliament

Last Month in Parliament – Resources

Last Month in Parliament is a monthly round-up of issues relating to Burma in the British Parliament.

Photos

Photos

Photos

Photo galleries of Burma Campaign UK campaigns and events, pictures of the 2007 uprising, Aung San Suu Kyi, Cyclone Nargis and more.

Videos

Videos

Videos

Watch videos about the situation in Burma. Even more videos are available on our YouTube channel.

Burma Briefing – Resources

Burma Briefing

Burma Briefing – Resources

Burma Briefing provides comment, briefing and analysis from Burma Campaign UK.

Reports – Resources

Reports

Reports – Resources

This page contains reports from the Burma Campaign UK and other groups about the situation in Burma.

UN Documents on Burma

UN Documents on Burma

UN Documents on Burma

A comprehensive archive of documents by the UN, including reports from the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma and statements from the UN Security Council.

Burmese Girls

Burmese Girls

Burmese Girls

Burmese Girls is a delightful window into the relatively unknown world of growing up in Burma.

Free Burma T-Shirt

Free Burma T-Shirt

Free Burma T-Shirt

Buy your “Free Burma” t-shirts now. They support the work of the Burma Campaign UK and are fairtrade and organic.

Amazon

Amazon

Buy anything on Amazon via the link below and Burma Campaign UK receives a percentage of what you pay:

Screenings of Burma VJ

Screenings of Burma VJ

Screenings of Burma VJ

Now you can organise a public screening of Burma VJ.

The film distributers, Dogwoof, now have an online booking system.

To book Burma VJ and receive a license to screen this film once and a copy of the film on DVD, click here.

Burma VJ

Burma VJ

Burma VJ

The award-winning documentary ‘Burma VJ’ tells the remarkable story of the brave young video journalists who, using hidden cameras, put their lives on the line to tell the real story of the 2007 uprising in Burma and the subsequent crackdown by the ruling military regime. They now face up to 65 years in prison for simply recording the events in the film.

Think It’s OK in Burma?

Think It’s OK in Burma?

With the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and some reforms in Burma, there is a growing perception by many people that everything is ok in Burma now. But it isn’t.

Burma still has one of the worst human rights records in the world. Hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail, attacks against ethnic minorities continue, reports of rape by Burmese Army soldiers have increased, and almost all repressive laws remain in place.

International pressure is still needed to promote human rights and democracy in Burma.

Please post these pictures on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, send them to friends, or perhaps even print them and put them up at work or at home.

Please help us spread the word. The people of Burma still need our help.

Free Tun Aung

Free Tun Aung

Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

Brang Yung & Laphai Gam

Brang Yung & Laphai Gam

Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

U Gambira

U Gambira

U Gambira

Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

Free Mading Zau Bawk

Free Mading Zau Bawk

Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners. However, despite government claims that all political prisoners have been released, many people remain in jail because of their political activities, ethnicity or religion.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

Aung Soe

Aung Soe

Aung Soe

Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

Women Activists

Women Activists

Women Activists

The military-backed government in Burma arrested two women activists in June, Khin Mi Mi Khaing and Myint Myint Aye, for allegedly taking part in illegal associations.

Their arrest came after showing their support to farmers who were protesting on confiscated land. They have been detained in Paungde Prison and their trials continue.

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Events

Events

Events

Events and demonstrations held by the Burma Campaign UK, the Burmese community or supporters of Burma Campaign UK.

If you are holding a Burma-related event and would like it added here, please email info@burmacampaign.org.uk

Reports

Reports

Read the latest reports from Burma Campaign UK and other human rights organisations about the situation in Burma.

For the latest news on Burma, check our:

Press Releases

Campaign News.

Last Month in Burma – Sidebar

Last Month in Parliament

Last Month in Burma – Sidebar

Archive:

Last Month in Parliament is a monthly round-up of issues relating to Burma in the British Parliament.

Last Month in Parliament is in PDF format. Download Acrobat here: getacro

About Burma Briefing

About Burma Briefing

Burma Briefing provides comment, briefing and analysis from Burma Campaign UK.

To receive Burma Briefing directly, subscribe by sending an email to this email address

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Campaigns

Campaigning for human rights and freedom

Burma Campaign UK is one of the leading Burma campaign organisations in the world. We play a leading role in raising awareness about the situation in Burma, and pressuring the international community to take action in support of the people of Burma.

Your support is crucial. Take action now and help the people of Burma in their struggle for freedom.

Campaigning works!

  • Our campaigns have helped free hundreds of political prisoners.
  • We expose human rights abuses that the government tries to keep secret.
  • We have ensured life-saving aid has reached those hiding in Burmese jungles after attacks by the Burmese Army.
  • We lobby governments all over the world to do more to promote human rights in Burma.
  • Our campaigns have stopped companies investing in Burma in ways which contribute to human rights abuses.
  • We generate worldwide media coverage, ensuring the world does not ignore the crisis in Burma.
  • We provide support and training to Burmese organisations and individuals, building the capacity of people from Burma to speak out and influence the international community.

Drop The Charges against Andy Hall

Drop The Charges

Drop The Charges against Andy Hall

Andy Hall is a researcher who defends the rights of migrants in Thailand, including migrants from Burma.

In 2013 he was involved in exposing how a factory in Thailand was committing human rights abuses against migrant workers in its factory. Abuses included child labour, workers being beaten, being paid illegally low wages and facing dangerous working conditions.

Instead of the company, Natural Fruit, taking action to stop these abuses, it has launched several legal cases for defamation and computer crimes against Andy Hall. If convicted he could face more than eight years in jail and a fine of more than eight million pounds.

The government of Thailand should be enforcing the law to stop abuses like this. They should be telling Natural Fruit to drop these cases and clean up its act. Instead they have been supporting the prosecution, appealing against a court decision to dismiss one of the cases.

These cases are an attack on free speech, and threaten work to improve the rights of migrant workers in Thailand, millions of whom are from Burma.

 

 

Kachin Crisis

Kachin Crisis

Kachin Crisis

In Kachin state, the Burmese Army is committing horrific human rights abuses, including rape, torture and forced labour. Aid is still restricted, leaving thousands of people who have been forced to flee their homes without enough food and shelter or access to proper health and education.

 

Crisis in Kachin State – Action

Action

It is now five years since the Burmese Army resumed attacks in Kachin State, committing horrific human rights abuses against ethnic Kachin civilians.

Send a message to the government and military and support the call for peace, justice and accountability in Kachin State.

Crisis in Arakan State – Long

Crisis in Arakan State

Crisis in Arakan State – Long

Since communal violence erupted in June 2012 in Burma’s Arakan (Rakhine) State, there is a growing humanitarian and human rights crisis which is not receiving sufficient international attention. The violence has evolved into systematic attacks against the ethnic Rohingya.

More than 100,000 people have been displaced, the vast majority without receiving sufficient assistance because they are ethnic Rohingya. Aid is being severely restricted by the government and many Rohingya people have been excluded.

The President of Burma proposed a policy that amounts to ethnic cleansing, asking the United Nations to arrange for Rohingya people to be placed in camps, removed from Burma and sent to third countries.

Action needs to be taken now to ensure aid can be delivered, arrests and human rights abuses stop, and people are allowed to return safely to their homes.

Crisis in Arakan State – Satellite Images

Satellite Images

Crisis in Arakan State – Satellite Images

Satellite images obtained by Human Rights Watch show the widespread destruction of Rohingya homes and property during violence in October 2012.

Damage Analysis: Human Rights Watch; Image Copyright: DigitalGlobe 2012; Source: EUSI

Crisis in Rakhine State

Crisis in Rakhine State

Crisis in Rakhine State

Since violence erupted in 2012 in Rakhine (Arakan) State, there is a growing humanitarian and human rights crisis. More than 100,000 people displaced, with the majority not receiving sufficient assistance because they are ethnic Rohingya.

Crisis in Arakan State – Action

Action

Urgent aid needed for Rakhine State

The Burmese government is blocking aid ‎to the 140,000 Rohingya people living in squalid camps in Rakhine State.

Please take action and call on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ‎to take the lead in negotiating aid access.

Investment and Trade

Investment and Trade

Investment and Trade

With most sanctions against the military-backed government in Burma now lifted, European companies must ensure they adhere to the highest standards to avoid human rights abuses, exploitation of workers and environmental destruction.

Investment and Trade – Action

Action

Investment and Trade – Action

Great news! Naing Htay Lwin and Myo Min Min, the two imprisoned union leaders whose release we were campaigning for, were freed on 17 April 2016. They were arrested in February 2015 for asking for a pay rise of $1 a day for garment workers.

Aid to Burma – Long

Aid to Burma

Aid to Burma – Long

At her Nobel Peace Prize speech, Aung San Suu Kyi made an impassioned call to governments to increase funding for refugees from Burma, saying:

“Can we afford to indulge in compassion fatigue? Is the cost of meeting the needs of refugees greater than the cost that would be consequent on turning an indifferent, if not a blind, eye on their suffering? I appeal to donors the world over to fulfil the needs of these people who are in search, often it must seem to them a vain search, of refuge.’

Refugees in camps on the Thailand Burma border, and those hiding in the jungle from the Burmese Army are facing cuts in rations and shelter.

The British government is currently reviewing aid to Burma and needs to double aid to them to prevent further suffering.

“As someone who was an internally displaced person after my village was attacked by the Burmese Army, and who lived in refugee camps, I am very upset that the situation is getting much worse, and the British government isn’t doing enough to help.” Zoya Phan, Campaigns Manager, Burma Campaign UK.

 

Stop Sexual Violence – Promo box for other pages

Stop Sexual Violence

Stop Sexual Violence – Promo box for other pages

The Burmese Army continues to use rape and sexual violence against ethnic women. The international community is ignoring the widespread and systematic use of sexual violence by the Burmese Army. This cannot be allowed to continue.

 

Aid to Burma

Aid to Burma

Aid to Burma

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Decades of military rule have resulted in widespread poverty, poor health care and low educational standards. An estimated 75% of the population live below the poverty line.

Aid to Burma – Action

Action

Is British aid to Burma linked with the deaths of children?

A controversial census in Burma, part paid for by British aid money, has increased ethnic tensions, triggered violence which has led to deaths, and discriminates against the Rohingya.

Support our call for an inquiry into why British aid helped pay for this census.

Arms Embargo

Arms Embargo

Arms Embargo

The military-backed government in Burma has one of the world’s worst records on human rights, with multiple violations of international humanitarian law. Despite these appalling acts, the brutal army is still allowed to buy foreign weapons.

Free Political Prisoners – No prisoner left behind archive page

Free Political Prisoners

Free Political Prisoners – No prisoner left behind archive page

The recent release of political prisoners has been long overdue and is very welcome. However, there are still political prisoners in jail, and all the laws under which they were jailed remain in place, and must be repealed. Activists continue to be arrested.

No political prisoner should be left behind in jail.

Click on these links to take action for the release of the remaining political prisoners in Burma.

You can also write directly to these political prisoners to express your solidarity.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

Free Political Prisoners – Action page

Free Political Prisoners

Free Political Prisoners – Action page

No Political Prisoner Left Behind

Around 178 people in Burma are in jail for political reasons. Some are in jail for protesting for their rights, some for criticising the government or the military, and some just because of their ethnicity or religion. Activists continue to be arrested.

Yet, most people think all political prisoners have been released. There is very little pressure on the NLD-led government in Burma to free remaining political prisoners.

No political prisoner should be left behind in jail.

A list of political prisoner cases you can take action on is here.

Aung Ko Latt

Aung Ko Latt

Aung Ko Latt

Despite some welcome political changes in Burma, including the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of political prisoners remain in jail.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

Please click here for more information about Burma’s political prisoners.

Free Political Prisoners – More Actions

More Actions

No Political Prisoner Left Behind

Hundreds of people could still be in detention or face detention because of their political activities, ethnicity or religion.

Take action to free political prisoners in Burma.

Free Political Prisoners – Free Mading Zau Bawk

Free Mading Zau Bawk

Mading Zau Bawk is a 23-year-old Kachin farmer who was arrested in May 2012 and tortured brutally by the military-backed government in Burma.

During interrogation, he was beaten and hit on the head with a gun. He was brutally tortured and forced to confess.

Take action for the release of Mading Zau Bawk and the remaining political prisoners in Burma.

Free Political Prisoners – More Information

More Information

There are still political prisoners in jail, and all the laws under which they were jailed remain in place, and must be repealed. People are still being arrested because of their political activities, ethnicity or religion. If we draw the attention of the NLD-led government to the remaining political prisoners, hopefully they will also be released. We are continuing our campaigns to free all political prisoners in Burma. No political prisoner should be left behind in jail.

Take action here to free political prisoners in Burma.

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma – Government response

Government response

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma – Government response

Thank you to everyone who has written to the British government.

Here is the response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (pdf letter).

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma – Action – Action page

Action

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma – Action – Action page

In the past year, there are reports that the Burmese Army has stepped up its use of rape, gang-rape and sexual violence against ethnic women. Recent documented cases include the rape of a 12 year old girl in front of her mother, and a disabled woman.

The international community continues to ignore the widespread and systematic use of rape and sexual violence by the Burmese Army. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Please print and send this letter to William Hague.  [Word document]

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma – Crimes against Humanity

Crimes against Humanity

“There is no doubt that the Burmese military junta is responsible for serious human rights violations and that they should be held to account.”

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Former Foreign Secretary
William Hague

For many years the United Nations has ignored widespread and systematic crimes committed by Burma’s military, including the destruction of more than 3,500 villages in eastern Burma, widespread use of rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities, the forced displacement of over 1 million refugees and internally displaced people, tens of thousands of child soldiers, and the abundant use of forced labour in the country.

For decades the United Nations has been documenting these serious and systematic human rights abuses committed by Burma’s military, abuses which break international law. Yet no action has been taken to end the impunity which Burma’s military-backed government enjoys.

Burma’s new constitution, which came into force after fake elections on 7 November 2010, grants immunity from prosecution for those who have committed these crimes. This is why it is up to the international community to take action to end the impunity with which the military-backed government commits these crimes.

In March 2010, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Burma called for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma. The United Kingdom, France, USA and Australia are among the countries that expressed support for such an inquiry.

The following are statements in support of a Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma.

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma – Action

Action

Stop Rape and Sexual Violence in Burma

The Burmese Army continues use of rape, gang-rape and sexual violence against ethnic women. Ethnic women and girls suffer horrific sexual abuse while military perpetrators enjoy impunity.

It is time for the international community to conduct its own investigation into sexual violence by the Burmese Army.

Legacy Guide

Legacy Guide

If you are considering leaving Burma Campaign UK a gift in your Will, we have produced a Will making guide to provide help and advice.

Whatever gift you are able to leave in your Will to us would be very important to us and to the future of Burma.

Please contact us and we will be very happy to send you the guide. Please call 020 7324 4710 or email legacy@burmacampaign.org.uk

Or you can download the Guide here.

Legacy – Introduction

Introduction

Legacies are special gifts from one generation to another. By remembering Burma Campaign UK’s work in your Will, you will be continuing the fight for freedom and democracy in Burma into the future.

Having an up-to-date Will is important for you and your loved ones as it ensures your wishes will be carried out exactly as you wanted.

Also it allows you to give extra support to the campaigns and causes that you care about. This support is very significant for Burma Campaign UK.

We have a guide to making or changing your Will, which we would be happy to send you.

Please call 020 7324 4710 or email info@burmacampaign.org.uk and we will send you one.

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Wai Hnin landed her skydive safely and raised much needed funds to ensure No Political Prisoner is Left Behind. Support Wai Hnin and our campaign here.

Ben Hammond is dancing his way from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Click here to show your support for Ben’s epic challenge.

Frances Barclay completed the Glasgow Women’s 10K to show her support for our campaign against sexual violence and rape. Support Frances and our campaign here.

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Our fantastic supporters 

Peter Hagenbuch

Thank you to Peter, who did a 60-mile charity walk on Saturday 18th October 2014 for charity, including raising funds for Burma Campaign UK.

Pam Skelton and Lesley Mair

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Pam Skelton, accompanied by her daughter Laura, and Lesley Mair walked 60km in the Just Walk 2013 and between them raised over £4,496 through the generous donations of our supporters.

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Louise Procopiou with Joshua and Emma Murphy, pictured above with their Aunt Wilhelmina, who raised £1,371 in the Just Walk 2013 for Burma Campaign UK in memory of their grandmother.

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Ian Fleming walked 60km in one day and raised £562.27 for Burma Campaign UK.

Our thanks also go to Darren Laker who also walked the 60km route.

A big thank you to all our fundraisers.

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Fundraising

Fundraising

Fundraising

You can run, jump, swim or walk just about anywhere in the world and raise vital funds for Burma Campaign UK.

Fundraising for Burma Campaign UK raises awareness and encourages new supporters as well as desperately needed funds supporting vital action for the people of Burma.

Your support will help us to work for democracy and freedom for the people of Burma.

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You can now buy your favourite books about Burma on Amazon Kindle.

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New 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi’s Books

Aung San Suu Kyi

New 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi’s Books

A wide range of books written by and about Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Little Daughter

Little Daughter

Little Daughter

The autobiography of Zoya Phan, who was forced to flee Burma when Burmese army soldiers attacked her village. She is now a high profile activist campaigning for freedom for her homeland.

More Ideas

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More Ideas

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Brave New Burma

Brave New Burma

Brave New Burma

Brave New Burma is a stunning book by Nic Dunlop, who has spent 20 years photographing Burma, from the frontlines of war, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to the lives of ordinary people struggling to survive.

Burma at the Crossroads

Burma at the Crossroads

Burma at the Crossroads

This fascinating book looks at Burma’s history and its struggle for justice, with wide-ranging accounts of the courage and determination of Burma’s people.

Burma’s Plea

Burma’s Plea

Burma’s Plea

This beautiful book of photographs shows Burma’s landscape, architecture and the lives and diversity of the people in this extraordinary country.

The Lady And The Peacock

The Lady And The Peacock

The Lady And The Peacock

This new biography is a must-read – an accessible and engaging book about Aung San Suu Kyi and her part in Burma’s struggle for democracy.

Burma Campaign News

Burma Campaign News

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Donate Now – Donate page

Donate Now

Donate Now – Donate page

Developments in Burma show that campaigning does work but we must keep up the pressure for real democracy and human rights. Please make a donation today.

Leave a gift in your Will

Leave a gift in your Will

Leave a gift in your Will

By remembering Burma Campaign UK’s work in your Will, you will be continuing the fight for freedom and democracy in Burma into the future.

Shop For Freedom

Shop For Freedom

Shop For Freedom

Buy books on Burma, CDs, DVDs, cameras, birthday presents or DIY equipment. It all raises money for Burma Campaign UK.

Walk for Burma

Walk for Burma

Walk for Burma

Pam and Lesley both volunteer at Burma Campaign UK. On May 11th they will walk 60km across the South Downs to raise funds for Burma Campaign UK.

Please show your support and sponsor them today!

Sanctions lifted

Sanctions lifted

Sanctions lifted

On 22 April 2013 the EU announced that it would be lifting all EU sanctions against Burma, except the arms embargo, despite that fact that the EU’s own benchmarks for improvements in human rights have not been met. Read our press release, which includes details on how those benchmarks have not been met.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Briefing

Aung San Suu Kyi Briefing

Aung San Suu Kyi was released on 13 November 2010 after spending more than 15 years in detention, most of it under house arrest.

The international community should use the release of Aung San Suu Kyi as an opportunity to apply pressure on the dictatorship to enter into genuine dialogue. This briefing provides recommendations for action from the international community.

Biography – DASSK page

Biography

Biography – DASSK page

Aung San Suu Kyi spent more than 15 years in detention. She was released from her third period of detention on 13th November 2010.

If you want to contact Aung San Suu Kyi or the NLD, please email them directly at: info.nldburma@gmail.com

Donate – ASSK page

Donate Now

Donate – ASSK page

We urgently need your help. Aung San Suu Kyi may have been released but there are still between 1,000 and 2,000 political prisoners in Burma. Please make a donation today and help us free Burma’s political prisoners.

Burma Campaign UK is making a difference, but without support from members of the public our work would end.

2010 Government Statements

Statements

Below are statements from foreign governments and non governmental organization regarding the 2010 election.

Below are statements from the Burmese democracy movement about the 2010 election.

The 2010 Election

Fake 2010 Elections

Burma’s fake elections, held on 7 November 2010, were part of the dictatorship’s much-criticised “road-map to democracy” that has been condemned around the world as an attempt to entrench and legitimize military rule.

The entire process was a sham. The elections brought in a new constitution, which contains many undemocratic measures including the military having an effective veto over decisions made by the new Parliament and government. It was designed to keep the dictatorship in power and has not brought any new freedom to Burma’s people.

For more information: Download our briefing on elections here [PDF file].

2010 Elections News
This site provides news and information from Democratic Voice of Burma about the 2010 elections, including details of the parties taking part.
The British Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said: “These elections are set to be held under deeply oppressive conditions designed to perpetuate military rule. The Burmese people should have a real chance to vote for change. Instead, the first opportunity in twenty years for Burma’s people to have a more open, stable and prosperous society has been missed.

The 2010 Election – Fake Election Won’t Bring Real Change To Burma

Fake 2010 Elections

The Burmese dictatorship’s elections on 7 November 2010 were condemned around the world as an attempt to entrench and legitimize military rule. The election was part of the regime’s much criticized “road-map to democracy”, which contains a number of undemocratic measures including the military having an effective veto over decisions made by the new Parliament and government.

2007 Uprising Photo Library

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Tourism Campaign

Tourism Campaign

Burma Campaign UK has ended its call for all tourists not to visit Burma, following a decision by National League for Democracy leaders to amend their tourism policy.

Burma Briefing

Burma Briefing

Burma’s New Constitution – Denying Ethnic Rights

This briefing looks at the wide-ranging negative impacts Burma’s new Constitution will have on ethnic groups in Burma.

The Constitution is likely to lead to the continued Burmanisation of ethnic minorities and increased militarisation of ethnic areas, with the subsequent increase of human rights abuses which always follows the presence of the Burmese Army. It could also lead to large-scale conflict as armed ethnic groups with ceasefire agreements are told to become part of the Burmese Army as border guard forces, and are threatened with military attack if they refuse. This in turn could lead to a major human rights and humanitarian crisis.

Burma or Myanmar?

Burma or Myanmar?

Burma Campaign UK uses Burma as this is what Burma’s democracy movement prefers. They stated that the dictatorship had no legitimacy and so no right to change the name of the country to Myanmar.

As far as individuals, organisations and media are concerned, Burma Campaign UK takes no position, as we believe it is more important to talk about what should be done about ongoing human rights violations in the country, rather than what it should be called.

See this article by Bertil Lintner for more information about the history of the terms Burma and Myanmar.

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Growing Religious Violence

Growing Religious Violence

An international task force is needed to help tackle growing religious violence in Burma

After the recent religious violence in Burma, this briefing looks at the growing problem and the need for urgent action.

The consequences of failing to do so would be so serious that they justify the urgent creation of a task force which helps Burma’s political and religious leaders, both in government and in opposition, learn from the past experience of the international community

No Political Prisoner Left Behind

No Political Prisoner Left Behind

No Political Prisoner Left Behind

There are still political prisoners in jail and people continue to be arrested for their peaceful political activities. Repressive laws are still being used to intimidate and arrest activists. One political prisoners is one too many.

No political prisoner should be left behind in jail.

A list of political prisoners cases you can take action on is here.

 

 

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