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.