July 11, 2013

Burma Campaign UK today launches a new awareness raising campaign using the strapline, ‘Think everything’s ok in Burma now?’ The awareness raising campaign is designed to draw attention to ongoing human rights abuses in Burma, and the lack of fundamental democratic reforms in the country.

“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,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “The aim of this campaign is to draw attention to the fact that most human rights problems remain in Burma, and some have even got worse.”

The campaign will initially use social and online media to spread a series of viral campaign posters. Posters will use the strapline ‘Think everything’s ok in Burma now?’, followed by an example of ongoing human rights abuses or lack of reforms in Burma.

The first two posters are released today, highlighting the hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, and how Burma’s constitution guarantees the military get key ministerial posts in government.
Earlier this week Burma Campaign UK published a briefing on the many human rights abuses which continue in Burma, including many violations of international law. The briefing paper is available here.

“Foreign Secretary William Hague is about to give Thein Sein red-carpet treatment in the UK, but Burma still has one of the worst human rights records in the world,” said Mark Farmaner. “International pressure is still needed to promote human rights and democracy in Burma.”

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