April 7, 2014
by Addison Morris
Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday expressed concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country's Rakhine State. Following recent attacks on international aid groups, aid workers have ...[read more]
March 18, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The Myanmar legislature on Tuesday approved a new media law affording greater press freedoms to local media outlets. The law purportedly assures local media freedom from state censorship and attempts to promote high-quality journalistic practices by emphasizing ethics and responsibility. However, ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Fortify Rights, an independent human rights group based in Southeast Asia, issued a 79-page report on Tuesday claiming evidence the Myanmar government ordered policy discrimination against Rohingya Muslims. The report is based on 12 leaked official documents going back to 1993, which reveal ...[read more]
January 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN humanitarian chief on Thursday called for an immediate investigation by authorities following reports of alarming levels of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. In a brief statement, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos stated:I am ...[read more]
January 7, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state enter Thailand seeking asylum. According ...[read more]
October 27, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, warned on Friday that sectarian violence between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State is contributing to wider anti-Muslim sentiments in Myanmar, threatening the positive changes ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Wednesday welcomed a recent release of 56 prisoners of conscience in Myanmar through presidential amnesty. Quintana noted that the releases are important for a "democratic transition and national ...[read more]
September 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Myanmar's parliament will draft a bill that forms groups to monitor court proceedings, a lawmaker said Saturday. Thura Aung Ko, the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee chairman, said that the purpose of the court monitoring bill was to crack down on corruption in Myanmar's judicial system, and ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the government of Myanmar to significantly revise or discard their draft association law. The draft law, if enacted, would require nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain official registration to operate; would provide broad and difficult to ...[read more]
August 23, 2013
by G. Redd
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Thursday applauded recent government efforts to encourage a culture of respect between clashing political and religious sects but recognized the need for increased government action on a wide array of ...[read more]

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