May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing persecution from ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union, passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary ID ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Authorities in Myanmar have taken a positive step with the release of Dr Tun Aung (a peaceful activist, Muslim community leader, and medical doctor), but "should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars," Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Dr Tun Aung was first ...[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 7, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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-Edwards
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]
July 17, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Tuesday commended the Myanmar government for disbanding the Nasaka, a border patrol force that had been operating in Rakhine state. The Nasaka have been accused of numerous humans rights violations against... ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The government of Myanmar must do more to combat religious and ethnic discrimination against minorities or risk undermining the reform movement according to a statement made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Wednesday. Pillay commended Myanmar President Thein Sein for statements ...[read more]
November 18, 2012
by Max Slater
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday accused Myanmar's government and security forces of being complicit in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in October that forced 35,000 people from their homes. Based on satellite imagery of Muslim communities in Myanmar's Arakan State, HRW claimed that in some cases, ...[read more]
October 28, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Saturday for an end to the sectarian violence in Myanmar between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. HRW detailed an arson attack in the coastal Rohingya neighborhood at the edge of Kyaukpyu city. HRW also called on the government to do more to end the ...[read more]

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