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‘If they had hope, they would speak’

‘If they had hope, they would speak’

The ongoing use of state sponsored sexual violence in Burma’s ethnic communities (Yangon, November 24, 2014) – Burma Army soldiers continue to engage in acts of sexual violence on a widespread scale, and women and human rights defenders in ethnic communities face [Read More]

PWO: Update of human right violations by the Burma Army during offensives in Palaung areas (March and April 2013)

PWO: Update of human right violations by the Burma Army during offensives in Palaung areas (March and April 2013)

Statement of PWO and TSYO on Current Palaung Situation: English | Burmese Analysis on Current situation at Palaung areas: English | Burmese   The Burmese government must immediately end human rights violations, including violence against women, in Palaung areas [Read More]

KWAT Press Release: World Must Act to End Burmese Military Aggression Against Kachin

KWAT Press Release: World Must Act to End Burmese Military Aggression Against Kachin

Statement by: Kachin Women’s Association Thailand Download Press Release PDF: English                               English PDF World must act to end Burmese military aggression against Kachin February 28, 2012 A new report by the Kachin [Read More]

Religious persecution, rape still evident in Kachin State

Originally appeared in : Mizzima   Sixty-six Christian churches have been burnt down in Kachin state since the conflict erupted in June 2011, according to the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT), a figure that is backed by Myitkyina-based Kachin Baptist [Read More]

Activist speaks about causes of Kachin conflict, prognosis for peace

Originally appeared in: The Best Friend International Interview by Garrett Kostin, The Best Friend Library – Chiang Mai   Seng Zin is a Kachin activist and community organizer living in Chiang Mai. She is originally from Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, and [Read More]

International community must act to end atrocities by Thein Sein’s government

International community must act to end atrocities by Thein Sein’s government

 First use of airstrikes in twenty years brings fears of increased civilian fatalities and human rights abuses Chiang Mai, Thailand – The international community should act immediately to ensure that Thein Sein’s government stops military attacks and human rights [Read More]

Despite Ceasefire, Sexual Violence Continues in Shan State: Women’s Group

Originally appeared in: The Irrawaddy By Samantha Michaels/ The Irrawaddy For decades, mothers and daughters in Burma’s border areas have lived on high alert. While ethnic rebels in their homelands fought bloody wars with government troops, women of all ages were [Read More]

Govt troops still abuse villagers, says Shan NGO

Govt troops still abuse villagers, says Shan NGO

Originally appeared in:  Mizzima Burmese government troops are still committing a litany of human rights abuses in Shan State, according to Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a Thailand-based NGO which recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Burma. Speaking at [Read More]

Communities across Shan State vent frustration at ongoing abuses during peace process

Communities across Shan State vent frustration at ongoing abuses during peace process

Burmese | Shan | Thai Communities attending recent public meetings across Shan State vented frustration at ongoing abuses despite the fact that the new peace process has been underway for over a year. After co-hosting the “Trust Building for Peace Conference” in Rangoon [Read More]

Nobel Laureates send open letter to President Obama, Thein Sein of Burma

Five women Nobel Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative released an open letter today to President Barack Obama of the US and President U Thein Sein of Burma in advance of their meeting next week. The letter urges the leaders to make a firm commitment to ending [Read More]

Palaung Women’s Organization: Women bear burden of displacement

Palaung Women’s Organization: Women bear burden of displacement

5 November 2012 Press release: Burmese (pdf) Report: English   Worsening conflict and abuses by Burmese government troops in northern Shan State have displaced several thousand Palaung villagers, mainly women and children, who are in critical need of humanitarian aid, [Read More]

The Burden of War: Women bear burden of displacement

The Burden of War: Women bear burden of displacement

By: Palaung Women’s Organization Publication date: 5 November 2012 Press Statement: Burmese English Worsening conflict and abuses by Burmese government troops in northern Shan State have displaced over 2,000 Palaung villagers from fifteen villages in three townships [Read More]

Burma: The Current State of Women in Conflict Areas – A Shadow Report to the 22nd Session of CEDAW

Burma: The Current State of Women in Conflict Areas –  A Shadow Report to the 22nd Session of CEDAW

By: Women’s Organizations of Burma Shadow Report Writing Committee (Karen Women Organization, Karenni Women’s Organization, Shan Women’s Action Network, Burmese Women’s Union, and Tavoyan Women’s Union) Publication date: June 2000 English The [Read More]

From Persecution to Deprivation: International donors neglect 60,000 displaced Kachin on China-Burma border

From Persecution to Deprivation: International donors neglect 60,000 displaced Kachin on China-Burma border

By: Kachin Women’s Association Thailand Publication date: October 2012 English About 60,000 Kachin villagers fleeing Burma Army attacks and persecution, who are sheltering in Kachin-controlled territory along the China-Burma border, have received almost no [Read More]

Women Should be Part of Peace Process: Group

Originally appeared in: The Irrawaddy By Nyein Nyein The Women’s League of Burma (WLB), a coalition of 13 women’s organizations representing Burma’s main ethnic groups, called on Wednesday for the inclusion of women in the country’s ongoing efforts to end decades of [Read More]

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