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Title: Albert Einstein Institution
Description/subject: "The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. We are committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action. Our goals are to understand the dynamics of nonviolent action in conflicts, to explore its policy potential, and to communicate this through print and other media, translations, conferences, consultations, and workshops."... Downloadable books on this site include: There Are Realistic Alternatives by Gene Sharp: "There Are Realistic Alternatives is a short, serious introduction to nonviolent struggle, its applications, and strategic thinking. Based on pragmatic arguments, this piece presents nonviolent struggle as a realistic alternative to war and other violence in acute conflicts. It also contains a glossary of important terms and recommendations for further reading." 54 pp. 2003" Languages available: English, Arabic ....198 Methods of Nonviolent Action" "Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of "nonviolent weapons" at their disposal. Listed are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention." Languages available: English....On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking About the Fundamentals by Robert Helvey: "On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict delves into the question of how to build a strategy for nonviolent struggle. Covering a variety of topics--such as ways to identify a movement's objectives, preparing a strategic estimate for a nonviolent struggle, and operational planning considerations--this publication contains insights on the similarities between military and nonviolent strategy. It represents a major new contribution to this field of study. Additional topics covered in the book include psychological operations and propaganda, contaminants that may affect the efficiency of a nonviolent movement, and providing consultations and training for members of movements and organizations".... From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp: "From Dictatorship to Democracy is a serious introduction to the use of nonviolent action to topple dictatorships. Originally published in 1993 in Thailand for distribution among Burmese dissidents, this booklet has since been translated into seventeen different languages and spread worldwide.". 88 pp. 2003....The Anti-Coup by Gene Sharp and Bruce Jenkins: As coups are one of the primary ways through which dictatorships are installed, this piece details measures that civilians, civil society, and governments can take to prevent and block coups d'état and executive usurpations. It also contains specific legislative steps and other measures that governments and non-governmental institutions can follow to prepare for anti-coup resistance". 64 pp. 2003....The Role of Power in Nonviolent Struggle by Gene Sharp: "Nonviolent action . . . is capable of wielding great power even against ruthless rulers and military regimes," writes Sharp, "because it attacks the most vulnerable characteristic of all hierarchical institutions and governments: dependence on the governed." Abstracted from Sharp's classic three-volume work, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, this monograph summarizes the core concepts behind the technique of nonviolent struggle." 19 pp. 1990, 1994.Languages available: English, Arabic, Burmese, Russian, Spanish....National Security Through Civilian-based Defense by Gene Sharp" "This publication offers an introduction to civilian-based defense. It also identifies significant research areas and policy studies that are relevant to advancing the field." 93 pp. 1985....Toward Research and Theory Building in the Study of Nonviolent Action by Ronald McCarthy and Christopher Kruegler: "The authors offer their thoughts about developing theory and conducting research in the emerging field of nonviolent action." 35 pp. 1993 .
Language: English and 20 other languages
Source/publisher: Albert Einstein Institution
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2007


Title: All Burma I.T Students' Union - ABITSU
Description/subject: Useful material, but nothing since 2012..."ABITSF - All Burma I.T Students' Front formed in 1998. Reformed ABITSF as ABITSU in December 2005 to have better productive strategy for new generation students from Burma. There are more than 50 I.T skilled personnel including 1988 generation students and new generation students. ABITSU is to represent all the Burmese I.T Students who are struggling for Freedom and Human Rights within Burma, to stand against the Burmese Military Regime and remove the Military Dictatorship system, to generate more I.T skilled personnel and build the infrastructure for a future democratic government of Burma, to obtain full freedom on the International Information High Way, and to get equal rights and opportunities for every nationality in Burma. Now, ABITSU is moving forward in various sectors collaboration with other democratic organizations in order to achieve our goals by providing following activities. Currently, we are engaging in the following activities: 1. Information and Communication Technology Supports 2. Network Solutions 3. I.T Training and Curriculum Development 4. Website & Software Development 5. Cyber Campaign 6. Community Services Any I.T personnel who would like to contribute the knowledge and share your expertise to our Union, please feel free to join us and to contact us"
Language: English
Source/publisher: ABITSU
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 02 September 2006


Title: bordermedia
Description/subject: About bordermedia: bordermedia is a media organisation set up with the aim of catering for the growing need for IT development, training and consultancy for organisations and individuals working along the Thailand/Burma border... Having spent some time in 2005 and 2006 working on various, mainly internet-related projects in and around the town of Mae Sot in Thailand, a group of IT professionals from Australia and the UK decided to form an organisation with the aim of addressing this need... web design / web development computer training IT consultancy project scoping funding proposals photography & multi-media... Whether you are an individual, a small grass-roots organisation or an established international Non Government Organisation (NGO), the friendly team at bordermedia will be happy to help you... From straight-forward advice on what strategy to pursue with your website & helping you to write up your funding proposal, right through to planning, developing and implementing complex database-driven web applications, or multi-media projects, don't be afraid to get in touch..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: bordermedia
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 September 2006


Title: Burma Partnership - Tools for Activists
Description/subject: Useful list of links including on Advocacy and Campaigning, Non-Violent Strategy, Social Media, and Technology and Secure Communications.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Partnership
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2012


Title: Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents
Description/subject: Do something good by creating your blog with us... Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they�re tremendous tools of freedom of expression. Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest. Reporters Without Borders has produced this handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles...Contents: Bloggers, the new heralds of free expression; What�s a blog ?; The language of blogging; Choosing the best tool; How to set up and run a blog; What ethics should bloggers have ? Getting your blog picked up by search-engines; What really makes a blog shine ? Personal accounts: - Germany - Bahrain - USA - Hong Kong - Iran - Nepal How to blog anonymously; Technical ways to get around censorship; Ensuring your e-mail is truly private; Internet-censor world championship.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres)
Format/size: html, pdf (1.6MB, 3.4MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.rsf.org/IMG/icones/pdf-dist.png (high resolution, for print)
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2007


Title: IFEX list of Tools and Resources
Description/subject: Useful links - focus on freedom of opinion and expression
Language: English
Source/publisher: IFEX - International Freedom of Expression Exchange: The global network for free expression
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 04 February 2012


Title: Occupy movement
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 September 2012


Title: Occupy.com
Language: English
Source/publisher: Occupy.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 September 2012


Title: Tools for Change
Description/subject: Tools for Change posts resources on our website to help you access valuable information on a whole range of important topics, from facilitation to campaigning. Many of these resources are distributed at the workshops and come recommended by our network of trainers. If you have a resource to recommend please contact us. Also, if you are going to use these resources please make sure to reference the authors.
Language: English
Source/publisher: OPIRG Toronto, Earthroots, and Greenpeace Canada
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.toolsforchange.net/
Date of entry/update: 04 February 2012


Individual Documents

Title: Background paper on freedom of expression in Myanmar
Date of publication: 23 July 2014
Description/subject: "...The paper briefly looks at the key laws in Myanmar that affect people’s freedom to seek and share information and ideas – whether that is through the media, in everyday conversations, on the Internet, or in demonstrations in the street. For each law, ARTICLE 19 briefly points out where the main obstacles are to protecting and promoting the right to freedom of expression. It explains what international human rights law requires the government to do – or not do – in a certain area, in order to respect, protect and fulfil the right to freedom of expression..."
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Article 19
Format/size: pdf (253K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.article19.org/data/files/medialibrary/37630/background-paper.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 July 2014


Title: Beginners’ guide to content restriction အေၾကာင္းအရာကန္႔သတ္ခ်က္ဆိုင္ရာ ေယဘုယ်စည္းမ်ဥ္းမ်ား
Date of publication: 23 July 2014
Description/subject: ARTICLE 19 launched this beginners’ guide as part of our work on reform in Myanmar. It is part of a series of such guides which are available at www.article19.org လြတ္လပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆိုခြင့္ႏွင့္ပတ္သတ္ေသာ နိုင္ငံတကာစံႏႈန္းမ်ား 5 International standards on the right to free expression အေၾကာင္းအရာကန္႕သတ္ခ်က္ဆိုင္ရာေယဘုယ်စည္းမ်ဥ္းမ်ား 13 General rules on content restrictions အေၾကာင္းအရာကန္႔သတ္ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္မႈ၏ သီးျခားအမႈမ်ား 18 Specific cases of content restriction အသေရဖ်က္ျခင္း 19 Defamation အမိ်ဳးသားလံုျခံဳေရးကာကြယ္ေရး၊လူထုျငိမ္၀ပ္ပိျပားေရးႏွင့္လူထုလံုျခံဳ စိတ္ခ်ေရး 33 Protection of national security, public order, public safety အမုန္းတရားျဖစ္ရန္လႈံ႕ေဆာ္ျခင္း 40 Incitement to hatred ဘာသာေရးကုိေစာ္ကားေသာ(ဘုရားသခင္ကိုဆဲဆိုေသာစကား)ကိုထိန္းခ်ုဳပ္သည့္ဥပေဒ 53 Blasphemy laws သတင္းမွား 58 False news ျပည္သူ႕နီတိ 62 Public morals ကိုယ္ပိုင္လြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ 67 Privacy
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Article 19
Format/size: pdf (327K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.article19.org/data/files/medialibrary/37633/beginners-guides-to-content-restrictions.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 July 2014


Title: Beginners’ guide to freedom of expression laws အေျခခံအဆင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာလူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ဥပေဒ လမ္းညႊန္
Date of publication: 23 July 2014
Description/subject: ျမန္မာျပည္ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးဆိုင္ရာ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္အျဖစ္ ၂၀၁၂ တြင္ အေျခခံအဆင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ဥပေဒ လမ္းညႊန္စာအုပ္ကို ထုတ္ေ၀ခဲ့သည္။ ဤလမ္းညႊန္ စာအုပ္တြင္ လြတ္လ ပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆုိင္ခြင့္ကို ေလးစားရန္၊ ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ရန္ႏွင့္ ျမင့္တင္ရန္ အစိုးရ မ်ား လုပ္ေဆာင္ရမည့္အရာ၊ မလုပ္ေဆာင္သင့္သည့္အရာမ်ား ကို ရွင္းျပထားသည္။ ARTICLE 19 launched this beginners’ guide as part of our work on reform in Myanmar. It is part of a series of such guides which are available at www.article19.org Regulating print media 3 ပံုႏွိပ္မီဒီယာကို စည္းမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း Regulating journalists 13 သတင္းေထာက္မ်ားကို စည္းမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း Regulating the internet 27 အင္တာနက္ကို စည္းမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း Regulating broadcast media 37 ရုပ္သံလြင့္မီဒီယာကို စီးမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း Regulating film 49 ရုပ္ရွင္ကိုထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခငး္ Regulating freedom of assembly 53 ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းစြာစုေ၀ျခင္း Regulating assess to public information 61 အမ်ားျပည္သူဆိုင္ရာသတင္းအခ်က္အလက္မ်ား ရယူျခင္း
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Article 19
Format/size: pdf (259K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.article19.org/resources.php/resource/37632/en/beginners%E2%80%99-guide-to-freedom-of-expression-laws-for-myanmar
Date of entry/update: 25 July 2014


Title: Guide to advocacy on freedom of expression in Myanmar - ျမန္မာျပည္အတြက္ လြတ္လပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆိုခြင့္ ေဆာ္ၾသလႈံ႕ေဆာ္မႈလုပ္
Description/subject: အာတီကယ္ ၁၉ အဖြဲ႕ႏွင့္ လြတ္လပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆိုခြင့္အတြက္ ျမန္မာျပည္သူ႕ညႊန္႕ေပါင္းအဖြဲ႕ ျမန္မာျပည္အတြက္ လြတ္လပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆိုခြင့္ ေဆာ္ၾသလႈံ႕ေဆာ္မႈလုပ္ငန္း လမ္းညႊန္ ARTICLE 19 and the Myanma People’s Coalition for Free Expression present The guide to advocacy on freedom of expression in Myanmar. This beginners’ guide was developed by ARTICLE 19 and the Myanma People’s Coalition for Free Expression for training civil society on how to campaign for freedom of expression. It is part of a series of Myanma language guides which are available at www.article19.org နိဒါန္း 2 Introduction ေဆာ္ၾသလႈံ႕ေဆာ္မႈဆိုတာဘာလဲ။ ဘာအတြက္ စည္းရံုးလႈပ္ရွားၾကမွာလဲ။ 4 Advocacy and campaigning ေဆာ္ၾသလႈံ႕ေဆာ္မႈ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ စက္၀န္း 7 The advocacy cycle ၁။ လုပ္ေဆာင္မည့္အေရးကိစၥ ထုတ္ေဖာ္သတ္မွတ္ပါ 10 Identifying the issues ၂။ စိတ္ဖ်ာသံုးသပ္ျခင္း 11 Analysis ၃။ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ ခ်မွတ္ျခင္း 16 Setting objectives ၄။ ဦးတည္ခ်က္ပစ္မွတ္ႏွင့္ မဟာမိတ္မ်ားကို သတ္မွတ္ျခင္း 19 Identifying the targets and your allies ၅။ အသံုးျပဳမည့္နည္းလမ္း ေရြးခ်ယ္ၿပီး သတင္းစကားမ်ားဖန္တီးပါ 26 Selecting the tools and developing the messages ၆။ လႈပ္ရွားမႈအစီအစဥ္ခ်မွတ္ျခင္း 29 Establish a plan of action ၇။ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ျခင္းႏွင့္ အကဲျဖတ္ျခင္း 31 Monitoring and evaluation
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Article 19
Format/size: pdf (263K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.article19.org/data/files/medialibrary/37631/beginners-guide-to-advocacy-on-FOE.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 July 2014


Title: Beginners’ guide to freedom of expression laws အေျခခံအဆင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာလူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ဥပေဒ လမ္းညႊန္
Date of publication: 18 December 2012
Description/subject: ARTICLE 19 launched a new series of beginners’ guides to international human rights law in 2012 as part of our work on reform in Burma. The guides explain what governments are expected to do – or not do – in order to respect, protect and fulfil the right to freedom of expression. ျမန္မာျပည္ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးဆိုင္ရာ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္အျဖစ္ ၂၀၁၂ တြင္ အေျခခံအဆင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ဥပေဒ လမ္းညႊန္စာအုပ္ကို ထုတ္ေ၀ခဲ့သည္။ ဤလမ္းညႊန္ စာအုပ္တြင္ လြတ္လ ပ္စြာထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆုိင္ခြင့္ကို ေလးစားရန္၊ ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ရန္ႏွင့္ ျမင့္တင္ရန္ အစိုးရ မ်ား လုပ္ေဆာင္ရမည့္အရာ၊ မလုပ္ေဆာင္သင့္သည့္အရာမ်ား ကို ရွင္းျပထားသည္။... Regulating print media ပံုႏွိပ္မီဒီယာကို စည္းမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း ... Regulating journalists သတင္းေထာက္မ်ားကို စည္းမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း ... Regulating the internet အင္တာနက္ကို စည္းမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း ... Regulating broadcast media ရုပ္သံလြင့္မီဒီယာကို စီးမ်ဥ္းျဖင့္ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Article 19
Format/size: pdf (286K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2014


Title: Campaigning for Freedom of Expression - a handbook for activists
Date of publication: April 2005
Description/subject: "A 120 page manual that provides a toolbox of tips, best practice case studies and resources for campaigning" Though this very useful book is specifically related to campaigning on freedom of expression, it is reelvant to most areas of international advocacy.
Language: English
Source/publisher: IFEX
Format/size: pdf (1.92MB)
Date of entry/update: 14 November 2005