Human Rights Reporting (global, regional and Myanmar)
|Title:|| ||UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON MYANMAR STRENGTHENS UN MECHANISMS ON MYANMAR, BUT STOPS SHORT OF GOING FURTHER
|Date of publication:|| ||23 March 2018|
|Description/subject:|| ||"(Geneva, 23 March 2018) Today the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Myanmar with 35 states voting in favour 5 against and 10 abstaining in the 47 member body. The resolution maintains and strengthens existing human rights mechanisms on Myanmar which is a positive development. However, despite the dire situation on the ground, the resolution merely extends a cautious acknowledgement of proposals for accountability measures, including the authority of the Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court.
‘While it helps in laying some groundwork for future accountability and strengthens mechanisms the resolution fails to change the status quo on what has been described by UN experts as a situation that bears the hallmarks of genocide,’ says R. Iniyan Ilango of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). ‘Despite strong rhetoric, UN Member States have stalled on decisive action and passed the buck between various UN Mechanisms and Bodies in New York and Geneva, allowing for serious violations to continue in the meanwhile. The Human Rights Council is the only UN body that has been able to take some action and in this context strengthening of human rights mechanisms on Myanmar is welcome.’.."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||ASIAN FORUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS|
|Format/size:|| ||html,pdf (146K)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||https://progressivevoicemyanmar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/HRC-37-FORUM-ASIA-Myanmar-Press-Rele...
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 April 2018|
|Title:|| ||REGIONAL MPS URGE MYANMAR PARLIAMENT TO REJECT AMENDMENTS TO PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY LAW
|Date of publication:|| ||12 March 2018|
|Description/subject:|| ||"JAKARTA, 12 March 2018 – Lawmakers from across Southeast Asia expressed serious concerns today over new, restrictive draft amendments to Myanmar’s peaceful assembly law, and urged members of the Myanmar Parliament’s Lower House to reject the proposed revisions, following the Upper House’s passage of the amendments on 7 March.
ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said that the draft amendments to the 2011 Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law would place further burdensome restrictions on the right to free assembly and expression and constituted a step in the wrong direction for Myanmar.
“If passed, the amendments would not only stifle freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, but would also mark a significant shrinking of democratic space in Myanmar,” said Philippine Congressman Teddy Baguilat, an APHR Board Member..."|
|Language:|| ||English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)|
|Source/publisher:|| ||ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (130K)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||https://progressivevoicemyanmar.org/2018/03/12/regional-mps-urge-myanmar-parliament-to-reject-amend...
|Date of entry/update:|| ||24 March 2018|
|Title:|| ||Shadow NBA on Business and Human Rights
|Date of publication:|| ||08 December 2017|
|Description/subject:|| ||"Myanmar's transition from the military junta to democracy that started in 2011 gained ground when the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi took office in April 2016. However, the military elite still maintains extensive economic and political power. The military presides over the ministries of Home Affairs, Border Affairs, and Defense, and holds effective veto power over constitutional changes.
The legal and economic reforms that accompanied the transition have not yet addressed holdover problems from the military rule. The rule of law, including the administration of justice and law
enforcement, remains weak. Corruption is endemic. Discrimination and abuses against women and
ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities continue. Human rights abuses linked to business activities are routine. Meanwhile, the government is actively pursuing new economic opportunities and
foreign investment, which has hit record high in recent years. It is thus urgent to close gaps in laws, policies, and practices so that businesses operating and investing in Myanmar do not further threaten human rights..."|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (2.2MB)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||21 March 2018|
|Title:|| ||Death, Lies, and Videotape
|Date of publication:|| ||24 July 2017|
|Description/subject:|| ||Death, Lies, and Videotape
"David Scott Mathieson explores the pernicious effects of fake news on complex conflicts...
The shaky mobile phone footage of Myanmar army soldiers questioning and beating men wearing civilian clothes shocked social media followers in recent weeks. Rights groups seized on the 17-minute long footage, claiming it demonstrated ongoing abuses by the military, or Tatmadaw, especially as government, military and ethnic armed groups leaders were meeting in the capital Naypyidaw for the Panglong 21st Century Peace conference in late May.
There is no denying the brute force impact of the footage, with soldiers striking handcuffed men with helmets, kicking them, and threatening them with sharp weapons, whilst demanding information, in Burmese, and through interpreters in Palaung, on suspected hidden weapons. Rights groups quoted in The New York Times claimed the footage was taken in recent days or weeks, yet it was determined subsequently to be two years old, pointing to the perils of premature social media posting of conflict reports..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||David Scott Mathieson|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||28 July 2017|