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July 24th, 2014

Rohingya women: the invisible gender of a stateless people

Described by the UN as one of “the most persecuted minorities in the world”, the Rohingya people in Burma are victims of state sponsored persecution and extreme racial discrimination. Through denial of citizenship, the Burmese government dehumanises the Rohingya people, and this rejection of their humanity leads to immense breaches of their human rights....

July 14th, 2014

What would the proposed anti inter-faith marriage law mean for the women and minority groups of Burma?

Earlier this year the current president of Burma, Thein Sein, proposed a new law which would restrict Buddhist women to only be able to marry within the religion. The bill sets out a 10 year prison sentence and confiscation of the property of any non-Buddhist who seeks to marry a Buddhist in violation of the law....

June 19th, 2014

Report on the Burma Campaign UK special meeting with women’s representatives from Burma – 16/06/2014

On the 16th of June 2014, Burma Campaign UK hosted a special meeting with representatives from community based women’s organisations to discuss the situation of women in Burma today in relation to the current political reform process. Representatives included Tin Tin Nyo, General Secretary of the Women’s League of Burma; Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe, Director of the Karen Women’s Empowerment Group; May Sabe Phyu of the Kachin Peace Network; Wah Ku Shee from the Karen Women’s Organisation and Moon Nay Li from the Kachin Women Association Thailand....

June 12th, 2014

Sexual violence in Sudan and Burma: Baroness Cox responds to the Queens’ Speech

In her contribution to the debate on the Queens’ Speech, Baroness Cox highlighted the plight of women suffering from sexual violence in war, particularly in places where Governments allow it to continue with impunity. Baroness Cox reminded peers that all is not well...

June 9th, 2014

55 ORGANISATIONS WORLDWIDE CALL FOR ACTION FOR PEACE ON KACHIN ANNIVERSARY

Three years ago today, the Burma Army broke a 17-year ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and unleashed a major new military offensive against the Kachin people. Since 9 June 2011, over 120,000 Kachin people have been displaced, forced to flee their homes. At l...

April 4th, 2014

Baroness Cox raises a question on Burma in the House of Lords

On a recent visit to Burma, the HART team met with ethnic national peoples who describe growing human rights violations, continuing military offensives and widespread humanitarian need, particularly in Kachin and northern Shan states (you can read the report here).  ...

April 1st, 2014

HART Spring 2014 Newsletter

HART’s Spring Newsletter for 2014 has been released today! You can download your copy just below. Featured in this issue: – An update on the continuing conflict and growing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, where over a million people have been displaced since December 2013....

March 27th, 2014

HART visit to Thai-Burma borderlands, Feb 2014

The HART team have recently returned from a visit to Thailand and Burma, where we met with some of the people whose lives are still severely affected by the long-standing persecution of ethnic national peoples, and the failure to reach an inclusive political solution. This r...

March 4th, 2014

The Rohingya Muslims

This essay was Highly Commended in the HART 2014 Scholarship Competition: Burma is a nation split into seven states and seven divisions. Within these states live a variety of ethnic groups which make up the country’s population including Burman, Shan, Kachin, Mon, Karen, Rahkine, Chin and Karenni....

February 28th, 2014

What should the International Community do to end the Plight of Burma’s Ethnic Nationals?

This is the Runner-Up Essay for the HART 2014 Essay Scholarship “Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution. Let us join hands to try to create a peaceful world where we can sleep in security and wake in happiness.”
 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Oslo, 16 June, 2012   There can be no doubt that Burma has had a troubled past....
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