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June 19th, 2013

An Intern’s eye view: A week of advocacy for Burma’s ethnic nationals.

The plight of Burma’s ethnic nationals was in the spotlight last week with peers discussing the issue twice on Wednesday, and a demonstration for the Global day of Action for Kachin on Friday. HART’s aim is to be a ‘voice for the voiceless’. Burma’s ethnic nationals are precisely that: oppressed by the Government of Burma, civilians groups are being targeted by the army even in areas where there are ceasefire agreements....

June 7th, 2013

Burma: ‘The euphoria is premature, misplaced and profoundly dangerous’

Baroness Cox joins a debate on the plight of Burma’s Ethnic Nationals On Wednesday, in the House of Lords, Lord Alton asked what assessment the British Government have made of the progress being made in Burma to end ethnic tensions and to secure democracy....

May 17th, 2013

Baroness Cox speaks out on Sudan, South Sudan and Burma in the Queen’s Speech debates.

On Wednesday the House of Lords debated the government’s plans for the year ahead in defense  international development, foreign and commonwealth affairs, as set out by the Queen’s Speech. HART CEO, Baroness Cox, spoke out on the situations in Sudan and Burma....

April 25th, 2013

The EU lifts sanctions against Burma: what about the ethnic nationals?

  EU Sanctions against Burma and the plight of the ethnic nationals On June 9th 2011, the Burmese army broke a 17 year ceasefire agreement in Kachin state, Burma. Since then, civilians have been the targets of various human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, rape, abduction and torture....

March 27th, 2013

HART Spring 2013 Newsletter

HART’s spring newsletter has been put together by our volunteers and features a report from HART’s recent visit towarzones on Sudan’s borderlands, stories from Uganda and Nagorno-Karabakh, upcoming events, and news from our partners around the world… You can download a copy of the newsletter below....

March 8th, 2013

Baroness Cox Interviewed on BBC World Service

Baroness Cox spoke on the BBC World Service following her recent visit to Kachin State, Burma. The interview comments on Burmese president Thein Sein’s recent visit to Europe following the lifting of EU sanctions last year. Yet ethnic national groups across Burma, particularly the Kachin and the Rohingya still suffer violent assults with tens of thousands of people displaced in the last year alone....

March 1st, 2013

HART Visit to Burma’s Kachin, Shan and Karen/Karenni Peoples

HART returned this week from visiting the Kachin, Shan and Karen/Karenni peoples of Burma. While the international community, including the British government, celebrates recent reforms in Burma, including the freedom for the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kii to participate in the nation’s political process and to travel abroad, the Burmese Government is responsible for escalating problems in many of the ethnic national States, including those of the Kachin, Shan, Karen and Karenni peoples....

January 3rd, 2013

Messages from Students in Burma

There is much cause for optimism in Burma. The past year has seen the release of hundreds of political prisoners; the signing of ceasefires with many of the ethnic national armed groups; the engagement of the NLD (National League for Democracy) as a political partners; and in April the promise of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi running in bi-elections.These events in Burma have caught the attention of media across the world, promoting the suspension of travel sanctions by the EU and talk of democracy....
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