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May 3rd, 2019

Community Health Worker Series: Nang Shwe Hean

HART is the main donor for SWAN’s Health Programme, which aims to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality rates in rural areas of Shan State, Burma, and amongst displaced populations in Thailand. SWAN trains health workers and volunteers from inside Shan State, teaching them about reproductive health and family planning....

May 1st, 2019

Dr Sasa and Baroness Cox – A Story of Health and Hope

As a child, Dr Sasa lost many friends to a real and hidden crisis in Chin State, Western Burma. With a severe lack of access to healthcare and education in his community, he witnessed his parents taken for forced labour, women and their babies dying in childbirth, and the people around him suffering from sickness and disease....

March 1st, 2019

Country Briefings – December 2018 to February 2019

Every three months, we publish news-round ups on key issues, humanitarian reports and political conditions which affect HART’s partner organisations. Read about ISIS’ last enclave in Syria, Nigeria’s presidential election, and the release of 119 child soldiers in South Sudan by clicking on the country links below....

January 17th, 2019

Human Rights Watch 2019 World Report

On Thursday 17th January, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its 29th annual review of human rights practices in more than 100 countries around the world. The report summarises the key threats to human rights in those countries, reporting on events from late 2017 through to November 2018....

January 7th, 2019

Children in Conflict – 2018 Review

In 2018, humanitarian reports were defined by violations against children. Described by UNICEF as the moral crisis of our age, children in conflict areas were used as human shields, soldiers on frontlines and suicide bombers while atrocities and extreme expressions of violence continued with ‘near-total’ impunity in several countries around the world....

December 18th, 2018

Messages from Loi Tai Leng

Having escaped ethnic conflict and human rights abuses under the Burmese Army, thousands of Shan people are seeking refuge at Loi Tai Leng, one of six displacement camps along the Burma-Thai border. The following messages have been sent from students at our partner organisation, Loi Tai Leng School....

December 11th, 2018

World Kachin Congress Condemns Sentencing of Civil Society Leaders in Burma

Three civil society leaders have been sentenced to 6 months in prison with a fine of 500,000 Kyat each for ‘defamation’ of the Burma army under Article 500 of the Panel Law. The World Kachin Congress (WKC) has condemned the charges, claiming Ms Nang Pu, Mr Lum...

November 8th, 2018

The Dangers of Being a Girl in a Refugee Camp

Refugee camps are home to some of the most vulnerable portions of global societies – those forced to leave their homes for fear of persecution, war, natural disasters, and other threats to life. Nearly 25.4 million refugees have endured an experience that, fortunately, most of us will not face....

October 18th, 2018

Genocide and the Modern World

In 1994, the United Nations was shamed for turning away from desperate cries for help in Rwanda, where the deaths of 800,000 people are remembered as the failure to take action. UN peacekeepers on the ground were never given the mandate to intervene and 3000 troops became nothing more than witnesses to a one hundred-day campaign of ethnic violence and mass-killing....

October 16th, 2018

Understanding the Legacy of British Imperialism on Burma’s Internal Conflicts

The U.N recently published a report that called for top Burmese military commanders to be investigated for crimes against civilians under international law, including rape, murder, torture, and genocide. The report follows the mass exodus of Rohingya people since August last year, which has forced at least 900,000 people to seek refuge in Bangladesh....
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