May 16th, 2018
Update from Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT), documenting Burma Army crimes against IDPs in Kachin State, North Eastern Burma.
Burma Army offensives in Kachin State since April have displaced 6000 civilians (Photo: The Irrawaddy/Thai PBS English)
May 15, 2018
Urgent update by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT)
Burma Army commits war crimes against Kachin IDPs: blocking access to refuge, using as human shields and minesweepers, indiscriminate shelling, looting
Contrary to claims by Burma Army commanders that they have not targeted civilians in their recent offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), interviews by KWAT with IDPs reveal that in April 2018 Burma Army troops committed war crimes against villagers in three townships in Kachin State: Hpakant, Danai and Injangyang.
March 20th, 2018
With the most number of entries we’ve ever received, the competition was even harder with such exceptional submissions that demonstrated inspiring passion for Human Rights advocacy.
Joint 2nd Prize Senior Essay Winner, Maya Muller collecting her prize
Maya Muller, 20, won 2nd place in our HART Prize for Human Rights Senior Essay Category 2018 with her essay titled:
Facing a moral quandary: from Churchill to Suu Kyi
When Winston Churchill ordered the destruction of the French fleet as part of Operation Catapult on the West Algerian coast in 1940, he made a risky decision which would have major repercussions on the future course of French-British diplomatic relations....
November 17th, 2016
The Rohingya people of Rakhine State in Burma have been described as the most persecuted people on Earth
, with the Muslim minority being consistently denied basic human rights in spite of the ongoing democratic reform in Burma. An attack on police outposts in the Maungdaw township of the state which resulted in the deaths of nine police officers last month
has renewed violent military offences with allegations of misconduct coming in thick and fast....
September 27th, 2016
With former political prisoner and current State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arguably being the country’s most recognisable figure, it is understandable that many assume the women in Burma are playing an active role in the country’s current period of reform....
September 23rd, 2016
News from HART:
- We have had a brilliant blog post on internal conflict in South Sudan from Meg Kneafsey, if you would like to read it click here.
- We will also be arranging a HART Ambassador’s meet up soon, so stay tuned! If you would like to find out more about becoming an ambassador click here.
November 18th, 2015
Despite the trickle of the last few constituencies
left to declare their results, the outcome of last Sunday’s election is clear – the National League for Democracy (NLD) have won by a landslide. The NLD have claimed more than 75% of all seats called in both the regional and union legislatures....
November 6th, 2015
On Sunday 8th
November Burma will go to the polls in what is expected to be the most important elections in the country’s history. For the first time, the military junta seem prepared to hand over a substantial amount of power to the winner. This is in stark contrast to the elections of 1990, in which after the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide 80% of the seats in the Hluttaw (parliament) but the ruling military class annulled the election, having already placed leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest....
January 3rd, 2013
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....