November 17th, 2016

The Rohingya in Burma – A problem Aung San Suu Kyi is unable to overcome?

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

The Limitations of Tea-Break Advocacy – Women sidelined in Burma’s Peace Process

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 Round-Up 23/09/16

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.
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May 19th, 2016

Burma’s newly elected NLD party has been given 100 days to enact serious change: to what extent is this possible?

In the first openly contested elections since 1990 (which the military junta refused to acknowledge), Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won by a landslide. This result was labelled as ‘a victory for this country, by newly elected president Htin Kyaw....

November 18th, 2015

What Next for Burma?

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

What To Expect From The Burmese Elections

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

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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