July 19th, 2016

Burma’s Jade is lucrative business but will its people ever see the benefit?

The wealth of Burma Burma’s vast jade industry is among the murkiest in the world. In the top echelons of this sector, corruption is high and accountability low. The exact amount of wealth generated by Burmese jade was for a long time unknown. However, research by Global Witness indicated that the value of the trade could have been as much as US$31 billion in 2014 alone....

May 31st, 2016

HART Thailand-Burma Borderlands Visit Report – May 2016

HART visited our partners and other civil society organisations working in Shan, Kachin, Karen and Karenni states in Burma and with refugees in Thailand in May 2016. Download our full visit report below. Summary:
  • Fighting continues in Shan, Kachin and Rakhine states.
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June 20th, 2015

Adrift: The Record Number of Refugees and the Challenges They Face | HART Blog Series World Refugee Day

This Saturday marks the 14th annual World Refugee Day. First observed in 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention related to the status of refugees, World Refugee Day is all about honouring what Save the Children describe as the courage, strength and determination of men, women and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence....

June 9th, 2015

Statement by KWAT on the 4th anniversary of the renewal of war in Kachin areas

Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) have a released a statement on the 4th anniversary of the renewal of conflict in Kachin areas following the breaking of a 17-year-old ceasefire by the Burmese Government. As conflict has worsened in 2015, KWAT are calling for support from the international community by releasing this statement: “The international community must start pressuring the Burmese government to stop its attacks against ethnic people. ...

June 8th, 2015

Worldwide Call for an Immediate End to Offensives in Northern Burma/Myanmar and for the Provision of Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance to the IDPs

  56 Solidarity Groups, including HART, have signed a letter calling for an ‘Immediate End to Offensives in Northern Burma/Myanmar and for the Provision of Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance to the IDPs‘. The letter was published today (8th June 2015), the day before the 4th year anniversary of the breaking of the 17-year-old ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army by the Burmese military....

May 29th, 2015

Baroness Cox’s contribution to the House of Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, 28/05/2015

On the 28th May, the House of Lords opened for the ‘Debate on the Humble Address – foreign affairs, European affairs, international development and defence’. Baroness Cox used this opportunity to highlight to the House ongoing human rights abuse against ethnic minorities in Burma, particularly in the Shan and Kachin states and genocide in Sudan, focusing on the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan....

May 21st, 2015

Thai-Burma Borderlands – NEW HART Visit Report

A new report from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) detailing ongoing human rights abuses, land expropriation and military offensives committed by the Burmese Army against the ethnic national peoples in Burma. The report is based upon findings from a recent visit to Burma, with interviews conducted with IDPs within Shan State and representatives from Community Based Organisations (CBOs) working with the Shan, Kachin, Karen and Karenni people....

February 28th, 2015

Women in Civil Society | HART International Women’s Day Blog Series

This is the first post in HART’s Blog Series for International Women’s Day 2015, taking place on the 8th March. Find out more here.  Civil Society fills the gaps between the people and the government. Taking on a variety of forms, it is an arena in which ‘people take common actions to pursue common objectives without reward of profit or political power’....

October 20th, 2014

HART Burma Briefing: September/October 2014

Over the past few years Burma has been moving from a half-a-century long military regime to a full multiparty democracy. However, despite economic successes and increased investment in the country, it still faces big challenges in terms of political and religious freedom...

October 10th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (10/10/14)

News from HART • HART has signed a joint letter written by the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, in coordination with 15 other South Sudanese organisations and with the support of 5 international non-governmental organisations, to the African Union’s Commission of Enquiry regarding arms flows into South Sudan....
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