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....

August 15th, 2016

21 Century Panglong Conference: A step towards peace?

  Almost everyone in Burma is familiar with the Panglong Conference of 1947. Schoolbooks portrayed it as the moment when the country’s entire ethnic group came together to join a union after gaining independence from the British colonial rule....

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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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....

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....

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 22nd, 2015

HART Weekly News Round Up (22/05/2015): Rohingya Refugee Crisis, and other stories from around the world

  Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Burma by boat have made international headlines this week. Petitions for ASEAN members and the international community to take action and end the humanitarian crisis for the refugees stranded at sea have been partially successful. ...

May 20th, 2015

International NGOs Urge Ban Ki-Moon To Negotiate Aid Access To Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma)

Thirty-three international humanitarian aid and advocacy organisations, including HART, have written today to the United Nations Secretary-General, urging him to give his “personal attention” to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) and to take “a personal lead” in negotiating for humanitarian access to all areas of Rakhine State. ...

May 15th, 2015

Burma’s Persecution of the Rohingya Creates a Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group, most of whom live in Rakhine State in Western Burma, on the border with Bangladesh. Despite the fact that many Rohingya have been settled in Burma since the 8th Century, the Burmese Government and many Burmese in Rakhine State consider the Rohingya to be foreigners, illegitimate and the Government have consequently put in place many discriminatory measures in an apparent attempt to drive them out of the country....
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