Myanmar

Joint Call for a Global Arms Embargo on Myanmar: An Open Letter to the UN Security Council and Individual UN Member States
25 February 2021 10:28 pm

25 February 2021 We, the undersigned organizations, call on the United Nations Security Council and UN member states to urgently institute a coordinated, global arms embargo on Myanmar in response to the February 1, 2021 military coup that has deprived the people of Myanmar of the right to democratically elect their government. Our concerns are [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] ASEAN’s Response to the Military Coup in Myanmar
19 February 2021 11:04 am

Your Excellencies, Re: ASEAN’s response to the military coup in Myanmar As civil society organizations from the ASEAN region, we write to you urging you to use your unique position to influence the situation in Myanmar by taking immediate measures to ensure that the military respects people’s right to peaceful protests and to freedom of [ Read more ]

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) Must Denounce the Military Coup and Uphold Fundamental Rights of Peoples
16 February 2021 4:56 pm

(Bangkok, 16 February 2021) — The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) must uphold the principles of human rights and ensure the independent, impartial and effective exercise of its powers and functions during the current human rights situation in Myanmar, rights groups said today. The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), an [ Read more ]

Myanmar: FORUM-ASIA’s response to Myanmar’s escalation of violence and internet shutdown
15 February 2021 5:13 pm

In response to Myanmar’s escalation of violence and internet disruption over the weekend, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said : Despite the UN Human Rights Council’s call last Friday for the Myanmar junta to release all arbitrarily detained and protect fundamental rights in accordance with international human rights laws, we have seen a rapid [ Read more ]

29th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar: Oral Statement
12 February 2021 9:52 pm

29th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council On the human rights implications of the crisis in Myanmar Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)   Friday, 12 February 2021 Madam President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes this special session. This is an important step in [ Read more ]

Open Letter From Civil Society Organisations Calling on the UN Human Rights Council’s Immediate Action to ensure the Protection of Demonstrators
9 February 2021 4:50 pm

9 February 2021 To: Member and Observer State of the United Nations Human Rights Council Regarding the Urgent Situation in Myanmar Subject: Open Letter from Civil Society Organizations calling on the Council’s immediate action to ensure the protection of demonstrators Dear Excellencies, We are writing to express our deep concern over the safety of the [ Read more ]

Joint Call For Human Rights Council Special Session on Myanmar
5 February 2021 12:06 pm

5 February 2021 We, the undersigned human rights organisations, are deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Myanmar after the military seized power and immediately cracked down on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly and urge the United Nations Human Rights Council to take immediate action. On 4 February, the UN [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar military should end its use of violence and respect democracy
1 February 2021 5:21 pm

Myanmar military should end its use of violence and respect democracy The undersigned groups today denounced an apparent coup in Myanmar, and associated violence, which has suspended civilian government and effectively returned full power to the military. On 1 February, the military arbitrarily detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of the [ Read more ]

‘We must help and support people to speak out whenever they face any form of violations; we need to hear from them and raise their voice to the world.’ ‒ Interview with Naw Hser Hser, Secretary General of the Women’s League of Burma
9 December 2020 8:00 am

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Naw Hser Hser, Secretary General of the Women’s League of Burma, FORUM-ASIA’s member in Myanmar. In the interview, Naw Hser Hser shared with us how the oppression and gender-based violence in the region motivated her to study human rights and speak for the people whose rights had been [ Read more ]

From our member Equality Myanmar, Myanmar – Myanmar’s Corruption Commission Tops Regional Poll
7 December 2020 12:29 am

By ZAW ZAW HTWE 25 November 2020 Yangon – Among 17 Asia-Pacific countries, the Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar has gained the highest trust of its citizens, according to a report by Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption. The report said on Tuesday that Myanmar’s citizens expressed the highest trust in their anti-corruption body in all the [ Read more ]