Thai and Burmese press have reported that the Government of Bangladesh is cracking down on charitable organizations that offer assistance to Rohingya, an ethnic group that has faced endemic persecution and violence in Burma.
The 1982 law authorized 135 enumerated ethnic groups for citizenship, and arbitrarily stripped others of their citizenship. NGOs call for the Citizenship Law to be replaced with a law that reflects basic principles of human rights and demonstrates adherence to international treaties.
Donor countries, including the United States, have supported organizations that provide essential humanitarian services to people along Burma’s borders. Border areas have long been neglected by medical and development programs run by the Burmese government, and this international assistance has helped countless people access medical care and food. Some political reforms have increased opportunities for international donors to directly fund civil society groups within Burma.
As brought to light in a PHR investigation released in 2010, ILO's 2012 report shows forced labor is still rampant in the Asia/Pacific region.
World Health Organization Adopts Resolution Requiring Documentation of Violations of Medical Neutrality
Member States of the World Health Organization adopted a resolution on Friday that requires the body to document violations of medical neutrality.