PHR welcomes the recent release of two Backpack Health Worker medics who were abducted by the Burma Army in Karen State, Burma in October of last year. The Backpack Health Worker Team is a community-based organization that provides medical care to civilians in war-torn Karen State.
Secretary Clinton has an opportunity to call attention to attacks on ethnic groups during her upcoming visit.
In the last two weeks the international press has applauded the Burmese government as it made some important steps toward democracy. In early October the government halted construction on a dam project on the Irrawaddy River, saying “it was against the will of the people.” This week, the government freed 206 political prisoners.
The Chief Minister of Western Burma’s Chin State is forcing citizens to work for no pay, according to a recent press release by the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO).
Nay Myo Zin was sentenced to ten years in prison by a Burmese court last week. His wife reported that he was arrested because Burmese secret police had found an email in his inbox that discussed national reconciliation.