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.
This Saturday marks one year of fighting between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern 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.
Ten Burmese Muslims were lynched yesterday in Taunggote, Arakan State, in western Burma. [ALSO SEE update, 6/6/12]
Burmese prison authorities rejected requests by the family of one gravely ill prisoner to have him transported to a hospital for proper medical care. Two others, suffering from rapidly-deteriorating health conditions, are held in prisons under-served by medical personnel.