Despite recent ceasefire talks between the Burmese government and the opposition group Karen National Union, the Burma Army has continued to abuse civilians in Karen State.
PHR welcomes recent changes in Burma, but calls for the government to do much more. PHR has long pushed the leaders of Burma to release political prisoners, end violent campaigns against members of minority ethnic groups, and hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable.
Last week a fire broke out in Umpiem refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border, destroying at least 1,000 homes and leaving about a third of the 15,000 camp residents homeless. Two children were killed in the blaze.
PHR congratulates the 20 medics who graduated from the Free Burma Rangers (FBR) Jungle Medical School last week. This is the first class to graduate from the new FBR training facility inside Karen State, Burma.
According to an interview with a former political prisoner and medical doctor, infectious diseases are rampant in Burmese prisons, and many patients display injuries consistent with torture.