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.
The United Nations concluded on 2 March 2012 that both pro-Qaddafi forces and rebels committed war crimes during the Libyan conflict last year.
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.
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that will decide whether corporations are liable for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS).