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Leaders of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) met on Tuesday, November 29, with a Burmese government delegation in the Chinese border town of Ruili, Yunnan Province. They demanded that the parties begin a political dialogue with the goal of reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Kachin State.
PHR welcomed today the release of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) Report and called on the Government of Bahrain to make substantive and irreversible human rights improvements in the country.
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The Irrawaddy, a news outlet located in Burma, reports on a film made by women's rights researchers who traveled to war-torn Kachin State of Burma to produce a documentary about sexual violence perpetrated against women in the conflict zone. The documentary, Bringing Justice to Women, is available on YouTube as well.
Villagers in Chin State are still facing forced labour and arbitrary extortion committed by Burma Army soldiers on patrol and local government authorities, sources from the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) said. Almost 92 percent of people surveyed in Chin State had been subjected to at least one incident of forced labour in the year before February/March 2010, according to a January 2011 report 'Life Under the Junta: Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in Burma’s Chin State' by the Physicians for Human Rights.
Chin state, the poorest in Burma, is asking the government for assistance in dealing with poverty and famine. The state has also suffered from widespread human rights abuses, according to PHR research.