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.
The President of Myanmar (Burma) called Friday for work on a controversial Chinese-backed hydroelectic dam to be halted and the concerns of its critics settled, in a startling turnaround welcomed by democracy activists and environmentalists.
Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights.
US President Barack Obama was urged by 22 eminent US organizations on Thursday to push for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into alleged war crimes committed by the Burmese junta, and to fully implement the banking sanctions imposed against cronies of the military rulers.