Burmese soldiers are forcing Karen villagers to work for them in eastern Burma despite moves by the government toward a ceasefire with ethnic rebels in the region, the Free Burma Rangers said Friday, after a fresh round of peace talks on troops’ conduct. The FBR report backs up PHR's recent findings that the Karen minority face a “constant threat” of forced labor and other rights violations.
On Thursday, 30 August, the office of President Thein Sein released the names of some 2,000 people who were removed from Burma’s infamous blacklist. But no assurances were given for exiles on their future, safety, or dignity in Burma.
Even as Burma’s central government institutes political reforms, the Burmese army continues to routinely violate the human rights of ethnic minorities in Karen State, PHR reported today, citing findings from a field survey conducted earlier this year.
The US Administration announced today that US companies will be able to invest in Burma, a country long closed to US businesses because of the Burmese government’s deplorable human rights record.
On World Refugee Day, a respected Bangladeshi academic speaks out against his country's policy of denying refuge to Rohingya people fleeing violence in Western Burma.