• Oct 6, 2014
    Press release
    The World Bank Group should act to overcome Burma’s major human rights problems in its new strategy for the country. Key issues include rights violations against ethnic minorities, widespread land grabs, and systematic corruption.
  • Oct 3, 2014
    Press release
    A draft government plan would entrench discriminatory policies that deprive Rohingya Muslims in Burma of citizenship and lead to the forced resettlement of over 130,000 displaced Rohingya into closed camps, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma’s international donors, the United Nations, and other influential actors should press the government to substantively revise or rescind its “Rakhine State Action Plan.”
  • Aug 6, 2014
    Press release
    US Secretary of State John Kerry should press the Burmese government during his upcoming visit to reverse Burma’s deteriorating rights situation.
  • Jun 4, 2014
    Press release
    Burma’s electoral commission should immediately cease threatening and intimidating the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Human Rights Watch said. The electoral commission should also drop proposals that would set limits on future election campaigning, and President Thein Sein and the Burmese government should publicly reject such proposals.
  • May 29, 2014
    Press release
    Burma’s parliament should scrap a proposed religion law that would encourage further repression and violence against Muslims and other religious minorities.
  • May 3, 2014
    Press release
    Since December 2013, Burmese authorities have arrested and charged several journalists on apparently politically motivated prosecutions under criminal trespass, defamation, peaceful assembly, and other laws.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Press release
    Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists.
  • Mar 28, 2014
    Press release
    Burma’s national government should postpone the planned nationwide census to prevent growing communal violence and attacks on the aid community, Human Rights Watch said today. At greatest risk are vulnerable Muslim communities and aid workers from international organizations.
  • Mar 24, 2014
    Press release
    Burmese President U Thein Sein and National Assembly Speaker U Thura Shwe Mann should reject proposals for discriminatory marriage legislation that would strip Buddhist women of the right to freely choose whom they marry.
  • Mar 13, 2014
    Press release
    A United Nations offer to the Burmese armed forces to consider sending troops to UN peacekeeping missions could lead to abuses and undermine peacekeeping standards, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  • Jan 23, 2014
    Press release
    Burma’s national government should immediately and impartially investigate reports of sectarian killings in western Burma.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Press release
    Burma’s improved rights record in 2013 was undermined by renewed violence against the Muslim minority and setbacks in law reform.
  • Jan 6, 2014
    Press release
    Thailand’s government should urgently send ethnic Rohingya children from Burma and their families to safe and open family shelters. New research documents abuses by Thai authorities, who should take action against camps in southern Thailand used for trafficking Rohingya and punish officials complicit in abuse.