April 29, 2010

“I Want to Help My Own People”

State Control and Civil Society in Burma after Cyclone Nargis

Key Recommendations
I. Cyclone Nargis
The Storm Strikes
Insufficient Government Warnings
Government Obstruction to International Relief Operations
Restrictions on Access and Movement in Cyclone-Affected Areas
Restrictions on Domestic and Foreign Media
Diversions of Relief Aid
Displaced Persons and Forced Returns
II. Breaking the Deadlock: ASEAN's Intervention and the Opening of Humanitarian Space
Responsibility to Protect
Tripartite Core Group
III. Local Heroes: The Spontaneous Response of Burmese Society
Civil Society in Burma
Spontaneous Civil Society Responses to Cyclone Nargis
Targeting of Political Activists and Journalists
The Government’s Preferred Partners–Enter the GONGOs
The Cyclone Nargis Response Two Years Later
IV. The Constitutional Referendum..
The “Road Map to Democracy” and the 2008 Constitution
Voting in the Aftermath of Disaster
V. Continued Repression in Cyclone-Affected Areas
Forced Labor
Preparation for the 2010 Elections
VI. Continuing Obstacles to Reconstruction in Cyclone-Affected Areas
Favoritism for Reconstruction Contracts
The Gradual Expansion of Civil Society
VII. Continued Constraints on Humanitarian Access outside the Cyclone-Affected Areas
Burma’s Humanitarian Crisis
Lack of Protection for Communities in Conflict Zones
Humanitarian Access Elsewhere in Burma
To the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
To United Nations Agencies
To International Donors
To the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
To China
Acronyms and Burmese Terms