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Myanmar security forces have killed around 600 people, dozens of them children, since the February 1, 2021 coup, increasingly using excessive and lethal force against anti-coup protesters. Millions of people have demonstrated in largely peaceful protests…
Anti-coup protesters stage a sit-in demonstration, Mandalay, Myanmar, February 24, 2021.
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Call for Additional, Coordinated International Sanctions

Dear High Representative / Vice-President Borrell, and Foreign Ministers of EU member states, We write to urge the European Union and its member states to fully implement the targeted sanctions that were imposed against the leadership of Myanmar’s…
Protesters flash the three-fingered salute and hold candles during a rally at night in Yangon, Myanmar, March 14, 2021.
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Ensure Protection of Worker Rights

We write to you as brands that have ramped up sourcing from Myanmar over the past ten years. That decade has seen huge steps forward for both international business and workers’ rights in Myanmar. In particular, we appreciate the efforts of brands to…
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Violent Threats and ‘Hate Speech’ against Rohingya Community in Malaysia

Joint Letter to PM Muhyiddin Yassin, Re: End Violent Threats and Anti-Rohingya Campaign Joint Letter to PM Muhyiddin Yassin, Re: End Violent Threats and Anti-Rohingya Campaign…
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39 Groups Call for Meaningful Consultation of Rohingya Refugees

Dear Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, We, the 39 undersigned organizations, welcome the recent announcement on November 3 by the Bangladesh Minister of Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman to put on hold plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to Bhasan…
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne,
 
 Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy.
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Excellency,
 We write to welcome your initiative to review United Nations operations in Myanmar, and to strongly urge you ensure that the review is open, transparent and that its findings and recommendations are made public…
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Immediately and Unconditionally Release Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Aung San Suu Kyi
 State Counsellor
 Naypyidaw
 Myanmar
 
 Your Excellency,
 
 Recently, at the World Economic Forum in Hanoi, Vietnam, you defended the September 3 conviction and sentencing of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and…
Detained Reuters journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sit beside police officers as they leave Insein court in Yangon, Myanmar July 9, 2018.
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November 2, 2017
 
 The Honorable Rex Tillerson
 Secretary of State
 U.S. Department of State
 2201 C Street NW
 Washington, DC 20520
 
 The Honorable Steven Mnuchin
 Secretary of the Treasury
 U.S. Department…
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Urgent action needed on Myanmar

September 8, 2017
 
 Dear Excellencies,
 
 We write to you regarding the deeply concerning situation in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine State. Reports estimate that more than 270,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following the…
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February 2017

Around the world, religious freedom is under a sustained attack. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are governments that restrict the freedom to choose and practice a religion, that discriminate in law and policy against certain religious groups, that…