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Account for Missing Politicians, Activists, Others at Risk of Torture, Death

Click to expand Image A man is held by police during a crackdown on…
A man is held by police during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters holding a rally in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay, Myanmar on February 15, 2021.
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  Summary In late August and September 2017, Bangladesh welcomed the sudden influx of several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. This followed an earlier wave of violence in October 2016, which forced over 80,000…
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Summary Some things are getting better. There is electricity in the next village, and we may get electricity here, too. But none of that matters if our land is gone. –Nu Yee, San Klo, Karen State, February 2015 The businessman takes the land from…
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Humanitarian Space Across Country Again Narrowing Ahead of 2010 Polls

(Bangkok) - The Burmese government continues to deny basic freedoms and place undue restrictions on aid agencies despite significant gains in rehabilitating areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis two years ago, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released…
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Question: What is Human Rights Watch's assessment   of the State Peace and Development Council's [SPDC's] response to Cyclone Nargis? Answer: The initial response was disgraceful; it is still shocking to me that the military government obstructed the…
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Independent Monitoring Body Should Be Established to Oversee Aid

(New York) - Donors assisting in Burma’s reconstruction after Cyclone Nargis should ensure that aid reaches the Burmese people, and is not manipulated by its repressive government, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to donors. The…
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If there is any surprise inside governments or the UN over the Burmese military regime's obstruction of international aid efforts following the devastating Cyclone Nargis, then they haven't been watching the country closely enough. As UN aid agencies…
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Much of Devastated Irrawaddy Delta Remains Uninhabitable

(New York) - The Burmese government should immediately halt forcibly evicting people displaced by Cyclone Nargis from their temporary shelters, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government should abide by its pledge to the United Nations and…
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UN Secretary-General’s Visit Should Push Relief Before Reconstruction

(New York) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and governments attending a “pledging” conference in Burma should focus on urgent humanitarian access and discuss long-term reconstruction at a later date, Human Rights Watch said today. Three weeks since…
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ASEAN Plan Inadequate to Deliver Timely and Sufficient Assistance

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council should insist that aid deliveries and humanitarian workers be given unfettered access to Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government has blocked supplies and humanitarian workers from…
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India, ASEAN Also Need to Push Generals to Accept International Help

(New York) - China, India, Thailand and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should work to convince Burma’s government to lift restrictions on international assistance so aid can reach survivors of Cyclone Nargis, Human…