WHO Driver Marks A History of Aid Blockage in Burma

Feature Image: U Pyae Sone Win Maung, WHO Driver, The Irrawaddy On April 20, a World Health Organization vehicle holding coronavirus test samples came under gunfire in Minbya Township, Arakan State, killing the driver and leaving one government official seriously injured. The driver, Pyae Sone Win Maung, was carrying swabs from patients to be tested … More WHO Driver Marks A History of Aid Blockage in Burma

Business as usual: Burma government and military continue human rights violations under cover of COVID-19 pandemic

Featured Image: Rakhine Artist, Nyi Khine Twee As the global pandemic rages, the people of Burma continue to suffer from armed conflict, killings, forced displacement, and infringement of their basic rights. On March 24, 2020, the Burmese government officially designated the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic armed group in Rakhine State, as a terrorist organization. … More Business as usual: Burma government and military continue human rights violations under cover of COVID-19 pandemic

What Comes Next: Post-ICJ Ruling

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled to impose provisional measures on Burma, instructing the government to respect the requirements of the 1948 Genocide Convention. A panel of 17 judges unanimously voted for Burma to take “all measures within its power” to prevent continued genocide, which includes mitigating the killing … More What Comes Next: Post-ICJ Ruling

What an ICJ trial means for the Rohingya and Burma

On December 10, 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began its hearing in the Hague, Netherlands, to determine whether the Buddhist-dominated Burmese military committed genocide against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in Rakhine State. The trials come after Gambia filed a lawsuit accusing Burma of perpetrating genocide against Rohingya Muslims.  The Rohingya have … More What an ICJ trial means for the Rohingya and Burma

What the Military Removal of Shwe Mann Means for Burma

On the night of August 12, soldiers in Naypyidaw surrounded the headquarters of Burma’s ruling military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). By the end of the night, Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann had been deposed as party leader, replaced by President Thein Sein. Some call this a “military coup,” with Thein Sein using military force to … More What the Military Removal of Shwe Mann Means for Burma