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

Meet Daw Kaw: Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in northern Kachin State, Burma

In March 2015, Executive Director Simon Billenness and Policy Advisor Myra Dahgaypaw traveled to Burma on a fact-finding trip. While in northern Kachin State, they visited IDP camps and met many victims of the Burmese Army’s heinous human rights abuses and attacks on their villages. Myra Dahgaypaw sat down with Daw Kaw in the Shin … More Meet Daw Kaw: Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in northern Kachin State, Burma

In D.C. Recently: Erika Berg Presents Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

Erika Berg has facilitated over 40 visual storytelling workshops with refugee youth along the borders of Burma and in the U.S. The paintings in Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma bridge language and cultural barriers that have shielded the outside world from haunting, humbling and awe-inspiring truths behind Burma’s decades-long civil war. At … More In D.C. Recently: Erika Berg Presents Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

In D.C. Recently: Buddhist Monk U Tikha Nyana, Prominent Lawyer U Aung Thane and Justice Trust

Recently, Justice Trust, an organization that seeks to use existing judicial systems in emerging democratic countries through local lawyers, came to Washington, DC. During their two days they held a number of meetings to discuss their new report, Hidden Hands, which examines the communal violence in Burma and found that outside actors and hardline military elements … More In D.C. Recently: Buddhist Monk U Tikha Nyana, Prominent Lawyer U Aung Thane and Justice Trust

The US turns a blind eye on Burma’s North Korea Connection

Weapons facilities with suspected North Korea ties are worth more scrutiny than the Obama Administration is willing to concede. President Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point today. In his speech, Obama commended Burma on, among other things, their “movement away from partnership with North Korea in favor of engagement with America.” Obama is … More The US turns a blind eye on Burma’s North Korea Connection