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

Telecom investments threaten privacy rights in Burma

The World Bank may be dangling the prospect of affordable cell phones in Burma at the expense of freedom of expression and privacy rights. Foreign investment in Burma’s underdeveloped telecommunications sector is about to boom – as of this week, Qatar’s Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor have received licenses to develop Burma’s networks. To support growing … More Telecom investments threaten privacy rights in Burma

Obama Administration Goes Public on Patronizing Burma Policy

When the Obama Administration spontaneously lifted sanctions against Burma without conditions in 2012, it concurrently slammed the door on the bipartisan congressional coalition that had played a pivotal role in shaping US policy toward Burma for two decades. Congressional requests for the administration to rationalize its new, hurried, and improvised policy to “extend the hand … More Obama Administration Goes Public on Patronizing Burma Policy

Top 5 Reasons Why the US Shouldn’t Establish Military Relations with Burma

The Obama Administration & Pentagon are rushing to establish military relations with Burma. But the US is not conditioning its engagement by first asking the Burmese military to meet very basic benchmarks (e.g. stopping attacks on civilians). A military engagement policy that dismisses justice and accountability threatens to exacerbate abuses for people living in conflict … More Top 5 Reasons Why the US Shouldn’t Establish Military Relations with Burma

Burma’s draft Association Law: a government chokehold on civil society

Civil society organizations have provided essential guidance to Burma’s peace and development process, often – through years of exiled activism and international support during military rule – holding far more political and legal knowledge than government officials themselves. This summer, the Burmese government, threatened by these organizations’ influence and advocacy efforts, rolled out the draft … More Burma’s draft Association Law: a government chokehold on civil society