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

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

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

The Truth Hurts: 3 Grim Realities in Burma

US Campaign for Burma thanks Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Burma, for his six years of superb service relentlessly unearthing the extent of human rights abuses in Burma. Quintana provided a voice of reason to policymakers, decision-makers, and international governmental bodies. He dispelled the narrative adopted by … More The Truth Hurts: 3 Grim Realities in Burma

Free Zaw Pe

  Reporter Zaw Pe has been sentenced to a year in prison, a severe blow to press freedom in Burma. The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) video journalist was sentenced on April 7th, charged with trespassing and disturbing a civil servant. Zaw Pe was arrested in August 2012 while seeking an interview with a government … More Free Zaw Pe