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

Top 4 Racist Laws against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Did you think the era of apartheid was in the past? Not for Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The local, state, and national governments in Burma enforce policies that harshly discriminate against Rohingya Muslims, a minority group in Rakhine State, western Burma. These policies have incited deadly violence against Rohingya over the past two years that could … More Top 4 Racist Laws against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Mixed Messages from the UN in Burma

Soon you could see child soldiers like this donning the iconic blue helmet of the UN peacekeepers. That is essentially the recommendation raised by UN Special Envoy to Burma Vijay Nambiar. During a visit to Nay Pyi Taw in January, Nambiar suggested to Burmese Defense Commander-in-Chief Aung Hlaing that the Burmese military start sending troops on … More Mixed Messages from the UN in Burma

Big Brother in Burma’s Media Market

The Burmese government possesses the power to protect minorities, promote freedom of expression, and encourage democratic political reforms. But instead of using its influence for good, the government further consolidates its power by denying independent exile media the freedom to report on controversial topics such as the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, oppressive censorship laws, and … More Big Brother in Burma’s Media Market

US Trade Representative Public Hearing on Burma’s Eligibility for GSP Benefits

The cliff notes version of the public hearing to review Burma’s eligibility for US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade benefits June 4, 2013 US Trade Representative On June 4, USCB headed to the US Trade Representative Office to testify against allowing Burma into the GSP program, which would waive import duties on Burmese goods. … More US Trade Representative Public Hearing on Burma’s Eligibility for GSP Benefits