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

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

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

In Burma, There is No “Communal Violence”

On November 12, the United Nations General Assembly released its draft annual resolution against Burma, calling on the Burmese government to address 2013 “communal violence.” The terms “communal violence,” “sectarian violence,” and “inter-communal violence” have become go-to descriptors of attacks against Muslims in Burma. Insofar as they are used to describe specific incidents during the … More In Burma, There is No “Communal Violence”

Anti-Muslim Violence & Why Government-led Solutions are Dangerous

163 incidences of anti-Muslim violence in 15 townships. 1,300 homes and other buildings destroyed. 11,376 people left homeless. 43 people killed. Not the results one would expect from an argument started in a gold shop. Not unless one knew that the owners of the shop were Muslim and the customers were Buddhist, and the gold … More Anti-Muslim Violence & Why Government-led Solutions are Dangerous