Myanmar

Despite serious crimes probe, Myanmar continues to silence critics and block the internet

Over the last few months, the authorities convicted film maker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and the Peacock generation poetry troupe for criticism of the military, while a Kachin activist was jailed for insulting a judge. The internet shutdown in Rakhine state remains. Rohingya campaigners outside the country faced threats while protesters continue to be arrested and convicted. Read more

Despite serious crimes probe, Myanmar continues to silence critics and block the internet

Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

In recent months there has been a sustained attack on civic freedoms including an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin State while military critics, journalists and peaceful protesters continue to be arrested or charged. Read more

Sustained attack on civic freedoms in Myanmar with ongoing prosecutions and internet blackout

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

In the last few months, protesters have been arrested and prosecuted under the Penal Code and the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for their activism. Some also faced excessive use of force by the police. Human rights groups also report the ongoing persecution of critics while the two Reuters journalists who were investigating the military crackdown of the Rohingya in 2017 have spent a year in jail. Read more

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

According to a new report by civil society group Athan, released on 18 October 2018, freedom of expression under the National League for Democracy-led government is worsening despite initial hopes of improvement. On 12th November 2018, Amnesty International announced that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, Read more

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

In August 2018, a fact-finding mission report on Myanmar found that violence and human rights violations, including in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states, “are fuelled by the silencing of critical voices by the Myanmar authorities”. Read more

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

Scores of anti-war protesters prosecuted across Myanmar

In May 2018, scores of peaceful anti-war protesters, across major cities in Myamar, were arrested, charged or convicted. The protesters have been calling for the Myanmar military to ensure the protection and safe movement of civilians trapped by armed conflict in Kachin State Read more

Scores of anti-war protesters prosecuted across Myanmar

UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar concerned over shrinking civic space

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar is concerned over shrinking democratic space, with journalists, CSOs and human rights defenders being put in an increasingly perilous position. Read more

UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar concerned over shrinking civic space

Central Yangon bans protests while critics are criminalised

Authorities in central Yangon issued a ban on assemblies and processions in November while protests against land grabbing also faced restrictions. Government critics continued to be criminalised for their peaceful expression both online and offline. Read more

Central Yangon bans protests while critics are criminalised

Deepening humanitarian crisis now coined a "catastrophe"

As we've previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the unfolding crisis in Rakhine state continues to attract widespread international condemnation. Mounting evidence of crimes against humanity perpetrated by security forces in Myanmar compounded by a deepening humanitarian crisis has left Myanmar's Rohingya muslim community in the conflict zone bereft of vital protection and aid. Read more

Deepening humanitarian crisis now coined a "catastrophe"

Authorities hinder civil society's monitoring and human rights activities in Rakhine

As we've previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the ongoing situation in Rakhine state had led to credible allegations of serious human rights violations against the Rohingya population. Read more

Authorities hinder civil society's monitoring and human rights activities in Rakhine