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

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

In this update, we examine key flashpoints which exemplify Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to dismantle freedom of expression restrictions, and describe how civil society is fighting back. Read more

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

As concerns continue to grow over atrocities perpetrated by security forces Rakhine state, authorities in Myanmar have come under increasing international pressure to allow independent investigators into the conflict zone. Read more

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

Free speech still being curtailed under Myanmar's new government

Vague defamation laws are being used to target government critics in Myanmar. Read more

Free speech still being curtailed under Myanmar's new government

Violence in Rakhine state prompts international condemnation of authorities in Myanmar

Violence in Rakhine State has placed a spotlight on the treatment of the minority Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar. Read more

Violence in Rakhine state prompts international condemnation of authorities in Myanmar

Myanmar mosque ransacked by armed mob and youth conference banned

On 23rd June, a mosque in Bago Province, Rakine State, Myanmar was attacked by over 200 Buddhist extremists. A disagreement over the building of a Muslim school in the area quickly escalated into religious violence, leaving the mosque ransacked and other religious sites badly damaged. In a separate event, a National Ethnic Youth Conference planned for 27 to 30 July was suspended for dubious reasons by authorities. Six hundred young people from across Myanmar had already gathered and were awaiting the start of the conference. Read more