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23 Feb 2018 description
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Refugees from Burma Lack Access to Crucial Services

Skye Wheeler
Researcher, Women's Rights Division

“Sanctuary.” What does that mean to you?

23 Feb 2018 description
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New Satellite Images Show Destruction Indicating Obstruction of Justice

09 Feb 2018 description
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Military Obliged to Protect Civilians in Operations

(Rangoon) – The Burmese military should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches all civilians in need in northern Burma’s Kachin State, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 5, 2018, approximately 5,000 people demonstrated in Myitkyina, the state capital, against the Burmese military operations in the state.

29 Jan 2018 description
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Almost 40 percent of the population in Papua New Guinea (PNG) lives in poverty. The government has not taken sufficient steps to address gender inequality, violence, excessive use of force by police, or corruption and relies heavily on religious groups and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to provide services on a charitable basis to meet the economic and social rights of the population. Rates of family and sexual violence are among the highest in the world, and perpetrators are rarely prosecuted.

26 Jan 2018 description
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Beginning in late August, Bangladesh received a massive influx of over 655,000 Rohingya refugees escaping a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Burmese military after a militant attack in Rakhine State, Burma. Bangladesh sought urgent international humanitarian assistance to provide for the refugees.

Authorities failed to hold security forces responsible for serious human rights violations including secret detentions, enforced disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings.

26 Jan 2018 description
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Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta failed in 2017 to keep its repeated promises made at the United Nations and elsewhere to respect human rights and restore democratic rule. The government announced the national human rights agenda in November, but did not end repression of civil and political liberties, imprisonment of dissidents, and impunity for torture and other abuses.

Sweeping, Unchecked, and Unaccountable Military Powers

26 Jan 2018 description
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Burma’s stalled democratic transition gave way to a massive human rights and humanitarian crisis starting in August 2017, when the military launched a large-scale ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslim population in Rakhine State. More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape mass killings, sexual violence, arson, and other abuses amounting to crimes against humanity by the security forces.

23 Jan 2018 description
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Repatriated Rohingya Would Face Abuse, Insecurity, Aid Shortages

12 Jan 2018 description
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(Bangkok) – Burmese authorities should not pursue a criminal complaint brought under Burma’s privacy law against a Facebook user for posts critical of a state chief minister, Human Rights Watch said today.

Parliament should promptly amend the privacy law, enacted in March 2017, to eliminate the provision criminalizing harm to reputation.

21 Dec 2017 description
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The Burmese government plans to permanently bar entry to Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma. With this decision, Burma joins a handful of pariah governments – notably Eritrea, Syria, Burundi, and North Korea – that have outright refused to engage with UN experts assigned to their countries.

19 Dec 2017 description
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Burma: Methodical Massacre at Rohingya Village
Hundreds Killed, Raped in Tula Toli

The Burmese army carried out systematic killings and rape of several hundred Rohingya Muslims in Tula Toli village in Rakhine State on August 30, 2017.

18 Dec 2017 description
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Satellite Imagery Shows New Destruction in Rakhine State

(New York, December 18, 2017) – Analysis of satellite imagery reveals new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November 2017 in northern Rakhine State in Burma, Human Rights Watch said today.

12 Dec 2017 description

Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.

11 Dec 2017 description
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Burma, Bangladesh Need to Redraft Agreement, Involve UN

16 Nov 2017 description
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Summary

I was held down by six men and raped by five of them. First, they [shot and] killed my brother … then they threw me to the side and one man tore my lungi [sarong], grabbed me by the mouth and held me still. He stuck a knife into my side and kept it there while the men were raping me. That was how they kept me in place. … I was trying to move and [the wound] was bleeding more. They were threatening to shoot me. —Fatama Begum, Balukali refugee camp, Bangladesh, October 2017

15 Nov 2017 description
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Military-Controlled Ministry Issues Unnecessary, Overbroad Directive

Burmese ministry’s ban on assemblies and processions in central Yangon deprives people of their basic right to peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma’s friends and donors should remind the government of its stated commitments to protect basic rights such as freedom of assembly, association, and expression.

14 Nov 2017 description
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Bill Frelick
-Director, Refugee Rights Program-

Leaders at Asia Summit Skirt Around Burma Crisis

14 Nov 2017 description
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International Inquiry, Accountability Needed for Justice for Rohingya

08 Nov 2017 description
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1. Members of the Rohingya ethnic group who have fled from Burma to Bangladesh are refugees and should be recognized as such. They are entitled to all rights that attach to refugee status.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Burma to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.

03 Nov 2017 description
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(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should refer Burma to the International Criminal Court (ICC) because of Burma’s failure to investigate mass atrocities against ethnic Rohingya, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a new question-and-answer document.