Burma September - November Briefing 2018

Report
from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust
Published on 04 Dec 2018 View Original

Highlights

  • US, UK and United Nations warn against the Rohingya repatriation plan

  • Christians are under scrutiny as the persecution of religious minorities continues

  • EU commits $13.7 million to expand peace program in Shan and Kachin States

  • The global community calls for justice in wake of damning UN genocide report

Key Developments

  • The British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has condemned a new low for press freedom in Burma, adding to his protest of a long series of human rights abuses committed by Burmese authorities. “Imprisoning journalists who write about inconvenient truths is an unconscionable blow to everyone’s freedom” Hunt stated on his September visit to Burma.

  • A regional army in the Burmese State of Wa has expelled eight Catholic clergy from Shan State. In October, reports emerged of approximately one hundred Christians who were forced to sign pledges that they would only pray in private. Religious leaders in the region reported that 41 bible students had been forcibly recruited into the United Wa State Army.

  • In November, clashes broke out between the two armed forces operating in Shan state, where three civilians were killed and two wounded. A 400-strong Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Shan State Progress Party co-operative also attacked the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army outpost at Nagar mountain, according to Taifreedom news.