Myanmar: Deadline to Report on Rape of Rohingya to UN
Committee Seeks Information on Rakhine State Atrocities Against Women, Girls
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.
New Report: Mounting Evidence of Genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
International cooperation needed to halt killing and seek justice
About Fortify Rights
We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security forces' ongoing campaign against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State as ethnic cleansing.
To: Member and Observer states of the UN Human Rights Council
Subject: Urgent action needed on Myanmar
Abolish restrictions and ensure accountability, cooperate with U.N. Fact Finders
(YANGON, August 24, 2017)—The Government of Myanmar should immediately act on comprehensive recommendations from the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, said Fortify Rights today. The Commission, led by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, released its final report today in Yangon
Joint Statement by 68 organisations
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the arrest, detention and prosecution of six people, including three journalists, under the 1908 Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar. We demand that the charges against them are dropped and that the three journalists are immediately and unconditionally released, as they have been detained solely in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities.
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Dear Your Excellency,
We, the undersigned, call on States, including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, as well as active conflict areas in Kachin State and northern Shan State, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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20 April 2017
Joint statement by 22 national and international non-governmental organizations
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 22 organizations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges, and for the establishment of an independent and effective prisoner review mechanism to bring about an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions in Myanmar.
Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 3 March 2017
RE: UN-MANDATED INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY OR SIMILAR INTERNTIONAL MECHANISM TO INVESTIGATE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR
Re: Joint NGO Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State
(YANGON, January 13, 2017)—The Government of China should ensure protection for thousands of ethnic Kachin civilians fleeing ongoing armed conflict in Myanmar and prevent forced returns, Fortify Rights said today. Chinese state security forces reportedly forced back to Myanmar approximately 4,000 Kachin civilians on January 11, a day after they fled to China to escape fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin State.
(YANGON, January 18, 2017)—More than 40 Myanmar-based civil society organizations today called for a “truly independent” international investigation into the situation in Rakhine State, where state-sponsored attacks against Rohingya Muslim civilians have escalated in recent months. Muslim and Buddhist communities in Rakhine State have faced human rights violations with impunity for decades.
(Yangon, November 5, 2016)—The Government of Myanmar should scrap its plan to arm non-Muslim civilians in a predominantly Muslim area of northern Rakhine State, Fortify Rights said today.
“This is a highly inadvisable and dangerous move by the authorities,” said Matthew Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Fortify Rights. “If the government wants to improve security, it should take urgent action to protect members of all races and religions and immediately provide free and unfettered access to aid groups.”
Extrajudicial Killings and Abuses Undercut Security in Rakhine State
(Yangon, October 12, 2016)—The government of Myanmar should protect civilians and respect human rights in responding to recent deadly attacks against police by unknown assailants near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, Fortify Rights said today. According to eyewitnesses, Myanmar Army soldiers allegedly killed several unarmed ethnic-Rohingya men on October 10, a day after deadly attacks on three police stations in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw Township.
Published the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School