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Myanmar: Hold By-Elections And Ensure Right To Vote For All

Thursday, 26 November 2020, 6:11 am | Fortify Rights

Millions denied right to vote under discriminatory laws, cancelled elections (BANGKOK, November 25, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should immediately schedule by-elections in areas where the Union Election Commission (UEC) cancelled the November 8 polls, ... More >>

Refugee “Instagrammers” Win Prestigious Social-Media Award

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 6:25 pm | Fortify Rights

Three Rohingya refugees, Fortify Rights, and Doha Debates win Shorty Award (BANGKOK, November 24, 2020)—Fortify Rights, Doha Debates, and three Rohingya refugee photographers in Bangladesh won a prestigious Shorty Award for promoting photography in the world’s ... More >>

Thailand: Drop Lawsuit By Chicken Company Against Three Women Human Rights Defenders

Monday, 23 November 2020, 4:53 pm | Fortify Rights

Preliminary hearings in combined criminal defamation case begin today (BANGKOK, November 23, 2020)—Thai authorities should drop a criminal defamation case brought by Thai chicken company Thammakaset Company Limited against three women human rights ... More >>

Thailand: Protect Protesters, Facilitate The Right To Peaceful Assembly

Thursday, 19 November 2020, 8:58 am | Fortify Rights

The Government of Thailand should protect protesters and facilitate the right to peaceful assembly in ongoing protests, Fortify Rights said today. At least 50 people were injured during protests Tuesday after police used tear gas and water cannons ... More >>

Bangladesh: Free Rohingya Refugees Detained On Isolated Island

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 4:29 pm | Fortify Rights

Five international human rights organizations request access to Bhasan Char (BANGKOK, November 12, 2020) – The Government of Bangladesh should free more than 300 Rohingya refugees detained on Bhasan Char island and cease plans for further relocations to ... More >>

International Community: Condemn Mass Disenfranchisement And Irregularities In Myanmar’s Elections

Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 6:19 am | Fortify Rights

Elections held yesterday in Myanmar unfree and unfair (BANGKOK, November 9, 2020)–The international community should condemn the mass disenfranchisement of Rohingya in Myanmar’s national elections held on November 8, said Fortify Rights today. “A ... More >>

Myanmar: Ensure The Right To Vote Ahead Of Elections

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 4:24 pm | Fortify Rights

(YANGON, October 28, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should ensure the right to vote, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, said 10 Myanmar-based civil society organizations today. The organizations published a joint statement calling on the ... More >>

Myanmar: End Crackdown On Human Rights Defenders, Free Political Prisoners

Monday, 19 October 2020, 7:05 pm | Fortify Rights

15 anti-war protesters arrested, some sentenced to five years in prison, many in hiding (YANGON, October 19, 2020)—Myanmar authorities should immediately end an ongoing crackdown against peaceful anti-war protesters, said Fortify Rights today. ... More >>

Myanmar: Release Imprisoned Ethnic-Karen Activists

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 7:28 am | Fortify Rights

Myanmar authorities should immediately and unconditionally release three ethnic-Karen human rights defenders convicted today for holding a peaceful assembly, said Fortify Rights. The Kyauktada Township Court in Yangon today sentenced Sein Htwe, 57, Sa ... More >>

International Criminal Court: Prosecute And Offer Witness Protection To Myanmar Army Deserters

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 7:11 am | Fortify Rights

The International Criminal Court (ICC) should swiftly prosecute two Myanmar Army soldiers who confessed to their involvement in massacres, rape, and other crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar, and the court should facilitate witness protection for ... More >>

Myanmar: Reverse Conviction Of Activist Poet, Uphold Right To Freedom Of Expression

Saturday, 5 September 2020, 6:11 am | Fortify Rights

Court fines Maung Saungkha for holding peaceful protest (YANGON, September 4, 2020)—Myanmar authorities should immediately reverse the conviction of Maung Saungkha—poet and co-founder of the free-speech activist group Athan, said Fortify Rights today. The ... More >>

Myanmar/Bangladesh: Ensure All Rohingya Can Vote In 2020 Elections

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 6:07 pm | Fortify Rights

14 Rohingya-led refugee organizations call on the Union Election Commission for the right to vote (COX’S BAZAR, September 3, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should ensure all voting-age Rohingya—including refugees in Bangladesh—have the ... More >>

Myanmar: Reverse Decision To Bar Rohingya From Elections

Monday, 31 August 2020, 5:47 pm | Fortify Rights

Final list of candidates excludes Rohingya (YANGON, August 31, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should take immediate steps to ensure that ethnic-Rohingya can run for seats in Parliament in the November 8 elections, said Fortify Rights today. The Union ... More >>

Myanmar: Prevent Exclusion Of Rohingya Candidates From National Elections

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 6:38 pm | Fortify Rights

Election Commission rejects six Rohingya candidates (YANGON, August 19, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should amend the election law and ensure equal rights for Rohingya to participate in the upcoming national elections, said Fortify Rights today. Between ... More >>

Thailand: Drop Case Against Angkhana Neelapaijit And Other Women Human Rights Defenders

Monday, 3 August 2020, 6:11 pm | Fortify Rights

Court set to consider case on August 4 (BANGKOK, August 3, 2020)—Thai authorities should ensure their commitment to protect human rights defenders from judicial harassment and drop cases brought by Thai chicken company Thammakaset Company Limited, said ... More >>

Webinar Series On Refugees In Thailand

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 6:23 am | Fortify Rights

Wednesday, August 5 Special Session: Voices from the Field: Myanmar Refugees Living on the Thailand-Myanmar Border *NOTE: This is a supplemental session organized following technical difficulties during the July 15 session to discuss the situation of Myanmar ... More >>

Myanmar: Abide By International Landmine Clearance Standards

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 6:40 pm | Fortify Rights

Government announces plans for landmine clearance bodies (YANGON, June 25, 2020)—The Government of Myanmar should end its use of antipersonnel landmines and commit to using international landmine clearance standards in demining operations, said Fortify ... More >>

Malaysia: Minimize COVID-19 Risks To Refugees And Trafficking Survivors, Prevent Arbitrary Detention

Friday, 10 April 2020, 4:31 pm | Fortify Rights

Boat of more than 200 Rohingya refugees intercepted by Malaysian authorities (BANGKOK, April 10, 2020)—The Government of Malaysia should release detained refugees and prevent the arbitrary detention of new arrivals to minimize health risks due to COVID-19, ... More >>

Drop Criminal Complaint Against Fortify Rights Senior

Friday, 31 January 2020, 8:48 am | Fortify Rights

Thai authorities or Thai poultry company Thammakaset Company Limited should immediately drop criminal defamation complaints against Puttanee Kangkun and other human rights defenders, Fortify Rights said today. On December 6, Thammakaset filed a complaint ... More >>

Myanmar: Ongoing Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 10:48 am | Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Ongoing Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya Child-slave labor, severe violations against Rohingya continue More >>