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On The Protesters Gunned Down In Myanmar Today

Monday, 1 March 2021, 7:55 am | Fortify Rights

28 February In cities and towns around Myanmar today, the military and police responded to peaceful pro-democracy protests with lethal force, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores, according to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human ... More >>

South/Southeast Asia Governments: Rescue Rohingya Refugees Stranded At Sea

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 6:11 am | Fortify Rights

Scores of Rohingya reportedly adrift at sea (COX’S BAZAR, February 23, 2021)—Regional governments in South and Southeast Asia should support safe disembarkation and humanitarian assistance for scores of Rohingya refugees on a boat reportedly adrift at sea. “Too ... More >>

Myanmar: End Assault On Media Freedom

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 5:11 pm | Fortify Rights

The Myanmar military junta has arbitrarily detained journalists, threatened others into hiding, and dictated proposed legislation that would severely curb media freedoms, Fortify Rights said today. The junta arbitrarily arrested or detained at least nine ... More >>

Myanmar: End Violent Crackdown On Peaceful Protests, Ensure Right To Peaceful Assembly

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 6:36 am | Fortify Rights

Police shot 19-year-old woman in the head, injured others (YANGON, February 10, 2021)—The Myanmar military and police should immediately end any use of excessive force against peaceful protesters and ensure the right to peaceful assembly, said ... More >>

Myanmar: End Violent Crackdown On Peaceful Protests, Ensure Right To Peaceful Assembly

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 4:22 pm | Fortify Rights

The Myanmar military and police should immediately end any use of excessive force against peaceful protesters and ensure the right to peaceful assembly, said Fortify Rights today. Myanmar police shot 19-year-old Myat Thet Thet Khaing in the head with ... More >>

Myanmar: Rescind Order To Use Force Against Protesters, Protect Basic Freedoms

Saturday, 6 February 2021, 6:04 am | Fortify Rights

Military junta arrests peaceful protesters of coup d’état, blocks Facebook (BANGKOK, February 5, 2021)—Myanmar authorities should protect basic freedoms and immediately rescind police orders to arrest and use force against protesters, said Fortify Rights ... More >>

UN Security Council: Refer Myanmar To The ICC, Impose A Global Arms Embargo

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 5:28 pm | Fortify Rights

The United Nations Security Council should impose a global arms embargo on Myanmar and refer the situation in the country to the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Fortify Rights today. The Security Council is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on ... More >>

Myanmar: Release Government Officials And Human Rights Defenders Detained In Military Coup

Monday, 1 February 2021, 5:08 pm | Fortify Rights

The Myanmar military should immediately and unconditionally release State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, government ministers, members of parliament, and human rights defenders detained in early morning nationwide raids, said Fortify Rights today. State-run ... More >>

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Ethnic-Rakhine Journalists, Ensure Freedom Of Press

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 5:53 am | Fortify Rights

Military targets Rakhine journalists with criminal defamation complaints (YANGON, January 26, 2021)—Myanmar authorities should immediately drop criminal defamation and other complaints against four ethnic-Rakhine (Arakanese) journalists, Fortify ... More >>

Myanmar: Free Student Activists Arbitrarily Detained For Peaceful Anti-War Protests

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 4:41 pm | Fortify Rights

Myanmar authorities should immediately release and end criminal proceedings against dozens of student activists facing criminal charges for their involvement in peaceful protest activities, Fortify Rights said today. Today, Aung Myay Thar-Zan Township ... More >>

Bangladesh/Myanmar: Rohingya Mental Health Crisis Demands Attention

Friday, 11 December 2020, 5:53 am | Fortify Rights

New report reveals extreme rates of traumatic stress among Rohingya genocide survivors (BANGKOK, December 10, 2020)—Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who survived genocide in Myanmar are experiencing a severe mental health crisis, according to data in a ... More >>

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 >>