BURMA/MYANMAR: International community must assist in the re-engineering of justice institutions

An Oral Statement to the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) on Myanmar’s UPR Outcomes. Due to time constraints in Council proceedings, the following Oral Statement could not be presented at the Council. The Statement is now being shared to inform the wider audience in Myanmar and across the world about the ALRC’s campaign on institutional transformation in Myanmar. Mr. President. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) notes that the adoption of UPR Outcomes on Myanmar coincides with the long-cherished struggles for democracy in Myanmar coming to fruition. The flowering of democracy in Myanmar is proof that people’s desire for democracy […]

MYANMAR: A state that requires the foundations for justice institutions to be built to achieve a stable change

The Asian Legal Resource Centre congratulates the people of Myanmar for successfully and peacefully electing a democratic government through national elections held in November 2015. The country and its people are, however, for all practical purposes still under the influence of militarisation that has gripped the country since 1959. For instance, the people of Myanmar and their institutions do not have a memory of independent justice institutions. Concepts like presumption of innocence, right to silence, and independent adjudication of disputes have never been given a chance to take root in the country. Instead what is rooted is the dependence upon the patronage of the powerful, a character that is deeply […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Extrajudicial killings continue with impunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-CWS-29-04-2015 June 08, 2015 Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre BURMA/MYANMAR: Extrajudicial killings continue with impunity The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to bring the realities of extrajudicial killings in Myanmar to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The government’s claim that the State is in a democratic reform process is belied by the prevailing reality of extrajudicial killings, abuse of power, and impunity in Myanmar. The Myanmar semi-civilian government, which came to power after decades of Military rule, has failed to prosecute extrajudicial killers who committed numerous such crimes under the umbrella of […]

BURMA / MYANMAR: Features of the practice of torture by law enforcement agencies

ALRC-CWS-27-09-2014 September 4, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty seventh session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre BURMA / MYANMAR: Features of the practice of torture by law enforcement agencies 1. The practice of police torture in Myanmar remains unchanged despite the efforts and work of countless individuals across the globe. The practice of such human rights abuse in Myanmar predates recent political changes and continues even after government reform. Myanmar citizens expected the new government to move away such human rights abuse. Earlier this year, the Government of Myanmar planned and discussed signing the Convention against […]

MYANMAR: Official report on Rakhine State conflict gravely flawed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013 ALRC-CWS-23-06-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-third session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status MYANMAR: Official report on Rakhine State conflict gravely flawed 1. Following the communal violence that wracked the western parts of Myanmar near the border of Bangladesh in 2012, the country’s president established a commission of inquiry comprising of retired public servants, religious figures, politicians, academics and members of civil society. The commission handed down its findings on 22 April 2013. Despite high expectations, the 119-page report is gravely flawed. Although it contains […]

MYANMAR: Police who attacked peaceful protestors must be prosecuted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013 ALRC-CWS-23-04-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-third session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status MYANMAR: Police who attacked peaceful protestors must be prosecuted 1. The struggle of farmers and their allies in the Letpadaung Hills of central Myanmar against the expansion of a copper mining operation under a military-owned holding company and a partner company from China obtained international attention when in the early morning hours of 29 November 2012 paramilitary police launched a night time attack on encamped protestors. The attack received international media coverage […]

MYANMAR: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Date: March 12, 2013 Document ID: ALRC-COS-22-14-2013 HRC section: Item 4, General Debate Speaker: Vani Selvarajah A Joint Oral Statement to the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) and Asian Legal Resource Centre. MYANMAR: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Mr. President: Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers and Asian Legal Resource Centre welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur. 1 We share his appreciation of the progress towards recognition of human rights in Myanmar, 2 including the release of some prisoners of […]

MYANMAR: The death of Phyo Wai Aung: Myanmar’s brutal institutions claim another victim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2013 ALRC-CWS-22-10-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty second session, Agenda Item 4, Interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status MYANMAR: The death of Phyo Wai Aung: Myanmar’s brutal institutions claim another victim 1. At the twentieth session of the Human Rights Council, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) drew the attention of delegates—not for the first time—to the case of Phyo Wai Aung, a young man falsely convicted of involvement in a bombing attack during 2010 that killed 10 people and injured scores. The ALRC […]

MYANMAR: Targeting and torturing public enemies through the Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2013 ALRC-CWS-22-05-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty second session, Agenda Item 3, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status MYANMAR: Targeting and torturing public enemies through the Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar 1. In January 2013, the Asian Legal Resource Centre released a special dossier of 36 cases brought by personnel of the Myanmar armed forces and police under the 1908 Unlawful Associations Act, against people accused of contact with the Kachin Independence Army, which since 2011 has resumed armed combat with government forces in the north […]