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 […]

MYANMAR: Savage torture in ordinary criminal cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2013 ALRC-CWS-22-03-2013 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty second session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status MYANMAR: Savage torture in ordinary criminal cases 1. One misconception about the use of torture in Myanmar is that it has been a form of human rights abuse most commonly associated with the cases of political prisoners, and therefore in the current period we should expect the incidence of torture to diminish as political conditions change. This misconception is in part because of the heavy concentration […]

MYANMAR: Torture, forced confession and a death sentence in Myanmar: the case of Phyo Wai Aung

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2012 ALRC-CWS-20-05-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twentieth 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: Torture, forced confession and a death sentence in Myanmar: the case of Phyo Wai Aung On 8 May 2012, a judge in Yangon sentenced young engineer Phyo Wai Aung to death for his alleged involvement in a bombing attack in 2010 that killed 10 people and injured scores. His trial began on 30 June 2010, when Myanmar was still under a military junta. Since then, many important social and political changes […]

MYANMAR: Myanmar at risk of land-grabbing epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2012 ALRC-CWS-20-03-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twentieth 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: Myanmar at risk of land-grabbing epidemic In a written statement during its September 2011 session, the Asian Legal Resource Centre alerted the Human Rights Council to the dangers posed to the rights of people in Myanmar by the convergence of military, business and administrative interests in new projects aimed at displacing cultivators and residents from their farms and homes. At that time, the Centre wrote that whereas seizure of land has […]

MYANMAR: Justice trade obstructing human rights in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2012 ALRC-CWS-20-01-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twentieth 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: Justice trade obstructing human rights in Myanmar The Asian Legal Resource Centre has in numerous previous written statements submitted to the Human Rights Council and to its predecessor described how the politicization and decrepitude of Myanmar’s courts, policing and prosecution agencies are major obstacles to the enjoyment of basic human rights in the country. In the last year, as political conditions have begun to change, many organizations and concerned individuals have […]

BURMA: Council warned of new challenges and a lack of progress concerning the protection of human rights

date: March 21, 2012 document id: ALRC-COS-19-12-2012 HRC section: Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Speaker: Mr. Norman Voss An Oral Statement to the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status BURMA: Council warned of new challenges and a lack of progress concerning the protection of human rights Thank you Mr. President, The ALRC would like to warmly welcome the Special Rapporteur’s report and work. While much attention is focussed on political developments in Myanmar, the ALRC is gravely concerned by the lack of […]

BURMA: Bar councils exhorted to support Burmese lawyers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-004-2011 A Press Release by the Asian Legal Resource Centre BURMA: Bar councils exhorted to support Burmese lawyers (Hong Kong, December 23, 2011) The Asian Legal Resource Centre on Friday issued an appeal to bar councils worldwide to support lawyers in Burma who have had their licences revoked for political reasons. In a special appeal to the International Bar Association, International Council of Jurists and bar councils around the world, the director of the Hong Kong-based regional research and advocacy group asked that the professional bodies write to urge the Supreme Court in Burma to review the circumstances under which 32 lawyers lost their licences. […]