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. […]

MYANMAR: Appeal to review cases of 32 lawyers disbarred for political reasons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-OLT-009-2011 December 22, 2011 An Open Letter to the Chief Justice of Myanmar (Burma) U Tun Tun Oo Chief Justice Office of the Supreme Court Office No. 24 Naypyitaw MYANMAR Tel: + 95 67 404 080/ 071/ 078/ 067 or + 95 1 372 145 Fax: + 95 67 404 059 Dear Chief Justice MYANMAR: Appeal to review cases of 32 lawyers disbarred for political reasons The Asian Legal Resource Centre is writing to you further to a letter submitted to the president dated 4 November 2011 by 16 lawyers who were disbarred because of alleged political crimes or politically related violations of their codes of practice. […]

MYANMAR: From blinkered to enlightened despotism: human rights in Myanmar under new government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2011 ALRC-CWS-18-01-2011 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Eighteenth 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: From blinkered to enlightened despotism: human rights in Myanmar under new government Over a number of years, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has stressed to the Human Rights Council that the grave human rights problems in Myanmar need to be understood as problems arising from a profound disconnect between the member state and the human rights standards of the international community. These problems are not ones that can be addressed […]

MYANMAR: UPR outcome lacking substance and hope for effective implementation

date: June 8, 2011 document id: ALRC-COS-17-08-2011 HRC section: Item 6: Myanmar UPR Speaker: Mr. Michael Anthony An Oral Statement to the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status MYANMAR: UPR outcome lacking substance and hope for effective implementation Thank you, The ALRC is of the opinion that the Council need only look at the recommendations that Myanmar has not accepted to understand the challenges that the UPR faces in attempting to be relevant and effective concerning extreme human rights situations. Myanmar has rejected repeated recommendations to end impunity and to reform its legal system […]