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Statement on INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS URGE BURMA / MYANMAR GOVT: STOP THE HATE  
BURMA: Investigate murder of lawyer Ko Ni, take measures to protect human rights defenders
January 2017

Paris-Geneva-Bangkok, January 30, 2017 - The Burmese Government must immediately conduct a swift, thorough, and impartial investigation into the murder of Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer and member of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, and bring those responsible for his death to justice, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) and the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma) said today.

On January 29, 2017, Ko Ni, 65, was fatally shot in the head at point-blank range outside Rangoon International Airport. The suspected gunman was later arrested and detained for questioning by police. Ko Ni had just returned from Indonesia, where he had joined a Burmese Government-organized trip to discuss democracy and conflict resolution. The program included a panel discussion about religious violence in Burma’s Rakhine State. read more

BURMA BULLETIN
February 2017

In this issue: International concerns on the Rohingya issue, Burma’s government responds, National commission discredited, Clearance operations in Arakan State; Aid flotilla arrives in Burma and Bangladesh; Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; Police investigates Ko Ni’s assassination, Telecommunications Law: More developments; Traffickers sell Rohingya girls as child brides; Aung San Suu Kyi urges compromise, Militias declare they won’t sign the NCA, Ethnic clashes and tensions; Army wants more money, weapons; ID cards to Rohingya: Protests; Thilawa SEZ and Dawei SEZ updates; World Bank’s hydropower assessment workshops face protests, Letpadaung copper mine receives criticisms; Tatmadaw fires on Bangladeshi fishermen... much more…

BURMA/MYANMAR: SIGNIFICANT REFORMS NEEDED BEFORE HUMAN RIGHTS DUE DILIGENCE POSSIBLE
April 2016

Burma/Myanmar has a legacy of human rights violations linked to foreign investment and land acquisition for business activities, including large-scale development projects. A flawed and outdated legal framework, poor policy coherence, weak governance, rule of law deficiencies, and an exploitative and predatory approach to controlling natural resources have fuelled human rights violations and armed conflict. Despite a new government, ongoing military control and/or influence over key ministries remains a barrier to land reform. The legal framework for land acquisition violates international standards. Institutionalized impunity and discrimination, a lack of transparency, and corrupt and unregulated industries present a significant risk to local residents, as well as local and foreign investors. As foreign direct investment increases in Burma, it is crucial that the new National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government tackles land acquisition as a priority policy issue. The current legal and policy framework must be significantly reformed to ensure transparent investment practices and that human rights are respected by businesses operating in the country. Such measures should be conflict-sensitive, clearly address the impact of past abuses and provide concrete means to protect human rights. This short factsheet summarizes business and human rights concerns in Burma/Myanmar, and highlights the need for reforms before appropriate human rights due diligence can be conducted.

List of political parties
• Overview of People's Assembly, National Assembly and National Parliament
• Related reports on parliamentary affairs
Regime Watch • Profiles of the President and Vice-Presidents
• Profile of the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief
• Information on the Human Rights Commission
• Profiles of some of Burma's political prisoners
 
Press Releases, Open Letters, Statements
08/03/17 BURMA/MYANMAR: FLAWED DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS NECESSITATE UN COMMISSSION OF INQUIRY ON SERIOUS CRIMES  
03/03/17 Burma: UN body urged to establish a Commission of Inquiry into recent atrocities in Rakhine State  
09/02/17 BURMA: Statement on INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS URGE BURMA / MYANMAR GOVT: STOP THE HATE  
02/02/17 Letter to CEOs on President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum  
31/01/17 BURMA: Investigate murder of lawyer Ko Ni, take measures to protect human rights defenders  
05/04/16 ICAR & ALTSEAN-Burma Partner to Support the Development of a National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar
17/03/16 Government’s response to UN review “extremely disappointing”
11/02/16 Call on the Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
29/01/16 Burma: New Parliament must prioritize the repeal or amendment of repressive laws
05/11/15 International Human Rights Organizations Call for Accountability of Lt. Gen. Ko Ko, Myanmar’s Minister of Home Affairs
20/04/15 Burma/Myanmar's Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee needs urgent reform
10/04/15 ASEAN needs to address rising intolerance in Myanmar
 
 
Latest Updates
08/03/17 - February 2017 Burma Bulletin published
 
03/03/17 - BURMA/ MYANMAR: FLAWED DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS NECESSITATE UN COMMISSSION OF INQUIRY ON SERIOUS CRIMES published
 
03/03/17 - Burma: UN body urged to establish a Commission of Inquiry into recent atrocities in Rakhine State published
 
09/02/17 - Statement on INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS URGE BURMA / MYANMAR GOVT: STOP THE HATE published
 
06/02/17 - January 2017 Burma Bulletin published
 
02/02/17 - Letter to CEOs on President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum read more
 

31/01/17 - Burma: Investigate murder of lawyer Ko Ni, take measures to protect human rights defenders read more

 
20/01/17 - December 2016 Burma Bulletin published
 
18/01/17 - November 2016 Burma Bulletin published
 
09/01/17 - October 2016 Burma Bulletin published
 
09/09/16 - September 2016 Burma Bulletin published
 
08/09/16 - August 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
06/08/16 - July 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
06/07/16 - June 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
12/06/16 - May 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
12/05/16 - April 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
19/04/16 - Business and Human Rights Factsheet published.
 
05/04/16 - March 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
05/04/16 - ICAR & ALTSEAN-Burma Partnership press release.
 
17/03/16 - FIDH & ALTSEAN-Burma Press Release on Burma's 2nd UPR published.
 
11/03/16 - January 2016 Burma Bulletin published in Burmese.
 
08/03/16 - February 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
11/02/16 - FIDH open letter with ALTSEAN-Burma and others published.
 
15/02/16 - Post-election human rights developments factsheet published.
 
11/02/16 - December 2015 Burma Bulletin available in Burmese.
 
08/02/16 - January 2016 Burma Bulletin published.
 
29/01/16 - November 2015 Burma Bulletin available in Burmese.
 
29/01/16 - FIDH & ALTSEAN-Burma Press Release published.
 
06/01/16 - December 2015 Burma Bulletin published.
 
20/12/15 - October 2015 Burma Bulletin available in Burmese.
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