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BURMA: CRACKDOWNS ON PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION IN THE CONTEXT OF BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

 
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• Regime authorities selectively use old and new laws to target civic organizations and activists, particularly those demonstrating against harmful development projects.

• The 2008 constitution and subsequent laws have been used to legitimize arbitrary land confiscation, and those fighting the practice face persecution.

• The number of political prisoners behind bars has nearly doubled since the start of 2014. Many cases involve protests against human rights violations in the context of business activities.

• Despite the recent passage of a new Association Law, domestic CSOs remain concerned about their ability to operate freely.

• The regime has cracked down with lethal force on local residents and activists who have organized peaceful protests opposing the expansion of the Letpadaung (Monywa) copper mine in Salingyi Township, Sagaing Division.

• The ongoing crackdowns, persistent impunity, and lack of political will to engage in legislative and institutional reforms continue to leave communities and businesses exposed to the risk of violence. It is essential that the international community, UN Human Rights Council and other intergovernmental mechanisms step up engagement, backed up by pressure, to resolve the situation.