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Pedersen, Morten B. Promoting Human Rights in Burma: A Critique of Western Sanctions Policy. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008. [Google Books]
About: "Since 1988, when Burma's military rulers crushed a popular uprising, Western governments have promoted democracy as a panacea for the country's manifold development problems, from ethnic conflict to weak governance, human rights abuses, and deep-rooted, structural poverty. Years of escalating censure and sanctions, however, have left the military firmly entrenched in power, the opposition marginalized, and the general population suffering from deepening poverty." [Amazon]

Research Papers

Karen Human Rights Group. "Safeguarding Human Rights in a Post-Ceasefire Eastern Burma," KHRG Commentary (2012).

Summary: "This paper concludes by presenting recommendations for using the ceasefire negotiations to define monitoring processes that can offer new options for communities already attempting to protect their human rights. Analysis for this commentary was developed in workshops held with staff at KHRG’s administrative office in Thailand and with villagers working with KHRG to document human rights abuses in Mon and Karen states and Bago and Tennaserim divisions." [Author]



Quintana, Tomás O. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. New York: United Nations General Assembly, 2013.

Purpose: To examine the ongoing reforms on the human rights situation.

Content: "This report looks at the impact of ongoing reforms on the human rights situation in Myanmar, assessing positive developments, shortcomings, areas that remain unaddressed and gaps in implementation." [Author]

Alternative Asean Network on Burma. Burma's Facade: An Update on Conflicts, Displacement and Human Rights Violations. Bangkok: ALTSEAN, 2013.

Purpose: To update on conflicts, displacement and human rights violations from October to march 2013.

Content: Regime authorities continue to commit serious human rights violations against Rohingya in Arakan State. The regime dramatically intensifies military offensives against the Kachin Independence Army. Over 115,000 predominately Rohingya Internally Displaced Persons remain displaced in Arakan State. Severe restrictions continue to characterize Burma’s media environment.

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma. Chiang Mai: Network for Human Rights Documentation, 2012.

Purpose: Report on the human rights situation from April to September 2012.

Content: This report emphasizes the rampant land confiscation and forced relocation by the Burmese government. Recent events, including the arrests and beatings of farmers protesting the forced relocation of landowners from 66 villages for the Latpadaung copper mine, underline the on-going human rights violations by the Burmese government.



 Myanmar Special Rapporteur 28th Meeting 22nd Regular Session Human Rights Council. Directed by United Nations WEB TV.

About: The Human Rights Council considers the report of Tomás Ojea Quintana the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar with regard to technical assistance and capacity-building.


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Amnesty International
About: Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.
Human Rights Watch

About: Human Rights Watch (HRW) is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. HRW stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. 

Karen Human Rights Group
About: The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) is a grassroots Karen-led human rights organisation, established in Karen State during 1992 and now operating across rural eastern Burma. 
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
About: Myanmar's government formed the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) on September 5, 2011 to promote and safeguard the country's constitutional rights. Members of the commission include former government officials, diplomats, academics, doctors and lawyers.
Network for Human Rights Documentation - Burma
About: The Network for Human Rights Documentation - Burma (ND-Burma) was formed in 2004 in order to provide a way for Burma human rights organizations to collaborate on the human rights documentation process.


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