Burma

They Kill Children, Massacre Civilians, Use Slave Labour And Human Shields, And Are Trained By Britain

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Mark Farmaner

A shocking new report by Amnesty International into ongoing human rights violations in Kachin State and northern Shan State in Burma has prompted Burm...

From Burma, Indonesia And Malaysia To The Streets Of Britain, We Must Drive Out Religious Hatred For Good

Benedict Rogers | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Throughout the world, writing as a Muslim and a Christian from two different countries and two different political traditions, we cry out for three simple principles: recognition of human dignity for all, defence of freedom of religion or belief for all, and action to promote dialogue and understanding and drive intolerance from our places of worship, our streets, our chatrooms and our legislatures for good.

As A Christian, I Stand In Solidarity With Stephen Fry - Blasphemy Laws Are Wrong, Dangerous And Should Be Repealed

Benedict Rogers | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Precisely because some of my own friends have been killed or jailed under unjust blasphemy laws, I take very seriously Voltaire's principle - I disagree with what he said, but I will defend to the death his right to say it.

It's Time To Talk About Min Aung Hlaing

Mark Farmaner | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military, is the most powerful person in Burma. It is his soldiers and security forces who have be...

Denial, And What It Tells Us About Today's Human Rights Battles

Benedict Rogers | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Denial was an inspiration and a challenge to me on many levels. It is a reminder that when we step up and fight injustice, instead of taking the more comfortable option of 'settling', then as long as we are willing to work hard, conduct painstaking research, develop careful strategy and build a strong team, we can indeed win.

9 Important Stories From 2016 You're Likely To Have Missed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

We might live in an ever-more connected world, but some news still seems to pass us by. And given this year’s wall-to-wall coverage of Brexit and th...

Rohigya - Let There Not Be Another Genocide

Qari Asim | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

The minority of Myanmar, known as the Rohingya, is being violently attacked with impunity and driven from their homes. The mass killings, setting of human beings on fire and raping of women and young children is being carried out against the Rohingya minority in the Rakhine state of Burma, but the dreadful plight of the Rohingya is going unnoticed by world at large.

Politics Needs A Positive Vision To Confront Too Much Negativity

Benedict Rogers | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Daniel Johnson's lecture is well worth reading in its entirety - and that fresh vision of a positive politics is worth searching for. There is light, if we seek it, to contrast the current grim reality of so much of the world's politics. Let's think what we are for, as well as what we are against.

Burma's Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever

Tun Khin | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Tun Khin

Report after report have concluded that multiple violations of international law are being committed against the Rohingya. No government can say they don't know what is going on. It is to their shame that they allowed it to carry on.

I Never Met Jo Cox, But I Wish I Had. May She Rest in Peace, And May We Carry Her Banner of Love

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Jo Cox spent almost all her adult life devoted to the same two causes to which I have devoted mine: humanitarian aid and human rights, and politics. And she was the same age as me. Indeed, we were only eight days apart.

Top Destinations for Young Solos

Cathy Winston | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

Solo travel is definitely not just for 20-somethings - but there's no doubt this is the decade when people often catch the solo travel bug. Whether it's a traditional gap year or simply making the most of having fewer responsibilities, it's a great time to pack up and go.

Burma: The Hope and the Truth

Benedict Rogers | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Last week, Burma's first civilian President in half a century was inaugurated. Htin Kyaw is the first democrat, and perhaps the first good man, to lead Burma's government since General Ne Win ousted prime minister U Nu in a coup in 1962. So last week should have been a time of celebration, marking the achievement of a struggle for democracy that has gone on for decades. Or so many think.

My Admiration for the Most Courageous Woman of Our Time - Aung San Suu Kyi

John Bercow | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
John Bercow

It is not, nor should it be, the responsibility of women alone to fix a world that so often acts to their detriment. But, on International Women's Day, the work of fearless and determined women such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi inspires millions around the world who are striving against oppression and for justice, equality and freedom.

My Social Media Misstep Was Easily Rectified - My Cousin is a Year Into a Jail Sentence Because of His

Chris Blackwood | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Chris Blackwood

Without action, Phil will continue to rot in his cell in one of the world's most infamous jails, while his baby daughter and fiancé go without his support. Without action, his family face another Christmas without him.

The Top Group Trips for Singles in 2016

Cathy Winston | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cathy Winston

This is the time of year that I start craving travel - when it's cold, grey and miserable in the UK, the thought of somewhere exciting to visit in the New Year always gives me a lift. And just at the right time, the travel experts and tour operators all start releasing their latest trips and hottest destinations for 2016. Here are my top five most exciting group trips for singles in 2016.

Huge Expectations as Burma Waits

Meg Munn | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

I arrived in Burma the day the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was officially declared to have won the general election....

Burma: There's More to Democracy Than Elections

Alistair Burnett | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Despite the encouraging noises since Sunday's election, the constitution entrenches military influence in the political system. A quarter of seats in parliament are reserved for officers and the National Defence and Security Council retains the power to remove the government. Then - perhaps surprisingly to many - there is growing doubt about Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

Despite Her 'Haunted Life', Aung San Suu Kyi Has Never Given Up

Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK

Having swept almost every parliamentary seat in the four states in which results have been tallied, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy l...

Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Burma Elections: Transition to Democracy and the Future of the Rohingya

Hugo Swire | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

2015 could be the most important year in Burma's recent history. The November general elections are the litmus test for the reform process which began in 2011. Successful elections would consolidate a remarkable, peaceful transition from dictatorship.

Burmese Days: Tales from Myanmar

Arabella Noortman | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

Myanmar opened up to tourism recently. I felt lucky to have experienced the splendour of the place so freshly unveiled. It was rather like witnessing a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis with tremulous legs, quivering with beauty and fragility, taking its first few steps into the wider world.

The Most Persecuted Minority in the World

Damian Collins | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Our collective response to the plight of the Yazidis was the right one. If we fail to replicate that standard in Rakhine, our moral authority will be further diminished and it will be our enemies that pedal examples of the West's indifferences towards the Islamic world's suffering who alone will be the beneficiaries.

Why Are the United Nations Doing Nothing to Prevent the Genocide of the Rohingya?

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sayed Bukhari

The international community, the UN, and the Muslim nations must act now to prevent a genocide which many observers have described as second only to the Holocaust. The concentration camps are well documented and there are several rumours of mass graves.

'The Future Of Burma Lies In Educating Our Young People', Says Aung San Suu Kyi

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Burma's young people hold the key to the country's success, opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said. The former politi...

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Is a Policy Success for President Thein Sein

Mark Farmaner | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Mark Farmaner

The simple truth is that the government of Burma has a policy of trying to drive the Rohingya out of the country. Boat loads of trafficked Rohingya heading for other countries are exactly what they want to see. For President Thein Sein, this is a policy success.