Latest Releases

November 28 2016

NEWS RELEASE | Malaysia: Free Protest Leader Maria Chin Abdullah

Drop terrorism and other charges, protect human rights defenders Read the news release
November 25 2016

NEWS RELEASE | Thailand: Court Acquits Environmental Defenders of Wrongful Charges

Protect environmental activists, uphold rights to peaceful assembly and expression Read the news release Download the news release (Thai)
November 21 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | Malaysia: Drop Charges and Release Bersih Organizers and Supporters

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November 18 2016

NEWS RELEASE | Malaysia: Protect the Right to Peaceful Assembly at Bersih 5 Rally

Investigate threats against Bersih organizers Read the news release
November 17 2016

NEWS RELEASE | Thailand: Court Dismisses Criminal Defamation Case against Thai PBS and Journalists

Decriminalize defamation, protect human rights defenders and press Read the news release Download news release (Thai)
November 15 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | Press freedom advocates call on Thailand to protect Thai PBS and journalists from unwarranted prosecution

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November 14 2016

JOINT LETTER | To Prime Minister Najib Razak

Re: Proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976 Download the joint letter
November 05 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Scrap Plan to Arm Civilians in Rakhine State

Provide unfettered access for humanitarian groups, journalists, rights monitors Read the press release Download press release (Burmese)
October 25 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | Thailand: Proposed amendments to Computer-Related Crime Act fail to address human rights concerns

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October 13 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Protect Right to Peaceful Protest of Environmental Defenders

End judicial harassment of mining-affected communities in Loei Province Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
October 12 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Protect Civilians in Rakhine State, Investigate Fatal Shootings

Extrajudicial Killings and Abuses Undercut Security in Rakhine State Read the press release
October 07 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Release Prisoners Arbitrarily Detained Under Now-Defunct Law

Repeal of Emergency Provisions Act a positive move towards aligning domestic law with human rights law Read the press release
October 03 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Withdraw Criminal Complaint Against Thai PBS

Government should protect press freedoms, decriminalize defamation laws Read the press release Download press release (Thai)
October 03 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | Thailand: Immediately drop sedition case and all proceedings against human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri

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September 15 2016

PRESS RELEASE | U.S.: Lifting Sanctions on Myanmar Puts Human Rights Progress At Risk

U.S. Congress should maintain targeted sanctions on Myanmar Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
September 12 2016

JOINT LETTER | To The Honorable Barack Obama

Oppose Lifting of U.S. Sanctions on Myanmar in Lead Up to Aung San Suu Kyi VisitDownload the joint letter
August 31 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Strike Down Mandatory Houseguest-Registration

More than 50 organizations in Myanmar call for repeal of controversial law Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
August 31 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | Parliamentary Bill Committee Should Remove Mandatory Guest Registration Provisions

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August 24 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Kofi Annan-led Commission on Rakhine State a Welcomed Move

The “Annan Commission” should seek to end and remedy ongoing rights violations Read the press release
August 22 2016

JOINT LETTER | To The Honorable Barack Obama

The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud’s Proposed Seafood Import Monitoring Program Download the joint letter
August 08 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | ASEAN Regional Cooperation Necessary to Address Root Causes and Protect Rohingya

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August 4 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Release Rakhine Rights-Defender Khaing Myo Htun

Investigate allegations of forced labor and torture in Rakhine State Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
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July 05 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings

Hold Perpetrators Accountable, Ensure Protection for Religious Minorities Read the press release
July 05 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | End Impunity: A Call for Accountability for Crimes against Religious Minorities in Myanmar

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July 1 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia: End Human Trafficking, Protect Survivors

U.S. trafficking report gives Myanmar lowest ranking, fails to accurately assess Thailand, Malaysia Read the press release Download the press release (Thai) Download the press release (Burmese)
June 30 2016

OPEN LETTER | To The Honorable John F. Kerry

Thailand’s Designation in the 2016 Global Trafficking in Persons Report Read the letter
June 28 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Protect Ethnic-Rohingya Human Rights Defenders

Uphold Rights to Liberty and Freedom of Expression Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
June 17 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Release Four “Rohingya Calendar” Political Prisoners

Conviction violates freedom of expression Read the press release
June 15 2016

COMMENTARY | Paving the Way for Peace in Burma

By David Baulk in The Wall Street Journal Read the article
June 09 2016

JOINT STATEMENT | Five Years of War: A Call for Peace, Justice, and Accountability in Myanmar

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June 08 2016

REMARKS | One Year After the Andaman Sea Refugee Crisis End Detention and Bring Justice to Survivors of Human Trafficking

Remarks of Ms. Puttanee Kangkun Thailand Human Rights Specialist at Fortify RightsDownload the remarks Download the remarks (Thai)
June 08 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: One Year After Boat Crisis, Protection Still Lacking for Rohingya Refugees and Human Trafficking Survivors

End Arbitrary and Indefinite Detention, Abolish “Push Back” Policy Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
June 05 2016

COMMENTARY | Struggle Against Mining Violations Leaves Activists Exposed

By Sutharee Wannasiri and Kingsley Abbott in The Bangkok Post Read the article Download the article (Thai)
May 31 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Ensure Justice for Human Rights Defenders Attacked in Loei, Hold All Perpetrators Accountable 

Court Convicts Two Men for Attacks on Loei Human Rights Defenders Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
May 30 2016

PRESS RELEASE |Myanmar: Repeal Household Inspection and Guest Registration Provisions in Law

Protect Rights to Privacy and Freedom of Movement, Residency, and Association Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
May 24 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Investigate Fatal Shooting of Rohingya Refugee, End Indefinite Detention

Ensure Protections for Refugees and Human Trafficking Survivors Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
May 19 2016

COMMENTARY | This Is Not the Time to Ease Up on Burma

By Tom Andrews and Matthew Smith in Foreign Policy Read the article
May 9 2016

REPORT | Supporting Human Rights In Myanmar

Why the U.S. Should Maintain Existing Sanctions Authority Download the report
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May 09 2016

PRESS RELEASE | U.S.: Ongoing Atrocity Crimes Against Ethnic Minorities Merit U.S. Sanctions Renewal on Myanmar (Burma)

Rights Groups Call on President Obama to Renew Sanctions before May 20 Deadline, Set Benchmarks Read the press release
May 09 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Stop Judicial Harassment of Human Rights Defenders

Strengthen protection mechanisms and ensure accountability for human rights abuses Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
April 29 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Five years on, international organizations renew their call for the release of Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk

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April 19 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Implement Cabinet Resolution to Protect Survivors of Human Trafficking

Breakthrough resolution passed by Thai authorities Read the press release
April 14 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Investigate Use of Excessive Force Against Letpadan Protesters

Hold perpetrators accountable, amend peaceful assembly law Read the press release
April 7 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Release Human Rights Defenders Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt, and Zaw Win Bo

Protect interfaith activists, repeal Unlawful Associations Act Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
April 5 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Human rights groups condemn NCPO Order 13/2016 and urge for it to be revoked immediately

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March 30 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Drop Defamation Charges Against Human Rights Defenders Opposing Gold Mine

End the use of defamation, judicial harassment to silence critics Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
March 22 2016

PRESS RELEASE | United States: Assign Tier-3 Rankings to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia in Annual Trafficking Report

Objective rankings critical to end abuses, promote progress Read the press release
March 22 2016

TESTIMONY | Get it Right This Time: A Victims-Centered Trafficking in Persons Report

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March 16 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Asylum Seekers and Refugees Lack Protection in Thailand

UN submission calls on Thailand to recognize the rights of refugees Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
March 16 2016

REPORT | Kingdom of Thailand Universal Periodic Review – 2nd Cycle

Submitted 21 September 2015 Download the submission Download the submission (Thai)
March 15 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Investigate Forced Labor of Rakhine Buddhists in Western Myanmar

Government should hold perpetrators of forced labor accountable, compensate survivors Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
March 11 2016

REPORT | Everywhere is Trouble

A Briefing on the Situation of Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia Download the report (10.5MB PDF) Download in Thai
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March 11 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia: End Indefinite Detention of Rohingya Refugees

Governments should provide full protection to Rohingya, respect right to liberty Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
March 7 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Human Rights Defenders Honored, Still Need Protection

Advocate, journalist, human trafficking survivors, and community activists receive prestigious award Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
February 26 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Facilitate Right to Return and Reparations for Displaced Muslim Rohingya

Scrap plan to sell vacated Muslim-owned properties and businesses in Rakhine State Read the press release
February 26 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Fortify Rights to Support Search-and-Rescue Charity MOAS

First-of-its kind effort to save lives at sea in Southeast Asia Read the press release
February 24 2016

PRESS RELEASE | E.U.: Maintain Pressure on Thailand to End Human Trafficking

Abuse against migrants, human trafficking, and impunity continues Read the press release Download the press release (Thai)
February 17 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defenders Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt, and Zaw Win Bo

Ma Ba Tha and authorities target interfaith peace activists Read the press release Download the press release (Burmese)
February 16 2016

JOINT LETTER | To Karmenu Vella

EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime affairs and environment Read the letter Download the letter (Thai)
February 12 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Drop Defamation Cases Against Schoolgirl, Journalists, Villagers

De-criminalize defamation; protect human rights defenders and press Read the press release Download press release (Thai)
January 25 2016

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar Political Prisoners Face Medical Crisis, Denied Health Care

Government should immediately free wrongfully-imprisoned Letpadan protestors Read the press release
December 24 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Threats Continue in Human Trafficking Trial

Only 12 of 500 Witnesses Receiving Protection, Others Detained Read the press release Download press release (Thai)
December 11 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Drop Charges Against “Rohingya Calendar” Defendants

Ensure Freedom of Expression and Protection for Defendants Read the press release
December 9 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Human Trafficking Case Obstructed, Chief Investigator in Hiding

Thailand should reopen inquiry into human trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshis Read the press release Download press release (Thai)
December 6 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Fair Trial Denied in “Muslim Army” Case, Torture Alleged

Authorities must investigate allegations of torture in detention, uphold due process rights Read the press release
November 27 2015

COMMENTARY | Ethnic minorities in Myanmar denied vote as Aung San Suu Kyi claims power

By David Baulk and Matthew Smith in The Guardian Read the article
October 29 2015

PRESS RELEASE | United Nations: Establish Independent Investigation into Genocide in Myanmar

Legal analysis finds strong evidence of genocide against Rohingya Muslims Read the press release
October 29 2015

REPORT | Persecution of the Rohingya Muslims

Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine State? A Legal Analysis Download the report (3.1MB PDF)
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October 14 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Lawyer Khin Khin Kyaw

Free wrongfully imprisoned protesters, hold police and officials accountable for Letpadan crackdown Read the press release
October 10 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Hold police accountable for crackdown at Letpadan, Free wrongfully imprisoned protesters

New report finds police blocked peaceful assembly, used excessive force Read the press release
October 10 2015

REPORT | Crackdown at Letpadan

Excessive Use of Force and Violations of the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Expression in Letpadan, Bago Region, Myanmar Download the report (English) Download the report (Burmese)
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September 29 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: End International Crimes, Hold Perpetrators Accountable

Make clear, genuine commitments on human rights at Universal Periodic Review Read the press release
September 29 2015

REPORT | Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review: Myanmar

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July 28 2015

PRESS RELEASE | U.S.: Don’t Let Trade Trump Human Rights

Annual Human Trafficking Report Lets Malaysia, Myanmar off the Hook Read the press release
July 27 2015

OPEN LETTER | To The Honorable John F. Kerry

Re: Thailand’s designation in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Read the letter
July 20 2015

COMMENTARY | The 'boat people' crisis won't end until Burma stops persecuting the Rohingya

By Matthew Smith in The Guardian Read the article
May 13 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia: Coordinate Sea Rescues, Protect Asylum Seekers and Trafficking Survivors

Closing borders and pushbacks have led to death, abuses Read the press release
May 1 2015

OPEN LETTER | To The Honorable John F. Kerry

Re: Thailand’s designation in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Read the letter
April 22 2015

PRESS RELEASE | United States: Assign Tier-3 Rankings to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh in Annual Trafficking Report

More Pressure Needed on Countries Failing to Eliminate Human Trafficking Read the press release
April 22 2015

TESTIMONY | Accountability and Transformation: Tier Rankings in the Fight against Human Trafficking

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March 19 2015

REPORT | Midnight Intrusions

Ending Guest Registration and Household Inspections in Myanmar Download the report (1.3MB PDF) Download the summary (Burmese)
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March 19 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Abolish Mandatory Guest Registration, End Household Inspections

Government using law to crackdown on protesters, collect personal data nationwide Read the press release
March 14 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Free Prisoners of Conscience in Rakhine State

End Ongoing Persecution of Rohingya Read the press release
March 4 2015

COMMENTARY | How China Fuels Myanmar's Wars

By Matthew Smith in the New York Times Read the article
February 18 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Overturn Wrongful Conviction of Brang Shawng

Kachin man convicted for implicating military in death of his daughter Read the press release
February 3 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Prosecute Perpetrators, Not Human Rights Defenders

Authorities Threaten Media & Critics for Implicating Military in Kachin Killings Read the press release
January 27 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Government Drops Prison-Labor Plan, More Protections Needed

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January 15 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Thailand: Scrap Plan to Send Prison Labor to Fishing Boats

Thai Prison-Labor Scheme Draws International Condemnation Read the press release
January 14 2015

OPEN LETTER | To Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

Re: Recruitment of Prisoners to Work on Thai Fishing Boats Read the letter
December 18 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Drop Charges against Father of Slain School-Girl

Military Charges Man for Complaint to Human Rights Commission Read the press release
December 8 2014

OPEN LETTER | To President Thein Sein

Re: Prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng Read the letter
December 3 2014

COMMENTARY | Burma’s Soldiers Beware

By Matthew Smith on Wall Street Journal Read the article
November 7 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Authorities Complicit in Rohingya Trafficking, Smuggling

End Persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State Read the press release & briefing
November 6 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: End Military Attacks On Kachin And Shan Civilians

War Crimes Continue with Impunity in Northern Myanmar Read the press release & briefing
August 5 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Release Rohingya Political Prisoner Kyaw Hla Aung

End Ongoing Persecution of Rohingya Read the press release
Kyaw Hla Aung
July 3 2014

COMMENTARY | Myanmar’s Tainted Democratic Transition

By Matthew Smith on Al Jazeera America Read the article
June 25 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Fortify Rights Executive Director Wins 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship

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June 9 2014

REPORT | "I Thought They Would Kill Me"

Ending Wartime Torture in Northern Myanmar Download the report (6MB PDF)
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June 9 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: End Wartime Torture in Kachin State and northern Shan State

Ongoing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Unmet Humanitarian Needs Read the press release
March 21 2014

COMMENTARY | Myanmar’s Policies of Persecution

By Taylor Landis in Harvard Law Human Rights Program Read the article
March 13 2014

COMMENTARY | Burma's Ethnic Persecution is State Policy

By Matthew Smith in The Wall Street Journal Read the article
February 25 2014

REPORT | Policies of Persecution

Ending Abusive State Policies Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Download the report (47.5MB PDF)
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February 25 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: Abolish Abusive Restrictions & Practices Against Rohingya Muslims

Leaked Documents Implicate Government Actors in Crimes Against Humanity Read the press release
January 23 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Myanmar: End Mass Arrests of Muslim Men and Boys in Rakhine State, Protect At-Risk Communities

Grant Immediate Humanitarian Access, Ensure Accountability for Violations Read the press release
December 18 2013

COMMENTARY | Women's voices not being heard in peace talks

By Taylor Landis in the Myanmar Times Read the article
November 27 2013

COMMENTARY | Myanmar's Economy Needs Human Rights Reforms

By Matthew Smith in The Huffington Post Read the article
October 9 2013

PRESS RELEASE | UN General Assembly: Establish Clear Benchmarks To Address Continuing Abuses In Myanmar

Wartime Abuses in Kachin State, “Ethnic Cleansing” in Rakhine State, Tens of Thousands Denied Access to Aid Read the press release
July 16 2013

COMMENTARY | Tour of shame for Thein Sein

By Matthew Smith in Asia Times Online Read the article
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