Latest Releases

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
May 19 2016

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

By Matthew Smith and Tom Andrews in Foreign Policy Read the article
May 09 2016

REPORT |SUPPORTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR

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

Download the testimony (0.6MB PDF)
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)
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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

Download the report (3.4MB PDF)
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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

Download the testimony (0.2MB PDF)
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
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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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