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Myanmar (Burma)

December 09, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Free Rohingya Detained for Traveling Without Permission

New footage shows dozens of Rohingya men, women, children behind bars

Myanmar (Burma)

December 07, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Ongoing Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya 

Child-slave labor, severe violations against Rohingya continue

Thailand

December 06, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Prevent Forced Return of Ethnic-Rakhine Family to Myanmar

Thai authorities threaten to return family of Arakan Army commander to Myanmar where they face persecution

Thailand

November 26, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Complaint Against Former Human Rights Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit

Poultry company files new complaint against human rights defender, mediation scheduled for February 12, 2020.

Bangladesh

November 12, 2019

Joint Letter

Re: Plans to Move Rohingya Refugees to Bhasan Char Island

Dear Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed: we, the 39 undersigned organizations, welcome the recent announcement on November 3 by the Bangladesh Minister of Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman to put on hold plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island and that any relocations would be voluntary...

Bangladesh

November 12, 2019

Joint Letter, News Release

Bangladesh: Protect Rohingya Refugees, Make U.N. Assessment Available

U.N. assessment of Bhasan Char island scheduled to begin on November 17

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

November 11, 2019

News Release

U.N. Member States: Support Case on Myanmar Genocide at International Court of Justice

The Gambia files case against Myanmar for Rohingya genocide

Thailand

November 11, 2019

Joint Statement

Thailand: Ensure New Refugee Regulation Meets International Standards

Cabinet expected to consider draft regulation to screen refugees before the end of this year

Thailand

November 11, 2019

Joint Statement, News Release

Thailand: Ensure New Policies Protect Refugees

Government commits to creating refugee-screening mechanism

Thailand

October 30, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Ensure Accountability for Mass Trafficking of Rohingya, Provide Compensation for Survivors

Court to deliver verdict on appeals of Thailand's largest-ever human trafficking trial

Myanmar (Burma)

October 27, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Release Arbitrarily Detained Karenni Human Rights Defenders

Trial of activists set to continue tomorrow

Bangladesh

October 24, 2019

News Release

Bangladesh: Halt Plans to Relocate Rohingya Refugees to Isolated Island

Testimonies indicate relocations slated for next month would be involuntary

Myanmar (Burma)

October 22, 2019

Commentary

The roots of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

By John Quinley III in The Daily Star

Myanmar (Burma)

October 10, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Complaint Against Six Rakhine Protesters

Five protesters in hiding, trial set to continue October 24

Thailand

September 29, 2019

A Leading Light: Angkhana Neelapaijit

Fortify Rights hosted a reception celebrating Angkhana Neelapaijit on receiving the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019.

Myanmar (Burma)

September 18, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Release Detained Kachin Human Rights Defender, Protect Speech and Assembly Rights

Anti-war protesters face arbitrary arrest and detention

Thailand

September 17, 2019

Profile

Thailand Human Rights Defender: Ngamsuk Ruttanasatain

Meet Ngamsuk Ruttanasatain (Lek), a 51-year-old Thai human rights defender who is currently a lecturer at Mahidol University’s Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

September 13, 2019

News Release

Myanmar/Bangladesh: End Internet Blackouts in Rakhine State, Rohingya Refugee Camps

Bangladesh suspends internet access for refugees, internet restrictions continue in parts of Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

September 03, 2019

Report

“Tools of Genocide”

National Verification Cards and the Denial of Citizenship of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

September 03, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: End Campaign to Deny Rohingya Citizenship and Erase Identity

Fortify Rights’ latest 102-page report exposes new details on root of Rohingya crisis

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

September 02, 2019

Joint Letter

To Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Rosenthal Report

Re: Rosenthal Report

United Nations

August 30, 2019

Joint Letter

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session

United States

August 28, 2019

News Release

Fortify Rights CEO Receives Fellowship at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

The Carr Center combines theory, policy, and practice to address the most entrenched and complex problems facing societies around the world.

Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

August 21, 2019

News Release

Myanmar/Bangladesh: Prevent Forced Returns, Protect Rohingya Refugees

“Repatriation” scheduled to begin August 22

Thailand

August 05, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Complaint Against Mahidol University Lecturer Ngamsuk Ruttanasatian

Poultry company continues assault on free expression in Thailand

Myanmar (Burma)

July 22, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Lift Internet-Blackout in Rakhine and Chin States

Ensure access for aid groups and monitors

India

July 05, 2019

News Release

India: Protect Refugees, Prevent Forced Returns

Video footage shows Indian security forces dragging Rakhine refugee

Thailand

June 28, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Complaint Against Human Rights Defender and Lecturer Ngamsuk Ruttanasatain

Court to consider complaint by Thammakaset Company Limited on July 1, 2019

Myanmar (Burma)

June 28, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Release 15 Arbitrarily Detained Muslim-Wedding Guests

Government released four members of a Muslim-wedding party imprisoned since 2014

Thailand

June 12, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Prevent the Detention of Rohingya Refugees and Survivors of Human Trafficking

Boat of 65 Rohingya refugees landed in Thailand yesterday

Malaysia

June 09, 2019

Commentary

Will Malaysia finally address the human trafficking of Rohingya?

By Puttanee Kangkun in The Star

Myanmar (Burma)

June 04, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Protect Civilians Trapped in Armed Conflict in Rakhine State, Ensure Humanitarian Access

Civilians, including children, killed and injured in armed conflict

May 27, 2019

News Release

Fortify Rights Names Three New Board Members

Saman Zia-Zarifi, Sanjula Weerasinghe, and an ethnic leader from Myanmar join the organization

Thailand

May 23, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Drop Charges Brought by Thammakaset Company Against Human Rights Defenders

Bangkok Criminal Court to begin trial tomorrow

Myanmar (Burma)

May 21, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Case Against Rakhine Journalist Aung Marm Oo

Repeal Unlawful Associations Act, protect freedom of expression and association

Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma)

April 10, 2019

Statement

“We are Real, We Exist, and Our Voices Should be heard.”

Rohingya women organize for change

Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand

March 27, 2019

Report

“Sold Like Fish”

Crimes Against Humanity, Mass Graves, and Human Trafficking from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia from 2012 to 2015

Malaysia

March 27, 2019

News Release

Malaysia: Ensure Accountability for Mass Graves, Human Trafficking Atrocities Against Rohingya

Report finds trafficking syndicate committed crimes against humanity

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

March 25, 2019

Joint Letter

Letter to the UN Secretary General calling for an open and transparent review of UN operations in Myanmar

"We write to welcome your initiative to review United Nations operations in Myanmar, and to strongly urge you ensure that the review is open, transparent and that its findings and recommendations are made public."

Myanmar (Burma)

March 18, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Cooperate with ICC and Independent Mechanism on Accountability for Atrocities

Myanmar military announces “investigative court” to “scrutinize” allegations of human rights violations in Rakhine State

Bangladesh

March 14, 2019

News Release

ARSA: End Abductions, Torture, Threats Against Rohingya Refugees and Women Aid Workers

Militants should protect the right to freedom of expression

Thailand

March 12, 2019

News Release

Thailand: End Judicial Harassment of Human Rights Defenders Nan Win and Sutharee Wannasiri

Thai court confirms criminal defamation charges against Nan Win

Myanmar (Burma)

March 07, 2019

Joint Statement

Myanmar Authorities Must drop the Case Against Ko Swe Win and Decriminalise Defamation

On the second anniversary of the defamation charges brought upon Ko Swe Win, editor at online newspaper Myanmar Now, we, the undersigned 77 civil society organisations, call on the relevant authorities to drop the case against him...

Malaysia

February 21, 2019

Joint News Release

Malaysia: End Child Marriage, Protect Rohingya Refugee Girls

Rohingya refugee girls describe forced marriage and slave-like conditions

Myanmar (Burma)

February 15, 2019

Joint News Release

Myanmar: Free Seven University Students in Mandalay

University students sentenced to hard labor for peaceful protest

Thailand

February 14, 2019

Open Letter

Re: New Lawsuits Brought by Thammakaset Company Limited Against Human Rights Defenders

"We respectfully urge the Thai government to take immediate action to oppose and seek the dismissal of cases filed by Thammakaset that run counter to your government’s proclaimed policy to support business and human rights as well as Thailand’s interests, legal obligations, and international human rights law commitments."

February 14, 2019

Commentary

The Rohingya Diaspora Is Crucial to Achieving Justice in Myanmar

By John Quinley III in TIME

Thailand

February 14, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Protect Human Rights Defenders From Spurious Legal Action

89 organizations worldwide ask Thai Prime Minister to address judicial harassment

Myanmar (Burma)

February 13, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: Protect Peaceful Protesters in Karenni State

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas at protesters

Myanmar (Burma)

February 08, 2019

News Release

Myanmar: End Crackdown, Drop Charges Against 82 Activists in Karenni State

Ensure rights to freedom of assembly and expression

Thailand

February 04, 2019

Commentary

A first step to protect children on the move in Thailand

By Puttanee Kangkun in The Nation

Thailand

February 04, 2019

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Complaints Against Human Rights Defender Nan Win

Worker who exposed abuses to appear in court today

India, Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

January 24, 2019

News Release

India: Protect Rohingya Refugees, Prevent Forced Returns

Authorities threaten refugees with forced return to Myanmar

Thailand

January 23, 2019

Joint Letter

Civil Society Amplifies Need for Immediate Release of Recognised Refugee Hakeem al-Araibi

To Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha: Your Excellency, We the undersigned organisations write to you to express our deepest concerns regarding the continued detention of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi. This letter builds upon previous correspondence from numerous organisations, human rights institutions, personalities and concerned citizens from around the world.

Thailand

January 21, 2019

Joint Statement, News Release

Thailand: End Detention of Refugees and Reunite Families

Deputy Prime Minister Signs Agreement to Prevent Detention of Children

Thailand

January 21, 2019

Joint Statement

On the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Determination of Measures and Approaches Alternative to Detention of Children in Immigration Detention Centers

Thailand edges closer to respecting refugee and migrant rights with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ending the detention of refugee and migrant children

Malaysia

January 14, 2019

News Release

Malaysian Government Appoints Eric Paulsen to Senior Human Rights Post

Fortify Rights Legal Director named Malaysia’s Representative to ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

Malaysia

January 06, 2019

Commentary

Take freedom of speech seriously

By Eric Paulsen in The Star

Malaysia

December 23, 2018

Commentary

‘Fake news’ cannot be resolved with a legislative sledgehammer

By Eric Paulsen in The Star

Malaysia

December 17, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: End hate crimes against LGBTI persons, hold perpetrators accountable

Hate-crime legislation would protect LGBTI persons and aid accountability

United States, Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

December 17, 2018

News Release

United States: Ensure U.N. Security Council Refers Myanmar to the ICC

23 Rohingya groups worldwide call on the U.S. government to push for international accountability for genocide

United States, Myanmar (Burma)

December 14, 2018

Commentary

The United States has a chance to help the victims of genocide in Myanmar

By Matthew Smith in The Washington Post

Myanmar (Burma)

December 11, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Free Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Protect Media Freedom

One-year anniversary of the arbitrary detention of Reuters journalists

Malaysia

December 06, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: Ensure Law Amendments Fully Protect University Students’ Fundamental Rights

Education Minister proposes more political freedoms on campuses

Thailand

December 03, 2018

Joint Statement

Thailand: Drop Defamation Complaints Against Rights Defenders

Court scheduled to consider new complaints on December 3

Thailand

December 02, 2018

Joint Statement, News Release

Thailand: 16 Groups Call for End to Reprisals Against Rights Defenders

Bangkok court to consider new criminal defamation complaints today

Malaysia

November 29, 2018

Commentary

On Icerd, Article 153 and resetting race relations and discrimination

By Eric Paulsen in Malaysiakini

Thailand

November 28, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Complaints Against Human Rights Defenders Sutharee Wannasiri and Nan Win

Protect human rights defenders from judicial harassment

Malaysia

November 14, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: Abolish Capital Punishment, Deterrence Argument Unfounded

Prime Minister’s Department Minister for Law pledges to abolish death penalty

Bangladesh

November 12, 2018

News Release

Bangladesh: Protect Rohingya Refugees, End Threats and Intimidation

Refugees fear forced returns to Myanmar amidst threats, physical assault

Thailand

November 05, 2018

News Release

Thailand: End Child Detention, Protect All Children

National Human Rights Commission of Thailand releases findings on death of Rohingya refugee girl in detention

Thailand, Malaysia

October 24, 2018

News Release

Governments: Ensure Protection for Rohingya Refugees and Human-Trafficking Survivors

New research documents Rohingya on-the-move and exploitation

Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

October 24, 2018

Commentary

Mass atrocities and human trafficking: Rohingya Muslims on the move

By Puttanee Kangkun and John Quinley III in Humanitarian Exchange Magazine

Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma)

October 16, 2018

Commentary

“We won’t go”: The Rohingya are not willing to move to an isolated island

By John Quinley III in The Dhaka Tribune

Myanmar (Burma)

October 12, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Eleven Media Journalists

Uphold freedom of expression, decriminalize defamation

Thailand

October 12, 2018

News Release

Thailand: End Raids and Arbitrary Detention of Refugees

More than 200 refugees arrested in two months, Deputy Prime Minister orders deportation of migrants

October 05, 2018

Commentary

When will our varsities be free of AUKU?

By Henry Koh in Malaysiakini

Malaysia

October 04, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: Amend Law to Protect University Students’ Rights

Education Minister vows to abolish controversial restrictions

Thailand

October 02, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Protect Environmental Defenders, Ensure Remedies

New report reveals decade of violations against environmental defenders in Loei Province

Thailand

October 02, 2018

Report

“We Fight To Protect Our Home”

Reprisals Against Environmental Defenders in Loei Province, Thailand

Thailand

September 28, 2018

Joint Statement

Joint Civil Society Statement concerning Implementation of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930

Almost 40 years ago, Thailand ratified the Forced Labour Convention, designed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to eradicate all forms of slavery and forced labour. And less than four months ago, it ratified its recent update – the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention (P29) – which requires ratifying states must provide protection and compensation to victims of forced labour, and suitably sanction its perpetrators.

Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

September 27, 2018

News Release

Myanmar/Bangladesh: Video Provides Evidence of Crimes Against Rohingya in Myanmar

U.N. Security Council should urgently refer Myanmar to International Criminal Court

Bangladesh

September 26, 2018

News Release

Bangladesh: Scrap Plan to Relocate Rohingya Refugees to Isolated Island

Prime Minister to address U.N. General Assembly today

Thailand

September 23, 2018

Commentary

Life in limbo for Thailand’s urban refugees

By Puttanee Kangkun in The Nation

Myanmar (Burma)

September 21, 2018

Commentary

Facebook Waking Up to Genocide in Myanmar

By Eric Paulse in The Diplomat

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

September 07, 2018

News Release

U.N. Security Council: Refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court

Historic decision grants court jurisdiction over forced deportation

Myanmar (Burma)

September 04, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Immediately and Unconditionally Release Reuters Journalists

83 civil society organizations in Myanmar call for release of journalists and accountability

Myanmar (Burma)

September 03, 2018

Joint Statement

Release Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Protect Media Freedom, Promote Accountability

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in prison by Yangon Region Northern District Court today. We strongly condemn the punishment of these two individuals for simply doing their jobs as journalists.

Myanmar (Burma), China

August 31, 2018

Commentary

How China Supports the Slow Strangulation of Myanmar’s Kachin Minority

By David Baulk in TIME

Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma)

August 30, 2018

Commentary

Broken cell phones could be the key to justice for the Rohingya

By Taimoor Sobhan in CNN

Myanmar (Burma)

August 30, 2018

Report

“They Block Everything”

Avoidable Deprivations in Humanitarian Aid to Ethnic Civilians Displaced by War in Kachin State, Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

August 30, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: End Restrictions on Humanitarian Aid in War-torn Kachin State

New report reveals how government obstructed aid to displaced Kachin since 2011

Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

August 27, 2018

Commentary

The Rohingya are More Than Victims

By John Quinley III in Asia Times

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

August 27, 2018

News Release

U.N. Security Council: Refer Myanmar to International Criminal Court

Independent U.N. Mission finds Myanmar committed atrocities against Kachin, Rohingya, Shan

Malaysia

August 25, 2018

Commentary

One Year On, Malaysia Must Break Global Gridlock in Rohingya Crisis

By Eric Paulsen in Malaysiakini

Thailand

August 18, 2018

Joint Statement

Civil Society Statement Concerning Ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention

Fishing workers, through the very nature of their work, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking as well as forced, bonded and slave labour, operating as they do in isolated and hazardous conditions. To protect this vulnerable group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has established basic standards of decent work in the fishing industry.

Malaysia

August 02, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: Drop Sedition Charges and Dismiss Investigations Against Activists

Repeal the Sedition Act, protect the freedom of expression

Thailand

July 31, 2018

Report

Thailand: Follow-up Submission to the U.N.Human Rights Committee on Thailand’s Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Fortify Rights welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the United Nations Human Rights Committee with regard to the Government of Thailand’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Thailand

July 31, 2018

News Release, Submission

Thailand: Fulfill Human Rights Obligations Under Treaty Law

Thailand submits progress report to U.N. on compliance with civil and political rights

Malaysia

July 23, 2018

Commentary

The Sun Has Set on Victorian-era Laws

By Eric Paulsen in The Sun Daily

Myanmar (Burma)

July 19, 2018

Report

“They Gave Them Long Swords”

Preparations for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

July 19, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: International Accountability Needed for Military-Planned Genocide Against Rohingya

Report finds “reasonable grounds” for ICC arrest warrants, identifies 22 military and police officials

Thailand

July 10, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Protect Rights of 14 Myanmar Workers, Dismiss Criminal Defamation Charges

Court verdict expected tomorrow on freedom of expression case

United States

July 09, 2018

Joint Letter

To the Senate and House Armed Services Committees

US Congress should adopt legislation to enhance targeted sanctions against Myanmar military commanders

Malaysia

June 28, 2018

Report

“No Politics on Campus”

Violations of the Rights to Freedom of Expression, Peaceful Assembly, and Association Against University Students in Malaysia

Malaysia

June 28, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: Amend Law to Protect University Students’ Rights to Expression, Peaceful Assembly, and Association

New report reveals decades-long state restrictions on speech, expression, assembly

June 25, 2018

News Release

Fortify Rights Names New Legal Director

Fortify Rights today named prominent Malaysian human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen as the organization’s Legal Director. Mr. Paulsen will focus on various aspects of the organization’s human rights work in South and Southeast Asia.

Thailand

June 18, 2018

Joint Statement

Thailand: Ensure Refugee Rights and Protections Through Refugee Regulation

End detention, forcible returns, and establish durable solutions

Thailand

June 07, 2018

Commentary

The resilience of Thai women land and environment defenders

By Sutharee Wannasiri in Asia Times

Thailand

June 04, 2018

Joint News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Charges against “People Go Network” Peaceful Protesters

Prosecutor expected to consider charges against protesters on Tuesday

Thailand

May 24, 2018

Commentary

Four years on, press freedom in Thailand a casualty of military coup

By Sutharee Wannasiri in Asia Times

Myanmar (Burma)

May 24, 2018

Joint Submission

Submission to CEDAW regarding Myanmar’s Exceptional Report on the Situation of Women and Girls from Northern Rakhine State

Human Rights Watch and Fortify Rights welcome the opportunity to provide joint input into the November 2017 request by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for an exceptional report from the Myanmar government on the situation of women and girls from northern Rakhine State.

Myanmar (Burma)

May 24, 2018

Joint News Release, Joint Submission

Myanmar: Deadline to Report on Rape of Rohingya to UN

Committee Seeks Information on Rakhine State Atrocities Against Women, Girls

Malaysia

May 24, 2018

News Release

Malaysia: Repeal Sodomy Law that Led to Anwar Ibrahim’s Imprisonment

Momentous new government commits to repeal repressive laws

Malaysia

May 23, 2018

Open Letter

Open Letter to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

Re: Human rights reforms under the new government

Malaysia

May 23, 2018

News Release, Open Letter

Malaysia: Fulfill Manifesto Promises on Human Rights Reforms

Re: Human rights reforms under the new government

Thailand

May 21, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Dismiss Criminal-Defamation Charges Against Thai PBS and Journalists

Criminal defamation trial against journalists resumes today

Myanmar (Burma)

May 21, 2018

Joint News Release

Myanmar: Drop Defamation Cases Against Kachin Anti-War Protest Organizers

Trial against three protesters continues today

Myanmar (Burma)

May 12, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Criminal Charges Against Peaceful Anti-War Protesters

Multi-city protests call for civilian protection and end to conflict in Kachin State

Bangladesh

May 09, 2018

News Release

Bangladesh: Encourage ICC Investigation and Prosecution of Crimes Against Rohingya

ICC Pre-Trial Chamber invites feedback from Bangladesh on possible prosecution

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

May 08, 2018

News Release

U.N. Security Council: Refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court

Security Council concluded visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh on May 1

United States

May 06, 2018

News Release

Fortify Rights Receives 2018 Roger E. Joseph Prize

Organization honored today for its human rights work in Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

April 19, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Account for Murder of Two Kachin Civilians

Surviving family member in hiding, facing prison after calling for investigation

Thailand

April 18, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Dismiss Charges Against Seven Women Environmental Defenders

Verdict expected tomorrow in peaceful assembly case

Malaysia

April 17, 2018

Commentary

The real news on Malaysia’s “fake news” law

By Henry Koh in Asia Times

Myanmar (Burma)

April 17, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Two Kachin Religious Leaders Freed in Amnesty

Presidential amnesty frees 8,490 prisoners, political prisoners remain behind bars

Thailand

April 04, 2018

Report

Thailand: Submission to the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises

Read the Report (English and Thai)

Thailand

April 04, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Protect Human Rights Defenders Working on Business and Human Rights

U.N. Working Group on business and human rights concludes first official visit

Thailand, Malaysia

April 02, 2018

News Release

Thailand/Malaysia: Protect Rohingya Refugees, Urge ASEAN to Take Action

Thai authorities push Rohingya refugees back out to sea, putting lives at risk

Thailand

March 19, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Uphold Decision to Dismiss Criminal-Defamation Complaint against Thai PBS and Journalists

Appeal Court to issue ruling on rights-violating case against journalists tomorrow

Myanmar (Burma)

February 22, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Rakhine Human Rights Defender Freed Today

Protect right to freedom of expression, free remaining political prisoners

Myanmar (Burma)

February 20, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Investigate Whereabouts of Two Kachin Civilians Detained by Military

Civilians feared disappeared after being detained by military on January 31

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

February 13, 2018

News Release

U.N. Security Council: Refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court

Pressure mounts as Security Council meets today to discuss Rohingya

Myanmar (Burma)

February 12, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Ensure Justice for Assassination of U Ko Ni and Killing of U Nay Win

Court confirms murder charges against four defendants

Thailand

February 06, 2018

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Defamation Lawsuits against 14 Myanmar Workers

Trial set to begin tomorrow in Bangkok

Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma)

January 29, 2018

Commentary

Rohingya repatriation is premature and dangerous

By Matthew Smith in CNN

Myanmar (Burma)

January 22, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Investigate Deadly Crackdown Against Rakhine Protesters in Mrauk-U

Survivors and eyewitnesses describe unlawful use of lethal force by police

Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

January 22, 2018

News Release

Myanmar/Bangladesh: Prevent Premature Repatriation, Ensure Rights for Rohingya

Repatriation set to begin January 23, new film highlights Rohingya voices

Myanmar (Burma)

January 11, 2018

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Charges, Release Arbitrarily Detained Journalists

Two journalists face 14-year prison sentence, trial begins January 23

Thailand

January 05, 2018

Joint News Release

Thailand: Drop Complaint against Journalist Jamon Sonpednarin

Thai journalist faces up to five years in prison

Myanmar (Burma)

December 13, 2017

Myanmar: Release Wrongfully Arrested Journalists, Protect Press Freedoms

Two Reuters journalists arrested in mounting crackdown on media

Malaysia

December 12, 2017

Commentary

Hate crimes against trans people in Malaysia: A silent radicalisation?

Author: Henry Koh Published by: The Malay Mail

Myanmar (Burma), United Nations

December 11, 2017

Joint Statement

Appeal to the UN Security Council to Act on Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

...We, a global coalition of 81 human rights, faith-based and humanitarian organizations, urgently call on the Council to take immediate action to address the campaign of ethnic cleansing and mass atrocity crimes, including crimes against humanity, committed against the ethnic Rohingya population by Myanmar’s security forces in northern Rakhine State...

Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia

November 18, 2017

Commentary

Critical voices silenced across Southeast Asia

Myanmar (Burma)

November 14, 2017

News Release

New Report: Mounting Evidence of Genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

International cooperation needed to halt killing and seek justice

Myanmar (Burma)

November 14, 2017

Report

“They Tried to Kill Us All”: Atrocity Crimes against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Myanmar

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Fortify Rights

Myanmar (Burma)

November 13, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Criminal Defamation Charges Against Kachin Activist

Decriminalize defamation laws, uphold right to freedom of expression

Thailand

November 09, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Investigate Death of Rohingya Girl in Immigration Detention Center

16-Year-old Rohingya Girl Dies After Three Years in Thai Detention

Myanmar (Burma)

November 06, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Release 14-Year-Old Ethnic Ta’ang Boy Wrongfully Convicted, Allegedly Tortured

Investigate alleged torture, repeal Unlawful Associations Act

Myanmar (Burma)

November 06, 2017

Remarks

Violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Submission to the U.K. Parliament International Development Committee Inquiry

Thailand

November 05, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Release Asylum Seekers Detained in Raids Last Week

“Black Halloween” crackdown and other raids result in arrest of 19 children

United States, Myanmar (Burma)

November 02, 2017

Joint Letter

To U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Regarding Burma and Targeted Sanctions

Re: Burma and Targeted Sanctions Dear Secretaries Tillerson and Mnuchin, The US government urgently needs to act to help address the grave human rights and humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the Burmese military’s brutal response to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)’s August 25 attack on government posts in Burma’s Rakhine State.

Myanmar (Burma)

October 31, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Stop Using Landmines, Ratify 1997 Mine Ban Treaty

Landmine casualties mount, two recent deaths in Shan State

Myanmar (Burma)

October 27, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: End Judicial Harassment of Swe Win, Drop Charges

Decision today extended pre-trial bail of journalist Swe Win, next hearing Monday

Myanmar (Burma)

October 26, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Case Against Kachin Religious Leaders

Verdict Expected on Dubious Unlawful Association, Defamation Charges

Myanmar (Burma)

October 24, 2017

Commentary

Myanmar’s Attempt to Destroy Rohingya Muslims

Authors: Matthew Smith Published by: TIME

Thailand

October 20, 2017

Commentary

Regardless what we call attacks on Rohingya, protection must be prioritised

Author: Puttanee Kangkun Published by: The Nation

Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh

October 17, 2017

Commentary

The Refugee Crisis Ravaging Southeast Asia: On The Ground With The Rohingya

Authors: Amy Smith and Matthew Smith Published by: Forbes

Myanmar (Burma)

October 11, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Free Khaing Myo Htun, Uphold Right to Freedom of Expression

Verdict expected tomorrow in human rights defender case

Thailand, United States

October 02, 2017

News Release

United States: Prioritize Human Rights in Thailand

U.S. President Donald Trump should urge Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to meet human rights obligations

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

September 28, 2017

News Release

United Nations: Act Now to End and Remedy Crimes Against Humanity in Myanmar

U.N. Secretary General to brief Security Council today, 88 organizations call for arms embargo, sanctions on Myanmar

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

September 27, 2017

Joint Statement

UN member states should act to pressure Myanmar to end crimes against humanity

We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population.

Thailand

September 26, 2017

Open Letter

To Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

Re: protecting new rohingya refugee arrivals and engaging with the Myanmar military on ending attacks in Rakhine

Thailand

September 26, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Urge Myanmar to End Attacks on Rohingya Civilians

Letter to Prime Minister Prayut recommends Thailand protect potential new refugee arrivals

Thailand

September 19, 2017

Joint Letter

To Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

Re: Criminal Defamation Complaints Brought against Myanmar Migrant Workers and Labor Rights Advocate.

Thailand

September 19, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Protect Migrant Workers and Labor Right Activist

87 civil society groups, businesses, parliamentarians urge Thai Prime Minister to protect freedom of expression and labor rights

Myanmar (Burma)

September 01, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: End Attacks in Rakhine State, Protect Civilians

Massive refugee-influx expected in Bangladesh as Muslim villages burn

Myanmar (Burma)

August 24, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Implement Recommendations of Kofi Annan-led Commission

Abolish restrictions and ensure accountability, cooperate with U.N. Fact Finders

Malaysia

August 16, 2017

News Release

Malaysia: Drop Censorship of Documentary Films on Human Trafficking and Refugees

Immediately repeal Film Censorship Act

Myanmar (Burma)

August 07, 2017

Commentary

Getting it Right: A response to “Death, Lies and Videotape”

Author: Matthew Smith and Amy Smith Published by: Tea Circle

Myanmar (Burma)

July 30, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Immediately Drop Charges Against Journalist Swe Win

Fifth journalist detained in the country in two months

Myanmar (Burma)

July 30, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Investigate Torture, Death of Ethnic Ta’ang Civilians in Shan State

Free Detained Journalists, Ensure Accountability

Myanmar (Burma)

July 25, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Free Wrongfully Detained Kachin Christian Leaders

Trial Slated for July 26

Thailand

July 24, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Drop Charges, Protect Environmental Defenders

Local residents face five to ten years in prison for peaceful assemblies

Myanmar (Burma)

July 24, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Free Khaing Myo Htun, Protect Free Speech

One-year anniversary of arbitrary detention of rights-defender

Thailand

July 20, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Government Officials Convicted of Human Trafficking, Organized Crime

Verdicts delivered in Thailand’s largest human trafficking trial

Thailand

July 18, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Ensure Human Traffickers are Held Accountable

Verdict expected tomorrow in Thailand’s largest-ever human trafficking trial

Myanmar (Burma)

July 17, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Trumped-Up Charges Against Human Rights Defender Khaing Myo Htun

Trial of ethnic-Rakhine activist resumes today

Myanmar (Burma)

July 14, 2017

Joint Statement

Myanmar Authorities Must Immediately Release and Drop Charges Against three Detained Journalists

Thailand

July 06, 2017

Joint Statement

Thailand: Implement Commitments to Protect Refugee Rights

End detention, forcible returns of refugees

Thailand

July 06, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Provide Legal Status, Protections for Refugees

U.N. Refugee High Commissioner to meet Thai Prime Minister

Myanmar (Burma)

June 30, 2017

Commentary

Myanmar needs to get serious about peace

Author: David Baulk Published by: Al Jazeera

Myanmar (Burma)

June 29, 2017

Joint Statement

Myanmar: Repeal Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law

Joint statement by 61 Myanmar and international human rights organizations

Thailand

June 12, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Drop Criminal Defamation Complaints against Myanmar Workers

Fourteen migrant workers face prison for speaking out

Myanmar (Burma)

June 01, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Government to Investigate Torture Video

Ensure impartial investigation, account for well-being of victims

Thailand

May 31, 2017

Joint Letter

Government of Thailand and Businesses Should Ensure Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are Practiced

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, urge Thai authorities and business enterprises in the country to uphold the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Myanmar (Burma)

May 28, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Ensure Safety of Men Tortured by Myanmar Army in Video

Urgently investigate, hold perpetrators accountable

Myanmar (Burma)

May 25, 2017

Joint Statement

Myanmar Civil Society Calls for NLD Government to Fully Cooperate with U.N.-Mandated Fact Finding Mission to Myanmar

We, the undersigned Civil Society organizations, call on the National League for Democracy (NLD) Government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming International Fact Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State and other ethnic states, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Myanmar (Burma)

May 25, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Cooperate with U.N. Fact-Finding Mission, Says Civil Society

More than 50 domestic organizations call on government to support human rights mission

Myanmar (Burma)

May 24, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Interfaith Activists Freed in Amnesty

Immediately release remaining political prisoners, repeal unjust laws

Thailand

May 15, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Hold Perpetrators Accountable for 2014 Attack on Loei Residents

Organizations call on authorities to reopen investigation, ensure effective remedies

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

April 27, 2017

Open Letter

Open Letter to Various Governments Regarding the UN-Mandated Fact-Finding Mission to Myanmar

Read the Open Letter

Myanmar (Burma)

April 27, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Cooperate with U.N. Fact-Finding Mission

23 International Groups Call on Governments to Engage Myanmar to Support U.N. Mission

Myanmar (Burma)

April 20, 2017

Joint Statement

Myanmar: Establish an Independent Prisoner Review Mechanism to End Politically Motivated Imprisonment

Third Anniversary of the Death of U Win Tin Groups Call for the Immediate Release of All Individuals Imprisoned Under Politically Motivated Charges

Malaysia

April 04, 2017

News Release

Malaysia: Investigate Human Trafficking and Deaths in Immigration Detention Centers

Prosecute Human Traffickers; End Protracted Detention of Refugee, Migrants

Myanmar (Burma)

March 24, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: U.N. Orders Vital Inquiry into Severe Rights Violations

Accountability Needed for Gross Violations in Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan States

Myanmar (Burma), United States

March 17, 2017

Testimony

The Human Rights of the Rohingya People

Testimony Before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

United States, Myanmar (Burma)

March 17, 2017

News Release

U.S.: Support International Inquiry Into Violations in Myanmar

U.N. Human Rights Council Should Mandate Robust Inquiry in Myanmar

Thailand

March 08, 2017

Report

A Work in Progress

Thailand’s Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Thailand

March 08, 2017

News Release

Thailand: Protect Basic Freedoms, Promote Civil and Political Rights

Commit to Full Compliance with Rights Treaty During U.N. Review

United Nations

March 03, 2017

Joint Letter

To the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Myanmar (Burma)

February 28, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: End Arbitrary Detention of Human Rights Defender Khaing Myo Htun

Investigate Alleged Human Rights Violations in Rakhine State, Hold Perpetrators Accountable

Malaysia

February 23, 2017

News Release

Malaysia: Reverse Conviction of Rights Activist Lena Hendry

Amend Film Censorship Act To Protect Freedom of Expression

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

February 16, 2017

Joint Letter

NGO Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres About the Situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Read the Joint Letter

Myanmar (Burma)

February 15, 2017

Commentary

Bringing Burma Back From the Brink

The U.N. could help investigate the country’s recent atrocities and save a generation of Rohingya from radicalization.

Myanmar (Burma)

January 30, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Ensure Accountability for Murder of Prominent Lawyer U Ko Ni and Taxi Driver U Nay Win

Deep Condolences Expressed to Victims’ Families and Loved Ones

Myanmar (Burma)

January 24, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Release or Charge Kachin Christians

Allow Access by Lawyers and Family to Detained Baptist Leaders

Myanmar (Burma)

January 18, 2017

Joint Statement

Call for a Truly Independent Investigation into the Situation in Rakhine State

Read the Joint Statement

Myanmar (Burma)

January 18, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Civil Society Calls for International Investigation in Rakhine State

40 Diverse Groups Call for a “Truly Independent” Commission of Inquiry

Myanmar (Burma)

January 17, 2017

News Release

Myanmar: Kachin Christians Feared “Disappeared”

Urgently Report on Whereabouts, Well-Being; Allow UN Expert Access

Myanmar (Burma), China

January 13, 2017

News Release

China: Protect Ethnic Kachin Refugees Fleeing War in Northern Myanmar

Prevent forced returns, allow humanitarian agencies unfettered access to displaced communities

Myanmar (Burma)

January 09, 2017

Commentary

The Rohingya Are Ready to Talk About the Atrocities in Burma

Author: Puttanee Kangkun Published by: The Wall Street Journal

Myanmar (Burma)

December 17, 2016

Commentary

ASEAN leaders can help solve Rohingya crisis. Here’s how

Author: Kobsak Chutikul and Matthew Smith. Published by: The Jakarta Post

Thailand

December 10, 2016

Joint Letter

To Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

Re: Andy Hall’s Conviction of Criminal Defamation and Computer Crimes Violations

Myanmar (Burma)

December 06, 2016

Commentary

Is genocide unfolding in Myanmar?

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: CNN

Malaysia

November 28, 2016

News Release

Malaysia: Free Protest Leader Maria Chin Abdullah

Drop terrorism and other charges, protect human rights defenders

Thailand

November 25, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Court Acquits Environmental Defenders of Wrongful Charges

Protect environmental activists, uphold rights to peaceful assembly and expression

Malaysia

November 21, 2016

Joint Statement

Malaysia: Drop Charges and Release Bersih Organizers and Supporters

Read the Joint Statement

Malaysia

November 18, 2016

News Release

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

Investigate threats against Bersih organizers

Thailand

November 17, 2016

News Release

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

Decriminalize defamation, protect human rights defenders and press

Thailand

November 15, 2016

Joint Statement

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

"We, the undersigned organizations, urge the Thai government to protect press freedom, decriminalize defamation, and bring the 2007 Computer-related Crime Act into line with international law and standards, including the right to freedom of opinion and expression."

Malaysia

November 14, 2016

Joint Letter

To Prime Minister Najib Razak

Re: Proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act 1976

Myanmar (Burma)

November 05, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Scrap Plan to Arm Civilians in Rakhine State

Provide unfettered access for humanitarian groups, journalists, rights monitors

Thailand

October 25, 2016

Joint Statement

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

"We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, urge Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to reject currently proposed amendments to the 2007 Computer- Related Crime Act (CCA) and to instead adopt amendments that would bring the law into line with Thailand’s obligations under international law, including its obligation to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, opinion, and privacy."

Thailand

October 13, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Protect Right to Peaceful Protest of Environmental Defenders

End judicial harassment of mining-affected communities in Loei Province

Myanmar (Burma)

October 12, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Protect Civilians in Rakhine State, Investigate Fatal Shootings

Extrajudicial Killings and Abuses Undercut Security in Rakhine State

Myanmar (Burma)

October 07, 2016

News 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

Thailand

October 03, 2016

Joint Statement

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

"The Thai Government should immediately drop all proceedings against human rights lawyer, Sirikan Charoensiri, including the specious accusation of sedition, which apparently relate to her organization’s representation of 14 student activists peacefully protesting in June 2015, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH–OMCT partnership), Protection International (PI), Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Fortify Rights, and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), said today."

Thailand

October 03, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Withdraw Criminal Complaint Against Thai PBS

Government should protect press freedoms, decriminalize defamation laws

Myanmar (Burma), United States

September 15, 2016

News Release

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

U.S. Congress should maintain targeted sanctions on Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma), United States

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 Visit

Myanmar (Burma)

August 30, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Strike Down Mandatory Houseguest-Registration

More than 50 organizations in Myanmar call for repeal of controversial law

Myanmar (Burma)

August 24, 2016

News Release

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

The “Annan Commission” should seek to end and remedy ongoing rights violations

Myanmar (Burma), United States

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

Myanmar (Burma)

August 08, 2016

Joint Statement

ASEAN Regional Cooperation Necessary to Address Root Causes and Protect Rohingya

More than two dozen individuals and civil society organizations (CSO) called on the governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to uphold the rights and protections of Rohingya.

Myanmar (Burma)

August 04, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Release Rakhine Rights-Defender Khaing Myo Htun

Investigate allegations of forced labor and torture in Rakhine State

Myanmar (Burma)

July 05, 2016

Joint Statement

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

On June 23, a violent group of people destroyed a mosque in Thaye Thamain village, Bago Region, and on July 1, a similar mob of people destroyed a Muslim prayer hall in Lone Khin village, Kachin State. In each of these cases, the authorities have failed to hold perpetrators accountable.

Myanmar (Burma)

July 05, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings

Hold Perpetrators Accountable, Ensure Protection for Religious Minorities

Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia

July 01, 2016

News Release

Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia: End Human Trafficking, Protect Survivors

U.S. trafficking report gives Myanmar lowest ranking, fails to accurately assess Thailand, Malaysia

Thailand, United States

June 30, 2016

Open Letter

To The Honorable John F. Kerry

Re: Thailand’s Designation in the 2016 Global Trafficking in Persons Report

Thailand

June 28, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Protect Ethnic-Rohingya Human Rights Defenders

Uphold Rights to Liberty and Freedom of Expression

Myanmar (Burma)

June 17, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Release Four “Rohingya Calendar” Political Prisoners

Conviction violates freedom of expression

Myanmar (Burma)

June 15, 2016

Commentary

Paving the Way for Peace in Burma

Author: David Baulk Published by: The Wall Street JournalMyan

Myanmar (Burma)

June 09, 2016

Joint Statement

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

(June 9, 2016)—Although much of the world has expressed excitement over Myanmar’s political transition, communities throughout Kachin and northern Shan states have been living with severe human rights abuses and displacement for the last five years.

Thailand

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 Rights

Thailand

June 05, 2016

Commentary

Struggle against mining violations leaves activists exposed

Author: Sutharee Wannasiri and Kingsley Abbott Published by: The Bangkok Post

Thailand

May 31, 2016

News 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

Myanmar (Burma)

May 30, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Repeal Household Inspection and Guest Registration Provisions in Law

Protect Rights to Privacy and Freedom of Movement, Residency, and Association

Myanmar (Burma)

May 19, 2016

Commentary

This Is Not the Time to Ease Up on Burma

Author: Tom Andrews and Matthew Smith Published by: Foreign Policy

Thailand

May 09, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Stop Judicial Harassment of Human Rights Defenders

Strengthen protection mechanisms and ensure accountability for human rights abuses

Myanmar (Burma), United States

May 09, 2016

News 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

Myanmar (Burma)

May 09, 2016

Report

Supporting Human Rights In Myanmar

Why the U.S. Should Maintain Existing Sanctions Authority

Thailand

April 29, 2016

News Release

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

On the eve of the five-year anniversary of his detention, we, the undersigned international organizations, condemn the ongoing and arbitrary deprivation of liberty of human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk and call on Thailand’s authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him.

Thailand

April 19, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Implement Cabinet Resolution to Protect Survivors of Human Trafficking

Breakthrough resolution passed by Thai authorities

Myanmar (Burma)

April 14, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Investigate Use of Excessive Force Against Letpadan Protesters

Hold perpetrators accountable, amend peaceful assembly law

Myanmar (Burma)

April 07, 2016

News Release

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

Protect interfaith activists, repeal Unlawful Associations Act

Thailand

April 05, 2016

News Release

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

Thailand must immediately revoke National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order 13/2016 which confers sweeping powers on the Royal Thai Armed Forces in contravention of human rights and the rule of law, said the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), and Fortify Rights (FR), today.

Thailand

March 30, 2016

News Release

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

End the use of defamation, judicial harassment to silence critics

Thailand

March 24, 2016

News Release

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

Ensure Protections for Refugees and Human Trafficking Survivors

United States, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia

March 22, 2016

News Release

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

Objective rankings critical to end abuses, promote progress

Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia

March 21, 2016

Testimony

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

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Thailand

March 16, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Asylum Seekers and Refugees Lack Protection in Thailand

UN submission calls on Thailand to recognize the rights of refugees

Thailand

March 16, 2016

Submission

Kingdom of Thailand Universal Periodic Review – 2nd Cycle

Submitted 21 September 2015

Myanmar (Burma)

March 15, 2016

News Release

Myanmar: Investigate Forced Labor of Rakhine Buddhists in Western Myanmar

Government should hold perpetrators of forced labor accountable, compensate survivors

Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma)

March 11, 2016

News Release

Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia: End Indefinite Detention of Rohingya Refugees

Governments should provide full protection to Rohingya, respect right to liberty

Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia

March 11, 2016

Report

Everywhere is Trouble

A Briefing on the Situation of Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia

Thailand

March 07, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Human Rights Defenders Honored, Still Need Protection

Advocate, journalist, human trafficking survivors, and community activists receive prestigious award

Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia

February 26, 2016

News Release

Fortify Rights to Support Search-and-Rescue Charity MOAS

First-of-its kind effort to save lives at sea in Southeast Asia

Myanmar (Burma)

February 26, 2016

News 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

Thailand

February 24, 2016

News Release

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

Abuse against migrants, human trafficking, and impunity continues

Myanmar (Burma)

February 17, 2016

News 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

Thailand

February 16, 2016

Joint Letter

To Karmenu Vella

EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime affairs and environment

Thailand

February 12, 2016

News Release

Thailand: Drop Defamation Cases Against Schoolgirl, Journalists, Villagers

De-criminalize defamation; protect human rights defenders and press

Myanmar (Burma)

January 25, 2016

News Release

Myanmar Political Prisoners Face Medical Crisis, Denied Health Care

Government should immediately free wrongfully-imprisoned Letpadan protestors

Thailand

December 24, 2015

News Release

Thailand: Threats Continue in Human Trafficking Trial

Only 12 of 500 Witnesses Receiving Protection, Others Detained

Myanmar (Burma)

December 11, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against “Rohingya Calendar” Defendants

Ensure Freedom of Expression and Protection for Defendants

Thailand

December 09, 2015

News Release

Thailand: Human Trafficking Case Obstructed, Chief Investigator in Hiding

Thailand should reopen inquiry into human trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshis

Myanmar (Burma)

December 06, 2015

News Release

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

Authorities must investigate allegations of torture in detention, uphold due process rights

Myanmar (Burma)

November 27, 2015

Commentary

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

Myanmar (Burma)

October 29, 2015

Report

Persecution of the Rohingya Muslims

Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine State? A Legal Analysis

United Nations, Myanmar (Burma)

October 29, 2015

News Release

United Nations: Establish Independent Investigation into Genocide in Myanmar

Legal analysis finds strong evidence of genocide against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar (Burma)

October 14, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Lawyer Khin Khin Kyaw

Free wrongfully imprisoned protesters, hold police and officials accountable for Letpadan crackdown

Myanmar (Burma)

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

Myanmar (Burma)

October 10, 2015

News Release

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

New report finds police blocked peaceful assembly, used excessive force

Myanmar (Burma)

September 29, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: End International Crimes, Hold Perpetrators Accountable

Make clear, genuine commitments on human rights at Universal Periodic Review

United States, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma)

July 28, 2015

News Release

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

Annual Human Trafficking Report Lets Malaysia, Myanmar off the Hook

Thailand

July 27, 2015

Open Letter

To The Honorable John F. Kerry

Re: Thailand’s designation in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

Myanmar (Burma)

July 20, 2015

Commentary

The ‘boat people’ crisis won’t end until Burma stops persecuting the Rohingya

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: The Guardian

Thailand, Malaysia

May 13, 2015

News Release

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

Closing borders and pushbacks have led to death, abuses

Thailand

May 01, 2015

Open Letter

To The Honorable John F. Kerry

Re: Thailand’s designation in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)

April 22, 2015

Testimony

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

Testimony of Matthew Smith Executive Director of Fortify Rights

United States, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia

April 22, 2015

News 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

Myanmar (Burma)

March 19, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: Abolish Mandatory Guest Registration, End Household Inspections

Government using law to crackdown on protesters, collect personal data nationwide

Myanmar (Burma)

March 19, 2015

Report

Midnight Intrusions

Ending Guest Registration and Household Inspections in Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

March 14, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: Free Prisoners of Conscience in Rakhine State

End Ongoing Persecution of Rohingya

Myanmar (Burma), China

March 04, 2015

Commentary

How China Fuels Myanmar’s Wars

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: New York Times

Myanmar (Burma)

February 18, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: Overturn Wrongful Conviction of Brang Shawng

Kachin man convicted for implicating military in death of his daughter

Myanmar (Burma)

February 03, 2015

News Release

Myanmar: Prosecute Perpetrators, Not Human Rights Defenders

Authorities Threaten Media & Critics for Implicating Military in Kachin Killings

Thailand

January 27, 2015

News Release

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

The Government of Thailand announced on January 16 that it would scrap a proposed project to recruit prisoners to work on Thai fishing boats. The announcement came after Fortify Rights and 44 other labor and human rights groups raised concerns about the project in a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on January 14.

Thailand

January 15, 2015

News Release

Thailand: Scrap Plan to Send Prison Labor to Fishing Boats

Thai Prison-Labor Scheme Draws International Condemnation

Thailand

January 14, 2015

Open Letter

To Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

Re: Recruitment of Prisoners to Work on Thai Fishing Boats

Myanmar (Burma)

December 18, 2014

News Release

Myanmar: Drop Charges against Father of Slain School-Girl

Military Charges Man for Complaint to Human Rights Commission

Myanmar (Burma)

December 08, 2014

Open Letter

To President Thein Sein

Re: Prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng

Myanmar (Burma)

December 03, 2014

Commentary

Burma’s Soldiers Beware

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: Wall Street Journal

Myanmar (Burma)

November 07, 2014

News Release

Myanmar: Authorities Complicit in Rohingya Trafficking, Smuggling

End Persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State

Myanmar (Burma)

November 06, 2014

News Release

Myanmar: End Military Attacks On Kachin And Shan Civilians

War Crimes Continue with Impunity in Northern Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

August 05, 2014

News Release

Myanmar: Release Rohingya Political Prisoner Kyaw Hla Aung

End Ongoing Persecution of Rohingya

Myanmar (Burma)

July 03, 2014

Commentary

Myanmar’s Tainted Democratic Transition

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: Al Jazeera America

June 25, 2014

News Release

Fortify Rights Executive Director Wins 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship

Echoing Green, a leading global nonprofit that supports “social entrepreneurs launching bold new organizations to generate positive systemic change,” today announced its selection of Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, as a 2014 Global Fellow.

Myanmar (Burma)

June 09, 2014

News Release

Myanmar: End Wartime Torture in Kachin State and northern Shan State

Ongoing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Unmet Humanitarian Needs

Myanmar (Burma)

June 09, 2014

Report

“I Thought They Would Kill Me”

Ending Wartime Torture in Northern Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

March 21, 2014

Commentary

Myanmar’s Policies of Persecution

Author: Taylor Landis Published by: Harvard Law Human Rights Program

Myanmar (Burma)

March 13, 2014

Commentary

Burma’s Ethnic Persecution is State Policy

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: The Wall Street Journal

Myanmar (Burma)

February 25, 2014

News Release

Myanmar: Abolish Abusive Restrictions & Practices Against Rohingya Muslims

Leaked Documents Implicate Government Actors in Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar (Burma)

February 25, 2014

Report

Policies of Persecution

Ending Abusive State Policies Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

January 23, 2014

News 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

Myanmar (Burma)

December 18, 2013

Commentary

Women’s voices not being heard in peace talks

Author: Taylor Landis Published by: Myanmar Times

November 27, 2013

Commentary

Myanmar’s Economy Needs Human Rights Reforms

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: The Huffington Post

Myanmar (Burma), United Nations

October 09, 2013

News 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

Myanmar (Burma)

July 15, 2013

Commentary

Tour of shame for Thein Sein

Author: Matthew Smith Published by: Asia Times Online