Myanmar

Following decades of authoritarian military rule, the democratic transition in Myanmar which saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy rise to power in the 2015 elections appears to be on shaky ground. Activists and journalists continue to face criminal charges and prison terms for speaking out on issues of conflict, religious tolerance, and corruption by the country’s powerful military, which retains some grip on power.

A number of outdated and restrictive laws remain on the books, unchanged, and the country has yet to ratify a number of core human rights treaties. Press freedom is increasingly at risk due to the regular use of criminal charges against journalists, and online defamation provisions under the Telecommunications Act continue to be used to target criticism by the media and the public on social media and online. Rising anti-Rohingya hate speech and inter-communal tensions have also fuelled a grave human rights crisis in the country’s Rakhine state, and as conflicts continue across the country, religious and ethnic divisions threaten to derail democratic progress.

In Myanmar, ARTICLE 19 has a number of projects focused on promoting transparency in relation to extractive industries and land rights; engaging with civil society and enabling them to use international commitments and legal standards to push for national change; advocating for the reform of laws that criminalise freedom of expression; and facilitating inter-community dialogues to combat religiously-motivated hate speech and incitement to violence.

HRC 40: Priorities to protect free expression
21.02.2019 18 min read

HRC 40: Priorities to protect free expression

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21.02.2019 5 min read

Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief and Expression for All

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12.02.2019 3 min read

Myanmar: End crackdown on protesters in Kayah State

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11.01.2019 4 min read

Myanmar: Yangon court upholds conviction of Reuters journalists

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06.11.2018 7 min read

Myanmar: Open letter to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on detention of Reuters journalists

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18.09.2018 4 min read

HRC39: Interactive Dialogue with the UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar

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Myanmar: Respect freedom of expression, free jailed journalists
17.09.2018 5 min read

Myanmar: Respect freedom of expression, free jailed journalists

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HRC39: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?
10.09.2018 15 min read

HRC39: What’s at stake for freedom of expression?

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Myanmar: Reuters journalists convicted for role in uncovering massacre by state security forces, sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment
03.09.2018 6 min read

Myanmar: Reuters journalists convicted for role in uncovering massacre by state security forces, sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment

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