ND-Burma: Human Rights Abuses Continue
18 May 2011: A 12-member organisation, Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma), unearthed fresh evidence about human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime and its supporters in its periodic online report released today.
The findings of the report revealed 167 documented cases of human rights violations committed across the country over a period of three months from January to March 2011.
Nai Aue Mon, Management Board member of ND-Burma, accused President Thein Sein of failing to keep his promises to guarantee the rights of peasants and protect the fundamental human rights of Burma’s citizens.
In a statement, Nai Aue Mon noted that the military junta and its supporters continued violating the rights of its own civilians despite the recent formation of a new civilian government, adding: “There are still land confiscations from farmers, extortion, use of forced labour and summary execution.”
ND-Burma stressed the necessity of establishing a United Nations Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to end atrocities and to prevent future violations.
The ethnic nationalities continue to suffer from the consequences of fightings between DKBA (Democratic Karen Buddhist Army), other non-ceasefire groups and Burma military troops in the aftermath of the country’s elections, according to Nai Aue Mon.
Lway Dang Jar, of ND-Burma, said there are no significant developments in ethnic areas, with a worsening condition of the unemployment problems forcing local people to work in neighbouring countries including Thailand, China and Malaysia.
ND-Burma monitored a total of 16 categories of human rights violations through its partners from both inside and outside of Burma.
Formed in 2003, the Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma, which has currently 12 member organizations, is committed to collectively using the truth of what communities in Burma have endured to challenge the regime’s impunity for human rights violations through advocacy and to prepare for a peaceful democratic transition.
Van Biak Thang