Burma - IFEX Member Campaigns
During a conference on media development, ARTICLE 19's executive director spoke about the place of freedom of expression / media laws and legal reforms in the country's democratisation process.
Journalists U Zeya and Sithu Zeya, and blogger Nay Phone Latt, all of whom were released from jail on 13 January, discuss their prison experiences.
Japanese officials were urged to press Burma to release all political prisoners and abolish laws used to repress the rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly.
Zarganar talks about the political prisoners who have not been freed, including bloggers and writers such as Zaw Thet Htwe and Nay Phone Latt.
Hla Hla Win was sentenced to 27 years in jail on 11 September 2009 for interviewing a monk in a monastery on the 2nd anniversary of the monk revolution.
Founded in 1993 as a monthly news magazine by exiled journalists, "Irrawaddy" has become an essential source of independent news and information about the political and human rights situation in the country.
Seventeen video journalists for the Oslo-based exiled media organisation remain imprisoned; they are among nearly 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
Even though a new government has been formed in Burma after the elections in November 2010, there is still no guarantee of improvements in the country's media environment.
The honours spotlight continued political repression in the country, where sham elections in November 2010 entrenched military rule under the facade of civilian government.
Burma is widely recognised as having one of the world's most repressive media environments, and consistently ranks at the tail end of global press freedom indexes.
Under the new government of President Thein Sein, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division under the Information Ministry recently lifted censorship of some journals and eased their tight control over media coverage of certain subjects.
UPR working group delegations raised concerns about the systematic violation of a number of basic human rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of assembly and association.
IFEX members called on the Burmese government and the governments of the ASEAN to ensure freedom of expression, access to information, democratic values and human rights are respected during this critical moment in the electoral history of Burma.
In a report to the UN Human Rights Council ARTICLE 19 outlines concerns around the elections, and other gross violations of the right to freedom of expression in the country.
Zarganar was arrested in 2008 for his criticism of the government's response to the humanitarian crisis that emerged in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.
His sister-in-law has released a video about him to mark the occasion.
The Burma Action Group welcomed the recent prisoners' release while urging caution in considering this an indicator of an improved human rights situation.
(SEAPA/IFEX) - The Burma Action Group, comprising 21 organisations that are members and partners of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), condemns the guilty verdict and 18-month extended house arrest meted out to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 11 August 2009. We join the international community in rejecting this judgment, and in demanding the immediate release of Suu Kyi, a democracy icon in Burma and the rest of the world.
(SEAPA/IFEX) - The following is a joint appeal by 15 IFEX members and other organisations that make up the Burma Action Group:
(SEAPA/IFEX) - The following is a 1 May 2008 joint statement by 15 IFEX members and other organisations: