Ask Beyonce to support our sisters and brothers in Myanmar’s garment industry

Please sign and share this petition. On February 1st, 2021, the Myanmar military executed a coup, illegally and violently overthrowing the elected civilian government and shattering the dreams of many across the country. In response, citizens from all ethnicities and walks of life have joined together in the new Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). At the … Read more

Rights groups renew call for Kirin to cut ties with military

This appeared in Myanmar Now. A coalition of rights groups renewed a call for Japanese beer giant Kirin to sever business ties with the military-owned conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings (MEHL) Thursday morning.  Kirin is the majority owner in joint ventures with MEHL of the Myanmar Brewery and the Mandalay Brewery, together producing about 80% of … Read more

Myanmar crackdown on protesters kills 25 as junta imposes 24-hour mobile internet shutdown

This appeared in India Today. Over 25 people were shot dead Monday as anti-coup protesters in multiple cities braved increasing violence in Myanmar’s largest city. At least 25 people were shot dead Monday as anti-coup protesters in multiple cities braved increasing violence by security forces following a bloody weekend that killed scores of protesters in Myanmar’s … Read more

Junta Suspends More Social Media Sites as Civil Disobedience Movement Spreads Across Myanmar

This appeared on the Radio Free Asia website. Protests against the putsch expanded in the country, while the global response grew more critical. Updated at 10:00 EST on 02-05-2021 Myanmar’s ruling junta ordered the suspension of Twitter and Instagram on Friday after a day of spiraling nationwide protests against the military coup that has spooked … Read more

33 prominent figures, organizations call for release of photographer Abul Kalam

This appeared in the Dhaka Tribune. Abul Kalam was apprehended while taking photographs of buses departing the Kutupalong camps for Bhashan Char Well-known Bangladeshi and international human rights figures, lawyers, academics, filmmakers, photographers, journalists and human rights organizations have called for the release of Rohingya photographer Abul Kalam.  Thirty-three of them signed a press release … Read more

Myanmar Crackdown on Protesters Kills 25 as Junta Imposes 24-Hour Mobile Internet Shutdown

This appeared on the Radio Free Asia website. UPDATED at 9:00 A.M. EDT on 2021-03-16 At least 25 people were shot dead Monday as anti-coup protesters in multiple cities braved increasing violence by security forces following a bloody weekend that killed scores of protesters in Myanmar’s largest city, witnesses said. The junta that overthrew Aung … Read more

US, UK Hit Two Big Myanmar Military Conglomerates With Sanctions

This originally appeared on the Radio Free Asia website. The army “controls significant segments of the country’s economy” through MEHL and MEC, the U.S. says. The United States and Britain on Thursday levelled economic sanctions on two Myanmar military holding companies that serve as a critical economic lifeline for the junta that seized power last … Read more

EU Imposes Sanctions on Myanmar Military

This week came good news. The European Union will join the US and the UK and impose sanctions on the Myanmar military’s two business conglomerates, MEC and MEHL, over the army’s coup d’etat and ongoing murderous crackdown. This victory is due to your hard work. When the Civil Disobedience Movement called on us for our support, you … Read more

You Can Help Free Paul Rusesabagina

Hotel Rwanda hero, Paul Rusesabagina

On Wednesday, April 7th, the world commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. As Rwandan President Paul Kagame presided over ceremonies, “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina sat in jail. It is brutal irony that one of the few heroes of the Rwandan genocide is now being charged with denying it even happened. This week, … Read more