Genocide is always closer than we think

This appeared in the Gainesville Sun. This week, the Gainesville City Commission is set to bring up a resolution affirming its opposition to genocide. There are a few reasons this is important.  First of all, it provides the city a chance to promote the values of the people who live here. It also provides an … Read more

Opinion: Myanmar’s military is using TikTok against protesters. The app must take a stand.

This piece was originally published in the Washington Post. Opinion by Alyson Chadwick and Simon BillennessMarch 16, 2021 at 11:08 a.m. EDTAdd to list Alyson Chadwick is the digital campaigns strategist for No Business With Genocide, a coalition campaign to end genocide worldwide. Simon Billenness is executive director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya. The Myanmar military … 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