Documenting violations, Myanmar
Tactic: Document violations
Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) is a grassroots organisation, working to highlight the situation of Muslim and other religious minorities in Myanmar. In 2016, BHRN activists collected hundreds of testimonies from across the country. Findings included cases of Muslims being prevented from obtaining ID cards, authorities blocking the rebuilding of damaged mosques and a sharp rise in the number of villages that ban Muslims from entering. They also documented the situation facing around 120,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims confined to internal displacement camps with restrictions on their movement, access to healthcare and education. Violence and persecution against the Rohingya community escalated in 2016 and 2017, resulting in almost 800,000 Rohingyas fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.
“We compiled and published the evidence so that we could effectively highlight the scale of the problem to the international community.”
Kyaw Win, BHRN
Source: Burma Human Rights Network, www.bhrn.org.uk