Burma Human Rights

Optimism For Burma Quietly Gives Way To Oppression And Violence

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

There was optimism and hope in the air four years ago, when Burma's democratic government prised control of the country from the military after 49 years of brutal rule. The Burmese, and indeed the world, looked to the new government to relax the iron grip of the army and initiate a wave of liberal change. But the new leaders are still cracking down on ethnic minorities and students as if it was a force of habit.

Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

What have you heard about Burma, Tibet, Northern Cyprus? Even less than Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Don't look. Pretend it's not happening-or pretend that efforts at peace will work-if we just give it enough time. Rwanda took more than 100 days. The Jewish people waited five years. Syria has been in conflagration for three years. Talk. Talk. Talk. Well maybe there will be talk. But then who's listening. The media? There is a certain presence of an absence in far too many hot spots.

Human Rights Day: Pray for Modern Slaves

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Diane Weber Bederman

December 10 has been declared Human Rights Day. This is a day for all of us in the West, in particular, to pray for those who live under autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes who deny their citizens their humanity. There is slavery on the 21st century. While we exclaim over the movie "12 Years a Slave," we ignore those who are enslaved today, in Sudan and North Korea.

Beware of Becoming Burma's Useful Idiots

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 03.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Bociurkiw

To say that the Burmese generals who have been meeting with diplomatic A-list visitors such as Clinton and Hague have blood on their hands is almost an understatement. Aside from the 1988 crackdown, which killed thousands of young activists, many shot at point-blank range, their record of repression includes the crackdown on monks and other peaceful protesters.