Myanmar

Revealing the Rainbow: The Human Rights Situation of LGBTIQ HRDs in SEA

Phnom Penh, 16 May 2018 Destination Justice is proud to launch its new report Revealing the Rainbow: The Human Rights Situation of LGBTIQ HRDs in Southeast Asia at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) with the collaboration of Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK), and the support of OHCHR-Cambodia and the Embassy of Sweden in Cambodia. The launch aims to engage government representatives in a dialogue to strengthen the social inclusiveness and the legal protection of the LGBTIQ in Cambodia, and in Southeast Asia. Destination Justice, through our Rainbow Justice Project, aims to foster dialogue in Southeast Asia on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and sexual characteristics (SOGIESC), and to provide advocacy tools to changemakers for the promotion and protection...

Myanmar: UN chief welcomes release of dozens of political prisoners

On Tuesday 23 July 2013, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the release of 73 political prisoners in Myanmar, as well as the announcement by the country’s leader that the rest will be freed by the end of the year. The military junta, which ruled Myanmar for decades, had long denied the existence of political prisoners, but hundreds of dissidents have been freed since Thein Sein took power two years ago and he has initiated a series of reforms following the establishment of a new Government. Over 29,000 prisoners are estimated to have been pardoned since the new civilian government took office on 30 March 2011. Last November, he announced a review of all “politically concerned” cases. “The president said in Britain that there would be no political prisoners at the end ...