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U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (May 2014) This report recognizes the ongoing flagrant abuse of religious freedom in Burma. Particularly troubling are the continued state-sponsored discrimination of Rohingya Muslims and the abuse of ethnic minority Christians by the Burmese military in Kachin State. USCIRF recommends that, for the 15th year in a row, Burma be designated a “country of particular concern” (CPC). The State Department has identified Burma as a CPC every year since 1999.  

Transnatonal Institute (October 2013) This report evaluates the current opportunities and challenges for national political reform, and urges "all sides have to halt military operations and engage in sociopolitical dialogue that includes government, military, ethnic, political and civil society representatives". 

US Commission on International Religious Freedom (August 2013) Assessment of state of religious freedom in Burma. The report concludes that Burma is a "'country of particular concern' for particularly severe violations of religious freedom, as ongoing political reforms have yet to dramatically improve the situation for freedom of religion and belief." It details the situation of religious freedom in multiple of Burma's ethnic states and pays special attention to the critical state of anti-Muslim policies. 

Displacement Solutions (June 2013) Bridging the HLP Gap urges government bodies and Ethnic Group Peace Campaigners to recognise and address housing, land, and property (HLP) rights of refugees and IDPs affected during Burma's transitional phase. The report contains a number of recommendations to ensure unanimous agreement on the complex and vital issues comprising HLP rights as a foundation for sustainable peace.

Committee to Protect Journalists (June 13, 2013) This report addresses the physical, legal, and digital attacks against journalists inside Burma in spite of recent guarantees of press freedom. These attacks are particularly common when the topic of reporters' interest is the military or their activities. Written in three parts, the report provides an in-depth look at the present media situation, problems with digital media, and Burmese journalists returning from abroad. Recommendations to the Burmese government, Burmese news media, the UN, U.S., and EU as well as international internet providers are found on pages 11 and 12.
Burma Partnership (15 October, 2012) "The rights of peaceful assembly and association in Burma are fragile at best. The Burma government has enacted reforms to address this gap in human rights protection. Sadly the reforms are lacking and citizens are regularly denied any semblance of protection in relation to international human rights standards."

Burma News International (April 2012) This report covers the conditions prior to the 2012 by-elections.  Topics include the electoral framework, the voting process, constitutent structure, campaign procedures, media, etc.  It finishes with an analysis of the challenges to the election process and the chances of voter fraud and corruption.  It also includes news, features, photos, video and media releases from Burma News International.

Project 2049 (March 22, 2012) The historic constraints on donor interventions in Burma—whether self-imposed sanctions or regime-imposed barriers—are increasingly giving way to a sense of heightened optimism about the possibilities of working on issues across the development spectrum. But while the terrain appears to be improving, there remain substantial barriers to effective programming beyond the overall pace and scope of political reform. Overall, Burma presents particular challenges and historic opportunities to put into practice a balanced approach that advances political and economic reforms alongside each other in a mutually reinforcing, and ultimately more sustainable, manner.  Through the analysis and recommendations developed in this report, Project 2049 hopes to provide the donor community some reference points as it seeks to develop responsible interventions in a unique and important context.

Burma Partnership  (January 23, 2012) While the regime has recently been allowing certain types of news stories, such as those relating to sports and business, to be published without review by censorship boards, it has not changed the Printers and Publishers Registration Law. Magazines and newspapers that publish so-called “hard news” continue to be required to submit their stories to the censorship board for approval prior to publication. Additionally, all stories are still subject to post-production review with incidents of suspension of publications based on their reporting continuing. These suspensions, combined with the fact that the regime continues to control licensing of journalists and publications and the continued possibility of imprisonment under the Printers and Publishers Registration Law, have led newspapers and magazines to practice self-censorship and restrict what they publish in an effort to prevent retaliation.

Burma Partnership (January 10, 2012) This report focuses on the regime's creation of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is supposedly charged with promoting and safeguarding the fundamental rights of citizens in accordance with the 2008 Constitution. There is much skepticism as no official information about the procedure, mandate, and responsibilities of the commission has been made accessible to the public and, in particular, victims of human rights violations.The entire process of establishing the NHRC has been everything but transparent, lending support to the argument that this is nothing more than an empty gesture designed to placate the international community at a time when the regime is seeking to have sanctions lifted.

Amnesty International (2010) This report is based on a comprehensive gathering of over 700 accounts of activists from Burma's 7 largest ethnic minorities.  The authorities have arrested, imprisoned, and in some cases tortured or even killed ethnic minority activists. Minority groups have also faced extensive surveillance, harassment and discrimination when trying to carry out their legitimate activities. Many activists told Amnesty International that they faced repression as part of a larger movement, as in Rakhine and Kachin States during the 2007 Buddhist monk-led “Saffron Revolution”. Witnesses described the killings and torture of monks and others by the security forces during its violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in those states.

Network for Human Rights Documentation - Burma (2010) This report addresses the circumstances surrounding the 2010 elections and the numerous reports of tampering with ballots, coercion by USDP and their cronies as well as military intimidation.  ND-Burma also describes the accounts of human rights violations during the elections ranging from arbitrary arrests, preventing ethnic minorities from voting, and the forced shutdown of any public display of political opposition.

Human Rights Watch (2009) This report describes the junta’s repression of Burma’s monks after the anti-junta demonstrations in September 2007. The report tells the stories of individual monks who were arrested, beaten and detained. Two years later, hundreds of monks remain in prison and thousands are fearful of military repression. Many have left their monasteries and returned to their villages or sought refuge abroad, while those who remained in their monasteries live under constant surveillance