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Refugees International (March 17 2014) The international community has so far failed to force Myanmar to accept its responsibilities to minority groups. In its latest field report, Myanmar: Act Immediately to Protect Displaced People’s Rights, Refugees International (RI) urges donor countries to change their approach by including humanitarian and human rights issues in any bilateral negotiations with Myanmar, and also seeking concrete steps toward better treatment of the Rohingya and Kachin populations.
Conflict and Health (July 2013) In conflict and disaster settings, medical personnel are exposed to psychological stressors that threaten their wellbeing and increase their risk of developing burnout, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. As lay medics frequently function as the primary health providers in these situations, their mental health is crucial to the delivery of services to afflicted populations. This study examines a population of community health workers in Karen State, eastern Myanmar to explore the manifestations of health providers' psychological distress in a low-resource conflict environment.

Free Burma Rangers (May 7, 2013) This report details the conditions at at several IDP camps in Arakan State and the activities of the relief mission.

Free Burma Rangers (April 9, 2013) On Friday afternoon, 22 March, a fire devastated the Mae Surin Refugee Camp, home to more than 3,605 people. The deadly fire killed 39 people and left 2300 homeless. Here is an update and photos of the situation. Report written by team sent to help.

Free Burma Rangers (March 30, 2012) In this report: Multi-ethnic teams complete mission in Moo Township, Kler Lwee Htoo District; Updates from around Karen State; Relief teams complete missions in Bu Tho Township, Mu Traw District

Ibis Reproductive Health and Global Health Access Program (February 2012) This report documents a widespread public health emergency in populations affected by the decades-long conflict in eastern Burma. The consequences include maternal mortality rates that dwarf the rates in Thailand and Burma as a whole, leaving women in eastern Burma with the worst pregnancy outcomes anywhere in Asia. The report's findings demonstrate little access to family planning resources, including sexual and reproductive health information; a pervasive need for increased access to skilled birth attendants; and high rates of unplanned pregnancy, maternal mortality, and harm from unsafe abortion. Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality for Burmese populations on both sides the Thailand-Burma border.

Free Burma Rangers (January 16, 2012) A report containing details of the FBR humanitarian mission to Karen State including conflicts in the area and cases of injuries treated during the trip.

Physicians for Human Rights (November 2011) In September 2011, PHR conducted an investigation in Burma's Kachin State in response to reports of grave human rights violations in the region. PHR found that between June and September 2011, the Burmese army looted food from civilians, fired indiscriminately into villages, threatened villages with attacks, and used civilians as porters and human minesweepers.

Partners Relief and Deveopment (November 2011) On 9 June 2011, civil war broke out in northern Burma between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), ending a 17-year long ceasefire agreement. This report presents data collected from a Partners investigation in southern Kachin State, Burma in October 2011. The testimony of witnesses and on-site photographs reveal multiple acts perpetrated by Burma Army battalions 74 and 276 against ethnic Kachin civilians that potentially amount to war crimes and other extreme crimes. These acts include torture, extrajudicial killing, the specific targeting of civilians, human shielding, unlawful arrest, unlawful detention, forced labor, forced relocation, displacement, property theft and property destruction.

Back Pack Health Worker Team (October 2010) This report reveals that the health of populations in conflict-affected areas of eastern Burma, particularly women and children, is amongst the worst in the world, a result of official disinvestment in health, protracted conflict and the abuse of civilians. 

Parters Relief and Development & Free Burma Rangers (April 2010) Displaced Childhoods is the first comprehensive report of its kind to document the experiences of internally displaced children against the backdrop of Burma's obligations under domestic and international law.

For more than 40 years, Burma's children have been scarred by death, destruction, loss and neglect at the hands of Burma's military. They have been forced from their homes and villages, subjected to extreme human rights violations such as rape and forced labor, and left to fend for themselves in displacement settings without access to even the most basic care. It is estimated that there are just over 1 million displaced children inside Burma today.

Thailand Burma Border Consortium (2010) The Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) and local partners have conducted household poverty assessments across eastern Burma and compared the results with surveys conducted elsewhere in Burma by other humanitarian agencies. Indicators of vulnerability in eastern Burma were significantly higher than government figures, and comparable to the worst findings that have been reported anywhere in the country. Three quarters of households in rural areas of eastern Burma will suffer from staple food shortages for at least three months this year, while access to income and employment is more limited than elsewhere in the country. These findings corroborate a recent report by community based health organisations which suggest public health conditions in eastern Burma are amongst the worst in the world. Decades of military rule have resulted in gross economic mismanagement, massive under-investment in social services and a climate where human rights are abused with impunity.