Myanmar has witnessed an increase of conflict, violence, and violation of rights. Among so much suffering and injustices, it is difficult to see the relevance of human rights. But history shows that things change, and the country will move towards a more just future. The process of rebuilding a just country will be led by young Myanmar people.
When this happens, young people need to know their fundamental rights, account for abuses without impunity and protect people from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption. The information provided here gives young people tools to better understand their fundamental rights and how to use them. Doh Hlay envisions a world where every person in Myanmar has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with justice and equality.
The rules of war play a crucial role in protecting human rights during armed conflicts. They provide special protection for civilians, maintain humanity in war, and hold violators accountable for their actions. By upholding these rules, the international community can strive to minimize the suffering and preserve the dignity of individuals affected by armed conflicts.
Watch a short video we made to learn more about the rules of war.
Doh Hlay campaign wants to remind you of the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. It was drafted in 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out 30 fundamental human rights to be universally protected. Within these rights, nine articles are closely linked to justice.
Digital rights are those human rights and legal rights that allow individuals to access, use, create, and publish digital media or to access and use electronic devices, and telecommunications networks. Digital rights relate to the right to privacy and freedom of expression, especially the Internet. These are very important for people in Myanmar.
To learn about digital rights, please see the “Digital security preparation checklist” and “Analysis of Myanmar Draft of the Cybersecurity Bill”.Access documents
The Myanmar Protesters’ Toolkit empowers people with the knowledge necessary to freely exercise their right to protest. The Toolkit includes guidance on: 1) relevant international and national laws; 2) trends in Myanmar; 3) your rights and options when detained, arrested, or charged.
During 2021, many people have been incarcerated because of participating in peaceful demonstrations and protests. However, Myanmar authorities continue to use overly broad and vaguely worded laws to arrest, detain, and prosecute human rights defenders, activists, journalists, and ordinary people for criticizing the government or military or engaging in peaceful protest. To learn more about protestors’ rights, click to download the pdf on Free Expression Myanmar (FEM) comprehensive toolkit on this issue.