Today the U.S. Campaign for Burma launched a new interactive map which shows reports of human rights abuses and conflict since Thein Sein became President of Burma one year ago. While the world discusses positive reforms happening in the country, it is crucial not turn a blind eye to the rampant human rights abuses and atrocities happening in many parts of the country. Such incidences include a Kachin village burned down by the Burma Army on March 27th and the death of two children just last week, who were killed while their village was being shelled. To see more - go to the new map and click on the incidences.
We have over 750 reports on the map currently, and will continually add to it as we receive new reports. However, this by no means represents all the incidences that have happened in the last year- only those that have already been made public and were released in English. These reports would have never left the country had it not been for the many brave journalists and human rights defenders who must often work in secret to do this valuable job. These organizations and activists work closely with their communities in the country to shed light on some of the world's most closed off areas.
On the map there are reports on human rights abuses, armed conflict, arbitrary arrests, as well as arbitrary taxation and extortion. You can filter the map to just see each of these categories individually. Moreover, you can also see additional layers of pipelines and dams locations, which is important as these projects are often tied with human rights abuses. If you need help figuring out how to use the map you can go here.