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Burma Projects of People in Need

 

People in Need, 2008

Period: January 2008 – December 2008

Financial support of MFA: 1 939 417.80 CZK

Project aim: People in Need’s Burma projects have been aimed at supporting the Burmese democratic movement in their struggle for human rights and democratic reforms in the country that is ruled by one of most repressive regimes in the world. The project focuses on two key objectives:

  1. Provide direct assistance to families of political prisoners and to activists both in Burma and Thailand
  2. To inform the international community about the situation in Burma on a continuous basis to encourage more decisive support for Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

 Some of the Achieved outputs in 2008:

A: Direct assistance to families of political prisoners and to activists in Burma and Thailand

  • Financial assistance to 32 families of Burmese political prisoners was handed over through Assistance Association for Political Prisoners;
  • Seven informal civic initiatives which strive to open up the society in Burma were financially supported;
  • Two exile Burmese media – Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima News – were given financial support to strengthen their reporting on Burma;
  • Week-long study trip on the Czech experience from transition was organized for 5 Burmese activists working in the Thai-Burma border area;
  • Two seminars on the challenges of transitioning to democracy were held in Thailand (50 participants);
  • Czech TV expert gave his expertise on television programming to Democratic Voice of Burma.

B: International support of the Burmese democratic movement

  • Public debates and meetings with the political representatives and journalists were organized for Burmese journalist Min Zin;
  • Homo Homini Award for contribution in human rights promotion was given to three Burmese women activists at a ceremony attended by leading Czech political figures;
  • Photo exhibition by a Burmese photographer Hseng Noung Lintner was presented in Prague, Písek, Pardubice (Czech Republic), Brussels (Belgium) and Bratislava (Slovakia);
  • In cooperation with the Burma Campaign UK, the European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma (EPCB), an association of 135 parliamentarians from 11 European countries, was established.  

Implementing partners: Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Democratic Voice of Burma, Euro-Burma Network and other Burmese organizations operating in Burma, Thailand, Europe and USA

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