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Burma Projects of People in Need, 2010


People in Need, 2010

Period: January 2010 – December 2010

Financial support of MFA: 1 900 000 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 and to encourage more decisive support for Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

Some of the achieved outputs in 2010:

A: Direct assistance to Burmese democratic movement

  • Financial assistance to 58 families of Burmese political prisoners was handed over through Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
  • 13 informal civic initiatives which strive to open up the society in Burma were financially supported.
  • Three seminars for 64 political and human rights activists and independent journalists were held in Rangoon.
  • Two exile Burmese media – Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima News – were given financial support to strengthen their brave reporters who document the real situation in Burma, in spite of great risk of being arrested.
  • A week-long feature photography course was held in Rangoon for 36 participants.
  • A website for educating independent journalists inside Burma was launched.
  • Three seminars on Czech experience from transition were held in Thailand.
  • Two analytical texts on transforming education system and intelligence services in Burma and Czech Republic were published.

B: International support of the Burmese democratic movement

  • Five public events on Burma were held in Czech Republic and abroad. 33 screenings of documentary films on Burma and public discussions were co-organized.
  • Several statements, letters and press releases were initiated and then issued by the European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma.
  • Number of states supporting the establishment UN Commission of Inquiry has increased to 14.
  • An exclusive interview with Aung San Suu Kyi for two Czech media was arranged and a number of articles and reports especially on the elections in Burma were initiated.

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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