This project is designed to build local capacity and document mass atrocities in the ethnic states of Burma. The primary aims of the initiative are: 1) to produce evidence-based qualitative and quantitative documentation of alleged crimes against humanity in Burma; 2) to examine patterns of human rights abuses in different ethnic states of Burma and gauge whether they are widespread or sporadic; 3) to examine the associations between these violations and health outcomes, access to health services, food insecurity and malnutrition in populations living in ethnic states of Burma.
In response to the abuses and draconian censorship in Burma, local, ethnic community-based organizations (CBOs) have already been documenting the situation unfolding for Burma’s ethnic groups, including Shan, Chin and Rohingya. A partnership between such CBOs, CPHHR and Physicians for Human Rights will help expand such efforts, particularly in the systematic collection and analysis of data, and in galvanizing international advocacy efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Project partners are Drs. Chris Beyrer, Voravit Suwanvanichkij and Luke Mullany of CPHHR, Richard Sollom of Physicians for Human Rights, Adam Richards of Global Health Access Program, the Chin Human Rights Organization and Sai Yee Tip of Shan Health Committee.