“The Tavoyan Women’s Union was founded in 1995 in order to fight the injustices being carried out against people living in the Tanintharyi region of southern Burma. Here, land grabs happen frequently and serve to enrich the military and their cronies – the Tavoyan people are rarely sufficiently compensated and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) bring nothing but human rights abuses and environmental destruction. Our work teaches women and their families their rights and gives them the tools to be able to fight for justice. We have joined with 12 other NGOs who are part of the Network for Human Rights Documentation to demand justice from our government as we have seen in our region that as long as human rights abuses are ignored, they do not stop.”
ND-Burma formed in 2004 in order to provide a way for Burma human rights organizations to collaborate on the human rights documentation process. The 13 ND-Burma member organizations seek to collectively use the truth of what communities in Burma have endured to advocate for justice for victims. ND-Burma trains local organizations in human rights documentation; coordinates members’ input into a common database using Martus, a secure open-source software; and engages in joint-advocacy campaigns.
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