Myanmar

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News & Updates

Thousands of Rohingya refugees are denied internet access because Bangladesh requires mobile users to register with their national identity documents.

Myanmar detailed two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for alleged violation of the Official Secrets Act.

Freedom House joins 57 civil society organizations in calling for the United States government to address the grave human rights and humanitarian crisis in Burma. 

Research Coordinator, Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press

Putting pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi could endanger her bargain with the military, but a system that allows ethnic cleansing may not be worth saving.

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Experts

Senior Research Analyst for East Asia

Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House.

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Program Manager, Asia

Lauren Galacia manages the Asia program.  Prior to joining Freedom House, she oversaw the development and implementation of citizen engagement programs throughout Asia and Eurasia, with a focus on Thailand and Burma.

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Special Reports

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Worst of the Worst 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.

Programs

In Southeast Asia, Freedom House programs enable citizens to assert their rights and supports their efforts to gain a greater say in how they are governed.

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Freedom House helps LGBTI rights groups in Southeast Asia to push back against the tide of intolerance.

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