Research and Documentation

Research and Documentation

Equality Myanmar compiles cases and stories of Human Rights violations to be used for advocacy and campaigns to change policies that affect the lives of the disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable people of Burma. Equality Myanmar also facilitates a network of organizations involved in documentation of Human Rights violations in order to develop a common, standardized record of human rights violations committed under military rule.

Equality Myanmar has published numerous reports on human rights violations. For example, in November 2008 Equality Myanmar released Forgotten Future: Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Burma. The report draws on over 100 interviews with children, parents, teachers, community leaders, commanders of non-state armed groups, migrant workers and other relevant stakeholders. It presents a clear picture of the six grave categories of child rights violations outlined by the United Nations Secretary General and illustrates how each of these violations is impacting children in Burma. In addition to this report, Equality Myanmar produced a documentary also on the subject of child soldiers.

As a result of the research and documentation produced by Equality Myanmar, and by partner organizations, the UN Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict continues to scrutinize the issue of child soldiers in Burma.