GUY HORTON, "The man who uncovered the truth about Burma"

Aung San Suu Kyi released from house arrest. (13 November 2010)…      The EU Parliament demands, amongst other things, an investigation into crimes against humanity and the provision of aid to internally displaced people.(May 2010)...       UN High Commission for Human Rights calls for a UN Commission of Inquiry into alleged possible crimes against humanity in Myanmar.(March 2010)...       UN Call supported so far by Australia (March 2010), Czech Republic & Slovak Republic (April 2010), the United Kingdom (April 2010), the United States of America (August 2010), Canada (September 2010), Hungary (September 2010), France (September 2010), New Zealand (September 2010), The Netherland (September 2010), Ireland (September 2010) and Lithuania (September 2010)...       Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect affirms the applicability of pillar three of the concept the need for "A timely and effective response" to the situation in Myanmar/Burma...       US and Saudi Arabia commit themselves to providing large scale aid and development skills to displaced Rohingya refugees and local communities in Bangla Desh...
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Guy Horton has worked on the issue of Burma since 1998 when he was asked by the Euro-Burma Office to go on a mission on the tenth anniversary of the 1988 uprising to make contact with corralled MP’s. From 2000-2002 he carried out research into human rights violations and conducted investigations inside Burma. He also taught refugees language, lobbying skills and human rights on the Netherlands funded Foreign Affairs Diplomacy Training Course in Thailand and courses funded by The Open Society. From 2002-2005 he conducted  research on the violations inflicted on the eastern ethnic peoples funded by the Netherlands government. His report “Dying Alive” and supporting video footage received worldwide coverage and contributed to the submission of Burma to the UN Security Council in January 2007. As result of the report, the UN Committee on the Prevention of Genocide carried out an investigation and placed Burma Myanmar on the Genocide Alert list.

Since 2005, he has focused on establishing a coalition of governments, funders, institutions and leading international lawyers with the aim of getting the violations objectively and authoritatively investigated and analysed so that impunity can be addressed. He is currently a Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Unversity of London and has been affiliated to the Irish Centre for Human Rights investigating the plight of the Rohingya people in western Burma.

He worked previously in eastern Europe during the period of transition for which he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award. He is a trained National Health Service Counsellor; has a BA and MA from Cambridge University, and has taught at School, College and University level both nationally and internationally.

Dying Alive: A Legal Assessment of Human Rights Violations in Burma (PDF)
By Guy Horton
April 2005

The publication, Dying Alive, has been harvested and preserved as part of the Georgetown Law Center’s collections in the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group. See the file here (PDF)
By The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group
May 2011

Threat to the peace: A call for the UN Security Council to Act in Burma (PDF)
By DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP
September 2005

Crimes in Burma (PDF)
By Harvard Law School
May 2009

Crimes against humanity in Western Burma
By the Irish Centre for Human Rights
June 2010

Violation of Buddhist principles (PDF)
By Ven. Rewata Dhamma

Protracted Displacement in Eastern Burma(PDF)

Additional Links

For Human Rights, Democracy and Development in Burma

Political Prisoners

Thai Burma Border Consortium Reports on Internal Displacement

Human Rights Watch

Assistance Association Political Prisoners Burma

Additional contacts

Kachin Women's Association:

The Mae Tao Clinic:

Karen Human Rights Group:

Women's League of Burma:


the-man-who-uncovered-the-truth-about-burma (The independent)

A witness's plea to end Myanmar abuse (The New York Times)

Burma's 'slow genocide (The Telegraph)

Assistance to Burmese refugees (UK House of Commons)

Rights abuses by the Burmese army on tape (BBC)

Burmese army accused of killings (BBC)

UK-based exiles seek Burma change (BBC)

Reports of genocide in Burma (ABC)

A Crime with a name (,)

Jurists call for commission of inquiry into Burma war crimes (

Hunting the Junta (Time)

Karenni: Researcher Documents Abuses in Burma ( Embassy)

Crimes Against Humanity in Burma (humanrightsfirst)

UN investigation of human rights violations in Burma is welcomed (BurmaNet News)

About Burma (Wikipedia)

Guy Horton Interview at the BBC (Real Player needed)
Public Lectures

SOAS, University of London, Feb 2010

(Video Presentation, quicktime)


(PowerPoint Presentation)