PHOTO ESSAYS OF ACTIVIST CAUSES AND DEMOS
This page of the site is intended to chronicle the efforts of activists involved in all manner of anti-dictatorship efforts, including in any and all localities. It is not limited to only Dictator Watch actions. Our goal is to create a legacy of images that capture the breadth of social and environmental activism, worldwide, and through this to plumb the deepest strata of what it means to be active (and alive).
Please submit for inclusion photo essays of actions that you or your organization have undertaken. We will also accept essays that incisively document activist causes. For photography of demos we are particularly interested in images of police abuse of activists.
We also intend to incorporate film clips, so if you have some riveting footage please let us know.
Inclusion of submitted material on the website is solely at Dictator Watchs
69. June 2011: Finding food in fear
68. June 2011: Living in fear
67. January 2010: Burma's armed pro-democracy resistance
66. January 2010: Revolutionary fliers for Burma
65. August 2009: Burma Army atrocities, 2009 through July (Caution: Strong images.)
64. August 2009: Burma Army atrocities in 2008: Essay 1; Essay 2 (Caution: Strong images.)
63. May 2009: Zimbabwe in Pictures, January 2009
62. November 2008: Humanitarian solar installation
61. September 2008: Free Tibet Protest, © Kirran Shah 2008
60. October 2007: Three compilations of Free Burma Ranger photography taken during their relief missions this year: forced labor; internally displaced persons; and Burma Army atrocities. (Caution: the last includes strong images.)
59. July 2007: Images of a large IDP site in Eastern Burma, April 2007
58. July 2007: Burned church and school and destroyed villages, April 2007
57. March 2007: Images of suspected uranium mine and refinery in Burma
56. December 2006: Freedom Fighters of the Karen National Liberation Army, © Kirran Shah 2006
55: December 2006: Three compilations of recent Free Burma Ranger photography: Burma Army positions and forced labor; internally displaced persons; and Burma Army atrocities. (Caution: the last includes strong images.)
54. August 2006: Photography from FBR June and July relief mission reports. Caution: Some of the images are strong.
53. May 2006: Three selections of photography from recent FBR relief missions, January - April 2006
52. April 2006: Three selections of photography from Eastern Burma, where a massive offensive by the Burma Army is now underway, March 2006
51. October 2005: FBR relief mission to Karenni State, April - June 2005
50. July 2005: Selected FBR photography of child IDPs; and IDP encampments at night.
49. May 2005: SPDC Abuses in Eastern Shan State
48. May 2005: Fear and Insecurity in Eastern Shan State
47. April 2005: A collection of images from FBR relief missions conducted during December 2004 - February 2005
46. March 2005: IDP crisis in Kalaw Waw, January 2005
45. January 2005: Phase 2 of Green Empowerment solar electrification project for Karen medical clinics
44. January 2005: FBR relief mission to Karen State, December 2004; Burma Army attacks thirteen new villages
43. January 2005: FBR relief mission to Karen State, December 2004; seven battalion Burma Army offensive; three new army camps
42. January 2005: FBR relief mission to Karen State, December 2004; huge quantity of rice destroyed
41. January 2005: FBR relief mission to Karen State, November 2004; renewed attacks against returning IDPs
40. January 2005: FBR relief mission to Karenni State, November 2004; murder; mining of ten villages
39. November 2004: FBR relief mission to Karenni State, October 2004; murder; IDP crisis
38. November 2004: FBR relief mission to Mergui-Tavoy, October 2004; burned village
37. November 2004: FBR relief mission to Karen State, September/October 2004; murder; IDP crisis; forced labor
36. November 2004: FBR relief mission to the border of Karen and Karenni states, June/July 2004; ethnic cleansing and IDP crisis
November 2004: FBR relief mission to Shan
State, May 2004; human rights abuses; narcotics
34. November 2004: FBR relief mission to Arakan and Chin states, April 2004; human rights abuses; new gas pipeline
33. May 2004: Three Free Burma Rangers relief missions into Karen State, February - April 2004
32. Apriil 2004: Free Burma Rangers relief mission to Arakan State, January 2004
31. April 2004: Green Empowerment solar energy project for Karen clinics
30. March 2004: Free Burma Rangers relief mission to Toungoo District, Karen State, January 2004
29. March 2004: Report on injured Karen girl
28. February 2004: Free Burma Rangers relief mission to Northern Karen State, January 2004
27. January 2004: Emergency in Eastern Burma (Caution: two of the images are disturbing. They are not suitable for children.)
26. October 2003: Free Burma Rangers relief missions to Northern Karen State, June September, 2003
25. August 2003: Tiny Fists: Interviews with four forcibly conscripted boy soldiers of the Burmese Army
24. August 2003: KNLA battalion sends boy soldiers to school
23. August 2003: IDP food relief program for mothers and their children
22. July 2003: Life on the run in the Karen State of Burma
21. July 2003: Three exhibits of photography of atrocities committed inside Burma: burned villages; wounded children; and murder victims. (Caution: the images in the second exhibit are strong. The images in the third exhibit are very strong. The last is not suitable for children.)
20. June 2003: Photography of and call for assistance for a landmine victim in Burma. (Caution: these images are strong.)
19. June 2003: Photography and mission report from a relief mission into Burma of May 26 - June 9, 2003.
18. May 2003: Photography of and information about a forced labor road building project in Burma.
17. April 2003: Three short stories, with photography, of SPDC crimes against humanity committed against the Karen people in Dooplaya District, Karen State, Burma
16. April 2003: Photography and mission report from a relief mission into Burma of March 11-25, 2003.
15. March 2003: Update on the use of child soldiers by the Burmese Army (the SPDC - the State Peace and Development Council).
14. March 2003: Photography and mission report from a relief mission into Burma of December 30 - January 20, 2003. Caution: some of these images are strong.
13. February 2003: Reasons to be a Refugee - a photo essay about Black Zones, and other reasons why the Burmese dictators are the Taleban of Southeast Asia, and how the current Thai government is helping them.
12. January 2003: press release regarding, and photos of, refugees of the new Burmese offensive against Karen villagers along the Thai/Burma border.
11. January 2003: press release regarding, and photos of, Thai harassment of humanitarian workers - and their families - delivering Christmas presents to Karen refugees from Burma.
10. November 2002: photos of war crimes committed by the Burmese army. Caution: these photos are graphic.They are not suitable for children.
November 2002: photos of the dictatorship-sponsored
drug trade from Burma into Thailand.
8.September 2002: clandestine photography of conditions inside Burma near the Unocal/TotalFinaElf pipeline.
7.September 2002: photography of a massacre in the Karen State of Burma. Caution: these photos are graphic.They are not suitable for children.
6. June 2002: at the invitation of Amnesty International we exhibited Burma at War at the Festival Mundial in Tilburg, Holland. This photo show includes images of our installation, and also of other activities at Amnesty's Human Rights Square, which was dedicated to the release of Burmese political prisoner, student leader Min Ko Naing.
5. March - May 2001: Burma at War, an exhibition in three parts: The Karen National Liberation Army - Special Operations Training Camp; Soldiers Stories; and, You Decide.
4. The protests at the Republican National Convention in July 2000.
3. The takeover in October 1999 of the Burma Embassy in Bangkok by the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors.
2. The four 9's demo at the Burma Embassy in Bangkok.
1. January - June 1997: Constructive Engagement Exhibit