Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
"Six months ago, a man named Nyi Nyi Aung landed at the Yangon International Airport in Burma. He had come to Burma in the hopes of visiting his mother, who is currently in jail for pro-democracy activities and sick with cancer. Before he could clear customs, Aung's baggage cart was seized by airport personnel and he was told to come into their offices to answer some "personal questions." Although Aung has a background as a human rights activist, and was a prominent leader during Burma's 1988 uprising, he had broken no laws. Perhaps more importantly, Aung is also an American citizen, which should have provided some insurance against wrongful incarceration."
"As the Obama administration turns to the thorny issue of engaging Burma’s authoritarian government, a new Asia Society Task Force report offers a detailed strategy that positions the United States to respond effectively and flexibly to the twists and turns that a potential transition in Burma may take over time. The stakes are high. With Burma’s military leaders preparing to convene elections later this year, a comprehensive U.S. approach—taken in concert with regional and international partners—provides the best hope for bringing Burma into the world community. The Task Force’s report, entitled Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for U.S. Policy, recommends framing U.S. policy toward Burma based on changes taking place in the country with careful consideration of how the instruments at its disposal, including both the engagement and sanctions sides of the equation, can be tapped to encourage political and economic reform."
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"UN representatives and aid workers were allowed into a refugee camp in war-torn Darfur on Monday, more than two weeks after deadly fighting there, the United Nations said."
"Authorities in Sudan's West Darfur state have expelled five humanitarian workers from the United Nations and the Red Cross, aid officials said Monday, as the UN chief expressed alarm about the situation in Darfur."
"Sudan must stop blocking aid agencies from reaching more than 80,000 displaced Darfuri refugees at Kalma camp, a scene of bloodshed where conditions are deteriorating, the UN's humanitarian chief said on Saturday."
"Two police advisers deployed with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's western region of Darfur were kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday, UNAMID said in a statement."
"There was an exchange of gunfire at a refugee camp in Sudan's western Darfur region that has been the focus of a tense standoff between international peacekeepers and Khartoum, a U.N. spokesman said on Wednesday."