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last update: march 25th, 2010

march 25th, 2010

Executive Director Alex Wagner Op-Ed: "The Curious Case of Nyi Nyi Aung"

"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."

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march 22nd, 2010

Report: "Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for US Policy"

"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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last updated october 2nd, 2009

october 2nd, 2009

Zimbabweans Sued for Torture Case

"Nine Zimbabwean human rights activists and others tortured in custody are suing government officials for $510,000 (£322,000), their lawyer has said."

september 25th, 2009

Video: Mugabe: West 'Dividing Zimbabwe'

"President Robert Mugabe has accused the West of using 'filthy clandestine divisive antics' to undermine Zimbabwe's power-sharing government."

 

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september 24th, 2009

More Farm & Land Takeovers in Zimbabwe Amid New Hunger Warnings

"The US-based Famine Early Warning System Network has warned that food stocks will be depleted this month in western Zimbabwe where some 2 million people face hunger--this amid political agitation over a fresh wave of farm invasions and land grabs."

september 24th, 2009

Mugabe Doesn't See US Sanctions Lifted Soon

"Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday he was giving the US Obama administration time to lift sanctions its predecessor imposed on his country, saying he did not expect immediate action."

september 24th, 2009

US to Engage Burma's Junta

"The US plans to change its approach to Burma, enlisting a combination of sanctions and engagement in a fresh bid to persuade the ruling junta to allow more democratic freedoms, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday."

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