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last update: may 13th, 2009

may 13th, 2009

Report, Statements Address Plight of Burma's Political Prisoners

Amid recent news reports detailing the continued detention and worsening health of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Western media, governing bodies, international and local NGOs have issued statements calling for immediate aid to Burmese political prisoners. On May 11, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released a report outlining the hardships faced by these prisoners, entitled: "Burma's Prisons and Labor Camps: Silent Killing Fields." Following this, the EU issued a statement calling on the Burmese regime to provide Suu Kyi with proper medical attention. On May 13, Amnesty International released a statement condemning the lack of care given to political prisoners.

 

Follow the jump for links to the report and these statements, as well as to a petition in support of Burma's political prisoners.

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april 20th, 2009

Desmond Tutu Burma Op-Ed: "What Burma Needs From the White House"

"When President Obama was elected, I was filled with hope that America would regain the moral standing to aid those who are impoverished and oppressed around the world. I have since rejoiced to see him reversing the most obnoxious policies of the Bush administration--by ending torture, announcing the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and engaging the world on climate change, to name just a few. But there is another issue on which America's moral leadership is desperately needed, and here, it must be acknowledged, President Bush was on the side of the angels: the struggle for human rights and justice in Burma."

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last updated june 21st, 2016

june 21st, 2016

Increased Backlash over EU Plan to Work with Sudan Government on Refugees

The backlash from leading humanitarian and development organizations continues over the European Union’s recent plan to work with Sudan and other repressive regimes to address irregular migration flows and stop refugees from reaching Europe. This plan would partner the EU with Sudan, despite Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s outstanding International Criminal Court arrest warrants and the regime’s terrible human rights record, and Eritrea, where a 2016 United Nations Commission of Inquiry found that Eritrean government officials have committed crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape, and torture, over the past 25 years.

 

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june 20th, 2016

New Report: How an Illegal Charcoal Trade is Threatening Africa’s Oldest National Park

Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “The Mafia in the Park: A charcoal syndicate is threatening Virunga, Africa's oldest national park” by Enough Senior Policy Analyst Holly Dranginis.

 

Follow the jump for a link to the report.

june 16th, 2016

Government of Sudan Continues Policies of Suffering in Darfur

This week, the United Nations verified that at least 80,000 Darfuris fled their homes due to armed conflict near Jebel Marra earlier this year. The total number of displaced may very well be closer to 127,000, but the Government of Sudan refuses to allow U.N. or African Union personnel access to conflict-affected areas, making verification extremely difficult. Indeed, UNAMID, the joint U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission in Darfur, struggles to access areas such as Jebel Marra even though it is clearly within its mandate to do so.

 

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june 15th, 2016

NOOW Partner The Enough Project’s Policy Director Brad Brooks-Rubin Testifies before Congress on US Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

On Wednesday June 8, NOOW Partner The Enough Project's Policy Director, Brad Brooks-Rubin, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, convening for a session on “U.S. Sanctions Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa".

 

A link to video of his testimony follows after the jump.

june 7th, 2016

Civil Society Groups Call for Greater Governance in Global Diamond Industry

With his divisive and derisive comments concerning civil society at the recent Kimberley Process (KP) mid-year meeting, the 2016 Chair of the KP, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, helped to remind the world of the critical issues facing the diamond industry...

 

Click through for a link to his comments, as well as a link to a joint statement response from the Civil Society Coalition.

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