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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 october 30th, 2009

october 30th, 2009

Update: Zimbabwe Foreign Minister: UN Trip a 'Provocation'

"Zimbabwe's foreign minister is calling a visit by the UN torture investigator 'a provocation of the highest order.'"

october 30th, 2009

Southern African Countries to Hold Zimbabwe Summit

"Southern African countries plan to hold an extraordinary summit on the political crisis in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Friday."

october 29th, 2009

Zimbabwe Deports UN investigator to South Africa

"Zimbabwean immigration officials barred the United Nations' torture investigator from entering their country and returned him to South Africa Thursday, an act he termed a 'serious diplomatic incident' that reflects a split in the coalition government.

 

'There are certainly some parts of the government who do not want me to assess the current conditions of torture,' Manfred Nowak angrily told reporters in Johannesburg upon arrival from Zimbabwe."

october 29th, 2009

Update: Mbeki Unveils Darfur Peace Plans

"Hybrid courts with Sudanese and foreign judges should investigate violence in Sudan's Darfur region, a report by ex-South Africa leader Thabo Mbeki says."

october 29th, 2009

Update: Ban Expresses Disappointment That Zimbabwe Blocks UN Torture Expert

"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment that the invitation extended by the Zimbabwean Government to the United Nations independent expert on torture was suddenly revoked yesterday."

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