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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 april 22nd, 2016

april 22nd, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Dirty Money Fuels South Sudan’s War"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.

 

South Sudan’s principal rebel leader, Riek Machar, is finally going back to Juba and his post of vice president this week, giving a boost to hopes for peace after war has raged in the world’s newest country for over two years. But his return to a country facing economic implosion and famine provides a reminder as to why this war began, what the biggest obstacles to peace are, and what must be done to overcome them.

april 12th, 2016

Sudan Tribune: "El-Fasher University students protest against Darfur referendum"

El-Fasher University students Monday took the street to protest against the administrative referendum which started in Darfur five states on the same day.

 

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april 8th, 2016

U.S. News & World Report: "Could the Iran Model Work for Sudan?"

The Obama administration should look to its successful sanctions regime and subsequent diplomacy with Iran as a model for ending violence in Sudan, according toa new report by NOOW partner, advocacy organization Enough Project.

 

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april 6th, 2016

Report: A New Approach to Sudan Sanctions

Today, NOOW partner the Enough Project released its latest report, “Modernized Sanctions for Sudan: Unfinished Business for the Obama Administration,” co-authored by NOOW board member John Prendergast and Brad Brooks-Rubin.

 

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march 22nd, 2016

Djibouti Corruption Case Dismissed by UK Courts

A U.K. court recently dismissed a claim made by the Government of Djibouti against a powerful businessman who had fallen out of favor with the government. The politically-connected businessman, Abdourahman Mohamed Mahmoud Boreh, is credited with playing an integral role in the development of the nation’s ports, oil storage, and duty free facilities. The government is petitioning for control of these facilities that are currently owned by Dubai-based DP World and other subsidiaries. Its argument rests in how bribery and fraudulent agreements for consultancy payments infringe upon investment and infrastructure agreements that are already in effect. Justice Flaux asserted that the legal proceedings were jumpstarted by Boreh’s lack of support for the president running for a third term, noting a break in their former friendship.

 

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