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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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NEWS

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."

 

Follow the jump for a link to the video.

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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