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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 september 23rd, 2009

september 23rd, 2009

US Senator Calls Hearing on Burma Policy

"A key US Senator sharply critical of US economic sanctions on Burma announced Tuesday he would hold an October 1 hearing on their effectiveness in fostering democratic reforms there."

september 23rd, 2009

Update: Visit by Burmese Official Hints at US Policy Shift

"For the first time in nine years, the United States allowed Burma's foreign minister to come to Washington, a sign of softening US policy toward the military junta that has run that Asian nation for nearly five decades."

september 23rd, 2009

Update: Ban Strongly Condemns Latest Deadly Attack In Southern Sudan

"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the weekend attack in southern Sudan in which more than 100 people were reportedly killed, the latest in a string of ethnically-based incidents in the region."

september 22nd, 2009

Burma Junta Still Repressing Monks: Rights Group

"Burma's Buddhist monks face continuing intimidation, repression and severe jail sentences two years after the junta's crackdown on anti-government protests, a rights group said Tuesday.

 

A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) said around 240 monks were serving tough prison terms, while thousands have been disrobed or live under 'constant surveillance' following their leading role in the 2007 demonstrations."

 

Follow the jump for the full text of the article, as well as a link to the report.

september 22nd, 2009

Suu Kyi Party Seeks Meeting of Detained Leaders

"The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday it had urged the chief of the ruling junta to allow a meeting between its detained leaders so they can discuss upcoming elections."

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