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last update: may 17th, 2009

may 17th, 2009

Clooney, McCain, Bono, Tutu Call for Suu Kyi Release

Burmese freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been under government-sponsored house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years. As Suu Kyi awaits an upcoming trial on May 18th on charges meant to extend her imprisonment, Not On Our Watch has organized an international statement calling for her release.

 

Luminaries from across the cultural, political, and social spheres, including Not On Our Watch founders George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, as well as Bono, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Nobel Laureates Professor Elie Wiesel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Senator John McCain, among others, have united to demand that the Burmese military regime free Aung San Suu Kyi now.

 

Follow the link to read the statement and see a full list of signatories.

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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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last updated september 22nd, 2009

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."

september 22nd, 2009

US Allows Burma Minister to Visit Washington

"In a gesture toward Burma's military rulers, the United States has allowed the country's foreign minister to travel to Washington to visit the Burma embassy, a US official said on Monday."

september 22nd, 2009

Update: Political Prisoner Amnesty a ‘Cynical Ploy’

"The recent release of hundreds of political prisoners in Burma was a 'cynical ploy to ease international pressure,' said a Thailand-based group of former political prisoners.

 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) today confirmed that of approximately 7,000 released from jails, at least 127 are political prisoners."

september 22nd, 2009

Another Deadly Attack on Village in Southern Sudan Draws Anger from UN

"United Nations officials in Sudan have strongly condemned a deadly attack at the weekend on a village in the south of the country that has claimed dozens of lives and is the latest in a series of ethnically-based attacks against civilians that have provoked mounting international concern."

september 21st, 2009

Sudan's Darfur Hit by New Clashes

"Sudanese soldiers have been fighting with rebels in the Darfur region in recent days, the army has confirmed.

 

The clashes, in Korma in northern Darfur, were the first major battles since a UN commander said last month that the region was no longer at war."

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