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last update: march 25th, 2010

march 25th, 2010

Executive Director Alex Wagner Op-Ed: "The Curious Case of Nyi Nyi Aung"

"Six months ago, a man named Nyi Nyi Aung landed at the Yangon International Airport in Burma. He had come to Burma in the hopes of visiting his mother, who is currently in jail for pro-democracy activities and sick with cancer. Before he could clear customs, Aung's baggage cart was seized by airport personnel and he was told to come into their offices to answer some "personal questions." Although Aung has a background as a human rights activist, and was a prominent leader during Burma's 1988 uprising, he had broken no laws. Perhaps more importantly, Aung is also an American citizen, which should have provided some insurance against wrongful incarceration."

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march 22nd, 2010

Report: "Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for US Policy"

"As the Obama administration turns to the thorny issue of engaging Burma’s authoritarian government, a new Asia Society Task Force report offers a detailed strategy that positions the United States to respond effectively and flexibly to the twists and turns that a potential transition in Burma may take over time. The stakes are high. With Burma’s military leaders preparing to convene elections later this year, a comprehensive U.S. approach—taken in concert with regional and international partners—provides the best hope for bringing Burma into the world community. The Task Force’s report, entitled Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for U.S. Policy, recommends framing U.S. policy toward Burma based on changes taking place in the country with careful consideration of how the instruments at its disposal, including both the engagement and sanctions sides of the equation, can be tapped to encourage political and economic reform."

 

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last updated november 12th, 2009

november 12th, 2009

Zimbabwe: More Students Arrested in Bindura

"Four more students were arrested on Monday at Zimbabwe's Bindura University, in what appears to be an intensifying clampdown on student activists in the country."

november 12th, 2009

US Urges Asian Nations to Push Burma on Elections

"The United States Wednesday urged Asian nations to pressure Burma to hold free and fair elections next year, ahead of a historic summit involving President Barack Obama and the junta's premier."

november 11th, 2009

Obama to Meet Burma, Other ASEAN Leaders

"President Barack Obama will meet leaders of Southeast Asian nations, including Burma, in a high-level affirmation of Washington's new policy of engaging the military-ruled country despite its dismal human rights record."

november 11th, 2009

Mugabe Opponent Bennett's Trial Adjourned

"The trial of key Zimbabwe opposition figure Roy Bennett was adjourned in the Harare High Court Monday so the judge can deliberate the admissibility of evidence allegedly gathered through torture."

november 6th, 2009

Update: Burma Vote Plan Clouds New US Dialogue

"US envoys who paid a rare visit to Burma say the new dialogue will be slow and cautious, but the junta's plans to hold 2010 elections are casting a shadow that could disrupt the delicate process."

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