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last update: october 26th, 2009

october 26th, 2009

Executive Director Alex Wagner Op-Ed: "The Arrest and Torture of an American in Burma (And Why You Never Heard of Him)"

"While I was sitting in a Congressional House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Burma on a beautiful fall day last week, a Burmese-born American citizen who happens to live thirty minutes from Capitol Hill was languishing in Rangoon's notorious Insein prison. The Burmese courts have charged this American, Kyaw Zaw Lwin, with fraud and forgery, though the ruling regime's official mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar, has also accused him of terrorist activities. Kyaw Zaw Lwin's defense counsel has said that his client was physically tortured during his detention and denied any allegations that he was plotting to incite unrest. Last week, his trial began."

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august 11th, 2009

World Leaders, Governing Bodies Condemn Suu Kyi Prison Sentence

On Tuesday, leaders from the US, UK, France, Italy, Canada, South Africa, and Malaysia criticized the decision to sentence Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months under house arrest. Regional bodies, including the EU and ASEAN, said Suu Kyi's incarceration calls into question the legitimacy of the ruling military regime's planned 2010 elections. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement saying he "strongly deplored" the decision and called on the Burmese military government "to immediately and unconditionally release" the Nobel Laureate, and to "engage with her without delay as an essential partner in the process of national reconciliation."

 

Follow the jump for a full press round-up of the global outcry over the Suu Kyi verdict.

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last updated september 14th, 2009

september 14th, 2009

UN Tries to Boost Zimbabwe's Collapsed Schools

"The UN children's fund says the collapse of Zimbabwe's schooling system means up to 10 pupils are sharing one text book, while some rural schools have no books at all."

september 12th, 2009

Burma Briefly Detains Suu Kyi Aide: Friend

"Burma authorities on Saturday briefly detained Win Tin, a veteran opposition leader and the country's former longest serving political prisoner, a friend said."

september 11th, 2009

Update: Total Says Won't Quit Burma After NGO Accusation

"French energy major Total will not leave Burma, its head told a French daily, after a US environmental group accused it of supporting the country's military junta with revenue from its gas operations."

september 11th, 2009

Lawyers Meet With Suu Kyi Over Appeal

"Lawyers of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with her and her two co-defenders to discuss the looming court appeal, due for 18 September."

september 11th, 2009

Mugabe Lashes Out At West On Eve of EU Visit

"Hours before the first EU visit to Zimbabwe in eight years, President Robert Mugabe accused the West on Friday of wanting to recolonize his impoverished African nation."

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