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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 october 22nd, 2009

october 22nd, 2009

UN Slams Burma Rights Ills

"Human rights violations in Burma are alarming, UN rights envoys said on Thursday."

october 21st, 2009

Report: Burma Timber Still Smuggled to China

"There has been a sharp decline in timber illegally imported into China from Burma, but smugglers are still supplying Chinese companies that export the wood to Europe, America and throughout the world, an environmental watchdog agency said Wednesday."

october 21st, 2009

Zimbabwe Must Not Be Allowed to Return to Instability: Zuma

"Zimbabwe must not be allowed to return to instability, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday after talks with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has cut ties within his unity government."

october 21st, 2009

US to Send Mission to Burma

"The United States said Wednesday it would send a rare mission to Burma in the coming weeks as it pursues engagement with the reclusive regime."

october 20th, 2009

Tsvangirai Asks for Regional Help in Zimbabwe Stand-Off

"Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday appealed for regional help in his stand-off in Zimbabwe's unity pact, as his ministers boycotted a meeting with President Robert Mugabe."

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