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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 8th, 2009

september 8th, 2009

Southern African Grouping Proposes Extraordinary Summit on Zimbabwe

"Leaders of the SouthernAfrican Development Community assembled for a summit Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided not to examine progress by Zimbabwe's national unity government and discuss issues that continue to trouble power-sharing in Harare, but will hold an extraordinary summit in a few weeks focused exclusively on Zimbabwe."

september 8th, 2009

Member of Zimbabwe PM's Party Murdered for Song: Party

"A member of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has been beaten to death by soldiers for playing a song praising the premier, his Movement for Democratic Change said Tuesday."

september 8th, 2009

Tsvangirai Calls for International Monitoring of Zimbabwe Accord

"Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called Tuesday on southern African nations to step up monitoring of his power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe."

september 8th, 2009

Burma Agrees to Hear Aung San Suu Kyi's Appeal Against House Arrest

"A Burmese court today offered a glimmer of hope that the country's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, could be set free after it accepted an appeal by her lawyers."

september 8th, 2009

Suu Kyi's Party Hopeful for Her Release: Spokesman

"The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday it was hopeful that she would be unconditionally released after a court agreed to hear an appeal against her recent conviction."

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