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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 16th, 2009

september 16th, 2009

Despite Unity Deal, Zimbabwe Struggles to Confront Problems

"Zimbabwe's fragile power-sharing deal faces an uncertain future, one year after an agreement was signed between President Robert Mugabe and his political rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai."

september 15th, 2009

Crackdown on Burmese Dissidents in Chiang Mai

"Thai police officers on Sunday raided the offices of several exiled Burmese opposition groups including the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma, the Burmese Women’s Union and the National Health and Education Committee."

september 15th, 2009

Ex-PMs' Kin Join New Burma Party

"The daughters of two of Burma's former prime ministers are to join a new political party to be set up for next year's elections."

september 15th, 2009

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Vows Unity, Brushes Off Critics

"President Robert Mugabe vowed to work with one-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai as Zimbabwe on Tuesday marked the signing of a unity deal one year ago, but brushed off criticism of failing the fragile pact."

september 14th, 2009

Khartoum Criticizes Washington's Decision on Economic Sanctions on Sudan

"The Sudanese government criticized on Sunday a decision announced by the US administration to exclude certain areas from economic sanctions imposed by the United States on the African country over one decade."

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