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Weekly Highlights (237 found)

13-21 February: UN Rapporteur Quintana’s Visit to Burma

Dear Friends and Supporters,

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Tomas Ojea Quintana, was in Burma this past week, the first international visit to the country since the US State Department delegation trip in November. On 17 February, Quintana visited Sittwe in Burma’s Arakan State and traveled another 3 hours by boat to reach Buthidaung prison, where he met with political prisoners Ko Htay Khwe, Ko Mrat Tun, Ko Kyaw Min, Miha Ahmad, and Ko Tun Nyo. […]

February 22, 2010  •  Read more ➤

6-12 February: Union Day Highlights Opposition to the Junta’s Undemocratic Elections

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Today marks Union Day, the anniversary of the signature of the Panglong Agreement that was designed to bring together the ethnic groups into the federal Union of Burma. Sixty-three years later, ethnic groups throughout the country are still struggling for equality, federalism, and an end to human rights violations in their communities under the repressive military regime. […]

February 12, 2010  •  Read more ➤

30 January – 5 February: Thailand Begins Forcibly Repatriating Karen Refugees

Dear Friends and Supporters, We have heard that 3 families of Karen refugees have been sent back to Burma today, despite promises from the Thai military that all the refugees would be safe. The families were staying in temporary camps at Nong Bua (also called No Bu) and Mae U Su, in Tha Song Yang […]

February 5, 2010  •  Read more ➤

23-29 January: The Movement to Stop the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam

Dear Friends and Supporters, In the last couple of weeks, protests against the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy river in northern Kachin state – Burma’s largest river and most important commercial waterway – have been gaining momentum. On 18 January, the Myitkyina Zonal Kachin Baptist Church, with 59 sub-divisional churches and 100,000 followers, held […]

January 29, 2010  •  Read more ➤

16-22 January: Resilience and Resistance Despite Junta’s Repression

Dear Friends and Supporters, We have just learned that the health condition of a young female political prisoner is rapidly worsening to the point of being life threatening. Ni Mo Hlaing was sentenced to 5 years in Thayet Prison in 2009 for assisting the Cyclone Nargis survivors, has become seriously ill since October 2009 with […]

January 22, 2010  •  Read more ➤

9-15 January: Junta’s Stalling Shows True Intent

Dear Friends and Supporters, Last week we reported how the military regime is progressing with its preparations for the planned elections. This week we look at the efforts of democratic and ethnic opposition groups to organize among themselves. On 11 January, the National League for Democracy appointed 9 new members to its Central Executive Committee in an effort to increase […]

January 15, 2010  •  Read more ➤

2-8 January: Than Shwe Announces Elections as Planned

Dear Friends and Supporters, We hope that the New Year finds you well and prepared for the busy year we have ahead of us! Only days into the New Year, on the 62nd anniversary of Burma’s Independence Day on January 4th, Senior General Than Shwe confirmed the military regime’s plan to hold elections this year, […]

January 8, 2010  •  Read more ➤