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An American in Burma’s Gulag

Nyi Nyi Aung has been sentenced to three years hard labor for political crimes.

By Wa Wa Kyaw
Wall Street Journal

On Feb. 10, a court inside Burma’s notorious Insein Prison sentenced my fiance, Nyi Nyi Aung, to three years hard labor in prison to punish him for his democracy advocacy. […]

February 22, 2010  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma Update: Disappointed and Regret – UN Humand Rights Special Rapporteur on Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana

“I deeply regret that my special request to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was not granted. I had requested specifically to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in advance of my mission. Nonetheless this meeting did not take place. I am disappointed that even this time I was not able to see her in […]

February 19, 2010  •  By Political Defiance Committee, National Council of the Union of Burma  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

56 groups issue open letter demanding justice for workers on strike in Burma

Fifty-six groups issued an open letter to Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN, calling on the regional body and its member countries to closely monitor the current situation at the Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone in Rangoon, and ensure that workers’ rights are recognized and respected. The letter also calls on ASEAN and ASEAN member […]

February 19, 2010  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Welcome to the new website!

Welcome to the new Burma Partnership website! We hope this will be a powerful tool for journalists, researchers, diplomats, and especially activists from Burma and all over the world.

February 18, 2010  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags:  •  Read more ➤

World must not be misled by Burma’s sham elections

By Naw Zipporah Sein and Khu Oo Reh
The Nation

THIS WEEK in 1947, our ethnic leaders signed the historic Panglong Agreement, which envisioned a free Burma in which our people could live together in peace. Within a year, Burma gained its independence from the British. Yet, half a century later, Burma is still not free. […]

February 13, 2010  •  Tags: ,  •  Read more ➤

Union Day Highlights Opposition to the Junta’s Undemocratic Elections

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 […]

February 12, 2010  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Nyi Nyi Aung Unjustly Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Today, Burma-born American Nyi Nyi Aung was unjustly sentenced to 3 years in prison with hard labour. He was sentenced under three different sections for a total of 5 years, however the judge commuted his sentence to 3 years. The court unjustly found Nyi Nyi guilty of forging a national identity card, failing to declare […]

February 10, 2010  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Repatriation of Karen Refugees Halted for Time Being

According to the Thai Foreign Ministry, the repatriation of refugees from Burma’s Karen State has been halted for the time being. Spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said that the Foreign Ministry wants “to dispel any concerns that their return would not be on a voluntary basis.” Friends of Burma (FOB) has informed us that it has not […]

February 6, 2010  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Thailand Begins Forcibly Repatriating Karen Refugees

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 District, Tak Province, Thailand, […]

February 5, 2010  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Burma Action in Hong Kong

On 5 February, the Hong Kong Coalition for a Free Burma held a protest at the Burmese Consulate and the Cheung Kong Building. […]

February 5, 2010  •  Tags:  •  Read more ➤