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Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for "mocking" General Than Shwe
According to the accusation, Nay Phone Latt offended the leader of the junta. He was a valuable source of information during the weeks of oppression against the protagonists of the "saffron revolution," in September of 2007. A poet has also been sentenced to two years in prison.
One year after the massacre of the monks, the repression continues in Myanmar
Today is the twentieth anniversary anniversary of the founding of the National League for Democracy, while one year ago, the military junta carried out a bloody repression of the "revolution" of the Buddhist monks. Activists continue to fight for human rights, and the military threatens new violence.
Burmese dissident Zarganar honored for pro-democracy struggle
The activist has received a highly sought-after recognition from the Canadian section of PEN International, an association that works for freedom of the press. The International Women’s Media Foundation, meanwhile, is honoring a Burmese journalist who for twenty years has been denouncing the misdeeds of the reigning junta.
Mandalay, student activist sentenced to 104 years in prison
The accusation is of promoting "political activities" and meeting with a dissident group in exile. The junta is releasing six activists arrested in December during a demonstration. Htet Htet Oo Wai, the woman who had asked for permission to pay homage to Aung San Suu Kyi, remains in prison.
Religious freedom continues to decline in Asia
Serious and systematic violations of religious freedom are on the rise, including on the part of the authorities. This is the conclusion of the annual report of the U.S. State Department. Over the past year, there have been systematic persecutions in China and Myanmar, but the situation in India is also extremely serious.
Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
Nine religious have been condemned to sentences that vary between six to eight years in prison. NLD spokesman confirms charges against 14 members of the opposition and announces fresh arrests. The military crack down aims to “dissuade” criticism of the regime ahead of the 2010 elections.
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