» 06/27/2008, 00.00
Hero Aung San stricken from the school books
Burmese authorities say they want to bring the manuals up to international standards. But the intention is political: to weaken the influence of the democratic movement on young people. The general is the father of "Lady" Aung San Suu Kyi.
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.
A referendum to approve the new constitution, almost ready
The final round of meetings on the new constitution, under discussion since 1993, has begun before it is put to a public vote. But the military will retain decisive power.
Democracy and human rights on agenda of UN envoy in Myanmar
The representative of the United Nations will meet with the leaders of the ruling military junta, and with a delegation of Buddhist monks, the force behind the revolt in September 2007, put down with violence. No confirmation of a possible face-to-face meeting with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
For the Burmese junta, there is a "risk of attacks", but this is only a pretext
One month from the constitutional referendum, the state newspapers launch a new campaign by the junta to defame the supporters of democracy in the country, who are described as "terrorists and anarchists". Worrying "exclusions" in the text of the new constitution.
28/01/2009 THAILAND - INDONESIA
Bangkok denies refugee status to Rohingya
According to the Thai government, they are "illegal immigrants" who have no right to political asylum, and it is ordering that they be repatriated. Over the past two months, more than 550 refugees are believed to have drowned after being abandoned in international waters. On January 24, Indonesia refused entry visas for 193 refugees.
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