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MYANMAR - UN
Myanmar’s junta slams UN over interference in internal affairs
The Burmese government targets the Special Representative Yanghee Lee, who highlighted discrimination against the Rohingya and criticized the law governing marriages and conversions. Foreign Ministry "invites" UN to carry out its work in a "professional and prudent" manner. In recent weeks, the woman was already the subject of abuse by a Buddhist Monk.
I, Ashin Pannasiri, dissident monk escaped from Burmese prison
Arrested in October of 2007 at an internet cafe, he got away last September 16 and was taken in by some friends in India. He recounts the torture and "physical and psychological" violence he suffered in prison. From New Delhi, the "struggle for freedom and peace in Burma" will continue.
Burmese Catholics to Pope: at Christmas, remember our people in your prayers
AsiaNews publishes the appeal by some Catholics in Myanmar to Benedict XVI. The fear that the world might forget the sufferings of their country is also present in the testimonies of some Buddhist refugees gathered in Thailand: the systematic cruelty of the military regime, the disarray of health care, the destruction of the education system, and the massive exploitation of resources and manual labour on the part of great powers like China have brought the country to its knees, and it is losing any hope for change.
Mosque shuttered, prayer ban on Rohingya during Ramadan in Myanmar
During the Muslim month of fasting, mosques were sealed off. Not even for the festivity of Eid ul-Fitr were they reopened. Burmese Muslims and activists complain that pressure is being put on Muslims to leave the country. Human Rights watch calls it "state-sponsored persecution".
Struggle for Democracy, Burmese monk risks expulsion from the order
Ashin Pyinna Thiha branded as "disobedient" by the official committee close to the Burmese government. He supported the opposition movement, organized meetings and discussions, called for "national unity". Yesterday 300 supporters demonstrated outside the gates of the place of worship.
Yangon, freed only a month ago, leader of the Saffron Revolution arrested
Burmese Ashin Gambira in prison serving a sentence of 68 years. Since release, he violated the terms of probation, breaking the seals of three monasteries closed by the authorities.
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