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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Amnesty International Condemns Increasing Number of Arrests in Burma

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 26 January ( Amnesty International condemns the Burmese (Myanmar) government's continued imprisonment of political activists, which new research reveals now stands at 96 arrests since
November 1, 2007.

"Four months on from the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, rather than stop its unlawful arrests the Burmese government has actually accelerated them. U.N. Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari was told in early November by Prime Minister Thein Sein that arrests had stopped and that no more would take place. Amnesty International's research contradicts that assurance completely," said Catherine Baber, director of Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific program.

"The new arrests in December and January target people who have attempted to send evidence of the crackdown to the international community, clearly showing that the government's chief priority is to silence its citizens who would hold them accountable," continued Baber.

Amnesty International is also gravely concerned that since November 1,2007, the Myanmar authorities have sentenced to prison at least 15 protesters and their supporters, and that torture and ill-treatment of detainees has been reported.

"Such prosecutions are politically motivated, imposed after proceedings that flagrantly abuse people's right to a free and fair trial and contravene international human rights standards," said Baber.

- Asian Tribune -

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