Stories about Myanmar (Burma) from January, 2012
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, urging further support from the international community in Myanmar. Such engagement will be particularly important for refugees and internally displaced people.
The Myanmar Times publishes its exclusive interview with U Khin Nyunt, Myanmar's former military Intelligence chief and former prime minister, who was freed together with hundreds of political prisoners last week.
The Democratic Voice of Burma has uploaded a video documentary about its discovery of the secret program of Myanmar’s ruling generals to build nuclear weapons.
Myanmar Blogger Nay Phone Latt, who was released on January 13th along with other prominent political prisoners after being imprisoned for 4 years, wrote his first blog post about his experience in prison.
Htoo Tay Zar posts pictures from the welcoming party for freed Myanmar blogger Ko Nay Phone Latt. The blogger was one of the 600 political detainees who were released from prison in Myanmar on Friday, January 13, 2011.
Myanmar netizens called it “Beautiful Friday 13″ in reaction to the news that hundreds of political prisoners, journalists, and activists were set free by the government.
A reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma is among the political prisoners released today by the Myanmar government. The reporter was given an 18-year prison term for documenting a grenade attack in the capital.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma has uploaded a list of the 34 freed political prisoners in Myanmar. According to the opposition, there are 591 political prisoners in the country.
Prof Kanbawza Win warns global leaders not be deceived by the so-called democratic reforms in Myanmar: “The West should not be carried away by some cosmetic reforms and that Burma’s long-ruling military still wields enormous power despite a veneer of democracy provided by the sham elections with a dubious constitution.”
A total of 1,400 prisoners including 33 political prisoners were released from Myanmar prisons this month. Reacting to the non-release of hundreds of political prisoners, activist and former detainee Zarganar Thura posted this statement on facebook: “I once likened the situation of my friends in jail as being in the...
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