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Update: Shortly after this was published, the UN Security Council issued its third statement on Myanmar. Myanmar police enforcing the military junta’s crackdown on protesters stopped an ambulance in March, dragged four paramedics out of…
The UN Security Council holds a meeting on November 20, 2019, at United Nations headquarters in New York.
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For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many fear a new hostility to human rights on the part of the United States. From his divisive rhetoric about minorities to his embrace of autocrats abroad, there is plenty to worry about.  Trump…
U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington January 12, 2016.
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In Burma this week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged foreign countries to lift sanctions. At the same time, it was wise of him to keep pushing Burma to release its remaining political prisoners. The fate of these wrongfully imprisoned…
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Burma’s Generals Are Sitting Pretty After One Year of the Bloody Crackdown

There's one country that we're pretty sure won't make it into any of the US presidential debates nor Japan's up-coming general election debates. Despite all the noise and widespread condemnation just one year ago during the regime's brutal crackdown,…
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Supporters of human rights around the world watched in joy 14 years ago as apartheid ended and a new era of democratic governance began in South Africa. But many of us are now watching in dismay as the country's foreign policy often aligns with global…
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None of this should have been a surprise. The Burmese generals sent Ibrahim Gambari away empty-handed. The military rulers treated Gambari, special envoy to Burma and under secretary general of the UN, with unconcealed contempt. Gambari - who is due to…
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Burma has finally arrived on the formal agenda of the UN Security Council. On September 30, the Council held its third briefing on the dire human rights situation in Burma, with member states voting 10-4 (with one abstention) to continue the discussion.…
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Up Against the Military

The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, Paulo Pinheiro, was forced to cut short a mission to Burma last month when a bugging device was discovered in a room where he was interviewing political prisoners. The aborted UN mission is a symptom…
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The world may get a glimpse of what is really going on in Burma when the United Nations' special envoy, the Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail, visits Rangoon this Monday. In trying to keep a political dialogue on track between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, head of…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…