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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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A public debate at the UN on April 10 will serve up a revisionist denial of the worst killings in Europe since the end of World War II: the ethnic slaughter in the former Yugoslavia that horrified the world in the 1990s. While the session's ostensible…
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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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Many people in Bosnia and beyond thought they would never see Radovan Karadzic standing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It seemed almost beyond the dreams of the rape victims that I interviewed in Bosnia in…
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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…