UN human rights envoy visits Myanmar prisons

Yangon – United Nations special rapporteur for human rights, Tomas Ojea Quintana, was allowed to visit Yangon’s notorious Insein prison Monday, security sources confirmed. Quintana, who arrived in Myanmar Saturday, travelled to the Karen State on Sunday where he visited Hpa-An prison, where a 28 year-old Burmese blogger named Nay Phone Latt is serving a 20-year prison term, according to sources who asked for anonymity. Upon his return to Yangon

UN rights envoy visits Myanmar’s Karen state

Yangon: United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Tomas Ojea Quintana left Yangon yesterday to visit the Karen State, where Myanmar’s junta has waged a decades-old war against the Karen people, driving hundreds of thousands of them into Thailand. The Karen, many of whom profess to be Christian, are one of the few ethnic minority groups in Myanmar who have refused to sign a cease-fire agreement with the government, making

Myanmar extends detention of opposition leader

Myanmar’s military government on Friday extended the house arrest of the deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party, despite recent calls from the United Nations for the release of political prisoners.

Child Soldiers in Burma's Tatmadaw (Photo: Yoma3)

Accompanying all the latest to-do over whether or not Burma’s regime is trying to obtain nuclear weapons has been the usual background noise about the menace of its conventional armed forces. Foreign pages’ editors excitedly describe

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi verdict: “Yet another travesty of justice”

Media Statement – for immediate release11 August 2009 [Mae Sot, Thailand] The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) today strongly condemned the guilty verdict and three year jail term with hard labour –