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Rights & Wrongs: Burma, China, 'Mama Africa' and More

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

BURMA CONVICTIONS RAISE CONCERNS -- Burma's ruling military junta has come in for another round of criticism and condemnation over the recent convictions of participants in 2007's pro-democracy demonstrations. On Tuesday and Friday of last week, authorities convicted a total of 60 activists on various charges, including forming illegal organizations and illegal use of electronic media, sentencing some to as many as 65 years in prison.

Human rights advocates and world leaders have expressed concern about the trials, which represent a spike in the Burmese regime's ongoing crackdown on dissent. U.S State Department officials openly challenged Burmese authorities in public statements, saying: "These brave democracy activists are peaceful citizens whose only crime was to challenge the regime's illegitimate rule." ...

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