Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Rangoon journalists press gov’t for freedom of speech

6 August 2012
The message was: “Stop Killing the Press.”
After the suspension of two newspapers last week, Burmese journalists have 
staged a walking demonstration in Rangoon in support of freedom 
of speech and the press.

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NMSP and KNPP signed Deep of Commitment for Protection of Children in Conflict

6 August 2012
The main armed ethnic oppositions from Burma, New Mon State Party (NMSP) 
and Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), the members of an umbrella 
United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) signed the Deep of Commitment 
(DoC) with a Geneva based International NGO, Geneva Call, in order to protect 
children in conflict zones eastern part of Burma, said Nai Hongsa Poung Khine, 
a delegate from NMSP.

Quintana calls for ‘independent’ investigation into Rakhine violence

6 August 2012
The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma has called for a credible,
 independent investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Rakhine,
 including the excessive use of force by security and police personnel, arbitrary
 arrests and detentions, killings, the denial of due process guarantees and 
the use of torture in places of detention.

Journalists rally against censorship

6 August 2012
Dozens of journalists marched in Burma’s main city Saturday to protest the suspension 
of two journals amid fears officials are rowing back on pledges to ease strict 
junta-era censorship laws, an AFP reporter said.