Human Rights assesment now says condition in Myanmar worse then initally stated

In Foreign Affairs, human rights, Injustice on December 9, 2007 by Editor Z

This is what bravery truly is. The Burmease monks who defied thier rulers.

Details of a new report that is to be released to the United Nations Human Rights commission by a worker of the UN states that the climate and carnage of the ruling military regime in Myanmar (also known as Burma), were much more grim and oppressive then reports from that government had stated.

This comes as no surprise to many human rights groups as well as participants in the pro-democracy demonstrations.

Details show that thirty-one people, among them a Japanese photographer died as a direct result of the governments aggressive retaliation to the demonstrations against the ruling Junta that grabbed the attention of the world in late September and early October, with the response by the government receiving global condemnation. That is larger then the 16, that the government had initially acknowledged.

Additional findings reveal that between three and four thousand civilians in that country were detained during the mass protests led by Buddhist monks and that somewhere in the range of 500 to 1,000 also remain in government detention. These include many Buddhist monks who were also arrested for either being suspected of being linked to or themselves being directly involved in the marches. An additional 1,150 jailed prior to the outbreak of the non-violent demonstrations by the people and against the ruling military have not yet been released, while the whereabouts of as many as 74 other people are said to be unknown.

Locations meant to house large numbers of people, are now also said to be used as grounds to keep political dissidents under the watchful eye of the military.

Despite a pledge to not detain anymore dissidents and protesters, the regime there has also continued to make arrests.

Another report recently stated that the government ordered the shutdown of a monastery that cared for people afflicted by HIV.

MY TAKE: This is tragic. No other way to frame it or state it. These are people willing to fight for their rights and do so non-violently (unlike the Iraqis). They braved the rain, the sultry heat,toil, denunciations and threats bellowed by their despotic leaders, and even for a time the armaments of those who govern them. Fighting the arms of authority, not by taking up arms, but by standing up to them by sheer defiance and unleashing upon the world a message of dissent and justice that glisten in the skies not only of their nation but in the imaginations of the broader humanity.

One day lets hope, when we have stood by them in terms of both our words, our hearts, and out money, that they shall chart their own course and right the wrongs that they have been forced to endure as a country.



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