Burma: Struggling for human rights

From Mizzima News

December 10th marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations, to which military-ruled Burma is party.

While the world marks the occasion, Burmese continue to live without their basic rights, denied by their military rulers, says David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant for the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), who has closely monitored human rights developments in Burma for years.

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Gambira, Five Others Sent to Remote Prisons

From The Irrawaddy

At least six political activists including the prominent Buddhist monk Ashin Gambira, one of the leaders in the September demonstrations last year, were sent to prisons in remote areas around Burma on Monday, said reliable sources in Rangoon.

Ashin Gambira, who received the longest prison term of 68 years, was transferred from Insein Prison to Hkamti Prison in Sagaing Division while his older brother, Aung Kyaw Kyaw, was sent from Insein Prison to Taunggyi Prison in Shan State in eastern Burma, according to a source who requested anonymity.

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To school, to school… if only it were in Singapore.

From The Straits Times

It is 5.30am. The towering 100m Shwe Dagon Pagoda is draped in morning mist. Inside the temple complex is a hive of activity. Prayers swirl through the air. Monks swathed in burgundy robes chant the sutras, and knots of Myanmar nationals, in their traditional longyi dress, sit cross-legged, eyes closed, mouthing earnest prayers.

Under a banyan sits Mr Khaw Myint, 45, a father of three. He glances occasionally at his watch but does not hurry. He has come to Yangon’s most sacred shrine to offer thanks for his 16-year-old son passing the all-important Myanmar high school matriculation examinations.

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