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88 generation student leaders sentenced to six months imprisonment

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Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The nine activists were leaders of the 88 Generation Students group which helped organize last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations, …

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Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison

Associated Press
2008-10-30 03:23 PM

A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, a lawyer said Thursday.The presiding judge at the trial in Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison ruled Wednesday that the activists had “interrupted a public servant at a judicial proceeding” by repeatedly asking for an open trial that relatives could attend, said attorney Aung Thein, one of three lawyers for the activists.

“The lawyers were asked to leave the courtroom and all nine of them were given six-month sentences,” Aung Thein said.

The nine activists were leaders of the 88 Generation Students group which helped organize last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations, the biggest anti-government movement in two decades.

Most of the nine were arrested Aug. 21, 2007, along with other activists for staging a street protest against a massive fuel-price hike. Those protests led to large street rallies led by Buddhist monks which were violently suppressed by the military in September 2007.

The nine activists given jail sentences were Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Mya Aye, Pyone Cho, Htay Kywe, Nyan Lin, Aung Thu, Hla Myo Naung and Yan Myo Naing.

They are among 35 well-known activists from the 88 Generation Students group on trial facing several charges, including violating a law that bans demonstrations, speeches or written statements that could undermine stability. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Separately, Nyi Nyi Htway, a lawyer who was serving as defense lawyer for 11 other activists who took part in the protests, was arrested Tuesday and charged with violating the same law, Aung Thein said.

Rights groups say that hundreds of people arrested during last year’s pro-democracy protests remain imprisoned.

Members of the 88 Generation Students were at the forefront of a 1988 pro-democracy uprising and were subjected to lengthy prison terms and torture after the rebellion was brutally suppressed by the military.

http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=776500

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm

World focus on Burma (30 October 2008)

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‘Burma Day’ not encouraging for BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
European Union Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner explained in a statement, “Burma/ Myanmar should remain in the centre of our attention as a country that is in …

Glenn Cohen: Louise Arbour got the cold shoulder she deserved
National Post, Canada –
We can only hope, therefore, that she undertook many quiet approaches to the likes of Iran, Burma and the many other international human rights abusers. …

Burmese regime plans major offensive against KNU
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htay Aung said a new offensive could lead to human rights abuses and an increased number of displaced people. “If heavy fighting breaks out, the people will …

NLD members praise Win Tin’s negotiation efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 30, 2008 (DVB)–Meikhtila National League for Democracy has praised the efforts of senior NLD member Win Tin to reconcile youth members with the NLD …

Bomb Blasts in Northeast India Kill at Least 56
FOXNews –
Dozens of militant separatist groups are active in India’s northeast, an isolated region wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar with only a …

Multiple bomb blasts rock India’s Assam state
Times Online, UK –
Ringed by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, with only a thin corridor of land connecting it to the rest of India, India’s northeast is home to more …

Jailed activists sentenced for contempt of court
First Post, UK –
All nine have been confined in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for more than a year after they were arrested at the start of the uprising that swept Burma last …

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Georgia Bulletin, Georgia –
Today, Nicholas and four others who are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, live together in a modest gated apartment complex in metro Atlanta and are …

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Aid Group Helps to Reunite Children with their Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
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Asian (con)Fusion: Tragedy and Farce in Burma
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They take their name from Burma’s failed democracy uprising in 1988, an uprising that was brutally put down by the regime with the loss of up to 6000 lives. …

Activists Get Six Months for Contempt
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Burma Day Criticized
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… invited NGOs, advocacy groups, international organizations and think tanks from Burma and Europe to the conference, titled “Burma/Myanmar- Prospects for …

Myanmar jails activists for “court interruption”
Reuters UK, UK –
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Thailand court ignores facts of killings
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Some of the evidence it heard but omitted from its verdict included the testimony of a national human rights commissioner. She told the judges that her …

Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
AP A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, …

Burma: Junta Continues To Hold NLD Activists
UNPO, Netherlands –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

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One of the health center’s interpreters, herself a refugee from Karen state in Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — said refugees need much help adjusting to …

Nine Myanmar activists get six months for contempt of court
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… terms for contempt of court after complaining of the lack of a free judiciary in military-run Myanmar, a non-governmental organization said Thursday. …

Burma jails pro-democracy activists
The Australian, Australia –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Gem traders to fight Burma ban
Radio Australia, Australia –
Previously the law banned gems bought directly from Burma but not those traded via other countries. Dave Mathieson from Human Rights Watch told Radio …

Ghosts of Muldoon and Reagan over Trade
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Free trade had not improved democratic rights in Burma or in China. It had merely improved cash flow for multinational corporations. …

Malaysia’s Authoritarian Resurgence
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
She blends a knack for pop polemics with a commitment to serious human rights causes. In addition to her responsibilities to her constituency, …

Greens: Human Rights Left Out Of Nat’s Foreign Policy
Voxy, New Zealand –
… nations like Burma or Fiji. “National’s motto seems to be: ‘Who cares about human rights, as long as we can get a trade agreement,” Mr Locke says. …

Prowling and Skulking
Ethiopian Review, DC –
Mynamar (Burma): In 1988, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Gandhian, founded the National League for Democracy in Mynamar and was placed under …

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Voice of America –
… 2007 – the birthday of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The US Campaign for Burma says the activists were not given a fair trial. …

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… Human Rights Abuse in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar)”: “Chevron and its consortium partners continue to rely on the Burmese army for pipeline security, …

Meeting on Post-Nargis Recovery
E-Pao.net, India –
Bangkok, October 29 2008: Six months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, key partners in the country’s recovery process gathered in Bangkok to assess how …

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… opened up to the extent that it hosted this month an Asia-Europe conference that focused in several of its sessions on democratisation and human rights. …

Thailand needs to show leadership quality
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his visit to Beijing and the Asia-Europe Meeting, he did make comments on the situation in Burma – calling for assistance to help Burma with economic …

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Authoritarian China’s new superpower clout, which disregarded human rights abuses, had reached Africa, and was largely welcomed, especially by authoritarian …

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… rallying support for human rights using the Internet, whether on online newspapers, blogs, email or websites. Just this week, the government in Burma is …

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“Though we cannot confirm it, I think the use of child soldiers by the Burmese junta has remained more or less the same,” said Mathieson, adding that the …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm