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Aung San Suu Kyi Raises Prospect of Working With Government

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi says she would participate in the nation’s new government if her National League for Democracy decided that was the best way forward. In an interview broadcast Monday by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, the Nobel laureate said pro-democracy activists have a responsibility to try to strengthen the forces for […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi “Cautiously Optimistic” About Burma

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed hope of seeing signs of democratic change in her country in the near future. Speaking from Burma via satellite link to the former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s philanthropic summit in New York, the Nobel laureate said Burma is at a difficult stage. But she said after […]

Rights Group Finds Press Freedom in Burma Still Restricted

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says press censorship in Burma remains “arbitrary, intensive, and highly restrictive,” despite the new government’s promise of reform. The study released Monday by the Committee to Protect Journalists says there has been a surge of privately owned and operated publications in recent years, but they are heavily censored and often forced to […]

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Indonesian FM to Hear Burmese Citizens on ASEAN Chairmanship

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesia’s foreign minister says he is eager to hear the views of Burmese citizens — including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi — on whether their country should serve as chairman of ASEAN in 2014. Marty Natalegawa discussed plans for an October visit to Burma in an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press. He said […]

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Rights Group Finds Press Freedom in Burma Still Restricted

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says press censorship in Burma remains “arbitrary, intensive, and highly restrictive,” despite the new government’s promise of reform. The study released Monday by the Committee to Protect Journalists says there has been a surge of privately owned and operated publications in recent years, but they are heavily censored and often forced to […]

UN Chief Meets with Burmese Minister

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Secretary General has met with Burma’s Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting in New York. Ban Ki-moon told Wunna Maung Lwin Sunday that he recognized the significance of recent developments in the country but that the Burmese Government should step up its reform efforts. He also reiterated the […]

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UN Chief Meets with Burmese Minister

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Secretary General has met with Burma’s Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting in New York. Mr. Ban Ki-moon told Wunna Maung Lwin Sunday that he recognized the significance of recent developments in the country but that the Burmese Government should step up its reform efforts. He also reiterated […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Says Freedom in Burma Still Far Off

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 10:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi says there are signs of political change in Burma, but its people are still far from gaining real freedom. In an interview with the French news agency, the Nobel peace laureate said that an Arab-style uprising is not the answer to Burma’s problems. Speaking in her National League […]

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AAPP Urges Release of Terminally Ill Burmese Political Prisoner

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An independent non-profit organization supporting political prisoners (The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) has urged an immediate and unconditional release of a leading member of the All Burma Student Federation Union, Ko Zaw Lin Tun, from prison. In a press release Saturday, the independent non-profit organization says Ko Zaw Lin Tun is terminally ill, […]

Clinton: Grounds for Optimism in Burma

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there are grounds for optimism about Burma, where the new government is promising democratic reforms. Clinton met in San Francisco Thursday with Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd. She said Burmese leaders have made “welcome gestures,” including talks with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and allowing her to […]

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