Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are outraged by the measures adopted by the military junta to prevent journalists and activists covering the on-going crackdown on protests. Most of the country's mobile phone lines have been cut and the Internet network has been drastically reduced.
Media reform campaigner Supinya Klangnarong has been pursuing the cases and submitted a petition letter to the prime minister last week urging the authority to explain the circumstances behind the arrest and deal with the case in a transparent and just manner. Supinya talks to The Nation's Pravit Rojanaphruk
Geneva, 26 September 2007: The High Commissioner for Human Rights urges the Myanmar authorities to allow the peaceful expression of dissent in the country and to abide by international human rights law in their response to the widespread peaceful street protests.
As thousands of ordinary citizens join some 3,000 monks and nuns in the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay on their seventh day of peaceful marches on 24 September 2007, the junta is warning the press from joining the protests, worried that journalists, too, may be emboldened enough by the deeply moving spectacle to exercise their right to free expression in its most basic form.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information direct from Rangoon to confirm reports that this morning, 25 September 2007, government vehicles manned by the personnel of township councils, quasi-government officials, government-organised thugs, police and others have since around 10am been patrolling the streets warning that there are to be no further protests or they will be met with violence and legal action.
The revolution has started in Burma after 19 years. The general population, including artists, actors, social workers, students, workers, different religious groups have joined the monks' sixth day protests on the streets of Burma's capital Rangoon on Sunday, September 23, 2007. The protests have gained momentum demanding political reform by the military regime --- the Chinese-backed tyranny in South East Asia' poorest country.
The Burmese military junta, habituated to years of repressive rule, is today in the eye of a storm. The Sanghas have taken on the Tatmadaw. In a dramatic form of peaceful protest, Buddhist monks with upturned begging bowls have literally flooded the streets of Burma turning them into a crimson sea. The generals in their wildest dreams could not have imagined that the shock increase in oil prices would let loose a movement so momentous.
Demonstrations in Mandalay, Moulmein, Kyaukpadaung, Kalaymyo, Myingyan
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should hold urgent talks with the foreign ministers of China, India and Singapore, the current ASEAN chair, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and lead a joint attempt to encourage peaceful dialogue in Myanmar/Burma.
Important letter to the Reverend Sangha in Thailand from the director of the Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong