Has international diplomacy on Burma reached its zenith? Or to put it more bluntly, has the UN’s shuttle diplomacy arrived at a dead-end? Depending on one’s perspectives on UN effectiveness and role, some might say ‘aye’ and some might say ‘nay’.to continue
U.S. President George Bush will meet with an activist from Sudan’s troubled Darfur region and bloggers from China, Burma, Egypt and other countries Wednesday to mark Human Rights Day.
A White House spokesman says Mr. Bush will first meet in the Oval Office with doctor and writer Halima Bashir to get what the spokesman called a first-hand account of what is taking place in Darfur.
Quintana condemned the recent long-term prison sentences handed down to activists and said he had joined five other special rapporteurs from the Human Rights Council in releasing a press statement against the sentences.The government is using these judges to try to say that these sentences are legal sentences which I do not believe they are.”
Almost a year ago, at a meeting of parliamentarians of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, I urged the ASEAN states to freeze Myanmar’s membership from the 10-member grouping since there had been no serious political will to implement democracy and protect human rights, such as by releasing its jailed political opponents — especially Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from her house detention. to continue