UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed

UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed

New Delhi – United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, says Burma’s judicial system, which sentenced over 30 dissidents to long prison terms on Tuesday, is flawed and manipulated by the ruling junta.

Quintana, in an interview with Mizzima, said, “There is no independent and impartial judiciary system [in Burma],” referring to the sentencing of dissidents earlier this week to up to 65 years in prison.

Quintana, who made his inaugural investigative trip on the condition of human rights in Burma in August, said the proceedings that sentenced the activists “cannot be taken as a fair trial” and that the government should reconsider the convictions.

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Reporter covering Nargis victims sentenced to two years

Reporter covering Nargis victims sentenced to two years

New Delhi: A local woman journalist, attached to weekly ‘Ecovision Journal’ was sentenced to two years in jail by a court in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township on Friday.

The sentence handed out to reporter Ein Khaing Oo, barely 24-years-old, during a close-door trial without being allowed a defence lawyer, comes after several detained activists were sent to long terms in prison of up to 65 years earlier this week.

“The sentence was read out this afternoon. She was not permitted a defence lawyer. The judge read out the sentence. Her family members could learn the sentence when she was taken back to the prison.

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Irrawaddy:Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet

By MINN LWIN

Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received lengthy prison sentences so far this week.

On Monday, blogger Nay Phone Latt became one of the first to be punished under the
1996 Computer Science Development Law, receiving a prison sentence of twenty years and six months for violating the hitherto little-used law. The next day, the court handed similarly harsh sentences to 14 members of the 88 Generation Students Group, also accused of committing various offenses under the law.

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Reuters:Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday added the names of 26 people and 17 companies linked to Myanmar’s military government to its list of accused traffickers of opium, the raw material of heroin, and other drugs.

 

“The United Wa State Army is the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in Southeast Asia and is a major producer and exporter of synthetic drugs,” the Treasury said in a statement.

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