SPDC Junta’s army officer frames charges against ILO complainants

SPDC Junta’s army officer frames charges against ILO complainants

New Delhi (Mizzima)– Burma’s Army has framed charges, under the Electronic Act, against farmers from Natmauk Township who lodged a complaint with the International Labour Organization (ILO) against the seizure of their farmland.

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Lung cancer pills ‘as good as chemotherapy’

   Lung cancer pills ‘as good as chemotherapy’ 

 HOUSTON, Nov 22 – Iressa, the lung cancer pill, has shown surprising results for patients with advanced lung cancer where it has been at least as effective as a standard chemotherapy treatment, researchers have reported.

The drug also, known as Gefitinib, works as well as chemotherapy as a second-line treatment for lung cancer, according to an international Phase III clinical trial, led by researchers at the University of Texas’ M D Anderson Cancer Center, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Saturday.

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Human Rights Watch: Malaysia, “Drop Case Against Labor Activist”

Human Rights Watch: Malaysia,

“Drop Case Against Labor Activist”


Irene Fernandez and her organization documented the government’s sadistic and humiliating treatment of migrants. These include random beatings in the middle of the night, HIV/AIDS detainees sleeping on a roofless porch, rain or shine, filth, food and water shortages, and totally inadequate medical care. Human Rights Watch has also documented such treatment.

(New York, November 22, 2008) – The Malaysian government should exonerate Irene Fernandez, a leading labor activist convicted in 2003 on politically motivated charges of “publishing false news,” Human Rights Watch said today. The Kuala Lumpur High Court has scheduled hearings next week in the criminal case against Fernandez, which has continued for more than 12 years.

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Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC


Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] President of the Global Justice Center [advocacy website] Janet Benshoof said [press release] Thursday that judges who participated in the trials and convictions of 60 political activists[JURIST report] in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] last week are co-conspirators of crimes against humanity and should be referred to the International Criminal Court(ICC) [official website].

In a statement, Benshoof explained that_ 

  1. the circumstances of the hearings
  2. – in which many defendants did not have legal representation,
  3. those who did were not allowed to meet with their lawyers in private,
  4. and in which defendants could not question the prosecution witnesses –

justified a referral to the ICC.

She pointed out direct provisions of the ICC that she felt the judges violated:

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Congo refugees suffer shooting, rape, looting

   Congo refugees suffer shooting, rape, looting 

KIBATI, Congo, Nov 22 — Looting soldiers tried to rape one woman and fatally shot another at a refugee camp, witnesses said yesterday, as the United Nations prepared to send more peacekeepers to help protect traumatised civilians in eastern Congo.

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