Israel committed ‘wanton destruction’ in Gaza offensive: Amnesty

JERUSALEM, July 2 — Amnesty International today said Israel inflicted “wanton destruction” in the Gaza Strip in attacks that often targeted Palestinian civilians during an offensive in December and January in the Hamas-run enclave.

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Dr Than Nyein denied medical treatment

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Long-term political prisoner and Kyauk Tan township’s elected people’s parliament representative Dr Than Nyein is still awaiting proper medical attention after being diagnosed with suspected liver cancer in February.

Dr Than Nyein, who is being held in Prom prison, has been suffering from kidney stones and liver problems and was diagnosed with suspected liver cancer at Bago divisional hospital in February, according to his wife Daw Khin Aye.

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ICC in difficulty ten years after the Rome Statute

ICC in difficulty

ten years after the Rome Statute


17 July 2008

Thursday 17 July marks the tenth anniversary of the Rome Statute, the treaty that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Set up in 2002, the ICC is mandated to investigate and prosecute crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, when national authorities are unable, or unwilling to do so.

Lauded as one of the most ambitious steps by the international community in recent history, the ICC has made significant progress in its investigations. But its work is being obstructed by serious internal and external difficulties.

Universal Degeneration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Universal Degeneration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Injustice, inequality and impunity

Extracts from K Shan | Jun 2,08, in Malaysiakini

Sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations, people are still being_

  • tortured
  • and ill-treated in at least 81 countries,
  • face unfair trials in at least 54 countries
  • and are not allowed to speak freely in at least 77 countries.

burma yangon massive anti junta protest 250907 monksThese details from the Amnesty International report on 2007 also under the unfortunate fact that injustice, inequality and impunity have become the hallmark of governments today.

Six years into the so-called ‘war on terror’, the US continues to hold hundreds of people in indefinite military detention without charge or trial in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, in addition to the thousands held in Iraq.

In August, large-scale protests began in Myanmar against the government’s economic and political policies. At least 31 people – but likely, more than 100 – were killed in the subsequent crackdown by the authorities. A similar number was thought to be the victims of enforced disappearance.

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Amnesty International’s report on Myanmar

Amnesty International’s report on Myanmar


Head of State Senior General Than Shwe
Head of government General Thein Sein (replaced General Soe Win in October)
Death penalty abolitionist in practice
Population 51.5 million
Life expectancy 60.8 years
Under-5 mortality (m/f) 107/89 per 1,000
Adult literacy 89.9 per cent


The human rights situation in Myanmar continued to deteriorate, culminating in September when authorities staged a five-day crackdown on widespread protests that had begun six weeks earlier. The peaceful protests voiced both economic and political grievances.

  • More than 100 people were believed to have been killed in the crackdown, and a similar number were the victims of enforced disappearance.
  • Several thousands were detained in deplorable conditions.
  • The government began prosecutions under anti-terrorism legislation against many protestors. International response to the crisis included a tightening of sanctions by Western countries.
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AI report 08: At a Glance

Report 08: At a Glance

60 years of human rights failure – Governments must apologize and act now

Amnesty International today challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

“The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action,” said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, launching AI Report 2008: State of the World’s Human Rights.

“Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of our world today. Governments must act now to close the yawning gap between promise and performance.” Continue reading

Amnesty International requests Malaysia to give MYANMAR REFUGEES temporary protection

Request to give MYANMAR REFUGEES temporary protection


NST Online » Letters 2008/05/14

By : K. SHAN, Amnesty International Malaysia



AMNESTY International Ma-laysia calls on the Malaysian government to review its policy on the non-recognition of Myanmar refugees in Malay-sia following the recent cyclone disaster and worsening humanitarian and human rights crises in Myanmar.

As an Asean member and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the government must be committed in upholding the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights and be responsive to crises in the region.

It must not ignore its responsibility and commitment to the rights and humanitarian needs of thousands of refugees who fled human rights violations and persecution in Myanmar seeking protection in our country.

The government must take note that Myanmar refugees continue to face arrest, detention, prosecution and poor living conditions here as a result of its refusal to recognise and protect refugees and treating them as illegal immigrants.

We call on the government to provide temporary protection to all Myanmar refugees in Malaysia and to immediately halt all arrest, detention, prosecution and deportation of Myanmar refugees on humanitarian grounds.

It is time that Malaysia demonstrates its political will on its commitment to humanitarian and human rights concerns as an Asean member.