The Irrawaddy:Suu Kyi Blocked from Attending Appeal Hearing

Burmese authorities are not allowing Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to hear her appeal in person at the Rangoon Division Court on Thursday, said Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Nyan Win. 

Nyan Win said police told him they could not take her to the court, which has sole jurisdiction over Suu Kyi’s case.


AP:Myanmar junta’s media lauds US senator’s visit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s government-controlled newspapers on Tuesday lauded the visit of U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, who secured the high-profile release of a jailed American, as “the first step” toward improving relations with Washington.


The Irrawaddy:Suu Kyi Insists Her Trial Will Test Rule of Law in Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi insisted after Tuesday’s final session of her trial before Friday’s scheduled verdict that the proceedings would show “whether or not the rule of law exists in the country,” according to her lawyer Nyan Win.

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The Irrawaddy:Obama Signs Burma Sanctions Renewal into Law

WASHINGTON —US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the Burma Sanctions Renewal Act, thus extending sanctions on the country’s military junta.

The bill, unanimously passed by both the US House of Representative and the Senate last week, renews the current sanctions on imports from Burma for an additional three years and maintains the ban on the import of jade and other gems from Burma.

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IRISHTIMES:U2 says Suu Kyi is envoy of conscience for Amnesty

IMPRISONED BURMESE opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be the new Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience, U2 lead singer Bono announced last night during the last of the band’s three concerts at Croke Park in Dublin.

The Nobel peace prize winner leads the National League for Democracy and has been detained for 13 of the past 20 years in Burma because of her political beliefs. This month marks the 20th anniversary of her detention.


AP:Suu Kyi awarded Amnesty’s highest honor

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won Amnesty International’s highest award for her defense of human rights, underscoring international support for the Nobel laureate whose trial is ending Tuesday.

She is widely expected to be convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest and faces a possible five years in prison, although there has been speculation she may stay under house arrest rather than serve time in jail.


Burma hears final arguments in Suu Kyi case

The internationally condemned trial of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi neared its climax today as lawyers for her two female aides gave their closing arguments at a prison court.

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