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Monday, October 7, 2013

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 65, Issue 4

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Today's Topics:

1. Amended letter to Baroness Ashton (Info)


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Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:43:36 +0100
From: Info <info@burmacampaign.org.uk>
To: "burmacampaign@lists.burmacampaign.org.uk"
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Amended letter to Baroness Ashton
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Dear friend


Below is a slightly shorter letter to Baroness Ashton that you can send via
the form on the EU website <http://eeas.europa.eu/contact/index_en.htm> :
http://eeas.europa.eu/contact/index_en.htm
<http://eeas.europa.eu/contact/index_en.htm>


The letter we sent in the previous email was slightly too long for the form.
Apologies for any inconvenience and many thanks for your support.


Anna
Burma Campaign UK




Dear Baroness Ashton

I am writing regarding political prisoners in Burma, as you are overseeing
the drafting of the UN General Assembly Resolution on Burma. Although there
have been releases of many political prisoners, hundreds of political
prisoners remain in jail. It is now clear the political prisoner review
committee will not solve the problem of political prisoners. I urge you to
ensure the following issues are included in the UN General Assembly
Resolution on Burma.

Many peaceful protesters have been arrested under the new so-called right to
protest law, which enables the government to ban any gathering. For example,
student activist Thant Zin Htet was arrested on 11 June 2013 and charged
under Article 18(b) of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law.

New laws are being used for repression and almost all the old repressive
laws remain in place. Therefore, the resolution should call for the
repealing or revising of repressive laws. Until then there should be a
suspension of the application of repressive laws.

The resolution should call for a permanent and genuinely independent review
mechanism with the involvement of international experts, to investigate
cases where people were jailed unjustly and secure their immediate
unconditional release.

The resolution should also call for the immediate and unconditional release
of all political prisoners in Burma.

Finally, the resolution should call for compensation and rehabilitation
programs to be provided for former political prisoners. Criminal records,
which all former political prisoners have, should be removed and they should
be allowed to continue their studies and their previous careers without
restrictions.

The immediate unconditional release of all political prisoners is an
essential step towards peace and reconciliation in Burma.

Therefore, I urge you to ensure these key demands are included in the UN
General Assembly Resolution on Burma.

Yours sincerely




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