Ten Burmese Muslims were lynched yesterday in Taunggote, Arakan State, in western Burma. [ALSO SEE update, 6/6/12]
What happens when high-ranking government officials from Zimbabwe, who committed crimes against humanity, travel to South Africa, where the law requires the investigation and prosecution of such individuals? Nothing. That is, until now.
Burmese prison authorities rejected requests by the family of one gravely ill prisoner to have him transported to a hospital for proper medical care. Two others, suffering from rapidly-deteriorating health conditions, are held in prisons under-served by medical personnel.
Zaw Min Htut has been working for Rohingyas’ rights through the Burmese Rohingya Association of Japan since he fled Burma in 1998. Prior to that he was a student activist in Burma, and was detained for his participation in protests in 1996.
With the backing of PHR, the Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization (AFSO) was officially launched in Kabul on March 7, 2012. The AFSO was created by eighteen participants of PHR’s 2010 forensic training program in Afghanistan, and funded through PHR’s International Forensic Program.