The Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on Wednesday entitled “Piercing Burma’s Veil of Secrecy: The Truth Behind the Sham Election and the Difficult Road Ahead.” The hearing was notable because it was the first time that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy, addressed the Committee.
In honor of the birthday of Burma’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, PHR calls for the release of all of the country’s political prisoners.
According to a new report released this week by the Free Burma Rangers, 900 residents of northwestern Burma have been forced into hiding due to a brutal military campaign in the area that indiscriminately targets civilians. These villagers are experiencing food and water shortages, and cannot return to their homes.
Burma Soldier is a documentary about Myo Myint, an engineer in the Burmese Army who became a pro-democracy activist. Myint, who was eventually imprisoned for his views, articulates a story that is common among the members of the democracy movement: serving and fighting in the army, attending and speaking at rallies for democracy in Rangoon, suffering in Burmese prisons and living in the camps in Thailand.
Burmese President Thein Sein announced yesterday that "Prisoners will get amnesty on humanitarian grounds and through sympathy for their families."