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Aid push to stem Kachin refugee crisis

Democratic Voice of Burma
12/02/2011

Calls from eight Kachin groups on visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press the government to draw to a close months of heavy fighting in the northern Burmese state have been welcomed by rights groups. PHR released a report detailing ongoing human rights violations by the Burmese army against Kachin civilians and further applauded Clinton’s request that the government drop its blockade on aid reaching the thousands displaced by fighting since June.

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Suu Kyi Meets Clinton, Sees Start of ‘New Future’ in Myanmar

Bloomberg
12/02/2011

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she saw the start of a “new future” in the country, a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the nation’s leaders the U.S. is open to lifting sanctions if they grant more political freedoms and promote internal peace.

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Myanmar gov't officials meet with Kachin rebels

Associated Press
12/01/2011

Following PHR's calls for Secretary Clinton to make the plight of ethnic minorities in border areas of Burma a priority in talks with the government, she called for an end to violent campaigns against Burma's ethnic minorities.

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Clinton Arrives in Burma Amid Calls for Cautious Rapprochement

Wall Street Journal
11/30/2011

The Wall Street Journal mentions PHR's report on human rights abuses committed by the Burmese Army in Kachin State, Burma. PHR calls on Secretary Clinton to focus on abuses against ethnic minorities during upcoming visit to Burma.

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Kachin women

Press Release

New Report: Burmese Army Continues Committing Human Rights Violations in Kachin State

11/30/2011

PHR today released a report detailing human rights abuses committed by the Burmese Army in Kachin State, Burma. PHR’s investigation reveals that the much-publicized incremental political changes in central Burma have not translated into improvements for the ethnic populations in the remote areas of Burma.

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