In response to the United States Administration’s announcement this week that it would ease certain sanctions against the Government of Burma following recent positive developments in that country, PHR urged the international community to maintain a measured response.
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PHR's Burma Project Director, Bill Davis, writes in the Democratic Voice of Burma that sanctions in the country must remain until more substantive reforms become a reality.
More than 1,500 Kg of rice recently harvested by farmers in war-torn Kachin state were set ablaze by government troops last week, eyewitnesses report.
Internally displaced persons in Burma's Kachin state are suffering without adequate supplies or sanitation, according to aid workers. Bill Davies of PHR stressed the need for stronger assistance for the displaced, particularly as camps face the threat of contagious disease.
With refugee numbers increasing in Burma’s war-torn Kachin state, a renowned Rangoon-based charity group says it will send relief supplies to the thousands displaced who are suffering an acute shortfall in aid.