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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.
Today the International Criminal Court issued a landmark decision in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Djilo, a leader of a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). PHR welcomes the decision in the Court’s first major judgment where Lubanga was found guilty of conscripting children under the age of 15 to actively participate in hostilities.
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.
Zimbabwe has suspended 29 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in one of its provinces, state media reported on Wednesday, raising worries of a crackdown similar to one that preceded elections in 2008.
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.