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Burmese Democray Groups Commemorate Human Rights Day - 2002-12-11


On the 54th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day, 10 December, Amnesty International USA Group 280 and Free Burma Coalition (New York) joined together to protest in front of the Consulate of Myanmar in New York asking for the release of all political prisoners in Burma including Myo Min Zaw alias Moe Hein Aung, founder of the Student and Youth Unity Front.

VOA Burmese staffer U Chit Oo reports Myo Min Zaw is currently serving 52 years prison sentence for involving in peaceful demonstrations that occurred during 1996-1998. He was arrested on September 14, 1998 after distributing leaflets, in the name of Moe Hein Aung, asking for human rights and improvement of poor educational system.

Our Bangkok stringer reports International Human Rights Day was held on 10 December at Student Christian Center in Bangkok, Thailand discussing the human rights situation in Burma.

In a report by our New Delhi stringer, women's rights activists including ethnic Burmese women also held the International Human Rights Day held in New Delhi.

Burmese Service Bangkok stringer reports that coinciding with the International Human Rights Day, Britain’s Freedom of Expression Board issued a report on countries where freedom of speech is suppressed. Burma is listed as one of the ten countries. The report expressed grave concern about imprisoned journalists including U Win Tin, a well-known veteran Burmese journalist.

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