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U.S. Lawmakers Slam SPDC On Human Rights Situation - 2003-04-10


On Wednesday, Congressman Max Burns (R-GA), talked about a Burmese political prisoner Dr. Salai Tun Than, a retired Professor of Agriculture and an alumnus of the University of Georgia in Athens, on the House floor.

Dr. Tun Than is serving a seven-year sentence for a solo peaceful demonstration in Rangoon calling on the military government to begin a political dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Congressman Burns, in his statement, said Dr. Salai Tun Than is “74 years old, in poor health, and may not live through the ordeal of imprisonment.”

“The situation in Burma is unacceptable. We must work to stop this regime from imprisoning political dissidents and work toward a freer nation for all Burmese citizens," he added.

On Tuesday, Senator Max Feingold also made a similar statement at the Senate. He talked about his concerns regarding what he called a systematic rape of “Shan ethnic women by Burmese soldiers, repeated charges of forced labor, the suppression of civil liberties, and widespread political repression.”

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