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Amnesty International Criticises Burma's Military Government - 2004-05-26


Amnesty International says Burma's military government committed serious human rights abuses in 2003.

In its annual report, the London-based human rights group says attempts to achieve national reconciliation in Burma made no progress last year, despite the military government's unveiling of a so-called "road map" to democracy.

Amnesty said more than thirteen hundred political prisoners remain in Burmese prisons or under house arrest, including pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel laureate was taken into custody last May following a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob in northern Burma.

The human rights group also accused Burma's military of seizing land from civilians without compensation and putting them into forced labor.

Information for this story is provided by AFP.

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