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Blair Backs Burma Boycott - 2005-02-01


British Prime Minister Tony Blair has joined scores of other politicians and celebrities in backing a campaign to boycott Burma as a tourism destination.

The campaign has been organized by Burma Campaign UK. In a letter to the organizers, Mr. Blair noted human rights violations in Burma include torture, extra-judicial killings and rape by members of the armed forces, forced labor, including use of child soldiers and forced relocation of villagers.

The prime minister said that as long as those crimes continue he would urge anyone thinking of visiting Burma to consider whether their actions help prolong the abuses of the military junta.

Joining Mr. Blair in signing on to the boycott were the leaders of Britain's two main opposition parties.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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