Myint Myint Aye’s brother says the families have been denied access to three land rights protestors and are worried about their health given that it is nearly a week since they declared they were starting a hunger strike.
Activist Myint Myint Aye, who was detained six months ago for assisting farmers fighting against land grabs in central Burma’s Pegu division, has vowed to stage a hunger strike against her arbitrary detention.
Two Arakanese men have been convicted of murder in connection with the Mrauk-U massacre in October 2012 when 70 Muslims, including 28 children, were killed in a single day. Both men were dealt 10-year sentences with labour.
As the EU seeks to implement an 18-month pilot project to train and equip Burma’s police force, concerns remain about the compliance of the Burmese police in inter-religious violence and their involvement in human rights violations.
Six workers from Tawwin Wood Finished Products Factory who staged a protest demanding salary increases and labour rights in October 2012 were convicted by Sanchaung township court in Rangoon on Friday and ordered to either pay fines or serve one month in prison with labour.
Six activists who participated in a protest in Rangoon last year against the Latpadaung copper mine project were each sentenced to one month in prison with labour on Thursday by Kyimyindaing township court.
Responding to this week’s UN resolution on Burma which urged Naypyidaw to grant citizenship to the country’s Rohingya community, presidential spokesman Ye Htut hit back, calling on the world body to respect Burma’s sovereignty.