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Al menos tres monjes budistas birmanos murieron y otros nueve siguen desaparecidos después de la brutal represión de las manifestaciones a favor de la democracia del pasado septiembre, denunció una asociación de religiosos.

La Alianza de Todos los Monjes Budistas de Birmania (AABBM, siglas en inglés) dijo que dos de ellos fallecieron por disparos y el tercero, adscrito a un monasterio en la región de la minoría étnica karen, fue torturado hasta la muerte por los mismos soldados que asediaron su templo, informó hoy la publicación disidente 'The Irrawaddy'.

Case MMR 201207

Arbitrary arrest and detention/ Fear of forced disappearance/ Risk of torture


The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Burma/Myanmar.


Brief description of the situation


The International Secretary of OMCT has been informed by a reliable source and Antenna International, member organisation of the OMCT SOS-Torture network, about the arbitrary arrest of Mrs. Khin Moe Aye, Mr. Kyaw Soe and Mr. Zaw Min (aka Bound Bound), all three members of the 88 Generation Students group[1] and former political prisoners, by the Burmese military junta on 18 December 2007. Mrs. Khin Moe Aye and Mr. Kyaw Soe were reportedly arrested at Pegu (Bago), 50 miles North of Rangoon, while Mr. Zaw Min was arrested in Rangoon, at his hiding place.

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have
expressed their concern for the physical safety of 15 journalists, writers
and comedian-columnists now imprisoned in Burma as police raids continued.

"The announcement today of the death under torture of a pro-democracy
activist, makes us fear the worst for the 10 reporters, video-makers and
comedian-columnists, some of whom have been secretly held for several weeks
in Burma. The UN Security Council statement which deplored the crackdown is
to be welcomed, but it did not go far enough. We regret that the Security
Council did not call for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung
San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners" the worldwide press freedom
organisation said.
New York, October 4, 2007 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is
increasingly concerned about the welfare of at least three Burmese
reporters who went missing during the government's crackdown on street
protesters last week. A fourth reporter, Tokyo Shimbun's Min Zin, was
released from government custody on Wednesday. CPJ calls on the Burmese
authorities to immediately release all journalists they are holding.
(RSF/IFEX) - Although fixed-line phones and some mobiles are still working,
the complete absence of Internet in Burma is making it harder and harder to
send photos and video footage about the situation in Rangoon and the rest
of the country. Nothing is being reported about what is happening to the
thousands of prisoners of conscience.

Further to our previous recent updates on the situation in Burma, this is the first appeal by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) since last week on specific cases of disappearance in Rangoon: it includes details about the disappearance of a 30-year-old mother of two and three teenage sisters, as well as news on some other cases and incidents to which we are drawing your urgent attention.

For all statements, press releases, updates and media, visit the Burma Protests 2007 webpage of the AHRC.
The AHRC has already observed that all persons who have been taken by security forces in Burma during recent days must be considered as forcibly disappeared until shown otherwise (AS-237-2007). However, whereas some persons have been removed from their houses and their families may know who took them and have some means to trace their whereabouts and whether or not they are still alive, in other cases people have simply disappeared without a trace.

Más de mil desaparecidos tras marchas en Birmania

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Ibrahim Gambari, el enviado especial de la ONU, no podía hasta ayer hablar con la junta militar.

No hay más protestas en las calles de Rangún y muchos monasterios están vacíos en Birmania, pero las organizaciones de defensa de los derechos humanos están preocupadas por la suerte de más de mil bonzos (monjes budistas) y manifestantes, que fueron arrestados y sobre los cuales no se han emitido noticias

September 29, 2007

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

As of yesterday, at least 700 monks and 500 other citizens have been taken away by security forces in every part of the country. They include prominent persons, such as comedian Par Par Lay in Mandalay, and staunch human rights defenders such as lawyer U Aye Myint in Pegu. They also include many members of the National League for Democracy, such as U Aye Ko and Daw Khin Whaing, who were arrested by police and council officials in Pegu at 9:30pm on September 27 and reportedly sent to the prison in Pyi. 

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