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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 21, 2007


Burmese Regime Continues Arresting Democracy Activists

The Burmese regime, led by Than Shwe, continues cracking down on democracy activists for peacefully expressing their political beliefs, arresting at least six more members of the 88 Generation Students this week, including Khin Moe Aye, Kyaw Soe, Zaw Min, Htun Htun Win, Min Min Soe, and Myo Yan Naung Thein. These ongoing arrests belie the Burmese regime’s claim that it seeks a genuine and peaceful transition to democracy, and demonstrate that it is not fulfilling the expectations of the UN Security Council as expressed in the October 11 UN Security Council Presidential Statement.

We deplore the regime’s actions and call on Than Shwe to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, to cease arrests of democracy and human rights activists, and to begin a meaningful and time-bound dialogue with Burma’s democratic and ethnic minority representatives on a transition to a civilian, democratic government.

2007/1162


Released on December 21, 2007

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