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23.08.2011

Crimes de guerre et crimes contre l'Humanité : Appel aux autorités belges et européennes -

Les membres du réseau européen sur la Birmanie appellent l’Union européenne à inclure l’établissement d’une commission d’enquête de l’ONU sur les crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité commis en Birmanie, dans la résolution 2011 de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU sur la Birmanie.
Depuis la tenue d’élections fantoches l’an passé en Birmanie, les violations des droits de l’homme pouvant constituer de potentiels crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité ont augmenté de manière significative. Celles-ci comprennent l’utilisation du viol comme arme de guerre, le recrutement d’enfants soldats, l’utilisation croissante du travail forcé et le ciblage délibéré de civils dans les attaques armées.
La 21ème résolution de l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies sur la Birmanie est une opportunité d’entamer un processus visant à mettre un terme à l’impunité qui règne en Birmanie et de voir une réduction des violations des droits de l’homme à laquelle l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU appelle en vain depuis 20 ans.
Echouer à inclure la mise en place d’une commission d’enquête dans la résolution sur la Birmanie remettrait non seulement en question les engagements de l’UE mais encouragerait également le régime à continuer de perpétrer de graves violations des droits de l’homme.

La déclaration intégrale du Réseau Européen sur la Birmanie est reprise en pièce-jointe.

CP EBN COI AG UN 2011.pdf

23.08.2011

TOURISME EN BIRMANIE ?

Happy World - Birmanie, la dictature de l'absurde from Happy World on Vimeo.

01.07.2011

Pétition AVAAZ.org. SIGNEZ !

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_aung_san_suu_kyi/?rc=fb&pv=19

 

17.06.2011

Burma’s Political Prisoners - Joint Statement on the visit of Bo Kyi in Brussels.

JOINT STATEMENT
Burma’s Political Prisoners

On the visit of Bo Kyi, former political prisoner and Joint-Secretary of the
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma to Brussels, the above
organisations appeal to the European Union and Member States to strengthen
their call to the Burmese authorities to immediately and unconditionally:

- release all political prisoners who remain detained and tortured in Burmese
jails;

- and allow:

o the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unimpeded
access to all prisons in the country without interference from the
State authorities; and
o the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma
to investigate the detention conditions in Burmese prisons.

Despite repeated calls by the international community, including the United
Nations, the EU, ASEAN and the Burmese democracy movement, the “new
government” established after the recent flawed electoral process continues to
refuse to release almost 2,000 political prisoners held in Burmese prisons.
Their immediate and unconditional release is one of the key benchmarks necessary for
genuine national reconciliation to take place.

The newly appointed president, former general Thein Sein, continues to deny the
existence of political prisoners. The prisoner “amnesty” issued by the
government on 16 May was a cosmetic manoeuvre.
By reducing sentences by one year, commuting the death penalty to life imprisonment and releasing 58
prisoners of conscience with less than a year left to serve, the amnesty had no
impact on the vast majority of political prisoners serving long and completely
unjust sentences.

As stated by Bo Kyi, “since the political prisoners have committed no crime, they
don't request an amnesty. They deserve an unconditional release, as their
detention is not based on any legal grounds."

There has been no change to imprisonment policies in the country. In late May, a
hunger strike in Insein Prison by at least 22 political prisoners, including seven
women, to demand better treatment and protection of their rights was met with
brutality. Seven of the prisoners were placed in solitary confinement and were
denied family visits.

Torture is routinely used as punishment and to force confessions in places of
detention. Authorities deliberately aggravate prison conditions and deny medical
care, causing a level of suffering amounting to torture. Since 1988, 146 political
activists have died in custody as a direct result of severe torture or from the
denial of food and medical treatment.

The conditions in prisons and the treatment of prisoners fall far short of the UN
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and show how the
Burmese government’s acceptance of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review
recommendation for improving the conditions in all prisons and compliance with
international standards was insincere.

The systematic and widespread imprisonment, mistreatment and torture of
individuals on political grounds are defined under international law as crimes
against humanity and as such their investigation should be included in the
mandate of any future UN Commission of Inquiry into possible war crimes and
crimes against humanity.

The EU and its Member States have a vital role to play in exposing cosmetic
changes and insincere pledges by the Burmese authorities, and in supporting
international investigations into widespread State practice that could equate to
crimes against humanity.

Brussels, 17 June 2011

Burma political prisoners Brussels NGOs statement 17.06.11.pdf

24.05.2011

Visite de Bo Kyi à Bruxelles

Bo Kyi, un ancien prisonnier politique birman, maintes fois récompensé pour son action à la tête de l'AAPPB (Association d'assistance aux prisonniers politiques – Burma), sera l’invité d’Actions Birmanie du 13 au 15 juin prochain. Dans le cadre de ce séjour à Bruxelles, Bo Kyi et Actions Birmanie rencontreront des élus du Parlement européen, des élus de la Chambre des représentants et du Sénat, des membres du Ministère des Affaires étrangères ainsi que des représentants de plusieurs ONG internationales (Amnesty, FIDH, etc.).

Bo Kyi sera également à l’honneur, ce 24 mai 2011, lors de la projection au Parlement européen du film de Jeanne Hallacy Into the Current – Burma’s political prisoner dans le cadre du festival One World.

Plus d’informations : www.aappb.org