The Chin Democracy and Human Rights Network reports on a protest outside the Burma embassy in Korea against the persecution of ethnic minorities in Burma.
Sooner rather than later, all politicians who claim to be representative – rather than authoritarian – will have to accept the fact that not all communities live and believe as their own, and that dealing with difference is part and parcel of modern constitutional politics today, observes Farish Noor.
The coverage of issues of abuses of domestic workers centres around employers, but Concerned Citizen wonders why she has never read any news about the agents. Are the agents themselves free from abusing domestic workers?
It is indeed shocking that that over the years, the number of deaths in police custody has been increasing, and not decreasing, observes Charles Hector.
For the sake of keeping religious texts and scriptures alive and relevant to the needs of our times, alternative readings are required time and again. That was the intention of scholars like Maudoodi, Qutb, Ahmad Khan, Abduh and Sheikh al-Hady, observes Farish Noor. And interestingly, that too happens to be the intention of religious activists like Sisters in Islam and other Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Buddhists activists today.
In the current difficult situation, Merhrom urges source, host and receiving countries of refugees to push aside greediness and selfishness for the sake of vulnerable refugees. Their legal status, employment, health care and education remain as significant issues and must be given priority.
Last night, 16 refugees were arrested during a special celebration of Burma’s democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64 birthday celebration at Taman Jaya, reports Suaram, which calls for their immediate release.
Yesterday was Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday but this occasion was not celebrated by her or the people of Burma. All the people of Burma were waiting for her release at the end of May 2009 – the day that would bring about change to the future of the people of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi was going to have power but Burma’s military junta would never allow this to happen in order to sustain its power. Despite her release, she was arrested again and faces five to seven years imprisonment, observes Merhrom.
To mark Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday today, a string of Malaysian civil society groups has issued a demand for the immediate and unconditional release of the freedom fighter and all other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Burma.