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Burma Remembers the Victims on the 23rd Anniversary of the Student Uprising

08.08.2011

During the “8.8.88” uprising more than 3,000 students and young people were killed by the Burmese military during pro-democracy protests on 8 August 1988.

Since the rigged elections held in Burma last year, there has been a significant increase in human rights abuses which may constitute possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. Open Estonia Foundation supports the inclusion of the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into this year’s UN General Assembly Resolution on Burma.

Crimes committed by the Burmese Army since the elections include:

- Mass use of gang-rape against ethnic minority women, and also girls.

- Continued recruitment of child soldiers.

- Deliberate targeting of civilians, including mortar bombing civilian villages without warning.

- Continued arrests and torture of political opponents.

- Tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people forced to flee increased conflict.

This is why the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry cannot wait.

We commemorate all those who have lost their lives, families and friends in this struggle for freedom, democracy and respect for human rights.


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