Published: Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:17
Written by Free Burma Rangers
30 January 2014
Burma is in the midst of change and we want to report to you what is happening, both good and bad. We are grateful for those who have brought greater freedoms to Burma. We also want to stand with those who have not yet experienced those freedoms and are still under attack. Thank you for your prayers and support.
A summary of the situation as we see it now in January 2014
Good news and improvement in some areas:
1.Aung San Suu Kyi holds a position in parliament and she, along with others continue to work for more freedom, reforms and justice in Burma.
2.There are some in the government at higher levels who do want to change the constitution and establish reforms before the 2015 elections.
3.Many political prisoners have been released and there is greater political freedom.
4.Censorship and travel restrictions have been eased.
Read more: Assessment of the Current Situation in Burma
Published: Monday, 27 January 2014 17:37
Written by DOD
27 January 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen: Today's highlights:
Afghanistan releases 37 of 88 prisoners from Bagram prison | Khaama Press
According to reports, the Afghan government has announced to release 37 out of 88 Bagram prisoners, who were marked as dangerous by United States. The decision was reportedly taken by Afghan Review Board, which was formed under a decree by president Karzai to review the cases of the prisoner held in Bagram jail. The US forces in Afghanistan following a statement condemned the ordered release of the prisoners. "U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has learned that under direction of the Afghan government, the Afghan Review Board, led by Abdul Shakoor Dadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 dangerous individuals under dispute who are legitimate threats to security and for whom there is strong evidence or investigative leads supporting prosecution or further investigation."
Afghan Govt Orders Release of 37 of 88 Bagram Prisoners | Tolo News
The US government has condemned an ordered release of the first wave of 88 prisoners from Bagram prison, saying that more than 40 per cent of the prisoners who are set to go were involved in direct attacks against the US and Afghan forces. The Afghan Review Board (ARB), led by Abdul Shakoor Dadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 from Bagram, which the US military categorised them as "dangerous". The US forces in Afghanistan has condemned the ordered release, saying 17 of the 37 released prisoners are linked to the production of IEDs and killing 11 Afghan forces.
US condemns Bagram detainees' release order | Wakht News Agency
United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on Monday condemned the release of release of 37 detainees from Bagram jail, where the forces said they had evidences that they were legitimate threats to security. "(USFOR-A) has learned that under direction of the Afghan government, the Afghan Review Board, led by Abdul Shakoor Dadras, has ordered the release of the first 37 of 88 dangerous individuals under dispute who are legitimate threats to security and for whom there is strong evidence or investigative leads supporting prosecution or further investigation", said the forces in a statement. This extra-judicial release of detainees is a major step backward in further developing the rule of law in Afghanistan. The ARB is releasing these individuals without referral to an investigative body or the Afghan justice system despite the fact that the U.S. has disputed these 88 cases, the statement added.
Read more: Message from the Military: Afghanistan Farce
Published: Monday, 27 January 2014 14:37
Written by Suthep Thaugsuban
Statement by Suthep Thaugsuban
27 January 2014
Dear Members of the Press:
Please find attached Khun Suthep Thaugsuban's statement dated 27 January 2014.
As usual, we urge you to exercise extreme caution in handling all information about the PDRC received from non-PDRC sources.
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