Burma’s so-called elections are drawing close. So is the 65th birthday of the woman who won the last elections – back in 1990 – Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been held under house arrest for nearly 15 years, and the Burmese junta seem determined to keep her locked up until well after the election.
The brutal military government do everything in its power (and in Burma, that means pretty much everything) to keep Aung San Suu Kyi from participating in, or influencing the outcome of the elections in any way.
Right now, the junta’s greatest hope is that both the Burmese people and the world at large will forget about her and the other brave activists struggling for a better Burma. We cannot let that happen.
Israel’s deadly raid on a flotilla of aid ships headed for Gaza has shocked the world. The exact details of the boarding of the aid ships and the tragedy that followed are still somewhat unclear, and the UN¹, EU, and innumerable governments and NGOs have called for a full investigation of the flotilla raid.
Ifølge NRK får den svensk-eritreiske forfatteren og journalisten Dawit Isaak Den norske Forfatterforenings ytringsfrihetspris for 2009. Isaak har de siste ni årene sittet fengsla i Eritrea uten lov og dom etter å ha kommet med kritiske ytringer om president Isais Afeweriks regime.
- Vi ønsker egentlig at verden ikke skal glemme ham, sier Anne Oterholm, leder i Den norske Forfatterforening, til NRK.