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The 20 were each sentenced to five years in connection with a ship carrying 208 migrants that was intercepted by the Burmese navy last month.
35 activists have been banned from receiving prison visits amid allegations of family members smuggling prohibited items to their loved ones in jail.
Out of a total population of 480,000, only 262,000 names appear on voter lists. Authorities blame media and CBOs for not informing the public.
The journalist’s widow Ma Thandar reported that the judge ruled the victim died of a gunshot wound.
Negotiations are currently being held in Rangoon which may pave the way for an official minimum wage in Burma.