Beijing has lodged a diplomatic protest after a Burmese court sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging in Kachin State.
Observers of press freedom in Burma have slammed the government for implementing a total ban on members of the media from entering the country’s parliament.
Amnesty International describes sentence as “ludicrous”, while International Commission of Jurists question its legal validity.
International rights groups condemn the violent attacks on protestors, and denounce the police for drafting in pro-government thugs to assist them.
Proposed legislation is not in the national interest and risks further violence, says Sam Zarifi of the International Commission for Jurists.
Following the Burmese government’s invitation for public opinion on a proposed Religious Conversion Law, 81 organisations from Burma and elsewhere have recommended that it be completely discarded.