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Weekly News Brief, 2.12.10 – 2.19.10

In this week’s issue: Seven UNAMID police officers were injured in an ambush; over 900 Karen have returned to Burma from a refugee camp on the border of Thailand; Women were executed and abducted in an FDLR attack in Congo

Weekly News Brief, February 12 through 19, compiled by Joshua Kennedy at GI-Net and the STAND E-team. Email to subscribe to weekly mailings with news briefs, trivia, and a discussion guide.

Areas of Concern

  • According to Karen relief groups, Burmese government troops burned down dozens of houses, forced eleven schools to close, and forced about 2,000 Karen villagers to flee into the jungle due to attacks in early February.
  • Tin Oo, Vice Chairman of the National League for Democracy, was freed from six years of house arrest on February 13.
  • On a five-day visit to Burma, Special UN human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana has met with lawyers from the National League for Democracy.  He has not yet received a response to his request to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Despite statements that there will be no refoulment of refugees, over 900 Karen from a camp on the Thai-Burma border have gradually been returned to Burma since deportation began in early February.  The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) recently expressed its concern that the areas to which the Karen are being resettled are heavily mined.
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