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Visting Activist Says West Failed Burmese People

Published tisdag 17 juni 2008 kl 12.51
Homeless in Burma

A Burmese-born human rights worker arriving here to receive a Swedish award says the West missed the chance to put pressure on the military dictatorship in her home land.

Khin Ohman – living in exile in Thailand because of death threats at home – says the West failed to help her people during the revolt of the monks and during the cyclone disaster.

Instead, she adds that the regime has used the disaster and told the population that the outside world did not want to help the victims.

She is calling for more Western support for the Burmese opposition.

Ohman is here to receive the Swedish award for human rights work named after the murdered Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh.

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