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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 12:22:26 +0000
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UN cancels film on Burma
The Asian Age ( Dec 15 )

UN -: Burma on Wednesday succeeded in geting the
United Nations to cancel a film on an American 
tourist caught in Rangoon's 1988 chos and violence.
UN spokesman Juan Carlos Brandht said that Burma,
now called Myanmar, had objected to the showing 
at the end of a session on humanrights.
The United Nations had no choice but to comply 
with a request by a member state, he added. 
UN sources said such a decision was made when 
the event was not organised by a member state 
but other groups using UN permises, in this 
case the UN staff union.

The film, Beyond Rangoon by British director 
John Boorman is a fictionalized story of an 
American tourist caught in Burma in 1988 when 
the military cracked down on Ms Aung San Suu 
Kyi and her democracy movement and declared 
martial law.Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace 
prize winner, was released last summer from 
house arrest but the military has not 
relinquished power to her party which won
elections in 1990.

The UN general Assembly for the last few years 
has deplored human rights abuses in Burma.
Burma's action follows a similar one from 
Croatia on December 5,which managed to 
have a Yugoslav anti-war flim called Vukovar 
banned.(reuter)

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