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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 12:22:26 +0000
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Organization: Forum for Democracy and Human Rights
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
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