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>From Euro-BurmaNet, in Paris: Several stories appeared in the
International Herald Tribune's Friday, Oct 25 edition with close
associations between them: re Burma, Europe, Tibet, and Chinese human
rights violations. I pass them on here for your interest. Metta, Dawn

Headline: IHT: EU curbs on Burma (Oct 26,1996)
Keywords: EU, Europe, European sanctions, European visa banEuropean
Union, human rights, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, European Parliament, EP,
International Herald Tribune
Date: Oct 26,1996
Source: International Herald Tribune, Reuters
Section: ebn
Rubrique: euro

Brussels -- The European Union, reacting to a lack of progress on human
and democracy in Burma, is set to increase pressure on Rangoon on Monday
imposing tight restrictions on visas and high-level contacts.

EU diplomats said top officials from the 15-nation bloc had agreed to
steps following what the EU sees as an unwillingness by the regime to
its record. The steps were expected to be approved by foreign ministers
aat a Monday meeting in Luxembourg.

Headline: IHT: EU honors Chinese Dissident Wei Jingsheng (Oct 25,1996)
Keywords: EU, Europe, European Union, Andrei Sakharov Human Rights
Prize, Wei Jingsheng, human rights, chinese dissidents, Nelson Mandela,
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Deng Xiaoping, European Parliament, EP, China,
International Herald Tribune
Date: October 11, 1996
Source: International Herald Tribune, AFP
Section: ebn
Rubrique: euro

Strasbourg -- The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the Andrei
Sakharov Human Rights Prize to the jailed Chinese dissident Wei
Jingsheng. Me Wei, 45, was jailed from 1979 to 1993, then sentenced to
14 more years in December 1995 on sedition charges for speaking out on
human rights in China.

The prize, named after the dissident Soviet nuclear scientist, includes
a cash awarad of 15,000 European currency units (ECU) $18,900. Past
winners have included Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi of Burma.  His best-known published work, which came out at the
time of Democracy Wall, urged the paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, to
embrace democracy as China's "fifth modernization" in the post-Mao era. 

Headline: IHT: China Urges Atheism on Tibet (Oct 25,1996)
Keywords: EU, Europe, European Union, human rights, chinese dissidents,
Nelson Mandela, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Deng Xiaoping, European
Parliament, EP, China, International Herald Tribune, Dalai Lama,
Date: OOct 25,1996
Source: International Herald Tribune, Reuters
Section: TIBET

Beijing -- China has urged the devoutly Buddhist region of Tibet to
embrace atheism to counter the influence of the exiled spiritual leader
the Dalai Lama and to raise itself out of poverty.

Beijing also lashed out at the European Union for allowing a meeting
between officials of the European Parliament and the Dalai Lama, whom
Beijing accuses off covertly working for Tibetan independence. 

We have expressed our intense dissatisfaction and serious protest to the
European side, " a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Shen Guofant, told a
regular news briefing on Thursday when asked to comment on the meeting.

To check the influence of the Dalai Lama, China called on officials in
the restive region to preach atheism and instill socialist beliefs.

"Many people have been fettered by religion and cannot break free of its
bewitchment, " the Tibet Daily said in its Oct. 14 edition. " It urged
"atheistic education" to counter the Dalai Lama's " disastrous teachings

Headline: IHT: Burma Denies Confining Opposition Leader to Home 
Keywords: NLD ban,  National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu
Kyi, human rights, political prisoners, torture, murder, execution,
rape, Slorc abuses, forced labor, forced relocation, NLD Congress
9/96,NLD arrests, NLD crackdown 9/96, IHT, International Herald Tribune,
Kyi Maung United States, Britain, France, Amnesty International, Tin Oo
Date: Oct 25,1996
Source: International Herald Tribune, AP
Section: ebn
Rubrique: daask

RANGOON, Burma -- Burma's military regime denied reports Thursday that
the pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had been confined to her
home, but the police kept a senior leader of her party in custody for
questioning about a student protest.

Rangoon was calm Thursday after a night of heavy security patrols near
university campuses, apparently intended to discourage any new protest.
The partrols were lifted Thursday morning, as was a partial roadblock on
an entrance to one campus.

The ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (Slorc) appeared to
be walking a fine line between scaraing off potential protesters and
provoking further protest, all the while turning up pressure on Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

Word that she had been prevented by the auathorities from leaving her
home, raising the specter of house arrest, came from Tin Oo, a leader of
the party, in remarks to Western diplomats. 

A senior military officer denied that the Nobel Peace Prize winner's
movements had been restricted, though he conceded that a guard
permanently stationed at her home had advnised her not to leave Tuesday
night, when the student proteest was under way.

The officer contended that in any case, the opposition leader had not
tried to leave. With her phone out of order and barricades on streets to
her home, as they have been for mosst of the past month, the account was
impossible to confirm.

Meanwhile, Kyi Maung, deputy chairman of the National League for
Democracy, remained in police custody for questioning in connection with
a protest by 500 students Tuesday night, the biggest student
demonstration in Burma in several years.

The authorities have acknowledged earlier that Kyi Maung -- a senior top
leader of the opposition party along with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin
Oo was detained Wednesday. Though they said he would be released soon,
he had not been seen by late Thursday.

The military regime had stepped up pressure on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in
recent weeks, with the barricades near her home preventing a party
congress and customary weekend rallies of her supporters.

She had been relatively able however to come and go.

The United States, Britain, France and Amnesty International called for
the immediate release of Kyi Maung, who was in Rangoon's Insein Prison
from 1990 to 1995 fro his role in the democracy movement in Burma.

Metta, thank you, peace, happiness and long life. Virtually yours,

Dawn Star  (Paris)  <cd@xxxxxxx>
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