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Drop Charges against Protesters, Says HRW

2 October 2012

Human Rights Watch has called on Burma’s government to drop charges laid against the leaders of  peaceful protests held on International Peace Day in Rangoon on Sept. 21. The group said that 13 activists face possible charges for violating the country’s 2011 public assembly law for leading a march of some 1,000 demonstrators calling for peace in Kachin State and elsewhere in Burma. “The Burmese government will quickly lose its new reformist label if it acts like past military governments by arresting and prosecuting peaceful protesters,” said the group’s deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson.