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Rights Activists Call for Accountability on Anniversary of 1988 Crackdown

7 August 2013

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on President Thein Sein to investigate and prosecute officials and commanders responsible for the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1988 that left hundreds dead or injured. “The mass killings 25 years ago in Burma are an unaddressed open wound that challenges the government’s rhetoric of reform,” Brad Adams, Asia director at the rights organization, said in a statement Tuesday, as Burma commemorates the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Uprising. HRW also urged Burma’s quasi-civilian government to release all remaining political prisoners and repeal laws that continue to prevent peaceful protests.