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March 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Thai army denied charges by the United States and human rights groups that troops are forcibly repatriating Karen refugees to Myanmar. But the general in charge of security in the border areas admitted that his forces had refused entry to some armed men trying to cross into Thailand with the refugees. Thousands of Karen earlier this month fled fighting between Burmese troops and guerrillas of the Karen National Union. U.S.
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November 24, 2000 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their battle for self-rule is one of the world's longest wars, a struggle that spans 52 years and generations of death. But today the ethnic Karen of Myanmar are facing a harsh awakening: Their long, lonely journey may be leading them nowhere. Here along the Thai border with Myanmar, often referred to by its previous name, Burma, more than 100,000 Karen are cloistered in 11 camps of bamboo huts spread out along the frontier. There are thousands more refugees living outside the camps.
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February 15, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took more than an hour to paddle the old wooden boat across the River Naf, the remote mile-wide body of water that now lies between fear and freedom. Its cargo: three water buffalo and three goats, plus half a dozen brutalized women and dozens of their half-naked children. At the same time, other boats in the refugee flotilla were putting similar wretched groups ashore near this isolated border crossing one recent afternoon.
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April 19, 1998 | DENIS D. GRAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Critics called it a zoo, stocked not by animals but by 32 long-necked "giraffe women" for tourists to gawk at and photograph. Before a recent police raid, there had been charges that the exotic tribespeople on show were being held virtual prisoners by a Thai entrepreneur who allegedly abducted them from neighboring Myanmar.
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May 24, 1992 | DIANNE KLEIN
Neither the bride nor the groom smiled during the ceremony, which was translated from a language they do not understand, in a country they do not understand either. When the American minister said, "You may kiss the bride," the bride was not kissed. I am a stranger invited to this strange ceremony, snagged in a sort of cultural abyss. There is no music, no bridesmaids or ushers, nor is there incense or the bowl of water the Burmese use to symbolize the strength of the marriage vows.
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June 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Myanmar army's brutality against ethnic groups in eastern borderlands has driven hundreds of thousands from their homes and sent thousands fleeing to Thailand, foreign aid officials in Thailand said. The government of Myanmar has waged a decades-long war against minority guerrilla armies seeking greater autonomy.
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November 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two students from Myanmar who hijacked a Thai jetliner to India will not be extradited while officials consider their request for political asylum, news reports and officials said in Calcutta. Prosecutors filed charges against the two men, but an official said they will be given special treatment while in custody. The students commandeered the Thai Airways Airbus 300 on a flight from Bangkok Saturday with a phony bomb made from soap and wires.
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November 24, 2000 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their battle for self-rule is one of the world's longest wars, a struggle that spans 52 years and generations of death. But today the ethnic Karen of Myanmar are facing a harsh awakening: Their long, lonely journey may be leading them nowhere. Here along the Thai border with Myanmar, often referred to by its previous name, Burma, more than 100,000 Karen are cloistered in 11 camps of bamboo huts spread out along the frontier. There are thousands more refugees living outside the camps.
NEWS
April 19, 1998 | DENIS D. GRAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Critics called it a zoo, stocked not by animals but by 32 long-necked "giraffe women" for tourists to gawk at and photograph. Before a recent police raid, there had been charges that the exotic tribespeople on show were being held virtual prisoners by a Thai entrepreneur who allegedly abducted them from neighboring Myanmar.
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December 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
Myanmar has sent troops to its frontier with Bangladesh and closed border crossings after a weekend clash between soldiers of both nations, a Bangladesh official said Tuesday. A senior official at the Interior Ministry said the deployment was not aimed at Bangladesh but at Muslim secessionists, and Bangladeshi troops reportedly have also taken up position near the Myanmar border as a precautionary measure.
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March 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Thai army denied charges by the United States and human rights groups that troops are forcibly repatriating Karen refugees to Myanmar. But the general in charge of security in the border areas admitted that his forces had refused entry to some armed men trying to cross into Thailand with the refugees. Thousands of Karen earlier this month fled fighting between Burmese troops and guerrillas of the Karen National Union. U.S.
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June 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Myanmar army's brutality against ethnic groups in eastern borderlands has driven hundreds of thousands from their homes and sent thousands fleeing to Thailand, foreign aid officials in Thailand said. The government of Myanmar has waged a decades-long war against minority guerrilla armies seeking greater autonomy.
NEWS
May 24, 1992 | DIANNE KLEIN
Neither the bride nor the groom smiled during the ceremony, which was translated from a language they do not understand, in a country they do not understand either. When the American minister said, "You may kiss the bride," the bride was not kissed. I am a stranger invited to this strange ceremony, snagged in a sort of cultural abyss. There is no music, no bridesmaids or ushers, nor is there incense or the bowl of water the Burmese use to symbolize the strength of the marriage vows.
NEWS
February 15, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took more than an hour to paddle the old wooden boat across the River Naf, the remote mile-wide body of water that now lies between fear and freedom. Its cargo: three water buffalo and three goats, plus half a dozen brutalized women and dozens of their half-naked children. At the same time, other boats in the refugee flotilla were putting similar wretched groups ashore near this isolated border crossing one recent afternoon.
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November 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two students from Myanmar who hijacked a Thai jetliner to India will not be extradited while officials consider their request for political asylum, news reports and officials said in Calcutta. Prosecutors filed charges against the two men, but an official said they will be given special treatment while in custody. The students commandeered the Thai Airways Airbus 300 on a flight from Bangkok Saturday with a phony bomb made from soap and wires.
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May 5, 1994 | From Reuters
Rescuers sifting through collapsed homes and twisted forests recovered 37 bodies Wednesday, raising the death toll from Monday's cyclone to 167, officials said. The death toll could pass 200, they said, as hundreds of people were still missing after high winds and heavy rains battered the Bay of Bengal coast and offshore islands. More than 7,000 people have been injured, many critically, and more than half a million made homeless, according to official estimates.
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July 7, 2000 | HARRY WU, Harry Wu is executive director of the Laogai Research Foundation, a Washington-based human rights organization that documents abuses in China. He spent 19 years in China's forced labor camps for criticizing Chinese Communist Party policy
After passage by Congress of permanent normal trade relations for China, it is important to focus on realistic prospects for developing mechanisms to enforce human rights in China and other nations that have yet to show respect for the rule of law. One option to be disregarded immediately is that World Trade Organization membership itself will facilitate China's adherence to human rights principles.
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