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Tonight...

for those of you in the UK, tonight's Dispatches slot on Channel 4 (8pm - 9pm) features a documentary about Burma entitled Burma's Secret War.

The following details are from The Burma Campaign UK plus some further campaign info



On Monday 2nd October from 8pm-9pm, Channel 4 will be broadcasting a major
new documentary about Burma. The programme, Dispatches - Burma's Secret
War, was filmed inside Burma by an undercover journalist, and exposes the
regime's mass ethnic cleansing and forced labour, and the role of the UK in
funding the regime.

Please do take the time to watch the documentary, and forward this email on
to any friends you think may be interested. It is an excellent film.

If you live outside the UK and cannot access Channel 4, you may be able to
view it on television in your own country fairly soon. Channel 4 are selling
the documentary to TV stations in other countries. We'll let you know if we
hear of any broadcast dates.

SECURITY COUNCIL VOTES TO PUT BURMA ON FORMAL AGENDA
On Friday the Security Council voted 10 - 4, plus one abstention, in favour
of putting Burma on its formal agenda for the first time. This is a major
success, and means the UN is finally taking up its responsibility to address
the situation in Burma, after 16 years of avoiding the issue. Aung San Suu
Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, described the vote as "a
step toward finding political solutions to our problems." While getting
Burma on the agenda is a significant step forward, we still have a struggle
ahead of us to persuade the Council to pass a binding resolution to require
change in Burma. You can read more about this campaign here:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/unitednations.php

KAREN CRISIS - NEW REPORT RELEASED
The Backpack Healthworker Team, based in Thailand, has released a shocking
new report about the scale of the health crisis in Eastern Burma, including
Karen state, where the regime recently launched a major military offensive
against civilians. It found levels of disease among the worst in the world,
but the international community only provides a fraction of the aid that it
does to other countries with similar levels of poverty. Following pressure
from Burma Campaign UK, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and MPs, the British
Department for International Development is now reviewing its policy of not
providing cross-border aid to these people. The review is expected to be
complete next month, we'll keep you informed. You can read the new report
at: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/pm/reports.php

AUNG SAN SUU KYI PLAY - BUY YOUR TICKET NOW!
A quarter of the tickets have already been sold, and that's before we have
started public advertising, so please book soon to ensure you are able to
come. The evening starts with a play about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, and
is followed by contributions by stars such as Juliet Stevenson, Prunella
Scales, Maureen Lipman, John Pilger, Richard Wilson, Glenys Kinnock MEP and
Sinead Cusack. The event is at the Old Vic theatre in London, on November
12th. You can book tickets on 0870 060 6628. For more information visit:
http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/pm/events.php
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