Amnesty International is urging the European Union to raise concerns
about Burma's human rights situation during the Europe-Asia summit in
Beijing this week.
The London-based rights group says it has
sent a letter to the EU's French presidency underlining the importance
of the rare opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with Burmese
Amnesty International says the EU should raise
concerns about Burma's approximately 2,100 political prisoners, as
well as the military offensive against ethnic Karen civilians in
Leaders from Burma and at least 40 other European and Asian nations will attend the summit in Beijing Friday and Saturday.
military leaders tolerate little dissent and have kept the popular
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for 13 of the
past 19 years.
The government says it is implementing democratic
reforms, but critics argue recent changes to the constitution tighten
the military's grip on power.
Australia expanded its sanctions
against Burma's military government this week to protest what it says
is the country's lack of democratic progress.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.