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Latest update : 2012-04-10

Burma's dissident monks

In just five years Burma seems to have gone from brutal repression to apparently free and fair elections. In 2007, a revolt led by the country's revered monks was stamped out by the army - hundreds died and many disappeared and were jailed without trial. Pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi will take her seat in parliament later this month but despite a wave of amnesties, many monks remain sceptical about whether the country is indeed at a crossroads.

By Cyril PAYEN

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2017-05-24 Europe

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