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Research Papers

Zöllner, Hans-Bernd. "Neither Saffron Nor Revolution," Südostasien Working Papers 36 (2009).
Summary: This article includes a commentated and documented chronology of the monks’ demonstrations in Myanmar in 2007 and their background.
Article 2. "Saffron Revolution: Imprisoned, Law Demented," Article 2 Special Edition 7 (2008).
Summary: This article examines the systematic problems in policing, prosecutions and courts in Burma. It contains a detailed study of a number of cases of detainees following from last September’s protests, placing them against a historical backdrop in which the country’s legal system was demolished from the 1960s onwards.
 

Reports

Human Rights Watch. The Resistance of the Monks: Buddhism and Activism in Burma. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2009.

Purpose: Description of repression suffered by monks hollowing the 2007 uprising.

Content: This report describes the repression Burma's monks experienced after they led demonstrations against the government in September 2007. It tells the stories of individual monks who were arrested, beaten and detained. 

Human Rights Documentation Unit. Bullets in the Alms Bowl. Rangoon: National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, 2008.

Purpose: Analysis of the suppression of the Saffron Revolution.

Content: This report analyzes the brutal suppression of the September 2007 Saffron Revolution by the State Peace and Development Council. It is based upon the detailed testimonies of over 50 eyewitnesses to the demonstrations.

International Crisis Group. Burma/Myanmar: After the Crackdown. Washington: ICG, 2008.

Purpose: To examine the impact and international responses to the crackdown of the protests.

Content: The violent crushing of protests led by Buddhist monks in Burma/Myanmar in late 2007 has caused even allies of the military government to recognise that change is desperately needed.

Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme. Burma’s “Saffron Revolution” Is not Over Time for the International Community to Act. Paris: FIDH, 2007.

Purpose: Investigation of 2007 events and impact.
Content: This report is based on the findings of a joint mission of the Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme to investigate the events and impact of the September crackdown.

Human Rights Watch. Crackdown: Repression of the 2007 Popular Protests in Burma. New York: Human Rights Watch, 2007.

Purpose: Account of the August and September 2007 events.

Content: This report is based on more than 100 interviews with eyewitnesses in Burma and Thailand. It is the most complete account of the August and September 2007 events to date.

 

Media

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country. DVD. Directed by Anders Østergaard. United States: Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2010.
About: "This documentary is a rare and exceptional look into the 2007 uprising in Burma (Myanmar) where 100,000 people, including thousands of Buddhist monks, peacefully took to the streets to protest the country's repressive regime that has held them hostage for over forty years." [DVD Cover]

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