Human Rights Watch researcher, Dave Mathieson, spoke to WIDE ANGLE from the Burma-Thailand border about Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentence to 18 more months of house arrest, which he says should be a wake-up call for the international community to develop a more unified approach to “draw the military out of its hubris.”
Mathieson says the sentence, while commuted from 3 years of hard labor and not as long as some analysts expected, is a far cry from the unconditional release called for by the United Nations.
Listen to this excerpt from his interview with WIDE ANGLE multimedia producer Renee Feltz for Mathieson’s reaction to the verdict, and his detailed suggestions for how the United States and other nations can more effectively target Burma’s military leaders.
WIDE ANGLE’s upcoming episode, Eyes of the Storm, tells the struggles of several orphaned children in Burma left to fend for themselves and rebuild their shattered lives in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Through the eyes of the Burmese filmmaking team who shot undercover for over 10 months in defiance of the ruling junta’s media blackout, WIDE ANGLE provides a rare window into one of the world’s most secretive countries. Click here to watch a preview.