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Tuesday, September 5, 2000

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  • Lori Berenson May Face New Trial

    The Peruvian government has nullified Lori Berenson’s life sentence. Berenson is the New York activist who was convicted of "treason against the Fatherland" by a hooded military judge in 1996. The Peruvian regime claimed she was helping the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement plan an assault on the Peruvian Congress. The 30-year-old Berenson has consistently denied these charges. Top officials have admitted that Lori was never a leader of a terrorist group, that she shouldn’t have been tried by the military tribunal, that she was not guilty of treason to the fatherland. Peruvian authorities moved Berenson from a remote maximum-security prison in the Andes last Thursday to Lima.

  • Free Burma Coalition

    Burma’s foreign minister Win Aung left Rangoon for the US to attend the UN Millennium Summit as international pressure increased on the junta to release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since Friday night. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, has voiced concern over the Burmese military authorities’ treatment of Suu Kyi.