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Burma's military government should immediately exonerate and free about 70 activists who are being tried by unfair courts for their peaceful participation in the protests in September 2007, Human Rights Watch said Nov. 12. A court inside Rangoon's notorious Insein prison sentenced 14 of them to 65-year prison terms. In the past two weeks the Burmese government has stepped up legal proceedings against dissidents from the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and the "'88 Generation Students." More than 70 political activists, monks, nuns, journalists, and labor activists are being tried or have been summarily convicted in secret trials in prisons and closed court hearings.

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