RED TAPE IS COSTING LIVES

 

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Following the impact of Cyclone Nargis on Burma, which killed tens of thousands of people and displaced around a million more, Amnesty International is calling urgently on the government to open its borders to relief workers and ensure aid is provided on the basis of need without discrimination.

Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International’s Burma researcher, said: ‘red tape in providing visas is costing lives, while some donors are delaying aid in the fear that it will be siphoned off to the arm,  the government should now provide access and assurances to international relief workers.’

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