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ျပည္သူေတြဆီမွာ လြတ္လပ္မႈနဲ႔ တန္းတူညီမွ်မႈ အရင္ဆံုး ရွိေနမွ ဒီမိုိကေရစီ စံႏႈန္းရွိတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

World focus on Burma (29 January 2009)

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Nay Phone Latt and Zarganar
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
After being sentenced to 45 years in prison on 21 November 2008 for criticising the regime in his blog, which was widely read by Burmese in Burma and abroad …

Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… exactly one year ago today and was sentenced on 10 November to 20 years and six months in prison, or Zarganar, one of Burma’s best known comedians, …

Junta speaks of possible split in NLD
Mizzima.com, India –
NLD, led by detained Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, posted a landslide victory in Burma’s last general election in 1990. …

Armed forces becoming more corrupt and inefficient: Regional Commander
Mizzima.com, India –
A Sino-Burma border based Burmese military analyst Aung Kyaw Zaw said that the junta in all likelihood wants to increase the strength of its army to 500000 …

First Int’l Criminal Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

Licking the drug monster
BusinessWorld Online, Philippines –
… Golden Triangle — from where the bulk of narcotics is sourced, comprises mainly parts of northern Thailand, Western Laos, and eastern Burma (Myanmar). …

Thailand Allows UN Refugee Agency to Meet Burmese Boat People
Voice of America –
By Daniel Schearf Thai authorities have for the first time allowed the UN refugee agency to meet with Burmese boat people Thailand has been holding since …

Govt urged to provide affordable healthcare services
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… natural disaster and human rights violations, especially in Burma. Dr Charnwit Tharathep of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said unregistered …

Burmese suffer at the hands of Asean and Asia
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Weak and infrequent statements asking Burma’s junta to take steps towards democracy are not enough, and courage must be taken by Asian leaders to make …

HIV/AIDS patients driven out from Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF) released a report recently which said that 25000 HIV/AIDS patients died in 2007 alone due to the negligence of the Burmese …

Bangkok postpones repatriation of Rohingya refugees
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
by Weena Kowitwanij The 78 refugees will be treated for wounds caused by Myanmar soldiers. Prime Minister Abhisit says he is not going to change policy on …

UN ‘positive’ about access to Rohingya boatpeople
Mizzima.com, India –
“Of course we know the situation of the Rohingyas in Myanmar [Burma].” Following news of batches of Rohingyas being detained in Thailand, the Organization …

NLD brass demands meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
“Our Central Executive Committee (CEC) requested the junta to allow us to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi first before she meets Mr. Gambari if we have to have …

Suu Kyi, Gambari Likely to Meet: NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… and that the Myanmar [Burmese] Government has extended an invitation for him to visit the country,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said. …

Thai FM Meets with UNHCR to Discuss Rohingya
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… left their state for a better life, trying to get sympathy from Western countries by claiming to be Rohingya from Myanmar [Burma],” the official said. …

THAILAND: Rohingya teenagers “in good condition”
IRINnews.org, NY –
… a larger group of 78 Rohingya boat people, they were intercepted off the coast by the Thai Royal Navy on 27 January after fleeing their native Myanmar. …

UN visits boat people detained in Thailand
The Associated Press –

… that the Rohingyas face gross discrimination and are denied citizenship in their homeland of Myanmar, also called Burma, because they are Muslims. …

UN envoy responds to NLD letter
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to bring about political reform in which all parties and ethnic groups can participate,” Nyan Win said. …

Rohingyas in Indonesia beg not to be sent back
Reuters –
The all-male group of Rohingyas, members of a stateless Muslim ethnic minority from the northwest of army-controlled Myanmar, were found floating at sea in …

Rohingyas allege more Thai abuse – Aljazeera.net
Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –
Video: Rohingya victims of abuse speak out – 29 Jan 09 AlJazeeraEnglishBoat people arriving in Thailand not from Myanmar: official AFPThe Associated Press …

Veteran Shan Leaders Plan New Political Party
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Some of them worked for the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League, the main political party in Burma after World War II, and the League for Democracy and …

Beware of the Burmese Dream!
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“They were handed down 65-year prison sentences. Then there was Bo Min Yu Ko. That young man was given 104 years in the can. See where his dreams took him? …

Secret UN deals may entice Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
… said “special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has proposed that nations offer Burma [Myanmar] financial incentives to free more than 2000 political prisoners, …

Stallholders evicted to make way for police station
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Meanwhile in Bogalay, stall owners said local authorities have still not repaired the main market which was damaged by Cyclone Nargis. …

Southeast Asia: U-turns, downturns
ISN, Switzerland –
Without even mentioning the ongoing tragedy that is Burma/Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s democratic progress has been piecemeal and fluctuating. …

Thailand promises full probe
Straits Times, Singapore –
… having fled their ancestral homes in northwest Myanmar after decades of abuse and harassment at the hands of the former Burma’s Buddhist military rulers …

Thailand Agrees “In Principle” To UN Access To Migrants
EasyBourse.com, France –
BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s foreign minister said Thursday he has agreed “in principle” to give the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR access to 78 Myanmar …

Drowning Refugees in Thailand Is Bad Karma
New America Media, CA –
News reports, including those by the Thai press itself, indicate systematic abuse of refugees fleeing from its neighbor, Myanmar. …

In Principle” To UN Access To Migrants
EasyBourse.com, France –
BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s foreign minister said Thursday he has agreed “in principle” to give the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR access to 78 Myanmar …

Boat people arriving in Thailand not from Myanmar: official
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A senior Myanmar official on Thursday denied that boat people from the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group, who have washed up in Thailand claiming …

Strategic Outlook of 2010 and the Role of Moderates in Burma Conflict
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese oppositions and their supporters in exile well heeded the NLD’s distress call. Some activist lawyers in Washington prepared a lengthy and …

Ministry sees encouraging growth in Myanmar
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –
Myanmar (MNN) ― Myanmar is facing a food shortage due to the destruction of Cyclone Nargis and a rat infestation that destroyed crops. …

Go, Gambari, But Don’t Expect Much
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
… League for Democracy general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi, Nor was he able to convince the generals to start a serious dialogue with the opposition. …

Refugee problem needs joint action by governments
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
By BUNN NAGARA A COMPLEX, dual injustice against the Rohingya people of Myanmar now threatens to become a more complicated problem for governments in this …

Putting Things Into Perspective
The Racquet, WI –
A health crisis of monumental proportions has exploded in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), according to a widely publicized press release posted last …

Cast adrift
Indian Express, India –
Of all the myriad groups fleeing the misery of modern Myanmar, few have suffered more than the Rohingyas, a shunned Muslim minority, concentrated in Rakhine …

Chin people ‘living in slavery’ in Myanmar
Straits Times, Singapore –

The group also called for more assistance in remote areas of Myanmar. ‘There is a need to focus international attention on areas of Burma that are extremely …

UN Dodges on Sri Lanka and Congo, Burma, Kosovo and Afghanistan
Inner City Press, NY –

In other responses, on Thailand’s position that those fleeing Myanmar can return without fear, Okabe referred to a week-old statement by UNHCR. …

Human Rights Watch Calls for Aid to Burma Refugees in India
Voice of America –

By Ron Corben Rights group, Human Rights Watch, is calling for India to provide access to the United Nations to assist up to 100000 Burmese ethnic Chin who …

CNF denies abusing rights documented by HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
“In Burma most people are living in fear psychosis and they are made to think that anybody opposing the government is bad,” Paul said. …

Thai Government Says Burmese Refugees Weren’t Abused
findingDulcinea, New York –

Reuters reports that the Thai government recently released a statement saying that the Rohingya, an ethnic minority group from Burma, are not being abused, …


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