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ျပည္သူေတြဆီမွာ လြတ္လပ္မႈနဲ႔ တန္းတူညီမွ်မႈ အရင္ဆံုး ရွိေနမွ ဒီမိုိကေရစီ စံႏႈန္းရွိတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

World focus on Burma (6 February 2009)

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Human rights: Conflict in Sri Lanka, persecution of Burmese …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Burma, and the refusal to extradite convicted murderer Cesare Battisti by the Brazilian authorities, were the subjects of three resolutions on democracy …

CAMBODIA: Chevron Silent on Bribery Allegations
IPS, Italy –
GW activist insists that the oil companies should also disclose what they would pay Cambodia once the revenue starts flowing. Hayman made the comments …

NLD welcomes UN Chief’s call for dialogue
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy – has welcomed the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s call …

Faces of the UI: Tossed out of Burma, writer finds home here
UI The Daily Iowan, IA –
During her two years of work at the Rangoon-based Myanmar Times, she covered international organizations in Burma and later became a features editor. …

Kyaw Thu kicked upstairs, junta turns reclusive
Mizzima.com, India –
… of Myanmar on other sensitive issues of humanitarian, economic and political nature,” he told Mizzima on the eve of Mr. Gambari’s visit to Burma last …

Thailand must stop dumping stateless people at sea
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Thailand should investigate its shameful treatment of refugees from a persecuted Myanmar minority, says Amal de Chickera. By Amal de Chickera Rohingya men, …

Making human rights real
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights correctly noted that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged …

India should advocate for democracy in Burma
Newstrack India, India –

While the Indian vice-president has left for Burma (Myanmar) with a four-day official visit to the military-ruled country, the civil society groups of India …

Indonesia to allow UN access to Rohingya
International Herald Tribune, France –
The decision announced Friday comes days after a boat carrying nearly 200 men belonging to Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, a Muslim group that faces severe …

Thirteen 88 Student Activists Transferred to New Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… according to Burmese prison officials. Insein Prison sources said 13 political prisoners were transferred on Friday morning. Two female activists …

A Journey to another World
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The camp houses more than 20000 ethnic Karenni from Burma’s Karenni (Kayah) State in eastern Burma. A further 4000 Karenni refugees live in a second …

Surviving on a Little Hope and 4 US Cents a Day
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

More than a dozen landmine victims, scarred by Burma’s long-running war between the Karen National Union and the Burmese Army, are housed in this section of …

Jolie Makes Goodwill Visit to Thai Refugee Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ban Mai Nai Soi is home to around 20000 registered refugees from neighboring Burma, and is one of 10 camps officially established on Thai soil. …

UN debates duty to halt war crimes
Helsinki Times (subscription), Finland –
… ongoing mass killings in Darfur, and the failure to timely intervene to aid survivors of last year’s Cyclone Nargis in Burma, civil society groups are …

Grassroots activist pressured by police
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Feb 6, 2009 (DVB)–Grassroots activist Than Soe, who helped local farmers in Magwe’s Aung Lan township report land seizures, has gone into hiding after being …

Plague of Rats Makes Food Even Harder to Find in Burma
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –

According to a July report by the Chin Human Rights Organization, based in Canada, more than 100000 people — 20 percent of the population — are now affected …

Indonesia may accept Burmese boat refugees
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
Indonesia is considering granting refugee status to hundreds of Burmese boat refugees after all. The refugees, members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority …

Shan Celebrate their National Day
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s Shan community celebrate their national day on Saturday, barred by the regime from organizing public ceremonies. …

Opposition Welcomes Ban’s Call for Burma Talks
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Indian delegation was welcomed by the junta’s No 2, Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper. …

UN Envoy Fails To Get Myanmar Sides Talking
NPR –
by Michael Sullivan and Linda Wertheimer Morning Edition, February 6, 2009 · United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari was in Myanmar this week in an effort to …

Opposition slams junta’s refusal to free prisoners
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Regime leaders also called for sanctions to be lifted to allow Burma to develop. Arakan League for Democracy leader Aye Thar Aung, who is also secretary of …

Weekly Business Roundup (February 6,2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT China heads a list of countries with companies engaged in building 40 hydro dams on Burma’s rivers, according to a recent survey. …

Indonesia change stance on Rohingya refugees
Australia Network News, Australia –
[Reuters] Indonesia says it now will consider granting refugee status to hundreds of Rohingya migrants from Burma. The nearly 400 asylum seekers were …

UN Envoy Leaves Burma Empty-handed
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
“If the UN wants to see economic development and political stability in Myanmar, the UN should first try to remove economic sanctions and visa bans,” the …

Generation Wave launches new campaign
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Feb 6, 2009 (DVB)–Underground youth activist group Generation Wave began a new campaign in Rangoon yesterday, spraying graffiti and distributing posters and …

Thailand starting to resemble Burma
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Two activist pro-monarchy Thai language websites, originating from the Thai Parliament, have come online. One site explains the legal process being used in …

UN Chief Urges Dialogue In Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – UNsecretary-general Ban Ki-moon has appealed to Myanmar’s military rulers and the opposition to resume early, substantive negotiations without …

Thai Prime Minister Vows Accountability On Migrants
EasyBourse.com, France –
TOKYO (AFP)–Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva pledged Friday to hold accountable any security forces who abused Muslim migrants from Myanmar after …

Jolie visits camp for refugees from Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, are on a visit to Thailand, where on Wednesday they toured one of several camps along the Thai-Myanmar border sheltering …

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In Burma proper, it was nearly impossible for young unmarried couples to have sex anyway—due to social and official restrictions. It was even difficult for …

Norway and Denmark Break Burma Boycott
ScandAsia.com, Thailand –
The two ministers held a meeting with the Myanmar Red Cross Society, led by its president Prof Thar la Shwe. The state owned newspaper, The New Light of …

Angelina Jolie, UN Envoy, Asks Thailand to Aid Myanmar Refugees
Bloomberg –
… during a visit yesterday to camps in northern Thailand that house 111000 mostly ethnic Karen and Karenni refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Angelina Jolie Requests Aid For Refugees In Thailand
PerezHilton.com, CA –
With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self …

Net censorship probe started
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
Among the main states who have censored the Internet include Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, China, Burma, …

UN urges Myanmar rulers, opposition to resume substantive talks
Channel News Asia, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – UN chief Ban Ki-moon is appealing to Myanmar’s military rulers and opposition to resume early, substantive negotiations without …

Jolie told press, “With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work …

Myanmar: Ban calls on Government, opposition to resume substantive talks
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Myanmar Government and the opposition to resume substantive talks leading to national dialogue and …

North Korea again rated top persecutor
BP News, TN –
In its 2008 report on North Korea, USCIRF suggested the United States seek to integrate and expand the knowledge of human rights issues in its negotiations …

The national prison of Burma
New York Times Blogs, NY –
By Nicholas Kristof My Thursday column is from Myanmar, one of the nastier countries left in the world today. I was only able to get into Myawaddy, …

… to refugees talk about their struggles — now she is calling on the Thai government to help Myanmar refugee camps become “self reliant,” UNHCR reports. …

… support education plans, given that they are unable to return to Myanmar (aka Burma) under the harsh military junta that currently rules the country. …

Foreign Labor in Chinese Prisons
Radio Free Asia, DC –
“Most of them are from Burma and Taiwan and are now held in the Yunnan No. 1 Prison,” he said, although he refused to provide the number of foreign …

UN discusses with Thailand to find solution for Rohingya boatpeople
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
He said, the boatpeople’s issue have become a regional issue of six countries and Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Bangladesh needs to come …

Silver spoons and AK47s
The Argosy.ca, Canada –
Students in Burma, for example, have always been at the forefront of the pro-democracy and peace movements. This spirit of non-violent struggle is best seen …

Myanmar’s food situation dire
SmartBrief, DC –
A tenth of Myanmar’s population is in desperate need of food aid despite a surplus of production in the country, according to the UN World Food Programme. …

Angelina Jolie Visits Refugee Camp in Thailand
TheCelebrityCafe.com, NY –
“I hope we can work with the Thai authorities to speed up the government admissions process and that you will not be forced to go back to Burma if danger …

Angelina Jolie’s Thailand Refugee Trip
The Gossip Girls –
Continuing along with her duties as a Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie paid a visit to refugees from Burma (Myanmar) in a camp in Thailand on Wednesday …

Myanmarese puppetry comes to Japan
The Japan Times, Japan –

The Mandalay Marionettes Theatre is a group of puppeteers that practice youk-the pwe in Mandalay, the capital of Burma during the last years of the Konbaung …

Sneaking In Where Thugs Rule
New York Times, United States –
Entering Myanmar (which traditionally has been known as Burma), you adjust your watch: Myanmar is 30 minutes ahead — and 50 years behind. …

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper – review
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

The fact that he became a cause célèbre is largely due to the Burmese-born lawyer Andrew Boe, who spent years fighting Doomadgee’s case. …

Human rights: conflict in Sri Lanka, persecution of Burmese …
European Parliament (press release), EU –
… Burma, and the refusal to extradite convicted murderer Cesare Battisti by the Brazilian authorities, were the subjects of three resolutions on democracy …

UVic women drop their panties
The Martlet, Canada –
“Burma is one of the most brutal regions you can find in the world today,” Lévesque said. “There are so many infractions being carried out on human rights, …

As usual, the UN finds no one at home in the junta to discuss …
Economist, UK –

That is probably the best that could be said for Ibrahim Gambari’s latest mission to Myanmar, which ended on February 3rd. The four-day visit was the …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 6, 2009 at 2:52 am

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