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Archive for June 11th, 2009

World focus on Burma (11 June 2009)

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Lawyers for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi file witness appeal

The Associated Press – ‎‎

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Lawyers for jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed an appeal Thursday to Myanmar’s High Court to reinstate two key defense …

MYANMAR – THAILAND Thousands of civilians flee fighting between …

AsiaNews.it – ‎

For several decades the Karen State has seen war between the central government, controlled by ethnic Burmese who are Myanmar’s main ethnic group, …

Suu Kyi witness appeal goes to higher court

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi have submitted an appeal to Burma’s central court to allow the remaining two witnesses disqualified last …

France, Germany deplore Myanmar attitude

Reuters India – ‎

The Burmese junta refused to allow contact,” said Sarkozy. “I deplore this attitude very deeply and Mrs Merkel and I have decided to express our great …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says trial politically motivated

AFP – ‎‎

YANGON (AFP) — Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes her trial by Myanmar’s junta is politically motivated, her lawyer said Thursday, as France and …

EU POLITICS

Javno.hr – ‎‎

The two leaders also pledged their support for Myanmar’s detained opposition leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who faces up to five …

Burma’s Karen unable to return home

BBC News – ‎

More than 4000 ethnic Karen in eastern Burma have fled to Thailand after renewed fighting between Burmese government forces and Karen rebels. …

Suu Kyi lawyers argue in court for more defence witnesses

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎

Yangon – Defense lawyers for Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi argued in court Thursday to be allowed two more witnesses in the case where she …

France, Germany in joint appeal for Aung San Suu Kyi

AFP – ‎‎

PARIS (AFP) — The leaders of France and Germany expressed grave concern Thursday for Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been put on trial by Myanmar’s junta, …

Where Pariah States Meet

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

In the case of Burma’s military authorities, directives from the UN generally fall on deaf ears. The North Korean press was reminding the world that it …

Being a Defense Lawyer in Burma Is a Risky Business

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

The Thailand-based human rights group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), said at least 207 Burmese lawyers, including central high …

Big Demand for Suu Kyi Birthday Portrait

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

By WAI MOE Thousands of portraits of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi are being snapped up in a “Free Suu Kyi” campaign launched in Burma…

ahead of her

Being a Defense Lawyer in Burma Is a Risky Business

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

By MIN LWIN As the trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi…

unfolds, many people are asking: How difficult is it to be a defense lawyer who represents

Six tribal villages relocated for hydro power plant

Narinjara News – ‎‎

Buthidaung: Six Khami ethnic villages in Buthidaung Township were forced to relocate by the Burmese Army recently for construction of the Sai Dan hydro …

US Burma policy could be changed

Narinjara News – ‎‎

By Tun Kyaw, Dhaka: The United States under the rule of President Barack Obama may ease its long- standing policy of isolation against military-ruled Burma, …

Where Pariah States Meet

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

By WAI MOE It is arguable whether democratic countries are currently working together in a spirit of cooperation to protect global human rights; …

Report Cites Abuse of Workers

Women’s Wear Daily –

China still bans independent unions, the study said, and last year, China and eight other nations, including Burma, Cuba, Iran and Turkey, imprisoned trade …

Joint Forces Concentrate on Mortar Attacks against KNU

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

… consider yourself as a good friend, there will be no burden or threats at your border due to [the] internal affairs of Myanmar [Burma],” the article said.

Suu Kyi trial may last two more weeks

United Press International – ‎

Suu Kyi, who has already spent 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest, is on trial in the military junta-ruled country, formerly called Burma, …

UN Urges Focus on Education, as Donors Express Misgivings

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

By ARKAR MOE The United Nations has called on Burma’s military junta to cooperate with the international community to improve the state of education in the …

Burmese activists wait on court ruling

ABC Online – ‎

Jail or worse is used to punish those who breach strict state laws that claim to protect the stability of the union of Myanmar. …

Burma: India remains silent

HardNews Magazine – ‎

It is yet to seen if this stirs up any response India’s silence on Burma and its icon of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, deafening. Those who are fighting for …

Commentary: Impunity bars justice for Burmese ethnic groups

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎‎

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–While the world has remained rapt by the trial of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, the ongoing crisis over rights for ethnic minorities in the …

Recent action against Suu Kyi deeply troubling: US

Indian Express – ‎

Campbell said Burma is “very high” on the agenda of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on the list of issues related to South east Asia, adding neither …

Suu Kyi Detention Extended Pending Resolution of New Charges

DigitalJournal.com – ‎

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar will not gain freedom after 13 years in captivity as new charges are being filed against her for …

N. Korea digs tunnels in Myanmar to earn dollars

Korea Herald – ‎

A fascinating new glimpse of this business has now been offered in secret photos from Burma obtained by this correspondent. The photos, taken between 2003 …

Burmese shells land on Thai soil

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 11, 2009 (DVB)–Artillery shells fired by the Burmese army in its ongoing offensive against the Karen National Union have reportedly landed on Thai soil …

Myanmar Thailand Refugees

Suomen Kuvalehti – ‎‎

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 9, 2009 released by Free Burma Rangers, a Karen mother and her baby flee in the rain from the fighting between Myanmar …

A Fugitive Monk Who Defied the Burmese Junta Speaks Out


Foreign Policy Journal – ‎‎

The Burmese people at home and in Australia dislike him. They feel that his actions were too close to the 2010 election and Aung San Suu Kyi’s release date. …

Staff Editorial: The business of betterment

Diamondback Online – ‎

… the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Myanmar (also called Burma), where human rights abuses and problems of poor governance are rampant. …

Ex-Singapore PM urges free Myanmar polls

英文中國郵報 – ‎

… Myanmar are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which issued a rare public criticism of the ruling junta in the former Burma …

In pictures: Karen refugees

BBC News – ‎

More than 4000 ethnic Karen in eastern Burma have fled to Thailand after renewed fighting between Burmese government forces and Karen rebels. …

A MISSIONARY’S PASSION

Calcutta Telegraph – ‎

While in Burma (Myanmar) its wood is used for the construction of house posts and furniture, in India, the tussar silkworms are fed on its leaves. …

ASEAN, Donor Countries Seeking Guarantees From Burma on Cyclone …

Voice of America – ‎

… ASEAN’s Secretary-General, Surin Pitsuwan, told journalists they were concerned about the effectiveness of aid to Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Toward conditions for coexistence

Taipei Times – ‎‎

… Richard Holbrooke); signed on to a joint Asia/Europe summit declaration calling for the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi; …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Obama nominee indicates possible change on Myanmar

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AP

By FOSTER KLUG –

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice as top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said Wednesday the United States is interested in easing its long-standing policy of isolation against military-run Myanmar.

Kurt Campbell, however, told U.S. lawmakers at his Senate confirmation hearing that Myanmar’s heavy-handed treatment of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi hinders any U.S. effort to change course and engage the ruling junta in Myanmar, also called Burma.

“As a general practice, we’re prepared to reach out, not just in Burma but in other situations as well,” Campbell said.

But, he said, the junta’s trial this week of Suu Kyi on charges that could put her in prison for five years is “deeply, deeply concerning, and it makes it very difficult to move forward.”

Expectations are that the 63-year-old Nobel laureate will be found guilty by a court known for handing out harsh sentences for political dissidents.

The outcome of Suu Kyi’s trial, Campbell said, will be a major consideration as the Obama administration reviews U.S. policy on Myanmar.

The United States has traditionally relied heavily on tough sanctions meant to force the generals to respect human rights and release thousands of imprisoned political activists. Those sanctions are widely supported among both senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Campbell emphasized that greater engagement with Myanmar would not mean the removal of sanctions.

But his comments indicate that the State Department is considering seriously a change in policy.

While Campbell has not yet been confirmed as assistant secretary of state for East Asia, he is close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who he said views Myanmar as a priority. Campbell said he has had intense talks with Clinton about how best to bring change to Myanmar, which has been ruled by military juntas since 1962.

Clinton, on a trip through Asia in February, addressed the administration’s dilemma with Myanmar. Neither tough U.S. sanctions nor engagement by neighbors, she said, have persuaded the junta to embrace democracy or release Suu Kyi. Clinton said the U.S. planned to work closely with the region on ideas on “how best to bring about positive change in Burma.”

Campbell told lawmakers that previous U.S. policy on Myanmar clearly had “not borne fruit.”

“In the past, there has been a determination that, `Not much can be done; let’s live with our sanctions,'” Campbell said. “I think there’s a very high-level degree of interest in seeing what’s possible going forward, and a deep sense of disappointment in the recent steps that the junta has taken toward Aung San Suu Kyi.”

Jeremy Woodrum, co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, said regional talks similar to the six-nation North Korean nuclear disarmament negotiations could be used with Myanmar.

If the generals were to make substantial changes, Woodrum said, then pressure could be lifted. But he said sanctions have been important tools in confronting the junta.

Campbell’s comments came in response to repeated questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Asia subcommittee’s Democratic chairman, Sen. Jim Webb, who suggested that “affirmative engagement” would bring the most change to Myanmar.

It has been 19 years since Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory at the ballot box but was prevented from taking office. She has been detained without trial for more than 13 of the past 19 years, including the last six.

Suu Kyi is charged with violating terms of her house arrest because an uninvited American man swam secretly to her closely guarded lakeside home last month and stayed two days.

The trial has drawn outrage internationally and from Suu Kyi’s Myanmar supporters, who say the junta is using the bizarre case of the American swimmer as an excuse to keep Suu Kyi detained through next year’s scheduled elections.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2009 at 2:27 am