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Video: Riz Khan – Myanmar’s verdict – 11 Aug 09 – Part 1 Al Jazeera

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Video: Riz Khan – Myanmar’s verdict – 11 Aug 09 – Part 1 Al Jazeera

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August 11, 2009

Western governments have imposed sanctions on Myanmar for their treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi and other human rights abuses, but these measures have had little effect so far. Nor have efforts by th…
Western governments have imposed sanctions on Myanmar for their treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi and other human rights abuses, but these measures have had little effect so far. Nor have efforts by the UN and others to engage the military government produced tangible results. What is the way forward for Myanmar?
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August 12, 2009 at 3:48 am

World focus on Burma (12-8-2009)

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Nobel Prize Winner Tutu Condemns Suu Kyi Conviction

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Nobel Prize Winner Tutu Condemns Suu Kyi Conviction

By Cindy Saine
Washington

11 August 2009

Desmond Tutu in VOA interview, 11 Aug 2009
Desmond Tutu in VOA interview, 11 Aug 2009

International leaders, human rights groups outraged over decision to hold opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for 18 months

World leaders are strongly condemning Burma’s government for deciding to keep opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for another 18 months, and are calling for her immediate and unconditional release.
In an interview with VOA, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu called Suu Kyi “the Nelson Mandela of Burma.” VOA’s Cindy Saine reports on world reaction to Tuesday’s conviction and sentencing.

Reaction across the world was swift, as demonstrators gathered outside Burma’s embassy in London to express their solidarity with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A group of prominent global leaders knows as “The Elders” called on ASEAN, the European Union and the U.N. Security Council not to accept Burma’s verdict of another 18 months under house arrest for the Nobel Peace laureate.

Retired South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu chairs the group. He sat down for an interview with VOA at a seminary near Washington, D.C. Tuesday. He said that even under Burmese law, it is illegal to keep sentencing Aung San Suu Kyi again and again.

“But I mean we know that it is a show trial to try to keep her out of the way so that they can have their sham elections in 2010,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tutu said he has not been able to communicate with Aung San Suu Kyi, who is an honorary member of The Elders, for a long time. She has been in detention for 14 of the past 20 years, mostly under house arrest.

He said the activist is a symbol of the cruel and depraved way Burma’s rulers treat their people, including attacking and killing monks, and not allowing humanitarian assistance to reach victims of Cyclone Nargis last year.

“Although we concentrate on Aung San Suu Kyi, it is something like used to happen with Nelson Mandela,” said tutu. “You used that name because it personalized it. Whereas if you speak about political prisoners, it is a very fuzzy thing. Now you have got Aung San Suu Kyi, the, as it were, as the Mandela of Burma.”

Traveling in Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Aung San Suu Kyi should not have been tried or convicted, and called for the release of the more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma, including the American John Yettaw who swam across a lake to visit her. The 53-year-old who suffers from multiple medical problems, was sentenced to seven years of hard labor. His visit last May to Suu Kyi’s home prompted Burma’s rulers to put both of them on trial for alleged security violations.

In a written White House statement, President Barack Obama also called for the release of all of Burma’s political prisoners, and said suppressing ideas never gets rid of them.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also called on Burma’s rulers to release Aung San Suu Kyi, and said if she and all other political leaders are not allowed to take part in elections next year, the credibility of the vote will be in doubt.  The U.N. Security Council convened to discuss Burma Tuesday.

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August 12, 2009 at 2:15 am

Video: Suu Kyi’s guilty verdict condemned – 11 Aug 09 Al Jazeera

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Video: Suu Kyi’s guilty verdict condemned – 11 Aug 09 Al Jazeera
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August 11, 2009

Myanmar’s military junta has sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar democratic movement, to a further 18 months under house arrest. She has already spent 14 of the past 20 years in confinement .
The sentence will be enough to keep her away from next year’s election.

The verdict in the army-ruled nation has drawn widespread international condemnation.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Smith reports.

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August 12, 2009 at 2:12 am

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Judicial Terror

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Judicial Terror

The conviction of Burma’s opposition leader doesn’t show clemency or compromise; it’s a sign of the regime’s desperation.

By Melinda Liu | Newsweek Web Exclusive

Aug 11, 2009

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The conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi, pictured here before her longtime house arrest, shows how insecure the junta feels.

Some people are saying that Aung San Suu Kyi’s verdict today—18 months of house arrest, commuted down from three years of hard labor—is a sign that Burma’s junta leader Than Shwe really is beginning to show more flexibility. They’re wrong. The junta is subjecting the opposition leader’s freedom to “death by a thousand cuts,” the notorious Chinese torture technique that prolonged prisoners’ lives but only temporarily, and at a ghastly price.

The generals who rule Burma are trying to take a page from Beijing’s playbook, hoping that the world—and their own citizens—will tolerate continuing government repression as they do in China, which happens to be a key ally of the Burmese generals. But the junta has forgotten one important thing. The grand bargain that has prevailed between the Chinese government and its people goes like this: Beijing promises to keep delivering better and better living standards to its citizens, who in turn accept its benign autocracy and refrain from toppling the government. Though that Chinese deal has come under strain at times, it has survived better than expected for more than three decades.

Problem is, Burma’s junta has presided over a steady deterioration in the country’s economy, which used to be the world’s largest exporter back in British colonial times. (Burma became an independent country in 1948; for more than 100 years before that, it was mostly ruled as part of the British Raj.) Since the Burmese military grabbed power in 1962, ending a period of democratic government, the country has been wracked by civil unrest, a languishing economy, natural disasters, and simmering insurgencies. Per capita GDP is about $1,200, slightly better than Rwanda, and the most violent incidents of antigovernment unrest have been rooted in economic grievances. In August 1988, the regime brutally crushed student-led demonstrations that erupted after authorities (apparently on numerologists’ advice) abruptly demonetized many currency notes. Another bout of civil unrest was ignited in September 2007 by drastic fuel-price hikes. The only thing truly flourishing today is the military itself, which now eats up 40 percent of the national budget. It has doubled in size since Suu Kyi’s electoral victory was stolen 19 years ago.

The grand bargain that prevails in China does not, and cannot, work in today’s Burma. But Than Shwe’s junta keeps trying to replicate its techniques. Today was the last chance for the strongman to make a genuine bid for the legitimacy that has so obsessed the country’s ruling generals. The charismatic opposition leader Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the past 19 years under house arrest, is widely seen to have been charged with violating the terms of her detention as an excuse for the junta to continue detaining her.

She was due to be freed when a traveling American, John Yettaw, swam across a Rangoon lake in May to warn her of assassins whom he’d glimpsed in a vision. She allowed him to stay at her residence for two nights—and for the “crime” of hosting this uninvited visitor, Suu Kyi’s detention was prolonged. (Yettaw was sentenced to seven years, including four years’ hard labor, for violating immigration law and for illegal swimming.)

Suu Kyi’s sentence pretty much ensures the junta will not be seriously challenged in next year’s parliamentary elections—but also that Than Shwe has lost Burma for good. Had she been freed, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party would almost certainly not be able to duplicate its resounding electoral victory in the last election 19 years ago. Her followers have been harassed, intimidated, and co-opted to such a degree in the intervening years that it’s a shadow of the political organization it had once been. Even so, the junta was still too insecure to allow elections that might bestow legitimacy upon the winner. It’s a sign Than Shwe knows his government is unlawful.

The magnanimity he tried to show is a tactic often seen in Chinese political trails. The court initially sentenced Suu Kyi to three years of hard labor, then called a five-minute recess. At that point, a commutation order from the general himself was read aloud in the courtroom. But this was not compromise; it was desperation. Now, the 2010 parliamentary vote that the junta is taking such pains to prepare for will be seen as a sham. That means it will be up to Suu Kyi or a younger opposition leadership—or maybe a more pragmatic set of generals—to give the Burmese a government they can believe in again.

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August 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

UN Envoy to Burma Calls for ‘Immediate Release’ of Aung San Suu Kyi

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UN Envoy to Burma Calls for ‘Immediate Release’ of Aung San Suu Kyi

By Margaret Besheer
United Nations

11 August 2009

Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Ibrahim Gambari, U.N. special envoy to Burma, during their meeting at the state guest house in Rangoon, Burma (2008 file)
Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Ibrahim Gambari, U.N. special envoy to Burma (2008 file photo)

The U.N.’s Special Advisor on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, says he is “extremely disappointed” with the outcome of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial and called on Burmese authorities to release her immediately. After the verdict was announced on Tuesday, Gambari said he would continue to work for her freedom as well as that of hundreds of other Burmese political prisoners.

The verdict from the Burmese court was an additional three years in prison for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But a short time later, the government announced that the country’s leader, Senior General Than Shwe, had ordered the sentence commuted to 1 1/2 years under house arrest.

Aung San Suu Kyi has already spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, mostly under house arrest.

In a statement, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his “deep disappointment” with the verdict and said he “strongly deplores” the decision.

His Special Advisor on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, told VOA in an exclusive interview that he too is extremely disappointed.

“We were hoping that (a) that the trial should not have commenced, three, that it would be discontinued and all charges dropped, and four, that she would be found ‘not guilty’. All of these did not happen, so that’s why we are extremely disappointed,” he said.

Gambari said that during the secretary-general’s visit last month to Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, Mr. Ban met with the country’s senior leadership and asked them to free Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners as well as take steps to enhance the political process leading to next year’s elections as a gesture of their credibility to the international community.

“We have always offered this. If they were to help us help them, then the secretary-general would be in a position to go all out on the sanctions issue, humanitarian support, even reconstruction and development. It is a pity they did not follow our advice,” he said.

The special envoy, who has made several trips to Burma, said that Tuesday’s development is a setback. “We are pretty much back to what the situation was before the trial, where she is still under house arrest – although the conditions of her detention, house arrest, have been eased somewhat,” he said.

Those new conditions include Aung San Suu Kyi being able to receive necessary medical treatment, to have guests visit her with permission from authorities, and to have the right to view two Burmese television stations (Myawaddy and MRTV) as well as read Burmese newspapers.

Gambari said the verdict can be appealed, and he is hopeful that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released unconditionally without further delay, so she can join the political process. “Of course, now we have appeal processes are still there. The prospect of amnesty is still not closed. We hope this will be exercised,” he said.

The U.N. envoy said he would not give up on any fronts. “These are all part of the process of engagement with them, with the view of delivering on what is the objective – which is democratization of Myanmar and respect for human rights, and in effect restoring Myanmar to respectability as a member of the international community,” he said.

Ibrahim Gambari said he is willing to return to Burma if the secretary-general asks him to, saying this is an on-going process.

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-11-voa56.cfm

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August 12, 2009 at 12:28 am