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World focus on Burma (29-12-2009)

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Aung San Suu Kyi Gains Access to Party Leaders: Could House Arrest Be Lifted?

CafeSentido.com – ‎

Aung San Suu Kyi, the jailed Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader, was recently granted visitation rights to meet with three aging leaders of her …

Brown writes to Myanmar icon Suu Kyi pledging support

AFP – ‎

… a genuine dialogue that can give the Burmese people back their future and their hope,” he said. Brown’s letter has been passed to authorities in Myanmar …

UK’s Brown pledges support to Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi

BBC News –

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has written a personal letter to Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In the letter, Mr Brown praises Ms …

Orwell’s birthplace to be saved from decay

AFP – ‎

From 1922-1927, Orwell was a member of the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, now Myanmar, which was part of British India. His time there was the inspiration …

Myanmar: American in Solitary Cell

New York Times – ‎

By AP An American jailed in Myanmar was placed in solitary confinement after ending a 12-day hunger strike, prompting the United States Embassy to request …

Quake rocks State

E-Pao.net –

All the epicentres are falling in the Central-Burma-Mollase-Basin along the Chindwin river, added the statement signed by Dr Manichandra Sanoujam of the …

Bangladesh to send home thousands of Burmese refugees

BBC News – ‎

Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes made the announcement in Dhaka after meeting his Burmese counterpart, who is on a two-day official visit. …

Burma Urged to Take US Citizen Out of Solitary

Newser – Rob Quinn – ‎

(Newser) – An American citizen jailed without charge in Burma since fall has been put in solitary …

Burma agrees to accept 9000 Rohingya

Mizzima.com – Siddique Islam – ‎‎

Dhaka (Mizzima) – The Burmese junta has agreed to take back 9000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh soon, Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said in …

Red alert: Ghanaians to consume contaminated rice

Joy Online – ‎

The consignment of rice, which came from Burma, had been declared as “Unfit for Human Consumption” by the Sierra Leonean authorities before it arrived in …

Court Postpones Jailed US Citizen’s Trial

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

Nyi Nyi Aung’s treatment in prison has attracted worldwide publicity, gaining attention from such groups as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, …

One Doctor for Every 7314 Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Ba Kaung

Last week, a 38-year-old female political prisoner died of a heart attack in Burma’s infamous Insein Prison, drawing attention again to Burma’s dismal

No political progress in Burma

United Press International, Asia – Zin Linn

The junta continues to detain and incarcerate approximately 2200 political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Will DKBA Join Border Guard Force?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎

The Burmese regime’s main ally in eastern Burma, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), was the first armed ethnic group to announce …

ONGC to Lend $857 Million to Unit for Myanmar Project

BusinessWeek – ‎

… a land terminal at the Myanmar fields by 2012, the South Korean company said on Nov. 2. Proven reserves in the country formerly known as Burma…

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China-Burma agree on oil pipeline project

Mizzima.com – Anirban Roy

In the joint project between the two friendly neighbours, the state run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise will hold 49.1 per cent while CNPC will have 50.9 per …

Burma releases four Taiwan fishermen

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

Dec 29, 2009 (AFP)– Burma has freed four Taiwanese fishermen held in detention for over a month for alleged illegal fishing, a Taipei official said Monday, …

Reconciliation Myanmar Needs

Korea Times – ‎

Sooner or later, the Union of Myanmar (Burma) will need some sort of reconciliation. Outside aid or intervention can help facilitate the democratization …

Burma Reinforces Troops on Fence Construction

Narinjara News –

By Takaloo, Maungdaw: The Burmese military junta has recently sent more troops from army and police forces to work on constructing the fence at the …

Hope and danger in the 2010 elections

Mizzima.com – Zaw Min Aung – ‎

Mizzima News – Burma’s generals, who drew up the 2008 constitution based on the 104 basic principles set in 1993, are now fifteen years older. …

Thailand defies protests to deport asylum seekers

Financial Times – Tim Johnston – ‎

By evening, Human Rights Watch reported the camp had been emptied and 130 people judged to have resisted removal had been put in police trucks to be handed …

Burma affairs forum to be held in Rangoon

Mizzima.com – Nem Davies – ‎

“We hope the meeting between Daw Suu (Aung San Suu Kyi) and Senior General Than Shwe materializes and will yield fruitful results. …

South Africa:Is Zuma’s Foreign Policy A Change of Style or Substance?

AllAfrica.com –

South Africa does seem to have learned some lessons from its public relations disasters on Myanmar/Burma and the Dalai Lama. Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim …

Burmese Dy Foreign Minister in Bangladesh for talks

Mizzima.com – Siddique Islam – ‎

Dhaka (Mizzima) – Burmese Deputy Foreign Minister Maung Myint arrived in Bangladesh capital, Dhaka on Monday leading a delegation for the foreign …

ONGC to Lend $857 Million to Unit for Myanmar Project

BusinessWeek –

… a land terminal at the Myanmar fields by 2012, the South Korean company said on Nov. 2. Proven reserves in the country formerly known as Burma reached

Hope and danger in the 2010 elections

Mizzima.com – Zaw Min Aung – ‎

There are encouraging signs that General Than Shwe will accept the request of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for a face-to-face meeting. ..

The year that was

Irish Times – David Shanks – ‎

Burma court upholds guilty verdict against Aung San Suu Kyi. Ireland passes the Lisbon Treaty. Hundreds killed in floods in Philippines and India.

Myanmar deputy minister arrives for talks

Bangladesh News 24 hours – ‎

Dhaka, Dec 28 (bdnews24.com)—Myanmar deputy foreign minister Maung Myint arrived in city on Monday to lead his country’s delegation at foreign …

Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister Arrives In Bangladesh For Talks

AHN – Siddique Islam – ‎

The Burmese side had agreed to discuss the matter in the upcoming fourth foreign secretary level consultation. “Around 30 issues have been identified for …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 29, 2009 at 7:56 am

DEPRIVATION AND RAPE IS THE LOT OF KAREN REFUGEES

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Updated: [June 19, 2009 ] :: 00:52:26

DEPRIVATION AND RAPE IS THE LOT OF KAREN REFUGEES

Over 4,000 ethnic Karen villagers have been forced to seek refuge in Thailand since the Burmese military and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) began their final attempt to defeat the Karen National Union (KNU) rebels, who are fighting to gain their independence.

And more refugees stream across the Thai-Burmese border every day. Meanwhile, disturbing accounts of rape and murder are adding to the reports of deprivation and terror.

Most of the refugees are from Ler Per Her IDP camp, but there are also villagers from over seven villages that have crossed the Moei River to Thailand in the face of fierce combat and mortar attacks; altogether there are over 40 villages in the conflict zone. “If the fighting continues, at least 8,000 more villagers will have to escape across the border or die at the hands of the soldiers,” KNU General Secretary, Zipporah Sein, is reported as saying.

According to a June 17 allegation from a spokesman from Karen relief organisation, the Free Burma Ranger (FBR), Burmese military assailants raped and murdered two teenage Karen women, while passing through Kwee Law Plo village, Lu Pleh Township, Pa-an district on June 12. The victims aged 18 and 17 respectively, the first eight-months pregnant, and the second, the mother of a six-month-old baby, were raped and murdered after their husbands had escaped into the jungle to avoid being press-ganged into working as porters for the Burmese Army. Previously, on 27 December, 2008, a seven-year-old Karen girl was reported to also have been raped and murdered by a Burmese soldier.

The Burmese military have long been accused by various Karen ethnic-rights groups of using systematic rape as a weapon to terrorize border-dwelling ethnic people. A report by the Karen Women Organization (KWO) entitled “Shattering Silences” cites 125 cases of sexual violence committed between 1988 and 2004. Officers were apparently the biggest offenders, being responsible for 50% of the rapes, 40% of which were gang-rapes, and in 28% of the instances the women were subsequently murdered. Similarly, in a 2002 report entitled “Licence to Rape” by the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN), 173 ethnic Shan women gave evidence of having been raped or suffering sexual violence by the Burmese military.

The present mass exodus of Karen villagers began after the DKBA warned the local village headman that they were going to recruit more soldiers and porters.

“We knew what that meant, all the able-bodied men would be used by the army in one way or another, and on top of that we would have to give them money and food rations,” said villager Pa Naw Naw, 41, before he fled with his family, leaving his 11-year-old son behind to look after their house and animals. A common practice, apparently, as by far the majority of the refugees are women and children.

This is essentially a last ditch attempt to save their 6-year insurgency.”We will fight to the bitter end,” said David Thakerbaw, a 74-year-old KNU who has spent virtually his whole life fighting the Burmese military oppression. “We have no option but to fight on and hold on to every strip of land,” he said. “We know they will continue to commit human rights abuses, seize our land and control our natural resources.”

The latest military campaign is related to the Junta’s planned elections next year and the proposed creation of a national border police force, to be composed of the disarmed ethnic rebel armies who have ceasefire agreements with the government. “They want to eliminate (the) KNU now because we have called on all Karen to boycott the elections,” maintained Thackerbaw. “The last thing they want is for other ethnic groups to follow our lead.”

Thai wats (temples), especially those in the vicinity of the Thai border town of Mae Sot, are the mainstay for a considerable number of refugees. “They are in relatively good condition,” Kitty McKinsey, regional spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, reported “They are not emaciated, though many have walked for more than seven days to escape from the Myanmar army,” apparently with only the clothes they stood up in. Pa Kyaw, a 30-year-old refugee at Wat Noh Bo in Mae Sot, said, plaintively, “We want an end to all this fighting. All we want is to be left alone in peace, and to be able to return to our homes”

Link: http://www.pattayadailynews.com/shownews.php?IDNEWS=0000009508

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2009 at 4:29 am

Mortar Bombs Hit Ler Per Her IDP Camp – Up To 200 Used As Slave Labour

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Mortar Bombs Hit Ler Per Her IDP Camp – Up To 200 Used As Slave Labour

Jun 8th, 2009

Media Release From Burma Campaign UK
For Immediate Release 8th June 2009

The British government and United Nations have remained silent about a new military offensive in Karen State, Burma, which has forced around 4,000 people to flee their homes.

There are now almost 1,500 soldiers from the Burmese Army and its allies, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), involved in the new offensive in the Pa’an district of Karen State, on the Thailand Burma border. The Burma Campaign UK has visited the camp twice this year, hearing first hand testimony of abuses committed by the regime.

According to Burma Campaign UK sources, three mortar bombs have hit the Ler Per Her camp for Internally Displaced People. The camp was evacuated on Friday. The camp is two miles from the nearest Karen National Liberation Army base.

The Burmese Army are firing up to fifty 81mm mortar bombs a day into territory controlled by the Karen National Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Karen National Union, a pro-democracy organisation resisting the rule of the dictatorship. Some mortar bombs have also landed across the border in Thailand.

Eye witnesses who have escaped from territory taken over by the Burmese Army and DKBA reported that between 150 and 200 villagers have been taken as slave labour by the DKBA. They are being forced to carry military equipment, including into areas where the attacks are taking place. Some have not been given food for five days and are forced to sleep in the open in the rain.

“Once against the international community is looking the other way while my people are attacked and forced to run for their lives,” said Zoya Phan, International Co-ordinator at Burma Campaign UK. Zoya Phan has twice been forced to flee her village after it was attacked by Burmese Army troops. “Why hasn’t a single government called for an end to these attacks? Why isn’t there any effort to secure a global arms embargo? The British government must push for a UN Commission of Inquiry into these crimes against humanity being committed by the dictatorship.”

For more information contact Zoya Phan on 44(0)7738630139.

Source- Burma Digest

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm

World focus on Burma (20 April 2009)

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UWSA goals remain elusive after 20 years

Mizzima.com – 

by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – One of Burma’s major ethnic ceasefire groups – United Wa State Army (UWSA) – has acknowledged it has failed over the past …

Where are human rights in Zuma’s plan?

guardian.co.uk – 

During that time it sided with Burma and Sudan against western countries enraged at egregious human rights abuses. A similarly blind eye was turned to …

Southeast Asia Struggles With Democracy

Voice of America – ‎‎

Case says the violent turn of events in Thailand, last week, may foil the spread of democratization in the region, in places like military-ruled Burma and …

Making Friends with Tyrants

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

The trouble is that Burma still holds over 2100 political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and there are no signs that the …

Burmese monk castigates neighbors, UN: Shame on them!

Aktuálně.cz – 

If you were to count the number of Thai people who are actively involved in the fight for the restoration of democracy in Burma, you will find they are only …

Burmese Man Murdered

Pattaya People – ‎‎

They went along to a cement mill next to the Pattaya Floating Market on Sukhumvit Road to find the body of 40 year old Mr. Chai from MyanmarBurma) who had … (

Burmese Soccer League an Election Ploy?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

… to next year’s election. “But I am not sure if people will be interested in this government ploy,” he said. “I think Burmese football supporters would …

NLD Still Represents Moral Strength for the Powerless

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Party leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin Oo have been detained and imprisoned. NLD offices across the country have been closed down, their members …

Burmese Army, DKBA Mount Four-Day Attack on KNU

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

An article in The New Light of Myanmar, a junta mouthpiece, on Sunday highlighted the recent defection of Nay Soe Mya, son of the late KNU leader Gen Saw Bo …

Your Letters Remember Cuba too, Mr Obama

ChronicleLive – 

… talks with Cuba as they are not a true democracy. So what is his view on the “democratic” countries like China, Russia and Burma? Are they democratic? …

Student delegation attends moving Geneva conference prior to Durban II

Jerusalem Post – ‎‎

Most impressive and moving were the things said by Darfurians, the Rwandan Genocide’s survivors and former prisoners of conscience from Cuba, Egypt, Burma, …

Wa commander’s trucks destroyed, men injured in fire in Panghsang

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

Many of its ceasefire alliances along the China-Burma border including Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the National Democratic Alliance …

Burma: Philippines Request Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

UNPO – 

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has called on Burma’s military government to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. …

College Grads Job Hunting With Volunteer Spirit

Hartford Courant – 

While at Trinity, he started a tutoring program for Burmese refugees as part of an independent study class. Ellis-Ferrara said that a Peace Corps experience …

Global Fund faces 4-billion-dollar budget shortfall next year

Earthtimes (press release) – 

A Global Fund team was sent to Myanmar, also called Burma, last month to help authorities reapply for funding. Myanmar has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates …

Money seized from hotel room occupied by BJD candidate

Indopia – 

Though the room was booked in the name of one Bikas Swain, editor of a local Oriya newspaper, BJD candidate Sanjay Das Burma, came out of the attached …

Chew on this, people

Channel News Asia – 

In Burma (Myanmar), I was smuggled over the border from Thailand into rebel-held territory with the help of Karen rebel soldiers. I stayed in Chernobyl and …

All Mimika Air Passengers Killed

Tempo Interaktif – 

However, the Burmese pilot was not aware that after 09.00 Central Indonesian Time, clouds usually rise, obstructing the plane’s view. Nay Linn, said Jusman, …

Smuggling season opens with arrest

Great Lakes Advocate – 

… also known as Myanmar, has been reluctant to accept the Rohingyas as citizens. Brigadier-General Phone Swe, Burma’s deputy minister of immigration and …

What Burma Needs From the White House

Washington Post – 

My sister Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the heroic and beloved leader of the Burmese democracy movement, remains under house arrest and cannot speak to …

The FP Quiz and Epiphanies: Amartya Sen

Foreign Policy

My earliest memories, between the ages of 3 and 6, are all of Mandalay in Burma, where my father was a visiting professor in the 1930s. …

The Next Big Thing: H 2 O

Foreign Policy – 

In a sense, the great water grab is only prudent: Some 70 percent of all freshwater withdrawn for human use goes into agriculture, but underground aquifers …

Laughing At The Devil: Burma’s Moustache Brothers

Scoop.co.nz – ‎‎

The villain: Burma’s military junta – known in Burmese as the Tatmadaw. Such a name deserves a high throne in the lexicon of despotisms and tyrannical …

China pays lip service to Burmese junta: observer

Mizzima.com – 

“China sincerely hopes for Myanmar [Burma]’s political stability, economic development and national reconciliation,” Wen was quoted as saying to Thein Sein. …