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World focus on Burma (31-12-2009)

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Fresh misery looms large in New Year in Burma

Mizzima.com – ‎

The junta’s Border Guard Force (BGF) plan places the military forces of the ethnic groups under direct Burmese Army control leaving only their political …

Strategic cabinet meet in Naypyidaw

Mizzima.com –

… of the Burmese military government were summoned to Naypyidaw today, in what is likely to be a strategic meeting to be chaired by junta supremo Senior …

Drugs worth US$ 15 million seized in Thailand

Mizzima.com –

However, the New York-based, Human Rights Watch, early this month urged the Thai government to end police abuses after a district court in Bangkok on …

SP story saves man from deportation

StarPhoenix – Jason Warick

I don’t want to go back to Burma,” he said at the time. Veeman and other advocates said his case was clear — his status as a military deserter, …

Distinct possibility of renewed civil war

Mizzima.com – Brian McCartan

Chiang Mai, Thailand (Mizzima) – The New Year may bring fireworks of a different kind in northern Burma this year. December 31 marks the final deadline for …

China takes flight

Boston Globe – Alan Berger

The party also needs to rein in corrupt officials, respect the human and civil rights of Chinese citizens, allow Tibetans to have cultural autonomy in their …

Leading article: The year and the decade pass on, even as hope revives

Independent –

Iran’s election brought forth an opposition movement that fights bravely on. There are stirrings in Burma, North Korea and Cuba. Nor, mostly, did the worst …

More a case of survival than of winning or losing

Irish Times –

It’s Burma,” he explained, raising the hitherto unexpected vision of O’Brien as an Aung San Suu Kyi-like figure. O’Brien’s Sandwich Bars (no relation) never …

MediaWATCH: Phuket Kate’s Very Mossy Christmess

Phuketwan – ‎

Human rights groups say Rohingya Muslims have fled religious persecution in Burma and do not want to return to their home country. voanews.com January 4, …

Gwynne Dyer: A look back at 2009

Straight.com – Gwynne Dyer – ‎

In Burma, pro-democracy leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi, though still under house arrest, has supported efforts by the United States to open up channels of …

Diplomacy’s limits on display in 2009

San Antonio Express –

For human rights, 2009 was a dismal year: in Iran and Sudan, as noted above; in Burma, where Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to …

BURMA: China’s Oil, Gas Pipelines Recipe for Abuse, Warn Activists

Inter Press Service – Marwaan Macan-Markar

Yet as the junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, prepares the initial groundwork to build the twin pipelines that will cut across the country, …

Burma’s Independence Day

Voice of America – ‎

January 4, 2010, marks the sixty-second anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule. The United States has expressed its warmest wishes to the …

Is Zuma foreign policy a change of style or substance?

Tehran Times – Steven Gruzd – ‎

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 …

Kasit defends record in office

Bangkok Post –

If Burma was successful in its election, it would help strengthen the grouping and improve human rights issues, making the Asean Charter stronger. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 31, 2009 at 9:43 am

World focus on Burma (17-9-2009)

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Food insecurity aggravates in Chin state

Mizzima.com – ‎

by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Unabated rat infestation continues to create acute food shortage for people in Chin state and northwest part of Burma, …

Calgarians receive humanitarian award

Calgary Herald –

The Semkuleys continue to return to seven locations along the Thai-Myanmar (formerly Burma)border where fleeing refugees have set up camps, built villages, …

Raytheon gets $22.2 million Navy contract extension for advanced …

Gaea Times (blog) – ‎‎

… JoeTacopino Mission of Burma? RT @BreakingNews: Myanmar Radio and Television-4 reports the Myanmar government has granted amnesty to 7114 prisoners. …

UN to resume work in northeastern Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma – Nan Kham – ‎

… rare rebuke to Burma, urging it to “properly deal with its domestic issue to safeguard the regional stability in the China-Myanmar [Burma] border area”.

Junta defends barring Suu Kyi from attending hearing

Mizzima.com – ‎

An article “Court rules of conducts and rights of defendant” published in the New Light of Myanmar on Thursday said, while the defendant has the right to …

Seven bomb blasts in Burma, no casualties: police

บางกอกโพส – ‎‎

Seven small bombs exploded in the suburbs of Burma’s commercial hub Rangoon but did not cause any casualties, police in the military-ruled nation said …

Opposition coalition ‘unable to materialise’

Democratic Voice of Burma – Khin Hnin Htet – ‎

Among the group’s leading members, chairman Aung Shwe, Lun Tin and U Lwin are in poor health while Aung San Suu Kyi, Tin Oo, Khun Htun Oo and Kyaw Min are …

Human Rights Report Showcases Political Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Lalit K Jha

Webb, who met Sen-Gen Than Shwe and Aung San Suu Kyi during his trip, has been advocating a more open US policy towards Burma. It is understood that Webb

Seven blasts hit Rangoon

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

Sept 17, 2009 (DVB)–Seven blasts hit industrial zones in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon yesterday evening, according to local authorities who said the …

Human Rights Report Showcases Political Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Lalit K Jha

Webb, who met Sen-Gen Than Shwe and Aung San Suu Kyi during his trip, has been advocating a more open US policy towards Burma. It is understood that Webb …

U2 blows roof off SkyDome

Toronto Star – Ashante Infantry – ‎

And they made sure to hit the political marks – dedicating “Walk On” to Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi as fans walk the stage perimeter with paper masks, …

Myanmar state media defends Suu Kyi’s exclusion from appeal

GulfNews –

AP Yangon: Myanmar’s state media has defended a decision to bar detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending her appeal Friday, …

Spate of small bombs in Rangoon

The Nation – ‎

By Deutsche Presse Agentur Rangoon- A series of small bombs went off in the suburbs of Yangon Wednesday and Thursday in what appeared to be an act of …

Myanmar defends Suu Kyi’s exclusion from appeal

Philippine Star – ‎‎

YANGON (AP) – Myanmar’s state media defended a decision to bar detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending her appeal Friday, saying judicial …

U2 raises the roof

Globe and Mail –

Non-music moments came in the form of a video address by Desmond Tutu and an appeal to consider the situation of Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi …

Junta defends court ban

Straits Times –

… state-run Burmese language newspapers. ‘Courts hear criminal cases in accordance with the existing laws…. Therefore, it is fair to say that Myanmar’s …

Bolivia seizes 19 tons of cocaine

People’s Daily Online – ‎‎

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Wednesday that Bolivia has seized a total of 19 tons of cocaine so far this year, more than the 11 tons for all of 2005. …

An Open Letter by Geng He, Wife of Human Rights Attorney Gao Zhisheng

The Epoch Times – ‎‎

Very recently, I noticed among those who appealed for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, there were, unexpectedly, Chinese Communist Party members. …

Bolivia angry over US drugs black list

euronews – ‎

Along with Venezuela and Myanmar, Bolivia faces the prospect of Washington cutting off all aid other than humanitarian and community development programmes. …

Jamaica on US drug black list

Jamaica Observer

Meanwhile, the State Department said Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela “failed demonstrably during the last 12 months to adhere to international …

Morales: US Has No Right to Judge Bolivia’s Anti-Drug Fight

Latin American Herald Tribune – ‎

LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales said Wednesday that the United States “doesn’t have the authority or moral standing to question” his country’s …

Asean Can Learn From Africa On Human Rights

Bernama –

Human rights activists alleged that Asean stripped the commission of any teeth in order to appease perennial human rights violators such as Burma,” he said. …

Myanmar Doubles Political Arrests; Elections a Sham, Group Says

Bloomberg – Ed Johnson

The US, China, India and Southeast Asian countries “should make the release of all political prisoners a central goal of their engagement with Burma. …

Myanmar Doubles Political Arrests; Elections a Sham, Group Says

Bloomberg – Ed Johnson – ‎

The US, China, India and Southeast Asian countries “should make the release of all political prisoners a central goal of their engagement with Burma. …

2 ‘princesses’ enter politics

Straits Times –

YANGON – TWO more ‘princesses’ are jumping into the fray of MyanmarMyanmar prime ministers are aiming to join a new politics. The daughters of two former

Burmese opposition meets in Prague, seeking unity

Prague Daily Monitor – ‎

The Czech Republic actively supports the efforts at the democratisation of Burma (Myanmar) in which a military junta has been ruling for over 47 years. …

BURMA: Rights Group Tallies Growing Ranks of Political Prisoners

Inter Press Service – Eli Clifton

Most recently, the ruling junta has come under fire for its decision to prosecute Nobel Peace Laureate and opposition party leader Ang San Suu Kyi, …

Burmese political prisoner count ‘doubled’ since 2007

Democratic Voice of Burma – Francis Wade

Sept 16, 2009 (DVB)–The number of political prisoners in Burma has more than doubled in the past two years, according to a report published by a New …

Destination Laos: The sublime magic of Luang Prabang

Examiner.com – ‎

Tucked between Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and China, this little gem–pronounced most commonly without the ending “s“–has a turbulent …

Burma and Webb, What Everyone Needs to Know

The Weekly Standard – ‎

Steinberg’s new book is titled Burma/Myanmar, What Everyone Needs to Know. Makes you wonder what approach he might have taken to Hitler’s Germany, …

Rights Group Says Burma Has Intensified Political Arrests

Voice of America –

By VOA News Human Rights Watch says Burma’s military government has doubled the number of political prisoners over the past two years. …

Political prisoner numbers double in Burma

NEWS.com.au –

THE number of political prisoners in military-ruled Burma has doubled to more than 2200 in the two years since a crackdown on protests. …

US Cites 20 Countries for Illegal Drugs

Voice of America – ‎

A statement released by the department says Bolivia, Burma and Venezuela have “failed demonstrably” to meet their obligations to fight drugs as promised …

US keeps Venezuela, Bolivia atop narcotics list

Reuters – ‎

In an annual report, the United States said Bolivia — the world’s third-largest cocaine producer — Venezuela and Myanmar had all “failed demonstrably” to …

US slams failed anti-drugs efforts in Venezuela but will not cut …

El Universal –

Venezuela, Bolivia and Myanmar “failed demonstrably” one more year lo live up to their obligations under counternarcotics agreements, the United States …

Obama follows Bush in arbitrary drug decertification

PRESS TV – ‎

Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela, ‘failed demonstrably’ during the last 12 months to adhere to international counter-narcotic agreements and take …

US Myanmar policy review almost complete: Obama aide

AFP –

… Rights Watch unveiled a report spotlighting the fate of what it estimated to be about 2100 political prisoners in Myanmar, which Washington calls Burma. …

International Trade Compliance Update

Linex Legal (registration) –

56 (Public Law 111- 42), a resolution to approve the renewal of import restrictions on Burma (Myanmar). The law approves the renewal of import restrictions …

US new energy dependence: Leftist Bolivia for electric car’s lithium

Examiner.com –

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Just when you thought the US might begin to break its energy dependence on unfriendly regimes, comes electric cars. …

Obama maintains drug blacklist of countries

USA Today – ‎

Of these, Bolivia, Burma (also known as Myanmar) and Venezuela were found to have “failed demonstrably” to meet commitments to combat production and …

US slams ‘failed’ anti-drug efforts in Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma – Francis Wade

Sept 16, 2009 (DVB)–Burma is one of three countries that have ‘failed demonstrably’ to stem the production and trade in illegal drugs over the past year, …

Rights group: Free Myanmar prisoners before polls

eTaiwan News – ‎

AP A leading US-based human rights group launched a campaign Wednesday for Myanmar’s military government to release more than 2200 political prisoners …

Getting the United Nations to Refocus

The Jewish Week – Daniel S. Mariaschin – ‎

In contrast, states like Iran, North Korea, and Myanmar (Burma) have few or no resolutions passed against them. In order to be taken seriously, …

Burma: Surge in Political Prisoners

Human Rights Watch (Communiqué de presse) –

When visiting Burma, foreign officials should ask not just to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, but with other Burmese political activists in prison to solicit …

Africa: US Emphasizes Freedom of Expression At Human Rights Council

AllAfrica.com – Jane Morse

… the United States is concerned about the human rights situation in Burma, particularly after the recent trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

world focus on Burma (27-8-2009)

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to file appeal on case next week

Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com –

AP (AP) — YANGON, Myanmar – Lawyers for Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday they will file an appeal next week against the criminal conviction that put …

Ceasefire group split sparks tension

Democratic Voice of Burma – Htet Aung Kyaw – ‎

Aug 27, 2009 (DVB)–An influential ceasefire group in northern Burma has split after pro-junta members announced the formation of a new committee, …

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to file appeal against conviction

GulfNews – ‎

AP Yangon: Lawyers for Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi say they will file an appeal next week against the criminal conviction that sent her back …

Fighting unabated between Kokang and Burmese Army

Mizzima.com –

by Mizzima News Ruili (Mizzima) – Another clash broke out between the Kokang and Burmese Army near the Sino-Burma border on Thursday evening. …

BRANDED DOCUMENTARIES: CASE STUDY – The Co-Operative

California Chronicle -‎

… of Burma VJ, a film showcasing footage by independent journalists who risked their lives to document the Myanmar uprising, led by Buddhist monks, …

US man wept ‘every day’ over Suu Kyi trial

AFP –

I’m going to free a political prisoner in Burma,” the retired bus driver and Vietnam War veteran said. “It’s about stopping the killings. …

Day in pictures: Of Asian heroes, hungry ghosts and silky sail

MSN India – ‎

… Krisana Kraisintu of Thailand, Ma Jun of China, Antonio Oposa Jr. of the Philippines, and Ka Hsaw Wa of Myanmar, also known as Burma. Source: AP.

Myanmar police arrest six after drugs haul: Official

Times of India – ‎

YANGON: Myanmar police have arrested six people after a drugs haul earlier this week that an official confirmed Thursday was much smaller than state media …

Magsaysay Award goes green: 4 Earth activists get awards

GMA news.tv – Joseph Holandes Ubalde – ‎

The region’s equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr. from the Philippines, Ka Hsaw Wa from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Yu …

‘Thousands flee’ Myanmar into China

Aljazeera.net – ‎

The US Campaign for Burma, a Washington-based advocacy group, said the problems began on August 8 in Kokang when hundreds of Myanmar troops were deployed in …

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to appeal

Monsters and Critics.com – ‎

Yangon – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has agreed to appeal a recent court decision that put her under house detention for the next 18 months, …

Myanmar – Refugees

Radio France Internationale – ‎

Since 8 August, tens of thousands of people have fled over the Chinese border to escape fighting between the Burma junta and Kokang ethnic rebel groups in …

Clashes push more refugees to neighboring area

Shan Herald Agency for News – Hseng Khio Fah

Today, many more refugees have been fleeing into China in order to escape clashes of the Burma Army and Kokang that have taken since this morning, …

Thousands of civilians flee conflict between Burmese army and Shan …

AsiaNews.it – ‎

The refugees accommodated in camps set up by the Chinese government in Nansas, a town near the border between Myanmar and China. The Burmese army launched

More fighting feared as thousands flee Myanmar: activists


AFP –

… 8 after Myanmar’s junta deployed troops in the mainly ethnic Chinese region, said the US Campaign for Burma (USCB), which uses Myanmar’s former name.

Indian- Burmese military officials in bi-annual meet

Mizzima.com – ‎‎

“The India-Myanmar Border Liaison Meet is a landmark event, where representatives of both the armies interact and coordinate on border management activities …

Myanmar activist says China ignores junta’s graft

The Associated Press – Jim Gomez – ‎

International watchdogs have consistently ranked Myanmar, also known as Burma, among the world’s most corrupt nations. Transparency International’s 2008 …

Will polls bring change to army-ruled Myanmar?

Reuters – ‎

A glance at the new constitution leaves little doubt the military will run the show in the former Burma, and few expect the Burmese people will get much say …

Democratic Senator’s Call to Drop Burma Sanctions Draws Fire

CNSNews.com – Patrick Goodenough – ‎

Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP Photo/Myanmar News Agency) Webb’s visit also secured the release of an American, John Yettaw, …

Myanmar military moves to crush Kokang Chinese

Monsters and Critics.com – ‎

The Kokang are an ethnic Han Chinese minority group who have lived for centuries in north-eastern Myanmar, once known as Burma. They formed one of the core …

Japanese FM exhorts Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi

Mizzima.com -‎

Nakasone said, for the general elections slated for 2010 to be acceptable by the international community, “Japan strongly expects that MyanmarBurma] … [

Myanmar police arrest 6 suspects after drug bust

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, produced an estimated 410 tons of opium in 2008, enough to make about 40 tons of heroin, according to United Nations figures. …

Thousands of Myanmar refugees flowing into Yunnan

GoKunming – ‎

An attempt by Myanmar’s ruling military junta to bring rebel ethnic fighters under its control has led to escalating tensions, reports of fighting and a …

MediaWATCH: Two ‘Turned TAT into Piggy Bank’

Phuketwan – ‎

Some 10000 people have entered China from Burma’s north-eastern Shan state this month, according to Chinese media. Hundreds of government troops are …

Kokangs victim of junta’s old tactics: observers

Mizzima.com – ‎

by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s military rulers have yet again resorted to a divide and rule policy to break up the Kokang ceasefire armed group, …

China seeks closer ties with Myanmar

United Press International – ‎

Myanmar, formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The crackdown on pro-democracy movements in the country and the continued detention …

Thai couple arrested for drug trade in Myanmar border town

Xinhua – Li Xianzhi – ‎

27 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar authorities arrested a Thai couple for drug trade with local drug traffickers in Tachilek,a border town in Myanmar’s eastern Shan …

US senator lashes Myanmar sanctions

AFP – ‎13 hours ago‎

The United States and European Union have imposed sanctions on Myanmar, earlier known as Burma, due to its refusal to recognize the last elections in 1990 …

Korean-Led Group to Supply Burmese Gas to China

조선일보(영문판) – ‎

Smaller members of the group include Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, Indian gas company GAIL, and Korea’s KOGAS. The group says it will build offshore …

Falcon resident discusses his swim in Myanmar

KY3 – Gene Hartley – ‎

John Yettaw of Falcon, Mo., says he didn’t know a visit to Myanmar’s government-opposition leader would get her and him arrested.

CROSSROADS TO SOMEWHERE: The Saga of Tad Nagaki

The Rafu Shimpo – Wimpy Hiroto

Myanmar it is today but I’m sure it will forever be a memorable Burma as far as you are concerned. WT Wimpy Hiroto can be reached at wimpyhiroto@att.net. …

NLD Leader Wants More Security

Radio Free Asia – Khin Maung Soe, Nyein Shwe -‎

A lawyer for Burma’s opposition leader says she never discussed anything sensitive with the American whose unwanted visit brought her 18 more months under …

There’s More to Senator Webb’s Burma Fizzle Than Meets the Eye

Heritage.org –

Throughout his Op-Ed, Senator Webb refers to Burma by its junta-designated name, “Myanmar.” That is certainly pleasing to the ears of the generals. …

‘Thousands flee Burma violence’

BBC News – ‎‎

Thousands of people have fled across the Burmese border into China in recent weeks amid violence between ethnic groups and the government, reports say. …

Burma Reports Huge Drug Bust Near Thai Border

Voice of America – ‎

By VOA News Burmese state media reported Wednesday that border police seized a large quantity of heroin and other illegal drugs near the border with …

Thousands flee Myanmar into China after standoff

Press Trust of India – ‎

The US Campaign for Burma, a Washington-based advocacy group, issued a statement saying the problems began when hundreds of Myanmar troops were deployed in …

Better than Halong Bay, Vietnam?

Newsweek – Sean O’Neill – ‎‎

He has authored over two dozen guidebooks, including Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia, Colombia, Trans-Siberian Railway, and his own online guidebook to …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

World focus on Burma (27 February 2009)

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ILO, Burma extend ‘supplementary understanding’

Mizzima.com – 

The New Light of Myanmar, Burma’s military junta’s mouthpiece, on Friday reported that Burma’s Labour Minister Aung Kyi and ILO’s Executive Director Mr. …

Thai PM Calls for All Sides to Participate in Burmese Elections

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

… a one-year extension (until July 2010) of the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) for rebuilding and humanitarian projects in areas affected by Cyclone Nargis. …

Myanmar curbs cyclone recovery plan ahead of election

Reuters UK – 

The military, which has ruled the former Burma in various guises since 1962, has promised elections in 2010 as part of its seven-step “roadmap to democracy. …

MYANMAR – MALAYSIA Burmese refugees in Malaysia abused, handcuffed …

AsiaNews.it – 

All of the refugees had to flee their homeland to escape abuses by the ruling military junta. Without papers the refugees are treated like criminals, ..

Ethnic delegation urges Australia to lend more support

Mizzima.com

The representatives also explained the importance of a tripartite dialogue that would include the government, the opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi…

Burma’s refugees barred

The Australian – 

CHA-AM, Thailand: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has called for Burma’s Muslim boatpeople to be pushed back if they attempt to land on any …

Tiny fish bred by aquarium experts

Click Liverpool – 

It’s the first time the fish, which comes from Myanmar (formerly Burma) has bred successfully at the award-winning aquarium and staff say the …

Bangkok Post : Rohingya ‘a regional problem’

Bangkok Post – 

Burma is ready to take back the Rohingya migrants if they can prove they are of Bengali descent, which is a recognised ethnic minority there, …

Exclusive: Obama Intel Chief Works for Chinese Government, Says …

PR Newswire (press release) – 

The Chinese oil firm, owned by the People’s Republic of China , also has been accused of multiple human rights violations. In 2005, CNOOC made a staggering, …

Burma sets condition for accepting Rohingya migrants

Mizzima.com

by Usa Pichai Hua Hin (Mizzima) The Thai Foreign Minister has said that the Burmese military regime has agreed to take back only those migrants, …

ASEAN to send Rohingya migrants back to Myanmar

Reuters India – 

… who washed up on the shores of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia having fled oppression in Myanmar. Those found to have originated from the former Burma, …

New Report Slams Junta for Nargis ‘Crimes’

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

By NEIL LAWRENCE In stark contrast to an earlier assessment of the Cyclone Nargis relief effort by Burma’s ruling junta and its international partners, …

Burma Insists Rohingyas are ‘Bengalis’

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

By WAI MOE CHA-AM, Thailand — Burma is insisting at the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) summit in southern Thailand that the boatpeople now fleeing …

Burmese regime blocked international aid to cyclone victims …

guardian.co.uk – 

Burmese people beg for food in the rain as aid begins to arrive following cyclone Nargis. Photograph: Getty Images International aid for cyclone…

ASEAN to Discuss Rohingya Refugee Issue

Voice of America – 

By Daniel Schearf Waves of Burma’s minority Rohingya fleeing oppression and poverty in their country have added pressure on Southeast Asian nations to find …

Bangladesh: A Test for Hasina

ISN – 

The BDR is primarily responsible for guarding the country’s 4400-kilometer border with India and Myanmar (Burma). Despite a rich tradition and professional …

Rohingyas to be sent back

AsiaOne – 

‘The fact that Myanmar has come forward is positive. Myanmar should play a positive role in endearing itself to our human rights demands. …

ASEAN signs free trade pact, puts off rights body

Yahoo – ‎‎

HUMAN RIGHTS BODY Foreign ministers whose governments range from Brunei’s absolute monarchy and Myanmar’s junta to the young democracies of Indonesia and …

Govt Urged To Let Muslim Rohingya Refugees Take Part In …

“Their their homeland should also stop the violation of human rights either in the form of bad treatment of Myanmarese minority group like the Rohingyas, …

Burmese junta should be referred to ICC: Report

Mizzima.com – 

… and an organization of Burmese volunteers called the Emergency Assistance Team – Burma (EAT), in the weeks following the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Global Fund Discusses Possible Return to Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

It has since met 29 members of the Myanmar [Burma] Country Coordinating Mechanism (MCCM), headed by Health Minister Kyaw Myint, Xinhua was told by Sun Gang, …

Break the Broken Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

… first trip to Asia: “We want to see a time when citizens of Burma and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi can live freely in their own country. …

Service to remember one of Thame’s oldest residents

Thame Today – 

Once only a severe bout of malaria prevented him being put to work on the notorious Burma Railroad, where Allied prisoners died in their tens of thousands. …

SHRF MONRHLY REPORT – FEBRUARY 2009

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

by admin — last modified 2009-02-27 10:40 Confiscation of villagers’ lands by the Burmese junta’s troops in Shan State has been going on unabated, …

Australia signs historic FTA with ASEAN, NZ

Radio Australia News – ‎‎

It has also detained many pro-democracy activists including the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. More recently it has been caught up in allegations that …

US State Department releases annual rights reports

JURIST – 

In the Near East and North Africa, the DOS criticized Egypt, Iran, Libya and Syria for imprisoning human rights activists and Egypt, Iran, and Saudi Arabia …

The Secret Agent and Propaganda

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

With its bizarre title, which meant The New Grassland, Myet Khen Thit was the brainchild of Burma’s military intelligence service (MIS). …

Drugs – Junta’s short and straight road to Obama (Part II)

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

For one thing, a clash took place on 3 February in Hopang township where 2 on the Wa side and 8-10 on the Burma side were reportedly killed. …

ASEAN fails to act against Burmese junta: Rights group

Mizzima.com – 

But, on human rights issues, the Charter does not provide opportunity to visit and investigate human right violations in any member country even if it …

Human Rights body formation is ‘evolving’

Bangkok Post – 

… have voiced concerns that the human rights body may not have power to stop abuses in countries where human rights remain concerns to the world like Burma.

ASEAN in search of relevance

Asia Times Online

Expatriate Burmese academic Kyaw Yin Hlaing suggests that a great deal more could be done for Myanmar in the practical mould of basic capacity-building in …

East Timor in good economic shape, says Minister

Radio Australia – 

And in a report also this week, the US State Department says human rights problems remain because of an inadequately trained police force and judiciary. …

Will US Oil Companies Return to Burma?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Political observers have made much of Clinton’s high-level talks in Beijing in recent days in which human rights issues took a back seat in favor of …

Burma agrees to take back Muslim boat people

Nation Multimedia – 

Chaam – Burma has agreed to take back the socalled Rohingya Muslim boat people if they could be identified as ethnic Bangali who were born in the country, …

Philippine activists demand more ASEAN action against Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com – 

The protestors, numbering around 90, picketed the Thai embassy in Manila and urged ASEAN to put Myanmar, formerly called Burma, on the ‘hot seat’ during its …

Bangkok Post : Rohingya ‘not Bumese ethnic minority’

Bangkok Post

The Burmese government says it is ready to welcome people who can prove they are Bengalis born in Burma, but it does not accept that the Rohingya boat …

Greenpeace urges South-East Asian leaders to discuss climate change

Nation Multimedia

Asean’s members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

On this day

News24

1889 – Burma – now Myanmar – opens railroad from Rangoon to Mandalay. 1901 – Russia’s minister of propaganda is murdered to avenge repression of student …

VIDEO: Video Reporters For Freedom And Democracy

Javno.hr – 

Armed with small cameras, disguised video reporters send news from closed Burma, risking their lives and freedom. The audience of the ZagrebDox documentary …

Asean opens with economic agenda

BBC News – 

But human rights groups say there is still no mechanism for dealing with routine abuses inside Asean member states like Burma and Vietnam. …

ASEAN summit underway, human rights body criticised

ABC Online – ‎‎

Burma is the most blatant abuser in the region. Last year it hindered international relief efforts for victims of Cyclone Nagis. It has also detained many …

ASEAN minister discuss human rights, economy

Radio Australia News

It has also detained many pro-democracy activists including the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. More recently it has been caught up in allegations that …

Divesting guilt

PSU Daily Vanguard – 

And it’s telling that several groups, such as Democracy Now! and Students for Justice in Palestine, have claimed this as a victory for resistance against …

US: Join Allies in Banning Landmines

منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان

(Washington, DC) – The United States should reconsider its stance and join the treaty banning antipersonnel landmines, Human Rights Watch said today. …

Asean human rights body lacks power to punish

Philippine Star – 

… rights situation in Burma” and also improve treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the region. The United States also blasted Myanmar’s …

Asean Will Not React to Pressure: Thai FM

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

A Thai official at the summit, who spoke to The Irrawaddy on condition of anonymity, said, “We are waiting for an answer from Myanmar [Burma] about the TCG, …

Myanmar gov’t, ILO extend supplementary understanding on forced …

Xinhua – ‎‎

27 (Xinhua) — Myanmar government and the International Labor Organization (ILO) have extended their Supplementary Understanding on the treatment of …

Crackdown on illegal Burmese migrants

Democratic Voice of Burma

Migrant right activists in Mae Sot said those who were arrested were being detained in three different places in town and they were likely to be sent back …

The Secret Agent and Propaganda

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

To counter the junta’s propaganda offensive, opposition groups inside and outside Burma published many short-lived magazines and newsletters, …

Burma’s corridor to democracy depends on regional partners

Mizzima.com – 

For Burma, which is no exception, the United Nations is still the best option, through the mandate of which the Association of South-east Asian Nations …

Malaysian PM: Push back Rohingya refugees

International Herald Tribune – 

“Of course, we know they come from Myanmar (Burma). When we ask Myanmar, they ask: ‘Are you sure they are our people? What evidence have you got?'” he said. …

Asean parliamentarians urge action on Burma

AsiaOne – ‎‎

… Asian countries under the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) gathered yesterday at a Bangkok hotel to discuss social justice in Burma. …

Company’s deals were seen as attempt to expand communist nation’s …

WorldNetDaily – 

The Chinese oil firm also has been accused of multiple human rights violations. Freeman has served on the board of CNOOC since 2004. …

Clinton’s stumbling start

Boston Globe – 

She also seemed forgetful of President Obama’s comparison of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Nelson Mandela. Clinton made another kind of …

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Civil Society Edges Deeper Into Regional Summit

Inter Press Service – 

‘’The treatment of the Rohingyas by Burma-Myanmar, freeing the political prisoners there, the economic crisis, and the food crisis are some of the issues. …

US rates Malaysia’s human rights record

The Malaysian Insider – 

MYANMAR: The report on Myanmar, which the State Department survey refers to as Burma, called the ruling junta ”highly authoritarian” and said military …

Burma blocked aid supplies – report

Irish Times – ‎‎

THE UNITED Nations Security Council should refer Burma (Myanmar) to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the manner in which it blocked humanitarian …

Is A Major War A Possibility In 2009? The Historical Antecedents

Center for Research on Globalization – 

In Asia ,during the same decade, the UK annexed Burma and brought under its control the Malay peninsula and Baluchistan . France began the breakup of China …

UN peacekeepers to stay in East Timor

Sydney Morning Herald

The UN Security Council decided unanimously on Thursday to keep its peacekeeping mission in East Timor for another 12 months, noting that the political and …

Thai Prime Minister faces credibility test

Radio Australia – 

Human rights is on the agenda, in particular the setting up of an ASEAN body to deal with human rights abuses. But the controversy surrounding hundreds of …

Burma cyclone response was ‘crime against humanity’

Telegraph.co.uk – 

It found the Burmese leadership failed to provide adequate food, shelter and medical care in the wake of Cyclone Nargis which struck the Irrawaddy Delta on …

Child dies from alleged torture

Saudi Gazette – 

Hussein Al-Shareef, Chairman of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) in Makkah, condemned the crime and called for the severest penalties for those

Asean must work together to ride out crisis

New Straits Times

THE deteriorating state of the global economy, its impact on the region and the policies and actions to mitigate the adverse effects on Association of …

UN mandate in East Timor is extended

Antara – 

… was quoted by AFP as saying in Washington that US President Barack Obama should seize on his global popularity and reach out to Myanmar and Cuba. (*)

Meeting may determine fate of latest boat people

The National – 

HUA HIN, THAILAND // The fate of thousands of Muslim refugees from Myanmar may be decided at a summit of South East Asia leaders meeting in Thailand today. …

NZ to sign ASEAN, Australia free trade deal

Radio New Zealand – 

New Zealand will sign a new free trade agreement on Friday evening at a ceremony in Thailand. The agreement will set in place an ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand …

ASEAN signs free-trade pact

The Journal of Commerce Online – 

Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in Thailand today to sign their long-anticipated agreement for a free trade zone …

Building a Strategic Partnership: US-India Relations in the Wake …

Heritage.org – 

Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Sittwe, Burma; Chittagong, Bangladesh; Hambantota, Sri Lanka; and Gwadar, Pakistan, in order to protect …

Economics May Overshadow Human Rights, Burma at ASEAN Summit

Voice of America – 

The focus is expected to be on dealing with the global economic downturn rather than human rights issues and growing concerns about Burma. …

NASA Study Finds ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Fueled Killer Cyclone

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In early May 2008, Cyclone Nargis passed over Burma (Myanmar) after forming in the Bay of Bengal. PASADENA, Calif. – A “pre-existing condition” in the North …

Jailed Burmese Reporter Honored

Radio Free Asia

“When Cyclone Nargis struck Burma, the Dagon Myothit area where we lived was one of the worst affected regions. After the cyclone, she went about in Dagon …

Bangkok Post : Malaysian PM: Asean is a force for regional progress

Bangkok Post

Of course, we know they come from Myanmar (Burma). When we ask Myanmar, they ask: ‘Are you sure they are our people? What evidence have you got? …

Nicolaides free, but writers’ persecution persists

Eureka Street

… the government for neglecting the victims of the cyclone that swept through lower Burma, now known as Myanmar, in May 2008, killing over 130000 people. …

Civilization and its discontents

Calcutta Telegraph

This is a compelling account of how thirty-six Burmese prisoners, held in Port Blair’s jail, turned out to be much more than simple political detainees. …

Asean urged to move on rights

Bangkok Post

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said the summit should address rights violations in Burma, improve treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, …

Guest HK speaker Thaksin may face extradition bid

The Standard

Thaksin also faces criminal charges over his Cabinet’s 2003 approval of a state-run lottery, a loan extended to Burma to buy equipment from his family’s …

Abdullah: We must be firm in turning back Rohingya

Bangkok Post

They come to us and when they come to us of course we know they come from Myanmar [Burma],” he said. But when Malaysia has approached Burma on this issue, …

Home and abroad: US vow on rights

The Canberra Times – 

… both democratic and human rights” in Venezuela. Burma’s ruling junta carried out extrajudicial killings along with rape and torture, the report said. …

Boat people to be sent back to Myanmar

CNN – 

By Dan Rivers BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — Scores of boat people who fled Myanmar and are now in Thailand are to be sent back despite human rights… groups’

High schools campaign to fight use of child soldiers

Signal – 

Valencia High School is now joining Canyon High School’s Human RightsHuman Rights Club. .. Watch Student Task Force by forming their own

ASEAN Politicians Say Summit Will Test Burma Human Rights Policy

Voice of America – 

“Of course in ASEAN it sounds very nice to have elections at long last in Myanmar, but it does not negate the wrong that they have committed and continue to …

Human rights groups urge ASEAN to take action over Myanmar

3 News NZ – 

There has been much criticism that the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be illegible to contest it and that the election will be heavily slanted …

ASEAN: Human rights an urgent issue for summit leaders

Adnkronos International Italia – 

… India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand after thousands of the minority Rohingyas left Burma on boats sailing for Thailand and Malaysia. …

24 Political Prisoners Released in Burma

OneWorld.net – 

… Friends of Myanmar Group, the Australian government should be taking an active role in securing the release of all political prisoners in Burma. …

Bangladesh-Myanmar maritime dispute

The New Nation – 

According to a Bangladesh-Burma border based Burmese journalist, the junta is stepping up its military presence, particularly the artillery battalion in the …

Letters: A tribute to Michael Cullen, Update on the UVSS, and more!

The Martlet – 

The article “Panties Combat Burma Military” leaves the impression that there is a “human rights” or “democracy” problem isolated within the borders of Burma …

‘Brutal’ Myanmar rights record criticized

MorungExpress – 

Myanmar’s most famous woman, pro-democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest for most of the last 19 years. …

Burmese election will be a sham and change nothing

เดอะ เนชั่น – 

… for the release of all political prisoners in Burma will be met with deafening silence, as is always the case where the Burmese junta is concerned. …

US worried by Mindanao situation—envoy

Cebu Daily News – ‎‎

… said the US was also concerned about the effects of the global economic meltdown on Asia and the continuing situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Council on Foreign Relations – 

Still, human rights issues such as the house arrest of Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi continue to spark conflict (Economist) within ASEAN and …

US 2008 Human Rights Report: Japan

Journal of Turkish Weekly – 

In practice a number of ethnic Rohingyas were deported to Burma. In addition UNCAT criticized the lack of an independent body to review applications for …

Asian culture and community events

WFAA – 

Daphne wrote her essay on Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. Upcoming events Ikebana workshops will be from 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm Friday and Saturday …

World Focus on Burma (2 March 08)

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  1. Will the Burmese junta yield to UN envoy’s pragmatic gesture
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
    by admin — last modified 2008-03-01 12:14 The latest interview of UN envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari reported in Reuters needs emphasising, given quite a …
  2. Myanmar constitution worries Gambari
    | U.N. special envoy on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari urged the country’s junta Thursday to “reconsider” and incorporate greater freedoms in a draft constitution it compiled for a referendum planned for May and said …Full Story
  3. Message of the Nagaland People’s Front-
    Nagaland Post, India –
    … People’s Organization for their legitimate rights including the recognition of Nags in Myanmar formerly known as Burma with defined territories. …
  4. Olympics, the rights way
    Financial Express, India –
    … is summoned to the capital of a totalitarian state that oppresses its minorities and makes whoopee with the odious rulers of Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan? …
  5. A Look at Major Drug-Producing Countries
    By The Associated Press | (AP) – Countries the Bush administration identified as major drug producers or hubs for drug transit: | ___ | _ It grew 93 percent of opium poppy in the world in 2007, which was the se…Full Story
  6. USAID Announces New Bureaus for Asia and the Middle East
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the former bureau for Asia Near East (ANE) which covered the developing world from Morocco to…Full Story
  7. Open government forum relevant to all of us
    Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
    And in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), peaceful protests by monks were met last year with government-led violence. …
  8. Pine-Richland students convert apartment to home for Burma refugees
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA –
    The students worked with Catholic Charities, which will relocate 170 people from Burma — referred to by its military rulers as Myanmar — Burundi or Bhutan …
  9. Junta Sees Friendly Faces in New Thai Government
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “We are not a headmaster who can tell Myanmar [Burma] what they should do,” he said. “We have to respect their sovereignty.” Actually, no one should be …
  10. The Cyber Dissident
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

    During the September 2007 uprising in Burma, citizen reporters and bloggers played a key role in exposing the junta’s brutality. Burma’s state-controlled …

  11. Burma: The Censored Land
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

    When The Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper with close connections to leading junta figures, carried a report about the increase in its January 11 issue, …

  12. Tom Lantos: A Champion of Human Rights
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    By THE IRRAWADDY AND AP US Congressman Tom Lantos of California, one of the best friends Burma ever had, died in February. A prominent campaigner for …
  13. Taleban thrives on opium trade
    Arab Times, Kuwait –
    … to both decreased opium poppy cultivation in Burma and increased cultivation in Afghanistan,” the report said, referring to Myanmar by its other name. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 2, 2008 at 2:04 am