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EU widens sanctions against Burma

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Page last updated at 14:50 GMT, Thursday, 13 August 2009 15:50 UK

EU widens sanctions against Burma

A supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi hands out photos of her during a protest in Paris after the court verdict.

Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi were angered by the court’s verdict

The European Union has extended sanctions against Burma’s military regime to members of the judiciary.

The additional sanctions were imposed after the decision two days ago to confine pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months of house arrest.

She was found guilty of breaking the terms of her previous house arrest.

Judiciary members responsible for the verdict join military and government figures in having their overseas assets frozen and travel to the EU banned.

The European Council said it was extending sanctions “in reaction to the verdict against… Aung San Suu Kyi and given the gravity of the violation of her fundamental rights”.

All 27 EU member states approved the move, which comes after governments around the world condemned the new conviction.

Release calls

Many nations, as well as international bodies such as the EU and the United Nations, called for the immediate release of the 64-year-old pro-democracy leader – who has spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest.

The US, Britain and France were among those to condemn the verdict, but Burma’s neighbour China said the world should respect Burma’s laws.

Thai PM on relations with Burma

Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is the current chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) told the BBC that imposing sanctions could lead to problems and that it was important to take a balanced approach to dealing with Burma.

Critics of Burma’s military regime say the verdict is designed to prevent Ms Suu Kyi from taking part in elections scheduled for 2010.

The latest sanctions widen restrictions imposed on military and government members after a violent crackdown on protests in 2007.

A decade earlier, in 1996, the EU adopted a banned the sale or transfer of arms and weapons expertise to the country.

It also suspended all bilateral aid other than humanitarian assistance.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Europeans Demand Tighter Sanctions on Myanmar Regime

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Europeans Demand Tighter Sanctions on Myanmar Regime

Published: August 11, 2009
PARIS — Within moments of the sentencing of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to an effective 18 months house arrest on Tuesday, European governments demanded her immediate and unconditional release, threatening stricter sanctions against the military regime there to restrict arms supplies and curb its trade with the outside world.

The European Union demanded her freedom in a statement issued by Sweden, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-nation body. In a statement, the body said it was ready to impose “targeted measures against those responsible for the verdict” and to stiffen some earlier measures, including an arms export ban, visa restrictions and financial sanctions.

In many parts of the world, her trial has been followed closely and her cause has been embraced by a broad range of politicians and human rights advocates.

“Citizens across the globe are asking world leaders to hold this brutal regime to account,” said Ricken Patel, director of an online campaign network called “Aung San Suu Kyi ’s detention today on spurious charges removes any shred of legitimacy.”

Irene Khan, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, said in a statement in London that, while the Myanmar authorities “will hope that a sentence that is shorter than the maximum will be seen by the international community as an act of leniency”, it “must not be seen as such.”

Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi “should never have been arrested in the first place. The only issue here is her immediate and unconditional release,” Ms. Khan said.

It was not immediately clear how Myanmar’s Asian neighbors would react. Asian nations generally react cautiously to events in Myanmar, though they do sometimes offer critical comments. Analysts said that, in this instance, they may be willing to accept Myanmar’s protestations of leniency.

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, however, called the sentencing “brutal and unjust” and said European sanctions should target profitable industries including timber and ruby mining. The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said in a statement the European Union should impose new sanctions aimed at the Myanmar leadership “and sparing the civilian population, which we should continue to protect and assist.”

In Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “saddened and angry” at her sentencing and said it was designed by the ruling military leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to keep her out of elections next year.

In a statement, he said: “It is further proof that the military regime in Burma is determined to act with total disregard for accepted standards of the rule of law in defiance of international opinion.”

Calling on the United Nations Security Council to impose a global prohibition on arms sales, he added: “The facade of her prosecution is made more monstrous because its real objective is to sever her bond with the people for whom she is a beacon of hope and resistance.” France also called for an arms embargo.

The American response was likely to express similar outrage, and it seemed unlikely that the military’s decision to commute her sentence from an initial three years hard labor would soften western perceptions that the trial had been a political maneuver.

The Obama administration has been reviewing American policy toward Myanmar since February, when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared that the existing sanctions against its military-run government had been ineffective.

At a meeting of the Association of South East Asian nations in Thailand last month, Mrs. Clinton spoke in unusually detailed terms in discussing the country’s human rights record and its treatment of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We are deeply concerned by the reports of continuing human rights abuses within Burma,” she said at the time, “and particularly by actions that are attributed to the Burmese military, concerning the mistreatment and abuse of young girls.”

She also dismissed the charges against Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi as ”baseless and totally unacceptable” and said an improvement of ties with Washington depended on the Myanmar junta’s handling of human rights issues.

”Our position is that we are willing to have a more productive partnership with Burma if they take steps that are self-evident,” she said.

Seth Mydans contributed reporting from Bangkok, and Steven Erlanger from Paris.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm

World focus on Burma (20 July 2009)

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‘The Philanthropist’ stays the course – Monty Hamilton

… business in Myanmar (Burma []), a country the US has an embargo against because of their inhumane labor practices. …

ASEAN Summit Kicks Off


The commission was supposed to take into account the “special circumstances” of the 10 member countries, including military-ruled Burma. …

Asia will witness 21st century’s longest eclipse

The Associated Press – Michael Casey

One astrologer in Myanmar, also known as Burma, predicted in a magazine that the eclipse would trigger wars, instability and natural disasters for the next …

Laurel church still helping cyclone victims

Montana’s News Station – ‎‎

Thousands died when Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on May 2, 2008. Burma’s government says 4000 died, with other estimates as high as 300000 deaths. …

Burmese FM: Ban’s Proposals Not Off the Table

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎

Ban called for the release of all political prisoners during his trip to Burma in early July. His request to see Suu Kyi was turned down by the military …

Rangoon Electricity Cut to Six Hours a Day

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Aung Thet – ‎

The MEPE, a state-owned utility, is responsible for electrical generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Burma. An official, who asked to …

NLD’s Win Tin Unwell

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎

Win Tin, who was a senior adviser to detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested in 1989 on a series of charges ranging from publishing …

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Discuss Regional Challenges, Burma’s Human …

Voice of America – Daniel Schearf

The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, on charges of violating the terms of her detention, and Burma’s rights abuses are in focus as the ministers agreed on the …

100-foot wide tornado in Rangoon

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

“Roofs from about five different buildings were also pulled off by the wind, as well as those at the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise. …

UN’s quiet man defends velvet glove diplomacy

BBC News – Laura Trevelyan

Since January 2007 I have travelled with Mr Ban to 16 counties, from Sudan to Burma. Yet Mr Ban has been receiving mixed reviews at the halfway point of his …

Longest total eclipse of the century will plunge parts of Asia …

The Canadian Press – Nirmala GeorgeIndrajit Singh – ‎

One astrologer in Myanmar, also known as Burma, predicted in a magazine that the eclipse would trigger wars, instability and natural disasters for the next …

Southeast Asia approves rights body

Ninemsn – Danny Kemp – ‎

… side of ASEAN since it joined in 1997 because of its detention of more than 2000 political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma: EU to Impose New Sanctions

UNPO – ‎‎

The EU will impose new sanctions on the Burmese junta if Aung San Suu Kyi is not freed after her ongoing trial, says a senior British official. …

Mass opposition arrest on Martyrs’ Day

Democratic Voice of Burma – Thurein Soe – ‎

General Aung San was instrumental in setting in motion Burmese independence from British rule, although he was assassinated in July 1947, six months before

UN Chief Faces Criticism Halfway Through First Term – ‎‎

“Too often, including in Sri Lanka and Burma (Myanmar), the secretary-general has held back from a truly principled stance, Levine said. …

Bangkok Post : Asean meeting kicks off in Phuket

Bangkok Post – ‎

Burma caused fresh headaches for Asean after the ruling junta put democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on trial over an incident in which an American man swam to …

Thai PM opens Asean meeting in Phuket

Phuket Gazette – ‎‎

Mr Kasit earlier told journalists the ministers are expected to informally discuss the status of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the coming …

Noteable Quotes

The Namibian – ‎‎

Aung San Suu Kyi (born 1945) is Prime Minister-elect, a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, …

Martyr’s Day in Burma observed in silence – ‎‎

by Mungpi New Delhi (mizzima) – Authorities on Sunday turned away several people, who had come to pay their respects to Burma’s Martyrs, including the …

Myanmar, Martyrs Day: an opportunity for the military junta for 50 … – ‎‎

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The 62nd “Martyrs Day” commemorating the heroes of Burmese independence was celebrated by the military junta with the arrests …

Critics slam new ASEAN rights body

Democratic Voice of Burma – Francis Wade – ‎

Notably, when Thailand in May criticised the trial of Aung San Suu KyiBurma’s credibility was “at stake”, Burma accused Thailand of … and warned that

We should be inspired by true heroes and not celebrities

Belfast Telegraph – Judith Cole

Head further east for another fine example of courage — the BurmeseAung San Suu Kyi (64), who has spent much of the last 20 years either … opposition leader

Southeast Asia to approve human rights body

Philippine Star – ‎‎

“Members of the body should be able to consider human rights in places such as Burma (Myanmar) and Cambodia or southern Thailand, or what’s the point? …

Foreign ministers set to endorse Asia’s first human rights body

France24 – ‎

According to a draft seen by AFP, the rights body will lack powers to punish violators such as military-ruled Myanmar, and can at best require its 10 member …

UN chief gets a raw deal?

Straits Times – ‎

Mr Ban lamented the fact that his hosts refused to let him see democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and ignored his call for the release of political prisoners, …

Good Day: July 20, 2009

The San Francisco Examiner – ‎‎

[6 to 8 pm, Main Street and Broadway, Redwood City] Capturing an uprising: “Burma VJ” offers an inside look at the 2007 uprising in Myanmar through the …

Foreign ministers set to endorse Asia’s first human rights body

France24 – ‎

On Sunday, Myanmar authorities arrested around 20 members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party after they had marked the anniversary of her father’s death in 1947. …

Abhisit rejects possible Burma sanctions

Bangkok Post – ‎

The forum will discuss Burma after the junta barred United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon from meeting jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Myanmar detains dozens of opposition members

英文中國郵報 – ‎

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Suu Kyi has been under detention for 14 of the past 20 years. …

Myanmar detains Suu Kyi’s party members

Channel News Asia – ‎‎

YANGON – Myanmar authorities detained around 20 members of imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party Sunday as they headed back from events to mark her …

Opposition members arrested in Myanmar

CNN International -‎

(CNN) — About 20 members of Myanmar’s opposition were arrested Sunday while observing Martyrs’ Day, a party spokesman said. The opposition members were …

ASEAN pushing peace treaty with US

Minda News – Allen V Estabillo

ASEAN is composed of Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The treaty was amended in 1987 by a …

U2 return to Berlin for concert

Ninemsn –

… had a political edge, with a rendition of Happy Birthday for Nelson Mandela and a song dedicated to detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

U2’s ‘360-Degree’ Stadium Show Dwarfs Even Bono’s Ego: Review

Bloomberg – Douglas Lytle – ‎

… a dedication to jailed Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, complete with members of the audience parading on stage wearing masks of Suu Kyi’s face as …

MediaWATCH: Can the Phuket Summit Deliver?

Phuketwan – ‎‎

The Task Force on Asean and Burma (TFAB), a coalition of 69 civil-society groups working on democratisation in Burma, said an effective and credible Asean …

Arrests at services for Suu Kyi’s father

Scotsman –

DOZENS of opposition party members were arrested in Burma yesterday as they left ceremonies marking the anniversary of the death of the father of jailed …

Martyr’s Day marchers detained

Gulf Times –

Myanmar’s ruling junta yesterdaybriefly detained 21 pro-democracy activists who were marching to commemorate Martyr’s Day, which honours among others the …

Daughter of drug agent seized, raped – Nikko Dizon – ‎

It said that while many countries manufactured shabu, China, Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines accounted for most of the production. …

‘Push Burma on rights violations’

Business Mirror –

… help improve the lingering rights atrocities in Burma, particularly the continued detention of prodemocracy and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Myanmar junta braces for pressure

Manila Times – ‎

PHUKET, Thailand: Military-ruled Myanmar is set to face renewed pressure over its trial of Aung San Suu Kyi when foreign ministers and diplomats from Asia, …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

World focus on Burma (18 July 2009)

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Burmese FM to Face Suu Kyi and North Korea Questions at ARF

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe

… face questions from the international community over the charges against pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s relations with North Korea. …

NLD to Mark Martyrs’ Day, Despite Restrictions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Lawi Weng – ‎

However, the NLD said that it was unlikely that the party’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, would have a chance to mark the death of her father, Aung San, …

Now or never – the UN must act on Burma – ‎

Ban after his briefing at the Security Council on Monday told reporters that without the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s general election in 2010 will …

Road-map for Police Reforms in South Asia

Mainstream – Prakash Singh – ‎‎

This is how, somewhat picturesquely, the Commonwealth Human Rights… Initiative (CHRI) publication on the state of policing in the South Asian countries—India

ANC demands apology from Jansen

Mail & Guardian Online – ‎


Century’s longest Solar eclipse on July 22

Hindu – ‎

Travelling across Bhutan, the eclipse will be visible in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma (Myanmar), before reaching China at 06:35 IST, he said. …

EU to toughen sanctions if Suu Kyi found guilty

Peninsula On-line –

BANGKOK: A British diplomat said yesterday the European Union would likely toughen sanctions on Myanmar’s military regime if pro-democracy leader Aung San …

Hillary Clinton Asian visit a socio-economic (Pressemitteilung) – ‎

… Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial that began in May — and the military junta that rules Burma has repeatedly delayed the court proceedings, …

Weekly Business Roundup (July 18, 2009)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – William Boot – ‎

Despite the damage wreaked on paddy fields by Cyclone Nargis, BurmeseMyanmar … producers say they expect to export as much as 1 million tons this year. The

Myanmar’s frustrated generation looks abroad

Richmond Times Dispatch – Tini Tran – ‎

Two decades ago, it was very difficult to emigrate from the country then called Burma. Today it’s much easier, and every day long lines of people, …

Rangoon Charity Clinic to Reopen Despite Harassment

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎

At the new location the electricity supplies were normally cut—this is true for much of Burma—there was no water supply and no telephone lines, according to …

North Korea focus of Asian conference

Philippine Star – ‎

… Aung San Suu Kyi or releasing some 2100 other political prisoners. But the region could move closer to a consensus on Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Surin gives security thumbs up

The Nation – ‎

Foreign ministers from the 10 Asean countries convene on Monday to discuss issues that include the formation of an Asean human-rights body. …

Clinton’s architectural plan

Boston Globe –

They can stop trying to match their Chinese counterparts in backing regimes, such as those in Burma and Sri Lanka, that have committed gross human-rights …

Security conference to focus on ‘two devils,’ US to stress its …

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Denis D. GrayAmbika Ahuja – ‎

But the region could move closer to a consensus on Myanmar, also known as Burma. ASEAN, which includes Myanmar, has recently issued some sharp criticism in …

Clinton Returns to Asia Without New Policy

Washington Post – Glenn Kessler

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is regarded as one of the world’s most oppressive nations, run by generals who have enriched themselves while much of the …

Mandela’s Legacy: Should You Buy the South African ETF (EZA)? 0 …

Seeking Alpha – ‎

If run for the benefit of the oligarchs or political elites (like Russia), the kleptocrats (Myanmar / Burma), the autocrat du jour (Venezuela), …

Reports From Within: Burma VJ

The San Francisco Appeal – Alex Barkett – ‎

Democracy is more than voting. It means having rule of law, freedom of the press, minority representation. 2007 Burma is in the very early stages of what is …

Unknown protest parades on Main Street

The Batavian – Howard Owens

… “March for Burma, Ft. Wayne, IN to NYC” I’m guessing the protest is to free Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s only incarcerated Nobel Peace Prize laureate. …

Case ‘totally unfair’ – Suu Kyi

News24 – ‎‎

Yangon – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi feels the junta’s latest case against her, which may see her behind bars for five years, …

Court India and spurn China’s advances

Sydney Morning Herald – ‎

India, on the other hand, a democracy governed by the rule of law, has hardly been on the radar screen with our governments when it comes to trade and …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

World focus on Burma (21 June 2009)

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‘Free Suu Kyi’ picks up steam in Seoul

Korea Herald – ‎

Many people around the world are thinking of you and hoping for your release and for the democratization for Burma (Myanmar). I hope you’ll celebrate your …

In Burma politics rather than law will decide the trial of Daw …


The case now running against Burma’s democracy icon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is of the same type. United Nations experts and the Asian Human Rights Commission …

More details on North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons

ChattahBox – ‎

Human rights in Myanmar also known as Burma are a long-standing concern for the international community and there is general consensus that the military …

In Burma politics rather than law will decide the trial of Daw …


The case now running against Burma’s democracy icon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is of the same type. United Nations experts and the Asian Human Rights Commission …

North Korea accuses US of plotting nuclear war – ‎

… reported that the US suspected the 1800-tonne-class ship was carrying missiles and other related weapons toward Burma, also known as Myanmar — which has …

Surprise check on monks’ office in Bangladesh – Nyein Chan – ‎

It is working for the restoration of democracy in Burma through non-violent means. “Our organization stages protest demonstrations frequently on the Burma …

Burmese jailed for Suu Kyi prayer

BBC News – ‎

A court in Burma has sentenced two supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months in prison after they prayed for her release. …

Naval destroyer following N. Korean ship

United Press International – ‎

US authorities suspect the Kang Nam is carrying missile parts to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has been suspected of buying weapons from North …

Thinking outside the box – Bo Kyaw Nyein – ‎

By silencing the voice of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the beloved national leader and democratic icon, the ruling Burmese military junta has been able to squash …

Burma jails Suu Kyi supporters

Bangkok Post – ‎

Myanmar has jailed two supporters of the opposition leader for one and a half years for insulting religion after they prayed at a pagoda for her release, …

From the North to the South

Asian Tribune – ‎

The President’s latest trip to Burma demonstrates that this habit of expensive foreign junkets with gargantuan entourages will continue. …

On the Protests in Iran Technology rages against the machine

San Francisco Chronicle –

Now after a string of uprisings – Ukraine, Georgia, Burma and even tiny Moldova in recent years- the tools have changed from plain-vanilla Internet Web …

The case against Myanmar sanctions

Globe and Mail – Arno Kopecky – ‎

Instead, the democracy advocate – who was elected president of MyanmarBurma) in a landslide 1990 vote, but never permitted to take office by the … (formerly

DJ Taylor: This year’s busby babes

Independent – Dj Taylor

Naturally, we all of us want liberty for the ground-down Chinese peasant tyrannised over by wicked Wen Jiabao and his goons and the Burmese…


World Briefs: Somalis flee capital

The Times –

Burma’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, turned 64 on Friday. Activists across the world marked her birthday with vigils, protests and demands …

People Power in Iran can carry the day

Times Online –

Burma is also well aware of how to stifle dissent. Censorship remains a powerful tool for authoritarian regimes, as does the threat of sanctions against …

Profile: Sir John Sawers: Mr Suave takes on the terrorists

Times Online – ‎

At the UN, Sawers has played a central role in key resolutions on North Korea, the Middle East and Iran, while urging action on Sri Lanka and Burma. …

Advocates urge support for Myanmar

United Press International –

… Myanmar reached an agreement in 2007 paving the way for a nuclear research center and reactor in the southeastern Asian country formerly known as Burma.

Why the twitter-bugs can’t change Iran’s regime

Times of India – Swapan Dasgupta

Confronted by the halo surrounding Aung San Suu-Kyi and the Dalai Lama, the junta in Yangon and the Politburo in Beijing look like incarnations of Darth …

Ethnic Karen flee Myanmar

United Press International, Asia – ‎

The exodus of Karen villagers escalated June 6 when government troops in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, began a major offensive against Karen rebels, …

Europe agrees on financial regulation Framework

Pakistan Times – ‎

The Council agreed to reappoint Jose Manual Barroso as President of the European Commission and agreed further sanctions against Burma in a bid to persuade …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

World focus on Burma (18 June 2009)

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LEAD: UN chief to visit Japan in June, Myanmar in July:

Product Design & Development – ‎

The country, formally named Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Ban traveled to Myanmar for the first time last year in the aftermath of the …

Tibet’s Nobel Man

TIME – Pico Iyer

In Burma Aung San Suu Kyi, who was placed under house arrest that July (and rewarded with her own Nobel Prize two years later), is still in confinement, …

“A land the world forgot: A photojournalist sneaks into Myanmar to …

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Ryan Libre -‎

Most oversimplified headlines about Myanmar suggest that all its people are united behind Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in opposition to the …

UK: The challenge of Europe


Now, as we approach Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday tomorrow, we are working with our EU partners to put further pressure on the junta to release her and all …

Burmese women’s groups pressured to cancel protest – Nem Davies – ‎

… bordering Burma, to hold a protest rally demanding the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday on June 19. …

Climber protests against Lloyd’s of London –

Robertson timed his protest to coincide with the eve of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday, which falls on Friday June …

Iran candidates cite poll violations

Ninemsn –

Global plans for birthday of Suu KyiSupporters of Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi are making preparations around the world to mark her 64th birthday …

Refugee children look for new family in the U.S.

Northwest Asian Weekly – James Tabafunda – ‎

Doi Bu is originally from Burma (Myanmar) and had been staying in Malaysia for one and half years before they met. Adriana wanted to be her foster parent. …

EU funds inputs package, extension support project

The Herald – Martin Kadzere – ‎

Other countries receiving the EU-funded “Food Facility” support are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Central African Republic …

Burmese army drives ethnic rebels from last stronghold

Independent – Andrew Buncombe – ‎‎

An ethnic rebel army that has been fighting for greater autonomy from Burma for more than 60 years has been driven …

Burmese army takes Karen positions

Scotsman – ‎

BURMESE government forces captured three Karen rebel positions yesterday in the latest fighting that has forced thousands of refugees to flee into …

China’s Oil Supply Dependence

Journal of Energy Security – David L.O. Hayward – ‎

China has secured a thirty-year deal from the Burmese military junta for natural gas tapped off the Myanmar coast. China will use these new pipelines to …

Burmese troops threaten Karen rebel bases

Radio Australia News – ‎‎

Soldiers of the Karen National Union, which is waging the world’s longest-running insurgency, launched 60 years ago after Burma won independence from …


Pattaya Daily News – ‎

According to a June 17 allegation from a spokesman from Karen relief organisation, the Free Burma Ranger (FBR), Burmese military assailants raped and …

“A land the world forgot: A photojournalist sneaks into Myanmar to …

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Ryan Libre – ‎‎

… an ethnic and religious minority that for decades fought a war of independence against the brutal military junta that rules Myanmar, or Burma. …

Burmese women’s groups pressured to cancel protest – Nem Davies – ‎‎

“With Moreh, being a town bordering Myanmar [Burma], any activity such as an open protest rally held there aimed at criticizing the ruling junta in Myanmar …

Karen rebel Army forced to retreat – Larry Jagan – ‎

Mae Sot (Mizzima) – Burma’s largest active ethnic rebel group has been forced to abandon its stronghold on the Burmese border with Thailand …

Myanmar troops threaten Karen rebel bases

The army and their Karen allies were also threatening two bases of the Karen National Union (KNU), the largest rebel group in the eastern former Burma. …

Myanmar: Recent Karen exodus raises questions about UNHCR role

ReliefWeb (press release) – Sai SoeWin Latt

… on Karen villagers, dated June 11, 2009, which said, “The EU reiterates its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Burma/Myanmar. …

Thousands of Karen Seek Safety in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Larry Jagan – ‎

“They are not emaciated, though many have walked for more than seven days to escape from the Myanmar [Burma] army,” she told The Irrawaddy. …

DKBA: Burma’s Second Largest Non-state Armed Group?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎‎

Ethnic ceasefire groups were upset this year when the Burmese junta announced plans to transform them into a Border Guard Force (BGF). …

Burma rebels to abandon their base on the Thai border

Australia Network News –

Burma’s biggest rebel group says it will abandon a stronghold on the border with Thailand after weeks of fierce fighting with government and rival Karen …

More Mobile Phone Service Available to Burmese

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Min Lwin – ‎‎

Burma’s Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is set to add more than 200000 GSM mobile phone and CDMA phone SIM cards in Rangoon and …

Environmentalists press Mekong dams issue on ASEAN agenda

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎‎

… 7389 were from Thailand, 2625 from Cambodia, 583 from Laos, 338 from China, 240 from Vietnam and 26 from Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Myanmar army ‘capture Karen bases’ –

According to the Free Burma Rangers, more than 4000 Karen civilians have been forced to seek refuge in Thailand in view of the fighting. Myanmar troops and …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2009 at 4:23 am

World focus on Burma (14 June 2009)

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Myanmar rejects EU concern over ethnic rebels

Sin Chew Jit Poh – ‎

The EU presidency “noted with serious concern the mounting offensive of the Burmese Army…. which has resulted in large numbers of civilians fleeing from …

Myanmar Boosts CDMA Network Capacity

Cellular-News – ‎

The authorities in Burma (Myanmar) are reported to be planning to boost the CDMA network capacity by 150000 subscribers in the two main cities of Yangon and …

Half autobiography, half exposé, all gripping

Winnipeg Free Press –

Phan still refers to her country as Burma rather than Myanmar, the name imposed by the military generals. She is a member of the Karen tribe, …

N. Korea Digs Tunnels for Myanmar’s Secretive Regime

Korea Times – ‎

By Bertil Lintner Bertil Lintner reveals how North Korea has been secretly helping Burma to build an extensive tunnel network as emergency shelter and for …

Myanmar dismisses EU concerns over Karen refugees

Jerusalem Post – ‎‎

… in eastern Myanmar has forced more than 4000 ethnic Karen to abandon their villages and cross into Thailand this month, according to the Thailand Burma …

Myanmar rejects EU presidency declaration on internal armed conflicts

Xinhua – ‎

YANGON, June 14 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has rejected a recent declaration of the European Union (EU) Presidency, saying that the declaration was made relying on …

Myanmar junta blasts EU’s “ignorance” of Karen conflict

Monsters and –

‘There is no doubt that the DKBA and the Burmese Army are intent on eliminating the KNU this time,’ Win Min, a lecturer on Myanmar affairs at Thailand’s …

Suu Kyi: Is there still purpose in her struggle?

Malaysia Star – ‎

Having seen the fear engendered by Burma’s regime, Chong’s admiration for Suu Kyi is boundless. A Myanmar national living in Thailand holds up a poster of …

EU Council to discuss the forthcoming European Council, the Middle …

Baltic Review –

The Council will discuss the situation in Burma/Myanmar. The situation on Cuba will also be on the Council’s agenda. Its conclusions will cover the …

Exodus from Burma offensive

Bangkok Post – ‎

”They are not emaciated, though they walked for more than seven days to escape from the Myanmar Army,” she said. ROAD TO SAFETY: Karen villagers board a …

‘The Lady’ And The Tramp

Newsweek –

Unlike the backpack tour Yettaw had taken through Asia late last year, this trip would propel him into the heart of Burma’s repressive regime and an ongoing …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm