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Video: Prosecutors begin Karadzic trial – 28 Oct 09

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Video: Prosecutors begin Karadzic trial – 28 Oct 09

Al Jazeera

Karadzic ‘led ethnic cleansing’


Page last updated at 17:28 GMT, Tuesday, 27 October 200

Prosecutors at the genocide and war crimes trial of ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic have branded him the leader of an ethnic cleansing campaign.

The court ruled the trial in The Hague could resume despite Mr Karadzic boycotting it for a second day.

In opening remarks, prosecutors said Mr Karadzic had “harnessed the forces of nationalism, hatred and fear” to pursue his vision of a state without Muslims.

Mr Karadzic denies all charges, which relate to the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

The former Bosnian Serb leader, who is representing himself at the trial, says he still needs at least nine months to prepare his defence.

Separately, former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic – convicted of war crimes – has been released.

Plavsic was the highest ranking official from the former Yugoslavia to have pleaded guilty for her part in the Bosnian War. She was sentenced in 2003 to 11 years in a Swedish jail.

But a Swedish court has allowed her early release for good behaviour.

‘Hatred and fear’

At The Hague, Mr Karadzic, 64, faces two charges of genocide and nine more of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The former president of Republika Srpska, head of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) and commander of the Bosnian Serb Army has refused to enter pleas, but has said he will co-operate with the court to prove his innocence.

In opening remarks at his trial, the prosecution labelled him the “undisputed leader” of Serbs responsible for carrying out atrocities during the 1992-1995 conflict.

“This case is about that supreme commander, a man who harnessed the forces of nationalism, hatred and fear to implement his vision of an ethnically separated Bosnia: Radovan Karadzic,” prosecutor Alain Tieger said.

Mr Karadzic had “ethnically cleansed vast portions of Bosnia and Hercegovina” during the war, Mr Tieger said, describing him as a “hands-on leader who maintained direct contact”.

“In the course of conquering the territory that he claimed for the Serbs, his forces killed thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Croats, imprisoned thousands more in squalid and brutal camps and detention facilities, and forced hundreds of thousands away from their homes,” the prosecutor said.

Mr Tieger said that as well as witness testimony, some of the evidence against Mr Karadzic would come from intercepts of his own phone calls and transcripts of his speeches.

He quoted Mr Karadzic as saying before the war that Serb forces would turn the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, into “a black cauldron, where 300,000 Muslims will die”.

Mr Tieger said witnesses who survived the long siege of Sarajevo would describe living “in constant fear, day after day, for years, knowing that they or their loved ones were targets”.

Empty chair

Announcing the court’s decision to proceed in his absence, Judge O-Gon Kwon said Mr Karadzic had chosen not to exercise his right to be present and “must therefore accept the consequences”.

He said the court would consider imposing a lawyer to represent Mr Karadzic if he continues to boycott proceedings.

Mr Karadzic is not due to give his opening argument until next week.

His legal counsel in Belgrade said he would reject any counsel imposed by the court.

Another of his legal advisers, Kevin Jon Heller, said that from the scope of the trial – thought to include 1.2 million pages of evidence, numerous crime scenes and hundreds of witness – it was understandable why Mr Karadzic, who is not a trained lawyer, had stayed away.

Mr Karadzic was taken to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague last year, after 13 years in hiding.

He was indicted in 1995 on two counts of genocide and a multitude of other crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb civilians during the 1992-1995 war, which left more than 100,000 people dead.

The charges relate to several events, including the campaign of shelling and sniper attacks on Sarajevo during the 44-month siege of the city, in which some 12,000 civilians died.

Mr Karadzic is also accused of being behind the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and youths in Srebrenica in July 1995, and of attacks on more than a dozen Bosnian municipalities in the early stages of the war.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Correspondents say the judges want to complete the trial by 2012, conscious that the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic ended without a verdict after four years when he died in custody.

Prosecutors have abbreviated the scale of their case, and will call fewer witnesses and include alleged crimes in fewer locations.


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 28, 2009 at 3:39 am

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


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”


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2009 at 4:29 am

World focus on Burma (19 March 2009)

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Kerry holds hearing on resetting Russia relationship

Boston Globe – “From Iran’s nuclear program to human rights in Burma to our presence in Afghanistan, there is scarcely an issue of global importance which would not …

Online mobilisation for political prisoners in Burma

France24 – In this edition: online mobilisation for the freeing of political prisoners in Burma; Egyptian cyber-dissidents call for a general strike on April 6; …

POLITICS-US: New Calls for a More Tolerant Intl Order

Inter Press Service – By Daniel Luban WASHINGTON, Mar 19 (IPS) – The US should stop focusing on universalising Western democracy and instead work on constructing an international …

Burma: Beyond the delta, aid projects miss out

AKI – Adnkronos International “Myanmar (Burma) is the lowest recipient of overseas development aid in the world. Much more money is needed for the health of the people. …

Drinking Water Crisis in Delta

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – … of drinking water this summer because lakes and ponds used for drinking water were destroyed by salty sea water after Cyclone Nargis hit in May 2007. …

Burma Steps Up Bangladesh Border Tension, but Why?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Anti-Muslim propaganda will not make the people of Arakan State pro-junta.” Western Burma is not only an important region for the Burmese junta but also of …

Junta Threatens to Nationalize Construction Companies

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – … meeting of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association held on March 14. An estimated 100 construction projects are currently stalled in Burma. …

Cyber-thought crime in Bangkok and Rangoon

United Press International, Asia – In his most recent report to the UN Human Rights Council, the special envoy on Burma has written that the Electronic Transactions Law violates a raft of …

The Voice of Hope – During that time her non-violent struggle for democracy in Myanmar/Burma has become an international inspiration and she has become an iconic figure a …

TOGETHER unites teens of Asian heritage – The group, which is supported by the Commission on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage of the Department of Human Rights, …

Turkey Deports Peaceful Conference Activists Freedom of speech …

Softpedia – They include China, Burma, Iran, and unfortunately, Turkey. If freedom of expression is not suppressed, destructive dams can usually not be built,” the …

A middle path opens up to Nepal

Asia Times Online -In a book published in 1939, Chinese leader Mao Tsetung described Nepal, together with Bhutan and Burma (now Myanmar), as “dependent states” that China lost …

Smile As They Bow -The debut of one of Burma’s leading writers, Nu Nu Yi, into the English-language literary arena has been met with critical acclaim. …

Thein Sein meets Singapore Prime Minister – “They agreed that it was important to maintain links and contacts in the run-up to as well as after the elections in Myanmar [Burma] in 2010,” a statement …

LAX, LA-Long Beach power Los Angeles to another No. 1 ranking

WorldCity -Burma (Myanmar)’s total trade with Los Angeles in 2008 was $2.48 million , a 126.06% change over 2007. Total Los Angeles exports were $2.48 million while …

Burmese Premier League soccer tournament to begin in May – The Myanmar National League (MNL) was established in 2008 and people from the Federation of Burma Football and other soccer professionals have started …

Help free Aung San Suu Kyi for peace!

Ode Magazine – Won’t you join me to help free Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from her many years of house arrest? Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace prize …

A furtive deal?

European Voice – … Obama has taken a different line, supporting the opposition and the refugees and committing the US to continue its rejection of the junta, backed up with sanctions….

Professor Jeremy Sarkin to Give Public Lecture on Genocide

Rockbridge Weekly – Sarkin serves on the editorial board of a number of journals including Human Rights Quarterly; Law, Democracy, and Development; and Human Rights and …

Burma: Capitalizing on the gains

ReliefWeb (press release) – In the past year, humanitarian assistance to Burma has been primarily focused on victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck the Irrawaddy delta on May 2, 2008. …

Myanmar border calm

The Daily Star – He said the BDR jawans have been patrolling the Bangladesh-Myanmar borders cautiously. Meanwhile, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud said the

Reorganising BDR at the soonest

The New Nation – … against the offensive activities of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF), the Indian armed forces and various Myanmar forces and other elements. …

Giggs to get freedom of Salford

BBC News – Manchester United winger and Wales international footballer Ryan Giggs has been awarded the freedom of the city of Salford, the council has announced. …

World focus on Burma (22 February 2009)

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10 political detainees freed in Myanmar: opposition

YANGON (AFP) — Only a handful of political detainees were among the 6300 prisoners released from military-run Myanmar’s notorious jails this weekend, …


Toward a Deeper and Broader Relationship With China
US Department of State, DC –
The United States and China also need to work together to make progress on other issues of great importance to the international community, such as Burma …

Clinton tells Chinese leaders to maintain US bonds
The Australian, Australia –
According to a US official, she talked with the leaders about security issues, including North Korea, Iran, Burma and Zimbabwe. Ms Clinton asked China to …

Jeff Smith moves on from Bone
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… betel nut-chewing denizens of Rangoon to futile attempts to see house-imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and long looks at Buddhism, …

Women migrant workers demand a fair deal
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Women migrant workers from Burma are in the same plight in Thailand, said Aye, a 26-year-old Shan migrant worker. Aye said that many of her friends, …

Women’s Empowerment Is Key To Progress
US Department of State, DC –
In Burma, the valor of Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous struggle for freedom of expression and conscience. …

Royal pardon shows King’s generosity and fairness
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Encouragingly, Ms Clinton urged China to play a positive role in Burma and Sudan, two countries that receive large amounts of Chinese investment.

Developing a Comprehensive Partnership With Indonesia
NewsBlaze, CA –
… change in Burma. *FOREIGN MINISTER WIRAJUDA:* We always discuss the issue of Myanmar in a very open and frank manner (inaudible) also within ASEAN. …

PRABA’S CHOICE Genocide or Holocaust
Nation on Sunday, Sri Lanka –
VP may have planned his escape by air too, but not to Manchuko (Japan) like it was planned for Hitler, but may be to Burma or Cambodia. He has, like Hitler, …

Rohingya: A regional problem
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The regime refuses to accept that they are Burmese citizens. “In reality, the Rohingya are neither Myanmar people nor Myanmar’s ethnic group,” the Burmese …

CIA’s secrete Operations worldwide and drug money
Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Many top Bush administration’s officials were worried about growing influence of countries in Golden Triangle (Loas, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma) in Russian …

Ethnic Kachins defy Myanmar’s junta
GlobalPost –
The far north of Myanmar — formerly Burma — is home to the Kachins, a group of predominantly Christian tribes whose struggle against the military government …

Beginning a New Era of Diplomacy in Asia
NewsBlaze, CA –
*DR. SURIN:* Madame Secretary, ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, we welcome the Secretary of State of the United States here with 30 yellow roses …

Time running out to form effective rights body
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
“This body that is going to be created by Asean can be a tool to raise issues about Burma,” said Seng, who admitted, however, that the new regional body …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 22, 2009 at 1:56 am

World focus on Burma (30 January 2009)

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Hope for the Dump Cities?
CounterPunch, CA –
When workers are weak, it is indeed true that cutting labor standards can get more factories built, but by that Times/Davos/Burma-junta logic of job …

Stopping military conscription of children
Manila Times, Philippines –
Param-Preet Singh of Human Rights Watch warns: “This first ICC trial makes it clear that the use of children in armed combat is a war crime that can and …

Over five million people face food shortage in Burma, India –
“Access to food remains a critical challenge for the poorest people and for vulnerable populations in remote areas of Myanmar [Burma],” Chris Kaye, …

RSF releases petition to free Burmese bloggers, India –
… (RSF) has released a petition for the freedom of two well known Burmese bloggers, who were sentenced to long prison terms, by Burma’s ruling junta. …

Watch out for Bangladesh and Thailand: Military commander, India –
According to a Bangladesh-Burma border based Burmese journalist, the junta is stepping up its military presence, particularly the artillery battalion in the …

Veteran Shan politician preparing to contest 2010 election, India –
Shwe Ohn was an observer at the historic ‘Panglong agreement’, where ethnic leaders and representatives along with Burma’s Independence architect General …

A UN envoy returns to Burma
International Herald Tribune, France –
Gambari will be visiting the country, which is also known as Myanmar, in the aftermath of a crackdown on dissidents in which government courts handed down …

US Envoy to UN Signals Support for ‘R2P’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last May, for example, the council discussed a proposal by France to authorize the UN to enter Burma and deliver aid without waiting for approval from the …

Forever at the Frontline
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He told journalists and diplomats that he split from the KNU because of the failed peace talks between the Burmese junta and his mother organization in 1994 …

Myanmar junta promises “measures” over Rohingya
Reuters India, India –
Rohinja is an alternative spelling for the Muslim minority from Rakhine state in the former Burma’s northwest. “Moreover, a statement released yesterday by …

Raids in Rangoon Yield More Heroin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s Home Minister Maj-Gen Maung Oo, second from right, together with Rangoon-based diplomats check the illicit drugs before being put into flames, …

AI Calls for Access to Rohingya
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On Friday, a Burmese state-run newspaper, Myanmar Ahlin, carried a story that claimed the Rohingya are not among Burma’s more than 100 ethnic minority …

Burma, Myanmar: RSF launches petition demanding the release of two …
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
By Ashin Mettacara Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday launched a petition for two Burmese bloggers, Nay Phone Latt and Zaganar who got long term …

Myanmar junta to take action against Rohingyas entering Thailand
Yahoo, Thailand –
(Kyodo) _ Myanmar’s junta will take action on the ongoing issue of Rohingya people attempting to enter neighboring Thailand by sea, although it does not …

By Jonathan Head Burma says Rohingya migrants arriving in Thailand recently could not have come from its shores because they are not among its recognised …

Shan: New Political Party
UNPO, Netherlands –
Shwe Ohn, a contemporary of Burma’s post-war leader Aung San, was a journalist and observer at the 1947 Panglong conference that created the Union of Burma. …

No speed limit
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
But in Myanmar, the authors contend, the government has sorted it all out. Following the breakup of the Communist Party of Burma in 1989, the heavily armed …

Gambari Must be Firm this Time Around
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By KYAW ZWA MOE UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari is expected to arrive in Burma this weekend on the seventh visit of a mission that has so far raised little …

A Closer Look at Burma’s Ethnic Minorities
Called Myanmar by its military leaders, Burma derives its name from the Buddhist Burman (or Bamar) people. The country’s largest ethnic group, …

Is there a holistic approach to Burma’s refugee problem?
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
By Sai Wansai The heart of the Rohingya problem is the Burmese military regime’s denial of rights to exist officially as an accepted ethnic group, …

Indonesia to deport Rohingya boat people from Myanmar, Bangladesh
Monsters and –
Jakarta – Indonesia said Friday that it would deport 193 Rohingya boat people but was seeking assurances from Myanmar and Bangladesh that they would not be …

Junta denies Rohingya boat people are from Burma
Radio Australia News, Australia –
In a statement carried by all state controlled papers, the junta says “the Rohingya is not included in the over 100 national races of the Union of Myanmar”. …

Ministry finds human trafficking signs on Myanmar refugee case
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
The Foreign Ministry said Friday they have found indications of human trafficking in the case of the 193 Myanmar refugees who were stranded offshore Sabang …

UN envoy due in Myanmar
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – UN SPECIAL envoy Ibrahim Gambari is expected to arrive in Myanmar on Saturday to broker fresh talks with the ruling junta after his last trip in …

FACTBOX – Myanmar’s Rohingya – who are they?
Reuters India, India –
The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, formerly Burma. The military government does not recognise them as one of the …

Burma refuses to recognize Rohingya as citizens, India –
The statement in the newspaper said, “The Rohinja [Rohingya] is not included in over 100 national races of the Union of Myanmar [Burma],” denying media …

UN special envoy to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
Monsters and –
Yangon – The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, is scheduled to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on an official visit …

Indonesia says Myanmar boat people ‘economic migrants’
SABANG, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia on Friday denied it is holding around 170 refugees from Myanmar, calling them “economic migrants” even as new accounts …

Religion Today Summaries, VA –
“The Chin are unsafe in Burma [also known as Myanmar] and unprotected in India,” the report said. The Chin, about 90 percent of which profess Christianity, …

Mandalay NLD members submit appeal to central court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 30, 2009 (DVB)–Lawyer Myint Thwin submitted an appeal to the central court yesterday on behalf of Mandalay National League for Democracy member Win Mya …

A mission to Burma
Boston Globe, United States –
THE UNITED NATIONS special envoy for Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is now en route for his seventh visit to that country, which has become a virtual prison camp …

Monk U Arnanda dies in detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Several other monks and nuns held in the prison have been suffering health problems due to the lack of provisions. “About 15 monks and nuns arrested from …

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders Thursday urged the international community not to forget about the 28-year-old online activist, who was sentenced to …

New Thai Premier Seen as Leaning Right; Reformists Worry
Washington Post, United States –
“Let’s be clear that Thailand has not violated the human rights of the refugees,” Abhisit said. “The military has maintained that it has not breached any …

However, her brother, who worked for the governor of Burma, was able to pull some strings and appealed to the governor of Bombay, Lawrence Roger Lumley, …

To the governments of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia …
Amnesty International USA –
Rohingyas who are returned to Myanmar continue to be at serious risk of human rights violations, including forced labour, forced eviction, land confiscation …

Heroin Seized in Rangoon Port
自由亞洲電臺, Washington DC –
Burmese security officers carry packets containing confiscated drugs to burn at a ceremony in Rangoon, 26 June 2006. Police in military-ruled Burma have …

Burma ‘Censors Obama Speech’
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
News vendors around the pagoda take pride in declining to sell the New Light of Myanmar, the government newspaper, early 2008. …

Chernov’s Choice
St.Petersburg, Russia –
Birkin, who is also a human rights activist, campaigns to help political prisoners in Burma and supports a number of activities in favor of the Chechen …

POLITICS: UN Debates Duty to Halt War Crimes, Genocide
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… ongoing mass killings in Darfur, and the failure to timely intervene to aid survivors of last year’s Cyclone Nargis in Burma, civil society groups are …

One more year of the dreaded Oh-ohs
Alberni Valley News, Canada –
In 2008 a cyclone in Burma killed 78000, while a Chinese earthquake killed 50000, but those disasters were pushed from many minds when financial chaos …

The iron rule
The National, United Arab Emirates –
When I met Burmese democracy activists in the wake of global, front-page coverage of stirring 2007 demonstrations by crimson-robed monks, they confidently …

Thai’s new hope for Myanmar
MorungExpress, India –
The fundamental difference between the two, however, is that democracy was restored in Thailand, but not in Myanmar. Thailand’s foreign policy on Burma has …

Burma clamps down on Christians
ChristianExaminer –
(A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

Burma’s governance operates reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984
Canadian National Newspaper, Canada –
… the government of Burma is officially known as the “State Peace and Development Council”, LINK In truth, Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

Rights, camera, action
Business Line, India –

The 65-minute film records how, in 1995, Wa along with the co-founder of Earth Rights International, Katie Redford, represented 15 Burmese villagers in a …

Rogue states compete for tourists, United Kingdom –
The trend was highlighted at the Fitur travel fair in Madrid with Burma, also known as Myanmar, which has been ruled with an iron fist by a military …

Burma VJ: Truth as Casualty
A still from Burma VJ. It’s hard to tell which scenes are authentic When I recall reporting Burma’s doomed pro-democracy uprising for TIME in September 2007 …

How many deaths does it take?
Aliran Monthly, Malaysia –
… and legitimacy of the Burmese state security forces in the eyes of the Burmese people and the international community, the Burmese activist leader Aung …

Burma: Updated top news (7 June 2008)

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Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online –
Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food supplies, a Thailand-based watchdog said on Friday.
UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners Reuters South Africa
Myanmar police fired on prisoners during cyclone: UN rights report JURIST
The Epoch Times IrelandThe Associated (Pressemitteilung)
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The Southern Ledger

International Aid’s eyes in Myanmar see vast need –
During his trip, Enriquez focused on building relationships with organizations already stationed in and around Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “Our strategy is not to be on the ground, but to look for capable organizations that would be the ones to …
Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters New York Times
With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Associated PressIndian CatholicGrand Haven TribuneThe Associated Press
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Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

A family looks for traces of their house, on a marooned embankment, in the village of Pay Kunhnasay in the Kawhmu township, Myanmar, May 30, 2008. (Aung Hla Tung/Reuters)

Fri Jun 6, 8:14 AM ETYANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta attacked “unscrupulous” citizens and foreign media on Friday for presenting a false picture of the devastation left by….

Voice of America

Myanmar’s leaders have politicised aid effort: Amnesty

Hindu –

The article Myanmar’s cyclone crisis and India’s aid by PS Suryanarayana published in The Hindu on 30 May 2008 quotes India’s Minister of State Jairam Ramesh as having “saluted the people and the Government of Myanmar for their resilience and fortitude …

Amnesty Accuses Burma of Human Rights Abuses Since Cyclone Nargis Voice of America

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor The Associated Press

ABC OnlineDigitalJournal.comThe Irrawaddy News Magazine

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National Post

Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters

New York Times –

By THE NEW YORK TIMES LABUTTA, Myanmar – Within a week of the storm that flooded the delta here last month with waves as high as 20 feet, the monasteries in this village were swarming with 14000 people who had lost their families, homes and livelihoods …

US military copters still ready to help Myanmar The Associated Press

With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution

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US military copters still ready to help Myanmar

Fri Jun 6, 4:16 PM ET
U.S. soldiers from Marine Aircraft Group 36 adjust flags on a cargo of UNICEF aid after loading it onto a cargo plane for cyclone victims in Myanmar, Friday, June 6, 2008, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.  The plane was due to fly the aid first to Thailand from where it would be flown into Yangon.  (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

YANGON, Myanmar – The U.S. military said Friday it is keeping 22 helicopters on standby in case Myanmar’s ruling junta reverses its rejection of such help for cyclone victims, saying the aircraft could ferry emergency supplies to most survivors within three days.

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave AFP

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BBC News

Burma condemns foreign media reports

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Burma’s state-run media has strongly condemned foreign media reports of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. An article in the state daily, The New Light of Myanmar, accuses self-seekers of Faking video footage of the destruction and selling it to …
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June 7, 2008 at 1:38 am

World focus on Burma (6 June 08)

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Let’s Go! June 6 and Beyond

Beaumont Enterprise, TX –

SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’

TransWorldNews (press release), GA –

Myanmar ’s ruling military junta lashed out Friday at media coverage of the May 2 cyclone that devastated the country, formerly known as Burma . …

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated, United Kingdom –

The regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. “The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane …

Thousands of Children Orphaned By Nargis

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… children he met when he rushed to the ravaged area soon after the worst natural disaster in Burma (or Myanmar) stuck in the early hours of May 3. …

Comparisons are odious. – John Fortescue, De Laudibus Legum …

Spot-On –

Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid. Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. Of course, both Mr. Bush and Mr. Than knew in advance of the …

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage

FOXNews –

RANGOON, Burma — Calling coverage of the aftermath of a devastating cyclone distorted, the military junta of Burma — also known as Myanmar — lashed out at …

BURMA: Nargis Victims Forced From Camps

IPS, Italy –

The junta in Burma, or Myanmar, has forced cyclone victims out of temporary shelters, confiscated aid, and come in the way of assistance to the victims from …

Myanmar: Donors responding to border food crisis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

During the last few months the Thailand Burma Border Consortium has been appealing for attention to a pending crisis for over 140000 Burmese refugees along …

Benefit Aids Myanmar Cyclone Victims

Webster Kirkwood Times, MO –

But when a natural disaster once again struck the Pacific Rim on May 3 — this time a cyclone that ravaged Myanmar, also known as Burma — Aerne felt a more …

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food …

Burmese Rulers Criticize Foreign New Outlets of Airing False …

Voice of America –

An editorial in the state run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, accused “self-seekers” of filming “made-up stories” in storm-affected areas in the Irrawaddy …

Burma sprays foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

The latest tirade in the Government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar (Burma) newspaper came as the junta tries to convince the world that it has the relief …

Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

Reuters –

… which also severely restricts international media access to the former Burma. The New Light of Myanmar accused foreign media of running “groundless news …

Burma Cyclone Survivors Open to Gospel Amid Relief Efforts

Christian Post –

… teams were finding an “incredible openness” to the Gospel among non-Christian survivors in largely Buddhist Burma – officially known as Myanmar. …

Myanmarese protest in New Delhi, demand Suu Kyis freedom, Thailand –

Equipped with paints and brushes, around 35 protesters painted the gates and walls of the embassy with words ‘Free Burma’, ‘Free Aung San Suu Kyi’. …

Junta slams citizens over cyclone reports, Spain –

… which also severely restrictsinternational media access to the former Burma. The New Light of Myanmar accused foreign media of running”groundless news …

School accepting children of illegal foreign workers

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

A school in Samut Sakhon province is offering room for Myanmar children to study. It’s an attempt to help these children have a better future than their …

Little Myanmar in Thailand

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Back in Burma we got only 2000 to 3000 kyats or 60 to 70 Thai baht, which is impossible to live on. Yes, I am married, but having a child is impossible and …

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors

The Coloradoan, CO –

They plan to be in Myanmar for seven days with two medical volunteers to asses the needs of the cyclone survivors and will then prepare to ship a container …

Food Prices: Hunger Strikes


… into producing biofuels; and crop failures from freak weather, including droughts in Australia and Europe and last month’s cyclone in Burma (Myanmar). …

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners, Spain –

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights expertfor Myanmar urged the military junta on Friday to investigatereports that its …

Rights Groups Report Post-Cyclone Abuses

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Burmese and international human rights groups have accused Burma’s ruling junta of committing serious rights violations in the wake of Cyclone …

No boys on the battlefield

Ottawa Citizen,  Canada –

“The most notable offender remains Myanmar (Burma), whose armed forces, engaged in long-running counter-insurgency operations against a range of ethnic …

EU: Rethinking the arms exports code

ISN, Switzerland –

… China are now included in armored vehicles supplied to the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Sudan and the military regime in Myanmar (Burma). …

Cyclone Nargis: Burmese junta claims media is making up horror stories, UK –

The government mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar daily newspaper, accused foreign media of misleading the international community to make it appear the …

Exiled Burmese Monk Lambastes Junta

New America Media, CA –

The world community has been watching in shock and amazement as Burma’s military government continues to watch the victims of Cyclone Nargis starve while …


Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food …

UN Rights Envoy Pushes Burma on Aid, Prisoners The Epoch Times Ireland

UN rights envoy pushes Myanmar on aid, prisoners Reuters

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Boston Globe

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The regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. “The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’ TransWorldNews (press release)

Myanmar arrests activist as US aid ships leave Reuters UK

Cyclone Nargis leaves death, destruction and deep emotional scars ReliefWeb (press release)

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The Southern Ledger

Weather stalls Burma relief work

The Times, South Africa –

BANGKOK – Seven helicopters set to fly to Yangon today to join the relief effort for cyclone victims in Myanmar have been delayed because of bad weather, …

Myanmar Delays Aid Helicopters Flying, UN Relief Official Says Bloomberg

UN may get choppers to Burma, US Navy pulls out Bangkok Post

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage FOXNews

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Burma slams foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar lashed out at “self-seekers exploiting storm victims,” who they said were “shooting video films featuring …

Top Burmese comedian nabbed The Times

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Factories Turn to Refugee Workers

Wall Street Journal –

… influx of refugees from Myanmar. Since January, the Swift plant has hired more than 200 workers from the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma. …

Another casualty of the cyclone: Asia loses one of its last … (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Under British rule, Burma _ as the country was then called _ was one of the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia and the region’s biggest producer of …

Prayer to feed the hungry

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Wars and the disruption of local economies by destructive storms, such as the cyclone that hit Burma (Myanmar), drought, and so on – along with the higher …

Myanmar Relief Continues Amid Difficulties, Hundreds Open to Christ

Christian News Wire (press release), DC –

YANGON, Myanmar (Burma), June 5 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel for Asia/Believers Church relief teams in Myanmar (Burma) ministering among the battered …

Choir to entertain at relief concert

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

All proceeds from the concert will go to relief efforts in China and Burma (Myanmar). Tickets are available at The Freckled Lion Bookstore, 56 Main St. S., …

Desolation in Myanmar

Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –

by Brian McAfee In the aftermath of a major natural disaster, the ongoing tragedy that is playing out in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is unnecessary …

Disaster Lurks On Our Doorstep, And Americans Shrug!

OpEdNews, PA –

By AMANDA RIPLEY The recent earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma, not to mention the battery of tornadoes and wildfires ripping through the US this …

Burmese comedian Zarganar held for helping cyclone victims

Times Online, UK –

… the disaster and the aid effort that has followed – the way that it threatens the totalitarian rule of Burma’s junta and its leader, General Than Shwe. …

US says disaster officials still waiting to help victims of … (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States said Thursday that US disaster specialists are still waiting in Thailand for permission to enter neighboring Myanmar …

Global Editorial Roundup

Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription), SC –

Has the military government of Myanmar (Burma) really opened its doors to humanitarian aid workers from abroad? More than three weeks after a devastating …

Burma one month on: Aid getting through but thousands of children …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Please donate now to our Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. We urgently need your help to rebuild these children’s lives. By Emergency:

Government earmarks 150000 euro in aid to China, Burma/Myanmar

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The Bulgarian government will provide financial aid to China and Burma/Myanmar to mitigate the damages from the natural disasters that hit the two countries …

Bulgaria to provide 100000 euro humanitarian aid to China

Xinhua, China –

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian government will also aid Myanmar, which was hit badly by the Nargis Cyclone, with 50000 euro for the relief efforts. …

Interview with Barry Scott Zellen: Arctic Lessons

Global Politician, NY –

BSZ: The junta in Burma and the Chinese Communist Party aren’t so very different in their mindset from the military governments that governed Alaska early …

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June 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

Burma and the Bush Administration

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The Weekly Standard

Burma and the Bush Administration

It’s time to intervene.

by Benedict Rogers and Joseph Loconte
06/05/2008 12:00:00 AM

THANKS LARGELY TO THE INHUMANITY of Burma’s military dictatorship, the cyclone that devastated the country a month ago has left about 133,000 people dead or missing. Delayed and obstructed by the ruling junta, international assistance has yet to reach about a quarter of a million people affected by the storm. While the hopes and livelihoods of many have been swept away, there remains a lingering delusion: the notion that the “international community” retains either the moral sensibility or political will to confront the most despotic of regimes. The crisis in Burma confirms the indispensable need for American leadership.

The Burmese regime is guilty of atrocities far worse than the “criminal neglect” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ascribes to them. It is guilty of crimes against humanity. Prior to the cyclone, the regime received dozens of warnings from India that the storm was on its way–yet did nothing to prepare its citizens. When the cyclone struck, the government sat on its hands and refused international help. Neither material aid nor aid workers were allowed to reach the victims, causing the needless deaths of tens of thousands. A trickle of assistance has gotten in, but aid workers are still restricted and much relief has been seized and sold on the streets. The junta now declares the relief phase is over: Its military thugs are forcibly evicting thousands of people from their shelters, even though they have no homes to return to. An estimated 2.5 million people have been displaced by this crisis.

While the United Nations has mostly ignored Burma, the Bush administration has put a spotlight on the regime. Apart from some helpful actions by the European Union, though, the United States has acted virtually alone in opposing the regime and supporting democratic resistance groups. The Bush White House has applied targeted sanctions against the government and brought numerous resolutions before the U.N. Security Council. In 2005, Bush met with a Burmese democratic dissident, Charm Tong, for 40 minutes in the Oval Office, to show solidarity and discuss the human rights situation in her country. Last September, in his annual address to the United Nations, Bush announced a new round of U.S. sanctions. Last month he again called for the release of all political prisoners and negotiations with democratic leaders. Meanwhile, First Lady Laura Bush has spoken out in defense of the Burmese people. She has written op-eds, held press conferences, hosted U.N. briefings, and pressed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take a harder line. The United States has the toughest and, in reality, the only meaningful foreign policy to confront the Burmese government.

Few nations match Burma for its record of atrocities. The ruling junta has carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against its ethnic minorities, involving the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, the forcible conscription of child soldiers, human minesweepers, torture, murder, and the destruction of over 3,200 villages. More than a million people have been internally displaced by military offensives aimed almost exclusively at civilians. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in Thailand or into India and Bangladesh.

While U.N. human rights bodies have given lip service to the cause of democracy, the Burmese leadership has assaulted its nation’s fledgling democratic movement. The National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in 1990 with more than 82 per cent of the parliamentary seats, but the junta rejected the results and imprisoned the victors. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and leader of NLD, has spent more than 12 years under house arrest. Last month her detention was extended yet again–a fact loudly criticized by the Bush administration. More than 1,800 Burmese languish as political prisoners.

President Bush’s “democracy agenda” is widely criticized for its failings and inconsistencies: Oil-producing autocrats, for example, get little attention. Yet the White House has made a significant, and surprising, investment in Burma’s struggle for democratic freedom. It is surprising because Burma represents little strategic value to the United States. Domestic political pressure for U.S. engagement is, at best, minimal. Indeed, until the “Saffron Revolution”–in which peaceful demonstrations by Buddhist monks were brutally put down–Burma seldom received media attention.

The spectacle of Burma’s self-induced catastrophe may yet prod political and media elites to admit an unpleasant possibility: There may be a certain moral necessity to Bush’s democracy agenda after all.

Given the unflinching paralysis of the U.N. Security Council over Burma, what should the United States do? The United States, with a democratic coalition that could include Great Britain and France, should prepare immediately to intervene in Burma to ensure humanitarian aid reaches the tens of thousands of cyclone victims whose lives are still at risk. Defense Secretary Gates recently ruled out such action, but President Bush could overturn his judgment, given the ongoing humanitarian disaster.

U.N. apologists would decry a U.S.-led intervention as a breach of international law–but only by ignoring the “responsibility to protect” doctrine adopted by U.N. member states nearly three years ago. Under the U.N. doctrine, nations agree to take all possible measures–including the use of force–to protect civilians from gross human rights abuses. If the deliberate and calculated failure to protect and assist its own population in the face of a devastating catastrophe does not invoke the U.N. mandate, what does?

An intervention of this kind, even with its humanitarian objective, would not be without its risks. Yet the costs of inaction–the deaths of thousands of people, the emboldening of a murderous regime, the perception of American weakness–must also be weighed.

“Intervention will be seen as divine intervention by the Burmese people, not only to help the cyclone victims but also to finally free the entire nation from the military yoke,” wrote a coalition of Burmese democracy groups to President Bush. “Please do not compare Burma with Iraq, because Buddhist monks, students, Burmese patriots will happily assist you with whatever you need to go inside Burma and help the cyclone victims and entire nation Many concerned Burmese citizens are willing to join the intervention. Please do not waste precious time.”

Burma represents an opportunity not only to save lives, but to rescue the principle of humanitarian intervention from the forces of cynicism and moral cowardice. That may not amount to a final vindication of the Bush doctrine. But it could prove to be one of the most important legacies of his administration.

Benedict Rogers is a human rights officer with the London-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide and author of A Land Without Evil: Stopping the Genocide of Burma’s Karen People. Joseph Loconte is a senior fellow at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy and a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 7:44 am