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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’

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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”.

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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.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 28, 2009 at 3:39 am

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DEPRIVATION AND RAPE IS THE LOT OF KAREN REFUGEES

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

DEPRIVATION AND RAPE IS THE LOT OF KAREN REFUGEES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2009 at 4:29 am

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

Stuff.co.nz – 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

DesMoinesRegister.com – 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

Mizzima.com -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

Mizzima.com – “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

Mizzima.com – 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
AFP –

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

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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
Mizzima.com, 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
Mizzima.com, 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
Mizzima.com, 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
Mizzima.com, 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
TIME –
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 Critics.com –
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
Mizzima.com, 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 Critics.com –
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’
AFP –
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
Crosswalk.com, 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 Times.ru, 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
Telegraph.co.uk, 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
TIME –
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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Mirror.co.uk

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
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The Southern Ledger

International Aid’s eyes in Myanmar see vast need

MLive.com –
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
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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

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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

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors The Coloradoan

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BBC News

Burma condemns foreign media reports

Radio Australia –
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 …
The right to food in Myanmar Radio Netherlands
Burma hits out at cyclone reports BBC News
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 7, 2008 at 1:38 am