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‘Leech’ exposes Army’s dirty little secret

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‘Leech’ exposes Army’s dirty little secret

Josy Joseph

Friday, March 9, 2007 22:47 IST

NEW DELHI: ‘Operation Leech’ has remained one of those mysteries from the murky world of intelligence, where ruthless killings and double agents aren’t unheard of.

On February 12, 1998, the Indian Army claimed in New Delhi that it has busted a massive gun-running racket by the Burmese army, and further claimed to have recovered arms worth over a million dollars.

They claimed it was the largest seizure of arms after the Purulia arms drop of December 1995. In the operations, at least six Burmese were killed and some 73 were arrested. It wasn’t to be the truth.

As Burmese freedom fighters later began making rounds of New Delhi’s power corridors and media houses, various independent investigations showed that the arrested Burmese may not have been gunrunners at all.

They were from the Army of Arakans, living in the southwest of Burma, fighting for freedom from the military junta.

Sources say that the Arakan Army was being aided by India, and the principal contact with them was Colonel VS ‘Gary’ Grewal.

However, sources in intelligence also confirmed that Grewal may have double-crossed India and worked at the behest of Burmese military junta to carry out ‘Operation Leech’.

Grewal was the leader of the military group, including naval and coast guard ships and helicopters, that carried out the operation.

According to intelligence inputs, Grewal is presently trading in Burmese precious stones in the neighbouring country and also thoroughly enjoying the Burmese military junta’s hospitality.

Once the truth emerged, then defence minister George Fernandes ordered a CBI inquiry into the entire operation. The CBI request for access to Grewal was repeatedly turned down by then Army chief General VP Malik, and later Grewal built up a case and left on premature retirement from the Army.

After the operation, 34 of the arrested rebels were kept in Campbell Bay, later shifted to Port Blair and are now in the Presidency Jail in Kolkata.

A team of human right activists led by Advocate Nandita Haksar took up the case of the Burmese and Advocate T Vasantha agreed to provide assistance to the team. She was murdered in 2004, and CISF commandant KC Suresh Kumar has been arrested in the murder case.

Kumar was then with the Intelligence Bureau in Port Blair, and was arrested on March 7 for the murder of Vasantha.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm


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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 (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 (16 June 2009)

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Burmese Inaction Frustrates Asean

Jakarta Globe –

… Myanmar Caucus, or AIPMC, an organization of parliamentarians from Asean countries, said the regional grouping has been pressing Burma to reform since …

Latvia: Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins gratified with Council’s …


The EU foreign ministers also debated the EU’s further policy in the issue of Burma/Myanmar, as well as the strained situation in the country due to the …

UN Legal Experts Denounce Trial of Burmese Democracy Leader

Voice of America –

By VOA News Five human rights investigators for the United Nations say the trial of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has ignored basic standards …

UN rights experts press Myanmar to give Aung San Suu Kyi fair trial

UN News Centre – ‎

16 June 2009 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the authorities of Myanmar to ensure an “open and fair” trial for …

Daewoo signs MoU to sell gas to China –

“The Korean government is failing to hold Korean corporations accountable for abuses connected to natural gas development in military-ruled Burma,” a joint …

India, Burma step up measures to check swine flu near border – ‎

“So far, even along the border of Myanmar [Burma], we have not encountered any such doubt,” he added. Till date, there have been no reports of cases of …

Suu Kyi’s Detention Affects Asean’s Credibility: Thai PM

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

During the Far Eastern Economic View’s interview published on Tuesday, 16 June, Abhisit, who is now chairman of Asean, said Burma’s political process will …

Commercial Car Auction Opens in Rangoon

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

By AUNG THET WINE Burma has opened its first commercial car auction in Rangoon, which allows people to buy new cars—even online—in the military-controlled …

Burma-China Pipeline Work to Start in September

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

“Close to the key shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, Myanmar [Burma] could help China to extend its military reach into a region of …

Junta-backed militia will ‘make Karen state peaceful’

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 16, 2009 (DVB)–A pro-junta militia in Burma believed to be responsible for the burning of Karen villages and forced recruitment of civilians as troops …

UN slams ‘justice violations’ of Suu Kyi trial


The trial of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been marred by “flagrant violations” of justice, the UN has said. In a strongly worded joint …

Suu Kyi trial flouts justice, UN investigators say

Reuters –

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters) – UN investigators said on Tuesday the trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi flouted …

Forced recruitment into border guard drives Karens into Thailand

Nation Multimedia – ‎‎

“There is a push by the Myanmar (Burma) government to increase the size of the force so they have been recruiting since late 2008. …

UN: Burma Faces Risk from Disasters

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

By BRADLEY S KLAPPER / AP WRITER GENEVA — People in Burma are among those with a risk of dying in a natural disaster, the United Nations said in a report …

UN experts demand fair trial for Aung San Suu Kyi

GMA – ‎

GENEVA — Five UN human rights experts have called on Myanmar to guarantee a fair trial for imprisoned Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her two …

‘No emotional connection’

Chicago Sun-Times –

Sung — a native of Myanmar, formerly Burma — became pregnant last year while living in Texas, authorities said. She moved to Wheaton in February to live …

Junta flays eu’s accusation –

… to fresh military campaign by Burmese Army against armed rebels in eastern Burma. The statement carried in the official newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, …

From Foes to Friends: Burma and North Korea

Daily NK – ‎

… photo exhibition were held in Myanmar and a news briefing and film show in Russia from June 1 to 3,§ where Myanmar is the alternative name for Burma. …

China set to start Burma pipeline

Upstream Online – ‎

“The section of the pipelines in Myanmar (Burma) will be built under the name of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) but whether CNPC or PetroChina …

Thai PM Abhisit on Burma and Asean

Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription) –

The exclusive interview dealt largely with how the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should handle the junta in Myanmar in the wake of the …

Set Free Suu Kyi Now

Khaleej Times – ‎

How can one accept that a woman, whom some call the Gandhi of Burma, could be considered a criminal so dangerous that she must be kept away from all contact …

Karen villagers flee army’s rebel sweep

The National – ‎‎

Their guerrilla force controlled a substantial part of Myanmar, then known as Burma, before independence in 1948. But since then the army has forced them …

Myanmar: KNU rejects regime version of fighting

ReliefWeb (press release) – ‎

The Karen National Union (KNU) has rejected a Burmese government statement saying the thousands of Karen refugees fleeing fighting in eastern Burma are not …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm

World focus on Burma (15 June 2009)

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Junta seeks regional support: Win Tin – ‎

by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Veteran journalist Win Tin said on Monday Burma’s military rulers are going the whole hog to garner diplomatic support from

Taiwan, Burma sign trade pact – ‎

“Bilateral trade relationship with Myanmar [Burma] has been existence over a long time,” said the official, adding that there are at least 200

Mom of abandoned baby hid pregnancy, DuPage County prosecutor says

Chicago Sun-Times – ‎

The native of Myanmar — formerly Burma — is facing two felony counts of obstructing justice and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment for allegedly …

Karenni State: Exodus Becoming Humanitarian Crisis

UNPO – ‎

… a humanitarian crisis along the Thai-Burmese border. David Thaw, a Karen spokesman, said that Ler Per Her camp and neighbouring villages in Myanmar, …

Thai Army Chief denies presence of KNU soldiers among refugees –

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted the Burmese military regime’s Foreign Ministry’s statement that said Myanmar was “disappointed with the …

China Must Get Tough on Burma Too

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

This comes as international and regional pressure mounts on Burma to reconsider its ongoing trial against pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Maung Aye Starts China Visit

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

But what is China’s real position on Burma? Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye left for Beijing from the airport in the remote capital of Naypyidaw for a six-day …

Burma-Sri Lanka Connection: Religion and Terrorism

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

But, people have forgotten about insurgency in Myanmar [Burma]. Why? Because there is no more major fighting erupted in Myanmar in recent days. …

KNU Rejects Regime Version of Fighting

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

Camp 22 fell on the morning of Monday, 15 June, said Don Ka Ohn, a relief worker with the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). The DKBA soldiers are now deployed …

Julia Roberts, Demi Moore ‘tweet’ for Suu Kyi’s release

Oneindia – ‎

… along with politicians like Gordon Brown, joined a ‘Twitter’ campaign calling for the release of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

South Korea Named in Complaint over Burma Gas Project

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

The two companies will be named in a report being presented to the OECD in Paris on Tuesday by two organizations that monitor human rights in Burma. …

‘We can’t leave out Depayin:’ Suu Kyi’s Lawyer

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

By THE IRRAWADDY Aung San Suu Kyi’s lead lawyer, Kyi Wynn, remains optimistic that Burma’s High Court will next week grant his appeal to reinstate two key …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s house is free, but she isn’t

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎

Yangon – Myanmar’s junta has dropped its guard over opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s compound in Yangon since her house detention officially ended on …

Burmese Buddhist monk: everyone in Myanmar wants Aung San Su Kyi … – ‎

Women in Burma face considerable health problems due to poor living conditions, inadequate health services, and lack of basic education. …

Over 100 former political prisoners call for Suu Kyi’s release –

We call on the United Nations Security Council to press the Myanmar Government to immediately release all political prisoners, and to restrict weapons that

SKorea firms ‘linked to Myanmar gas abuse’


“The Korean government is failing to hold Korean corporations accountable for abuses connected to natural gas development in military ruled Burma,” the …

Burmese junta cracks down on Suu Kyi’s party

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

According to the Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP), around 450 NLD members are currently serving jail sentences in Burma. …

Burmese junta’s rejection of EU’s statement not up to the mark

Shan Herald Agency for News –

The internal insurgency problem that plagued the Union of Myanmar for over four decades since its regaining of independence in 1948, was in fact resulted …

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs to chair the GAERC Council

emportal – ‎

… the following: preparations for the European Council, the Middle East peace process, the Western Balkans and the situation in Cuba and Burma/Myanmar. …

Experience the true Thailand hidden high in northern mountains

The Province –

It’s believed that the group originally came from Tibet, through China to Myanmar (Burma), where today they number more than seven million, and then into …

Korea rejects Burma gas project complaint

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

Still in construction, the Shwe Gas project, which will pump Burma’s vast natural gas supplies to China, has been linked with cases of forced relocation of …

Obama okays US Exim bank loans for Cambodia, Laos

Alibaba News Channel – ‎

It comes as some in Congress are pressing for renewal of US. trade sanctions on another Southeast Asian nation, Myanmar, which has charged pro-democracy …

Former Political Prisoners Join ‘Free Suu Kyi’ Campaign

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

Organizers of the campaign include Human Rights Watch, the US Campaign for Burma, Burma Info Japan, the Open Society Institute, France’s Info Birmanie and …

Myanmar second top leader Maung Aye leaves on official visit to China

Xinhua – ‎

YANGON, June 15 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s second top leader Vice Senior-General Maung Aye left Nay Pyi Taw Monday for Beijing to begin a six-day official visit …

Celebrities ‘tweet’ for Aung San Suu Kyi – ‎

Most Burmese people have at most a few hours of electricity a day and may never have seen a computer. It is not known if Burma’s xenophobic generals watch …

Burma blasts ‘politically motivated’ EU statement on Karen

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

… sites along the Thai-Burma border. A statement in the government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper however called the statement “ignorant”, …

Our view: Discussions on diversity empower us

Utica Observer Dispatch – ‎

Thousands of Bosnians have been followed by Muslims from places such as Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan. …

Cambodia, Laos Removed from US Trade Blacklist

2point6billion – ‎

The United States now forbids US-backed loans in only six countries – Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. The countries of Laos and Cambodia …

Kyprianou in Luxembourg

Famagusta Gazette – ‎

The Council is also expected to focus the Middle East, including the peace process, Lebanon and Syria, as well as the Western Balkans, Cuba and Burma/Myanmar.

US moves to counter China in Southeast Asia

Radio Australia – ‎

WALDRON: Well certainly China is very, very active seeking, they’re very deeply involved, particularly in Burma, Myanmar, and seeking naval facilities there …

MediaWATCH: Actors Turn Out to Farewell Carradine

Phuketwan – ‎‎

CNN The trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was delayed again on Friday and will resume in late June, court officials said. Burma…


Rohingya not our problem, Burma tells Bali meeting

Moonee Valley Community News –

Asylum-seekers from Myanmar have said they suffer beatings by Burma’s security forces and had their property stolen while having punishing taxes levied on

In India, a mandate and a test

Christian Science Monitor – ‎

China is building a set of hydroelectric dams in Burma (Myanmar) and recently beat India in securing a 30-year concession on natural gas from the country’s …

Celebrities tweet for Suu Kyi’s release in Myanmar

The Associated Press – ‎

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been dominated by the military since 1962. “Burma’s generals think they can act with impunity. …

The future of democracy in Myanmar

The New Nation – ‎

… Aung San Suu Kyi, has once again catapulted events in Myanmar onto the front pages of newspapers around the globe. The leader of Burma’s struggle for …

Havel joins world campaign in support of Burmese dissident

Czech Happenings – ‎

She is to spend her 14th birthday in detention ordered by the Burmese junta, AP writes. It refers to the organisers of the “64 words for Aung San Suu Kyi”

Myanmar slams EU concern for Karen rebels


Myanmar’s ruling junta has dismissed European Union’s concerns over growing operations against Karen rebels as political meddling. …

Myanmar: Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases Press Statement in …


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today released a Press Statement in response to the declaration on Myanmar issued by the European Union (EU) Presidency on …

Amnesty: Economic crisis leaves world sitting on a ‘powder keg’

Monday Morning – ‎

The 400-page Amnesty Report gives an overview of abuse around the world, including well-publicized human rights hotspots such as MyanmarBurma], … [

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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

World focus on Burma (12 June 2009)

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Thailand: Latest on Karen villagers from Myanmar

ReliefWeb (press release) –

UNHCR staff have visited five sites in northern Thailand where Karen villagers are taking shelter after fleeing eastern Myanmar since 3 June. …

Vienna Uni to host events on Southeast Asia

Austrian Times –


The conference will focus on the themes of crisis and conflict in the region ranging from Burma or Myanmar to Indonesia. The Southeast Asian Science …

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs to chair the GAERC Council –

… this meeting will include the following: preparations for the European Council, the Western Balkans, and the situation in Sudan, Cuba and Burma/Myanmar. …

EU Split Over Increasing Sanctions Against Myanmar


BRUSSELS (AFP)–European Union nations are divided over whether to increase sanctions against the Myanmar regime and will await the outcome of the current …

Singapore Investors Waiting for Democracy in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –


By AP SINGAPORE—Singapore investors will likely wait until after Burma’s… elections next year before pouring any more money into the country, former Prime

RI asks India, China to put pressure on Myanmar’s junta

Jakarta Post –

Indonesia has asked India and China to push for reform in the military-ruled Myanmar, whose trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has sparked …

EU Calls for a Ceasefire in Eastern Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

By ARKAR MOE The European Union council under the Czech Presidency voiced serious concern at the growing Burmese military offensive against Karen rebels on …

Junta No 2 Expected to Ask China for Border Help

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

… with ethnic ceasefire groups based along Sino-Burmese border. The visit was announced on Friday in the state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar, …

Tunnelling to nowhere out of fear –

by Celeste Chenard Aung San Suu Kyi has said “Fear is a habit” in Burma. And the fear the junta has incited among its own population has in turn come to …

The Neighborhood Bully

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

Many are believed still to be in hiding in the jungle in Burma. “They fled because of the danger and fear of capture and forced labor by the MyanmarBurma] … [

Op-Ed Contributor Free Aung San Suu Kyi

New York Times – ‎

How can one accept that a woman, whom some call the Gandhi of Burma, could be considered a criminal so dangerous that she must be kept away from all contact …

India silent on Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial: Freedom House – ‎

Freedom House, which has been monitoring the situation of political rights and civil liberties in Burma since 1972, called on the Indian government to break …

Myanmar launches operations against Karen

Jane’s – ‎

Karen civilians take shelter on the bank of the Moei river after fleeing the fighting between Myanmar soldiers and Karen guerrillas in Tha Song Yang …

The Spirit of Manerplaw

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

The KNU is one of the key partners in the future national reconciliation process for Burma because of its long history of determination to heal ethnic …

Free Suu Kyi Campaign Gains Momentum in the US

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

“Freedom House is deeply disappointed that the Indian government is turning a blind eye to Burma’s shameful behavior,” Jennifer Windsor, the executive …

Compassion reopens centers in Myanmar war zone

Everyday Christian – ‎

A conflict has simmered for the past 50 years between ethnic Karens and the government of Myanmar, also referred to as its former name Burma. …

Thai-Burma relations under ‘unprecedented strain’

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

“It is global knowledge that [Thailand] provide fertile soils to Myanmar [Burma] absconders, insurgent groups and anti-government political groups,” it said …

FDB urges UN to address Karen refugee issue –

by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The ‘Forum for Democracy in Burma’ (FDB) in exile has urged the UN Security Council to tackle the Karen refugee issue by …

Phuket Still Linked to Slavery and Trafficking

Phuketwan – ‎

”We contacted the driver using a mobile phone, but he told us in Burmese to keep quiet and make no trouble,” one survivor told the Bangkok Post newspaper. …

Singapore links investment to Myanmar democracy

Reuters India – ‎‎

The military junta that has ruled the former Burma since 1962 has put opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial, accusing her of breaking the terms of her …

Education in Burma requires ‘urgent support’

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎‎

to promote education in Burma, with particular focus on the Irrawaddy delta region where around 4000 schools were destroyed last year by cyclone Nargis.

Thai villagers threatened in Karen offensive

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 12, 2009 (DVB)–A Burmese junta-backed militia group involved in the offensive against the Karen National Union near the Thai-Burma border has …

New Delays In Myanmar Trial Of Aung San Suu Kyi – Officials –

Suu Kyi should be allowed to campaign – ‎

SINGAPORE–Myanmar’s ruling generals should allow Aung San Suu Kyi to campaign for her party, the National League for Democracy, in elections due next year, …

India should pressure Myanmar on Suu Kyi: Freedom House

Zee News – ‎‎

“Freedom House is deeply disappointed that the Indian government is turning a blind eye to Myanmar’s shameful behaviour,” Jennifer Windsor, Freedom House …


Pattaya Daily News – ‎

… a humanitarian crisis along the Thai-Burmese border. David Thaw, a Karen spokesman, said that Ler Per Her camp and neighbouring villages in Myanmar, …

France, Germany in joint appeal for Aung San Suu Kyi

Expatica Germany – ‎

During a joint news conference with German leader Merkel, French President Sarkozy said he had sought to speak by phone to the pro-democracy leader but the …

India Major Player in E.Asian Community – Dr Pitsuwan

India Journal – ‎

Dr Pitswan was also non committal on the subject of the political upheavals in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar stating that these were internal matters …

EU “concern” over mounting military offensive in eastern Burma –

by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – European Union on Thursday expressed “serious concern” over the mounting military offensive by the Burmese army and its

French President: Burma Blocks Call to Detained Opposition Leader

Voice of America – ‎‎

By VOA News French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he tried to telephone Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi but was prevented by Burma’s military …

Geneva labour film shorts festival: not just another festival

GenevaLunch – ‎‎

It exposes the brutal treatment and murder of Burmese seamen allegedly at the hands of their Thai bosses. “If it weren’t for the local union and the …

British MPs vow to support democracy-human rights in Burma – ‎

Initiated by Alistair Carmichael MP and Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Burma (APPB), the debate was held in the main …

Rangoon court postpones date for arguments – ‎

The district court in Insein prison, where the Burmese pro-democracy leader is being tried, earlier rejected three out of the four witnesses presented by …

Observers appreciate Goh’s blunt suggestions to Than Shwe – ‎

by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta is likely to respond positively to suggestions by Singapore’s former Prime Minister Goh Chok …

Indian Parliament Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s Release


Over a hundred Indian parliamentarians are urging their Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministry to put pressure on Burma’s military regime. …

France, Germany worried about Aung San Suu Kyi

eTaiwan News – ‎

Suu Kyi, 63, is on trial in Myanmar for allegedly violating the terms of her house arrest. She faces up to five years in prison if convicted. …

Suu Kyi says junta’s charges are political – lawyer

Reuters – ‎

A conviction is widely expected in the former Burma, where the courts have often bent the law to suit the military, which has ruled for nearly half a …

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on … – ‎

The EU reiterates its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Burma/Myanmar. The EU calls instead for the conditions to be created that …

Delta recovery could be jeopardized by Suu Kyi trial – ‎

… told a gathering yesterday in Rangoon, “The international community should increase its efforts, in cooperation with the Government of Myanmar [Burma] …

Myanmar Gives Hope to Sandpiper – ‎

The recent discovery of wintering grounds for several dozen spoon-billed sandpipers in Myanmar (Burma) offers a glimmer of hope for the critically …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2009 at 1:33 am