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World focus on Burma (10 April 2009)

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NCGUB’s East Timor trip and plans on transition – 

By dialogue we mean tripartite dialogue among the junta, pro-democracy forces led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and genuine ethnic representatives. …

Chin rebels willing to continue peace talks – 

… which is the fifth step of the junta’s seven-step roadmap to democracy. In March 2007, the CNF and the Burmese junta held the first round of peace talks …

KNU braces for peace talks – 

Burma’s generals, who have promised the international community for the past 14 years that they are following a “roadmap to democracy”, are hoping elections …

Crimes Against Humanity in Eastern Burma?

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo – 

… the democracy movement led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s ethnic nationalities as the path to national reconciliation in Burma. …

Thailand stands ready to assist in Burma’s reconciliation – 

… want to see a more inclusive process of reconciliation and would like to see political prisoners freed, including Aung San Suu Kyi,” Nyo Ohn Myint added.

Suu Kyi’s Lawyer Tries Third Appeal

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

By THE IRRAWADDY Another letter requesting a meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sent to Burmese Premier Gen Thein Sein by her …

Caring for the War Dead

Jakarta Globe – 

The men were transported to Japan, or to build the Burma-Siam railroad in the jungles of Thailand and what is now Myanmar. The women were left here, …

Handle Rohingyas Issue Carefully – Group

Bernama – 

“There were suggestions from some Asean countries, including Malaysia and Thailand, to send Rohingyas back to Burma (Myanmar). “This would only make our …

Learning from Poland’s Example

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Aleksander Kwasniewski, who succeeded Walesa as president in the 1995 election and served until 2005, wished Burma a peaceful transition to democracy. …

US and Australia Agree to Work on Burma Issue

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

The statement noted Indonesia’s significant progress in strengthening its democracy, reforming its military, countering terrorist groups, …

New Year Oracle Holds Bad Omens

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was born on a Tuesday. This year’s Thingyansar also predicts the end of feudalism in …

Thingyan, a Time of Tradition and Reckless Excess

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Burma’s Thingyan celebrations are even more over-the-top than the Thai equivalent, Songkhran, which attracts revelers from around the world for a wild …

The Junta Woos the KNU

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Htay Aung, a Burmese researcher with the exile-based Network for Democracy and Development, said that Thein Sein was clever to ask Kasit to mediate in the …

Five Burmese Labor Activists Arrested

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Burma has more than 2100 political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In two years, the number of political prisoners has doubled. …

Biggest catastrophe losses in 2008 – 

… earthquake’s fatalities were exceeded only by tropical cyclone Nargis, whose 200 kilometer-per-hour winds resulted in 138373 deaths in Myanmar (Burma). …

Critical Report on Nargis Relief Criticized by NGOs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

By WAI MOE Twenty-one international nongovernmental organizations involved in relief and recovery work in Cyclone Nargis in Burma slammed a joint report by …

Shan State ‘Extremely Unstable’: Researchers

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

… ceasefire groups remain mistrustful of the Burmese junta, which has been pushing them to disarm and join an election slated for some time next year. …

Weekly Business Roundup (April 10, 2009)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

South Korea’s Daewoo International says it has obtained permission from Burma’s state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to extend its exploration …

Birmingham schools send cash to orphans fleeing Burmese regime – 

Thousands of youngsters, many of them orphans, live in basic camps inside the Thai border after fleeing the brutal military junta that rules Burma. …

Japan needs to push Myanmar on rights

Macau Daily Times – 

China, which often spars with Japan for influence, is Myanmar’s main political and commercial partner. “Though the horrible reputation of the Burmese …

Observer says Karen defection “insignificant” – ‎5 hours ago‎

On Thursday, Burma’s state-run media, The New Light of Myanmar, carried a front-page story of Captain Saw Nay Soe Mya being welcomed by local residents in …

Junta targets bio-energy for rural electricity supply – 

by May Kyaw Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military government is making plans to supply electricity to several cyclone devastated areas in the Irrawaddy …

Report: junta’s drug eradication efforts fail

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

… as junta personnel themselves are relying on drug money to run their official business. Undercurrents: Monitoring Development on Burma’s Mekong says, …

Net censorship, propaganda on the rise

GlobalPost – 

The Paris-based international group counted four Asian countries among this dirty dozen: China, Vietnam, North Korea and Burma. Five Islamic nations shared …

The sanctions carousel – 

Benedict Rogers is a writer and human rights activist with Christian Solidarity Worldwide. He has made almost thirty visits to Burma and its borderlands, …

Myanmar’s Karen rebels seek peace: state media

Daily Times – 

YANGON: Myanmar’s state media said on Thursday about 160 ethnic Karen rebels had abandoned their decades-long independence battle to seek a peace deal with …

Mr Andrew Heyn has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the

Times Online – 

Union of Myanmar (Burma) in succession to Mr Mark Canning, CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. …

Group Says Lawmakers’ Rights Violated in at Least 16 Countries

Voice of America – 

… the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the IPU conference, Carstairs named Eritrea, Burma, …

Solidarity Center Condemns Arrests of Burmese Union Members


The AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center and the global union movement are condemning the April 1 arrests of five members of the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma …

Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations 2009 Joint …

US Department of State – 

Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to a free and democratic Burma that respects the rights of all its citizens. They agreed to work together in …

Chinese team seeks return of POW remains

Shanghai Daily – 

Soldiers from New Fourth Army and Chinese expeditionary army fighting in Burma, now also known as Myanmar, were also among the prisoners of war on the …

Willat-Saviskas Exhibit, “Alms-Offerings,” at Canyon Gallery

Topanga Messenger – 

By Ken Fermoyle Inspired by her trip to Burma, known today as Myanmar, Felice Willat chose the name for the April exhibit of her photographs, …

Corporate Efforts to Help Eradicate Human Trafficking and Child … – 

While management of human rights in their supply chains has become more of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandate for companies, the reputational …

Suu Kyi’s lawyer to renew appeal for her release – 

by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer said he will submit yet another appeal on Friday to …

World focus on Burma (31 March 2009)

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EU adopts 1 bln Euro “Food Facility” plan

Walta Information Center – ‎‎

The World Food Program (WFP), the World Bank, the UN Development Program (UNDP) and specialized UN agencies like UNOPS (in Myanmar/Burma) and UNRWA (in …

BURMA: Tata discusses truck plant with government (subscription) – 

The New Light of Myanmar, Burma’s official newspaper, on Friday reported that Mr Manas Kumar Mishra of Tata Motors Ltd. on Thursday met Soe Thein in ..

Burmese democracy a daunting task: Abhisit – 

Abhisit said even as detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s unwavering fight for democracy in Burma continues to provide great inspiration …

Burma commences fence construction on Bangladesh border – ‎‎

by Siddique Islam Dhaka (Mizzima) – Burma has initiated construction of a fence along its border with Bangladesh in order to check cross border smuggling, …

Thai minister denies migrant discrimination claim

… however few Burmese migrant workers hold passports. A labor activist in Chiang Mai, where an estimated hundred thousand Shan workrant, ers are employed,

Dear Mr President, I want to buy a foreign policy


So what, if we have sold our foreign policy on the occupation of Tibet and the oppression of the people of Burma to China. I am sure we have received good …

Burma: A Warning For Democracy


Wearing his uniform with medals on his chest, the 75-year-old junta chief, who has ruled Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since 1992, inspected troops from …

Capitalizing on a flawed electoral process – 

Yet, it must also not be forgotten that democracy demands institutionalization, and the Army is a rarity in this regard in today’s Burma. …

Burmese selection

Himal Southasian – By Larry Jagan

The last time Burmese citizens went to the polls, in May 1990, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), …

US State Department overlooks ‘especially dire’ religious freedom …

Catholic News Agency – 

… on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) press release reports that on Jan. 16 Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice formally designated Burma, Eritrea, …

Bangladesh seeks clarification from Burma on border fence – 

“The Myanmar [Burmese] ambassador has been called for a meeting with the state minister on Tuesday morning,” a senior official of the foreign ministry told …

A slippery slope …

Mail & Guardian Online – 

… abandon an internationalist perspective on human rights in favour of narrow economic and political interests connected to direct relations with China. …

Julia will kill jobs

The Australian – 

Citizenship rights must be brought to the workplace, the only way to acheive this is through stronger unions and work councils. Enough of this dictatorship …

Leadership is lacking…

Gulf Daily News – 

He played an important role, behind the scenes, in persuading the Burmese junta to let in aid agencies after the cyclone last year.

US names religious freedom violators

The Associated Press – 

16, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed documents labeling Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea and Sudan as …

The sky is not blue in Burma

On Line opinion – ‎‎

… 2008, the Consulate-General of Burma (Myanmar) to Hong Kong defended Gambari by praising the mutual respect shown between the junta and the Special …

Karen Independence Movement: Seven Decades Of Futility? (Pt. 2)

Huffington Post – 

The ethnics’ first taste of freedom was an ironic byproduct of British colonialism. During World War II, Burmese forces joined the invading Japanese in …

Trade protectionism tops PM’s G20 agenda

Bangkok Post – ‎‎

The building of a rail link between Vientiane in Laos and Nong Khai and funding for Burma to help rebuild religious sites destroyed by Cyclone Nargis last …

Religious liberty violators finally named

BP News – 

In Rice’s January action, she redesignated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan as CPCs. In addition, Saudi Arabia …

JA Provides Guidance on Burma Gem Ban

Jewelers Circular Keystone Online

The guidance also contains “Talking Points” to help jewelers answer questions from consumers, the press, or human rights groups, all of whom have taken an …

Attorneys seek evaluation for man in young girl’s death

Deseret News – 

Esar Met, 22, a refugee from Myanmar (formerly Burma), is charged with aggravated murder and child kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, in connection …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 31, 2009 at 1:03 am

World focus on Burma (24 March 2009)

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Burmese opposition leader’s detention violates laws: UN panel – A United Nations panel says the detention of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi violates both international legislation and the laws of Burma. …

UN Calls Burma’s Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi ‘Illegal’

Voice of America – By VOA News A United Nations body has ruled that Burma’s continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under Burmese and …

The Path of Pen or Sword? By Ryan Libre The Irrawaddy

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Su Kyi, has been effective at getting the attention of the world media, but the Kachin see their struggle for …

Obama’s Team of Losers

CounterPunch – … board just last year, CNOOC was given sanctions by the US Treasury Department due to its involvement with drug trafficking and worker abuse in Burma. …

British man on Thai sailing holiday battered to death by pirates …

Daily Mail – … yachts are rare but the area is close to where hundreds of Rohynga refugees from Burma, try to seek landfall, after fleeing the Burmese military junta. …

Historical Facts Of Naga Independence Movement

MorungExpress – Free Nagaland had always been Independent Territory adjoining the Territories of Assam and Myanmar (Burma). 2. Between 1833 and 1879 Great Britain send …

Senate Dems Delay Vote to Tax Bank Bonuses

Democracy Now – The United Nations has ruled the continued detention of BurmeseAung San Suu Kyi violates Burma’s own laws as well as those of the … pro-democracy leader

GSK Publishes 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report (press release) – £5m of humanitarian product donations for impoverished communities and humanitarian relief efforts, including the cyclone in Burma and earthquake in China. …

Archbishop Tutu will boycott anti-racism conference if Dalai Lama …

Virtue Online – Dr Tutu, who is a globally recognised human rights campaigners, and struggled long and hard against apartheid in his homeland, says South Africa has …

KNU in Serious Crisis

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Although the KNU has conducted ceasefire negotiations with the junta, it has yet to reach any agreement. The KNU has had close relations with Burmese …

KNU Willing to Talk, but not on Burmese Territory

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – By LAWI WENG The Karen National Union’s deputy chairman, David Takapaw, has welcomed Thailand’s offer to mediate talks between the KNU and the Burmese …

US Magazine Ranks Mugabe Worst Dictator – 

… when 140 000 people were killed or went missing and more than 2 million people were displaced in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. …

Insein Court Sentences 13 More Political Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – The sentences came after just a week after United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana reported to the UN Human Rights Council on Burma, …

Army Capitalists: The Junta’s Wealth

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – The Burmese military founded two military-managed economic organizations, the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) and the Union of Myanmar Economic Holding …

MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS UN committee: detention of Aung San Suu is illegal – … also national domestic laws of Myanmar.” According to Burmese law, only people who “threaten national security” can be arrested without burden of proof. …

UN says Burma detention ‘illegal’

AngolaPress – Nyanmer – The UN has said the detention of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi violates both international legislation and the laws of Burma. …

READER COMMENTARY: Reconsider your criticisms of STAND

Justice – We have pushed for congressional bills relating to Burma/Myanmar, and we are currently working to improve our knowledge of the international justice system. …

Chartered surveyors see Rents to fall due to unstable economy and excessive supply

雅虎香港 – It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Macao, Mongolia, …

Handrail from Timeless

Synfo – For some years now, the Burma Democracy Lobby has been campaigning against the use of Burmese teak. I was contacted regularly through our Timeless furniture …

SSA ready to hold talk with junta

Shan Herald Agency for News – The junta and the SSA had agreed to hold talks on 23 May 2007 but they failed to take place when the Burma Army delegation failed to appear at the venue. …

Suu Kyi detention violates Burma’s own law, says UN

This is London – The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest, with the ruling junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, extending her …

Q&A: Meltdown a Challenge for HIV/AIDS Programmes

IPS – IPS: Finally, Burma, or Myanmar, doesn’t seem to view the epidemic the way you do, from a rights perspective. Its HIV prevalence rate is 1.3 percent, …

JN International Medical Corporation Provides Vaccine for …

Emediawire (press release) – These states are in the part of India bordered by Bangladesh to the west and Myanmar (Burma) to the east. Authorities in India’s northeastern Meghalaya …

Around the wo rld

Arizona Daily Star – … Myanmar,” said a legal opinion by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions that has been sent to the government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

The ANC`s World Cup disgrace – In 2007, South Africa used its position on the 15-nation United Nations Security Council to try to block discussion of human rights abuses in Burma and …

UN ruling faults Myanmar detention

Arizona Daily Star – BANGKOK — The United Nations has ruled that the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi violates Myanmar’s laws as well as those of the …

Ethnicity’s effect on health has local doctors weighing in

Frederick News Post (subscription) – The second most requested language is Burmese; 245 Burmese interpretation services have been provided since July. Through her own health fairs and other …

Students can help fight oppression

UW Badger Herald – In the late ’90s, the university also became one of the first to divest from companies that profited from the humanitarian crisis in Burma/Myanmar. …

SA’s credibility could be at stake by giving in to China

Business Day – In the case of Burma , SA had ample reason to vote with China and Russia in vetoing a US-sponsored resolution that would have brought the Burmese junta’s …

UN claims Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention is ‘illegal under Burmese law’ – 

The Burmese junta changed the country’s name to Myanmar in 1989 and the country is today widely known by both names. The ruling went on to say: “The Working …

Myanmar opposition asks for Suu Kyi meeting

AFP – YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s opposition Tuesday issued a fresh appeal for permission to see Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained leaders, after a UN panel said …

Detention Of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Illegal: UN

RTT News – (RTTNews) – The United Nations has ruled the continued detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and …

Students can help fight oppression

UW Badger Herald – In the late ’90s, the university also became one of the first to divest from companies that profited from the humanitarian crisis in Burma/Myanmar. …

UN rules detention of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi illegal

San Francisco ChronicleActivist groups, under a Free Burma’s Political Prisoners Now Campaign, are attempting to collect 888888 signatures for a petition calling for the release …

UN rules detention of Aung San Suu Kyi illegal

GMA news.tvThe number “8” is regarded as highly auspicious by many Burmese. Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. Its leaders have scheduled elections next …

Tutu will boycott anti-racism conference if Dalai Lama stays banned

Ekklesia – Dr Tutu, who is a globally recognised human rights campaigners, and struggled long and hard against apartheid in his homeland, says South Africa has …

Suu Kyi detention breaks Myanmar law – UN body

Reuters – … of Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under the domestic laws of her own country, the former Burma, her lawyer said on Monday. …

Myanmar breaks own law holding Suu Kyi: UN panel

AFP – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A UN panel has urged the release of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the junta violated not only world law but also its own law by

Labour welcomes UN decision on Aung San Suu Kyi (press release) Labour welcomed the release today of the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that the on-going house arrest of Burmese democracy leader

Burma: world’s longest war nears its end

Times Online – The United Nations has ruled that the continued detention by Burma of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi violates domestic and international laws. …

In Burma, Even a Sham Election Is a Cause for Hope

TIME – Many members of the political opposition — including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who still languishes under house arrest — have been …

Kasit agrees to push KNU disarmament

Bangkok Post – He was quoted as saying his government was trying to negotiate with National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, …

Karen Independence Movement: Seven Decades Of Futility?

Huffington Post Three years before she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi emerged as a national leader when thousands of protesting students and …

Dalai Lama’s South Africa conference ban causes uproar – “South Africa is a sovereign constitutional democracy and should not allow other countries to dictate to it regarding who it should and should not admit to …

Burma’s generals are afraid of telephones and the internet

Nation Multimedia – The NLD members and activists have no permission to buy a cellphone, and are not permitted to own or even use an Internet line or a laptop computer in Burma …

EU set to change SE Asian trade policy: report

เดอะ เนชั่น – … a deal has since moved at a glacial pace, due to a myriad of problems that include European concerns over human-rights violations in Asean member Burma. …

R2P: Disciplining the Mice, Freeing the Lions

Foreign Policy In Focus – If so, should honest activists be calling for a “humanitarian intervention” to halt Israeli crimes, and further, to target the individuals and institutions …

R2P: Focus on Prevention

Foreign Policy In Focus – Through small grants, OTI encourages good governance, democracy, and civil society participation in transition countries. Leadership training workshops in …

R2P: No Love in a Time of Cholera

Foreign Policy In Focus – In Burma, 240000 suffer with HIV/AIDS as the ruling junta looks on impassively. Parts of Mexico are approaching civil war. Children are dying of starvation …

Strategic Dialogue: Responsibility to Protect

Foreign Policy In Focus – If for example Libya agrees that R2P must be invoked to alleviate suffering in Burma it must not balk if the same is required in neighboring Sudan. …

Sit-in protest for freedom of political prisoners – “We are here to send a message to the world that we show solidarity with the democracy movement in Burma and to respect political prisoners in Burma,” Dr. …

Tutu: I’m very disappointed

Independent Online – … refusal in the past to join UN condemnation of Myanmar over its treatment of the 1991 peace laureate, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

[Viewpoint] Strange silence on terrorism

중앙데일리 – When we actively share our pain and terror to the world, the alliance of freedom and human rights will grow stronger and Korea will become a leading country …

Political prisoner suffers stroke – … in western Burma, according to sources close to the prison. Political activist Maung Maung Thet (20), hailing from Tungup Township, Rakhine State, …

From Stalin to Burma, a history lesson – But when they begin to regard the active opposition, as symbolized by Aung San Suu Kyi, as increasingly irrelevant, the time has come to refresh their …

Thailand to ask KNU to reconcile with Myanmar government

Thai News Agency MCOT – BANGKOK, March 23 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Monday that he had pledged to Myanmar government leaders that Thailand would help in …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 24, 2009 at 3:54 am

World focus on Burma (2 February 2009)

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For collective news about the meeting between Aung San Suu Kyi and UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, please click the following link;


Support Shirin Ebadi and other Human Rights Advocates in Iran and …
Huffington Post, NY –
Other examples are Aung San Suu Kyi (1991) versus Burma’s military junta; Nelson Mandela (1993) and Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu (1984) versus the apartheid …

UN Says Opium Poppy Cultivation on the Rise in Southeast Asia
Voice of America –
By Daniel Schearf The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says opium poppy cultivation is on the rise in Southeast Asia, most of it in Burma. …

In reply to Mr. Geoffrey
MorungExpress, India –
To simply drive home some points why these two persons are anti-Naga is that they consider Nagas living in Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Burma as …

knoxville zoo hatches critically endangered tortoises
Seymour Herald, TN –
The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is a native species of Myanmar (Burma). The number of tortoises in the wild is declining as a result of …

Thailand’s opium crops inch up amid UN warning
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
In Burma it rose from 27000 hectares to 28500 hectares over the same period. Overall cultivation increased 3.3% in the three countries. …

Icebox fisherman ask to stay in Australia
Visa Bureau, UK –
The two Burmese fishermen found floating in a giant icebox in Australian waters last month have asked to stay in Australia, rather than returning home, …

UN calls on Australia for regional aid
Ninemsn, Australia –
The warning came on Monday as the UNODC released its latest report on opium poppy cultivation in South East Asia covering Laos, Burma and Thailand. …

Monk dies in prison, India –
A Thailand-based documentation section of the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners in Burma (AAPP-B) also confirmed his death saying the monk …

Bridging the Generation Gap
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… Sot on the Thai-Burmese border on February 14, 2008. “The military junta has been trying to destroy the Karen and its leaders,” said activist Zoya Phan. …

Taking a United Stand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Answer: We have to work together with Buddhist monks, students and opposition groups inside and outside Burma to boycott the junta’s election in 2010, …

Burma’s Drugs Trade Unaffected by Global Slowdown
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The container, which was bound for Singapore, is reportedly owned by the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, a government-owned business that is also on the US …

New handbook for cyber-dissidents
Art Threat Magazine, Canada –
Or the recent murder of journalist Anastasia Baburova (along with human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov) in Moscow. These writers take huge and sometimes …

Weekly Business Roundup (February 2, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLAM BOOT Burma has reportedly loosened restrictions on cross-border trading with Bangladesh in a bid to double business between the two countries. …

The Real Meaning of Religious Persecution
American Spectator –
The Burmese military junta deploys brutal force against democracy activists and rebellious ethnic groups with equal avidity. Millions of people have been …

Truth about delaying 2010 elections, India –
… hinted about the junta’s continuation in power for 10 more years in the late 1990s, and it turned out to be true,” said a long-time Burma watcher. …

Arrest warrants issued for six defence lawyers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Feb 2, 2009 (DVB)–Authorities have issued arrest warrants for six lawyers who have been involved in cases defending political activists, according to a …

GUEST COLUMN: Confidentiality and HIV/AIDS
The Nation Newspaper, Barbados –
… of Health tasked with caring for HIV/AIDS patients, for all intents and purposes, must treat it like they would a chronic disease like diabetes. …

HIV/AIDS patients sent home without treatment
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Two of the families who were staying at the monastery now have nowhere to go as their homes were destroyed by Cyclone Nargis. …

UN special envoy meets Myanmar government spoke authoritative team
Xinhua, China –
1 (Xinhua) — Visiting United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with Myanmar government’s spoke authoritative team, led by Information Minister …

UN envoy in Myanmar meets Suu Kyi liaison
Daily Times, Pakistan –
YANGON: The UN’s top envoy to Myanmar on Sunday met the minister tasked with liaising with detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official said, …

India urged to take Burmese refugees
Radio Australia, Australia –
The ongoing rights abuse over several years has led to as many as 100000 Chin fleeing into India’s Mizoram state. Sara Colm is a senior researcher with …

UN envoy meets ministers, diplomats in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country since 1962, when it was known as Burma, tolerates no dissent and crushed pro-democracy protests led by …

The War on Sense
OpEdNews, PA –
During the Vietnam War the CIA cooperated in moving heroin from the Burma triangle and America’s city streets were soon awash in cheap heroin. …

China poses strategic challenges to India: BJP, India –
By connecting the Karakoram Highway to Gwadar( Pakistan) and Yunan to Irrawady corridor ( Myanmar) China has increased its strategic strength and presence …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 2, 2009 at 1:59 am

World Focus on Burma (29 April 08)

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Killings alleged at Chevron’s Burma pipeline
San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
… real story from the villagers,” Simons said. Burma, also known as Myanmar, has a history of military dictatorship and suppression of democratic uprising.CVXATH:ASCO
Watchdog group says Chevron complicit in Myanmar
Reuters –
Myanmar was called Burma until 1989, and opposition groups and some countries have not recognized the name change. The country has been under military …CVX
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Voting is being held in Singapore as well as Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan ahead of a referendum on May 10, the first in Burma in 18 years. …
PRESS DIGEST – Singapore newspapers – April 29
Reuters –
Myanmar nationals living in Singapore have until Friday to vote on a new constitution drawn up by the former Burma’s military regime. …
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In November 1941 Rossi and his squadron landed in Burma (now called Myanmar). In December, over Kunming, China, the site of devastating attacks by the …
Burmese stay away from vote
Howrah News Service, India –
“[India has] failed to recognise the sentiment of the people of Burma,” Dr Swe said. The United States has dismissed the referendum as an attempt by the …
Burmese activists protest as embassy conducts polling, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Burmese activists on Sunday staged a brief protest outside the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, exhorting voters to reject the ..
Rights group accuses Chevron of complicity in Myanmar abuses
“Chevron has tried to distance itself from the Yadana project and Burma and tries to create an image that the abuses notorious during Unocal’s tenure are …
Ethnic Karen in Myanmar fight for survival
Monsters and –
Kaw Poe Kee, Myanmar – Wah Wah Mu, 38, has dressed up her little daughter with a pink chiffon dress, a rare sight in this jungle region of Myanmar (Burma). …
Myanmar PM leaves for Thailand on official visit
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, April 29 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein left the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw for Bangkok Tuesday afternoon to start an …
Gourmet Thai PM to cook for Myanmar guest AFP
Thailand leader to cook for Myanmar prime minister The Associated Press
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 29, 2008 at 5:29 am

(Regarding the assassination of Padoh Mahn Sha) Message from the Burma Campaign UK

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Dear Friend
I am writing today with very sad news. On Thursday 14th February Padoh Mahn
Sha, the father of one of our staff members, Zoya Phan, was assassinated by
agents of the military regime in Burma. Two gunmen came to his house and
shot him in the chest.

Padoh Mahn Sha was General Secretary of the Karen National Union, which
represents the Karen ethnic group in Burma in their struggle for democracy
and human rights.

He was a greatly respected leader who had dedicated his life for the
struggle for freedom. He was killed because of his effective and principled
stand against the regime.

His assassination is yet more evidence, as if it were needed, that the
regime is determined to cling on to power, no matter what. They see leaders,
such as Padoh Mahn Sha, who speak out for freedom and justice, as a threat
to their survival.

Many of you will have seen Zoya Phan speak at events and on television news
or seen her articles in our magazine. You can view some of her speeches on
our website at <>

Zoya and her brothers and sister have set up a fund in memory of their
father. Donations can be made online at <>. The fund
will be used to tackle poverty and provide education in Karen state, two
issues very close to Padoh Mahn Sha¹s heart. Please visit
<>. You can donate by credit card from any country or
you can send a cheque made out to ŒBurma Campaign UK¹ and post it to Padoh
Mahn Sha Fund, care of Burma Campaign UK, 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT,

A statement from the children of Padoh Mahn Sha, released on the day of his
death, follows below.

Anna Roberts
Director, The Burma Campaign UK

Statement from the children of Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan

We are very sad to lose a great father and a great leader.

We were lucky to have a father who was caring and full of love. He gave us
guidance and support, and taught us tolerance and to stand against
injustice. He could not give us wealth or luxury, but ensured that we had an
education and the opportunity to fulfill our potential

He was always humble, yet a strong and brave leader. He dedicated his life
to the struggle, and always put the welfare of his people and his country
before himself. His example of determination and self-sacrifice to win our
freedom won him the love and respect of not just the Karen people, but also
the Burmese democracy movement and of freedom loving people around the

He will be remembered by many not only as an inspirational leader, but also
on a personal level for the many acts of kindness he performed for those who
needed help.

We are proud to be his children, as all Karen people and all people who long
for freedom in Burma are proud of him.

Our father may be dead, but we will remember him. He taught us that it was
our duty to work for the Karen people, and as his children we will continue
his dedicated work towards true freedom for our people and peace in our

His determination for freedom and democracy lives on within us and within
the Karen people. He did not live to see freedom for our people, but his
dream will be fulfilled. The Karen, and all the people of Burma, will be

We will be establishing a foundation in memory of our father. Donations can
be made online at

Saw Say Say
Nant Bwa Bwa Phan
Nant Zoya Phan
Slone Phan

A brief biography of Padoh Mahn Sha
Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan was born in Rangoon on 5th July 1943.
He graduated from Rangoon University in 1966 with a degree in history.

He joined the Karen National Union (KNU) in 1963. In 1964 he became a member
of the KNU Central Committee, and was elected Joint General Secretary in
1995. He was elected General Secretary in 2000, and is also a member of the
Secretariat of the National Council of the Union of Burma, the umbrella
organisation representing organisations in the Burmese democracy movement.

Padoh Mahn Sha married Nant Kyin Shwe in 1976. She passed away on 31st July
2004. He is survived by four children, two sons and two daughters; Saw Say
Say, Nant Bwa Bwa Phan, Nant Zoya Phan, Slone Phan

To make a donation to the Padoh Mahn Sha fund, please visit

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

Assassination of Pado Mahn Shar Lar Phan

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Death of Karen leader blow to Myanmar groups

15 Feb 08 AlJazeeraEnglish

Karen National Union Gen Secy shot dead



Mahn Sha, the leader of Myanmar’s Karen National Union, one of the biggest ethnic groups fighting Myanmar’s military government, lays dead in his home in the Thai border town of Mae Sot on Thursday, February 14, in Thailand. Mahn Sha was shot dead Thursday.

Bangkok, February 15 (Agencies): The assassination of a senior Karen rebel leader on the Burma border has dealt a severe blow not only to the insurgency but also to Burma’s entire pro-democracy movement, observers said Friday. Karen National Union (KNU) general secretary Mahn Sha was gunned down in his home in Mae Sot, Thailand, Thursday afternoon by unknown assailants. “A black-coloured vehicle parked in front of his house at about 4:00 pm and one man came out with a bouquet of flowers,” said Blooming Night Zan, secretary for the Karen Women’s Organization. “He greeted Mahn Sha in Karen, saying ‘Good evening uncle,’ and then shot him,” Zan told Deutsche Presse Agentur dpa from Mae Sot, 380 kilometres north of Bangkok.
A second assassin from the car, which had a Thai licence plate, then shot Mahn Sha twice in the body, leaving him dead. Thai police found the car parked near the Moei River, which defines the Thai-Burma border, but have yet to identify the assailants. Karen sources suspect the gunmen were members of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, a Karen splinter group that broke with the KNU in 1995 and is now allied with the Burma army.
The slaying of Mahn Sha was seen as a great blow for the KNU, an insurgency that has been fighting for the autonomy of the Karen State for the past six decades, and for Burma’s pro-democracy movement. “For the Burmese audience Mahn Sha was the second most popular Karen leader after Bo Mya,” said Win Min, a Thailand-based Burma scholar.
“His death is a loss for the Burmese pro-democracy movement as a whole, since Mahn Sha was one of the few Karen leaders who was accepted by the various groups within the movement, especially those acting in exile,” said Win Min. But more specifically, his murder was another blow for the KNU. Bo Mya, the military leader of the Karen National Liberation Army, died in December 24, 2006, from illness. His demise was a major blow for the insurgency and a source of further splits within the remaining forces. In February 2007, the KNU’s 7th Brigade split off from the main force and entered into peace negotiations with Burma’s junta.
The 7th Brigade is one faction of the more active forces within the KNU, which has been waging a guerrilla struggle against the central government for the independence of the Karen State since 1949. There are an estimated 4,000 KNU troops still in the field against the junta. The KNU is one of the last ethnic minority insurgencies that have refused to enter into a peace agreements with the ruling junta, which has monopolized political power in the country since 1962. Mahn Sha’s murder has at least highlighted the plight of the Karen, whose struggle has often been overlooked by the international community, Win Min noted.
In Washington DC, US Congressman Joe Pitts, in a statement on Mahn Sha’s death, said the assassination should draw world attention to the ongoing persecution of the Karen and other ethnic minorities by the Burma regime. “For too long, the plight of the people of Burma has either been ignored or discussed ad nauseam with little or no action on behalf of the people,” said Pitts. “With over 1.5 million internally displaced persons and refugees as a result of the brutal attacks by the dictatorship’s army, it is time for change. The international community must ensure that what happened to Mahn Sha does not happen to any other ethnic, democracy, or religious leader in Burma,” he added.
Burma’s junta has been carrying out a large-scale offensive against the KNU for the past two years, forcing about 30,000 Karens to flee their homes and seek shelter in camps for “displaced persons” along the Thai border, while thousands of others continue to lead a precarious existence in their homeland.


Police find car used in KNU assassination

Killers believed to have fled to Burma

By Bangkok Post and AFP


The vehicle used by gunmen who shot dead a key member of the Karen National Union (KNU) this week has been found abandoned near the border with Burma.

Forensic police in Tak are searching for any evidence from the black pick-up that could help police discover who was behind the assassination of KNU general-secretary Pado Mahn Shar Lapan, who was shot dead at his home on Thursday in Mae Sot district.

Two gunmen stormed his residence and shot him dead while a driver was waiting in the pick-up.

Police suspect the gunmen then fled across the border, dumping their truck at Ban Wang Pa in Mae Ramat district. Police said the truck had a Bangkok licence plate.

Mae Sot police chief Pol Col Phossawat Taengjui said police will seek help from the Burmese authorities once they know the names of those suspected of being involved in the assassination.

Mahn Shar was the third most influential figure in the KNU with close ties to former leader, the late Gen Bo Mya.

The KNU is the largest rebel group fighting Burma’s armed forces.

Military-ruled Burma’s state media yesterday warned of further attacks by ethnic insurgents, following the assassination.

The New Light of Myanmar, which like other official media has remained silent on the killing of Mahn Shar, said rebels were plotting more bomb attacks in some ”important places.”

”According to the information received recently, internal and external destructive elements are scheming together to detonate bombs again in some important places and busy places in the nation,” the daily said.

State-run newspapers, radio and TV channels have ignored the death of the rebel leader, who was also a critical link between the rebels and Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

Burma has been hit by a series of small bomb blasts and rebel shootings since December, prompting the ruling junta to blame the KNU for the attacks.

Burma, under military rule since 1962, has signed ceasefires with 17 other ethnic armed groups, but the KNU is one of the few remaining ethnic insurgent groups yet to sign a peace deal with the junta.

More articles:

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Myanmar gains in leader’s death
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – Feb 15, 2008
… “The KNU will also cooperate with opposition groups inside and outside the country in matters relating to change in Burma [Myanmar] and increasing the …
Burma rebels name new leader
The Press Association – Feb 14, 2008
The Karen National Union (KNU), a leading ethnic rebel group in Burma, has named a new leader following the mysterious murder of its chief.
Photos available from above-mentioned articles .

Karen National Union leader Pado Mahn Shar, pictured in January 2008

Pado Mahn Shar was a veteran of the Karen People’s struggle

KNU Secretary General Pado Mahn Shar (l) and KNLA chief Mutu Sae Po (r)

Pado Mahn Shar (l) said the rebels would never give up

Myanmar’s rebel Karen National Union troops
Burmese rebels
With this posting, I deeply salute Pado Mahn Shar Lar phan for his courage, determination and intuition. May God Bless Pado Mahn Shar.



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 17, 2008 at 3:19 am

World Focus on Burma (7 Jan 08)

  1. What is there to celebrate in Burma?
    Bangkok Post, Thailand – 10 hours ago
    Those are the words of Burma’s first president, Sao Shwe Thaike, in his independence message on Jan 4, 1948 when the country gained its independence after … (If the URL is not working, click here.)
  2. Dhaka postpones BIMSTEC ministerial meet
    Hindu, India –
    After the inclusion of Myanmar in December 1997, the grouping was renamed as BIMST-EC or Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand Economic …
  3. Free to celebrate new year
    Akron Beacon Journal, OH –
    … freedom for the members of the Karen (pronounced Kahr-en) community, who have fled the military regime in Burma, now called Myanmar, in Southeast Asia. …
  4. A digitally enhanced Myanmar opposition
    Los Angeles Times, CA –
    … photographs and blog reports posted on the Internet played a key role in breaking the wall of silence surrounding Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …
  5. Bird flu still a threat 10 years after leap to humans
    Sioux Falls Argus Leader, SD –
    “Just in 2007, we’ve seen the first reports of human cases in Laos, Nigeria and Burma (Myanmar),” he says. Cases tend to coincide with poultry outbreaks and …
  6. Karen community grateful for escaping violence, dictatorship
    The Chronicle Journal, Canada –

    The second phase of the group crossed into Burma – called Myanmar by the country‘s current military rulers – and arrived in 739 BC, explained Saw Winning, …

  7. TOTAL petrol station demo in Chester
    Indymedia UK, UK –

    On Saturday 5 January, in solidarity with NLD, the Burmese monks and the oppressed people of Burma, members and supporters of Wrexham Women for Peace held a …

  8. Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    “The licence fee is 500000 kyat a year with an additional 50000 kyat monthly, which you have to give to the Myanmar Info-Tech Corporation,” the café owner …
  9. Sense of loss as Burma marks independence without hero
    Hong Kong Standard Pausing in front of the fence around Rangoon’s main park, a man points through the iron bars to show…
  10. New ASEAN chief upbeat on charter’s full ratification
    Reuters India, India –

    JAKARTA (Reuters) – The new Association of Southeast Asian Nations chief expressed confidence on Monday the grouping’s landmark charter aimed at paving the …

  11. Singapore ratifies Asean Charter
    The Nation/ANN | Bangkok : Singapore is taking the lead and becoming the first member to ratify the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Charter, barely seven weeks after it was signed by the g..

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