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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 (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 …

ISRIA –

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

Mizzima.com –

“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

Mizzima.com – ‎

“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

ITN –

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 news.tv – ‎

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

Mizzima.com –

… 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

Mizzima.com – ‎

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

Mizzima.com – ‎

“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

Mizzima.com –

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 …

AsiaNews.it – ‎

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

Mizzima.com –

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’

AFP –

“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

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎

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…

opposition

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

PRESS TV – ‎

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 …

ISRIA – ‎

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

Mortar Bombs Hit Ler Per Her IDP Camp – Up To 200 Used As Slave Labour

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Mortar Bombs Hit Ler Per Her IDP Camp – Up To 200 Used As Slave Labour

Jun 8th, 2009

Media Release From Burma Campaign UK
For Immediate Release 8th June 2009

The British government and United Nations have remained silent about a new military offensive in Karen State, Burma, which has forced around 4,000 people to flee their homes.

There are now almost 1,500 soldiers from the Burmese Army and its allies, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), involved in the new offensive in the Pa’an district of Karen State, on the Thailand Burma border. The Burma Campaign UK has visited the camp twice this year, hearing first hand testimony of abuses committed by the regime.

According to Burma Campaign UK sources, three mortar bombs have hit the Ler Per Her camp for Internally Displaced People. The camp was evacuated on Friday. The camp is two miles from the nearest Karen National Liberation Army base.

The Burmese Army are firing up to fifty 81mm mortar bombs a day into territory controlled by the Karen National Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Karen National Union, a pro-democracy organisation resisting the rule of the dictatorship. Some mortar bombs have also landed across the border in Thailand.

Eye witnesses who have escaped from territory taken over by the Burmese Army and DKBA reported that between 150 and 200 villagers have been taken as slave labour by the DKBA. They are being forced to carry military equipment, including into areas where the attacks are taking place. Some have not been given food for five days and are forced to sleep in the open in the rain.

“Once against the international community is looking the other way while my people are attacked and forced to run for their lives,” said Zoya Phan, International Co-ordinator at Burma Campaign UK. Zoya Phan has twice been forced to flee her village after it was attacked by Burmese Army troops. “Why hasn’t a single government called for an end to these attacks? Why isn’t there any effort to secure a global arms embargo? The British government must push for a UN Commission of Inquiry into these crimes against humanity being committed by the dictatorship.”

For more information contact Zoya Phan on 44(0)7738630139.

Source- Burma Digest

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm

World focus on Burma (28 April 2009)

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Lighter Moment: Pushing the Boundaries of Public Awareness

Monthly Review – 

by Alex de Waal I thought I should share some of the more amusing efforts at promoting public awareness (in America) about human rights issues. …

NLD Hold First General Meeting in a Decade

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

By MIN LWIN Sixty-three senior officials of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and 95 elected members of parliament from the party …

Why Boycott Just Makes Things Worse

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is still being kept under strict house arrest. Unfortunately there is little hope of any democratic breakthrough …

UNLIKELY DONORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

ADOI magazine – 

The donation was made in conjunction with the first anniversary of Cyclone Nargis and will be used for World Vision’s rebuilding efforts in Myanmar as well …

Ogoni: Ken Saro-Wiwa Remembered

UNPO – 

In Burma, Nigeria, and countless other places around the globe, our lands and our peoples have faced gross human rights abuses and staggering environmental …

Junta to introduce 3-P programme for military officers

Mizzima.com – 

by Mizzima News Chiang Mai – In order to facilitate a smooth transfer of officers within the Burmese military – Tatmadaw – the authorities will soon …

Burmese, Thai Troops Clash on Border

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

KNU sources said that the offer could be related to the 2010 Burmesejunta’s election in the eyes of elections in an effort to give more legitimacy to the

Cyclone Fears Still Stalk the Villages

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

By KYI WAI / KUNCHANGONE / RANGOON DIVISION One year after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta, villagers in the region watch the skies daily for …

Myanmar opposition to decide later about 2010 poll

The Associated Press – ‎‎

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Members of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party said Tuesday they will wait to see whether laws governing next …

Refugee kids in Malaysia help Burma storm victims

eTaiwan News – 

By VIJAY JOSHI AP When the teacher asked her class how it can help Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar, Steven Bawmying suggested laying a long underground …

Security boost for election talks

Scotsman – 

MYANMAR’S military government tightened security as the political party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met to discuss next year’s planned …

Burma’s inhumanity toward its citizens

United Press International, Asia

This would require the unconditional and immediate release of all political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, that have been …

Yadanabon fc’s introductory match in Mandalay

Mizzima.com – 

The Yadanabon FC will join the newly formed Myanmar National League, representing Mandalay city. The League, organised by the Myanmar Football Association, …

Aung San Suu Kyi party meets on Myanmar elections

AFP – 

… and hold talks if there was democratic progress. The United Nations also has tough sanctions in place against Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma.

EU set to extend Burma sanctions

Tehran Times – 

LUXEMBOURG (BBC) — The European Union is set to extend its sanctions against Burma and to renew calls for the freeing of political prisoners, …

UN: Punish Abuse of Children in War

Media For Freedom – 

Human Rights Watch highlighted several cases in which military commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka who are well-known for their use …

Council conclusions on Burma/Myanmar 2938th General Affairs …

ReliefWeb (press release)

It calls for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners and detainees. 2. In these circumstances, the Council deems it necessary …

Junta resumes pressure on Wa, allies

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

Following the 20th anniversary of “peace construction” between the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and Burma’s ruling military council, which was marked with …

EU extends Myanmar sanctions

Aljazeera.net – 

Myanmar is to face another year of European Union sanctions, after the body’s 27 member states agreed to extend visa bans and asset freezes on the country’s …

Myanmar opposition meets on next year’s election

The Associated Press – ‎‎

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military government tightened security as the political party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gathered …

EU Renewal of Burma Sanctions Welcomed by Burma Campaign UK

Narinjara News

Dhaka: The Burma Campaign UK welcomed the renewal of sanctions by the European Union against the military dictatorship in Burma in a statement published on …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – APRIL 2009

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

Extrajudicial killing, rape, severe beating, torture and many other types of gross human rights violations committed by the Burmese troops against the …

Base conclusions on hard evidence

Sun2Surf – 

… and their domains, and they demolished the monarchy in Burma (Myanmar) too, but in the Malay Peninsula, they preserved and nurtured the Malay kingdoms. …

Tuesday, May 5

eTaiwan News – ‎‎

1824 – British troops take over Rangoon, Burma _ now Myanmar. 1862 – Mexican army defeats invading French forces in the Battle of Puebla. …

Methodists provide compassionate response in Myanmar

ReliefWeb (press release) – 

While much of the world watched in horror after Cyclone Nargis devastated southern Myanmar (Burma), the Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) MC(LM) sprang into …

Malay officials accused of human trafficking

Radio Australia – 

The Malaysian government is promising to look into claims Malaysian officials are involved in the illegal trafficking of Burmese refuges across the Thai …

Sanctions stay

Financial Times – 

By Tony Barber The European Union yesterday extended sanctions against Burma in spite of doubts in the US and some EU states about whether the policy is …

EU Extends Myanmar Sanctions For Another Year

RTT News – 

(RTTNews) – The European Union on Monday extended its sanctions on Myanmar for another year and urged the country’s military regime to release all the …

Censors Stifle Fiji News Media in Regime Crackdown Scoop.co.nz – 

An RSF statement accused the regime of dealing a “mortal blow” to press freedom and “heading dangerously towards a Burmese-style system in which the media …

EU keeps up pressure on Burma

Deutsche Welle – 

In an effort to push for democratic change, the EU on Monday has extended political and economic sanctions against Burma as the country’s pro …

Songs of Survival: Voices from Burma

SFStation.com – 

On the first anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, an extraordinary Burmese choir will bring the gift of their music to San Francisco. Come listen to their stories …

Religious Oppression Continues in Myanmar

Vatican Radio – 

Religious oppression in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been widespread for years. The East Asia Team Leader for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, …

Myanmar: One year after cyclone Nargis – Malteser International …

Reuters AlertNet – 

One year af-ter cyclone Nargis devastated large parts of Myanmar on 2 May 2008, reconstruction and reha-bilitation works in the severely affected Irrawaddy …

KNU urges governments not to support junta’s elections

Mizzima.com – 

… must begin with a tripartite dialogue between the military, the ethnic national

ities and Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy,” he added. …

A good chance for Burma to respond

เดอะ เนชั่น – 

… especially the status of the proposed election and the release of political prisoners, including opposition party leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …


World focus on Burma (20 April 2009)

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UWSA goals remain elusive after 20 years

Mizzima.com – 

by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – One of Burma’s major ethnic ceasefire groups – United Wa State Army (UWSA) – has acknowledged it has failed over the past …

Where are human rights in Zuma’s plan?

guardian.co.uk – 

During that time it sided with Burma and Sudan against western countries enraged at egregious human rights abuses. A similarly blind eye was turned to …

Southeast Asia Struggles With Democracy

Voice of America – ‎‎

Case says the violent turn of events in Thailand, last week, may foil the spread of democratization in the region, in places like military-ruled Burma and …

Making Friends with Tyrants

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

The trouble is that Burma still holds over 2100 political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and there are no signs that the …

Burmese monk castigates neighbors, UN: Shame on them!

Aktuálně.cz – 

If you were to count the number of Thai people who are actively involved in the fight for the restoration of democracy in Burma, you will find they are only …

Burmese Man Murdered

Pattaya People – ‎‎

They went along to a cement mill next to the Pattaya Floating Market on Sukhumvit Road to find the body of 40 year old Mr. Chai from MyanmarBurma) who had … (

Burmese Soccer League an Election Ploy?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

… to next year’s election. “But I am not sure if people will be interested in this government ploy,” he said. “I think Burmese football supporters would …

NLD Still Represents Moral Strength for the Powerless

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Party leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin Oo have been detained and imprisoned. NLD offices across the country have been closed down, their members …

Burmese Army, DKBA Mount Four-Day Attack on KNU

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

An article in The New Light of Myanmar, a junta mouthpiece, on Sunday highlighted the recent defection of Nay Soe Mya, son of the late KNU leader Gen Saw Bo …

Your Letters Remember Cuba too, Mr Obama

ChronicleLive – 

… talks with Cuba as they are not a true democracy. So what is his view on the “democratic” countries like China, Russia and Burma? Are they democratic? …

Student delegation attends moving Geneva conference prior to Durban II

Jerusalem Post – ‎‎

Most impressive and moving were the things said by Darfurians, the Rwandan Genocide’s survivors and former prisoners of conscience from Cuba, Egypt, Burma, …

Wa commander’s trucks destroyed, men injured in fire in Panghsang

Shan Herald Agency for News – 

Many of its ceasefire alliances along the China-Burma border including Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the National Democratic Alliance …

Burma: Philippines Request Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

UNPO – 

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has called on Burma’s military government to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. …

College Grads Job Hunting With Volunteer Spirit

Hartford Courant – 

While at Trinity, he started a tutoring program for Burmese refugees as part of an independent study class. Ellis-Ferrara said that a Peace Corps experience …

Global Fund faces 4-billion-dollar budget shortfall next year

Earthtimes (press release) – 

A Global Fund team was sent to Myanmar, also called Burma, last month to help authorities reapply for funding. Myanmar has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates …

Money seized from hotel room occupied by BJD candidate

Indopia – 

Though the room was booked in the name of one Bikas Swain, editor of a local Oriya newspaper, BJD candidate Sanjay Das Burma, came out of the attached …

Chew on this, people

Channel News Asia – 

In Burma (Myanmar), I was smuggled over the border from Thailand into rebel-held territory with the help of Karen rebel soldiers. I stayed in Chernobyl and …

All Mimika Air Passengers Killed

Tempo Interaktif – 

However, the Burmese pilot was not aware that after 09.00 Central Indonesian Time, clouds usually rise, obstructing the plane’s view. Nay Linn, said Jusman, …

Smuggling season opens with arrest

Great Lakes Advocate – 

… also known as Myanmar, has been reluctant to accept the Rohingyas as citizens. Brigadier-General Phone Swe, Burma’s deputy minister of immigration and …

What Burma Needs From the White House

Washington Post – 

My sister Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the heroic and beloved leader of the Burmese democracy movement, remains under house arrest and cannot speak to …

The FP Quiz and Epiphanies: Amartya Sen

Foreign Policy

My earliest memories, between the ages of 3 and 6, are all of Mandalay in Burma, where my father was a visiting professor in the 1930s. …

The Next Big Thing: H 2 O

Foreign Policy – 

In a sense, the great water grab is only prudent: Some 70 percent of all freshwater withdrawn for human use goes into agriculture, but underground aquifers …

Laughing At The Devil: Burma’s Moustache Brothers

Scoop.co.nz – ‎‎

The villain: Burma’s military junta – known in Burmese as the Tatmadaw. Such a name deserves a high throne in the lexicon of despotisms and tyrannical …

China pays lip service to Burmese junta: observer

Mizzima.com – 

“China sincerely hopes for Myanmar [Burma]’s political stability, economic development and national reconciliation,” Wen was quoted as saying to Thein Sein. …



World focus on Burma (10 April 2009)

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NCGUB’s East Timor trip and plans on transition

Mizzima.com – 

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

Mizzima.com – 

… 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

Mizzima.com – 

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

Mizzima.com – 

… 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

Examiner.com – 

… 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

BirminghamMail.net – 

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”

Mizzima.com – ‎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

Mizzima.com – 

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

Mizzima.com – 

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

AFL-CIO – 

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 …

SocialFunds.com – 

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

Mizzima.com – 

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 …