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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 …


World Focus on Burma (25 March 2009)

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South Asian Terrorism: All Roads Lead To The British Empire

CounterCurrents.org – The Treaty of Yandaboo provided the British with the foothold they needed to annex Northeast India, launch further campaigns to capture Burma’s vital …

Thailand Offers to Mediate Burmese Talks

Voice of America – By Ron Corben An offer by Thailand to act as an intermediary between Burma’s military government and the ethnic-Karen armed group the Karen National Union …

Poverty, Rebel Groups Push Poor Farmers To Drug Cultivation In India

CounterCurrents.org – With a total land area of approximately 22, 327 sq km, Manipur state, which shares its border with Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has one of the highest …

Cooperation among Asia-Pacific nations critical to reduce disaster …

UN News Centre – … responsible for disaster management from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Pakistan, Republic of Korea and Thailand.

US official in rare Myanmar talks

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AFP – Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been ruled by the army since 1962. Blake Wednesday met senior leaders from the opposition National League for ..

Are You Funding Forced Abortions in China?

NewsBlaze – Others came from Burma, Laos, Russia and Ukraine.” 3. Female suicide. According to the World Health Organization, China has the highest female suicide rate …

Myanmar opposition urges US to talk to junta

The Associated Press – Burma is another name for Myanmar. Stephen Blake, director of the State Department’s Mainland Southeast Asia office, held talks with senior members of the the opposition National League for Democracy, led by Nobel Peace laureate Ang San Suu Kyi, said party spokesman Nyan Win.

‘Voice of Burma’ comes to Byron Bay

Byron Shire News -Clements was the first American to be ordained as a Burmese Buddhist monk. He lived in a monastery in Burma through the late 1970s and 80s. …

Junta Continually Expanding Forces in Ceasefire Areas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – … to the Thai-Burmese border. The document also indicated that ROC (Lauki) was formed and deployed in the Kokang rebel area to coordinate with the Myanmar …

Negotiations Always Possible for Rebels: Junta Secretary 1

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – … according to Burmese state media. The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Wednesday that Tin Aung Myint Oo said during a meeting on March 21 with

US State Department Official Visits Naypyidaw

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – … department official, according to The New Light of Myanmar. The State Department’s Burma officer, Laura Scheible, did not join Blake on his Burma trip. …

EU may extend sanctions

Straits Times – JAKARTA – THE European Union will wait until next month before deciding whether to extend sanctions against Myanmar, a special envoy said on Tuesday, …

UN Body Calls for Cooperation to Reduce Risk from Asian Disasters

Voice of America – China’s Sichuan earthquake in March killed an estimated 87000 people, while Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in May killed an estimated 140000. …

SSA opposes junta’s political process

Shan Herald Agency for News – “Shan State must be given the right to rule itself,” citing the 1947 Panglong Agreement which united Shan, Kachin and Chin with Burma. …

Celebs issue a monthlong call to action on Myanmar

Boston Business Journal – Comedian Jim Carrey was featured in a serious clip talking about the need to free Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been under house …

Will Suu Kyi Be Soon Free? And What Then?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – … since late last year predicting that Burma’s opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will be released soon from house arrest. …

Burma: Sham Election Cause For Hope

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

‘I had to walk through my husband’s blood,’ British woman …

Daily Mail – She told how she upped anchor and put the boat on full throttle as three Burmese migrant fisherman attempted to retake control of their 44 ft yacht Mr Bean, …

US Disappointed by Suu Kyi’s Detention

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is an independent and impartial body of the Human Rights Council. It consists of experts from Chile, Pakistan, …

Home Mailbox Mailbox Thai Mediator Role: Foreign Minister needs in-depth study on Burma’s ethnic conflict

Shan Herald Agency for News – The core problem of the ethnic conflict in Burma is the successive military regimes, including the present State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC) …

Magnate shares stories of success, and failure

Lawrence Journal World – DeBoer has teamed up with World Vision, helping provide basic services, such as clean water systems, for the people of Myanmar, formerly Burma, in Southeast …

The China Imperative?

Organiser – … China denounces the mcmahon line on the Sino-Indian border as ‘imperialist’ it has accepted the same imperialist line in toto with Burma (Myanmar). …

South Africa’s Bid to Keep China Happy Sparks Furor

CNSNews.com As a member of the UN Security Council in 2007-2008, South Africa sided against democracies on a number of sensitive matters, among them Zimbabwe, Burma, …

US official in rare Myanmar talks

Inquirer.net – Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been ruled by the army since 1962 and a student-led uprising in 1988 ended in a brutal military crackdown which left …

Medley of diverse dishes provide taste of Myanmar in Cambodia

Phnom Penh Post – The culinary tradition in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been influenced over the centuries by its bigger neighbours, and more recently, …

Attorney: Suu Kyi detention breaks Myanmar law

CNN International – A UN group has ruled that the detention of Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under the laws of her own nation, her lawyer said. …

Church group helps Burma refugees

SnoValley Star – … placed the league’s leader, Nobel Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. Burma’s military dictator Than Shwe has held power since 1992. …

Ditshwanelo Film Festival on at Maruapula School

Mmegi Online – Other films that will be screened include Burma VJ, War Child, At the Death House Door and War Dance. Some of the films focused on the Zimbabwean situation. …

Wednesday, April 1

eTaiwan News – 1852 – Second Burmese War breaks out after British ultimatum to King of Burma. It ends within the year with the British annexation of Rangoon. …

UN calls for immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Radio Australia – The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Ms Suu Kyi’s detention is illegal, and contravenes even domestic Burmese law. The Nobel Peace Laureate has …

Aung San Suu Kyi Of Burma’s Detention Illegal

Scoop.co.nz (press release) – The judgment from this international tribunal declares unequivocally that the ongoing detention of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and …

Campaign for Democracy and Workers’ Rights

Scoop.co.nz (press release) – … Cyclone Nargis of May 2008. The FTUB also maintained its call for economic sanctions against the military junta, noting that 90% of the people of Burma …

Burma key to war on drugs

Bangkok Post – The prime minister correctly ordered that the war on drugs must adhere to civil and human rights. Two additional steps are vital to defeat the drug …

The war that’s still going after 50 years

guardian.co.uk – Now the Rangoon military junta – the generals who imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi and routinely defy international protests and ineffective sanctions – are …

Bludgeoned and thrown to the sea – the horrific end to dream life

Scotsman – … refugees from Burma try to seek landfall, after fleeing pogroms by the Burmese military junta. The Thai government has been criticised by human rights …

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

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

British tourist was killed for his dinghy

Independent – It is possible they belong to the Rohingya people, an ethnic Muslim group persecuted by the Burmese junta. Television cameras caught local people throwing …

Iraq’s brutal executions

The News International – Human rights are frequently turned into a political football and it’s not new either to imagine that they could genuinely have been a concern to some close …

South Africa’s Sad Descent and the Implications for Democracy …

DemocracyArsenal.org – On the Security Council, South Africa has hardly been a passionate voice for democracy, siding with authoritarian leaders in Burma and others. …

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Calls for Release of …

US Department of State The UN working group urged the Burmese government to release these individuals immediately. We are disappointed that the regime continues to ignore the …

How Do We Deal With Those Pesky Journalists!

Khaleej Times – ‎….is Robert Mugabe’s awful Zimbabwean kleptocracy, where abuses of basic human rights have become the order of the day. Just recently, according to “Attacks …

UN rules Suu Kyi’s detention illegal

The National – Amnesty International estimates that there are more than 2100 political prisoners languishing in the jails of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

KNU welcomes mediation offer

Bangkok Post – But KNU vice-president David Tharckabaw yesterday stressed that success would depend on how sincere the Burmese junta was in restoring democracy. …

Time Magazine Reports on Human Rights Impacts of Gas Development …

Earthrights.org – In a March 19 Time Magazine feature-length article, “The Scramble for a Piece of Burma,” Hannah Beech reports on the impacts of oil and gas development in …

Burmese government breaks own law

GenevaLunch – A UN body has ruled that the detention of Myanmar democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under Burmese domestic law. Suu Kyi has spent more than 13 …

Labor Activist’s Health Suffering

自由亚洲电视 – Suu Suu Nway, originally from Rangoon and a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy, successfully sued local authorities under …

South Africa bans Dalai Lama to avoid offending China, and offends …

National Post – “We have lived under oppressive regimes, yet we chose to ally ourselves with the likes of Burma’s junta. Sure, it is profitable to keep China sweet. …

Hot Docs film fest boasts strongest lineup ever after record …

CBC.ca – Burma VJ — An acclaimed Danish film telling the story of underground video journalists in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and how they shared the story of …

IRC Forensic Photographers Help Bring Justice to Refugees on Thai …

International Rescue Committee (press release) – … program and the IRC’s legal assistance centers to help bring justice to crime victims in the camps housing refugees from Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Thai police arrest Burmese fishermen over murder of British yachtsman

guardian.co.uk – The Thai government has been criticised by human rights organisations for towing the Rohingyas back out to sea in their rickety, often engineless boats, ..

NLD requests meeting with party leaders

Mizzima.com – … Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi. NLD party spokesman Nyan Win today said that the party sent a letter dated the 19th of this month to the SPDC [Burma’s …

World focus on Burma (11 March 2009)

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Spy sees kin of kidnap victim

중앙데일리 – 

After taking off from a refueling stop in Abu Dhabi the plane exploded in midair over the Andaman Sea near Burma – Myanmar today.

Ex-NKorean spy meets relatives of Japan abductee

The Associated Press – 

The plane exploded the next day over the Andaman Sea near Burma, now Myanmar, according to a South Korean investigation. Kim and her accomplice were …

Lloyd’s Managing Agent cancels Burma Insurance

Mizzima.com – 

… insurance and reinsurance group has cancelled their business involvement in Burma after the boycott campaign of activists based in United Kingdom. …

Why you shouldn’t care about Tibet

Examiner.com – ‎‎

There’s also another eighty million or so suffering far worse fates in Burma…

and North Korea, broken military regimes supported by the CPC.

Rohingya issue to top Thai-Burmese Foreign ministers’ meet

Mizzima.com – 

by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya will discuss the issue of Rohingya boatpeople during his visit to Burma that …

Kokang Celebrate Liberation from Burmese Communists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine

By WAI MOE The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a Kokang cease-fire group, started celebrations of its 20th anniversary of liberation from …

Burmese jade business eyes an upswing

Mizzima.com – 

… Myanmar Dagaung and Share Family, each owned by Chinese interests and controlling large swaths of jade mining. Burma’s military government widely …

The D’s that could Determine a Viable Burma Policy

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

His answer should satisfy many Burmese democracy and campaign groups inside and outside Burma, who are united in their desire to see the US maintain a tough …

Christian groups angry that ban on abortion aid has been reversed

ABC Online – 

JANE SINGLETON: I was up on the border of Myanmar, of Burma at the end of last year. There was a case there when a woman who already had four children and …

Freedom House names Kyrgyzstan partly free

24 – 

According to the report in 2008, Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan again ranked as the worst human …

Seven UGs including a woman held

E-Pao.net – 

Police came to know that he joined the outfit in December 2007 through one Bokko and obtained basic military traninig in Burma Kabo. …

Passion for human rights shows

TheChronicleHerald.ca

“I joined the Rights and Democracy chapter here. Last November, we did Panties for Peace to support women in Burma, where the present regime’s leaders have …

Than Shwe offers golden lotus to Uppatasanti

Mizzima.com – 

The state media ‘New Light of Myanmar’ on Tuesday said that Than Shwe and his family offered golden lotus robes to Uppatasanti Pagoda, built as a replica of …

Continuity and change: America’s Asia policy

Jakarta Post – 

She also acknowledged that imposing sanctions on Burma (aka Myanmar) “has not influenced the junta,” suggesting that some (unspecified) change in policy …

Son of KNU leader joins pro-junta splinter group

Democratic Voice of Burma

Nay Soe Mya met with Htein Maung in Rangoon on 15 February, when UN human rights envoy Tomas Ojeas Quintana was there. When news of this visit reached the …

Economic crisis causes thousands of Burmese migrants to lose jobs

Democratic Voice of Burma – 

… to Burma and will stay on by any means possible, an official in charge of workers from National League for Democracy – Liberated Areas (Malaysia branch) …

Sudan, North Korea among least free states: report

MSNBC – 

In its annual report on political and individual liberties, Washington-based Freedom House also put Myanmar, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Somalia, …

Ex-NKorean spy meets relatives of Japan abductee

The Associated Press – ‎‎

The next day, the Boeing 707 plane exploded over the Andaman Sea near Burma, now Myanmar, according to a South Korean investigation. …

Bangkok Post : Burma’s Rohingyas in flight and the solutions to …

Bangkok Post – 

And the plight of the Rohingya people is closely intertwined with the challenge of human rights and democracy in Burma as a whole. .

UN’s Ban Meets With Obama, No Pesky UN Press, Myanmar Convergence …

Inner City Press – 

Ban paid tribute to Burma’s General Than Shwe, he said. And now US gas and oil companies have lobbied the Administration to change course on Myanmar, …

Back from the Edge of India by Tony Perrottet

Tips from the T-List – 

… that are manned by Karan tribesmen (Burmese who were brought over to the archipelago by the British about a century ago, when it was settled as a prison …

Refugee, immigrant nonprofit services open in Frederick city

Business Gazette – 

Phun Thang of Frederick said he has been helping newly arrived refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma) settle in Frederick for the past four years. …

Daughter Burmese Dissident Fears Father Will Die

BosNewsLife

… group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which is investigating the situation in Burma, also known as Myanmar. in 2005 to avoid arrest at home. …

China’s West Bank

Foreign Policy

On one side is a smile campaign celebrating Tibet’s democratic and economic reforms and its freedom from a repressive theocracy — a move, …

8 militants held

KanglaOnline

He disclosed that he got basic military training in Burma.The Imphal west commandos also arrested a PREPAK activist from Kangchup Chingkhong today at around …

UN in Burma to Discuss Rohingya

自由亚洲电视 – 

Human rights groups say the Rohingya have been harassed since the juntaBurma nor Bangladesh recognizes them as citizens. … seized power in 1962. Neither

ABW expands projects into Myanmar

The Lacombe Globe – 

… and his wife, Deryl, a registered nurse, from Medical Mercy Canada (MMC), to help Burmese refugees in Zokhawthar, a village bordering Myanmar and India. …

How far will the govt really go to protect migrant workers?

Nation Multimedia – 

… the upcoming campaign to obtain 888888 signatures for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Boat people cast adrift, admits PM

Sun Weekly – 

Their darker skin was evidence, he said, that they were not Burmese; it was not “fair and soft” like a “Myanmar gentleman”, he said. …

Naga Consultative Meet with Overseas Nagas

MorungExpress – 

The Naga people recognize the sufferings of our fellow eastern Nagas in Burma/Myanmar, and will work toward their recognition with a definite territory for …


World focus on Burma (4 March 2009)

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Farmers forget Farmers Day

Independent Mon News Agency – 

March 2nd is Farmers Day in Burma but due to government offices being closed on that date, only government services knew it was Farmers Day, formally known …

City honours democracy campaigner

BBC News

A pro-democracy campaigner, under house arrest in Burma, has been given the Freedom of Glasgow in her absence. Dr Aung San Suu Kyi, 63, has spent more than …

Our biggest Asian trading partner? It’s not China

The Age – 

Border tension has recently poisoned Thai-Cambodian relations, and territorial disputes continue elsewhere. Burma remains a formidable regional problem. …

Poor people lead in cell phones; lack in ‘net access

Canoe.ca – 

Not surprisingly, Myanmar (Burma) was the only country on the planet where Internet access dropped in all categories. The generals who run the impoverished …

Oil Exporters and Emerging Nations Catch Global Property Contagion

PR Newswire (press release)

It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh , Bhutan , Burma / Myanmar , Cambodia , Indonesia , Japan , Kiribati , Laos PDR, …

Pressure mounts on KNU to move out of Thailand: Sources

Mizzima.com – 

Occasionally, Burma’s military rulers have news reports in the state mouthpiece, New Light of Myanmar newspaper, accusing Thailand of hosting the rebels, …

The Perversion of Sovereignty

ISN

Kouchner’s suggestion that the Security Council consider forcible action to deliver humanitarian supplies to Burma in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis… met

New Kachin Party Formed to Fight 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

News of the new party’s formation was greeted with skepticism by many Kachin living outside Burma. Some asked how the party hoped to attain freedom for the …

USDA Going to Press?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

… an ex-military officer and a former editor of the junta mouthpiece, Myanma Alin, which is the Burmese version of The New Light of Myanmar. …

Whistle blower on corruption framed

Mizzima.com

Last month he also signed for the signature campaign launched for the release of NLD leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin Oo. “All of them had registered in the …

WBURF claims responsibility for twin bomb blasts in Rangoon

Mizzima.com – 

Since the ‘Burmese people’ are devout citizens, they do not want terrorism. However, in the past, the ruling junta has ruthlessly killed peaceful …

Talking to fiancée lands man in jail in Myanmar

Merinews – 

Permission to marry comes through after palms are of the local authorities greased, which is the Nasaka or Burma’s border security force or the Town or …

Foreign powers lean on Myanmar to open up aid effort

Canada.com – 

YANGON (Reuters) – Western powers kept up the pressure on Myanmar’s generals on Thursday to allow a massive aid effort as relief workers struggled to help

Nobel Peace Prize winner awarded Freedom of the City of Glasgow

stv.tv – ‎7 hours ago‎

Dr Aung San Suu Kyi was called ‘a shining beacon of hope in her country’. Pro-democracy campaigner Dr Aung San Suu Kyi will be awarded the Freedom of the …

Burmese Junta tentatively schedules elections for March 2010

Mizzima.com

by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s ruling military junta has tentatively scheduled its general elections in March 2010, a source close to the military …

Migrants fear for safety following crackdown

Democratic Voice of Burma

Mar 4, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese migrants in Thailand report being concerned for their safety following Thai authorities’ intense crackdowns on migrants over the …

Blasts hit Burmese main city

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Pro-democracy activists outside Burma described Asean’s emphasis on UN mediation as an exercise in “washing its hands” of the Burma problem, and a “shedding …

Retired Arakanese Officers Summoned to Naypyidaw for 2010 Election

Narinjara News

The military government announced recently that it will build a railway route from Ann to Sittwe to connect with central Burma, and will build a hydropower …

Two Bombs Explode in Rangoon—No Casualties

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

Last year, at least seven bomb attacks occurred in Burma. A bomb exploded at a ticket booth at Rangoon’s main railway station in January 2008, injuring two …

After the Whirlwind: Post-Nargis Burma, the 2010 Elections and …

Japan Focus – 

Unlike in 1990, when the military was surprised and embarrassed by a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, a result it has …

Bush administration considered First Amendment expendable

Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog – 

This isn’t Stalin’s Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square in 1989, the military junta of Burma, the Third Reich, or Mussolini’s Italy. This isn’t George Orwell’s …

Imprisoned students’ leader in declining health

Democratic Voice of Burma – 

Mar 4, 2009 (DVB)–The sister of 88 generation students’ leader, Min Ko Naing, who is currently imprisoned in Kengtung jail in eastern Burma, has said he has …

2 Blasts Strike Myanmar’s Biggest City

TIME – 

(See pictures of tension in Burma.) The was no immediate comment from the ruling junta — standard practice in the tightly controlled nation where almost all …

2 blasts rock Yangon

International Herald Tribune

AP Witnesses say two explosions hit this, the largest city in Myanmar, but that no casualties have been reported. A Burmese government official says it was …

Baby Red Panda steps out for the cameras

Ninemsn

They are native to forest areas in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and parts of Burma and China. Their long claws and padded …

Interview with President Bush

Catholic.net – ‎‎

I’ve talked about freedom of religion every time I visited with them. I’ve talked about Darfur. I’ve talked about Burma. I’ve talked about the Dalai Lama. …

Nagaland Govt not to bow down to UG threats

E-Pao.net

… one 9mm pistol with 4 live rounds, one magazine and one .32 pistol with 5 live rounds and magazine and three sophisticated knives of Burmese

made.

Why sanctions won’t work

Foreign Policy – 

The recent history of sanctions against Iran-as well as against countries such as Cuba, North Korea, Burma, and Zimbabwe-shows that rather than putting …

‘Activist’ landmine documentary DVD launched in UK

Targetwire (press release)

The documentary’s powerful photojournalism includes footage of war-ravaged communities in isolated nations such as Burma, Colombia and Iraq, …

Myanmar refugee speaks out for Muslim group

The Japan Times – 

A Justice Ministry official, however, said ethnicity is not a criteria for granting political asylum. “Internationally, the criteria is whether the person is politically persecuted” and thus each applicant is reviewed according to his or her activities,….

US can be most effective nation on Burma

Asian Tribune – 

Lifting of Western sanctions and abandoning “confrontational” attitude by Aung San Suu Kyi are Than Shwe’s pre-condition for dialogue. …

The evolving maritime security environment & Pakistan Navy — II

Pakistan Daily Mail – 

The cyclone Yemyim that hit Pakistan’s coastal belt in 2007 resulted in scores of deaths and more recently the catastrophe unleashed by cyclone Nargis in …