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UK Favors Sending Myanmar to ICC, China Says It’s Sovereign, UN’s Ban Defers

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UK Favors Sending Myanmar to ICC, China Says It’s Sovereign, UN’s Ban Defers

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, March 24 — Amid calls to refer the military government of Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, like Sudan was referred, UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told the Press on Wednesday that his country would support such a referral. But, he said, the Security Council lacks the unanimity necessary for such a referral. Video here.

Inner City Press asked China’s new Ambassador to the UN Li Baodong what his country thinks of the Council discussing Myanmar’s election laws. “General elections in a country is a matter of sovereign states,” he replied, “and should be respected.” This principle, he said, applies to Myanmar. Video here, from Minute 2:50.

When Lyall Grant emerged to speak about Myanmar, or Burma, Inner City Press asked him about China position. We disagree, he said, noting that Myanmar is on the agenda of the Security Council, that it can instability that is a threat to international peace and security.

But when Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the media, Inner City Press asked him about Aung San Suu Kyi’s call on her National League for Democracy to not register for the upcoming elections, given how flawed the election laws are.

“Let me answer tomorrow afternoon,” Ban Ki-moon told Inner City Press. Video here from Minute 7:34, UN transcript below. There will be a meeting of Ban’s Group of Friends on Myanmar, to be addressed by Ban’s chief of staff Vijay Nambiar. We’ll be there.


UN’s Ban and China’s Li Baodong, Friends on Myanmar

Footnotes: On March 23, Inner City Press asked Ban’s spokesman to confirm or deny that Ban proposed a former Indonesian foreign minister to replace Ibrahim Gambari as his envoy to Myanmar, but that Than Shwe vetoed it. Nesirky said, “that’s the first I hear of it,” despite the report being included in an article Nesirky said was the only story alleging that Nambiar secretly traveled to Myanmar earlier this year.

Inner City Press asked the UK’s Lyall Grant if the UK believe that a permanent replaced for Gambari should be named. His reply noted that Nambiar is only in the position on an “interim” basis. As Inner City Press has previously reported, the U.S. has said it prefers not naming a permanent replacement until after the elections, so that the person is “not stained” by the elections.

From the March 24 UN transcript:

Inner City Press: I wanted to ask in the run-up to this meeting with the Group of Friends of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has said that her party, the NLD [National League for Democracy], and other opposition parties, shouldn’t even register for the poll, that the election laws are flawed. I’m wondering; you convened the meeting, what’s your thinking of what the UN can do, given that the main opponent now wants to boycott it?

SG Ban: let me answer tomorrow afternoon after I have convened the meeting of the Group of Friends of Myanmar. I need to discuss this matter with the ambassadors participating in that meeting. I will have a clearer answer, if you excuse me.

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As London Calls for Myanmar Elections Meeting, UN Denies Nambiar Trip, His Replacement Vetoed?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, March 16, updated — Responding to the election laws proclaimed by Myanmar’s military government, excluding Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisons from running for office, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he has requested an emergency meeting at the UN in New York. But what kind of meeting?

As the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mark Lyall Grant walked into the Security Council on Tuesday morning, he was asked about his prime minister’s statement: would the UK be asking for a Security Council meeting? He paused, then replied, “Uh, no comment on that, I’ll get back to you.”

While one might expect the UK Mission to the UN to be able to, and to be eager to, explain a letter to the UN from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, further inquiry by Inner City Press indicates that Brown’s request is for a meeting of the Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar, which includes among others former Council member Indonesia.

A former UN correspondent now in Washington reports that “the Burmese military junta is understood to have ‘vetoed’ the name of Noer Hassan Wirajuda, the former Indonesian foreign minister, as the new UN Envoy for Burma.” The UN has denied another portion of this report.

Update: at the conclusion of his March 16 press conference, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon if he had received a letter from Gordon Brown requesting a meeting of his Group of Friends on Myanmar. There may soon be a meeting of the Group of Friends, Mr. Ban answered, but said twice that he has not received a letterfrom Gordon Brown.

The UK-MFA press release quotes Gordon Brown that “I have today written to the UN Secretaty General to call for an urgent meeting in New York to discuss these developments.” So can the UK not deliver a letter?

Some said that Brown, if and when his letter is delivered, has only requested a meeting with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose chief of staff Vijay Nambiar has replaced previous UN envoy on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari, at least on an interim basis. On March 15, Inner City Press asked Mr. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky:

Inner City Press: did Vijay Nambiar travel to Myanmar? There are some reports that the letter described by the Secretary-General some time ago at his stakeout was in fact delivered by Mr. Nambiar. Can you confirm or deny that?

Spokesperson Nesirky: Well, I have seen one report, not some reports. I’ve seen one report, and I have been in touch with Mr. Nambiar, and he says it’s not true.

At a reception for the press corp in Nesirky’s office Monday evening, Mr. Ban and his deputy chief of staff Kim Won-soo appeared, but not Mr. Nambiar.


Gordon Brown in NY by TV, UK Mission and Nambiar not shown

Footnotes: Talk at the reception turned to the Non Aligned Movement’s letter to Ban chastising him for announcing he will appoint a panel to advise himself about accountability for possible war crimes in Sri Lanka, a topic on which we hope to have more later today. [Update: Inner City Press asked Ban, click here.]

And perhaps on the UK request, too. Just after 11 a.m., with the Security Council still meeting about the stage leaks Somalia Sanctions report, the UK’s Lyall Grant left the Council, deep in conversation with an aide about “the letter.” Did the UK Mission to the UN not get the memo?

Finally, some note long standing reports that the UK is either dissatisfied with Mr. Nambiar’s performance or wants the chief of staff post it previously occupied via Mark Malloch Brown, or both. But, the reasoning goes, to move Nambiar out of the chef de cabinet post but keep him as (India’s) Under Secretary General, he would need the Myanmar envoy post. If it is being filled by another, how might this game of musical chairs end? Watch this site.

http://www.innercitypress.com/ukch1myan032410.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

World focus on Burma (30-12-2009)

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US renews hand to Myanmar

AFP – ‎

… and meaningful efforts by the Burmese government to fulfill the Burmese peoples’ democratic aspirations,” it said, using Myanmar’sBurma. …

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Brown blasts Myanmar junta’s treatment of Suu Kyi

Press TV – ‎

… with opposition leaders excluded and with no international oversight, the military rulers will be condemning Burma (Myanmar) to more years of diplomatic …

The Worst Places on Earth: 2010 Edition

Canada Free Press – Alan Caruba

The people of Myanmar, formerly Burma, live under the iron rule of a military junta. The 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi has been …

UK continues to support a democratic Burma

ISRIA – ‎

He added that if the forthcoming elections in Burma are genuinely inclusive, free and fair, then the whole of the international community is ready to stand …

PM calls for ‘genuine dialogue’ in Burma

InTheNews.co.uk – Mike Trudeau

She has remained detained in Myanmar for the majority of the last 20 years. In August 2009 her sentence was extended by 18 months after American John Yettaw …

No Border Guard Force Deadline for KIO

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎

The Burmese military regime have lifted the deadline for agreement over their border guard force demand with the Kachin Independence …

IT Exhibition Flops in Mandalay

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Min Lwin – ‎

Sources said that, since 2008, the following firms have invested in Burma’s IT development projects at Yadanabon Cyber City: Myanmar Teleport, …

Looking for Light in 2010

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

Early on, the plight of Rohingya refugees made headlines, highlighting a humanitarian crisis that is just one of many in Burma. Signs of closer ties between …

Change Must Come From Within

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Aung Zaw – ‎

He is an avid Burma watcher and has an extensive network of contacts in the country. He frequently comes to The Irrawaddy office and is anything but shy of …

MiGs in the Air—Misery on the Ground

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Htet Aung – ‎

There’s no doubt that the money came from the sale of Burma’s natural resources, including natural gas to Thailand. Stiglitz, addressing a forum in the …

Myanmar refugees find spiritual ally in cultural maze

Florida Baptist Witness – Barbara Denman – ‎

Nearly 110 Karen, refugees from Myanmar, once known as Burma, worship each Sunday at Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville in their own “heart language. …

2010 Crimes Against Humanity Watchlist

Change.org (blog) –

Burma: Burma is also scheduled to hold national elections in 2010, which offer both an opportunity for the international community to push for a democratic …

The Naturalist

The Smart Set – Jesse Smith

… there’s the niger seed of Burma, a popular bird seed that human-rights groups have asked birders to boycott in protest of that country’s military junta. …

Austria – First anniversary of Austrian membership of the UN Security Council

ISRIA –

In August, Austria advocated a swift, unanimous and clear answer by the Security Council to the Burmese junta’s conviction of Nobel Peace Prize laureate …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 30, 2009 at 9:00 am

World focus on Burma (12 June 2009)

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Thailand: Latest on Karen villagers from Myanmar

ReliefWeb (press release) –

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

Vienna Uni to host events on Southeast Asia

Austrian Times –

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

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs to chair the GAERC Council

EU2009.cz –

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

EU Split Over Increasing Sanctions Against Myanmar

NASDAQ –

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

Singapore Investors Waiting for Democracy in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

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

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

Jakarta Post –

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

EU Calls for a Ceasefire in Eastern Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

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

Junta No 2 Expected to Ask China for Border Help

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

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

Tunnelling to nowhere out of fear

Mizzima.com –

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

The Neighborhood Bully

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

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

Op-Ed Contributor Free Aung San Suu Kyi

New York Times – ‎

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

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

Mizzima.com – ‎

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

Myanmar launches operations against Karen

Jane’s – ‎

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

The Spirit of Manerplaw

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

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

Free Suu Kyi Campaign Gains Momentum in the US

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

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

Compassion reopens centers in Myanmar war zone

Everyday Christian – ‎

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

Thai-Burma relations under ‘unprecedented strain’

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

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

FDB urges UN to address Karen refugee issue

Mizzima.com –

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

Phuket Still Linked to Slavery and Trafficking

Phuketwan – ‎

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

Singapore links investment to Myanmar democracy

Reuters India – ‎‎

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

Education in Burma requires ‘urgent support’

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎‎

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

Thai villagers threatened in Karen offensive

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

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

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

EasyBourse.com –

Suu Kyi should be allowed to campaign

Inquirer.net – ‎

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

India should pressure Myanmar on Suu Kyi: Freedom House

Zee News – ‎‎

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

KAREN EXODUS APPROACHES HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Pattaya Daily News – ‎

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

France, Germany in joint appeal for Aung San Suu Kyi

Expatica Germany – ‎

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

India Major Player in E.Asian Community – Dr Pitsuwan

India Journal – ‎

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

EU “concern” over mounting military offensive in eastern Burma

Mizzima.com –

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

French President: Burma Blocks Call to Detained Opposition Leader

Voice of America – ‎‎

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

Geneva labour film shorts festival: not just another festival

GenevaLunch – ‎‎

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

British MPs vow to support democracy-human rights in Burma

Mizzima.com – ‎

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

Rangoon court postpones date for arguments

Mizzima.com – ‎

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

Observers appreciate Goh’s blunt suggestions to Than Shwe

Mizzima.com – ‎

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

Indian Parliament Calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s Release

NTDTV – ‎

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

France, Germany worried about Aung San Suu Kyi

eTaiwan News – ‎

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

Suu Kyi says junta’s charges are political – lawyer

Reuters – ‎

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

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

EU2009.cz – ‎

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

Delta recovery could be jeopardized by Suu Kyi trial

Mizzima.com – ‎

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

Myanmar Gives Hope to Sandpiper

HappyNews.com – ‎

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2009 at 1:33 am

World focus on Burma (25 April 2009)

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Al Gore’s Testimony to House E&C Committee

RealClearPolitics – 

Last year, Cyclone Nargis inflicted catastrophic death tolls in BurmaMyanmar) killing twenty thousand people and leading to the suffering of many more. … (

Satellite dishes bad for people: Junta mouth piece

Mizzima.com – 

… are manipulated by big nations and should be banned in Burma. A writer, who identifies himself as Ko Gyi on Friday wrote in the New Light of Myanmar, …

BBC journalists board ‘election train’ to cover India

Thaindian.com

The journalists include representatives of BBC’s English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Somali, Swahili, World News, …

Praying supporters arrested

Straits Times

YANGON – MYANMAR authorities charged two supporters of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi with insulting religion after they prayed at a pagoda for her …

Kasit assures US of political stability

Bangkok Post – 

He suggested that the US government should offer humanitarian assistance to the Burmese people who were affected by the cyclone Nargis last year and it …

Myanmar, Thailand to set up more checkpoints against human trafficking

ReliefWeb (press release) – 

BANGKOK, Apr 25, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Myanmar and Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Friday to fight against human trafficking, …

Why is Africa left out? UN power imbalance under scrutiny

Afrik.com – 

Since the Organization was formed in 1945, it has been led by Trygve lie of Norway, Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden, U Thant of Burma, Kurt Waldheim of Austria, …

Policy needed on child soldier issue: Rights Group

Mizzima.com – 

… and consensus policy barring the use of child soldiers,” U Aung Myo Min, Director of ‘Human Rights Education Institute (Burma)’ (HREIB), told Mizzima. …

Burmese ‘political refugee’ accused of illegal insider trading

Vancouver Sun – 

It states that Hu was a loyal member of the Communist Party of Burma (now Myanmar) in the late 1980s. As a commander in the CPB army, he fought many fierce …

UK ready to support ASEAN rights body

Manila Bulletin – 

Romulo has earned the admiration of Miliband for calling on the Myanmar authorities to fulfill their “long-overdue” commitments, including the release of

Myanmar, Thailand sign MoU against human trafficking

Thai News Agency MCOT – 

BANGKOK, April 25 (TNA) — Myanmar and Thailand have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to fight against human trafficking, especially of women and …

World Briefing | Asia Malaysia: Premier to Investigate Human …

New York Times – 

By AP The prime minister promised Friday to investigate a report by American lawmakers saying that thousands of Myanmar refugees were handed over to …

Prayers and water festival herald Burmese New Year

Albany Times Union – 

Background: Born in Burma (now called Myanmar), studied Buddhism at age 10, became a monk when he was 20 and is now 53. Came to the United States in 2003, …

Honoring Nazanin: an Angel of Iran

Right Side News – ‎‎

Nazanin continues to address human rights abuses worldwide, in China, Burma, Darfur and other countries with tyrannical regimes and particular in relation …

S’pore withdraws from Thai sports meet

AsiaOne – 

We are seeking reconfirmation from Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma, who had already decided to withdraw,” said Pol Maj-General Surapong Ariyamongkol, …

NRO’s Hemingway gets history wrong in accusing Begala of botching …

Media Matters for America – 

16, 1946, id. at 12958-59; Solemn Declaration of Harry Joseph regarding tortures by Kempeitai at Kyaikto [Myanmar], admitted as Prosecution Exhibit 1552A, …

Malaysia To Probe Abuse Claims

自由亞洲電臺

A new report prompts Malaysia to investigate persistent allegations that Burmese migrants have suffered gravely, while traffickers act with impunity. …

Moving Towards Sustainable Peace

The Island (subscription) – ‎‎

… appreciate what the courageous Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi had to say in an essay she wrote some years ago: “It is not power that corrupts but fear. …

Hot Docs — a primer and mini film reviews

National Post – 

“It’s easy to see where films like The Cove and Burma VJ that have won awards and are coming to the festival with a lot of momentum — it’s easy to see where …

Colourful new leader for the rainbow nation

The Herald – 

Since he left office, South Africa has (in no particular order) given tacit support to Burma; refused a visa to the Dalai Lama; opposed a UN declaration …

Daily Press Briefing

US Department of State – 

And was Burma discussed during that meeting? MR. WOOD: Yes. Burma did come up in the discussion. It’s an interest that both the Secretary and the Thai …

China’s help sought for rail link with Myanmar

The Daily Star – 

The TAR will link Bangladesh with six East Asian countries–Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Singapore–as well as with European countries via …

Burmese migrants remain trapped in Malacca without jobs

Mizzima.com – 

by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – After their agent left them without work in a factory and without any proper legal papers, at least 60 Burmese …

FM Kasit meets Clinton, PM hosts Jackson

Nation Multimedia – 

They also discussed regional issues, including Burma and the relations between Thailand and Cambodia. Kasit urged the US to review economic sanctions …

EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) to meet …

EU2009.cz – 

The External Relations Council will address the European Neighbourhood Policy, Burma/Myanmar, the Middle East peace process, Ukraine, …

Burma Opposition Group

MyFox Detroit – 

… service for the release of political prisoners which was held at a pagoda in a township about 20 miles south of Rangoon, Burma (also known as Myanmar. …

Burma Opposition Group Members Charged With ‘Insulting Religion’

FOXNews – 

RANGOON, Burma — Two members of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party were arrested and charged with insulting religion after …

Roots of tension in Thailand

Spero News

Although true reforms have eluded the Philippines, and Burma has remained mired under military rule, Indonesia has already undergone a major and so far …

Remembering Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Ken Saro-Wiwa

Huffington Post – 

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

US Govt reports on human rights and its implication

Ethiopian Review

By Habtamu Girma Since the release of the 2008 US Department of State Annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices on February 2009, …

UK campaigners score victory towards arms embargo

Electronic Intifada

Despite Israel’s continued human rights abuses, the UK government has licensed millions of pounds’ worth of military equipment to Israel over the last few …


World Focus on Burma (28 Jan 08)

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  1. Barack Obama’s Rambo Foreign Policy
    National Ledger, AZ –

    Burma, also known as Myanmar, has become one of several proposed high-profile targets for those advocating military intervention in other countries’ civil …

  2. US, UK, France press Myanmar to restore democracy
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    “We have repeatedly made clear that the situation in Burma cannot continue, and that we remain committed to helping the people of Burma,” they added. …
  3. Refugees victimized by vandals
    Waterbury Republican American, CT – Jan 27, 2008
    WATERBURY — When Toe Toe Po and his family moved from Myanmar, formerly Burma, to the city last summer, they were relieved to escape the terror and …
  4. Search by Movie Title
    WTOP, DC – Jan 27, 2008
    On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world’s longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. …
  5. Worst national security administration ever: Opium edition
    BTC News –
    Between 1990 and 2000, Afghanistan never accounted for more than about 40% of the world’s opium-producing acreage; Myanmar (formerly Burma) was the biggest …
  6. ‘Meet The Spartans’ Conquers Box Office
    Access Hollywood –
    Benz talks about how difficult it was shooting in the jungles of Burma, receiving death threats, and why she felt it was important to shoot this movie in …
  7. EU envoy commences latest Burmese initiative
    Mizzima.com, India –
    Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel assured Fassino that, “During Slovenia’s Presidency, the Burma/Myanmar issue will be permanently on the agenda. …
  8. Gambari to revisit New Delhi to garner support for Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    New Delhi – United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday in a continuation of his efforts to …
  9. Sylvester Stallone explains why he brought back Rambo
    PopMatters, IL –
    “Rambo,” the fourth in the series that began in 1982, takes place in present-day, war-torn Burma (which is called Myanmar by its current government), …
  10. The lasting legacy of Suharto
    BBC News If Suharto had the kind of pumped-up ego we usually associate with powerful politicians, he never le…

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm