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World Focus on Burma (21 Feb 08)

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Britain’s largest labor group demands consumers boycott Lonely
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria
The Burma Campaign UK, which lobbies for human rights and democracy in Myanmar, and Tourism Concern, which fights exploitation in the international tourism

Suu Kyi’s disputed candidacy status
Mizzima.com, India
This restriction was, I understand, introduced out of concern for the large number of persons of non-Burmese nationality living in Burma at the time of

Noppadon: Thailand backs Myanmar referendum on constitution
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, Feb 21 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama said Thursday that Thailand wanted to see the plan by the Myanmar government to hold a

UN envoy to return to Burma in early March
Bangkok Post, Thailand
of inviting me to return to Myanmar, hopefully in the first week of March.” The UN and some countries use the Burmese dictatorship’s new name for Burma.

Sly sheds blood again
Newham Recorder, UK
On the nearby border with Burma (Myanmar), the Burmese-Karen conflict, the world’s longest-running civil war, rages into its 60th year.

Gambari to focus on constitutional process
Mizzima.com, India
Following the junta’s announcement of a constitutional referendum for May, the Special Envoy to Burma will direct his attention toward nurturing a more

USDA Starts Recruitment Drive Ahead of Referendum
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand
By SAW YAN NAING Members of a mass-based organization backed by Burma’s ruling junta have begun a recruitment campaign to drum up support for an upcoming

UN envoy to meet Myanmar’s rulers in early March
Reuters –
In a surprise move, the former Burma‘s ruling generals this month announced a referendum in May on a new constitution, to be followed by an election in 2010

UN envoy to raise Suu Kyi poll ban with Myanmar
AFP –
JAKARTA, Feb 21, 2008 (AFP) — The UN envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Thursday that he would raise the issue of Aung San Suu Kyi being banned from

Myanmar refugee family discovers feces smeared on apartment door
Waterbury Republican American, CT –
BY GENNADY SHEYNER | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY — When Toe Toe Po and his family moved from Myanmar, formerly Burma, to the city last summer,

Air Bagan flight overshoots runway in Putao
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
A report in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the ATR-72 aircraft was due to fly from Putao to Myitkyina, also in Kachin state, but overshot

UN Myanmar Envoy Hopes for March Visit
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
AP By ZAKKI HAKIM AP Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A top UN envoy said Thursday he hoped to visit Myanmar in early March for talks that will include the

Blacklisted Air Bagan overshoots runway in Burma
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Air Pagan is owned by Tay Za, a Myanmar business tycoon with close ties with the ruling military regime. The US government ordered sanctions on seven

Indonesia: UN to Visit Myanmar in March
The Associated Press –
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Myanmar will allow UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to visit the country in early March, Indonesia’s foreign minister said Thursday.

Shumla sends Texas to Thailand for rock art research
Del Rio Live!, TX –
“We came within 30 miles of the border with Myanmar [formerly Burma, now raging with civil unrest and government repression], but had no problems,” said

US Calls Proposed Burma Constitution a Failure
Voice of America –
By VOA News The United States has criticized a constitution proposal by Burma’s military government, in part because it would ban pro-democracy leader Aung

Burma’s junta promises democracy, but most are wary
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Dozens of interviews with monks and opposition members – both inside and outside Burma (Myanmar) – paint a picture of a nation suffering from a dire

Poll ban on Suu Kyi
The Statesman, India –
“He was quite clear that in the new Constitution, a Myanmar (Burmese) citizen who has a foreign husband or who has children not citizens of Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar refugees find peace in downtown Waterbury More coming
Waterbury Republican American, CT –
I am so scared the ethnic people in Myanmar will not exist any more. We will be extinct.” For a half-century, first as Burma and now Myanmar, a succession

UN will press Burma over Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Myanmar is the name the junta uses for Burma. Suu Kyi is leader of the National League for Democracy, which won a landslide victory in the presidential

Junta plan must be credible: ASEAN
Hindu, India –
SINGAPORE: The Association of South East Asian Nations has called for an “independent verification” of the Myanmar junta’s roadmap for democracy.

Marriage stops Myanmar opposition leader from competing elections
TV3 News, New Zealand –
The United States on Wednesday criticized a decision by the ruling military junta in Myanmar to ban pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running in

ASEAN Expresses Concern Over Burma’s Election Ban
HULIQ, NC –
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is expressing concern over Burma’s decision to exclude pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from future

Burma attacked over constitution
BBC News, UK –
“There must be provisions for independent verification and many of us expressed the view that Myanmar [Burma] cannot ignore the international dimension,” he

Burma New Draft Constitution is Completed
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
20 Feb 08 – RV) Burma’s military government announced yesterday that the writing of the country’s new draft constitution has been completed.

Elisa Burchett: Group of Nobel Peace Prize Winners Wields Moral
UN Observer –
calling for the UN Security Council to place an arms embargo and banking sanctions targeting those banks connected to arms trade in Burma/Myanmar.

Junta approves draft constitution
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Feb 20, 2008 (DVB)–The Burmese government has announced that it has completed the draft state constitution, which it plans to put before the people of Burma

Myanmar junta must re-work constitution — US
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
ACCRA — The United States on Wednesday called Myanmar’s proposed constitution a failure over a ban on Aung San Suu Kyi running for office and urged the

Refer to a friend
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1889 – Burma _ now Myanmar _ opens railroad from Rangoon to Mandalay. 1901 – Russia’s minister of propaganda is murdered to avenge repression of student

Chin refugees in India celebrate their National Day
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Chin is one of the ethnic groups in Burma (Myanmar). The Chins live in the western part of Burma. They also live in the Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur and

Nobel laureates urge UN sanctions on Myanmar
Phayul, Tibet –
ethnic groups in substantive, meaningful dialogue,” said the statement, distributed by the US Campaign for Burma which opposes the Myanmar government.

ASEAN says Myanmar must have credible elections
Reuters India, India –
“The military have made it very clear that they don’t think that Aung San Suu Kyi should have some kind of role in the politics of Burma.

Pro-Democracy Groups Criticize Junta Constitution Plan
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Pro-democracy groups, both inside and outside Burma, have criticized the Burmese military government’s announcement late Tuesday that a draft of

Myanmar, where the Church suffers in silence
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Burma is a closed country. No tourist can see the government oppression on the surface. All is calm, all is peaceful. But inside each one of us are fear,

Gambari’s Mission is Dead in the Water
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
But now I suspect that his mission to Burma is all but over. On Tuesday evening, Burma’s military government announced that the draft of the proposed new

Completed constitution should be open for revision: NLD
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s state-owned newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, today said the constitution drafting committee included “those who are well-experienced persons who

 

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Posted in World Focus on Burma

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