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 VOA Burmese news

23 April 2008

သားၫြန္႔ဦး – အစီအစဥ္ကုိရယူရန္ (MP3)
သားၫြန္႔ဦး – နားဆင္ရန္ (MP3) 

 

လာမယ့္ ဖဲြ႕စည္းပံု အေျခခံဥပေဒ ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြ က်င္းပခ်ိန္အတြင္းမွာ မသမာမႈေတြ မတရားမႈေတြ ရိွလာရင္ တဦးခ်င္း တေယာက္ခ်င္းျဖစ္ေစ အစုလိုက္ျဖစ္ေစ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ၿပီး ကမၻာသိေအာင္ ေဖာ္ထုတ္ ဖြင့္ခ်ၾကဖို႕ဆိုၿပီး ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြက တိုက္တြန္းလိုက္ပါတယ္။ အေၾကာင္းစံု ဆက္သြယ္ ေမးျမန္းထားတာေတြကို ဦးသားၫြန္႔ဦးက တင္ျပေပးပါတယ္။

ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမတိုင္ခင္ လက္ရိွအေျခအေနမွာကို ဖဲြ႕စည္းပံုကိုေထာက္ခံဖို႕ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြဖက္က စည္းရံုးေနခ်ိန္မွာပဲ ဒီမိုကေရစီေရး လိုလားသူေတြရဲ႕ ဖဲြ႕စည္းပံု ကန္႔ကြက္ေရး စည္းရံုး လႈပ္ရွားမႈ ေတြဟာ ေႏွာက္ယွက္ ဟန္႔တားတာေတြ ႀကံဳေနရပါတယ္။ ဒါ့ေၾကာင့္လည္း လာမယ့္ ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမွာ မဲမသမာမႈေတြ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္မႈေတြနဲ႕ မတရားမႈေတြ ရိွလာႏိုင္တယ္လို႕ ဒီမိုကေရစီေရး တတ္ႂကြ လႈပ္ရွားသူေတြက ယူဆေနပါတယ္။ လူအခ်ိဳ႕ဆိုရင္ ကန္႕ကြက္မဲထည့္လည္း ေထာက္ခံမဲ ျဖစ္သြား မွာပဲ ဆိုတဲ့ အယူအဆနဲ႕ မဲသြားမထည့္ဘူး ဆိုတာေတြလည္း ျဖစ္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ဆႏၵခံယူ ပဲြမွာ သြားၿပီး ၾကက္ေျခခတ္ ကန္႕ကြက္မဲ ထည့္ၾကဖို႕နဲ႕ မတရားမႈေတြ မသမာမႈေတြျဖစ္လာရင္ ေဖာ္ထုတ္ ဖြင့္ခ်ၾကဖို႕ ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ ေက်ာင္းသားအဖဲြ႕က တိုက္တြန္းပါတယ္။ ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ ေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ တဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ ကိုစိုးထြန္းကို ေမးၾကည့္ပါတယ္။

“သူတို႔ဖက္က ခ်ိန္းေျခာက္မႈေတြ၊ အၾကပ္ကိုင္မႈေတြ၊ စည္း႐ံုးမႈေတြနဲ႔ လုပ္ေနၾကတယ္။ အင္အားနဲ႔ သူတို႔မွာ အာဏာလည္းရွိတယ္၊ ပါ၀ါလည္းရွိတယ္။ ေငြေၾကးေတြနဲ႔ ေခ်ာ့ၿပီး စည္း႐ံုးတာေတြရွိတယ္။ ခ်ိန္းေျခာက္အၾကပ္ကိုင္ စည္းရံုးတာေတြရွိတယ္။ အဲဒီလုိ လုပ္တဲ့အေပၚမွာ လူထုရဲ႕ သူတုိ႔ကို ပိုၿပီး မေက်နပ္တာေတြကို ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔က ၾကားေနရပါတယ္။ ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမွာ သူတုိ႔ကုိ ေထာက္ခံမဲ ရ ေအာင္ လုပ္ေနၾကတာကေတာ့ တဖက္သက္ဆန္ေနတယ္။ ႀကံ့ခုိင္ေရး၊ စြမ္းအားရွင္ေတြ၊ တုိင္းမႉး ေတြ၊ ႀကံ့ခုိင္ေရးရဲ႕ ဗဟုိအလုပ္မႈေဆာင္အဖဲြ႔အစည္းေတြ လူကုိယ္တုိင္ ကြင္းဆင္းၿပီးေတာ့ ၀န္ထမ္း ေတြကို ခ်ိန္းေျခာက္ၿပီးေတာ့ ႀကိဳတင္မဲေပးဖုိ႔ေတြ၊ ေထာက္ခံမဲေပးဖုိ႔ေတြကို အၾကပ္ကိုင္ၿပီး လုပ္ခုိင္း ေနတာေတြရွိပါတယ္။ တဖက္ကက်ေတာ့ ကန္႔ကြက္မဲေပးခ်င္တယ္ဆိုၿပီး ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ဖက္က လြတ္လပ္စြာနဲ႔ ကန္႔ကြက္ဖုိ႔ စည္း႐ံုးလႈံ႕ေဆာ္ဖုိ႔ လုပ္သူေတြကုိ ခ်ိန္းေျခာက္တာေတြ၊ အၾကပ္ကိုင္ တာေတြဟာ အသက္ကိုပါ ရန္ရွာလာတဲ့အထိ ျဖစ္လာတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ဒါဟာ လံုး၀တရား မွ်တမႈမရွိဘူး။”

တဆက္တည္းမွာ လာမယ့္ ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြရက္မွာ တခ်ိဳ႕ေနရာေတြမွာ မဲကလိမ္က်မႈေတြ ရွိလာႏုိင္တယ္၊ အခုေတာင္ ႀကိဳၿပီး အေျခအေနေတြက မသမာမႈေတြကုိ ေတြ႔ေနရၿပီဆုိေတာ့ မဲေပးတဲ့ေန႔က်ရင္ မသမာမႈေတြ ရွိလာႏုိင္တယ္လုိ႔ တြက္က်ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအေျခအေန ပတ္သက္လုိ႔ေရာ ကိုေဇာ္ထြန္း ဘယ္လုိ ယူဆပါသလဲ။

“ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔အေနနဲ႔ ျဖစ္ေစခ်င္တာကေတာ့ သံဃာေတာ္ေတြေရာ၊ ရပ္မိရပ္ဖေတြ၊ နယ္ပယ္ ေဒသအသီးသီးက ေလးစားရတဲ့ ပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြ၊ ေနာက္ၿပီးေတာ့ တကၠသိုလ္ ေက်ာင္းသူေက်ာင္းသား ေတြ၊ အထူးသျဖင့္ အားကိုးအားထားျပဳတာကေတာ့ လူငယ္ ေက်ာင္းသူေက်ာင္းသားေတြပါ။ သူတုိ႔ေတြက အခုခ်ိန္မွာ လုပ္ငန္းခြင္ေတြနဲ႔ အပူအပင္ေတြ မရွိၾကေသးဘူး။ လြတ္လပ္တဲ့အရြယ္၊ တက္ႂကြတဲ့အရြယ္၊ ရဲ၀ံ့စြန္႔စားႏုိင္တဲ့အရြယ္ေတြ ျဖစ္တယ္။ အမွန္တရားကို လုိလားတဲ့ လူငယ္ေတြ ျဖစ္ၾကတယ္။ ဒီလူငယ္ေတြဟာ ၂၀၀၇ စက္တင္ဘာမွာလည္း သူတုိ႔ရဲ႕ အမွန္တရားကို လုိလားတဲ့ စိတ္ေတြ၊ ဓမၼဖက္က ရပ္တည္ လုိလားတယ္ဆုိတဲ့ စိတ္ေတြကုိ ေဖာ္ျပခဲ့ၾကတယ္။ ဗကသတုိ႔၊ ၂၀၀၇ မ်ိဳးဆက္တုိ႔၊ Generation Wave တုိ႔ မ်ိဳးဆက္ေတြဟာ လူထုဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမွာ နအဖအစုိးရနဲ႔ ေနာက္ လုိက္ေနာက္ပါေတြရဲ႕ မတရားမႈ နည္းလမ္းေပါင္းစံုေတြကို ေဖာ္ထုတ္ဖြင့္ခ်ႏုိင္ဖုိ႔ လုိပါတယ္။ အဲလို လုပ္ႏုိင္ဖုိ႔ဟာ နီးစပ္ရာ၊ သက္ဆုိင္ရာ လူေတြကို အသိေပး တုိင္းၾကားခ်င္းျဖစ္ေစ၊ မွတ္တမ္းမွတ္ရာ ရယူခ်င္းနဲ႔ ျဖစ္ေစ အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳး ေဆာင္ရြက္ႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ အခုဆုိရင္ ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားက ဖန္တီးထားတဲ့ hrhittai@gmail.com ကုိလည္း e-mail ပို႔ တုိင္ၾကားႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးအတြက္ ဘာမွ အာမခံခ်က္မရွိတဲ့ တုိင္းျပည္မွာ ဒီလုိ လူထုဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမွာလည္း နအဖအစိုးရရဲ႕ ကလိမ္က်မႈ၊ ညစ္ပက္မႈေတြကို ကမၻာကို သိေအာင္ ဖြင့္ခ်ႏုိင္ဖုိ႔လုိပါတယ္။”

ဟုတ္ကဲ့၊ ကိုိစုိုးထြန္း ဆုိလုိတာက ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမွာ ေလ့လာေစာင့္ၾကည့္ဖို႔ အစုအဖဲြ႔ေလးေတြ ဖဲြ႔ထားဖုိ႔ ရည္ရြယ္တဲ့ သေဘာလား။

“ဟုတ္ကဲ့ အစုအဖဲြ႔အေနနဲ႔ မျဖစ္ႏုိင္ခဲ့ရင္ တဦးခ်င္း တေယာက္ခ်င္း တာ၀န္ယူတဲ့ စိတ္ေတြနဲ႔ လုပ္ႏုိင္ၾကဖုိ႔လုိပါတယ္။”

အန္အယ္ဒီ အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမိုကေရစီအဖဲြ႕ခ်ဳပ္အေနနဲ႕ကေတာ့ အခုကတည္းက ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြမွာ ကန္႕ကြက္မဲ ၾကက္ေျခခတ္ေပးဖို႕ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအႏွံ စည္းရံုးလံႈေဆာ္မႈေတြ လုပ္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ သူတို႕ရဲ႕စည္းရံုးေရးသမားအေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားဟာ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြက ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္တာ ေႏွာက္ယွက္ ဟန္႕တားတာေတြ ခံေနရတယ္လို႕ အဖဲြ႕ခ်ဳပ္က ေျပာပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ လာမယ့္ ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြ လုပ္ခ်ိန္မွာလဲ သူတို႕အေနနဲ႕ ဒီလို မဲမသမာမႈေတြ မတရားမႈေတြကို ေဖာ္ထုတ္ဖြင့္ခ်ဖို႕ ျပင္ဆင္ထား ပါတယ္လို႕ အဖဲြ႕ခ်ဳပ္ ေျပာခြင့္ရသူ ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္းက အခုလို ေျပာပါတယ္။

“ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ရဲ႕ တဖက္က အစုိးရျဖစ္ေနေတာ့ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ဟာ ႏွိပ္ကြက္တာေတြကို ခံေနရတာေပါ့။ ဒီကိစၥအတြက္ ဖမ္းတာမ်ဳိးေတြေတာ့ မရွိေပမယ့္ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ရဲ႕ စည္း႐ံုးေရးအတြက္ အေႏွာက္အယွက္ျဖစ္ေအာင္လုိ႔ေတာ့ အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳးလုပ္ေနတယ္။ ဒီမွာကိုက တရားမႈ မျဖစ္ဘူးဆုိတာ ေပၚလြင္ေနတယ္လုိ႔ မွတ္ခ်က္ေပးခ်င္တယ္။”

အခုလုိမ်ိဳး ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြ နီးေနတဲ့ မတုိင္ခင္ အေျခအေနမွာေတာင္မွ အခုလုိမ်ိဳး တဖက္သက္ ျဖစ္မႈေတြရွိရင္ ဆႏၵခံယူပဲြ လုပ္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ မသမာမႈေတြက ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ ရွိမလာႏုိင္ဘူးလား။

“ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ အမ်ားႀကီး စိုးရိမ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္လည္း ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ တေန႔က စာခ်ဳပ္ပါတယ္။ ႏုိင္ငံတကာ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖဲြ႔ ဖဲြ႔စည္းသင့္တယ္။ မွ်တမႈရွိပါ့မလားဆုိတာကို ျပည္သူလူထုက အလြန္ စုိးရိမ္ေနတယ္။”

NLD ကိုယ္တုိင္ကေရာ ျဖစ္လာတဲ့ မတရားမႈ အေျခအေနေတြကို ေစာင့္ၾကည့္သြားဖုိ႔ေရာ ရွိပါလား။

“ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔က ေစာင့္ၾကည့္မယ္။ ေတြ႔တာေတြ မွန္သမွ်ကို ျပည္သူလူထုသိေအာင္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ သင့္တာေတြလည္း ေဆာင္ရြက္ပါ့မယ္။”

ဒီမိုကေရစီေရး လႈပ္ရွားသူေတြဖက္က ကန္႕ကြက္မဲေပးေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြ ရိွေနခ်ိန္မွာေတာ့ ႀကံ့ခိုင္ေရးအသင္း၀င္ေတြ ေနာက္ ျပည္ေထာင္စု ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ၈၈ေခါင္းေဆာင္အမည္ခံ ကိုေအးလြင္တို႕၊ အဖဲြ႕ခ်ဳပ္က ခဲြထြက္ခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ၀ံသာႏု အန္အယ္ဒီတို႕ကေတာ့ ဖဲြ႕စည္းပံု ေထာက္ခံေရး စည္းရံုးမႈေတြ လုပ္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒီေထာက္ခံေရးအဖဲြ႕ေတြကိုေတာ့ အာဏာပို္င္ေတြဖက္က အကူအညီေပးေနသလို၊ အစိုးရအဖဲြ႕ ၀န္ႀကီးေတြကိုယ္တိုင္လည္း နယ္ေတြဆင္းၿပီး ဖဲြ႕စည္းပံုကိုေထာက္ခံဖို႕ ၀န္ထမ္းေတြ ေဒသခံေတြကို တိုက္တြန္းေနတယ္လို႕ သိရပါတယ္။

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April 23, 2008 at 3:41 pm

BURMA: Plans Readied to Rig Constitution Referendum

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By Marwaan Macan-Markar

BANGKOK, Apr 23 (IPS) – A rising star within the ranks of Burma’s military regime is reported to have unveiled a plan to ensure the junta gets its way at the May referendum for a new constitution, according to information revealed to IPS.

Lt. Gen Myint Swe told a meeting of some 600 people, which included senior government officials, that only the last 10 people to vote at each polling station will be entitled to monitor the counting of the ballots at the station, revealed a well-informed source close to the military, who attended the meeting.

Furthermore, the results of the votes counted at the local level will not be revealed as and when the tallies are confirmed, Myint Swe is reported to have added, the source said of the Apr. 9 meeting, which was held in the former capital, Rangoon. The junta’s plan is to reveal the final results in one announcement from the new capital, Naypidaw.

‘’This is to control the votes and rig the votes if needed,’’ says Win Min, a Burmese national security expert lecturing at Payap University, in northern Thailand. ‘’This is different from the 1990 elections, when they announced the results by each polling station at the local level, which makes controlling the result difficult.’’

At that election, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) won a thumping majority despite the heavy odds it faced and the strong campaign launched by the junta to promote its own political party. However the junta refused to recognise the results. It opted, instead, to establish a national convention to draft a new constitution, a process that took a record 15 years and is finally awaiting approval on May 10.

Members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), a pro-junta organisation, will be the ones sent to vote last at each polling station to ensure access to monitor the vote count, Win Min added in an interview. ‘’There have been widespread worries among the ministers, regional commanders, light infantry division commanders and senior USDA officials that they would be sacked if the referendum is lost in their respective areas.’’

Another plan the military has in store is to compel civil servants, university lecturers and school teachers to vote a week ahead of the referendum date in the direct presence of senior military officers, an order that ignores a voter’s right to secrecy.

‘’This is voter intimidation,’’ says Win Min. ‘’It shows that the authorities are worried that these civil servants are likely to vote ‘no’ if they are free to do so.’’

The role of Myint Swe in this effort to swing the plebiscite the junta’s way has broader implications, since he is known as a close confidante of the South-east Asian country’s strongman, Senior General Than Shwe. Some Burmese analysts concur that what Myint Swe says ‘’reflects Than Shwe’s mind”.

In fact, the army officer, in his late 50s, has played pivotal roles in the past to strengthen the military dictator’s grip on power in Burma, or Myanmar, as the junta has renamed it.

In early 2006, in his capacity as the head of the military division in Rangoon and as head of military intelligence, Myint Swe launched a campaign to track down citizens in Burma who were feeding the international media with information. This manhunt in an already oppressed country included targets that ranged from businessmen and civil servants to local journalists.

In 2004, it was Myint Swe who Than Shwe turned to when he wanted get rid of Gen. Khin Nyunt, the prime minister and the intelligence chief at that time. Myint Swe arrested Khin Nyunt at the airport after having ordered the soldiers under his Rangoon division to arrest key men attached to the Khin Nyunt’s intelligence office.

Myint Swe’s role to ensure an outcome favourable to the junta is no different to that of another confidante of Than Shwe, Maj. Gen. Htay Oo, the secretary-general of the USDA. The latter organisation, which Than Shwe founded in September 1993, has been given the lead role in the forthcoming referendum and the general elections to be held in 2010.

And Htay Oo’s role goes beyond ensuring that the USDA, which is officially reported to have 23 million members out of the country’s 54 million population, campaigns for a favourable vote. He is reportedly spearheading a programme of intimidation in the run-up to the plebiscite.

Currently, an old racecourse in downtown Rangoon, the Kyaik-Ka-San grounds, has been converted to a training centre for USDA toughs to learn such skills as beating, threatening and arresting civilians identified as opponents of the junta, says a Burmese source who has secured pictures of such sessions.

‘’Htay Oo is very close to Than Shwe and he is part of the junta’s campaign to intimidate voters into saying ‘yes’ at the referendum,’’ says Zin Linn, spokesman for the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the Burmese government in exile. ‘’The training at the racecourse is under Htay Oo’s control. No wonder the people regard them as a mafia.’’

‘’NLD members and pro-democracy activists have already been attacked by these USDA members,’’ Zin Linn added in an interview. ‘’There is going to be more force unleashed as the days for the referendum draw closer.’’

The USDA’s notoriety as another arm of Than Shwe’s oppressive regime was on display in September 2007, when it joined the military and riot police in the brutal crackdown of the pro-democracy protests, led by thousands of maroon-robed monks.

In May 2003, the USDA was also implicated in a bloody attack on NLD members, including its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, during a political campaign in Depayin. Nearly 70 NDL supporters were killed by the mob of USDA members and other junta supporters.

In fact, the military official who masterminded the Depayin attack — aimed at silencing the universally popular pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi, now under house arrest — was Gen. Soe Win, another Than Shwe ally. He was subsequently named ‘’the Butcher of Depayin’’ by Burmese dissidents for his ruthlessness. But Than Shwe viewed his confidante differently, rewarding him with the role of prime minister following Khin Nyunt’s arrest.

Since it grabbed power in a March 1962 coup, the Burmese military has regularly served up officers prepared to unleash acts of repression as a pledge of loyalty to the dictator in power. Among the earliest in this Burmese military tradition was Brig. Gen. Sein Lwin. As a young commander, he gave soldiers the order to first shoot university students demonstrating and then to blow up the students’ union building at the Rangoon University with students trapped inside.

For such brutal acts in July 1962, Sein Lwin was dubbed ‘’the Butcher of Rangoon’’ by the Burmese opposition at the time. Yet it hardly came in the way of his rise within the military regime under Gen. Ne Win.

Sein Lwin was rewarded for implementing his master’s policies as Myint Swe is being rewarded today. The latter is reported to be Than Shwe’s second favourite after Gen Thura Shwe Mann, the third-most powerful military officer in Burma and the one Than Shwe reportedly favours as his successor.

(END/2008)

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42087

Source: IPS

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April 23, 2008 at 6:40 am

World Focus on Burma (23 April 08)

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Top Myanmar activist may go blind: US
AFP –

Burma is the previous name of Myanmar. In March, U Myint Thein, spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, died in Singapore from …

1. US condemns Myanmar for shoddy medical care for prisoners
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP WASHINGTON: The United States is condemning what it calls Myanmar’s failure to provide proper medical treatment to prisoners. …

2. Asia limits rice exports as prices and uncertainty rise
The Post, Pakistan –
… according to the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs. Sri Lanka is hoping to import 200000 tons of rice from India, Pakistan and Burma (Myanmar).

3. Myanmar anti-junta protester who set himself ablaze dies in hospital
The Canadian Press, Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — A man who set himself on fire at Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist temple to protest military rule has died of his injuries. …

4. Junta accuses Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors of Rangoon blast
Mizzima.com, India –
He had been assigned for destructive operations inside Burma, after finishing his training by VBSW along the border with other countries. …

5. Junketing around the Junction, April 24
Concord Journal, USA –
A day was spent in Myanmar for an excursion and then to the Golden Triangle, the junction of Thailand, Burma, and Laos, on a cruise of the Mekong River. …

6. Sri Lanka: Democracy vs. Terrorism – A negotiated settlement to
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Today, Pakistan is making a bold attempt to return to democracy, while Burma, now known as Myanmar, is being nudged by its neighbors and others,

7. Newspapers provide a lot of entertainment, and more
Bluff Country Reader, MN –
And in
Yangon, Myanmar (previously known as Rangoon, Burma), “Anyone who distributes leaflets or makes speeches against Myanmar‘s constitutional referendum

8. Burma: Chronicle of a referendum foretold
OneWorld.net, UK
In fact, the army officer, in his late 50s, has played pivotal roles in the past to strengthen the military dictator’s grip on power in
Burma, or Myanmar,

9. Min Ko Naing at risk of blindness
Mizzima.com, India
A statement released yesterday by the United States State Department condemned “the failure of
Burma‘s authorities to provide proper medical treatment to a

10. Myanmar’s opposition party urges proper medical care for political
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON,
Thailand: Myanmar‘s main opposition party urged the ruling military junta Wednesday to give political detainees proper medical care,

11. Malaysia rights panel sees migrant social time bomb
Reuters India, India
His comments came after detainees from
Myanmar rioted at a Malaysian holding camp on Monday, torching a building, after hearing they had apparently been

12. Myanmar’s opposition party says political prisoners denied proper
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON,
Myanmar: Myanmar‘s military junta is intentionally denying proper medical care to political prisoners, the country’s pro-democracy party said

13. Burma Urged to Give Proper Medical Care for Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand
Casey said in a statement Tuesday that
Burma should release all political prisoners. According to Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political

14. Refugees frustrated with living in Thailand’s ‘human zoos’
Monsters and Critics.com –
But the message from the refugee from
Myanmar – who lives in north-western Thailand in a mock village purpose-built for tourists – is crystal-clear: ‘We

15. Forced Migration Review No. 30: Burma’s displaced people
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Using the name Burma, rather than the official name Myanmar, is a politically sensitive choice, as the opposition and several Western countries refuse to

16. Asia.view Myanmar’s awful choice
Economist, UK
IN EMBASSIES abroad, voting has already begun in the referendum on
Myanmar’s new constitution, which will be held in-country on May 10th.

17. Veteran returns from Burma pilgrimage
Salisbury Journal, UK
Mr Osborne served as a Chindit in
Burma (now called Myanmar) when he was in his 30s. He was based in White City where he was in control of West African

18. Slovenian official says EU to extend sanctions against Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP STRASBOURG, France: A Slovenian official says the European Union will extend its political and economic sanctions against
Myanmar and allow only limited

19. EU mulls new Myanmar sanctions, as constitution vote closes in
AFP –
STRASBOURG (AFP) — The European Union is preparing to extend and even boost sanctions against
Myanmar, the EU’s Slovenian presidency said Wednesday.

20. UN draft calls on Myanmar junta to take urgent steps to start
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria
«The people of
Burma deserve support from the council, from the international community. The previous draft, circulated in early April, called on Myanmar‘s

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