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ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရးမွာ စစ္အစိုးရက အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစလာႏိုင္ ဟု အိုင္အယ္လ္အို သတိေပးေနၿပီ

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ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရးမွာ စစ္အစိုးရက အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစလာႏိုင္ ဟု အိုင္အယ္လ္အို သတိေပးေနၿပီ

ဒီႏွစ္ ေမလက တိုက္ခတ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းအၿပီး ပ်က္စီးသြားတာေတြကို လက္ရွိ ျမန္မာစစ္ အစိုးရက ျပန္လည္တည္ေဆာက္ဖို႔အတြက္ ကေလးသူငယ္ေတြကိုေတာင္ ခ်န္မထားပဲ အရင္ထက္ ပိုၿပီး အဓမၼ လုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ရွိလာႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အလုပ္သမားသမဂၢ (အိုင္အယ္လ္အို ILO ) က ၃ဝ-၅-၂ဝဝ၈ ေန႔မွာ သတိေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရက လမ္းပန္းအဆက္အသြယ္ေတြ တည္ေဆာက္ေရးမွာ ေက်းရြာသားေတြကို အဓမၼ လုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြ၊ စစ္တပ္အတြက္ ေပၚတာဆြဲတာေတြကို အေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီကိစၥအေပၚမွာ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုနဲ႔ စစ္အစိုးရတို႔ ျပင္းျပင္းထန္ထန္ သေဘာထားကြဲလြဲေနခဲ့ၾကတာ ဆယ္ႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ ရွိေနပါၿပီ။

ေမလ ရက္ေန႔က ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ တိုက္ခတ္သြားတဲ့ ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းေၾကာင့္ လူအေသအေပ်ာက္ ၁၃၄ဝဝဝ ရွိခဲ့ၿပီး အဲဒီေနာက္ပိုင္း ႏိုင္ငံတကာအကူအညီေတြ ေပးလာတာကို စစ္အစိုးရက ခြင့္ျပဳဖို႔ တုန္႔ဆိုင္းေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီအတြက္ အေနာက္အုပ္စု ဒီမိုကေရစီႏိုင္ငံေတြက စစ္အစိုးရကို ျပင္းျပင္းထန္ထန္ ေဝဖန္ေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ လွ်ဳိ႔ဝွက္လွတဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရဟာ အရြယ္မေရာက္ေသးတဲ့ ကေလးသူငယ ေတြကို စစ္တပ္ထဲ အဓမၼဆြဲသြင္းၿပီး စစ္မႈထမ္းေဆာင္ခိုင္းေနတာကိုလည္း အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက စိုးရိမ္မကင္း ရွိေနပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ေၾကာင့္ အပ်က္အစီး အဆံုးအရွံဳး ႀကီးမားသြာတာကို အစိုးရအာဏာပိုင္ေတြေရာ၊ ျပည္သူေတြကပါ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ရာမွာ အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစမႈေတြ၊ အရြယ္မေရာက္ေသးတဲ့ ကေလးေတြကို အလုပ္လုပ္ခိုင္းတဲ့ ကိစၥေတြ လူကုန္ကူးတဲ့ကိစၥေတြနဲ႔ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕အလုပ္သမား ကိစၥေတြ တိုးပြားလာဖို႔ ရွိေနတာကို ကုလသမဂၢလက္ေအာက္ခံ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြနဲ႔ ကယ္ဆယ္ေရး ဝန္ထမ္းေတြက သိေနရမွာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။

ျပန္လည္တည္ေဆာက္ေရး လုပ္ငန္းေတြမွာ ဘယ္လိုပံုစံမ်ဳိးနဲ႔မဆို အဓမၼ ခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ရွိႏိုင္ေစဖို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ေသခ်ာေပါက္လုပ္ေဆာင္မွာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ျမန္မာအာဏာပိုင္ေတြအေနနဲ႔ ပူးတြဲလုပ္ေဆာင္ေနတဲ့ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ၃ဝ ၂ဝဝ၈ ေန႔စြဲနဲ႔ အစီရင္ခံစာ ထုတ္ျပန္ထားပါတယ္။

ရန္ကုန္မွရွိတဲ့ အိုင္အယ္လ္အို ဆက္သြယ္ေရးတာဝန္ခံျဖစ္တဲ့ စတိ ဗ္ မာရွဲလ္က လာမယ့္ ဇြန္( ၁၃ ) ရက္ထိ က်င္းပမယ့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ႏွစ္စဥ္ အလုပ္သမားကြန္ဖရင့္အတြက္ ဒီအစီရင္ခံစာကို တင္သြင္းတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီကြန္ဖရင့္မွာ အိုင္အယ္လ္အို အဖြဲ႔ဝင္ ( ၁၈၂ ) ႏိုင္ငံပါဝင္တဲ့ ေကာ္မတီတရပ္ဟာ အေရးပါလွပါတယ္။ ေကာ္မတီဝင္ေတြက ၃၁ ၂ဝဝ၈ ေန႔မွာ ျမန္မာ့အေရးကို ေဆြးေႏြးၾကမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

လူေနမႈအဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြကို ကူညီတာဟာ အေရးပါတယ္လို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက သေဘာထားပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အဲဒီလို ကူညီႏိုင္ဖို႔ တည္ေဆာက္ေရး လုပ္ငန္းေတြလုပ္တဲ့အခါမွာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ စံထားခ်က္ အတိုင္းသာ ျဖစ္ရပါမယ္ လို႔ စတိဗ္ မာရွဲလ္က ရိုက္တာသတင္းဌာနကို ေျပာျပပါတယ္။

အခုခ်ိန္ထိမွာေတာ့ ေလမုန္တိုင္းေဘးဒုကၡနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြအေပၚ အတည္ျပဳႏိုင္တဲ့ တိုင္တန္းထားတာေတြမရွိေသးပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ဒါမ်ဳိးေတြ ျဖစ္မေနပါဘူးလို႔ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မေျပာရေသးပါဘူး လို႔လည္း သူက ဆက္ေျပာပါတယ္။

အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာကို ဖ်က္သိမ္းဖို႔ ၂ဝဝဝ ုႏွစ္ေအာက္တိုဘာလမွာ ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရက တရားဝင္ အမိန္႔ထုတ္ျပန္ထားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုရဲ႕ သေဘာတူညီခ်က္ ကြန္ဗင္းရွင္းကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံက အတည္ျပဳ လက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးထားတာျဖစ္လို႔ အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာကို တားျမစရတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီေနာက္ ( ) ႏွစ္ အၾကာမွာ ဂ်ီနီဗာ အေျခစိုက္ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုဟာ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ပေပ်ာက္သြားေအာင္ ကူညီဖို႔ ရန္ကုန္မွာ ရံုးခြဲတခု ဖြင့္လွစ္ခြင့္ ရခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဒါေပမယ့္ ႏိုင့္ထက္စီးနင္း ခိုင္းေစမႈေတြရွိေနေသးလို႔ အဲဒါေတြကို အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ရွ ာေဖြ ေဖာ္ထုတ္ရာမွာ မႏွစ္ကဆိုရင္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံထဲမွာ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခဲ့ရသူေတြဟာ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုကို မတိုင္တမ္းဖို႔ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ အၾကပ္ကိုင္ခံရတာေတြ၊ ဖမ္းဆီးထိန္းသိမ္းခံရတာေတြရွိေနတဲ့အေၾကာင္းကို အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ထည့္သြင္း ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုမ်ဳိး ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္အၾကပ္ကိုင္ခံရတာ၊ ဖမ္းဆီးတာေတြ ရွိေနလို႔လည္း အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခဲ့ရသူေတြဟာ ေရွ႕ဆက္လုပ္ေဆာင္သင့္တာကို မလုပ္ႏိုင္ပဲ ျဖစ္ေနခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ အမွန္တကယ္ရွိရမယ့္ စာရင္းအတိအက်ကိုလည္း မရႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။

အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစမႈရွိရင္ တရားဝင္တိုင္တန္းႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ ၂ဝဝရ ခုႏွစ္ ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလမွာ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ သတ္မွတ္ထားတာရွိၿပီး၊ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခိုင္းတာ ခံရေၾကာင္း ( ၈၉ ) ႀကိမ္ တိုင္တန္းခဲ့တာကိုလည္း အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ေရးသားထားပါတယ္။

အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခံရတာကို မတိုင္ တမ္း ဖို႔ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ အၾကပ္ကိုင္ခံရတာ၊ ဖမ္းဆီးတာေတြရွိေနလို႔ လြတ္လြတ္လပ္လပ္ တရားဝင္ မတိုင္တန္းႏိုင္ေတာ့ပဲ အမ်ားႀကီး ကန္႔သတ္လိုက္သလို ျဖစ္ခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ (၈၉) ႀကိမ္ တိုင္တန္းထားတယ္ဆိုေပမယ့္ အမွန္တကယ္ရွိေနတဲ့ စာရင္းလို႔ မသတ္မွတ္ႏိုင္ပါဘူး။

မႏွစ္က ေမေဒးေန႔မွာ အလုပ္သမားအခြင့္အေရးအေၾကာင္း ေဆြးေႏြးတင္ျပပြဲ လုပ္ဖို႔စည္းရံုးရာမွာ ပါဝင္ ကူညီတယ္ ဆိုၿပီး အလုပ္သမားလူငယ္ ( ) ေယာက္ကို စစ္အစိုးရ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြက ေထာင္ဒဏ္ အႏွစ္ ( ၂ဝ ) ကေန ( ၂၈ ) ႏွစ္ထိ ျပစ္ဒဏ္ခတ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ သူတို႔ဟာ အခုခ်ိန္ထိ ေထာင္ထဲမွာပဲ ရွိေနေသးတယ္လို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အို အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။

မူရင္းေဆာင္းပါး – Myanmar may use forced labor in cyclone recovery: ILO

Fri May 30, 2008 12:09pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsMaps/idUSL3057668120080530

မူရင္း ေဆာင္းပါးရွင္ – Stephanie Nebehay ( တည္းျဖတ္သူ – Laura MacInnis ႏွင့္ Mary Gabriel )

ျမန္မာဘာသာျပန္ – လြင္ေအာင္စိုး (၃၁ ေမလ ၂ဝဝ၈ ခုႏွစ္)

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Myanmar warned against premature resettlement

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People displaced by Cyclone Nargis line up by their tents for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a refugee camp in Kyondah village, Myanmar May 22, 2008. (Stan Honda/Pool/Reuters)

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YANGON, Myanmar – A U.N. official on Saturday warned against prematurely resettling parts of Myanmar destroyed by a cyclone and human rights groups lashed out at the country’s military leaders for evicting storm refugees from relief camps.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of displaced people also have been expelled from schools, monasteries and public buildings, Human Rights Watch said in a release Saturday. In the nation’s biggest city, Yangon, there were eyewitness reports of one such eviction from a Christian church.

Another group, Refugees International, said authorities appeared to be trying to get villagers back to their land to begin tending their fields and reviving agriculture.

“While agriculture recovery is indeed vital, forcing people home without aid makes it harder for aid agencies to reach them with assistance,” it said.

Anupama Rao Singh, regional director of the United Nations Children’s Fund who visited the affected area recently warned Saturday against premature resettlement, even if it’s voluntary. She did not confirm that evictions had taken place.

“Premature resettlements to the villages, even if it’s voluntary, will cause serious risks to the refugees,” she said.

“Many of the villages remain inundated with water, making it difficult to rebuild. There is also a real risk that once they are resettled, they will be invisible to aid workers. Without support and continued service to those affected, there is a risk of a second wave of disease and devastation,” she added.

An estimated 2.4 million people remain homeless and hungry from this month’s cyclone, which left at least 134,000 people dead or missing.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates added his voice Saturday to critics of the junta‘s handling of the humanitarian crisis, saying obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims cost “tens of thousands of lives.”

Gates, speaking in Singapore, said the U.S. has not had problems helping other countries in natural disasters while still respecting their sovereignty.

With Myanmar, he said, “the situation has been very different — at a cost of tens of thousands of lives. Many other countries besides the United States also have felt hindered in their efforts.”

He said that the U.S. will continue to try to get aid in. U.S. ships off the coast of Myanmar are poised to leave because they have been blocked from delivering assistance to the ravaged country.

Shortly after the cyclone struck, the U.S., France and Britain sent warships loaded with relief supplies, but the Myanmar regime has refused to let them land, apparently fearing a foreign invasion.

“We have reached out, frankly, to Myanmar multiple times during this crisis in very direct ways,” Gates said. “It’s not been us that have been deaf and dumb in response to the pleas of the international community, but the government of Myanmar. We have reached out, they have kept their hands in their pockets.”

Eight camps set up for homeless survivors in the Irrawaddy River delta town of Bogalay were “totally empty” as authorities continued to move people out of them, said Teh Tai Ring of UNICEF.

After his statement was reported, UNICEF issued a statement saying the remarks referred to “unconfirmed reports by relief workers on the relocation of displaced people affected by” the May 2-3 storm.

Separately, at a church in Yangon, more than 400 cyclone victims from a delta township, Labutta, were evicted Friday following orders from authorities a day earlier.

“It was a scene of sadness, despair and pain,” said a church official at the Yangon Karen Baptist Home Missions in Yangon, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of official reprisal.

All the refuge seekers except some pregnant women, two young children and those with severe illnesses left the church in eleven trucks Friday morning.

The authorities told church workers that the victims would first be taken to a government camp in Myaung Mya — a mostly undamaged town in the Irrawaddy delta — but it was not immediately clear when they would be resettled in their villages.

The government’s reasons for allegedly moving people out of camps and shelters have not been publicly clarified, but it earlier declared that the “relief” phase of the rescue effort over and said it was time for “reconstruction.”

Foreign aid experts disagree, arguing that many people still need of emergency assistance of food, shelter or medical care.

“Our teams are still encountering people who have not seen any aid workers and still have not received any assistance. Some of the villages that are only accessible by foot are particularly vulnerable,” said the aid group Doctors Without Borders.

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World Focus on Burma (31 May 08)

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… to stand by knowing that the dictatorship of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, showed few signs of caring about the victims of Cyclone Nargis? …

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Bernama, Malaysia –
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Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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Cyclone victims being evicted

LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator has raised concerns about victims of cyclone Nargis being evicted from emergency accommodation in Burma. …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
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Human Rights Watch (press release) –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. …


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Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown.
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International Herald Tribune –
By Andrew Gray Reuters SINGAPORE: Tens of thousands of people died because Myanmar’s government rejected offers of foreign aid for cyclone victims, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, UN and church officials said Friday.

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Myanmar may use forced labor in cyclone recovery: ILO

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Fri May 30, 2008 12:09pm EDT

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) – The International labor Organisation warned on Friday of an increased risk Myanmar’s ruling military may try to use forced labor — including children — to rebuild the country after this month’s cyclone.

The ILO has been at loggerheads with the former Burma for more than a decade over what the United Nations agency calls a widespread practice of forcing villagers to work on infrastructure projects or as porters for the army.

It is also concerned about the recruitment of minors into military service in the secretive state whose ruling junta has been heavily criticized by the West for its reluctance to let in foreign aid workers following Cyclone Nargis, which struck on May 2 and left 134,000 people dead or missing.

As Myanmar seeks to recover from the devastating storm, the ILO said U.N. agencies and relief workers must be aware of “the increased risk of incidences of forced labor, child labor, human trafficking and migrant labor as the authorities and individuals come to grips with the sheer size of the tragedy.”

The ILO is working with Myanmar authorities to “ensure that the reconstruction effort does not involve the use of forced labor in any of its forms,” it said in a report on Friday.

Steve Marshall, ILO’s liaison officer in Yangon, submitted the report to the annual International labor Conference, being held in Geneva through June 13. A key committee of ILO’s 182 member states will hold a debate on Myanmar on Saturday.

“From the ILO’s perspective it is important to assist communities but the reconstruction work must be done in line with international standards,” Marshall told Reuters on Friday.

So far, there have not been any verified reports of forced labor linked to the disaster, he said, adding: “We’re not saying it isn’t happening.”

Myanmar passed a decree in October 2000 abolishing forced labor, which is banned under an ILO Convention it has ratified. The Geneva-based agency was allowed to open an office there two years later to help it eradicate the practice.

But the ILO said in its report some victims of forced labor were harassed or detained in the past year when they sought to report abuses. This had discouraged many others from coming forward and distorted official figures.

Some 89 allegations of forced labor have been lodged under a complaints mechanism set up in February 2007, the report said.

“The incidence of harassment and detention of persons associated with its application has severely limited its operation,” it said of the mechanism. “The number of complaints therefore cannot be seen to reflect the size of the issue.”

Six young labor activists, sentenced to between 20 and 28 years in jail last year for helping organise a May Day workers’ rights seminar, remain in prison, the ILO report said.

(Editing by Laura MacInnis and Mary Gabriel)

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စစ္အစိုးရကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာ တရား႐ံုးသို႔ လႊဲအပ္ဖို႔ ေရွ႕ေနမ်ား ေကာင္စီ ေတာင္းဆို

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RFA (Burmese)
2008-05-29

မနက္ျဖန္ ေမလ (၃၀)ရက္ေန႔မွာ ဒီပဲယင္းလုပ္ႀကံမႈႀကီးျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တာ (၅)ႏွစ္ျပည့္ခဲ့ပါၿပီ။ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ အေျခစိုက္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ေရွ႕ေနမ်ား ေကာင္စီက ဒီပဲယင္းလုပ္ႀကံမႈ (၅) ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ႏွစ္ပတ္လည္ေန႔ အထူးထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္တေစာင္ ေမလ ၂၉ရက္ ဒီကေန႔ ထုတ္ျပန္လိုက္ပါတယ္။

(Courtesy of Artist Min Kyaw Khine)

ဒီမိုကေရစီ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္၏ ပံုတူကို နယူးေယာက္ၿမိဳ႕ အေျခစိုက္ ပန္းခ်ီ မင္းေက်ာ္ခိုင္က ေရးဆြဲ ဂုဏ္ျပဳထားျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။ (Courtesy of Artist Min Kyaw Khine)

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း ျဖစ္ပြားေနတဲ့ ျပစ္မႈႀကီးေတြအေပၚ အေရးယူႏိုင္ဖို႔အတြက္ ကုလသမဂၢ လံုၿခံဳေရးေကာင္စီကေန ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျပစ္မႈ ဆိုင္ရာ တရား႐ံုးကိုလႊဲအပ္ေပးဖို႔ အဲဒီထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္မွာ ေတာင္းဆိုထားပါတယ္။

ကုလသမဂၢ အတြင္းေရးမွဴးခ်ဳပ္ မစၥတာ ဘန္ကီမြန္းအေနနဲ႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကို ကိုယ္တိုင္သြားေရာက္ၿပီး မုန္တိုင္းေဘးဒုကၡသည္ေတြ အေရးအတြက္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ခဲ့တာ၊ ဒီပဲယင္းလုပ္ႀကံမႈႀကီးနဲ႔ ဆက္စပ္ၿပီး ထိန္းသိမ္းခံေနရတဲ့ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္အတြက္ ဝမ္းနည္းစကားေျပာတာ၊ လြတ္ေျမာက္ေအာင္ လုပ္မယ္လို႔ ကတိစကား ေျပာၾကားခဲ့တာေတြအတြက္ ေက်းဇူးတင္ရမွာျဖစ္ေပမဲ့ ျမန္မာ့အေျခအေနဟာ ဒီမွ်ေလာက္နဲ႔ မလံုေလာက္ေတာ့ဘူးလို႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေရွ႕ေနမ်ားေကာင္စီ ထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာခ်က္မွာ အစခ်ီထားပါတယ္။

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို ဖမ္းဆီးထားတာဟာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာ တရား႐ံုးဥပေဒပါ ျပဌာန္းခ်က္ကို အတိအက် ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္ေနတာ ျဖစ္တဲ့အတြက္ ဒီအမႈကို အေရးယူ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ဖို႔အတြက္ ကုလသမဂၢ လံုၿခံဳေရးေကာင္စီမွာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာတရား႐ံုးကို လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးႏိုင္တဲ့ အခြင့္အာဏာရွိတဲ့အျပင္ လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးဖို႔ တာဝန္လည္းရွိတဲ့အတြက္ လႊဲေျပာင္းေပးဖို႔ ေတာင္းဆိုေၾကာင္း ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။ ဒီကိစၥနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေရွ႕ေနမ်ားေကာင္စီ အေထြေထြ အတြင္းေရးမွဴး ဦးေအာင္ထူးက အခုလိုေျပာပါတယ္။

ဦးေအာင္ထူး။   ။ “ဒီပဲယင္းနဲ႔ ဆက္စပ္ၿပီးေတာ့ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို ဖမ္းထားတဲ့ ကိစၥဟာ ျပည္တြင္း ဥပေဒထဲက ဘယ္ဥပေဒနဲ႔မွ အက်ံဳးမဝင္ဘူး။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ၅ႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ ဆက္ဖမ္းတဲ့ကိစၥ ကုစားဖို႔အတြက္ ျပည္တြင္းမွာ ရွိတဲ့ ဥပေဒေတြနဲ႔ လံုးဝ အေရးယူ ေဆာင္႐ြက္လို႔ မရေတာ့ဘူး။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ဥပေဒအရ အေရးယူ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ဖို႔ လိုအပ္လာတယ္။ အဲဒီလို စဥ္းစားတဲ့အခါက်ေတာ့ လက္ရွိတည္ဆဲ ဥပေဒျဖစ္တဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာ တရား႐ံုးဥပေဒ ပုဒ္မ (၇) လူသားအျဖစ္ အသက္ရွင္သန္မႈကို ဆန္႔က်င္တဲ့ ျပစ္မႈရဲ့ ပုဒ္မခြဲ (e) မွာ အဓိက ျပ႒ာန္းထားခ်က္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီ ျပ႒ာန္းထားခ်က္က ဘာလဲဆိုေတာ့ ‘ေထာင္သြင္းအက်ဥ္းခ် ဖမ္းဆီးျခင္း၊ လူတေယာက္ ရပိုင္ခြင့္ရွိတဲ့ အေျခခံ လြတ္လပ္မႈေတြကို ျပင္းထန္စြာ ဆံုး႐ံႈးေစျခင္းဆိုတဲ့ ျပ႒ာန္းခ်က္နဲ႔ အက်ံဳးဝင္တယ္။”

“ဒါေၾကာင့္မို႔ ဒီေန႔ အခ်ိန္ကာလမွာ ကုလသမဂၢ လံုျခံဳေရး ေကာင္စီအေနနဲ႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ ျဖစ္ပ်က္တဲ့ မတရားမႈေတြ ေပ်ာက္ဆံုးသြားဖို႔ဆိုရင္ ခုခ်ိန္မွာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ဥပေဒအရ အေရးယူေဆာင္႐ြက္ႏိုင္ဖို႔ နည္းလမ္းကလြဲရင္ အျခားနည္းလမ္း မရွိေတာ့ဘူး။”

၂၀၀၂ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာတရား႐ံုး စတင္ေပၚေပါက္ခဲ့ၿပီး ေနာက္တႏွစ္အၾကာ ၂၀၀၃ ခုႏွစ္ မွာ ဒီပဲယင္းလုပ္ႀကံမႈႀကီး ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တာပါ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီပဲယင္းလုပ္ႀကံမႈႀကီးကိုက်ဴးလြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ တာဝန္ရွိ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြကို ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္ အေရးမယူႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။ ဒီလို အေရးမယူႏိုင္တာဟာ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအရ ေတြ႕ဆံုေဆြးေႏြးမႈကို ထိခိုက္ေလမလားဆိုတဲ့ စိုးရိမ္မႈေတြေၾကာင့္ အေရးယူေရးကို တညီတညြတ္တည္း မေတာင္းဆိုႏိုင္ခဲ့တာ၊ လြတ္လပ္တဲ့ ျပည္တြင္း တရားစီရင္ေရးစနစ္မရွိတာ၊ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာ တရား႐ံုးဥပေဒကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံက အတည္ျပဳ လက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးမထားတာေတြ ေၾကာင့္ျဖစ္တယ္၊ အဲဒါေၾကာင့္ ျပစ္မႈ က်ဴးလြန္သူေတြဟာ ၂၀၀၇ ခုႏွစ္ စက္တင္ဘာလမွာ သံဃာေတာ္ေတြကို ဖမ္းဆီး ႏွိပ္စက္သတ္ျဖတ္ခဲ့တဲ့အထိ လက္ရဲဇက္ရဲ ပိုျဖစ္လာၾကတယ္လို႔ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္မွာေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။

ဒါေပမဲ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာက်ဴးလြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ျပစ္မႈႀကီးေတြ အေပၚ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာတရား႐ံုးအေနနဲ႔ အေရးယူေဆာင္႐ြက္ႏိုင္တဲ့ အလားအလာေတြ ပိုေတြ႕လာေနရၿပီလို႔ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္က ဆိုပါတယ္။ ဆူဒန္ႏိုင္ငံဟာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာတရား႐ံုး ဥပေဒကို လက္မွတ္ ထိုးမထားေပမဲ့ လံုၿခံဳေရးေကာင္စီက လႊဲအပ္ခဲ့တဲ့အတြက္ ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္ ျပစ္မႈႀကီးေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာတရား႐ံုးက ၂၀၀၅ ခုႏွစ္ကစၿပီး အေရးယူ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ေနၿပီျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံက မႈခင္းေတြကိုလည္း အခုလို ေဆာင္႐ြက္သင့္တဲ့ အေၾကာင္း ၾသစေၾတးလ်ႏိုင္ငံရဲ့ ေလဘာပါတီက ၂၀၀၇ ခုႏွစ္ ေမလက တိုက္တြန္းခဲ့ၿပီး ဥေရာပသမဂၢ ပါလီမန္ ကလည္း ၂၀၀၈ ခုႏွစ္ ေမလမွာ အလားတူတိုက္တြန္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။

အခု ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို ခ်ဳပ္ေႏွာင္ထားတဲ့အမႈဟာ ျပည္တြင္းဥပေဒအရ သံုးသပ္႐ံုနဲ႔ မလုံေလာက္ေတာ့ပဲ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ဥပေဒအရ သံုးသပ္အေရးယူဖို႔သာ ရွိေတာ့တယ္လို႔ ဦးေအာင္ထူးက ဆက္လက္ေျပာဆိုခဲ့ပါတယ္။

အဲဒီလို လႊတ္ ၊ ဖမ္း သံသရာႀကီး အၿပီးအပိုင္အဆံုးသတ္သြားဖို႔နဲ႔ စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ေတြ႕ဆံုေဆြးေႏြးေရး ေပၚေပါက္လာဖို႔အတြက္ နအဖ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာတရား႐ံုးက အေရးယူ ေဆာင္႐ြက္တဲ့အဆင္႔ထိ ေရာက္ေအာင္ ဝိုင္းဝန္းႀကိဳးပမ္းေပးၾကဖို႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာအသိုင္းအဝိုင္းကိုလည္း ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေရွ႕ေနမ်ားေကာင္စီက ေမတၲာရပ္ခံလိုက္ပါတယ္။

http://www.rfa.org/burmese/news/lawyers_council_demands_international_trial-05292008155551.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm

UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps

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Fri May 30, 6:45 AM ET

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government is removing cyclone victims from refugee camps and dumping them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, the United Nations said Friday.

In an aid agency meeting, the U.N. Children’s Fund said eight camps earlier set up by the government to receive homeless victims in the Irrawaddy delta town of Bogalay had emptied as the mass clear-out of victims was stepped up.

“The government is moving people unannounced,” said Teh Tai Ring, a UNICEF official, adding that authorities were “dumping people in the approximate location of the villages, basically with nothing.”

Camps were also being closed in Labutta, another town in the delta, a low-lying area which took the brunt of Cyclone Nargis nearly a month ago.

About 2.4 million are homeless and hungry after the May 2-3 cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Centralizing the stricken people in the centers made it easier for aid agencies to deliver emergency relief since many villages in the delta can only be reached by boat or very rough roads.

Aid workers who have reached some of the remote villages say little remains that could sustain their former residents: houses are destroyed, livestock has perished and food stocks have virtually run out. Medicines are nonexistent.

The UNICEF official said that some of the refugees are “being given rations and then they are forced to move.” But others were being denied such aid because they had lost their government identity cards.

A senior U.N. official in Bangkok, Thailand, said he could not confirm the camp closures but added that any such forced movement was “completely unacceptable.”

“People need to be assisted in the settlements and satisfactory conditions need to created before they can return to their place of origins,” Terje Skavdal, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters. “Any forced or coerced movement of people is completely unacceptable.”

There had been previous reports of forced removals, but on a scattered basis. In some cases, people were reportedly sent away ahead of visits by foreign dignitaries, and in others people were sent from schools that were to be used as voting places during a recent national referendum on a new constitution. People were also cleared out of some Buddhist temples where they had taken shelter, but in those cases apparently had been transferred to official refugee camps.

Human rights and aid groups also complained Friday that Myanmar’s military government was still hindering the free flow of international help for victims.

Some foreign aid staff were still waiting for permission to enter the Irrawaddy delta while the regime continues to review entry requests for 48 hours, the groups said.

One foreign aid worker attending Friday’s meeting said that in practice it took at least four days to obtain permission from the Ministry of Social Welfare to travel to the delta.

“The longer you want to stay, the longer it takes,” he said, declining to give his name for fear of government reprisals.

“The Burmese government is still using red tape to obstruct some relief efforts when it should accept all aid immediately and unconditionally,” the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

The International Red Cross was waiting for permission to send 30 of its foreign staffers into the delta.

The regime has also barred naval vessels from the United States, France and Great Britain from entering Myanmar’s waters, leaving them to wait offshore with their loads of humanitarian supplies. The French have been forced to dock in Thailand and turn over the relief goods to the United Nations for onward shipment into Myanmar.

“By still delaying and hampering aid efforts … the generals are showing that, even during a disaster, oppression rules,” Human Rights Watch said.

While welcoming millions of dollars from the international community for cyclone relief, Myanmar lashed out at donors for not pledging enough. State-run media decried donors on Thursday for only pledging up to $150 million — a far cry from the $11 billion the junta said it needed to rebuild.

The isolationist government agreed to allow foreign aid workers in after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe last weekend.

But delays continue, Human Rights Watch said.

Myanmar’s government says the cyclone killed 78,000 people and left another 56,000 missing.

The country’s xenophobic leaders are leery of foreign aid workers and international agencies, worrying they could weaken the junta’s powerful grip. The generals also don’t want their people to see aid coming directly from countries like the U.S., which the regime has long treated as a hostile power.

In Singapore on Friday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman said regional superpowers India and China should exert their influence over Myanmar’s military junta to push it toward democracy. Lieberman, who is in Singapore to attend a security conference, said he and other senators have met with the ambassadors of the two countries in Washington to convey this message.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080530/ap_on_re_as/myanmar;_ylt=Ah6BTd5n0HkvaeUhbiT.t4RvaA8F

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm