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Worldwide condemnation has followed Burma’s six-month extension of the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with officials from the UN, EU and US expressing frustration and regret.

Suu Kyi has been under continual house arrest for the past five years. Since returning to the country in 1988, she has spent 12 years under house arrest.

Early Tuesday, police arrested 18 supporters of the Nobel peace laureate who were protesting her detention, opposition sources said.

The latest extension of her open-ended detention came on the 18th anniversary of the landslide election of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in the country’s last general election. The junta refused to recognise those election results.

In New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the extension “regretful.”

“The sooner restriction on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect of human rights,” Ban said.

The UN uses the junta’s name for Burma.

The UN has been demanding the junta open up the country to international relief aid to victims of the cyclone Nargis, which has killed more than 70,000 and left another 50,000 still missing.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana called the arrest extension “very sad and frustrating,” coming at a time when so many countries and organisations were focusing on providing assistance to the people affected by the cyclone.

“The EU is doing its best to this effect. However, it continues to be deeply concerned by the political situation. Transition to democracy remains important for the future of Burma/Myanmar,” Solana said.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU’s external relations commissioner, said she was “personally disappointed that a historic opportunity was missed to give a sign of reconciling political life in Burma at a time where national and social cohesion, and solidarity and dialogue, are more needed than ever.”

US President George W Bush said he was “deeply troubled” by the decision of the ruling junta to extend the detention.

The EU and US called upon the regime to release Suu Kyi and all political prisoners. Bush repeated past calls for the government to “begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi.”

The 18 NLD members were arrested by plainclothes’ policemen as they marched from their headquarters to Suu Kyi’s Rangoon home. They were taken in two vehicles to an unknown destination.

Suu Kyi and Tin O, party vice-chariman, have been under house arrest since May 30, 2003, when authorities charged her with threatening national security after pro-government thugs attacked her and her followers in Depayin, northern Burma, killing 70 NLD supporters.

According to Burmese law, the government cannot keep prisoners charged with undermining national security under detention for more than five years.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention extended
Yesterday, the regime extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention again. No formal announcement was made, but reports say the detention is for at least another six months. She has now spent over 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest. Her current period of house arrest began in 2003. The regime is once again breaking its own laws by extending her detention for a total of more than five years. The State Protection Law 1975, under which she is held, only allows the regime to detain her for a maximum of five years. Around 20 members of the National League for Democracy were also arrested yesterday as they marched to her home to call for her release.

Even though UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was in Burma in the run-up to Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention expiring, he did not call on Burma’s generals to release her. In fact, he didn’t even mention her name. The international community is failing to put pressure on the regime because it is afraid it will affect aid deals. However, the current humanitarian crisis is being caused by a political problem, a dictatorship that refuses to allow aid to reach the people and Aung San Suu Kyi is key to solving that political problem.

Cylcone update
More than three weeks after the devastating cyclone in Burma, at least 200,000 people are feared dead and 2.5 million people remain in urgent need of aid. Most people have still not received the aid they desperately need because the regime continues to deny aid workers free access to operate in the areas most severely affected by the cyclone. Following reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon had secured agreement from Burma’s generals for aid workers to be allowed into the country, it was hoped that things would change. However, it is now clear that the regime is not keeping its word. We continue to receive reports that aid workers are being denied visas and unable to operate freely in the worst affected areas. The US, UK and France are still being blocked from using their resources to deliver the large scale emergency and medical assistance needed.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Myanmar keeps Suu Kyi detained; aid to continue

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28 May 2008

YANGON, Myanmar – Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a sixth year under detention Wednesday as foreign donors said aid would continue to flow into the military ruled nation to save cyclone victims.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed regret over Suu Kyi’s continued arrest while praising “a new spirit of cooperation” between the junta and the international community in the aid effort.

In Washington, President Bush said Tuesday he was “deeply troubled” by the extension of Suu Kyi’s house arrest but stressed the U.S. would continue to provide aid to the victims.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years, had her detention extended by one year Tuesday, a government official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

On Wednesday, her National League for Democracy party denounced the extension as “illegal,” saying it would launch an appeal. Party spokesman Nyan Win said the regime should also open a public hearing on the case.

Suu Kyi has long been the symbol of the regime’s heavy-handed intolerance of opposition and the focus of a worldwide campaign lobbying for her release.

Myanmar’s heavily censored newspapers made no mention of Suu Kyi’s detention being extended and the government did not explain under what laws she could be held for another year. A 1975 law says that people deemed security threats can be detained for a maximum of five years without trial.

Outside Suu Kyi’s home, security returned to normal Wednesday. An extra row of barricades that was erected Tuesday was removed, leaving the usual single fortified barricade blocking the roads that lead to her lakeside home.

The extension of Suu Kyi’s detention came as Myanmar fended off worldwide criticism for its inadequate aid effort for the survivors of the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis.

The storm left an estimated 2.4 million people in desperate need of food, shelter and medical care, according to the U.N., and the government says it killed 78,000 people and left 56,000 missing. The U.N. said cyclone devastation has forced postponement of the new school term in the delta for one month, to July.

Only after intense international pressure and a personal appeal by Ban, who visited Myanmar last week to meet with junta chief Senior Gen. Than Shwe, did the government relent and say it would allow foreign relief workers to travel to the Irrawaddy delta, the area hardest hit by the cyclone.

The U.N. says some of their foreign staffers have begun moving into the delta and emergency food supplies are being ferried in on its helicopters.

“Some international aid workers and NGOs have already gone into the regions of the Irrawaddy delta, without any problem,” Ban told reporters in New York on Tuesday. “I hope — and I believe — that this marks a new spirit of cooperation between Myanmar and the international community as a whole.”

The French warship Mistral landed Wednesday on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand, to unload some 1,000 tons of humanitarian supplies for shipment by the United Nations to Myanmar.

The regime has forbidden direct aid by warships of France, the United States and Great Britain, which have been standing by off the Myanmar coast to deliver the assistance. Myanmar’s state media has voiced fears of a U.S. invasion to grab the country’s oil reserves.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda said Suu Kyi’s continued detention went against the “goodwill of the international community” in its efforts to aid Myanmar in its moment of need.

Myanmar’s leaders are leery of foreign aid workers because they fear an influx of outsiders could undermine their control. The junta is also hesitant to have its people see aid coming directly from countries such as the United States, which it has long treated as a hostile power seeking to invade.

But the ruling generals have long regarded Suu Kyi, daughter of the country’s martyred independence leader Gen. Aung San, as the biggest threat to their power.

Her National League for Democracy party is the country’s largest legal opposition group, and it retains the loyalty of millions of citizens despite two decades of constant repression.

U.N. efforts to spur dialogue in the wake of pro-democracy rallies violently supressed by the military in September have failed to make progress.

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In this photo released by Democratic Voice of Burma, members of the Myanmar opposition National League for Democracy party hold a banner and a portrait of party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a march  protest in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Myanmar's military junta extended the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, ignoring worldwide appeals to free the Nobel laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years, an official said. About 20 of the protesters were later detained. The banner reads 'Free Aung San Suu Kyi immediately.' (AP Photo/Democratic Voice of Burma, HO)

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May 28, 2008 at 11:59 am

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The Myanmar cyclone disaster. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi's ...
AFP Graphic
Wed May 28, 5:42 AM ET

The Myanmar cyclone disaster. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest will not detract from relief work, key donors have said, as the United Nations reported small gains in getting aid to cyclone survivors.

(AFP Graphic)
A cyclone-affected family brave the rain as they live in a temporary ...
AFP
Wed May 28, 2:07 AM ET

A cyclone-affected family brave the rain as they live in a temporary structure in the Shwepoukkan area of Yangon. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest will not detract from relief work, key donors said, as the United Nations on Wednesday reported small gains in getting aid to cyclone survivors.

(AFP/Khin Maung Win)
This photo taken on May 25 shows aid being distributed to cyclone-affected ...
AFP/File
Wed May 28, 2:07 AM ET

This photo taken on May 25 shows aid being distributed to cyclone-affected families living in temporary accommodation along a road in the Shwepoukkan area of Yangon. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest will not detract from relief work, key donors said, as the United Nations on Wednesday reported small gains in getting aid to cyclone survivors.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
This photo taken on May 25 shows cyclone-affected children in ...
AFP/File
Wed May 28, 2:07 AM ET

This photo taken on May 25 shows cyclone-affected children in the rain eating food they received in the Shwepoukkan area of Yangon, where displaced people have camped along a road. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest will not detract from relief work, key donors said, as the United Nations on Wednesday reported small gains in getting aid to cyclone survivors.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
Cyclone-affected families line up for handouts from monks in ...
AFP/File
Wed May 28, 2:07 AM ET

Cyclone-affected families line up for handouts from monks in the Shwepoukkan area of Yangon on May 25. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest will not detract from relief work, key donors said, as the United Nations on Wednesday reported small gains in getting aid to cyclone survivors.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)

Private cars and trucks are seen on a road leading to Myanmar's ...
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Tue May 27, 11:29 PM ET

Private cars and trucks are seen on a road leading to Myanmar’s cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008.

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This photo taken on May 25 shows cyclone-affected families sheltered ...
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Tue May 27, 3:24 PM ET

This photo taken on May 25 shows cyclone-affected families sheltered from the rain, living in temporary accommodation along a road in the Shwepoukkan area of Yangon. Foreign aid workers Tuesday pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
Saw Htu, who lost all his cattle during cyclone Nargis, poses ...
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Tue May 27, 3:24 PM ET

Saw Htu, who lost all his cattle during cyclone Nargis, poses in his damaged house in Denongho near Pyapon on May 20, in an isolated area only accessible by boat which received neither government or foreign aid. Foreign aid workers pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Lisandru)
Aid is distributed to cyclone-affected families living in temporary ...
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Tue May 27, 11:51 AM ET

Aid is distributed to cyclone-affected families living in temporary accommodation along a road in the Shwepoukkan area of Yangon, May 25. The National League for Democracy party has denounced the regime for holding a referendum after Cyclone Nargis.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
A man casts his vote for the constitutional referendum in Hlaing ...
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Tue May 27, 11:28 AM ET

A man casts his vote for the constitutional referendum in Hlaing Thayar township, west of Yangonon May 24, 2008. The United States said Sunday it was “dismayed” that Myanmar’s military rulers had held a second round of voting on their draft constitution in regions still devastated by the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Hla Hla Htay)
A girl leans on a boat in the cyclone-hit Kungyangon, south ...
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Tue May 27, 8:37 AM ET

A girl leans on a boat in the cyclone-hit Kungyangon, south of Yangon on May 24. Foreign aid workers pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
A cyclone affected woman washes clothes in a makeshift hut in ...
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Tue May 27, 8:37 AM ET

A cyclone affected woman washes clothes in a makeshift hut in Kungyangon, south of Yangon on May 24. Foreign aid workers pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
Foreign aid workers (L) arrive in Kungyangon, south of Yangon, ...
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Tue May 27, 8:37 AM ET

Foreign aid workers (L) arrive in Kungyangon, south of Yangon, on May 25. Foreign aid workers pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
Cyclone survivors queue for the rice from the local donator ...
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Tue May 27, 6:49 AM ET

Cyclone survivors queue for the rice from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

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Cyclone survivors have lunch from the local donator at a monastery ...
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Tue May 27, 6:30 AM ET

Cyclone survivors have lunch from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

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Cyclone survivors have lunch from the local donator at a monastery ...
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Tue May 27, 6:28 AM ET

Cyclone survivors have lunch from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

(AP Photo)
Cyclone survivors drink clean water from the local donator at ...
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Tue May 27, 6:26 AM ET

Cyclone survivors drink clean water from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

(AP Photo)
Cyclone survivors drink clean water from the local donator at ...
AP

Tue May 27, 6:13 AM ET

Cyclone survivors drink clean water from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

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A cyclone survivor has lunch from the local donator at a monastery ...
AP
Tue May 27, 6:12 AM ET

A cyclone survivor has lunch from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

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Cyclone survivors have lunch from the local donator at a monastery ...
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Tue May 27, 6:09 AM ET

Cyclone survivors have lunch from the local donator at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

(AP Photo)
Cyclone survivors queue for the medical treatment from local ...
AP
Tue May 27, 6:07 AM ET

Cyclone survivors queue for the medical treatment from local voluntary doctor at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

(AP Photo)
Cyclone survivors receive medical treatment from local voluntary ...
AP
Tue May 27, 6:05 AM ET

Cyclone survivors receive medical treatment from local voluntary doctor at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

(AP Photo)
Local donators prepare the bags of rice to the cyclone survivor ...
AP
Tue May 27, 6:03 AM ET

Local donators prepare the bags of rice to the cyclone survivor at a monastery on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 27, 2008. More than three weeks after the storm, people huddled along roadsides, desperate for any sort of handout. The U.N. estimated less than half the 2.4 million people victimized by the May 2-3 storm had received emergency assistance.

(AP Photo)
Survivors of Cyclone Nargis wait by a road in Myanmar's ...
Reuters

Tue May 27, 1:13 AM ET

Survivors of Cyclone Nargis wait by a road in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008.

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A woman cuts a coconut next to a destroyed house in Kungyangon, ...
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Tue May 27, 12:38 AM ET

A woman cuts a coconut next to a destroyed house in Kungyangon, south of Yangon on May 24. Foreign aid workers Tuesday pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.

(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
Private cars and trucks are seen on a road leading to Myanmar's ...
Reuters
Mon May 26, 11:52 PM ET

Private cars and trucks are seen on a road leading to Myanmar’s cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008. Foreign aid workers headed for the Cyclone Nargis-ravaged Irrawaddy delta on Monday to see whether army-ruled Myanmar will honour a promise made by its top general to give them freedom of movement.

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Survivors of Cyclone Nargis look at a truck loaded with emergency ...
Reuters
Mon May 26, 11:47 PM ET

Survivors of Cyclone Nargis look at a truck loaded with emergency supplies in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008. Foreign aid workers headed for the Cyclone Nargis-ravaged Irrawaddy delta on Monday to see whether army-ruled Myanmar will honour a promise made by its top general to give them freedom of movement.

REUTERS/Stringer (MYANMAR)
A damaged home lies near the town of Dedaye in Myanmar's ...
Reuters
Mon May 26, 11:42 PM ET

A damaged home lies near the town of Dedaye in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008. Foreign aid workers headed for the Cyclone Nargis-ravaged Irrawaddy delta on Monday to see whether army-ruled Myanmar will honour a promise made by its top general to give them freedom of movement.

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May 28, 2008 at 11:38 am

World Focus on Burma (28 May 08)

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Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment at the decision
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“The sooner restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar (Burma) will be able to move towards inclusive …
Salt and Fisheries Industries at a Standstill
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Laputta Township— perhaps the area most affected by the killer cyclone—was the center of Burma’s salt industry, producing salt for the entire country, …
“Race against time” to plant Myanmar rice crop
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… the main rice crop in the delta, the “rice bowl of the Asia” in the days when Myanmar was called Burma and administered as part of the British empire. …
Marni Soupcoff on ‘Panties for Peace’ in Burma
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by Raze Those wierdos in command in Myanmar have no idea what it was like to be Tom Jones singing in Montreal… by ZeeBC We have to be careful that we are …
Panties sought for Myanmar protest
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The Quebec Women’s Federation and the activist group Rights and Democracy claim the secretive military leaders in the country formerly known as Burma are …
Indonesia joins in criticism of Myanmar over Suu Kyi
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MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s foreign minister chided Myanmar on Wednesday for extending the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, …
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The Chinese government has used its influence on Burma to open its door to the UN” “So there is potential there for China to positively use the Olympics to …
SEAPA calls for continued pressure for release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance strongly condemns the continued detention of Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and calls on the international …
Leaders are eroding the principles of human rights
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Human rights are being flagrantly abused in flashpoints such as Burma, Darfur, Zimbabwe and Gaza and established and emerging powers such as the US and …
Junta extends Suu Kyi’s detention
Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK –
Burma’s military government yesterday renewed the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Mrs Suu Kyi has been in detention continuously …
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Burma junta closes door on Suu Kyi
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AP PYAPON, Myanmar: The flimsy bamboo hut built near a road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family of eight dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and fear they may soon be uprooted again by soldiers ordering them to leave.
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‘Peace panties’ from Canada to frighten Myanmar junta

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… of the Quebec Women’s Federation, said, “This is a unique and important opportunity for women to help raise funds and awareness about the military regime’s systematic use of rape and other brutalities against our sisters from Burma (Myanmar).”
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Ban hopes to return to Burma soon

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Democracy and death in Myanmar

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Myanmar cyclone victims short of food

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KYAUKTAN, Myanmar–A woman whose village was devastated by Cyclone Nargis early this month whispered about food shortages out of earshot of a government official.
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French navy ship delivers aid to Burma

ABC Online –
A French navy ship has docked in Thailand to unload more than 1000 tonnes of supplies for cyclone victims in Burma. The ship is carrying enough food to sustain 100000 people for two weeks.
French ship rejected by Myanmar to leave aid in Thailand ABS CBN News
Burma diverts ship carrying aid Boston Globe
Nation MultimediaNew York TimesAHNReuters
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Food aid for Burma cyclone victims

Radio Australia –
The Royal Australian Air Force has delivered two helicopters to the UN in Thailand, which will be used to get much needed food aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. The C-17 touched down with its cargo late last night after an 11 and a half hour …
RAAF sends two helicopters to Burma NEWS.com.au
RAAF delivers choppers for Burma aid effort ABC Online
Globe and MailBangkok PostWFPRadio Australia
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Canada.com

Myanmar junta praises UN aid

International Herald Tribune – May 27, 2008
Witnesses say many villages have received no outside help, and waterways of the former Burma’s “rice bowl” remain littered with animal carcasses and corpses, either grotesquely bloated or rotting to the bone.
Myanmar finally opens its doors after Cyclone Nargis American Chronicle
Burma (Myanmar) opens door for aid, but remains wary Christian Science Monitor
Voice of AmericaNation MultimediaDaily NationYahoo! News
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Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 28 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar authorities said it would allow direct personal donation right down to specific persons and regions in cyclone-hit areas, advising donors to seek assistance from the National Disaster Preparedness Committee (NDPC) …
Myanmar draft constitution approved with overwhelming votes Mathaba.Net
Myanmar’s biggest industrial zone partly resumes production Xinhua
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Pressure China on human rights post-Olympics: Amnesty

AFP –
Irene Khan said China’s growing weight as a world power means it can no longer ignore human rights both at home and abroad, after Western criticism of its involvement in hotspots like Sudan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and North Korea.
Human rights not valued, Amnesty says Toronto Star
Amnesty International condemns US, China in report The Associated Press
Jerusalem PostBloombergReutersScotsman
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Philippines pledges relief aid to Myanmar

Inquirer.net –
The conference was meant to mobilize greater international assistance for Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the aftermath of Cyclone “Nargis” that devastated and flooded parts of the country on May 2 and 3. About 130000 have died, 19000 have been …


The Associated Press

UN chief sees Myanmar cooperation on survivors

The Associated Press –
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that some foreign aid workers have gone into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta without problems, reflecting a “new spirit of cooperation” by the ruling junta. Ban flew to Myanmar last week …

Myanmar wants aid for cyclone-hit rice fields

ABS CBN News –
More than one million acres of farmland was flooded when the cyclone hit Myanmar’s main rice-growing region, state media said Wednesday, in an unusually frank request for assistance.


AFP

Myanmar extends Suu Kyi’s house arrest, detains activists

AFP –
… political prisoners in Burma and begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy, and other democratic and ethnic minority groups on a transition to democracy,” said Bush, referring to Myanmar by its former name.

view: Referendum farce in Burma —Václav Havel, Et Al

Daily Times –
In the midst of the cyclone’s devastation, Burma’s ruling generals went ahead and held a referendum on a new constitution.

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May 28, 2008 at 10:50 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (28 May 08)

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Voice of America

Burmese Media Softens Stance Toward Cyclone Donors

Voice of America –
By VOA News Burmese state media have softened their stance toward aid workers, saying donors can go to any area affected by Cyclone Nargis.
Myanmar’s junta keeps democracy activist locked up The Associated Press
UN ‘regrets’ Suu Kyi detention Aljazeera.net
BloombergAFPSeattle TimesABC Online
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All American Patriots (press release)

Myanmar’s cyclone survivors bullied by military; forced to work …

International Herald Tribune –
AP PYAPON, Myanmar: The flimsy bamboo hut built near a road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family of eight dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and fear they may soon be uprooted again by soldiers ordering them to leave.
Ban hopes to return to Burma soon NEWS.com.au
One Million Cyclone Victims Have Received Aid in Burma Voice of America
National PostRadio NetherlandsThe TimesFOXNews
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Javno.hr

UN raises aid fund for Myanmar

NDTV.com –
The total amount of aid offered to Myanmar so far amounts to about $233 million, including the money raised by UN as a result of a flash appeal.
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
Myanmar cyclone victims short of food The Daily Yomiuri
International Herald TribuneForbesAmerican ChronicleAmerican Chronicle
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CityNews

UN says raised 60 pct of targeted Myanmar aid

Reuters –
The military junta of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, promised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week that it would allow all legitimate foreign aid workers access to victims across the country.
Progress for Aid Workers in Myanmar New York Times
Murky measures in Myanmar’s disaster Asia Times Online
ABS CBN NewsInternational Herald TribuneAlalam News NetworkReliefWeb (press release)
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CTV.ca

‘Peace panties’ from Canada to frighten Myanmar junta

Sify –
… of the Quebec Women’s Federation, said, “This is a unique and important opportunity for women to help raise funds and awareness about the military regime’s systematic use of rape and other brutalities against our sisters from Burma (Myanmar).”
Women’s underwear needed in fight for democracy in Myanmar The Canadian Press
Junta facing panties-waving hex Edmonton Sun
Calgary HeraldToronto SunCTV.ca
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BBC News

Ban hopes to return to Burma soon

NEWS.com.au –
Noting that Rangoon appears “to be moving in right direction,” Mr Ban said: “I hope that this marks a new spirit of cooperation and partnership between Myanmar (Burma) and the international community.” He said Monday’s pledging conference in Rangoon, …
One Million Cyclone Victims Have Received Aid in Burma Voice of America
The Post editorial board: Offering aid to Burma is a tragic waste … National Post
Radio NetherlandsThe TimesFOXNewsSydney Morning Herald
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May 28, 2008 at 10:40 am

Burma authorities prolong Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest and round up supporters

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Myanmar keeps Suu Kyi detained, but aid continues

YANGON, Myanmar — Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a sixth year under detention Wednesday as foreign donors said aid would continue to flow into the military-ruled nation to save cyclone victims.

A poster of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seen ...
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Wed May 28, 5:42 AM ET

A poster of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seen outside the headquarters of the National League for Democracy in Yangonon on May 10. Outrage over Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest will not detract from relief work, key donors said, as the United Nations reported small gains in getting aid to cyclone survivors.

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US says Suu Kyi house arrest will not affect aid
Reuters –
WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday Myanmar’s junta missed a chance to start a dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by extending her house arrest but this would not affect post-cyclone aid efforts.
Myanmar extends opposition leader’s detention The Associated Press
Myanmar extends Suu Kyi detention United Press International
International Herald Tribune AFP Jerusalem Post Reuters UK
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Bush ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Detention
Voice of America –
By David Gollust The United States Tuesday sharply criticized the Burmese government’s decision to extend the detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Myanmar extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s ruling junta has extended the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi by another year, an official said Tuesday, as 16 of the democracy …

Burma authorities prolong Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest and round up supporters
Times Online, UK –
The Burmese authorities arrested 20 followers of the democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, as they prolonged her house arrest for …
Burma arrests as Aung San Suu Kyi release date looms The Australian
Aung San Suu Kyi: profile guardian.co.uk
Myanmar extends Aung San Suu Kyi house arrest Xinhua
Belfast Telegraph –  Radio Australia
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest extended
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest has been extended by one year, a Myanmar official told AFP, saying authorities informed her …

Junta extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Defying demands of the international community and its own people to free pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Burma’s military rulers on …

Hope for release of Aung San Suu Kyi as Burma donors meet to …
The Observer, UK – May 24, 2008
It comes as supporters of the democratically elected leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, have been speculating that the junta is planning an easing of her …
Dilemma in the delta Bangkok Post
Burma’s beggars being forced off the roads Sydney Morning Herald
Junta must abide by its law and free Suu Kyi: Freedom Now Mizzima.com
The Australian –  guardian.co.uk
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Progress for Aid Workers in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, 62, has been confined for 12 of the last 18 years and the extensions of her term have become an annual routine. …
Burma aid: Conference pledges millions of pounds to help cyclone … guardian.co.uk
Sizing Up Burma’s Junta Wall Street Journal
The Prisoner Who Won’t Go Away The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Melbourne Herald Sun –  Sydney Morning Herald
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Canadian honour for Aung San Suu Kyi
Hindustan Times, India – May 5, 2008
Canada on Monday conferred honorary citizenship on jailed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her fight for restoration of democracy and human rights in the …
Canada honours Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Toronto Star
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s home damaged by cyclone Mizzima.com
Could bungled relief effort be the last straw for Burmese people? The Gazette (Montreal)
Merinews –  Ottawa Citizen
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Bush to approve US gold medal honor to Aung San Suu Kyi
AFP – May 5, 2008
“The president will sign the legislation tomorrow, the congressional legislation that awards Aung San Suu Kyi the Congressional Medal of Honor,” the US …
Bush Calls on Burma to Let US Help Cyclone Victims Voice of America
The stars align on Myanmar Politico
Myanmar: A spiraling death toll, and a junta on the spot Minneapolis Star Tribune
International Herald Tribune –  Voice of America
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Aung San Suu Kyi named honorary Canadian
AFP – May 5, 2008
OTTAWA (AFP) — Canada on Tuesday conferred honorary citizenship to Myanmar pro-democracy activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, while demanding her …

Burma Voter List Includes Aung San Suu Kyi
Voice of America – May 2, 2008
Aung San Suu Kyi’s name was on a list for her home township. It is unclear how the Nobel laureate will be allowed to leave her home and cast her ballot. …
Activists tap celebrity power for Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Reuters
Aung San Suu Kyi conferred honorary Canadian citizenship Mizzima.com
Burma’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ Receives US Congressional Gold Medal Salem-News.Com
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Myanmar says Aung San Suu Kyi to remain under detention – Thai PM
Forbes, NY – Apr 30, 2008
BANGKOK (Thomson Financial) – Myanmar will not release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Wednesday after talks …
Thai PM Supports Burma’s Referendum, Aung San Suu Kyi’s Detention Voice of America
Thailand backs Myanmar constitution Aljazeera.net
Thailand hopes Myanmar referendum is ‘credible’ AFP
Nation Multimedia –  Bangkok Post
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Myanmar cyclone victims vote on eve of aid conference
AFP – May 23, 2008
This weekend the regime is also set to extend the house arrest of celebrated democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose detention comes up for renewal by …

Aid groups ready to test Myanmar on access
AFP – May 26, 2008
The junta says the constitution will pave the way for democratic elections in two years, but the charter would bar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from …

Myanmar diverts French warship carrying aid
International Herald Tribune, France – May 26, 2008
Asked at a news conference about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader, whose year-to-year house arrest was expected to be extended this week, …

Foreigners enter cyclone-hit delta, testing Myanmar’s promise
AFP –
… the regime kept a tight lid on the country’s political situation, extending the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by another year. …
Video: UN Chief Visits Myanmar

Video: UN Chief Visits Myanmar AssociatedPress

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS … MaximsNews Network
Myanmar Grants Entry to All International Aid Workers, Ban Says Bloomberg
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Myanmar extends opposition leader’s detention
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military junta extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention by one year Tuesday, ignoring worldwide appeals to …

News roundup: Iran worries nuke watchdog; Greenspan sees recession
USA Today –
BBC News says the junta that rules Burma extended the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and pro-democracy activist.

Burma Government Announce Voters in Cyclone Region Approve …
Voice of America –
But under new constitution the detained pro-democracy movement leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, will not be allowed to run for office. …
Analysts Say ASEAN Tries to Bridge Burma’s Trust Issue With West Voice of America
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Asian Tribune, Thailand – May 2, 2008
The presentation of this honorary Canadian citizenship is a testament to Canada’s long-standing respect and admiration for Aung San Suu Kyi’s tireless …

AP NewsAlert
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar official says Aung San Suu Kyi’s detenion has been extended.

Bush approves US high honor for Aung San Suu Kyi
China Post, Taiwan – May 6, 2008
WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush on Tuesday signed a law giving Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi the highest civilian honor the US Congress can …

Opposition supporters detained in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
The junta faced a deadline to extend Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another year or release her. …

Myanmar police detain Suu Kyi supporters
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar have detained more than a dozen members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party. The members of Suu Kyi’s National …

AP NewsAlert
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar detain more than a dozen members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party.

Bush criticizes Myanmar extended detention of Suu Kyi
Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –
“The United States calls upon the regime to release all political prisoners in Burma and begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi,” Bush said in a …

Burmese junta’s lessons in diplomacy
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Worse, the fate of Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest, was not discussed. Her one-year detention renewal order comes to an end tonight. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews
United Press International –
The Times noted when Ban met with the general, he did not raise the issue of the ongoing house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

IAEA Criticizes Iran on Nuclear Disclosure
Democracy Now, NY –
Meanwhile the Burmese junta has extended the house arrest of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Ky’s National League for Democracy party won …

THINKING OF BURMA – Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet – May 19, 2008
We must also spare a moment to contemplate the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, the most fearless and committed fighter for freedom and democracy we have right …

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May 28, 2008 at 10:29 am