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Editorial: ASEAN’s shame

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 00:10:00 06/05/2008

Editorial

ASEAN’s shame

A month after the storm that wrought havoc on Burma (Myanmar) and killed over 130,000 people, over 2 million Burmese citizens remain at risk. The international community had responded readily, offering both rescue teams and relief aid. But in the first three weeks of the deepening humanitarian crisis, the military dictatorship that has controlled Burma since 1962 spurned all forms of foreign assistance. It changed its mind only after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Burma and personally negotiated the terms of access with junta leader Than Shwe.

It has since become clear, however, that regardless of the junta’s promises, foreign relief remains unwelcome in Burma. This must be due to the junta’s fear of foreign intervention and its brutal disregard for the welfare of its own people. (It even took advantage of the tropical cyclone’s chaotic aftermath to extend opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest.)

Last week, a French naval vessel sailed from Burma after being refused entry into the country one last time; it had to leave its cargo of relief aid with the United Nations in Thailand. And today, four US Navy ships will leave the area too, save for several heavy-lift helicopters it will temporarily base in Thailand, after the American government’s offer of help was rejected for perhaps the 15th time.

“Over the past three weeks we have made at least 15 attempts to convince the Burmese government to allow our ships, helicopters and landing craft to provide additional disaster relief for the people of Burma,” the commander in chief of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Timothy Keating, said. “I am both saddened and frustrated to know that we have been in a position to help ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people and help mitigate further loss of life, but have been unable to do so because of the unrelenting position of the Burma military junta.”

Reuters reported from Bangkok that Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej had told US Defense Secretary Robert Gates over the weekend the Burmese junta’s reason for rejecting foreign military help: because (according to Reuters) “it feared it could be seen as an invasion.”

The army of American relief-bringers that descended in parts of Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami could also have been seen as an invasion; in fact it did not escape criticism from some Indonesians, especially in the context of the growth of fundamentalist Islamic movements in the world’s largest Muslim nation. But Indonesia’s government welcomed the assistance, helping thousands of lives in the process.

To be sure, Indonesia is an emerging democracy, and Burma remains as one of the world’s last totalitarian states. But both countries belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The members of ASEAN could have prevailed on Burma to open its doors temporarily to foreign aid (and to the military organizations needed to transport it).

We note with great regret that it was diplomatic pressure from the United Nations that prompted the junta to open the gates (ever so slightly) to foreign aid—regret, because it should have been ASEAN applying the pressure. Indeed, it should be ASEAN’s role to keep the pressure on, to ease the entry of more relief goods into the country.

But in the face of one of the worst crises in ASEAN history, the association is being sucked into the vortex of irrelevance.

We realize that diplomacy has only a limited effect on a dictatorship like Burma’s. We acknowledge that the Burmese junta’s decision in 2005 to vacate ASEAN’s rotating presidency in favor of the Philippines was the result of some furious back-channeling. We recognize that, for a junta like Burma’s, an international honor like that of ASEAN’s rotating presidency pales into insignificance beside the imperative of regime survival. But surely ASEAN can make the case to Burma to allow non-regime-threatening humanitarian aid.

If Burma’s membership in ASEAN does not allow other members to help in times of great calamity, why join in the first place?

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June 6, 2008 at 5:18 am

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Pictures (10): Burma’s cyclone disaster

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Some storm victims are living in makeshift shelters. Defense ministers at a meeting opposed forcibly providing relief supplies. (Atlas Press, for The New York Time)

Other storm survivors are waiting on roadsides in the hopes of finding aid (Atlas Press, for The New York Time)

Cyclone victims waiting for instructions on how to receive aid. Defense ministers from other countries have voiced unhappiness with Myanmar’s restrictions on aid. (Atlas Press, for The New York Time)

A Nok air passenger plane, left, taxis past a World Food Program helicopter waits for a flight order to lift supply aid for survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar at Don Muang airport in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, June 6, 2008. Myanmar’s military junta has detained a popular comedian who had just returned from an aid trip to the cyclone-ravaged delta, a region where a human rights group said the regime is forcing survivors to do menial labor for food. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

Villagers salvage fallen bricks from a Buddhist monastery destroyed by Cyclone Nargis in the village of Kyauktan on June 2, 2008. Southeast Asian aid experts flew into Myanmar’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta on Thursday for a mission to assess cyclone damage, but US navy ships sailed away — laden with supplies rejected by the junta. (AFP/File)

A family huddles inside what remains of their destroyed home in Angu village on June 2, 2008. Southeast Asian aid experts flew into Myanmar’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta on Thursday for a mission to assess cyclone damage, but US navy ships sailed away — laden with supplies rejected by the junta. (AFP/File)

People affected by cyclone Nargis prepare to travel back to their devastated villages in the southwest Irrawaddy Delta, in the town of Labutta on June 3, 2008. Southeast Asian aid experts flew into Myanmar’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta on Thursday for a mission to assess cyclone damage, but US navy ships sailed away — laden with supplies rejected by the junta. (AFP/Khin Maung Win)

An MH-60S Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to Sea Combat Helicopter Squadron (HSC) 25 Search and Rescue Detachment, on June 1, 2008. US helicopters and small boats are still ready to help deliver cyclone aid to Myanmar, a US official said Thursday, after the regime rejected US navy ships laden with emergency supplies. (AFP/US NAVY-HO/File/Mark R. Alvarez)

Workers construct scaffolding for repair work around the Shwedagon Paya Buddhist temple in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Like many other sights and attractions in Yangon and Myanmar, they bear the signs of damage from cyclone Nargis, which on May 2-3 left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, mostly in the country’s southern Irrawaddy delta region. (AP Photo)

Workers are seen on scaffolding for repair work on a high temple peak around the Shwedagon Paya Buddhist temple in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Like many other sights and attractions in Yangon and Myanmar, they bear the signs of damage from cyclone Nargis, which on May 2-3 left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, mostly in the country’s southern Irrawaddy delta region. (AP Photo)

Locals walk around the Shwedagon Paya Buddhist temple in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Like many other sights and attractions in Yangon and throughout Myanmar, they bear the signs of damage from Cyclone Nargis, which on May 2-3 left some 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, mostly in the country’s southern Irrawaddy delta region. (AP Photo)

In this May 18, 2006 file photo Myanmar comedian Maung Thura, better known by his stage name of Zarganar, talks on his mobile phone at his home in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar’s most popular comic, known for his jibes against the military regime and recently for helping cyclone victims, has been taken from his home by police, family members said Thursday June 5, 2008. (AP Photo, FILE)

People affected by cyclone Nargis stand on boats prior to traveling back to their devastated villages in the southwest Irrawaddy Delta, in the town of Labutta on June 3. Survivors of Myanmar’s cyclone are plagued by visions of their lost loved ones and fears of further disaster as they try to summon the energy to rebuild their lives, a medical aid group said Wednesday. (AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)

Cyclone survivors wait to board boats prior to returning to their devastated villages in the Irrawaddy Delta. US warships laden with supplies for Myanmar’s cyclone victims will sail away after the junta refused their help, even as aid workers pleaded for more help to reach about a million survivors. (AFP/Khin Maung Win)

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US warships laden with supplies for Myanmar’s cyclone victims will sail away after the junta refused their help, even as aid workers Wednesday pleaded for more help to reach about a million survivors. (AFP iactiv)

People affected by cyclone Nargis wait to board boats prior to travel back to their devastated villages in the southwest Irrawaddy Delta, in the town of Labutta on June 3. US warships laden with supplies for Myanmar’s cyclone victims will sail away after the junta refused their help, even as aid workers Wednesday pleaded for more help to reach about a million survivors. (AFP/Khin Maung Win)

The amphibious ships USS Essex and USS Juneau as they steam in the Andaman Sea on May 23. Four US Navy ships which had been stationed off cyclone-hit Myanmar with relief supplies and aircraft will return to normal duties after the junta rejected their help, US officials said Wednesday. (AFP/US Navy/Michael D. Kennedy)

A UNICEF truck heads towards the Irrawaddy Delta region in Myanmar, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. Aid is slowly reaching the region after cyclone Nargis, hit on May 2-3 leaving 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing. (AP Photo)

A man holds a decorative umbrella in a small family business in Pathein in the Irrawaddy Delta region, Myanmar, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. Taking more than a week to make one single umbrella and costing around US$20, the owners and workers are struggling to survive due to the lack of tourists after cyclone Nargis, which hit which on May 2-3. The devastation that left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, has also affected many tourist dependant businesses. (AP Photo)

A family make their way past cyclone-damaged homes in Labutta, in the Ayeyawaddy division, May 31. Britain has pledged an additional 10.5 million pounds in aid for cyclone victims in Myanmar, taking the total to more than 27 million pounds. (AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)

People affected by the Cyclone Nargis find shelter inside a primary school in North Okkalapa township on the outskirts of Yangon on May 15. The Myanmar authorities ordered schools around Yangon to open on Monday after a long holiday, despite the affects of Cyclone Nargis, which left 133,600 dead or missing, with 2.4 million people in need of food, shelter and medicine. (AFP/Hla Hla Htay)

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June 6, 2008 at 4:19 am

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World focus on Burma (6 June 08)

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Let’s Go! June 6 and Beyond

Beaumont Enterprise, TX –

SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’

TransWorldNews (press release), GA –

Myanmar ’s ruling military junta lashed out Friday at media coverage of the May 2 cyclone that devastated the country, formerly known as Burma . …

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

The regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. “The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane …

Thousands of Children Orphaned By Nargis

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… children he met when he rushed to the ravaged area soon after the worst natural disaster in Burma (or Myanmar) stuck in the early hours of May 3. …

Comparisons are odious. – John Fortescue, De Laudibus Legum …

Spot-On –

Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid. Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. Of course, both Mr. Bush and Mr. Than knew in advance of the …

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage

FOXNews –

RANGOON, Burma — Calling coverage of the aftermath of a devastating cyclone distorted, the military junta of Burma — also known as Myanmar — lashed out at …

BURMA: Nargis Victims Forced From Camps

IPS, Italy –

The junta in Burma, or Myanmar, has forced cyclone victims out of temporary shelters, confiscated aid, and come in the way of assistance to the victims from …

Myanmar: Donors responding to border food crisis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

During the last few months the Thailand Burma Border Consortium has been appealing for attention to a pending crisis for over 140000 Burmese refugees along …

Benefit Aids Myanmar Cyclone Victims

Webster Kirkwood Times, MO –

But when a natural disaster once again struck the Pacific Rim on May 3 — this time a cyclone that ravaged Myanmar, also known as Burma — Aerne felt a more …

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food …

Burmese Rulers Criticize Foreign New Outlets of Airing False …

Voice of America –

An editorial in the state run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, accused “self-seekers” of filming “made-up stories” in storm-affected areas in the Irrawaddy …

Burma sprays foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

The latest tirade in the Government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar (Burma) newspaper came as the junta tries to convince the world that it has the relief …

Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

Reuters –

… which also severely restricts international media access to the former Burma. The New Light of Myanmar accused foreign media of running “groundless news …

Burma Cyclone Survivors Open to Gospel Amid Relief Efforts

Christian Post –

… teams were finding an “incredible openness” to the Gospel among non-Christian survivors in largely Buddhist Burma – officially known as Myanmar. …

Myanmarese protest in New Delhi, demand Suu Kyis freedom

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

Equipped with paints and brushes, around 35 protesters painted the gates and walls of the embassy with words ‘Free Burma’, ‘Free Aung San Suu Kyi’. …

Junta slams citizens over cyclone reports

elEconomista.es, Spain –

… which also severely restrictsinternational media access to the former Burma. The New Light of Myanmar accused foreign media of running”groundless news …

School accepting children of illegal foreign workers

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

A school in Samut Sakhon province is offering room for Myanmar children to study. It’s an attempt to help these children have a better future than their …

Little Myanmar in Thailand

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Back in Burma we got only 2000 to 3000 kyats or 60 to 70 Thai baht, which is impossible to live on. Yes, I am married, but having a child is impossible and …

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors

The Coloradoan, CO –

They plan to be in Myanmar for seven days with two medical volunteers to asses the needs of the cyclone survivors and will then prepare to ship a container …

Food Prices: Hunger Strikes

TIME –

… into producing biofuels; and crop failures from freak weather, including droughts in Australia and Europe and last month’s cyclone in Burma (Myanmar). …

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners

elEconomista.es, Spain –

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights expertfor Myanmar urged the military junta on Friday to investigatereports that its …

Rights Groups Report Post-Cyclone Abuses

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Burmese and international human rights groups have accused Burma’s ruling junta of committing serious rights violations in the wake of Cyclone …

No boys on the battlefield

Ottawa Citizen,  Canada –

“The most notable offender remains Myanmar (Burma), whose armed forces, engaged in long-running counter-insurgency operations against a range of ethnic …

EU: Rethinking the arms exports code

ISN, Switzerland –

… China are now included in armored vehicles supplied to the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Sudan and the military regime in Myanmar (Burma). …

Cyclone Nargis: Burmese junta claims media is making up horror stories

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The government mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar daily newspaper, accused foreign media of misleading the international community to make it appear the …

Exiled Burmese Monk Lambastes Junta

New America Media, CA –

The world community has been watching in shock and amazement as Burma’s military government continues to watch the victims of Cyclone Nargis starve while …

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Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food …

UN Rights Envoy Pushes Burma on Aid, Prisoners The Epoch Times Ireland

UN rights envoy pushes Myanmar on aid, prisoners Reuters

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners Reuters South Africa

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Boston Globe

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

The regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. “The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’ TransWorldNews (press release)

Myanmar arrests activist as US aid ships leave Reuters UK

Cyclone Nargis leaves death, destruction and deep emotional scars ReliefWeb (press release)

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The Southern Ledger

Weather stalls Burma relief work

The Times, South Africa –

BANGKOK – Seven helicopters set to fly to Yangon today to join the relief effort for cyclone victims in Myanmar have been delayed because of bad weather, …

Myanmar Delays Aid Helicopters Flying, UN Relief Official Says Bloomberg

UN may get choppers to Burma, US Navy pulls out Bangkok Post

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage FOXNews

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Burma slams foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar lashed out at “self-seekers exploiting storm victims,” who they said were “shooting video films featuring …

Top Burmese comedian nabbed The Times

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Factories Turn to Refugee Workers

Wall Street Journal –

… influx of refugees from Myanmar. Since January, the Swift plant has hired more than 200 workers from the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma. …

Another casualty of the cyclone: Asia loses one of its last …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Under British rule, Burma _ as the country was then called _ was one of the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia and the region’s biggest producer of …

Prayer to feed the hungry

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Wars and the disruption of local economies by destructive storms, such as the cyclone that hit Burma (Myanmar), drought, and so on – along with the higher …

Myanmar Relief Continues Amid Difficulties, Hundreds Open to Christ

Christian News Wire (press release), DC –

YANGON, Myanmar (Burma), June 5 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel for Asia/Believers Church relief teams in Myanmar (Burma) ministering among the battered …

Choir to entertain at relief concert

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

All proceeds from the concert will go to relief efforts in China and Burma (Myanmar). Tickets are available at The Freckled Lion Bookstore, 56 Main St. S., …

Desolation in Myanmar

Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –

by Brian McAfee In the aftermath of a major natural disaster, the ongoing tragedy that is playing out in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is unnecessary …

Disaster Lurks On Our Doorstep, And Americans Shrug!

OpEdNews, PA –

By AMANDA RIPLEY The recent earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma, not to mention the battery of tornadoes and wildfires ripping through the US this …

Burmese comedian Zarganar held for helping cyclone victims

Times Online, UK –

… the disaster and the aid effort that has followed – the way that it threatens the totalitarian rule of Burma’s junta and its leader, General Than Shwe. …

US says disaster officials still waiting to help victims of …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States said Thursday that US disaster specialists are still waiting in Thailand for permission to enter neighboring Myanmar …

Global Editorial Roundup

Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription), SC –

Has the military government of Myanmar (Burma) really opened its doors to humanitarian aid workers from abroad? More than three weeks after a devastating …

Burma one month on: Aid getting through but thousands of children …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Please donate now to our Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. We urgently need your help to rebuild these children’s lives. By Emergency:

Government earmarks 150000 euro in aid to China, Burma/Myanmar

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The Bulgarian government will provide financial aid to China and Burma/Myanmar to mitigate the damages from the natural disasters that hit the two countries …

Bulgaria to provide 100000 euro humanitarian aid to China

Xinhua, China –

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian government will also aid Myanmar, which was hit badly by the Nargis Cyclone, with 50000 euro for the relief efforts. …

Interview with Barry Scott Zellen: Arctic Lessons

Global Politician, NY –

BSZ: The junta in Burma and the Chinese Communist Party aren’t so very different in their mindset from the military governments that governed Alaska early …

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June 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

Burma: updated top news (6 June 2008)

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BBC News

US military extends aid offer to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – The US military has offered Myanmar 22 helicopters that could ferry relief to the majority of hungry and homeless cyclone survivors within three days – but the junta hasn’t responded yet, military officials said Friday.

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The Southern Ledger

Myanmar lashes foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar on Friday accused foreign media of fabricating “despicable and inhuman” stories about the cyclone, as new delays hampered efforts to reach one million hungry and homeless survivors.

Netherlands pledges two million extra for Myanmar Radio Netherlands

Burma slams foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports ABC Online

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Voice of America

The right to food in Myanmar

Radio Netherlands –

by Jamie van Wagtendonk and Dave McGuire More than a month after Cyclone Nargis wreaked destruction throughout Myanmar, survivors and aid workers tasked to rebuild the country are facing a new, perhaps more devastating problem: the country is running …

Saving the children in Myanmar Aljazeera.net

Burmese generals lash foreign media for ‘false’ coverage of … CBC.ca

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Gulf Times

Cruelty and silence in Burma

Boston Globe –

MORE THAN a million victims of the May 2 cyclone in Burma are still without food, water, shelter, and medicine. Yet the ruling junta refused 15 requests to let the USS Essex and three support ships in the Bay of Bengal deliver aid to uprooted villagers …

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave AFP

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Washington Post

Myanmar attacks media’s cyclone coverage

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military junta lashed out at its own citizens and foreign media Friday for what it called distorted coverage of the aftermath of a devastating cyclone.
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CBC.ca

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave

AFP –

BANGKOK (AFP) – US helicopters and small boats are still ready to help deliver cyclone aid to Myanmar, a US official said Thursday, after the regime rejected US navy ships laden with emergency supplies.

US Warships Leave Burma After Aid Efforts Rejected Voice of America

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Earthtimes (press release)

Myanmar comedian active in relief effort detained

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military junta has detained a popular comedian who had just returned from an aid trip to the cyclone-ravaged delta, a region where a human rights group said Thursday that the regime is forcing survivors to do menial …

Myanmar arrests activist as US aid ships leave Reuters UK

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Voice of America

Amnesty Accuses Burma of Human Rights Abuses Since Cyclone Nargis

Voice of America –

By Ron Corben – Amnesty International says Burma’s military government has been forcibly moving people out of the temporary shelters they moved into after Cyclone Nargis.

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor The Associated Press

Junta forcing Burma cyclone survivor relocation: Amnesty ABC Online

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Citizen

Southeast Asian team finally enters Myanmar cyclone zone

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Southeast Asian aid experts flew into Myanmar’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta on Thursday for a mission to assess cyclone damage, but US navy ships sailed away — laden with supplies rejected by the junta.
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June 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave

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BANGKOK (AFP) — US helicopters and small boats are still ready to help deliver cyclone aid to Myanmar, a US official said Thursday, after the regime rejected US navy ships laden with emergency supplies.

Four US Navy ships, which had idled off Myanmar’s coast since May 13, left for the Gulf of Thailand on Thursday after the ruling junta refused to accept aid from foreign militaries.

Lieutenant General John Goodman, commander of Marine forces Pacific, said that even though the USS Essex group was leaving, the United States was still ready to offer other equipment for the cyclone relief effort.

“The US maintains its offer to support the distribution efforts of the Burmese government and the international community,” Goodman said in a statement, referring to the country by its former name.

“This distribution support includes the use of helicopters currently in Thailand, and if requested, the landing craft from the amphibious ships to assist the world community in the distribution of relief supplies to relieve suffering.”

More than one month after the cyclone left 133,000 dead or missing, the United Nations estimates more than one million people still have not received any international assistance.

Myanmar has accused the United States of offering aid with unspecified “strings attached.”

“Our offer has been without strings, and it has never included bringing US Navy ships into their ports,” said Goodman. “Unfortunately those offers of support have yet to be accepted.”

US military C-130 cargo planes are still delivering supplies to Yangon from Thailand, the statement said.

The United States has flown 116 flights delivering more than 2.2 million pounds of relief supplies, it added.

Goodman said Washington had repeatedly offered helicopters and surface craft to support the relief efforts in the devastated Irrawaddy Delta, where many villages are not reachable by road.

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June 6, 2008 at 2:38 am