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နအဖအေနျဖင့္ ျပည္သူနဲ႔ ႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ ေက်းဇူးသစၥာကို ေစာင့္သိဖို႔ လိုၿပီ

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အခုဆိုရင္ အေမရိကန္စစ္တပ္က ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရကို မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ေရးမွာ သံုးဖို႔ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ (၂၂)စီး ကမ္းလွမ္းထားပါတယ္။ ဆာေလာင္မြတ္သိပ္ေနတဲ့ အိမ္ေျခမဲ့ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြဆီကို ကယ္ဆယ္ ေထာက္ပံ့ေရး ပစၥည္းေတြ ေပးႏိုင္ဖို႔ အဲဒီ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြနဲ႔ သံုးရက္အတြင္း သယ္ယူပို႔ေဆာင္ေပးႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ နအဖက ခုထိ ဘာမွအေၾကာင္းမျပန္ေသးပါဘူး။

ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္း ဝင္ေမႊသြားတာ အခုဆိုရင္ တလေက်ာ္သြားပါၿပီ။ နအဖ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြက ဒုကၡသည္ေတြကို စစ္တပ္ပိုင္ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြနဲ႔ ေဘးကင္းရာေဒသ ေတြဆီကို သယ္ယူပို႔ေဆာင္ေပးတာ မၾကားမိေသးပါ။

အခုအခ်ိန္ထိ ျမစ္ဝကြၽန္းေပၚ ေတာင္ဖက္အစြန္အဖ်ား အရပ္ေဒသေတြမွာ ကယ္ဆယ္သူ ေရာက္မလာႏိုင္ေသးပဲ ရွိေနပါေသးတယ္။ သြားလာရ ခက္ခဲလို႔ မေရာက္ႏိုင္တာနဲ႔ သြားခြင့္ ပိတ္ပင္ထားလို႔ မေရာက္ႏိုင္တာ တခုခုပါပဲ။

တကယ္လို႔ သြားလာရ ခက္ခဲလို႔ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ အဲဒီေနရာေတြကို ရဟတ္ယာဥ္နဲ႔ သြားမွ အဆင္ေျပႏိုင္မွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့သူေတြ မသြားႏိုင္ေအာင္ ပိတ္ဆို႔ဟန္႔တားထားတယ္ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ နအဖရဲ႕ လူထုအေပၚထားတဲ့ သေဘာထားကို လူထုက ဆံုးျဖတ္မွာပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

တကယ္လို႔မ်ား ဒီမိုကေရစီ ထြန္းကားတဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာလို ျမန္မာျပည္သူလူထုကို ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြ ပ်ံသန္းေမာင္းႏွင္ခြင့္ ေပးလိုက္မယ္ဆိုရင္ ေစတနာရွင္ ျပည္သူေတြက အခုလိုကပ္ေဘးႀကီးက်ေရာက္ခ်ိန္မွာ အဲဒီေဒသေတြအထိ ေရာက္ေအာင္သြားၿပီး ကယ္ဆယ္ ေထာက္ပံ့လိမ့္မယ္ဆိုတာ ေျမႀကီးလက္ခတ္ မလြဲပါ။

စစ္တပ္ပိုင္ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ဆိုတာ စစ္တပ္ပိုက္ဆံနဲ႔ ဝယ္ထားတာျဖစ္လို႔ စစ္ေရးကိစၥမွာပဲ သံုးမယ္၊ ၿပီးေတာ့ စစ္တပ္က ရာထူးႀကီးႀကီးေတြပဲ စီးခြင့္ရွိတယ္လို႔ ပံုေသ မသတ္မွတ္ရပါဘူး။ အဲဒီစစ္တပ္ပိုင္ ေငြေၾကးဆိုတာ ျပည္သူ႔ဘ႑ာထဲက ယူရတာပါ။ ျပည္သူေတြဆီက အခြန္ ေကာက္လို႔ ရတာမ်ဳိး၊ ႏိုင္ငံပိုင္ သယံဇာတေတြ ေရာင္းခ်လို႔ ရတာမ်ဳိးနဲ႔ စစ္တပ္ဘ႑ာအျဖစ္ သံုးစြဲေစရတာပါ။ ႏိုင္ငံသား ျပည္သူေတြ ဒုကၡေရာက္ခ်ိန္မွာ စစ္တပ္က ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြနဲ႔ ကူညီေပးမွလည္း ျပည္သူနဲ႔ ႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ ေက်းဇူးသစၥာကို ေစာင့္သိရာ ေရာက္ပါတယ္။

ေလျပင္းမုန္တိုင္းတိုက္တဲ့အခါျဖစ္ျဖစ္၊ ေရႀကီးလို႔ေရလႊမ္းမိုးလို႔ပဲ ျဖစ္ျဖစ္၊ ငလ်င္လႈပ္လို႔ ေျမႀကီးေတြၿပိဳ ေတာင္ေတြၿပိဳတဲ့အခါျဖစ္ျဖစ္ ဒုကၡေရာက္ေနသူေတြကို ကယ္ဆယ္ေပးတဲ့ ေနရာမွာ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြက အလြန္ အသံုးက်ပါတယ္။ မီးေလာင္တဲ့အခါမွာ၊ မီးေတာင္ေတြ ေပါက္ကြဲတဲ့အခါမွာ၊ သေဘၤာေတြေလွေတြ ေရနစ္ျမွဳပ္တဲ့အခါမွာလည္း ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြကို လိုသလို အသံုးခ်ရင္ ျမန္ျမန္ဆန္ဆန္ ကယ္ဆယ္ေပးႏိုင္ပါတယ္။

ဘာေၾကာင့္လဲဆိုေတာ့ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ဟာ လြတ္ေနတဲ့ ေျမႀကီးေပၚမွာ ရပ္ႏိုင္သလို ေကာင္းကင္မွာလည္း ရပ္ႏိုင္လို႔ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့လည္း သစ္ပင္၊ ေတာင္၊ မိုးေမွ်ာ္ တိုက္ႀကီးေတြ အစရွိတဲ့ အဆီးအတားေတြ ရွိေနရင္ေတာင္ ေကြ႔ဝိုက္ၿပီးေတာ့ ပ်ံသန္းႏိုင္ပါ တယ္။ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြကို ေဆးရံု၊ ေဆးေပးခန္းနဲ႔ ေဘးကင္းရာကို ေကာင္းကင္ကေန ျမန္ျမန္ ဆန္ဆန္ ပို႔ေဆာင္ေပးႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ လိုအပ္ရင္ ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးလုပ္သားေတြ၊ ဆရာဝန္ေတြ၊ ကြၽမ္းက်င္သူေတြကို ရဟတ္ယာဥ္နဲ႔ သယ္ေဆာင္လာၿပီး ေဘးဒုကၡျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ ေနရာကို ပို႔ေဆာင္ေပးႏိုင္ပါတယ္။

ဒါေၾကာင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာမွာ သဘာဝ ေဘးအႏၱရာယ္ေတြ က်ေရာက္လာတဲ့အခါျဖစ္ေစ၊ မေတာ္ တဆမႈေတြ ျဖစ္ပြားတဲ့အခါျဖစ္ေစ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ကိုသံုးၿပီး ဒုကၡေရာက္ေနသူေတြကို ကယ္တင္ ၾကပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာလည္း အခုလိုအခ်ိန္မွာ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ကိုသံုးၿပီး မုန္တိုင္းဒုကၡေရာက္ေနသူ ေတြကို ကယ္ဆယ္ ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးသင့္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္က ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ကိုပဲ သံုးသံုး၊ အေမရိကန္ ကမ္းလွမ္းတဲ့ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ကိုပဲ သံုးသံုး၊ ဒုကၡေရာက္ေနသူေတြကို အျမန္ဆံုး ကူညီကယ္ဆယ္ေပးႏိုင္တာျဖစ္လို႔ ေကာင္းတဲ့ကိစၥပါပဲ။

ခက္တာက နအဖဆိုတဲ့ စစ္ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ႀကီးေတြဟာ အင္မတန္မွ တလြဲဆံပင္ ေကာင္းတတ္ၾကပါတယ္။ အမ်ားက အေကာင္းျမင္ရင္ သူတို႔က အဆိုးျမင္ေလ့ ရွိတတ္ၾက ပါတယ္။ ဒီေတာ့ အမ်ားသူငါ လုပ္ရပ္ေတြနဲ႔ ႏိႈင္းယွဥ္လိုက္ရင္ သူတို႔ဟာ ခါးေတာင္က်ဳိက္ တျခား၊ ဖင္တျခား ျဖစ္ေနတတ္ပါတယ္။ အခုလည္း ေကာင္းတဲ့ကိစၥကို သူတို႔အက်င့္ပါေနတဲ့ အတိုင္း မေကာင္းျမင္ ရႈေထာင့္ကေန ၾကည့္ဦးမယ္ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ နတ္လူ သာဓုေခၚခံရမယ့္ အခြင့္အေရးကို အဆံုးရွဳံးခံလိုက္သလို ျဖစ္ေနပါမယ္။

နအဖကိုယ္တိုင္က စစ္တပ္ ရဟတ္ယာဥ္ေတြကို သံုးဖို႔ ေလာင္စာဆီ အခက္အခဲ၊ ကြၽမ္းက်င္ သူ အခက္အခဲ၊ ဘ႑ာေရးအခက္အခဲ ရွိေနတယ္ဆိုရင္လည္း အလကား လာေပးတဲ့ အေမရိကန္ အကူအညီကို ယူလိုက္လို႔ ရပါတယ္။ ကိုယ့္အိတ္ကပ္ထဲက တျပားမွ မကုန္တဲ့ အျပင္ ကိုယ့္ကိုေတာင္ ေက်းဇူးတင္သြားဦးမယ့္ အျဖစ္ပါ။ အေမရိကန္နဲ႔ အဆင္ေျပရင္ နအဖ ထိပ္တန္းေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြနဲ႔ သူတို႔ရဲ႕အဆက္အႏြယ္ ဝိသမ စီးပြားေရးသမားေတြအေပၚ အေမရိကန္က စီးပြားပိတ္ဆို႔ အျပစ္ဒဏ္ခတ္ထားတာကိုေတာင္ ျပန္စဥ္းစားလာဖို႔ ရွိခ်င္ရွိႏိုင္ ပါတယ္။

တကမာၻလံုးမွာ ေလာင္စာဆီေတြ ေစ်းတက္ခ်ိန္မွာ၊ စားေသာက္ကုန္ေစ်းေတြ မိုးထိုးေနခ်ိန္မွာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက အကုန္အက်ခံ လာေရာက္ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးေနတာဟာ အင္မတန္ ေကာင္းတဲ့ အခြင့္အေရးႀကီးပါ။ ဆင္းရဲတြင္းနက္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအေနနဲ႔ ကယ္ဆယ္ ေထာက္ပံ့ေရး၊ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရးလုပ္ငန္းေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာအကူအညီ မပါပဲ လုပ္မယ္ ဆိုရင္ အေတာ္ကို ခက္ခဲႏိုင္ပါတယ္။

တိုင္းျပည္ဘ႑ာေငြကို ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္မႈနဲ႔ လူဦးေရအလိုက္၊ ေဒသအလိုက္ အခ်ဳိးက် သံုးစြဲရပါတယ္။ အခုဆိုရင္ မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ကို အႀကီးအက်ယ္ ခံလိုက္ရတဲ့ ဧရာဝတီ ျမစ္ဝ ကြၽန္းေပၚေဒသနဲ႔ ရန္ကုန္တိုင္းမွာ အပ်က္အစီးေတြကို ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ဖို႔အတြက္ ႏိုင္ငံ့ ဘ႑ာေတြကို ခါတိုင္းထက္ပိုၿပီး သံုးစြဲရပါေတာ့မယ္။ ဒီေတာ့ အျခားေဒသေတြမွာ အထိုက္ အေလ်ာက္ ေလ်ာ့နည္းသြားရမွာ ေသခ်ာပါတယ္။ ဒါဆိုရင္ အဲဒီေဒသေတြရဲ႕ တိုးတက္ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးကို အနည္းအမ်ား ထိခိုက္ႏိုင္စရာ ရွိလာႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံ့ေခါင္းေဆာင္ဆိုတာ ႏိုင္ငံကို အဖက္ဖက္က တိုးတက္လာေအာင္ စဥ္းစားလုပ္ေဆာင္ေပးရပါတယ္။ အဖက္ဖက္က ခြၽတ္ျခံဳက် မြဲေတလာရင္ ႏိုင္ငံကို ဖ်က္ဆီးတာ ျဖစ္သြားပါၿပီ။

နအဖနဲ႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အလွဴရွင္ေတြရဲ႕ ကြန္ဖရင့္မွာ နအဖက အေမရိကန္ေဒၚလာ (၁၁ ဒႆမ ၁)ဘီလ်ံ ေတာင္းေပမယ့္ မရလိုက္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက ကပ္စီးနည္းတယ္လို႔ စစ္အစိုးရပိုင္ သတင္းစာကေန ေရးသားပါတယ္။

အမွန္ေတာ့ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက ကပ္စီးမနည္းပါ။ ေဘးဒုကၡေတြ ႀကီးသည္ျဖစ္ေစ၊ ငယ္သည္ ျဖစ္ေစ ရက္ရက္ေရာေရာ ေပးကမ္းေထာက္ပံ့ေလ့ ရွိပါတယ္။ အထူးသျဖင့္ ကမာၻ႔အဆင္းရဲဆံုး ႏိုင္ငံေတြျဖစ္ရင္ ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးကမ္းတာအျပင္ ဘဏ္ေၾကြးေတြေတာင္ ေလွ်ာ္ပစ္လိုက္ပါေသး တယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက ကပ္စီးနည္းရင္ အဲဒီလို လုပ္ပါ့မလားလို႔ ေတြးၾကည့္ႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ နအဖ ဘက္က ေတာင္းတာ မူမမွန္လို႔၊ လုပ္ေနတာ မူမမွန္လို႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက မေပးပဲ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ ေနတာ ရွင္းပါတယ္။

အနီးကပ္ဆံုး ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အကူအညီကို ၾကည့္ရင္ မႏွစ္က စက္တင္ဘာမွာ ဘဂၤလာဒက္ရွ္ ေလမုန္တိုင္းေၾကာင့္ လူတသိန္းေက်ာ္ ေသေၾကေပ်ာက္ဆံုးသြားတုန္းက ႏိုင္ငံတကာက ဘဂၤလာဒက္ရွ္ကို အေမရိကန္ေဒၚလာ ()ဘီလ်ံေပးမယ္လို႔ တပါတ္အတြင္း ကတိေပးခဲ့ဖူး ပါတယ္။ တပါတ္အတြင္း ျဖစ္ေအာင္လုပ္ႏိုင္တာကေတာ့ ဘဂၤလာဒက္ရွ္မွာ မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ ခံရတဲ့အခ်ိန္ကစၿပီး အစိုးရဟာ ခ်က္ခ်င္းကို ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးနဲ႔ ေထာက္ပံ့ေရးေတြ လုပ္ေပး ေနေတာ့ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အကူအညီေတြလည္း တပါတ္အတြင္း ရလာတာပါပဲ။ ဒီေတာ့ မုန္တိုင္းေၾကာင့္ အသက္မေသပဲ က်န္ရစ္ေနသူ ေထာင္ေသာင္းခ်ီၿပီး အသက္ကယ္ ေပးလိုက္ ႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ေသဆံုးသူေတြရဲ႕ ရုပ္အေလာင္းေတြကိုလည္း ျမန္ျမန္ဆန္ဆန္ မီးရွိဳ႕သၿဂိဳဟ္ ေပးႏိုင္ေတာ့ ေရာဂါဘယေတြ မျပန္႔ႏွ႔ံေအာင္ အေတာ္အတန္ ထိန္းေပးႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အလွဴရွင္ေတြအဖို႔ သံသယကင္းကင္းနဲ႔ ရက္ရက္ေရာေရာ ေပးကမ္းေထာက္ပံ့ႏိုင္ခဲ့တာ မဆန္းပါ။

နအဖ စစ္အစိုးရက “အစိုးရ”ပါလို႔ ကုိယ့္ကိုယ္ကို ေၾကြးေက်ာ္ေနရင္ အစိုးရပီသတဲ့အလုပ္ကို လုပ္မွ သဘာဝက်ပါမယ္။ ဘဂၤလာဒက္ရွ္ အစိုးရက အစိုးရတရပ္အေနနဲ႔ လုပ္သင့္ လုပ္ထိုက္တာကို လုပ္သြားႏိုင္လို႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက အကူအညီေတြ ျမန္ျမန္ဆန္ဆန္ႀကီး ရက္ရက္ေရာေရာႀကီး ေပးလိုက္တာပဲလို႔ သေဘာေပါက္ရပါမယ္။ သူ႔လိုမ်ဳိး ျဖစ္ခ်င္ရင္ သူလိုမ်ဳိး အစိုးရပီသတဲ့ အလုပ္ကို ရိုးရိုသားသား လုပ္ျပဖို႔ လုိတာပါပဲ။

ေႏွာင္ႀကိဳးေတြ ပါလာမွာ ေၾကာက္လို႔ ဆိုတဲ့ ဆင္ေျခကေတာ့ ရိုးလြန္းပါတယ္။ ဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ တကမာၻလံုးက ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကို မၾကံဳစဖူး တစကၠန္႔မျပတ္ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေနတာျဖစ္လို႔ ဘယ္ႏိုင္ငံမွ မရိုးမသား မလုပ္ရဲပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ကိုယ္က မရိုးမသား လုပ္ေနရင္ေတာ့ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက တခါတည္း သိသြားမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ခုလည္း နအဖဘက္က မရိုးမသား လုပ္ေနၿပီလား ဆိုတာ တကမာၻလံုးက ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြကို ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ဖို႔ ဘယ္ႏိုင္ငံသားကိုမဆို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ လာေရာက္ ကူညီခြင့္ေပးပါ့မယ္လို႔ နအဖ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္သန္းေရႊက ကုလသမဂၢ အေထြေထြ အတြင္းေရးမႉးခ်ဳပ္ဆီမွာ ကတိေပးထားပါတယ္။ အဲဒီကတိကို တည္ရဲ႕လား ဆိုတာလည္း အလွဴရွင္ႏိုင္ငံေတြေရာ၊ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြကပါ မ်က္ေျခမျပတ္ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေနၾကပါတယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံ့ဂုဏ္သိကၡာက်ေအာင္ လုပ္ေနတာ တကယ္ေတာ့ နအဖပါပဲ။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ နအဖအေနနဲ႔ “ေနာက္ထပ္ သိကၡာက်လည္း ကိစၥမရွိဘူးေဟ့” ဆိုၿပီး မထူးဇာတ္ကို ဆက္မခင္းပဲ ျမန္မာျပည္သူလူထုနဲ႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ ေက်းဇူးသစၥာကို ရႏိုင္သေရြ႕ ေစာင့္သိဖို႔ လိုအပ္ေနပါၿပီ။

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June 7, 2008 at 3:01 am

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June 7, 2008 at 2:47 am

UN: Myanmar prison shootings should be probed

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GENEVA (AP) — Myanmar should investigate reports that inmates were shot to death in a Yangon prison as Cyclone Nargis ravaged the country last month, a U.N. human rights expert said Friday.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s new investigator for Myanmar, said security forces apparently opened fire after prisoners at Insein prison panicked when zinc roofs were blown off during the May 2-3 cyclone.

“The authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation to clarify the facts and identify the perpetrators of these arbitrary killings,” he said in a 16-page report to the rights council.

Tate Naing of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) put the death toll at 40, based on several reports the group received about the shooting.

The Thailand-based organization for Myanmar exiles said more than 1,500 prisoners were forced to congregate inside a prison hall and were locked inside until the morning of May 3.

Angry prisoners set fire to the hall and a riot ensued. Guards attempting to contain the situation opened fire and soldiers and riot police were called in, the group said.

However, Myanmar’s government rejected the claim that inmates had been shot in the incident.

“No one was killed or injured during the event,” said Wunna Maung Lwin, Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.N. office in Geneva. “The prison security, as well as the police and the military, had not in any circumstances used arms against the prisoners.”

Questioning Quintana’s impartiality, Lwin added that “human rights issues must be addressed with respect for national sovereignty.”

Quintana, who took up his post May 1, has yet to visit the country himself.

In his report, he touched on aid delays related to the cyclone, but stopped short of blaming the junta for causing additional suffering to the 2.4 million people affected by the storm. Many could not be reached by international relief agencies because of government-imposed restrictions.

Beyond the cyclone, Quintana said he was greatly concerned the country’s rulers had made no improvement on important issues such as the treatment of political prisoners, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

“The situation of human rights in Myanmar … has not changed for the better,” said Quintana, a rights expert from Argentina.

“The reported number of political prisoners and detention conditions continue to be appalling,” Quintana said, adding he had been informed that some 1,900 people are imprisoned on political grounds.

He called on the government to release the country’s most prominent political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years.

The Southeast Asian country faced international condemnation last September after security forces violently suppressed pro-democracy protests, killing dozens.

Last month’s referendum on a new constitution meanwhile lacked transparency because international observers were blocked from attending, he said. The vote was held May 10, about a week after the May 2-3 cyclone.

Critics say the constitution is designed to perpetuate the military’s decades-old grip on power and have questioned the fairness of the referendum.

The government reported that 98.12 percent of the 27.3 million eligible voters cast ballots and that 92.48 percent of them approved the charter.

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June 7, 2008 at 2:27 am

World Focus on Burma (7 June 2008)

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Lebanon Daily News, PA –
Burma (called Myanmar by its military) has a population of 42 million or so. The Burmese government says that 27 million Burmese are over 18. …

Burma: Dictators, disasters and consequences

China Post, Taiwan –

While the world community has literally pleaded with the junta to accept humanitarian relief, the military rulers of the country they call Myanmar, …

Drop ’em in the name of peace

Western Star, Canada –

You’ve heard of Myanmar? I hadn’t, not in school. In school we learned about Burma, although not much. We were too busy learning about the little African …

Burma Arrests Celebrity Critic Who Organized Cyclone Relief

Washington Post, United States –

The state-owned New Light of Myanmar newspaper, meanwhile, lashed out at “unscrupulous” elements that it said were exaggerating the problems in the delta. …

Charities persevere in unfriendly neighborhoods

Georgia Straight, Canada –

When a cyclone tore through the south of Burma (also known as Myanmar) in May, the country’s ruling military junta was hammered for refusing to allow …

Burma condemns foreign media reports

Radio Australia, Australia –

… of Myanmar, accuses self-seekers of Faking video footage of the destruction and selling it to foreign media who have used it to harm Burma’s image. …

Myanmar police fired on prisoners during cyclone: UN rights report

JURIST –

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) [advocacy website] estimated that 36 prisoners were killed and 70 were injured [AAPP press …

UN says cyclone relief aid moving to Myanmar, but not enough

TopNews, India –

New York – Myanmar’s military government has provided entry visas to 180 UN relief workers and authorized other international staff to provide assistance to …

Myanmar’s leaders have politicised aid effort: Amnesty

Hindu, India –

The article Myanmar’s cyclone crisis and India’s aid by PS Suryanarayana published in The Hindu on 30 May 2008 quotes India’s Minister of State Jairam …

UN Rights Envoy Pushes Burma on Aid, Prisoners

The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –

An Indian staffer at the Myanmar embassy removes placards pasted by protesting Burmese in exile outside the Myanmar Ambassador’s residence after a protest …

Cyclone Nargis leaves death, destruction and deep emotional scars

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Please pray for the millions of people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma) and help ensure basic necessities such as food, clean water and shelter …

Volunteer holds free film shows

The Daily Yomiuri, Japan –

… very quiet spontaneously began talking about how the film had sparked nostalgic memories of the time he spent in Burma, which is now called Myanmar. …

UN: Myanmar prison shootings should be probed

The Associated Press –

Tate Naing of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) put the death toll at 40, based on several reports the group received about the …

Cyclone destroys trees in Myanmar’s main city

The Associated Press –

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

UN expert calls for probe into Myanmar prison deaths

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

The most detailed account so far has come from a Thailand-based organization of Myanmar exiles, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), …

UN rights envoy pushes Myanmar on aid, prisoners

Reuters –

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 6 (Reuters) – The UN human rights expert for Myanmar urged the ruling junta on Friday to investigate reports that its …

Volunteer holds free film shows

The Daily Yomiuri, Japan –

… very quiet spontaneously began talking about how the film had sparked nostalgic memories of the time he spent in Burma, which is now called Myanmar. …


The Associated Press

Cyclone destroys trees in Myanmar’s main city

The Associated Press –

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 7, 2008 at 2:14 am

Burma: Updated top news (7 June 2008)

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Mirror.co.uk

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online –
Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food supplies, a Thailand-based watchdog said on Friday.
UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners Reuters South Africa
Myanmar police fired on prisoners during cyclone: UN rights report JURIST
The Epoch Times IrelandThe Associated PressPR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
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The Southern Ledger

International Aid’s eyes in Myanmar see vast need

MLive.com –
During his trip, Enriquez focused on building relationships with organizations already stationed in and around Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “Our strategy is not to be on the ground, but to look for capable organizations that would be the ones to …
Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters New York Times
With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Associated PressIndian CatholicGrand Haven TribuneThe Associated Press
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Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

A family looks for traces of their house, on a marooned embankment, in the village of Pay Kunhnasay in the Kawhmu township, Myanmar, May 30, 2008. (Aung Hla Tung/Reuters)

Fri Jun 6, 8:14 AM ETYANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta attacked “unscrupulous” citizens and foreign media on Friday for presenting a false picture of the devastation left by….



Voice of America

Myanmar’s leaders have politicised aid effort: Amnesty

Hindu –

The article Myanmar’s cyclone crisis and India’s aid by PS Suryanarayana published in The Hindu on 30 May 2008 quotes India’s Minister of State Jairam Ramesh as having “saluted the people and the Government of Myanmar for their resilience and fortitude …

Amnesty Accuses Burma of Human Rights Abuses Since Cyclone Nargis Voice of America

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor The Associated Press

ABC OnlineDigitalJournal.comThe Irrawaddy News Magazine

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National Post

Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters

New York Times –

By THE NEW YORK TIMES LABUTTA, Myanmar – Within a week of the storm that flooded the delta here last month with waves as high as 20 feet, the monasteries in this village were swarming with 14000 people who had lost their families, homes and livelihoods …

US military copters still ready to help Myanmar The Associated Press

With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution

ReutersRadio NetherlandsThe Associated PressNew York Times

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US military copters still ready to help Myanmar

Fri Jun 6, 4:16 PM ET
U.S. soldiers from Marine Aircraft Group 36 adjust flags on a cargo of UNICEF aid after loading it onto a cargo plane for cyclone victims in Myanmar, Friday, June 6, 2008, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.  The plane was due to fly the aid first to Thailand from where it would be flown into Yangon.  (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

YANGON, Myanmar – The U.S. military said Friday it is keeping 22 helicopters on standby in case Myanmar’s ruling junta reverses its rejection of such help for cyclone victims, saying the aircraft could ferry emergency supplies to most survivors within three days.

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave AFP

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors The Coloradoan

Voice of AmericaChicago TribuneNewsdayThe Associated Press

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BBC News

Burma condemns foreign media reports

Radio Australia –
Burma’s state-run media has strongly condemned foreign media reports of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. An article in the state daily, The New Light of Myanmar, accuses self-seekers of Faking video footage of the destruction and selling it to …
The right to food in Myanmar Radio Netherlands
Burma hits out at cyclone reports BBC News
France24Bangkok PostNewsBlazeRadio Australia
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 7, 2008 at 1:38 am