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Archive for September 23rd, 2008

U Win Tin and few of political prisoners released today

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Burma frees longest-serving political prisoner
Irish Times, Ireland –
Win Tin was one of Burma’s most high-profile political prisoners after opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in prison …

Burmese junta releases U Win Tin from jail in ‘amnesty’ of 9002 …
Times Online, UK –

“I have to continue with my unfinished task of trying to achieve democracy in Myanmar,” he said. “I will be happy only when all political prisoners, …

Human rights groups estimate that about 2000 political prisoners are locked away in Myanmar, but a spokesman for the opposition National League for …

Scottish Campaign: U Win Tin – Burma’s longest serving political …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
… demands and requests regarding human rights violations in Burmain which he described torture and lack of medical treatment in prison. …

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Burma Releases Longest-Serving Political …
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
It was not clear how many of Burma’s estimated two thousand political prisoners, including many Christians, were included in the amnesty. Human rights and …

Leading Burmese activist released after 19 years in prison
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The ailing journalist, one of Burma’s longest-serving political detainees, was one of the founders of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League …

Burma releases 9000 prisoners
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

Starting today, I am going to continue supporting Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy. I will soon be 80, but I am not going to stop. …

WAN Welcomes Release of Burmese Journalist
World Association of Newspapers, France –
“We now call on the authorities to free all other journalists and human rights activists who are being unjustly held for their views. …

Myanmar releases longest-serving political prisoner (Roundup)
Monsters and Critics.com –
Others released included several members National League for Democracy, which is headed by pro-democracy Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi – who has …

Joy at U Win Tin’s release after 19 years in prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

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He had been the editor of the daily Hanthawaddy and vice-president of the Burma Writers Association as well as Aung San Suu Kyi’s political mentor. …

Longest-held political prisoner freed in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Asked how it felt to be out of prison, Win Tin replied, “I will be happy only when all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, are released. …

Myanmar Frees Longest-Serving Political Prisoner
Wall Street Journal –
The 78-year-old Win Tin, a poet and editor who was a close aide of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested during a 1989 crackdown on …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
Zee News, India –
Win Tin, a member of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, vowed to continue his struggle against the junta. …

Myanmar Frees Political Prisoner
New York Times, United States –
Mr. Win Tin, a poet, journalist and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted of having communist affiliations in 1989. He was kept in solitary confinement for …

Political prisoner out after 19 years
The Australian, Australia –
By Hla Hla Htay in Rangoon | September 23, 2008 BURMA’S junta has released its longest-serving political prisoner as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
ecodiario, Spain –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), which tracks inmates of Myanmar’s gulag, said five other prisoners of conscience …

An Evil Game: Token Release of Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… key adviser to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is free. He was the longest serving political prisoner in Burma and perhaps all of Southeast Asia. …

Burmese democracy veteran freed
BBC News, UK –
The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, said the military government was releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and …

Regime Frees Longest-serving Political Prisoner, Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He didn’t need to sign any conditional agreement with the Burmese authorities,” Maung Maung Khin said. The state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, …

Myanmar junta frees 9002 prisoners
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house in the former Burma’s main city, Yangon. …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in 1990 elections, but the military refused to acknowledge the victory. …

Burmese journalist U Win Tin released after 19 years in prison
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
… he was the longest-serving political prisoner in military-ruled Burma. He had been behind bars for more years than even NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Myanmar democracy activist freed
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner has been released after the government announced an amnesty that saw more than 9000 inmates freed in advance of …

Burma sets free 9002 prisoners
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
BURMA’S junta is releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and goodwill”, official media said today. “We haven’t heard of any political …

U Win Tin released from Insein prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour. The New Light of Myanmar reported that the prisoners …

Junta to release thousand prisoners
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar’s/ Burma’s military government announced in state media on Tuesday that it would release more than 9 000 prisoners so that they can take …

MP-elect released in government amnesty
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour, though it is not yet clear how many political prisoners …

Burma ‘to free 9000 prisoners’
BBC News, UK –
The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, reported that the military government was releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving …

Burmese junta frees 9002 prisoners
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The state-controlled Myanmar Ahlin newspaper said that freedom was granted to prisoners around the country who exhibited good “moral behaviour”. …

“Loving” Myanmar junta frees 9002 prisoners
Reuters UK, UK –
Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be called, has more than 2000 people behind bars on account of their political or religious beliefs, human rights groups say …

Burma frees longest-serving political prisoner
ABC Online, Australia –
“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house. He was still wearing his light-blue …

Junta frees U Win Tin
Mizzima.com, India –
Veteran journalist U Win Tin and two other political prisoners were among those released by the ruling junta on Tuesday, Burma’s opposition party – National …

Junta to release thousand prisoners
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar’s/ Burma’s military government announced in state media on Tuesday that it would release more than 9 000 prisoners so that they can take …

Burmese junta releases U Win Tin from jail in ‘amnesty’ of 9002 …
Times Online, UK –
U Win Tin, a 78-year-old former journalist, was released after 19 years in Insein Prison, Rangoon. He has suffered from multiple ailments including asthma, …
Myanmar’s Win Tin vows to continue democracy fight Reuters
Scottish Campaign: U Win Tin – Burma’s longest serving political … Amnesty International UK
Journalist Win Tin freed by Burmese junta after 19 years in jail First Post
Reporters without borders (press release)Mizzima.com
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Burmese junta frees 9,002 prisoners

Burma’s military junta frees over 9,000 prisoners.

Burma’s junta has freed 9,002 prisoners for good behaviour so they can help build a new nation ahead of elections planned for 2010, state media has reported.

It was not clear if any of the country’s 1,200 political prisoners were among those released.

The state-controlled Myanmar Ahlin newspaper said that freedom was granted to prisoners around the country who exhibited good “moral behaviour”.

“The government is trying to transform these convicted prisoners into citizens who can contribute to the building of a new nation,” the newspaper said, adding they were released “so they could participate in the fair elections to be held in 2010”.

The elections are part of the junta’s long announced “roadmap to democracy”, which will give voters the first chance to cast ballots since 1990.

Critics say the roadmap is a sham designed to cement the military’s power.

In 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party won a landslide victory, which the junta refused to acknowledge. Instead, the generals stepped up arrests and repression of dissidents. Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 of the past 19 years in detention and is currently under house arrest.

The government often grants amnesties to mark important national days, but most of those released are petty criminals.

Tuesday’s announcement came ahead of the one-year anniversary of the junta’s deadly September 26-27, 2007, crackdown on anti-government protests that were led by Buddhist monks.

The UN estimated that at least 31 people, including a Japanese photojournalist, were killed when the army fired on peaceful protesters. Hundreds of activists were arrested in the crackdown and many fled the country or went underground.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=635874

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Junta frees veteran journalist & longest serving political prisoner, Win Tin

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Mizzima News

Tuesday, 23 September 2008 13:24

Burma’s longest serving political prisoner, veteran journalist U Win Tin has been released from detention on Tuesday.

The 78-year-old journalist U Win Tin, who had been detained for more than 19 years, was among the 9002 prisoners that Burma’s military government released on Tuesday.

Win Tin has reportedly arrive the resident of his long-time friend Maung Maung Khin, who frequently visited him while he was in detention.

Beside Win Tin, May Win Myint, an elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1990 from Mayankone Township and Taungoo MP Aung Soe Myint, were also included among the release, Nyan Win, spokesperson of the National League for Democracy said.

So far the following political prisoners are confirmed to have been released:

Veteran Journalist U Win Tin from Insein Prison

Captain Win Htein, in-charge of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s office members

Khin Maung Swe, elected MP from San Chaung Township

Daw May Win Myint, elected MP from Mayankone Township

Aung Soe Myint, elected MP from Taungoo

Aye Thein, member of the National League for Democracy, Thabeikkyin Township

Interview with NLD information committee member Thein Nyunt

“U Win Tin and Daw May Win Myint are clients of mine whose cases I have handled. I am extremely happy to hear that they are released. As a lawyer, I want to say two things. No matter how they are released, I would like to see that my other fellow countrymen are released too. And hearing that other political prisoners are also among those released, I hope it is the beginning of a national reconciliation.”

Meanwhile, sources said Aye Thein, an elected Member of Parliament from the Thabeikkyin Township NLD, has also been released from Kale Prison in Upper Burma.

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Interview with Maung Muang Khin, close friend of veteran journalist U Win Tin

“He [U Win Tin] has not yet been released. He is currently at the gate of the prison. People who saw him say that both U Win Tin and Daw May Win Myint, two long-term political prisoners, are together at the gate.

“I heard that at about 12:30 or 1 p.m. (local time) the authorities will give a speech and release them. When I analyze the information that I have received, it is almost certain that U Win Tin is to be released.

“As for us, since we heard that he has been released, we have to believe it.

“When I went to meet him on September 20 he already knew that some prisoners – such as the elderly and handicapped – would be released. However I argued with him, saying people arrested for political reasons should be released on political terms.

“So, if he is released on political terms, he is sure to come out.

“In 2005, the authorities did something similar. They took him to the gate of the prison, gave speeches and provided lunch, but later took him back to the prison.

“I am awaiting telephone calls. If he is released I will bring him to my house, as my house is just opposite the prison gate. A lot of people are also waiting in front of my house.”

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Interview with Maung Maung Khin, U Win Tin’s friend

Time: 2:10 p.m. Burmese standard time

“The latest information we have is that U Win Tin is at the gate and will leave the prison by this evening.

“The government is now releasing prisoners batch by batch, including bandits, thieves, and those arrested for prostitution and illegal business.

“It [number of those released] is more than 100 now. They are dropping off those released in prison vans and there are no security personnel present. There are so many family members waiting for prisoners, hundreds of them.

“But I think our family is the only group waiting for U Win Tin. Please call us back for more updated information in another hour.”

Mizzima will continue providing updated information as it develops.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 11:55 am

World focus on Burma (23 September 2008)

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Fact Sheet: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
There should be a stronger effort to help the people of Burma live free of the repression they have suffered for too long. All nations, especially members …

Bush Presses UN to Do More to Prevent Tyranny
FOXNews –
The president pointed to the UN’s failure to do more for people of Darfur and Myanmar, which is recognized in the world body by the junta-sponsored Burma. …

Bush’s remarks to UN General Assembly
United Press International –
There should be a stronger effort to help the people of Burma live free of the repression they have suffered for too long. …

Building peace and security through democracy (part 2)
Manila Times, Philippines –
We have called on the Burmese Government to live up fully to its own roadmap to democracy—to begin with, freeing and releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and …

MP-elect Dr Than Nyein released from prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… night after he had been stopped on the way to a meeting at the Mayangone NLD office with leaders such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo and U Kyi Maung. …

Human costs of food crisis
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy delta in Burma in May, causing a 1.2m tonne drop in production. Most countries imposed export bans and civil unrest …

The uber-generous Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie announced a $1 million donation to Human Rights Watch, to fund research and advocacy in Zimbabwe and Burma, …

Brad Pitt’s Burma donation
Monsters and Critics.com –
The couple’s non-profit organisation the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given the generous sum to the Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

BROWN: PM takes on Labour critics with conference speech
The Herald, UK –
Mr Brown made only a passing reference to Mr Miliband in his own speech, saying they would work together to do bring justice and democracy to Burma, …

Gordon Brown’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
And David Miliband, Douglas Alexander and I will do everything in our power to bring justice and democracy, to Burma, to Zimbabwe and to Darfur. …

An Interview with Eliana Cuevas
OpEdNews, PA –

Eliana supports the THE FREE BURMA CONCERT @ Lula Lounge, on Dec 2nd, in support of freedom and democracy in Burma. Recently Trinidadian singer/songwriter …

Burma Takes Measures for Wildlife Conservation – Chinese Agency
RedOrbit, TX –
23 (Xinhua) – Myanmar [Burma] has taken measures for wildlife conservation by restricting the catching of elephant in the country’s Bago Yoma mountain range …

Japan: Man Arrested for Extortion Attempt Over Journalist Killed …
RedOrbit, TX –
Nagai was killed while videotaping anti-government demonstrations in Myanmar. The Myanmar government has not returned his video camera and tapes, …

Interview: Engaging with the military regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 23, 2008 (DVB)–Twenty years after the military coup which ended the 8888 uprising, DVB spoke to three former Burmese army officers about the outlook for …

Burma Still at Bottom of List of World’s Dirtiest Countries
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In a press release dated November 1, 2007, TI singled out Burma for its severe violations of human rights, as well as its widespread corruption. …

Five Activists Win Human Rights Awards
SANGONeT, South Africa –
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has awarded five brave and selfless advocates of human rights from Burma, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan have …

Myanmar’s Win Tin vows to continue democracy fight
Washington Post, United States –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner, journalist Win Tin, vowed Tuesday to continue his struggle against 46 years of military …

MP-elect released in government amnesty
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour, though it is not yet clear how many political prisoners …

Leaked Document Reveals Burma’s US Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Regarding the US naval ships’ inability to deliver aid to cyclone survivors in the Irrawaddy delta, Maung Oo is reported as saying that the Burmese junta …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
ecodiario, Spain –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), which tracks inmates of Myanmar’s gulag, said five other prisoners of conscience …

Burmese democracy veteran freed
BBC News, UK –

The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, said the military government was releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and …

Regime Frees Longest-serving Political Prisoner, Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He didn’t need to sign any conditional agreement with the Burmese authorities,” Maung Maung Khin said. The state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, …

Stamping out corruption can save lives, watchdog says
AFP –

Myanmar, which received international condemnation for its heavy-handed crackdown on protests in September 2007, was on 1.3 points, as was Iraq, …

Myanmar junta frees 9002 prisoners
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house in the former Burma’s main city, Yangon. …

Myanmar democracy activist freed
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner has been released after the government announced an amnesty that saw more than 9000 inmates freed in advance of …

Burma sets free 9002 prisoners
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
BURMA’S junta is releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and goodwill”, official media said today. “We haven’t heard of any political …

U Win Tin released from Insein prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour. The New Light of Myanmar reported that the prisoners …

China Candy, Milk, Desserts Tested Around the Globe
FLEXNEWS, France –
Chinese producers Yashili and Suncare said last week they would recall milk formula from five countries including Myanmar. There have been no reports of …

The Four Seasons Tented Camp Joins Thailand In Style’s Collection …
PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria –
… Myanmar and Laos—meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers: “If you were doing a foxtrot and stepped forward you’d be in Burma, …

Myanmar: Opposition Wants Review Of Constitution
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: The party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s ruling junta on Monday (22 Sept) to set up a committee to …

Bago activists launch banknote campaign
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I obtained one 100 kyat note with the prayer, ‘May Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be free as soon as possible’ from someone who must want her to be freed. …

Election should be welcomed: Writer Maung Suu San
Mizzima.com, India –
… be welcomed for the sake of transition to democracy in Burma. The rebel politician turned writer has not been known to see eye to eye with the junta. …

Dear Mahmoud
Pajamas Media, CA –
Have you polled the Burmese and the Chinese, or the North Koreans? I haven’t heard them singing your praises, frankly). But there’sa big difference between …

The secret arm
Frontline, India –

In those cases where matters went to the UN in the face of US inaction – Burma, Tibet, Cuba – Washington actively discouraged public debate or even vetoed …

How Just the Ten-of-Us 65 Years Ago Got Together to Raise Money …
RedOrbit, TX –
For the first few decades Tenovus concentrated on local community projects and played a leading role in the Burma, Sunshine and Danybryn Homes, …

Human Rights Campaigner Says China Key To A Better Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

… providing funds to the Junta. In particular he is opposed to China and Thailand building dams in Burma which will displace thousands of people while all …

US State Dept.: Religious Freedom Declines in Asia

Catholic Online, CA –

In September of 2007, tens of thousands of Burmese Buddhist monks protested the military dictatorship, which responded with killings, torture, …

Environmental & Human Rights Activists to Testify Before Senate

Earthrights.org, DC –

The hearing will also include testimony from Jeffrey Krilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Arvind Ganesan, …

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O’Reilly Radar, CA –

It’s hard to remember that it wasn’t always this way, anywhere in the world, (and still isn’t, as events in Zimbabwe and Burma remind us so painfully right …

One Million Weapons to Iraq; Many Go Missing

CorpWatch.org, CA –

In Burma (renamed Myanmar by a military junta), despite the dictatorship’s persistent pattern of well-documented human rights violations, China, Russia, …

Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy to attend Presidential event honoring …

Save Tibet, DC –

… include democracy activists from around the world, representing movements in countries as diverse as Tibet and Sierra Leone, and North Korea and Burma. …

Day 29 – Taking long time to name Somchai’s cabinet lineup for royal approval

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PM: First meeting of new cabinet later this week Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

PM says cabinet is good-looking Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 2:41 am

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