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Burmese junta arrests 9 NLD members on 20th Founding day of the party

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Mizzima News

Junta arrests nine party members on NLD’s 20th anniversary

Saturday, 27 September 2008 19:11

New Delhi – Burmese junta authorities on Saturday arrested nine members of the opposition party – the National League for Democracy – who were travelling to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the party’s founding day, the party spokesperson said.

Nyan Win, spokesperson of the NLD said nine of his party members including Htet Htet Oo Wai and Daw Shan Ma were rounded up by plainclothes security personnel as they stepped off a bus near the NLD head office in Shwegondine Street in Bahan Township.

“They were picked up by plainclothes policemen. We don’t know the names of the other seven,” Nyan Win said.

The NLD spokesperson said, at least a thousand plainclothes security personnel were present in and around the party office as members marked the 20th anniversary of the party’s founding day. The security personnel also took video footage and still photographs of the people attending the function.

“There were about 500 people attending the 20th anniversary day but I think the security people were double our number,” Nyan Win said.

The anniversary function was also attended by the recently released veteran journalist and the NLD party founding member U Win Tin, Khin Maung Swe and Dr Than Nyien.

During the function, the current party Chairman Aung Shwe requested Win Tin, Khin Swe and Dr. Than Nyien to resume their old positions and their work with the party.

Win Tin, who was detained for over 19 years, and Khin Maung Swe, earlier served as NLD’s central committee members before they were arrested while Dr. Than Nyien was the vice-chairman of the Rangoon Division NLD.

Win Tin, the veteran journalist, said he welcomed the offer made by the NLD chairman as he had always supported the party.

“I have always exhorted the people to support the NLD and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. So, we accept the offer in principle but I am not sure when we can actually take up the responsibility because we have to do a lot of work to catch up with,” Win Tin told Mizzima over telephone after the function.

But he said, the first thing that the three of them would like to do is to fight for freedom of the remaining political prisoners, who are continuously suffering under deplorable prison conditions.

“It will include demanding the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, and when they are freed, we will continue urging for a political dialogue,” Win Tin said.

According to the Thailand based Assistant Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), there are over 2,000 political prisoners including student leader Min Ko Naing and his 88 generation colleagues, still languishing in prisons across Burma.

Meanwhile, Nyan Win said, the party is proud to be able to celebrate its 20th anniversary despite the ruling junta’s severe crackdown on its party members.

“I, personally, am very satisfied with what the NLD party has been able to do so far. For the past 20 years, despite severe repression by the government, the NLD is being able to maintain its stand as a political opposition party,” Nyan Win said.

He added that the party will continue to uphold its principle of fighting for democracy and human rights in the country through non-violent means.

Reporting by Solomon & The The, writing by Mungpi

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1107-junta-arrests-nine-party-members-on-nlds-20th-anniversary.html

Democratic Voice of Burma

Nine arrested at NLD anniversary celebration

Sep 27, 2008 (DVB)–

Nine members of the National League for Democracy were arrested today at a ceremony to mark the party’s 20th anniversary, according to NLD information committee member Dr Win Naing.

Ma Htet Htet Oo Wai and Daw Shan Ma from Shwepyitha township were among those arrested, along with six unnamed youth members and a middle-aged woman.

Six people were arrested before the ceremony at a bus stop near the Yazana hotel adjacent to the NLD headquarters as soon as they got off the bus, while three others were detained after the event.

Around 500 people attended the event, which began at 12 noon.

Some youth and women members wearing yellow shirts lined up in front of the NLD headquarter to commemorate the monk-led demonstrations that were brutally crushed a year ago.

Newly-released political prisoners U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe were reinstated in their previous positions, while Dr Thein Nyein was re-appointed deputy chair of Rangoon division NLD.

U Win Tin gave a speech at the ceremony demanding the release of all political prisoners, claiming that those who had been released felt ashamed that others were still not free, and called for unity among political groups.

There has been heavy security on Shwegondaing road and around the NLD headquarters, with soldiers, police and Swan Arr Shin members standing by on trucks.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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Bangkok Post

27-9-2008

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary

Rangoon (dpa) – The military government arrested at least three National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters Saturday before the opposition party celebrated its 20-year anniversary, witnesses said.

Police detained two men and one women near the NLD headquarters before the anniversary ceremony to mark the establishment of the party in 1988.

Before the ceremony about 10 people shouted slogans including “Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and released birds from cages in front of the NLD headquarters, but it was unclear if those arrested were part of that group.

Journalist U Win Tin, 79, who was released from 19 years in prison last Tuesday, attended the anniversary celebration for his first time, having been in prison on all the previous anniversaries.

He said he would help NLD and its leader Suu Kyi in the struggle for democracy.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi remained under house arrest and could not attend the ceremony. She has been under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years.

Before U Win Tin was released last Tuesday, as part of a broad amnesty that freed 9,002 prisoners, he was Burma‘s longest-serving political prisoner.

Two NLD members who were also released on Tuesday, U Khin Maung Swe and Dr Than Nyein, also Saturday’s attended celebration.

Missing from the ceremony was NLD member Win Htien who was one of the 9,002 released last Tuesday, but was arrested again less than a day later.

Win Htien was a founding member of the NLD in 1988.

NLD chairman U Aung Shwe issued a statement calling for the military junta to immediately release Suu Kyi and NLD vice chairman U Tin Oo from detention “because of their unrelenting efforts for the emergence of democracy and human rights in the country.”

U Aung Shwe also called for the release of all other political prisoners. The United Nations puts that number at about 2,000.

While the junta holds absolute power in Burma, the international community still supports Suu Kyi as the most credible leader of the country. The NLD won the 1990 elections in a landslide, but the junta refused to recognize the results.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=130955

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September 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Tainted milk – toxic

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This post is especially for Burma/Myanmar where some users may need reliable information about imported toxic milk from China.

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27-9-2008

China tries to reassure public over milk scare

Melamine has been blamed for the China milk crisis that has sickened nearly 53,000 children

Tags with the Chinese characters reading “does not contain melamine” at a supermarket in Chengdu

A saleswoman places a label showing the Chinese characters “does not contain melamine” at a supermarket in Chengdu

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BEIJING (AFP) — China on Saturday scrambled to reassure the public over a toxic milk scandal, announcing that nearly 50 Chinese brands which had been tested contained no melamine.

The government said it had tested 47 brands of milk and yoghurt and detected no trace of melamine, the industrial chemical discovered in baby milk powder that has sickened 53,000 children and killed four so far.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision checked 296 batches of dairy products from the brands across the country’s major cities, an official at the agency confirmed to AFP on Saturday.

“No melamine was detected,” the agency said on its website.

The test was good news for China, which has sought to contain a scandal that has had global repercussions, with countries and regions around the world rushing to ban or restrict its milk products.

The European Union on Friday decided to stop all imports of baby food containing traces of milk from China, and Hong Kong ordered a recall of two products found to contain melamine, including a brand of Heinz baby food.

Japan meanwhile has ordered firms which import dairy products from China to test them for melamine after the chemical — which is normally used to make plastics — was found in four items made by one of its leading food makers.

In China, where more than 7,000 tonnes of tainted dairy products had already been removed from shops across the country, a popular candy brand became the latest victim on Friday.

The maker of White Rabbit sweets, given to US president Richard Nixon on a landmark 1972 trip, announced it was halting domestic sales after its products were found to contain melamine.

“Currently, it is extremely important to restore consumer confidence in the country’s milk product brands,” Chen Deming, Commerce Minister, said Saturday in a statement on the central government website.

“This can only be achieved through our efforts, through effective monitoring and detection.”

New cases of children falling ill after drinking tainted milk also continued to emerge in China, with 176 new cases detected in the capital, the Beijing Times reported Saturday.

Authorities in Shanghai also revealed that about five percent of children under three in the city had showed symptoms of possible kidney stones after being fed contaminated milk powder, the China Daily said Friday.

A hospital in Taiwan said three young children had developed kidney stones after drinking Chinese milk formula, and the mother of one of the children had also fallen ill.

Hong Kong has reported five cases of children falling ill from drinking tainted milk, in the only other cases reported outside mainland China so far.

Chinese scientists said they were developing a chemical substance that could detect melamine fast and cheaply, and could be used by any dairy farmer, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

Professors at Lanzhou University in northwest China told Xinhua a dose of the reagent could detect traces of melamine in 20 minutes and would only cost 20 yuan (3 dollars), compared to the longer process of laboratory testing.

The university is to develop the reagent at the request of the government in Gansu province.

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China toxic milk victims seen to rise by 10,000

Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:04am EDT

By Chris Buckley

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese provinces have reported nearly 10,000 additional cases of children who have developed kidney illnesses after drinking toxic milk formula in recent days, local media reported on Friday.

Attention on the growing scandal in China was at least temporarily overshadowed by the launch late on Thursday of China’s third manned space mission, which is set to include the technologically ambitious nation’s first space walk.

But Beijing is battling public alarm and international dismay after thousands of Chinese children were hospitalized, sick from milk formula tainted with melamine, a cheap industrial chemical that can be used to cheat quality checks. Four have died.

The Ministry of Health has not issued a fresh count of infants suffering kidney problems and complications since Sunday.

It said then that 12,892 were in hospital, 104 with serious illness, and close to 40,000 others were affected but did not need major treatment.

However more recent counts from province-level health authority numbers across the country showed that at least another 9,959 cases have been diagnosed this week with illnesses linked to the toxic milk.

Much of that rise was in Hebei, the northern province that is home to Sanlu Dairy group, which made the contaminated formula that sparked the broader milk scandal.

The Hebei Daily (hbrb.hebnews.cn) said Hebei province alone had diagnosed 13,773 cases up to Thursday, an increase of 4,794 on four days earlier.

Shao Mingli, head of the State Food and Drug Administration, warned his staff that the government would not tolerate cover-ups or reporting delays, after local officials sat on news for at least a month — if not longer — that Sanlu’s milk was suspect.

“Under no circumstances turn a deaf ear to people’s complaints and pretend they do not exist,” he told a meeting, according to the transcript of a speech on the watchdog’s website (www.sda.gov.cn).

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Millions across China watched the launch of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft on live television on Thursday and images of the rocket blasting off dominated official newspapers.

But the health and political fallout from children poisoned with melamine is hardly likely to disappear soon.

There are no numbers available yet for China’s big commercial hub, Shanghai, but state media said many infants there may have been affected.

“A recent city-wide health check of children under three years old showed about five percent were diagnosed with symptoms of possible kidney stones after being fed contaminated powdered milk,” the China Daily reported.

The count of recent provincial-level numbers indicated 1,019 additional children were hospitalized this week. But the statistics did not make clear if those cases were included in or separate from the larger number diagnosed with kidney damage.

The count from provincial sources showed no new deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) representative in China said effective medical help made many more deaths unlikely.

“We don’t expect a large increase in the number of deaths, because we have to remember that a child usually doesn’t die from a kidney stone itself, but from its complications,” WHO representative Hans Troedsson told a news conference in Beijing.

“… the treatment has been shown (to be) effective in China,” he said.

The Maldives became the latest country to pull Chinese dairy products from its shelves.

“Our inspectors have gone out, plus we are warning the public on TV and radio,” said Moosa Anwar, director-general at the Maldives Food and Drug Authority.

Hong Kong’s government set up a taskforce on Friday that will find ways to manage the huge numbers of children turning up for kidney examinations and to cope with mainland Chinese who are traveling to Hong Kong to have their children checked.

Five cases of children made sick by drinking tainted milk have been reported in Hong Kong.

Taiwan media reported three cases involving four children and an adult with kidney stones or signs of calcification in the kidneys. In one case, a 3-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were found to have kidney stones after drinking milk made with powder from China, the Liberty Times reported.

The European Commission proposed on Thursday tests and restrictions on Chinese food products containing powdered milk. UNICEF and the World Health Organization called China’s growing milk scandal “deplorable.”

In Shanghai, the producer of China’s popular White Rabbit Creamy Candies said it would stop domestic sales of such sweets, Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.

The candy’s producer, Guanshengyuan, had earlier recalled its exports to more than 50 countries.

Nitrogen-rich melamine can be added to substandard or watered-down milk to fool quality checks, which often use nitrogen levels to measure the amount of protein in milk. The chemical is used in pesticides and in making plastics.

(Additional reporting by James Pomfret and Tan Ee Lyn in Hong Kong, Judith Evans in Male, Gina Chang in Taipei and Liu Zhen, Yu Le and Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by Paul Tait)

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High level UN talks set to grapple with Myanmar issue

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27-9-2008

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Ministers from UN Security Council permanent member states and mostly Asian nations are to hold their first meeting Saturday aimed at pushing for reforms in military-ruled Myanmar.

UN Secretary Genereal Ban Ki-moon called for the informal talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly amid little signs the military rulers will embrace political reforms, one year after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Yet, officials said the first ministerial meeting of Ban’s so-called “group of friends on Myanmar” would raise the profile of the longstanding internationl demand for the junta to hold a dialogue with the democratic opposition and polish up its human rights record.

“The fact that these countries are attending at the ministerial level and have agreed to this meeting shows that they are putting the Myanmar issue as a high concern,” Ban’s spokeswoman Choi Soung-Ah told AFP.

The group’s envoys at the UN headquarters in New York had met several times since its first meeting in December last year.

The group comprises permanent Security Council members United States, Britain, France, Russia and China as well as Australia, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

An observer from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will also be present.

Since Myanmar’s violent military crackdown pro-democracy protests in September last year, repression “has increased and the military government has failed to deliver on promises it made a year ago, despite international efforts at mediation,” said Human Rights Watch, an independent US group.

The crackdown left 31 people dead, including a Japanese journalist who was shot at close range, according to the United Nations. Another 74 people remain missing and thousands more were arrested.

Ban’s special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has made four visits to the country since the bloody uprising but failed to restart a dialogue between detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta or achieve significant gains.

While he came under criticism from disgruntled dissident groups, Choi cautioned: “That’s the only window we have and let’s not shoot the messenger.”

The Security Council is divided on the issue, with China and Russia having vetoed a previous moves urging Myanmar to swiftly return to democracy and free all political detainees.

Last Tuesday, the junta freed seven political prisoners and members of the Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy, including the well-known journalist Win Tin, 79, who had been imprisoned since 1989.

But a day later, one activist was rearrested according to Myanmar exiles in Thailand.

Human Rights Watch said 39 political arrests had been made in August and September alone, bringing the total number of political prisoners to more than 2,100.

The military junta, which has ruled the country since 1962, was criticised for holding a referendum in May, just days after a cyclone left 138,000 people dead or missing across the country.

Pro-democracy activists said the vote was neither free nor fair, but the military said a new constitution issued after the referendum has paved the way for multi-party elections to be held in 2010.

The rules render Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi ineligible to stand for election. Her party won elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power.

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September 27, 2008 at 3:58 am

World focus on Burma (27 September 2008)

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Monks in Myanmar mark crackdown anniversary
Hindu, India –
YANGON (AP): About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s bloody …

Junta arrests nine party members on NLD’s 20th anniversary
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burmese junta authorities on Saturday arrested nine members of the opposition party – the National League for Democracy – who were travelling to …

Suu Kyi’s party marks anniversary
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

Myanmarese commemorate ”Saffron Revolution” anniversary in New Delhi
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Myanmar or Burma’’s military regime had brutally cracked down on one of the most powerful and peaceful demonstration led by thousands of Buddhist monks and …

Nine arrested at NLD anniversary celebration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 27, 2008 (DVB)–Nine members of the National League for Democracy were arrested today at a ceremony to mark the party’s 20th anniversary, according to …


“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

One year after the massacre of the monks, the repression continues …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Last year, the ruling dictatorship in Myanmar blocked a series of revolts organized by the Burmese monks, and supported by pro-democracy activists; …

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Before U Win Tin was released last Tuesday, as part of a broad amnesty that freed 9002 prisoners, he was Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner. …

UK FCO: First anniversary of protests in Burma
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… one year on, Burma’s rulers continue to resist international efforts to support peace, prosperity and democracy in the country, despite repeated calls …

UN rejects appeal to unseat junta
Mizzima.com, India –
… they will continue exposing the appalling human rights violations in Burma under the military junta and will continue appealing to the international …

Myanmar activists rally in Tokyo
Straits Times, Singapore –
In a rare break from Western nations, Japan maintains friendly relations with the military regime in Myanmar. Activists wearing ethnic Burmese costumes …

Rise of the Xenophobic elements
KanglaOnline, India –
Our neighbour Burma (Myanmar) also was greatly influenced. Unfortunately all the development of the second millennia had diverted its route from our part of …

Exiled Burmese freedom fighter dies in Ithaca (Ko Han Lin)
Ithaca Journal, NY –
It was the first such resolution in an American city calling attention to the situation in Burma, which the regime now prefers to be called Myanmar. …

Jailed protestors transferred to more remote prisons
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Daw Khin Lay, U Thet Tun and U Thein Tun were sent to Insein prison, and then transferred on to Myingyan and Pakokku jails in upper Burma. …

Today in History – September 27
NDTV.com, India –
… led by Aung San Suu Kyi was founded. Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, …

Immigrants immersed for school system
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
All the students currently enrolled in the program are refugees from the Karen region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up in refugee camps, …

About 500 persecuted Burmese minorities resettling in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
By JIM JONES FORT WORTH — Members of Agape Baptist Church are giving a warm welcome to about 100 “Karen people” from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

Row over Giggs’ honour
Manchester Evening News, UK –
… unhappy with the decision after nominating recipient Burmese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for the honour in January. …

The Right Wing Nation
OpEdNews, PA –
That may be a bit of hyperbole, since there are absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia, theocracies like Iran, and military dictatorships like Burma/Myanmar …

Ten National Security Myths
New America Foundation, DC –
Second, a League of Democracies would be no more effective than other organizations in solving humanitarian problems like those in Burma and Darfur or in …

One Down, 2100 To Go
Voice of America –
The military junta that rules Burma has released its longest-serving political prisoner, journalist U Win Tin after 19 years in jail. …

Burma Marks Crackdown Anniversary as One of World’s Worst Regimes
NewsBlaze, CA –
The actions of Burma’s junta in the year since it lethally suppressed mass pro-democracy demonstrations have further cemented its standing as one of the …

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tun Myint, has completed …
Carleton College News, MN –
“Challenges Facing State building in Burma,” in Mark Sproule-Jones, Barbara Allen, and Filippo Sabetti (eds.), The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain …

British PM Calls for Global Action on Financial Crisis
Voice of America –
And he called for standing firm against oppression in Burma and said the international community must send a strong signal of its support for democracy and …

Burma: Inside the Saffron Revolution: After the uprising, what comes next?

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PBS –
The general, trained in psychological warfare, so reviles the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that he will not allow her name to be uttered in his …

To Implement Amendments to the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
… as amended by section 6(a) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-286) (the “JADE Act”), …

Robert Ménard stands down as Reporters Without Borders secretary …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqués de presse), Switzerland –
I cannot imagine a life that does not a involve a commitment to serving the values of democracy, freedoms and human rights, which in my view gives meaning …

UN rejects request for Myanmar junta’s seat
International Herald Tribune, France –
The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms. The current junta, which took …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies inZimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s crackdown. …

Wen Jiabao unwelcome in New York City
Phayul, Tibet –
… such as the Falun Gong group, Chinese human rights activists etc, but also supports other brutal regimes such as the ones in Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe. …

Burma Gives Amnesty to 9000 Prisoners
OneWorld US, DC –
“I will be happy only when all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi are released,” Win Tin told Burmese journalists shortly after his release. …

Rights & Wrongs: Relgious Freedom, Arms Control, Venezuela, and More
World Politics Review –
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PUSHING FOR GLOBAL ARMS TREATY — As officials from around the world prepare to meet at the United Nations in October to consider a …

Junta’s secret plan: Closer relationship with China
Mizzima.com, India –
The minutes of the meeting, dated July 6, 2008, state that in order to defend the country against US influence, Burma cannot stand alone without any …

Key political prisoners released prior to elections in Burma
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“While the release of U Win Tin and his fellow prisoners is certainly the best news to come out of Myanmar for a long time, unfortunately they represent …

‘We are still angry, but we bury it’
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The nightly performance of the Moustache Brothers, Burma’s best-known comedians and renowned opponents of the regime, is struggling. …

Myanmar dissident enjoys just 17 hours of freedom
The Associated Press –
According to the US Campaign for Burma, Win Htein was arrested briefly in early 1989 and tortured, then arrested again in 1989 and held until 1995. Myanmar …

SKN on UN Committee to review Burma’s membership
Sun St.Kitts/Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis –
St. Kitts/Nevis has been appointed to a nine-member United Nations Credentials Committee set up to review a challenge to the Burma’s membership. …

In fact Aung San Suu Kyi is said to have refused to see him in August, with her party describing the visit as a “waste of time”. “The government knows how …

International Community Should Hold Burmese Military Government …
BBSNews, NC –
BBSNews 2008-09-26 — New York (HRW) The international community should demand accountability from the Burmese military government for the brutal crackdown …

Bombs a year after Myanmar crackdown
Custer County Chief, NE –
Outside the country hundreds of monks, Burmese dissidents and human rights activists gathered in both Thailand and the Philippines to commemorate those …

YANGON (AFP) — Armed police in trucks patrolled Myanmar’s main city Friday as frightened protesters stayed home on the anniversary of last year’s brutal …

Myanmar Writhes in the Grip of Its Junta
New York Times, United States –
The generals’ domination in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been tested repeatedly over the past two decades — by the monks last September, by Daw Aung San Suu …

Trouble brewing again in Myanmar’s monasteries*
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

By our correspondent* A year after the monks’ protests were crushed it seems peaceful in Myanmar, formerly Burma. A Radio Netherlands Worldwide reporter …

Call to raise Burma issue at UN
The Press Association –
Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday. …

Unforgettable: The anniversary of the ‘Saffron Revolution’ crackdown
Mizzima.com, India –
On September 26, 2007, the Burmese military junta ordered soldiers to open fire on a protesting crowd led by Buddhist monks. According to the United Nations …

Illegal Burmese Rice Exports Boom on Thai Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s junta officially banned the border rice trade after Cyclone Nargis struck the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3. The storm devastated much of the …


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