Save Burma

အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ က်ဆံုးမွ တတိုင္းျပည္လံုး စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီကို ခံစားရမယ္

Archive for October 9th, 2008

UN Outlines Steps to Improve Burma’s Human Rights

leave a comment »


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN special reporteur on human rights in Burma, outlined “core human rights elements” that should be put in place before the 2010 general election, in a statement released on Wednesday.

The elements include:

—Amend domestic laws that limit freedom of expression, opinion and peaceful assembly.

—Release of political prisoners.

—Repeal discriminatory laws.

—Stop the recruitment of child soldiers.

“Respect for international human rights standards is indispensable” for the regime’s proposed “roadmap to democracy” to gain international acceptance, Quintana said.

He said full enjoyment of human rights does not exist in Burma, according to “reliable reports on the extension of detentions and/or new arrests of political activists.”

The release of political prisoner would reduce tension and inspire political participation among stakeholders in Burma, he said.

The transition to a multi-party democratic and civil government, as planned under the new constitution, will require “an intensive process of incorporating democratic values,” Quintana said.

He suggested a number of changes in the country’s judiciary, which currently “is not independent and is under the direct control of the government and the military.”

Proposed changes include guaranteeing the due process of law, establishing a fully independent and impartial judiciary and setting up a mechanism to investigate human rights abuses.

Quintana, who took up his post in May 2007, visited Burma in August and met with prominent political prisoners, including U Gambira, the head of the All-Burmese Monks Alliance, a leading force in the 2007 demonstrations. He met with Gambari in Insein Prison, where he was being held prior to standing trial for posing a threat to the security of the state.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday his planned visit to Burma in December might not take place unless he sees the regime is ready to produce tangible results toward progress in democratization.

Also, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, this week called for the release of all political prisoners including detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The junta now holds 2,123 political prisoners in various prisons across the country, according to a report compiled by the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) and the US-based Campaign for Burma.

Two leading activist groups in a joint letter to UN Secretary-General Ban released on Sunday said, “Dramatic increases in the number of political prisoners show the junta’s defiance of the United Nations and international community, as well as its own people.”

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm

World focus on Burma (9 Ocatober 2008)

leave a comment »


How the global food crisis devastates families and communities
McGill Reporter, Canada – By Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw
In a country like Burma, also known as Myanmar, food scarcity is not a result of insufficient production of food. Rather it is the result of such …

Impact International returns from relief operations in Myanmar
Training Press Releases (press release), UK –
… with the aid efforts being carried out by Save The Children, immediately after Cyclone Nargis struck the west coast of Myanmar in Burma on May 2nd. …

‘Responsibility to Protect’: A New Manual for Peace?
UNPO, Netherlands –
Unfortunately there was still much confusion over the terminology of R2P and Cyclone Nargis’ impact on Burma and the “instinctive” response to the junta’s …

Burmese Ambassador to Cambodia Dies
RedOrbit, TX –
Phnom Penh, Oct. 9 Kyodo – Myanmar [Burma]’s ambassador to Cambodia, Aung Naing, has died of a stroke, a Cambodian official said Thursday. …

Appeal against Suu Kyi’s Detention Handed in at Naypyidaw
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By THE IRRAWADDY A legal representative of Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi handed in to the military government in Naypyidaw on …

Desertions, Assassinations Plague Burmese Armed Forces
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Rangoon Division, after murdering his commander—the latest sign of rising dissatisfaction among the lower-ranking members of the Burmese armed forces. …

Sharp rise in price of bricks, India –
Similarly Cyclone Nargis destroyed the salt industry in Irrawaddy Division. This industry ranked third in the Irrawaddy delta region’s economy and the …

Rights envoy calls for cooperation in electoral preparations, India –
… the rights of Burma’s 55 million citizens can potentially be significantly advanced in accordance with the junta’s seven-step roadmap to democracy. …

No farmland, no gas as Aye leaves
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Vice Senior General Maung Aye, the second-in-command of the former Burma’s highest ruling body State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), was seen off at …

Burma Ruby Ban Provides Opportunity for Collectors Universe …
Financial News USA (press release), CA –
The Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 provides for a ban on importation of rubies originally mined in Burma, now known as Myanmar, with enforcement ..

Regional NLD branches laying low
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
In Mandalay division in central Burma the situation is slightly different, according to Myingyan MP-elect Paw Khin. “The situation is quite good – we are …

DKBA Plans Major Offensive against KNLA
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Capt Bu Paw of the KNLA’s Battalion 201 said that joint DKBA-Burmese forces are gearing up to launch an assault against KNLA battalions 201 and 103 in …

EU: “Words can foster and cure” an emotional Ingrid Betancourt …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Ingrid Betancourt paid tribute to the Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and captured Israeli soldier Corporal Galid Shalit. Ms Betancourt also paid a highly …

Ban Tries to Avoid a Fruitless Visit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“As to my visit, when I said I will be personally engaged, that meant that I would be willing to pay a return visit to Myanmar [Burma] at an appropriate …

UN Outlines Steps to Improve Burma’s Human Rights
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By THE IRRAWADDY Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN special reporteur on human rights in Burma, outlined “core human rights elements” that should be put in place …

Former French-Colombian hostage pays tribute to Gilad Shalit
European Jewish Press, Belgium –
She paid also tribute to the Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Corporal Galid Shalit, who has dual French and Israeli citizenship. …

Remarks at the Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Democracy …
US Department of State, DC –
And then you have other countries such as, obviously, countries with which we have very bad relations: Burma or Cuba, Iran, even, increasingly Russia, …

Support CROP Walks
Ithaca Journal, NY –
Church World Service/CROP reaches out to a hungering humanity as seen by our Web site to places like Myanmar (Burma), …

Rice prices down in Rangoon as sales slow
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Another trader said sales were slow in part because people from Laputta, one of the areas severely affected by Cyclone Nargis in May, were not coming to buy …

Dubai-ASEAN trade grows by 30% in first half 2008
Zawya, United Arab Emirates –
Indonesia came fourth with Dh3.467 billion, followed by Vietnam with Dh1.021 billion, the Philippines with Dh492 million, Myanmar (Burma) with Dh126 million …

Local Burmese refugee and activist dead at 57
Ithaca College The Ithacan,  USA –
With help from Stephens, Han Lin formed the International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma, an Ithaca-based grassroots activist …

On this day
News24, South Africa –
1983 – A powerful bomb, believed planted by North Korean agents, explodes in Rangoon, Burma, killing 18 members of South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan’s …

Asia-Pacific Features
Monsters and –
The military junta’s mismanagement over the past 40 years has made Myanmar, formerly called Burma, one of Asia’s poorest countries, even before the tourism …

Asean Must Do More on Burma: Rice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Critics of Asean say several members of the regional grouping take the side of the military junta and are instrumental in supporting the regime. …

Burmese tourism industry suffers from US financial crisis, India –
Tourism to Burma had already fallen sharply since the 2007 Saffron Revolution and in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in May, but the current global financial …

The Torn First Pages –
“The Torn First Pages” is an ode to the thousands engaged in the struggle for democracy in Burma and presented in honor of the bookshop owner Ko Than Htay, …

Organised fertilizer smuggling racket revealed by Tuesday’sAR seizure
KanglaOnline, India –
They also said that they were trying to transport the fertilizers upto Old Burma by passing through Molnom village via Moreh. Further disclosing on the mode …

Indonesia to ratify ASEAN human rights charter
Radio Australia, Australia –
He says the charter will strengthen the regional bloc despite initial concerns that if countries like Burma are not obliged to comply with what they sign, …

New film reveals murders of Burmese fishers
Transport international En ligne, UK –
Thousands of Burmese leave their country each year, fleeing political repression and economic collapse. More are expected following cyclone Nargis, …

Flying high
The Statesman, India –
After its appearance in China, the kite migrated to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), India, Arabia, North Africa and other parts of the world. …

Collectors Universe Experiences Increase in Requests for Ruby …, NY –
The Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 bans rubies mined in Myanmar from entering the United States. The first of two phases underway requires ..

Burmese in Exile Stage Demonstration on General Maung Aye’s Visit …
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
About 30 Burmese democratic activists staged a demonstration in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, on Monday, to protest the visit of Burma’s Senior General Maung …

Local church funds home in Myanmar
Wagoner Tribune, OK –
Diehl, also editor of the Jenks Journal, learned of the plight in Burma through a story he was working on for the paper. Dr. Chin Do Kham of Jenks is a …

Gaining Ground: Earth Rights Abused in Burma Exposed, DC –
This collection of reports is the result of the hard work and dedication of fourteen young men and women from diverse ethnic groups and regions in Burma who …

Crackdown By Government on Burmese Internet Cafes
RedOrbit, TX –
According to Chiang Mai-based freelance journalist Brian McCartan, two community forums Mystery Zillion and Planet Myanmar – websites providing information …

Chinese milk scandal provokes confusion among businesses, India –
Burma’s military government on Monday said it has destroyed at least 16 tons of Chinese made milk powder that were found to have included the industrial …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm