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World focus on Burma (12 November 2008)

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Canada and the US condemn harsh sentencing of Myanmar dissidents
The Canadian Press, UNDATED –
“We call on Burmese authorities to release all political prisoners immediately.” Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. “Freedom, democracy, human rights and …

US “strongly condemns” lengthy Myanmar sentences
Reuters –
… activists to between two and 65 years in prison,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said, referring to Myanmar by its colonial name of Burma. …

Activists say Burma junta behaving lawlessly
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 12, 2008 (DVB)-Recent sentencing of activists to 65 years in prison highlights lawlessness and dearth of justice in Burma, insisted their relatives and …

Burmese junta sends bloggers to jail
IT Examiner, India –
By John Daly @ Wednesday, November 12, 2008 1:01 PM Burmese blogger and owner of two internet cafés Nay Phone Latt has been sentenced to 20 years and six …

This isn’t the place it used to be
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Now all we have to do is hear more of why a Thai prime minister wanted to give Burma’s notorious military junta subsidised loans – which, yes, somebody has …

Canada demands release of Myanmar activists “immediately”
AFP –

“We call upon the Burmese regime to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the people of Burma. “We continue to urge the regime to begin a …

Britain and Canada condemn junta for sentencing dissidents
Mizzima.com, India –
Rammell said the junta’s harsh punishment against dissidents reveals that the ongoing political crisis in Burma can only be resolved through “a genuine and …

Jail for poetic attack on junta
The Australian, Australia –
… on Burma’s dictator in the form of a love poem, were among dozens of activists sentenced to draconian jail terms as the junta ordered a fresh crackdown …

Five monks put away for six and-a-half years
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zar Ni Chiang Mai – There is no let up in the Burmese military junta handing out varying punitive sentences to anti-regime forces, with five monks …

Burma blogger gets 20 years; 14 get 65 years each
OpEdNews, PA –
“In the midst of its so-called ‘Roadmap to Democracy,’ the government of Myanmar reveals its true intentions by sentencing these dissidents for nothing more …

Germany condemns jailing of Myanmar activists
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Berlin – Germany condemned Wednesday the sentencing of 14 activists in Myanmar to lengthy prison terms, calling the verdict “politically motivated. …

Canada condemns crackdown
Canada.com, Canada –
… about the imprisonment and called on the regime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to begin a dialogue with the democratic opposition in the country. …

Burma-Bangladesh to continue high-level dialogue
Mizzima.com, India –
The BIMSTEC, a regional group made up of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Nepal and Bhutan, is now considered a promising regional …

Burmese Activists Get Stiff Sentences
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
The rulings by Burma’s military courts suggest the junta isn’t interested in lifting restrictions on political opposition parties in the runup to 2010 …

Britain, Canada Leads Protests against Sentencing of Dissidents
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to work with others for a better Burma.” Rammell called for the release of all political detainees, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Cynthia Maung and Zoya Phan Win Ovations in Barcelona
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zoya Phan strongly criticized the Burmese junta’s fear of Suu Kyi and their attempts to silence her. “The regime wanted the world to forget about Suu Kyi …

The Cost of Death in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

But in 2005, when the junta claimed this area as the new capital, villagers were ordered not to bury the dead in a village graveyard. …

Burma Moves to Silence the Opposition
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
As a result, the number of political prisoners languishing in Burma’s prisons has more than doubled in the last 12 months. “The junta is clearly conducting …

FAO calls for programmes to cushion crisis impact on food security
Monsters and Critics.com –
Mudbhary noted that ASEAN countries – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) – could …

Amnesty International 2008 gifts catalogue launched
Amnesty International UK, UK –
… sister Anna sent it to Amnesty to forward to imprisoned Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as part of Amnesty’s annual Greetings Card Campaign. …

Arroyo: RP to remain ‘steadfast’ US ally
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma and defense reform,” she said.

88 generation student activists given lengthy jail terms
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Free Burma!” In a separate hearing held in Insein prison special court, activist Su Su Nwe was today sentenced to 12 years and 6 months and Ko Bo Bo Win …

Myanmar pro-democracy activists draw harsh prison sentences
Los Angeles Times, CA –
First Lady Laura Bush has campaigned for democratic reform in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Her comments on the junta’s hard line have been broadcast to …

Burmese court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet gets two-year …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Nay Phone Latt, 28, is also a youth member of Burma’s main opposition party, National League for Democracy. He runs internet cafés in several townships in …

India must use BIMSTEC to push for change in Burma: Rights activist
Mizzima.com, India –
“India, Nepal and Sri Lanka should be pressing Myanmar [Burma] for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi at the meet,” said Suhas Chakma, director of ACHR. …

Group claims Myanmar out to curb dissent
Reuters UK, UK –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Elaine Pearson, …

Pro-democracy backers sentenced
Seattle Times, United States –
First lady Laura Bush has campaigned for democratic reform in Myanmar, also known as Burma. An Angolan government official says his country will send troops …

“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
CIOL, India –
NEW DELHI, INDIA: A blogger in Myanmar was sentenced to 20 years and six months in jail by the military junta on Monday as part of a fresh crackdown on …

Calls for dissidents to be released in Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
A leading human rights group has urged Burma’s junta to free 70 activists currently on trial, after the military regime handed down a string of hefty jail …

HRW asks Myanmar to free activists arrested last year
Hindu, India –
“It’s no secret that Burma’s military rulers show no respect for law, but these last few weeks show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed …

88 Generation Activists Given 65 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


The lengthy imprisonments were seen as an indication the Burmese military government was invoking harsher punishments on dissidents. The 14 activists— Min …

CHRONOLOGY – Milestones in North-South Korea conflict
Reuters India, India –
Oct. 9, 1983: More than 20 people, including four South Korean cabinet ministers, are killed in Burma (now Myanmar) when North Korean agents blow up a major …

British concern over sentences to democracy activists in Myanmar –
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
LONDON, Nov 12 (APP)- The British Government has expressed its concern over the 65 year terms sentence passed by the Myanmar regime against 14 members of …

Myanmar labour activist jailed for 12 years, says lawyer
Channel News Asia, Singapore –
YANGON: A prominent Myanmar labour advocate has been sentenced to more than 12 years in jail, her lawyer said Wednesday, the latest in a spate of prison …

Prominent Myanmar dissident welcomes Obama approach
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Yangon – US president-elect Barack Obama is expected to take a more multilateral and “effective” approach to Myanmar’s transition to democracy than the …

Myanmar Dissidents Get Up To 65 Years
Post Chronicle –
The military junta ruling the country once known as Burma has been handing out longer and longer prison terms, the magazine said. …

Jailed for love poem message
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Saw Wai’s poem spelled out: “Power Crazy Senior General Than Shwe”, a barb directed at Than Shwe, the head of Burma’s ruling military junta. …

Burmese Activists Sentenced To 65-Year Jail Term
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Burma’s junta continued its brutal suppression of the country’s pro democracy movement yesterday, handing down prison sentences of 65 years each to 14 …

Burma: Free Activists Sentenced by Unfair Courts
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
(New York, November 11, 2008) – Burma’s military government should immediately exonerate and free about 70 activists who are being tried by unfair courts …

Burmese Dissidents Handed Down Sentences Of Up To 65 Years In Prison
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – A closed court in Burma has sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists to jail sentences ranging from 12 1/2 years to 65 years for their role in …

Burmese junta jails fuel protesters
Financial Times, UK –
By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi A Burmese court has sentenced 14 prominent dissidents to 65 years imprisonment each for leading peaceful protests against a fuel …

Myanmar Sentences 14 Democracy Supporters
New York Times, United States –
… advocates were reported to be veterans of 1988 pro-democracy uprising that nearly succeeded in toppling the military leaders in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Political activists jailed for 65 years in Burma
Irish Times, Ireland –
“This is yet another unacceptable, callous, act by a brutal regime that daily violates the basic human rights of the Burmese people and which will tolerate …

Burma jails pro-democracy protesters for up to 65 years
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
She was arrested in November last year as she tried to paste up a leaflet near a Rangoon hotel where a visiting UN human rights investigator had been …

Myanmar dissidents get up to 65 years
United Press International –
The military junta ruling the country once known as Burma has been handing out longer and longer prison terms, the magazine said. …

Myanmar court sentences 14 political activists to 65 years in prison
JURIST –
The 88 Generation Students have been prominent in pro-democracy campaigns since the 1988 Burmese student uprising [BBC backgrounder].

Blogger jailed 20 years
Straits Times, Singapore –

Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders and Myanmar group the Burma Media Association condemned the severity of the blogger’s punishment. …

Myanmar jails activists for 65 years
The National, United Arab Emirates –
More than 15 journalists are also still in detention awaiting trial, according to the Burma Media Association. Most of them are accused of publishing …

Tension remains on Myanmar-Bangladesh Border
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Tension on Bangladesh-Myanmar border continued yesterday with no sign of pull back of forces of the two countries deployed along the frontier in the last …

CPJ Update
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
Shi’s case became the catalyst for human rights groups, academics, socially responsible investors, and the communications and information industries to work …

Blogger sentenced to more than 20 years in prison
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
“The 20-year prison sentence handed down to blogger Nay Phone Latt shows how desperate the ruling military junta is to control Burma ‘s voices on the …

Britain, Myanmar’s colonial power until 1948, intentionally refers to the country by its former name Burma, though it was changed by the junta to Myanmar in …

Burmese activists handed 65-year prison sentences
ABC Online, Australia –
After coming to Burma’s aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis just over six months ago, the international community had hoped the junta would speed up …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar delivered a devastating blow Tuesday to the nation’s pro-democracy movement, sentencing two dozen …

Global: Ingrid Betancourt Does Not Forget Aung San Suu Kyi
NewsBlaze, CA –
“This march is to tell those who are still in captivity like Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi that they are not forgotten. It is also to inspire people around the …

Maritime issue with Myanmar
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
WE are glad to note that a potential conflict situation with Myanmar has been averted. The situation had stemmed from Myanmar’s illegal conduct of …

Burma: 65-year prison sentences for protestors reveal government’s …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
… that Burma’s military government is ignoring calls by the international community to clean up its human rights record, Amnesty International said. …

Who Do You Think of on Remembrance Day?
CBC.ca, Canada –
My father soon left for 5 years in Burma, where he still was, as part of the “forgotten army,” long after VE Day. He died this year after 68 years of …

NLD welcomes EU stance on release of Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi – The European Union’s stance that the Burmese military junta’s proposed general elections in 2010 would lack credibility unless it …

65-Year Jail Terms Handed Down to Burmese Demonstrators
FOXNews –
The prisoners include Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the opposition National League of Democracy party, who is under house arrest. …

Condemnation over lenghthy jail term for Burmese activists
Radio Australia, Australia –
Human rights and opposition groups have condemned the jailing of 23 Burmese pro-democracy activists as a fresh attempt to stifle dissent. …

World’s Most Influential Women Honored by Glamour
Fashion Wire Daily (subscription), NY –
… children’s human rights advocates Nujood Ali and Shada Nasser of Yemen and the six female Nobel laureates who make up the Nobel Women’s Initiative. …

‘Catalonia’ prize for Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr. Cynthia Maung
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zarni Chiang Mai – Burmese pro-democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr. Cynthia Maung of the Mae Taw clinic on the Thai-Burma border were awarded the …

Saw Wai gets two years for writing coded poem
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 11, 2008 (DVB)-Poet Saw Wai who was arrested early this year for writing a poem containing anti-junta leader message has been sentenced to two years’ …

Pro-democracy activists sentenced in Burma
Independent, UK –
The sentences are just the latest in a series of moves taken by the regime to further crack down on dissent in Burma. On Monday, a court also operating in …

Long jail terms for Myanmar critics
MWC News, Canada –

… a spokesman for the party, whose leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate, has been under detention for more than 12 of the past 18 years. …

Lengthy prison terms for nine pro-democracy activists
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai – Nine pro-democracy activists involved in the saffron revolution of September 2007, were sentenced to lengthy terms in prison …

Burma’s courts dish out severe sentences against activists
Mizzima.com, India –
Yet the junta, despite widespread criticism over its harsh treatment of dissidents, also on Monday sentenced a young Burmese blogger, Nay Phone Latt, …

Nine activists sentenced to lengthy prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Nine activists who participated in the September 2007 uprising have been given jail sentences ranging from 8 to 24 years, …

Myanmar blogger sentenced to 20 years
United Press International –
YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 11 (UPI) — A blogger was sentenced to 20 years in prison for mocking Myanmar dictator Gen. Than Shwe in an online poem, …

Myanmar is said to give long terms to activists
International Herald Tribune, France –
Relatives of the activists said they were convicted under a wide range of laws such as the Foreign Exchange Act, which bans Burmese from holding foreign …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 12, 2008 at 1:38 am

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