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World focus on Burma (13 November 2008)

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Long prison terms for 15 more activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Phanida – Chiang Mai –
Protests from the international community notwithstanding the Burmese military junta turns a deaf ear and continues to hand out long …

Coastal CDMA phones popular in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
The mobile phones used in Burma are GSM ones having numbers starting with 09 80 xxxxx, wireless CDMA with base unit (popularly known in Burma as basket …

Army watcher says Burma navy can’t compete with Bangladesh’s
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… an activist group based in Bangladesh confirmed that both sides had stepped up security in the border areas. “[The Burmese authorities] are not allowing …

UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed
Mizzima.com, India –
“He calls once again for all political prisoners to be released and for all citizens of Myanmar [Burma] to be allowed to freely participate in their …

Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By MIN LWIN
Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received …

Rangoon Trials Continue—at least 19 Condemned Today
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
At least three members of Burma’s Human Rights Defenders and Promoters group were also sentenced on Thursday, said one source close to the group. …

Harsh sentences for Myanmar dissidents
Amnesty International –


Min Zeya was chairperson of the All Burma Students’ Union Reconstruction Committee which was founded after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. …

Getting out the stories of Burmese prisoners–an heroic feat
The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –
George Packer’s Interesting Times blog from The New Yorker yesterday discussed Human Rights Watch’s honoring of a Burmese hero, Bo Kyi. …

Hate Crimes
American Free Press, DC –
This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being. …

Myanmar’s roadmap to undemocratic polls
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – By Larry Jagan
More than 15 journalists are also still in detention awaiting trial, according to the Burma Media Association. Most of them are accused of publishing …

Signs of Insecurity in Burma Crackdown
TIME – By Hannah Beech
Last year, the generals who control Burma, also known as Myanmar, violently crushed a peaceful, monk-led protest movement calling for economic and political …

Myanmar sentences Buddhist monks to more than six years in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“They will charge whoever opposes them with a long time in jail,” said said Aye Thar Aaung secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy (CRPP). …

Asian rights body urges BIMSTEC to reject Myanmar as chair
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the decision of the 11th summit of the Bengal Initiative for …

UN concerned about harsh prison terms in Myanmar
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
YANGON, Myanmar – The United Nations expressed concern Thursday over long prison terms given to more than 30 democracy activists in military-run Myanmar …

Burmese refugees face ‘critical’ Christmas
Ekklesia, UK –
… who have fled to camps on the Thailand-Burma border in an effort to escape the horror of the persecution imposed by a brutal and violent military Junta. …

UN expresses concerns about long prison sentences against …
3 News NZ, New Zealand –
The United Nations has expressed concerns after military-run Myanmar sentenced dozens of pro-democracy activists to long prison terms earlier this week. …

International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …

Ban asks Myanmar’s Junta to free political prisoners
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Nov 13 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Myanmar’s military government to release all political prisoners issued lengthy jail …

Canada Condemns Long Sentencing of Activists in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Security forces march down a street in Rangoon, Burma, in September 2007 in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. …

Burma junta jails activists
Business Day, South Africa –
YANGON — Burma’s ruling junta is stepping up its efforts to curb dissent ahead of elections due in 2010, rights groups said yesterday after a labour …

Junta reveals its true colors in sentencing activists: AI
Mizzima.com, India –
He said the sentences and the ongoing trials should relieve anyone of the notion that the Burmese junta has any intention of honoring its assurances to the …

Crackdown by junta
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-DPA BURMA’S ruling junta is stepping up efforts to curb dissent ahead of 2010 elections, rights groups said yesterday after a labour activist became …

F24 journalist’s prize-winning Burma reportage
France24, France – By Cyril PAYEN
(Text) 27 September – Defying threats and warnings from the hardline military junta, angry protestors took to the streets of Rangoon. …

Beyond the life sentence: Imprisoning the revolutionary souls
OpEdNews, PA – by Zaw Nay Aung
Page 1 of 1 page(s) Burma’s leading pro-democracy activists were charged the heaviest sentences of up to 65 years imprisonment. …

Burma rights sentences condemned
BBC News, UK –

Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the harsh sentences handed to pro-democracy activists in Burma. Dissidents were this week given …

US Condemns Myanmar Junta’s `Harsh Sentencing’ of Dissidents
Bloomberg –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Elaine Pearson, …

Burma, Myanmar: 5 monks get 6 years; 1 monk gets 19 years
OpEdNews, PA –

… and relatives are not allowed to appear in court. Burma’s Army raided many monasteries at 2007 September’s midnights and arrested more than 700 monks.

In Burma, business ventures start with military
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –


At least 900 have been locked up in the past year, and 14 pro-democracy activists were given harsh prison sentences on Tuesday. Yet, Burma is also a nation …

BURMA: Polls in View Junta Stifles All Dissent
Inter Press Service, Italy –
On Tuesday, 14 leading Burmese political activists, including five women from the ‘88 Generation’ students group, were each sentenced to 65-years in jail …

Burmese fight democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese courts have also been handing out harsh sentences on other dissidents this week. The prominent labour rights activist Su Su Nway was sentenced to …

World’s most influential women honoured by Glamour
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
The seventh laureate, Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Together the women are working to fight violence and inequality, this year calling …

Rangzen: The Case for Independent Tibet (2008 edition)-Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
We must also bear in mind that at present the most repressive and murderous regimes in the world: Kim Jong Il’s North Korea, the military junta of Burma, …

IPI LAUNCHES JUSTICE DENIED CAMPAIGN, TELLING “STORIES OF IMPUNITY …
IFEX, Canada –
… photographer in 1997 and was sentenced to life imprisonment was freed, while a Burmese blogger who criticised the military junta got 20 years in jail. …

BLOGGER JAILED FOR 20 YEARS, POET GETS TWO YEARS
IFEX, Canada –
Nay Phone Latt’s mother, Aye Than, who was not allowed to attend the trial, said, “He is the first ever blogger to be arrested in Burma. …

US Condemns Jailing Of Pro-Democracy Activists In Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
… to over two-dozen political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in military-ruled Myanmar. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese regime’s …

Aung San Suu Kyi and western intervention in Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are to be commended for their unusually frank reporting on Aung San Suu Kyi’s weak leadership of Burma’s democratic …

Bangladesh, Burma hold border talks in India
Radio Australia, Australia –
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh and Burma have held talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, in a bid to solve a territorial dispute in the Bay of Bengal …

US Condemns Harsh Sentences for Burmese Dissidents
Voice of America – By David Gollust
The United States has joined human rights advocates in condemning long prison terms handed down against at least 30 Burmese dissidents on …

Saffron Rebellion Activists Receive Lengthy Prison Terms
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
Human rights groups are criticizing the Junta of Myanmar, or Burma, for handing down 65-year sentences to 14 activists. Amnesty International claims they …

Refugees languish in limbo
The National, United Arab Emirates –

“In Burma [also known as Myanmar], the students have to buy everything like books and school supplies so [their parents] cannot support them,” Mr Kyaw said. …

Myanmar crackdown intensifies as labour activist jailed
AFP –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to …

US condemns Burma for lengthy sentences of activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Mungpi New Delhi –
The United States on Wednesday condemned Burma’s military rulers for harshly sentencing over 30 dissidents to long prison terms of up …

Lawmakers urge UN to enquire into excessive prison sentences in …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Parliamentarians from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, who make up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Gas influx inhibits oil-mining
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

MYANMAR’S drilling for oil in the disputed water-zone of the Bay of Bengal has probably been accelerated by similar activities by Bangladesh in the …

US condemns Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Washington – The United States strongly condemned the long prison sentences handed down in Myanmar to more than two dozen political dissidents and …

Cardinal Martino with Thai Church in Burmese border refugee camps
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Bangkok (AsiaNews) – “Although life in Thailand is more comfortable than in Myanmar, living in refugee camps is like being a bird in a cage; …

US condemns Myanmar sentences
AFP –
The State Department refers to Myanmar as Burma, the country’s name before the military junta started calling it Myanmar in 1989. …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 13, 2008 at 3:44 am

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