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Human Rights Day in Tokyo 2008

December 10, 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations.

Today we, the Burmese residents in Tokyo along with other foreign and Japanese residents took an active part in the demonstration for human rights. We marched through Tokyo and showed our demonstration.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2008

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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 9, 2008

Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

The United States was founded on the principle that government must respect people’s rights to speak freely, worship as they choose, and pursue their dreams in liberty. As we remember the enduring importance of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, our thoughts turn to those who have yet to secure these precious liberties. During Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, Americans celebrate the rights bestowed upon all by our Creator and reaffirm our deep commitment to helping those whose desire for liberty and justice is still dismissed and denied.

In a free society, every person is treated with dignity and can rise as high as their talents and hard work will take them. Yet in countries like Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe, fervent pleas for freedom are silenced by tyranny and oppression. So long as there are people who fight for liberty, the United States will stand with them and speak out for those who have no other voice.

Freedom is the eternal birthright of all mankind, and during Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, we renew our commitment to lead the cause of human rights and pray for the day when the light of liberty will shine on all of humanity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2008, as Human Rights Day; December 15, 2008, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2008, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United States to mark these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 10, 2008 at 11:23 am

World focus on Burma (10 December 2008)

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How are human rights faring in the developing world?
ABC Online, Australia –
… situation is bleak in Burma. Naw Lah Ku Minh works for Karen Women’s Organisation, a Thailand-based group that’s spent years cataloguing human rights …

JDW Annual Defence Report: Asia Pacific – Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
The region’s toughest year, not for the first time, was had by Myanmar, where May’s Cyclone Nargis left 130000 people dead – a toll not helped by the …

UN and human rights: Standing up for values
Sun St.Kitts/Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis –
On the contrary, most countries in this region of democratic nations abstained, and one even stood with Iran and Burma to try to block debate that would …

China holding back rights
Toronto Star,  Canada –
In most cases, China is not eager to spread human rights. For example, China voted against a draft resolution requiring Burma’s military dictatorship to .

Burma: Struggling for human rights
Mizzima.com, India –
We witnessed in the past year the crackdown [of the September 2007 monk-led protests] and the response to the cyclone [Nargis] – the people inside Burma are …

Has international diplomacy on Burma touched its zenith?
Mizzima.com, India –
by Dr. Sein Myint The 241 members of Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) called on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma and …

No Safety in Internet Journalism
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
In October, according to a press release by the CPJ, the media watchdog organization joined with Internet companies, investors, and human rights groups to …

Still to do on human rights
Boston Globe, United States –
… the export of heroin and methamphetamine into Thailand and China, and the deaths of 100000 people in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis. …

Human rights stories to watch
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
Since the Saffron Revolution led by Buddhist monks over a year ago, the military junta in Burma has imprisoned hundreds of pro-democracy activists. …

Building on the Declaration of Human Rights
The Epoch Times, NY –
… Douglas (C) and Maung Maung Aye (R), a member of the Burmese Parliament, hold the torch during the Sydney leg of the Global Human Rights Torch Relay. …

Sam challenges Canadians to examine their own policies and practices, calling upon us to recognize that supporting solutions for human rights and peace is …

Online writers future targets
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –
China had the highest number of journalists and bloggers who were jailed, followed by Cuba and Burma, the report stated. Malaysia was not included in the …

Israelis respond to humanitarian crises
Canadian Jewish News, Canada –
In May, IsraAID sent a small team of doctors, nurses and water specialists to the Delta region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, just four days after …

ASEAN human rights body: Will it have an impact on Myanmar’s junta?
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
It is a shameful act and betrays the people of Burma/Myanmar. They don’t really care about the sufferings of the people who have been oppressed by the …

Happy Birthday, Human Rights
TheTyee.ca, Canada –
… and banish the scourge of AIDS in our time? Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? …

Boycott Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, Reform Jewish Leaders Urge
Religious Action Center (press release), DC –
While in Burma, China economically and politically supports the military junta, which has oppressed its own people for nearly twenty years by limiting …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
New Hope Courier, OK –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Google, Youtube to Promote Human Rights in N.Korea
조선일보(영문판), South Korea –
… discussed measures to distribute documents and videos containing human rights’ issues in undemocratic countries including North Korea, Burma and Cuba at ..

Worrying Trends for China’s Online Journalists
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –

These include AIDS and human-rights activist Hu Jia; Shi Tao, who was charged with supplying state secrets to foreigners through his Yahoo email account; …

Thoubal meeting calls for end to human trafficking, gender violence
KanglaOnline, India –
… the state and there was immediate need of intervention in such type of human rights violations by spreading awareness to the common people of the state. ..

How Burma’s opposition lost its fear
Independent, UK –
… the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, the icon of Burmese democracy and political prisoner who remains confined to her decaying lakeside home on University …

Boycott Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, Reform Jewish Leaders Urge
Religious Action Center (press release), DC –
While in Burma, China economically and politically supports the military junta, which has oppressed its own people for nearly twenty years by limiting …

Help the People of Burma: Reform Jewish Leader
Religious Action Center (press release), DC –
Yet reports suggest that the Burmese government, which has systematically denied human rights to its citizens for almost 20 years, is obstructing …

Amnesty also wants Britain ‘to tackle Russia and Saudi Arabia with the same vigour as it tackles Burma’ on rights issues. ‘You will never get security right …

Award to Burmese Cyberdissidents Highlights Problem of Censorship
NewsBlaze, CA –
… was arrested in June after being interviewed by the BBC about the status of victims of Cyclone Nargis, which devastated parts of Burma in May. …

Interview: Mia Kirshner
The Phoenix, MA –
I wanted it to feel very intimate, and very much like a journal, and something that was radically different from a dry human rights report that you might …

AJC Radio Message: Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th …
American Jewish Committee (press release), NY –
December 9, 2008 – New York – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN sixty years ago this week, “ushered in a new era of hope,” says …

Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2008
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
Freedom is the eternal birthright of all mankind, and during Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, we renew our commitment to lead …

Everybody’s Misery Matters’
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has fought for years for democracy in Burma (Myanmar), ardently disputes the notion that Asian cultural values somehow invalidate …

Rubber Workers Charge Slave-Like Conditions
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Speaking to a Liberian newspaper this week, human rights campaigner Samuel Kofi Woods, regional representative of the Foundation for International Dignity, …

UN chief urged to visit Burma
Independent, UK –
… the UN Security Council called on Burma to release its political prisoners and when Mr Ban visited the country earlier this year after Cyclone Nargis …

Ban urges “group of friends”, corporates to influence Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“Whoever has influence with Myanmar [Burma], should try to use their cooperation or their relationship to impress upon the Myanmar [Burma] authorities so …

Press freedom is a human right
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
It reminded me that 60 years after the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the anniversary is Wednesday), and 27 years since CPJ was …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 10, 2008 at 2:48 am