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Thai navy Vs Abandoned Boat-people from Burma and Bangladesh (5)

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Thailand accused of dumping refugees at sea without water
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
On or about December 18, more than 400 men, mainly of Muslim Rohingya ethnicity, from Arakan state in Burma, were set adrift. Rescuers found 107; 300 jumped …

Thai PM will investigate migrant abuse charges
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP BANGKOK, Thailand: Thailand’s prime minister responded to allegations the country’s navy abandoned illegal migrants on the high seas by calling …

Burmese Refugee Abuse Claims Anger Human Rights Activists
findingDulcinea, New York –
by findingDulcinea Staff In response to outrage from human rights activists, Thai officials say they are investigating reports about refugees from Burma …

UN Seeks Access To 126 Boat People Held By Thai Authorities
EasyBourse.com, France –
GENEVA (AFP)–The UN refugee agency Tuesday said it was seeking access to 126 boat people from Myanmar who are being held in Thailand, following allegations …

UN asks Thailand for access to Rohingya boat people – Summary
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Rohingyas are a Muslim minority group from Myanmar’s Arakan State who have been denied citizenship by the ruling junta. The Thai navy on December 18 and 30 …

Agents exploit boat people misery
BBC News, UK –
The migrants are mostly Rohingya Muslims originally from the Arakan province of Burma. Over the past 20 years many have fled from there to southern …

Thailand: UNHCR requests access to Rohingya boat people
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
This follows our expression of strong concern to the government last week over allegations that large groups of Rohingya boat people from Myanmar were …

Thailand probes refugee abuse reports
CNN International –
BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — Thailand’s Senate will investigate allegations that the country’s military abused Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar, a leading …

Army chief: No Thai abuse of illegal Myanmar immigrants
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

The Rohingya immigrants belonging to ethnic minority Rohingyas from the Myanmar-Bangladesh border who had travelled to Thailand in search of work. Gen. …

So thirsty, they lick water off rescue ship’s deck
Electric New Paper, Singapore –
LEFT to fend for themselves in the open sea on a barge without an engine, paddles, or sails, at least 300 desperate Myanmar migrants believed that swimming …

Burmese immigrants ‘left to die at sea’
Times Online, UK –
Accounts from witnesses and survivors suggest that up to 1000 members of a persecuted Burmese Muslim minority were beaten by the Thai Navy in December …

PM promises to protect boat people’s basic rights
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The prime minister yesterday met activists and gave assurances that Thai officials had not abused Muslim migrants from Burma and other countries. …

Thai PM must heed concerns on boatpeople
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The evidence of the Thai army’s involvement in a secret programme to abandon migrants and refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh at sea is now beyond question …

PM Abhisit seeks to reassure on refugees
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Muslim Rohingya hail from the border areas of Myanmar and Bangladesh. Concerns over Thailand’s treatment of the refugees erupted after a South China …

Thais calling for meeting on boatpeople
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Thailand would be defending its human rights practices while seeking to boost regional co-operation with Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia …

Bangkok Post : Abhisit vows refugee cruelty answers
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Burma eat a meal in this undated picture taken on a Similan island. AFP/ROYAL THAI NAVY Mr Abhisit gave the assurance …

Thai PM targets refugee abandonment claims
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
The Times said the refugees had sought sanctuary outside of Burma after allegedly being persecuted by the current Burmese military regime.

Thailand to Investigate Rohingya Refugee Abuse Claims
Voice of America –

Sally Thompson, a director with the Thailand-Burma Border Consortium, an agency working with Burmese refugees, said the boat loads of Rohingya were often …

PM vows to act on rights issues
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

The issue of missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit was also discussed along with the alleged illtreatment by the Navy of boat refugees from Burma, …

About 500 missing Rohingyas might have drowned
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

The vast majority of the boat people are stateless Rohingya from Burma’s Arakan state and might have left Burma or Bangladesh by boats to seek a better life …

Thailand to investigate alleged abuse of Rohingya migrants
Mizzima.com, India –
In early December, the Thai Navy had arrested about 400 people of the Rohingya community from Burma and Bangladesh, who had illegally tried to enter …

Refugees set adrift at sea
News24, South Africa –
Bangkok – Thailand’s military last month pushed out to sea at least 992 Rohingya refugees – stateless Muslims from Myanmar – leaving 400-500 missing and …

Myanmar: Thailand to investigate accusation of maltreatment of …
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban also ordered Thailand’s defence minister to investigate accusations regarding alleged maltreatment of Burma’s …

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January 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Martin Luther King

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Martin Luther King at Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial in 1968. Barack Obama used the day before his inauguration to honour the spirit of King. Photograph: Francis Miller/Getty

Picture story : Obama honours Martin Luther King on last day before presidency begins

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Martin Luther King


Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

A Baptist minister,[1] King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.

King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

World focus on Burma (19 January 2009)

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Burmese Army confiscates land for brick kiln: No compensation paid
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: The Burmese Army has confiscated over seven acres of farm land from two farmers in Siittwe Township to set up a brick kiln. No compensation was paid …

2010 election, a game played by Burmese junta
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It has not allowed the NLD and the ALD to engage in politics in Arakan state but it has allowed the UNP, USDA and the Amyo Thar Yi party to campaign,” he …

Shoot at sight order to BDR on smugglers
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
A BRD team stationed in Tekaf on the Bangladesh-Burma border fired at a boat carrying fertilizers on January 13. The boat managed to flee to Burmese …

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
MWC News, Canada –
Democracy and human rights mean nothing if we don’t have a planet where we can enjoy these freedoms. Preserving our fragile biosphere is the precondition …

Fishermen survive almost a month in esky
Ninemsn, Australia –
Two Burmese fishermen survived almost a month floating in a large esky after their small wooden boat sank in the Torres Strait two days before Christmas. …

Lawyer charged with obstructing an official
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… been released on bail until his trial. San Maung has represented various human rights activists in the past, including fellow Guiding Star lawyer Aye Myint.

Burmese Lawyer Detained
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… As the Burmese regime intensifies its crackdown on dissidents, Poe Phyu, a young Burmese lawyer, who has represented farmers and labor rights activists, …

Shan: Villager Arrested for Carrying Paper
UNPO, Netherlands –
The newsletter was featuring articles on politics, literature, opinion columns and human rights situation occurring in Shan State and Burma that is …

Lawyer Pho Phyu arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–Lawyer Pho Phyu, who is well known for representing political activists in various trials across Burma, has been arrested by Magwe …

Bangladesh asks border troops to shoot smugglers
Reuters India, India –
Government officials said they feared the price cuts could lead to more smuggling of those commodities to neighbouring India and Myanmar, where prices for …

Suu Kyi Wins ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ Award
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The award was accepted by Aung Ding, the executive director of US Campaign for Burma, on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi epitomizes the …

A challenge to power
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–Professor Josef Silverstein called on the Burmese democracy movement to unite and take action to challenge the military government’s …

U Gambira reportedly on hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–The family of high-profile monk activist U Gambira, who is being detained in Mandalay prison, said they had heard reports the monk had …

Homesick: Vacation on the Thai-Burma Border
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
For me, as an activist turned journalist, I wanted to learn what was going on in the dissident movement in Mae Sot and the rebel-controlled areas. …

King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama
Agoravox, France –
… along with Burma (Myanmar), what is now Malaysia, Australia, some part of China, and large swaths of Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Gambia, Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe, …

Obama wrestles the ox
ISN, Switzerland –
However, in wrestling with this ox, Obama may have to rein in his lofty human rights rhetoric and keep mum about Chinese-backed tyrants in Burma, Sudan, …

Thai minister calls ambassadors to discuss migrant abuse claims
The News International, Pakistan –
PATTANI: Thailand’s foreign minister said Monday he would meet ambassadors from Malaysia, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh to discuss claims that authorities …

Toward the Union of a Divided Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“I’ve just come from a meeting at the offices of Myanmar Economic Holdings. They were asking about the jade and comparing the collateral from the mines to …

Army’s opium taxation forays led to clashes
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2009-01-19 08:38 Ambushes staged by the Shan State Army (SSA) South on Burma Army units on their opium taxing expeditions had …

Aung San Suu Kyi receives Trumpet of Conscience Award
Hindu, India –
Washington (PTI): Burmese democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been presented with the prestigious Trumpet of Conscience Award for leading the people of her …

Cyclone help effort to continue
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The international community will keep backing Cyclone Nargis rehabilitation efforts in Burma as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations humanitarian task …

Anger Myanmar’s rulers, and lose all

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL –

… to a reporter and a handful of former political prisoners who have settled in this small Thai city on the border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Thai navy Vs Abandoned Boat-people from Burma and Bangladesh (4)

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Thai PM meets with human rights activists over migrant mistreatment cl
Radio Australia News, Australia –
Survivors claimed that up to 1000 members of the Rohingya ethnic group, a Muslim minority from Burma, were towed out to sea by the Thai navy and set adrift …

Thai PM concerned by navy assault on migrants
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
The prime minister says he is concerned by the reports that sailors beat up more than a thousand asylum seekers from Myanmar, formerly Burma, last month and …

Rights groups condemn Rohingya abuse
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
According to AFP reporting, up to 1000 Rohingya from western Burma washed up on the shores of Thailand’s Andaman coast late last year but were towed back to …

Thais pushed almost 1000 Myanmar-Muslims out to sea, NGO claims
Monsters and Critics.com –
Bangkok – Thailand’s military last month pushed out to sea at least 992 Rohingya refugees – stateless Muslims from Myanmar – leaving 400-500 missing and …

Thailand’s Questionable ‘Kindness’ to Refugees
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Since the early 1990s, a rising tide of Rohingya refugees has been fleeing Burma and Bangladesh for political and economic reasons towards countries like …

Senate commission to investigate alleged abuse of Rohingya migrants
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… abuses against illegal immigrants of the ethnic Muslim minority Rohingyas population in Myanmar, Commission chairman Somchai Sawaengkarn said on Monday. …

Thai PM Promises to Investigate Boat People Charges
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Indian Coast Guard said Sunday it had rescued hundreds of migrants from Bangladesh and Burma who claimed to have been arrested by Thai authorities and …

Hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi still missing at sea
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Vast majority of the group are stateless Rohingya from Burma’s Arakan state and might have left Burma or Bangladesh by boats to seek better life in Muslim …

Thai PM holds talks over alleged migrant abuse
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Human rights groups claim up to 1000 members of a Muslim group from Myanmar washed up on Thai shores last year, only to be then taken out to sea and left …

Abandoned at Sea: The Sad Plight of the Rohingya
TIME –
Some 800000 Rohingya, who look South Asian, remain in western Burma, where they are denied citizenship and most rights by the military-run government; …

Thai PM assures human right groups of no ill-treatment of migrants
Xinhua, China –
… Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday met with top domestic human rights activists and gave assurances that Thai officials had not abused migrants from Myanmar. …

Thai minister calls ambassadors to discuss migrant abuse claims
The News International, Pakistan –
PATTANI: Thailand’s foreign minister said Monday he would meet ambassadors from Malaysia, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh to discuss claims that authorities …

Thai PM holds talks on migrant abuse allegations
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Photos, survivor accounts and reports from rights groups suggest up to 1000 members of a Muslim minority from Myanmar washed up on Thai shores late last …

Thai military ‘set refugees adrift to die’
Times Online, UK –
Indian officials have told reporters that they have rescued hundreds of Rohingya refugees, who are stateless and persecuted by Burma’s military regime. …

Survivor accounts and reports from rights groups suggest up to 1000 members of a Muslim minority from Myanmar washed up on Thai shores late last year, …

Thailand to tackle migrant claims
BBC News, UK –
His staff say they are investigating reports that troops have sent Rohingya people from western Burma back to sea in boats without engines. …

PM to meet human rights related agencies on southern problems
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… appeared charging the Thai navy with committing abuses against illegal immigrants from the ethnic Muslim minority Rohingyas population in Myanmar. …

Thai Forces Accused of Towing Migrants Out to Sea
Washington Post, United States –
Thailand is home to about 110000 registered refugees, mostly Karens and Karenni from Burma, and in recent months it has appeared to be taking a harder line …

Thai PM to probe alleged human rights abuses
Radio Australia, Australia –
500 illegal migrants from Burma’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority were allegedly towed out to sea with little food and water. …

Thailand accused over refugees
Financial Times, UK –
By Tim Johnston The Thai armed forces have been accused of towing hundreds of refugees out to sea and casting them adrift with inadequate food and water and …

Thai PM investigates asylum seeker claims
Australia Network News, Australia –
Abhisit Vejjajiva says he is aware of the claims concerning migrants from Burma’s Rohingya ethnic minority. Survivors accuse Thai authorities of detaining …

Rights abusers ‘will be punished’
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
AP in Yala Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, on his first visit to the country’s restive south, has acknowledged that rights abuses against Muslim …

India Continuing Search for Hundreds of Boat People
Voice of America –
By Steve Herman India’s Coast Guard says it has rescued hundreds of migrants from Bangladesh and Burma, but hundreds more may be missing at sea. …

Thailand probing reports
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Thailand’s navy, however, later denied their involvement in the abuse of the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar. On December 28, Indian coast …

Thai PM to address immigrant scandal
PRESS TV, Iran –
Asylum seekers from Bangladesh and Myanmar that survived the ordeal accused Thai authorities of detaining them in Koh Sai Daeng, after they washed up on the …

Boat people ‘forced back to sea’
The Age, Australia –
THAI authorities have detained up to 1000 boat people from Bangladesh and Burma in the past month and sent them back to sea in boats without engines, …


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January 19, 2009 at 11:06 am