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World focus on Burma (24 December 2008)

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88 Generation Students’ member tortured by prison authority
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Htay Kywe has been tortured physically and mentally by authorities, according to sources close to Buthidaung prison in northwest Burma. …

Oxfam review of the year: what was HOT and what was NOT in 2008?
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
NOT Burma cyclone renders thousands homeless. Aid agencies face difficulties with access. Oxfam works through partners to help the victims. …

Korea rejects complaint against Daewoo and KOGAS
Mizzima.com, India –
“They [MEK] rejected the complaint about the gas exploration and developing project of two Korean corporations in Burma saying it is in keeping with the …

S. Korean Lawyers Seek to Help North Korean Defectors in Burma
Voice of America –
The South Korean Bar Association of Human Rights lawyers says it will file a petition to a Burma court, in hopes of securing the release of 19 North Korean …

Maternal health-care inadequate in eastern Burma: Report
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi – Women in eastern Burma only have limited access to maternal-health care during pregnancy and most women expecting, …

Corrupt officials earning 100 million baht a month from illegal …
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
The HURFOM report is also careful to highlight the human rights impacts of the border trade and corruption. In an ironic twist, taxation of the border trade …

Year in review: May
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Just two days into the month of May further tragedy struck the people of Burma in the form of Cyclone Nargis. Burma, which has suffered under an oppressive …

More International Pressure in 2009: Burmese Diplomat
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… met with three Burmese diplomats—Kyaw Tint Swe, Than Swe and Tin Maung Naing—to explain the meeting of the “Friend of the Secretary-General on Myanmar. …

Offering Hope for the Year Ahead
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a sad statement on UN efforts to end Burma’s political deadlock that this year, for the first time ever, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi also saw no …

NMSP Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He immediately joined forces with the Karen National Union (KNU) and took up arms to fight to fight the Burmese government for the autonomy of Mon State in …

Political Prisoner Commits Suicide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A Burmese political prisoner, Maung San, committed suicide in Pegu Prison in central Burma on Dec. 19, according to sources in Pegu …

Junta Militants Arrested in Thailand: BBC
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… the Burmese junta has targeted prominent opposition leaders in exile in the past, as well as leaders of armed ethnic groups, pro-democracy organizations …

US to Fund Afghan Militias
Democracy Now, NY –
A new study by Brazil’s Catholic Land Commission has found that hundreds of Brazilian human rights and environmental activists still face the threat of …

New form to hire migrant workers issued
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… to travel to Myanmar National Verification Center at Tachilek, Myawaddy and Kawthawng at the Thai-Burma border, according to SHAN report on 17 November. …

Maternal health problems in Myanmar widespread and unreported
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Health indicators are poor and human rights violations are widespread in eastern Burma. In conflict-affected regions of Burma, research indicates that …

CRPP call for unity in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
After initial successes, CRPP’s activities were curtailed by further arrests, including of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Aye Thar Aung, but after she …

A Week to Reflect and Get Involved!
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
Natural disasters ravaged innocent victims from Burma to the Caribbean. The world participated in and protested one of the most anticipated Olympics in …

Voice of the Martyrs Alert
Crosswalk.com, VA –
About 70 ethnic Karen from Myanmar began coming to the financially-struggling church earlier this year, and have since helped the church by volunteering to …

What’s your year-end list?
Creative Loafing Atlanta, GA –
Burma’s military junta — When Category 4 Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma in May, the goons who run Burma were not only unprepared but refused to admit …

Inaugural Sao Thusandi Award Given in Chiang Mai
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The first awardee, Sai Phu Murng, was one of the founders of the Migrant Justice Program of the Human Rights Development Foundation (HRDF), …

Defectors Awaited Children in South Korea
自由亞洲電臺, Washington DC –
Four children in a group of would-be North Korean defectors arrested in Burma had mothers waiting for them in South Korea. A Thai Navy boat patrols the …

Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
… conferred upon the President by section 14(b) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts (JADE) Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-286).

MSF’s Top Ten – How Disconnection Affects Public Health
WorldChanging –
This helps explain why Burma, still recovering from Cyclone Nargis, makes MSF’s list. It’s not a surprise that MSF hasn’t been able to send international …

Editorial: Texan of the Year finalist No. 4, Laura Bush
Dallas Morning News, TX –
Along one side lay Burma, whose government the first lady had scolded for its abuses, including the house arrest of democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Maternal health problems in Myanmar widespread
Eureka! Science News, Canada –
The maternal health care issues facing women in eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar) are widespread and underreported, according to surveys by researchers …

Where Have All the Neocons Gone?
American Conservative Magazine, VA –
Power declared in Time in 2007 that as abuses mount in Burma and Darfur “a coalition of the concerned must insist that what is manifestly true of the …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 24, 2008 at 5:38 am

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
Andrew Morgan at 5:18 PM ET

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[JURIST] A panel of UN experts on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in Myanmar [JURIST archive; BBC backgrounder] to retry political and religious prisoners. The group, including Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official website], called for fair and open trials [Reuters report] for dozens of activists convicted [JURIST report] in judicial proceedings inside Yangyon’s Insein Prison [BBC backgrounder]. The panel considered such a process to be part of general reforms necessary for moving toward multi-party democratic government, including:

a comprehensive review of national legislation to ensure its compliance with international human rights standards, the release of political prisoners of conscience, and reform of the armed forces and the judicial system.

They also urged Myanmar to release lawyers who were jailed for contempt of court after making public their clients’ complaints about the proceedings.

Last week, dozens of activists from 88 Generation Students [BBC backgrounder], including Min Ko Naing [advocacy website], Ko Ko Gyi, and Ktay Kywe, were sentenced to 65 years in prison for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] also voiced concern about the lengthy and severe prison terms, calling for the military junta to release [JURIST report] democracy activists and other political prisoners. Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9,000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2,100 Burmese remain imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2008 at 3:23 pm

World focus on Burma (19 November 2008)

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Three Activists Jailed as Crackdown Continues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Sanchaung Township in a continuing crackdown by the regime on dissidents. Dee Nyein Lin, a leading member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, …

Global Financial Crisis Hits Burmese Markets
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
A Rangoon-based economist told The Irrawaddy that he could not say whether Burma would be affected by the crisis, because the Burmese regime does not …

Garment workers hit hard by global economic turmoil
Mizzima.com, India –
A senior staff member from the Myanmar People’s Garment Factory in Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone (2), from which previously male shirts were manufactured …

International Student Day
Harare Tribune, Zimbabwe –
… being killed and 1200 being sent to concentration camps by the fascist Czechoslovakia regime. We salute the students from Burma who have been sentenced …

Police Chief Khin Yee promoted to Deputy Home Minister
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News In yet another changing of the guard, Burma’s military rulers on Wednesday appointed Police Chief, Brigadier General Khin Yi , to the post …

Reading Than Shwe’s Disturbed Mind
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
But they may be just the beginning of a large-scale crackdown in Burma as junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe silences his critics by putting them behind bars in …

We mustn’t participate in ‘criminal follies’
Guelph Mercury, Canada –
He re-enlisted in the Second World War and directed the Royal Army Medical Corps hospital system on the Burma front. My two older brothers and I also …

BERNAMA.COM
Bernama, Malaysia –
“Burma (Myanmar) is already a red stain on Asean’s name, and its increasing instability is spilling over. “Asean needs to take significant measures to …

GOP retains Senate leader
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who has worked with McConnell on issues such as putting economic pressure on the military junta in Burma, …

China to build Myanmar oil, gas pipelines -report
Forbes, NY –
Few Western companies will invest in the former Burma because of its poor human rights record and continued detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San …

Ed Young Ministries Weekly Devotional
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… deterioration” of human rights in Burma in person, following the military junta’s recent imprisonment of more than 80 pro-democracy activists. …

Foodie Freak: Considering genetically modified foods
Truth about Trade & Technology, IA –
Relief efforts to Burma/Myanmar after last year’s typhoon demonstrates this vividly: We had the food to give the starving people but their own government …

Obama finally returns call of Arroyo
Manila Standard Today, Philippines –
… poverty reduction, the future of the Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma and defense reform,” Mrs. Arroyo said. …

Maritime Talks End without Progress
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Two-day long talks on the maritime dispute between Burma and Bangladesh ended yesterday without any progress on the issue, stated a report. …

International Student Day
Harare Tribune, Zimbabwe –
… being killed and 1200 being sent to concentration camps by the fascist Czechoslovakia regime. We salute the students from Burma who have been sentenced …

Myanmar ‘disperses’ dissidents
Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta has sent dozens of political prisoners, recently sentenced to up to 65 years in jail, to far-flung corners of its country. …

Myanmar courts imprison ethnic minority activists
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced three ethnic minority activists and a well-known Buddhist monk to prison, …

Burma Sentences 5 More Activists
Voice of America –

Burma’s courts have sentenced at least 86 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. The United Nations human rights envoy to …

White House: Statement by the Press Secretary on Burma on 17 …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe’s brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms. …

Illinois CPA Society Names 2008 ‘Women to Watch’
MarketWatch –
… for Burmese refugees arriving into the Chicago area, and co-chaired a relief effort that has raised over $45000 for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

ECONOMY: Don’t Bank On Them
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Netwerk Vlaanderen, the Flemish human rights organisation which set up the website, has used four main criteria to assess projects that banks finance: if …

Burma Crackdown on Prominent Monks and Activists Continues; More …
OpEdNews, PA –By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent monk *Ashin Gambira* was condemned to 12 years prison. But his case is not closed yet. …

Myanmar: Aid agency helps 100000 Burmese children return to school
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – by Solomon Tuesday, 18 November 2008, New Delhi —
The international aid agency Save the Children claims they have assisted at least 100000 Burmese children …

12 years for ‘Saffron Revolution’ monk
Independent, UK –
A Buddhist monk who helped organise last year’s “Saffron Revolution” against the Burmese junta has been sentenced to a dozen years in jail by a secret court …

Myanmar: UN rights experts demand new fair trials for jailed …
UN News Centre –
18 November 2008 – Five independent United Nations experts on human rights today demanded that authorities in Myanmar hold fair and open re-trials for …

Ban urged to forge ahead with Burma visit
Mizzima.com, India –
CSW called for the visit of the UN Secretary General to the Southeast Asian nation despite the Burmese regime recently meting out a spate of harsh sentences …



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November 19, 2008 at 2:32 am

World focus on Burma (18 November 2008)

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Rights Group Urges Ban Ki-moon to Visit Burma
Christian Post –
Protesters from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy shout slogans at a rally calling for immediate release of their pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Global Insights: World’s Arms Trade Surging, but for How Long?
World Politics Review –
Some critics have questioned whether Beijing is fulfilling its pledge to adhere to the export rules of the Missile Technology Control Regime that govern …

Thaksin issues ultimatum through divorce tactic
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Imagine Aung San Suu Kyi entering a Burmese Embassy somewhere overseas, two weeks after being convicted of fraud and five days after addressing a …

UN experts condemn Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The group of UN experts, which include Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Myanmar, criticized the arbitrary detention of …

Commentary: Burma’s women come out of the shadows
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
It is clear that while all Burmese citizens are exploited by the military regime, women are doubly abused. Around the world, in countries under military …

Stitching together a life (Feature)
Mizzima.com, India –
But, with the imposition of extensive sanctions stemming from 2003’s Burma Freedom and Democracy Act, exports to the United States were nonexistent by 2005. …

Race offence against truth
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
An African immigrants’ group lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commissioner, accusing Andrews of racial discrimination, and he was pilloried on the …

New Generation activists jailed
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aung Zaw Oo of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network was transferred to Bago prison while network member Win Maw was transferred to Taung Ngu …

Prominent Monk, Others Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The subsequent crackdown by the military claimed at least 31 lives, according to human rights groups, while thousands of monks and civilians were arrested …

NLD MP Dr. Hla Aung passes away
Mizzima.com, India –
According to the National Coalition Government of Union of Burma (NCGUB) and the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), 34 NLD MPs-elect …

Burma-Bangladesh Maritime Talks Fail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar[Burma] proposed a corridor in the Bay, and we have rejected it since we feel that equity should be the guiding method to settle the issue under the …

Jane’s Enfants D’Hiver…
the-raft.com, UK –
… ‘Fictions’ – although the song ‘Aung San Suu Kyii’ gives it a particular edge with Jane singing about the rightful Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

UN rights experts condemn Myanmar activist trials
Reuters India, India –
GENEVA (Reuters) – Democracy activists in Myanmar jailed for long terms after unfair trials should be retried in open hearings, United Nations investigators …

Paving the Road to Hell
In These Times, IL –
Rabies is also metaphorical in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the mad-dog junta, formerly known by the deliciously sinister acronym SLORC. …

Rights experts adamant that reform must predate 2010 elections
Mizzima.com, India –
“The UN experts strongly urge the Myanmar [Burma] authorities to cease harassing and arresting individuals for peacefully exercising their internationally …

Global Financial Crisis Hits Burmese Jade Trade
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Sales of jade are Burma’s third highest source of foreign income, earning an estimated $300 million in revenue for the military junta.

UN Condemns Myanmar Over 65-Year Jail Terms For Dissident
EasyBourse.com, France –
GENEVA (AFP)–Five UN human rights experts Tuesday condemned Myanmar for imposing prison sentences of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined …

Activist Than Nyein Undergoes Surgery
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… an attempt to hold a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD youth members in Mayangone Township in Rangoon. “When I became involved in Burmese politics, …

CSW urges UN Secretary General to prioritise human rights in Burma
ChristianToday, UK –
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to press ahead with his planned visit to Burma next month, …

The paper clip, 18 November
European Voice, Belgium –
Moving on to another repressive regime: Myanmar has been in the news this past week, once again for jailing opposition activists. …

Cheating in pulse and beans trade in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
According to a trade bulletin issued by Commerce and Trade Department, the prices of all Burmese pulses and beans are falling in the Indian market. …

White House deplores recent sentencing of Burmese activists
Mizzima.com, India –
In a statement issued through President George Bush’s office, the United States decried the fact that, through the arbitrary actions of the Burmese junta, …

Gratitude: the win-win gift
The News-Press, FL –
I met pastors in Myanmar (Burma) that live on $1 a day and it cost them $400 to attend the conference. They risk being thrown in jail for talking about …

Fake drugs worth millions seized in Asia
The Age, Australia –
Nearly 200 raids were carried out in Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam with the support of Interpol and the World Health …

White House Urges UN to Condemn Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… anti-democratic measures of the Burmese junta. Burma’s military government has sentenced at least 86 activists since November 7, including monks and …

Jade trade in China in double jeopardy
Merinews, India –
The “blood jade” as it is called by Myanmar democracy activists and its supporters world wide seems to be taking on a jaded look what with global financial …

Bangladesh: No Progress In Bangladesh, Myanmar Border Talks
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
Naval ships from Bangladesh and Myanmar, also known as Burma, faced off earlier this month when a South Korean company contracted by Myanmar set up a rig to …

Myanmar disperses dissidents throughout its gulag
Reuters UK, UK –
Ko Ko Gyi and Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s best known political prisoner after detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

White House Condemns Myanmar’s Harsh Sentencing Of Dissidents
EasyBourse.com, France –
“In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe’s brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms,” the White House …

Statement by the Press Secretary on Burma
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe’s brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms. …

How Bush Iraq Invasion Boosted Burma’s Junta
Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –
“American policy toward Burma has been to isolate the regime through sanctions,” Packer writes. “This policy has been pursued as a moral response to a …

Media Release: Telstra
iT News, Australia –
Telstra also announced that it would extend its assistance package for those calling family and friends affected by the recent cyclone in Burma (Myanmar). ..

A Wanted Man in Burma
Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –
Perhaps not least among these signs is the name, “Myanmar”, which is the ruling regime’s name-change for the country that is otherwise known — particularly …

Myanmar courts imprison more democracy activists
The Associated Press –
Other activists sentenced Monday included economics student Sithu Maung and three members of the illegal All Burma Federation of Student Union. …

US condemns jailing of Myanmar activists
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is criticizing military-run Myanmar’s «brutal regime» for what it calls the arbitrary sentencing of dozens of …

ACLU Says Undocumented and Refugee Teens Denied Reproductive Care
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
For Free Speech Radio News , I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza Seven more democracy activists in Burma were sentenced to prison today in closed door trials. …

Birmania. Il viaggio dei condannati
La Pulce di Voltaire, Italy –
… were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Saturday night and early Sunday morning—with more prisoners expected to …

Burma, Myanmar: At least 9 activists Sentenced Today

OpEdNews, PA – By Ashin Mettacara
At least 9 activists in Burma were sentenced today for their involement in 2007 Saffron Revolution …

Wanted for Opposing the Junta
Asian Tribune, Thailand – By Antonio Graceffo
Burma’s ruling junta, the SPDC, uses disinformation and modern technology to issues a wanted order against Antonio Graceffo. …

UNITED NATIONS, November 17 — The UN on matters of money, how it is raised and how it is spent, is either willfully out of touch or intentionally …

Journalist imprisoned for covering cyclone victims
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irawaddy Delta and left tens of thousands dead after it hit Burma in early May. According to The Associated Press, …

Burmese ruby ban likely to be undermined
Financial Times, UK –
… her claims is difficult, but that is the task of US customs officials following sanctions imposed by Washington on Burma and its ruling military junta. …

Jade trade in China in double jeopardy
Merinews, India –
The “blood jade” as it is called by Myanmar democracy activists and its supporters world wide seems to be taking on a jaded look what with global financial …

Dreaming Nagas’ Dream…
MorungExpress, India –
… Eastern Naga Hoho, Religious Institutions and Nagas in Myanmar (formerly Burma) combined together with experts (like young professionals, media persons, ..

No headway in Burma-Bangla bilateral maritime parleys
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi The two-day bilateral delimitation talks between Burma and Bangladesh over the disputed maritime boundary, held in Dakha, …

Bangladesh wants more talks with Burma on border
Radio Australia, Australia –
Bangladesh says it wants more talks with Burma to demarcate their maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, but hopes the issue will be peacefully resolved. …

Sea talks make ‘incremental progress’
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
But Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and ruled by military junta since 1962, violated the agreement earlier this month, sending vessels to the disputed …

MP-elect Dr Hla Aung dies aged 66
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 17, 2008 (DVB)–Dr Hla Aung, elected representative for Wundwin constituency-2 and an active National League for Democracy member, passed away this …

88 generation leaders transferred to remote prisons
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Burmese ruling junta is known to be superstitious, and has previously been guided by auspicious dates and numbers.

Township authority arrested for selling relief aid
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon A local official in Burma’s Irrawaddy Division, accused of secretly selling rice donated by Saudi Arabia and intended for survivors of Cyclone …

World focus on Burma (17 November 2008)

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A new way is needed to help Burma’s people
The Age, Australia –
THE SENTENCING of more than 30 Burmese dissidents to up to 65 years in prison for their part in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations sends a strong …

Rights & Wrongs: Burma, China, ‘Mama Africa’ and More
World Politics Review –
BURMA CONVICTIONS RAISE CONCERNS — Burma’s ruling military junta has come in for another round of criticism and condemnation over the recent convictions of …

Bangladesh, Election Preparations Top Meeting Agenda in Naypyidaw
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… might quit as quartermaster-general in the Tatmadaw, [the Burmese armed forces] but he will still hold his post as Secretary 1 of the junta,” he said. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Exclusive – Inside Burma’s notorious jails
Independent, UK –
I have lots of days like that in regard to Burma. Who really knows what is going on in this secretive, isolated country? Because foreign journalists are all …

Making a prison out of Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Gagging the voice of protests and imprisoning dissidents for an incredible 65 years, pairs Burma’s governing junta with some of the most …

Nine More Activists Sentenced in Insein Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ye Min Oo, Ye Myat Hein and Zin Lin Aung, leading members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), and three activists, Myo Thant, …

Shan migrant workers: We won’t accept junta issued passports
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… channel for each migrant worker to travel to Myanmar National Verification Center at Tachilek, Myawaddy, and Kawthawng at the Thai-Burma border. …

Media groups condemn photography jailing
Amateur Photographer, UK –
Cyclone Nargis left around 130000 people dead or missing when it struck in May. Got an opinion on this story? Why not post a comment on our news message …

Burmese journalist imprisoned for cyclone victim reports
Press Gazette, UK –
… reporter for the weekly Burmese-language magazine Eco Vision, was arrested on 10 June while covering a demonstration by about 20 victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Burma’s Exports Hit by Global Economic Downturn
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

(Photo: The Myanmar Times)

“The effects of the financial crisis in the US have reached China, and now China’s economic difficulties are beginning to impact …

Myanmar disperses dissidents throughout its gulag
Reuters India, India –
Ko Ko Gyi and Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s best known political prisoner after detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Pyapon authorities investigate rice scam
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… division’s Pyapon township have been investigating the misappropriation of nearly 1000 bags of rice donated by Saudi Arabia for Cyclone Nargis victims. …

Committee Assesses CU Investment Ethics
CU Columbia Spectator, NY –
… contractual transfer of millions of dollars to the ruling regime in Burma that they believed implicated the company in human rights violations. …

Activists’ Prison Sentences Setback for UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The sentencing of pro-democracy activists, from two to 65 years, by special prison courts in Burma last week is a major …

ENVIRONMENT-BURMA: Conflict Threatens Karen Biodiversity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A great part of this biodiversity is found in Karen State in southeast Myanmar bordering Thailand, now suffering heavily due to the ongoing conflict between …

Burma-Bangladesh Maritime Talks Begin
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
MAK Mahmud said, “Myanmar’s trespass on Bangladesh waters is not on our agenda. We shall focus on setting a method of principles for delimitation. …

Myanmar: Long prison terms for dissidents
Global Voices Online, MA –
Hundreds of ordinary Burmese people joined the protest. The 88 students group members were immediately arrested by the Junta. On Thursday 19 dissidents were …

Myanmar activists moved to separate prisons: relatives
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar authorities have split up pro-democracy activists who were given long jail terms this week and transferred them to different prisons …

Leading Burmese Dissident Jailed For 65 Years
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
One of Burma’s most outspoken opponents of the ruling military junta, Min Ko Naing, was sentenced to a 65-year prison term last week. …

Burma, Myanmar: Convicted Activists Sent to Remote Prison Camps
OpEdNews, PA – By Ashin Mettacara
More than 20 convicted activists have been sent to remote prison camps in this early morning. …

Burma’s junta gets brutal on prison terms
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The family members of 39 Burmese dissidents had tears in their eyes on Tuesday. Fourteen leading activists of the 88 Generation Students group, …

… according to Aung Din, co-founder of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which lobbies for political change in Myanmar, also called Burma. …

88 generation leaders also receive 65 years’ jail terms
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 15, 2008 (DVB)-Nine leading members of the 88 Generation Students, including Min Ko Naing, were sentenced to serve 65 years in prison on 11 November, …



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 …



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November 12, 2008 at 1:38 am

Junta’s unfair rule of law – 88 Generation Students leaders and activists sentenced up to 65 years in prison

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88 Generation Students including Min Zeya, Jimmy, Nilar Thein, Arnt Bwe Kyaw, Panneik Tun, Mie Mie, as well as Labour rights activist Su Su Nway, musician Win Maw, HIV/AIDS activist Than Naing, etc.

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Burma: 65-year prison sentences for protestors reveal government’s …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
More than 2100 political prisoners are currently behind bars in Myanmar. ‘Even as the government continues to claim that its new constitution and plans for …

65-Year Jail Terms Handed Down to Burmese Demonstrators
FOXNews –
YANGON, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Burma delivered a devastating blow Tuesday to the country’s pro-democracy movement, sentencing at least two dozen …

Myanmar is said to give long terms to activists
International Herald Tribune, France –
BANGKOK: Myanmar’s military government continued a crackdown on dissent Tuesday, handing down prison sentences of 65 years to around a dozen pro-democracy …

Burma Sentences Activists to 65 Years in Prison
Voice of America –
By VOA News A court in Burma has sentenced at least 14 members of a well-known pro-democracy group to 65 years in prison. Relatives and opposition political …

UPDATE: Myanmar Activists Jailed 65 Years -Family, Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France –
The military regime officially changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Some 88 Generation members, including Nilar Thein, …

Blogger jailed for 20 years in Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Fourteen Burmese democracy activists have meanwhile been handed 65 year jail terms in Rangoon. Mostly in their 30s, they were arrested last year for their …

Activists from the 88 Generation Student Group sentenced to 65 …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews) – Repression against dissidents continues in Myanmar. Fourteen leading activists, including five women, from the 88 Generation Students …

Burma activists get 65-year prison terms: relatives
CTV.ca, Canada –
Relatives of some of the convicts said the members of the 88 Generation Students group were sentenced Tuesday morning by a court in Yangon’s Insein Prison. …

Burma’s Best Given Brutal Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By KYAW ZWA MOE Fourteen leading activists of the 88 Generation Students group, including five women, were given 65-year prison sentences in a court in …

40 Burmese Dissidents Given Prison Terms of up to 65 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING About 40 Burmese dissidents, including Buddhist monks, members of the 88 Generation Students group, a prominent labor activist and …

88 generation students’ timeline
Mizzima.com, India –
The group also urges the United Nation’s Security Council to pass an effective resolution on Burma’s political crisis. January 4, 2007 – 88 generation …

Myanmar activists jailed for 65 years: family
AFP –
The military regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Some “88 Generation” members started new demonstrations in Yangon in August …

Myanmar jails dissidents for 65 years
Reuters –
The United Nations says at least 31 people were killed when the former Burma’s military rulers sent in troops to end the mass demonstrations led by columns …

Burmese court sentences dissidents to 65 years
The Standard, Hong Kong –
A closed court in military-ruled Burma sentenced at least 11 dissidents involved in last year’s pro-democracy protests to 65 years each in prison on Tuesday …

88 Generation Activists Given 65 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The 88 Generation Students group were seen to be involved in the mass protests against the increased fuel prices enforced by the Burmese government in …

88 generation students sentenced to 65 years
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi – At least 14 prominent student activists in Burma, detained for their involvement in the September 2007 protests, …



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November 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm