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Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese Comedian Gets 45 Years

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November 21, 2008 at 09:46:19

By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent leader and spokesmonk for the Saffron Revolution Ashin Gambira was sentenced to total of 68 years imprisonment. He has already been sentenced to 12 years on November 12th, 44 years on November 20th and 12 years on November 21th. His case is now closed with total of 68 years imprisoment for his involvement in last year Saffron Revolution.

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on November 4th, 2007. His tireless hard work is a wonder. As a consequence, he was able to unify the clergy nationwide leading to the successful launching of 2007 Saffron Revolution.

A popular Burmese comedian Zarganar was also sentenced today to 45 years for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left homeless in Cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta. But his case is not closed yet. It is still proceeding. He may get another more years. He was arrested on June 4th.

Zarganar is a popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director as well as a fierce critic and frequent political prisoner of the Burmese military government. Known for his wicked puns against the government, Zarganar, whose name translates to “tweezers”, is widely considered to be the most popular comedian and satirist in Burma.

Nine other monks were also sentenced today. Ashin Kelasa from Mandalay has alredy been sentenced to 35 years , he gets today another 4 years. His case is now closed with total of 39 years. The chief monk of Maggin Monastery U Indaka was sentenced to 20 1/2 years. U Indariya was given 14 years and U Sumana was given 6 years. Five other monks from Sasana Theik Pan Monastery: U Pannasiha, U Narapati, U Ukkamsamala, U Pannadipa and U Janeyya. The sentences handed out to these five monks are not yet known.

14 activist were also sentenced to up to 29 years. Ko Tin Maung Aye was sentenced to 29 years, Ko Zaw Thet Htwe and Ko Thant Zin Aung were sentenced to 15 years each. But they are still proceeding, not closed yet.

Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw( Brother of Ashin Gambira) and Ko Kyaw Naing were sentenced to 14 years each. Ko Swe Maung (Mandalay), U Zaw Win( Mandalay) and Ko Wanna Aung were sentenced to 4 years each, they have been sentenced to 4 years each on November 14th. Their case is now closed with total of 8 years each imprisoment. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years, Ko Tun Tun Naing, Ko Than Htay , Ko Nge Soe and Ko Kyaw San were sentenced to 4 years each. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years. Ko Soe Swe’s sentence is not yet known.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Burma-Myanmar-Leader-Mon-by-Ashin-Mettacara-081121-648.html

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November 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

New UN rights envoy starts mission in Myanmar

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New UN rights envoy starts mission in Myanmar

Mr Quintana wants to meet representatives of several groups

Reuters –

Tomas Ojea Quintana, whose own parents were political prisoners under a military regime in Argentina, arrived in the former Burma late on Sunday and is due …

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August 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm

World focus on Burma (4 August 2008)

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Bush Heads To Asia For Diplomacy And Sports

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In Burma, the Chinese quietly hardened their stance toward the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations. …

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… ahead of an official visit by the UN secretary general’s special representative Ibrahim Gambari and Thomas Ojea, the UN expert on human rights in Burma. …

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Advocacy group appeals for common stance on Burma

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Family cannot yet meet Zaw Thet Htwe

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Call to fight trafficking of unborn

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Arbour’s record as rights boss at UN comes under fire

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It said she criticized 39 different countries “many of them ruled by regimes with poor records on human rights and democracy, including Sri Lanka, Burma,

Cyclone Nargis – three months on

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Junta gives aid to cyclone survivors on credit

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Bush Heads for Olympics

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Kind Hearts

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Dr Donald Douglas of AM Pow

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AP YANGON, Myanmar: Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party hope to meet a UN human rights investigator who was in Myanmar on …

Myanmar asking farmers to repay cyclone aid

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BOGALAY: Myanmar’s military regime is giving desperately needed aid to cyclone survivors on credit, requiring them to pay back to the government any …

One and a half cheers for CNN
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Comment: Parliament and foreign policy —AG Noorani

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This reflects an old South Asian tendency to seek institutional or legislative action to meet a political problem — set up a Committee, or a Commission of …

Saluting the survivors of the cyclone

Metro, UK –

Mr Dennis said a better warning system needs to be put in place, as well as cyclone shelters, to avoid a similar catastrophe. He said Burma’s military …

China Can’t Control Nature’s 2008 Olympic Rebellion

Pressemeldungen.at (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

The hurricane devastated Myanmar (Burma) and left everyone in the international community wondering how China can continue to provide United Nations …

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Burma highlights Bush’s visit to Thailand

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Common ground

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Designated a World Heritage site in 1991, Ayutthaya is described as “evidence of the highest prosperity of Southeast Asian civilization in the 14th to 19th …

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World focus on Burma (9 July 2008)

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Myanmar’s Cyclone-Damaged Rice Production Regions Monitored with GIS

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The commodity intelligence reports issued for the country formerly known as Burma focus on Myanmar’s major rice-producing areas, which have suffered …

Myanmar: Red Cross Red Crescent launches revised emergency appeal

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As villagers struggle to rebuild lives ravaged by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady delta, the IFRC believes this disaster highlights fundamental …

Myanmar’s Cyclone-Damaged Rice Production Regions Monitored with GIS

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The commodity intelligence reports issued for the country formerly known as Burma focus on Myanmar’s major rice-producing areas, which have suffered …

WFP faces fund shortage, awaits international pledging

Mizzima.com, India –

WFP said it requires a total of US$ 69.5 million to provide emergency support to victims of Cyclone Nargis that lashed Burma’s southwest coastal regions two …

International aid: World food crisis is biggest issue facing charities

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In Burma, journalists barred from a cyclone-hit region warned aid was not getting through. That frustrated charities such as Save the Children, …

Regime Asks UN to Stop Press Conferences in Bangkok

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Since Cyclone Nargis slammed Burma on May 2-3, the Bangkok-based Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) has hosted several press conferences by UN …

Report Slams Beijing’s Burma Policy

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

In the aftermath of the May 2-3 cyclone disaster, the Chinese government appealed to the international community not to “politicize” the crisis. …

Problems for mobile network

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Manx Telecom says it is currently experiencing some intermittent issues with its 2G/GSM mobile network. A spokesman said 3G mobile services and fixed line …

Prince Charles meets Burmese students

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New Delhi – For the first time, Britain’s Prince Charles on Wednesday met students, alumni and staff from Prospect Burma, an educational trust that funds …

World Bank will not support junta, says NLD

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Aid agency appeals for doctors, nurses and accountants

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… in Chad to assist people displaced there by the conflict there and in Myanmar (Burma) following the death and devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. …

Disasters killing more people: insurer

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G-8 leaders urge junta to free Aung San Suu Kyi

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G8 leaders said they are “committed to ensuring aid reaches those affected by Cyclone Nargis and called on the authorities in Burma to lift all remaining …

Red Cross seeks more money for Burma

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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Failing Health, Regime Cruelty Can’t Break Win Tin

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… demands and requests regarding human rights violations in Burma,” in which he described torture and lack of medical treatment in prison. …

United Nations deems wartime rape a threat to national culture and …

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Land Rover donates 60 vehicles to the Red Cross

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Burma’s ruling junta, holed up in a bunker capital built in the remote center of the country and led by the thuggish, unworldly, and slow-speaking Than Shwe …

ChildFund research reveals perceptions of aid

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Fact Sheet: the President’s Push for Accountability Highlights …

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Health staff support cyclone appeal

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Food shortage threatens Burmese survivors

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A Rangoon-based NGO, the Myanmar Business Executive Group, has announced a 50 million kyat (more than US$40000) microfinance scheme to help victims of the …

Robert Mugabe, yet another man the West loves to hate

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Health staff support cyclone appeal

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Refugee voices

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I was working as a primary school teacher in a village in Burma near the border area of Thailand. Inevitably, to avoid the sexual harassment by the military …

Over 400 orphans still search for parents: UNICEF

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Food shortage threatens Burmese survivors

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Junta’s business cronies shying away from reconstruction work

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New Delhi – In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Burma’s military rulers have assigned several private companies to undertake reconstruction work in the …

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July 9, 2008 at 2:03 am

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May 27, 2008 at 5:38 am

UN ‘disappointed’ at Burma access

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UN ‘disappointed’ at Burma access

The UN outlines the ‘desperate’ need in Burma

The UN says it is extremely disappointed at the slow progress made in securing access to victims of last weekend’s cyclone in Burma.

Humanitarian chief John Holmes told reporters that Burma’s response was “nothing like as much as is needed”.

In addition to about 23,000 people who died in the storm and tidal surge, 1.5 million are at risk, he said.

The US has rejected an idea to air-drop supplies into Burma without permission, after its planes were denied entry.

Some supplies have been allowed into Burma but many more tonnes of aid, and dozens of foreign staff, have not.

In a statement, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that Burma’s ruling junta planned to press ahead with a constitutional referendum on Saturday, except in the worst-hit areas.

He said it might be “prudent to focus instead on mobilising all available resources and capacity for the emergency response efforts”.

Burmese state media say 22,980 people were killed by Cyclone Nargis but there are fears the figure could rise to 100,000.

‘Frustration growing’

At his briefing with reporters on Wednesday, Mr Holmes said progress was being made in securing easier access to the many victims, but he is now clearly losing patience, says the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan at UN headquarters in New York.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes
There is a real danger that an even worse tragedy may unfold if we cannot get the aid that’s desperately needed in quickly
John Holmes
UN humanitarian head

Mr Holmes warned that the situation was “increasingly desperate”.

As many as 1.5 million people were severely affected, he said, and there was a “real danger that an even worse tragedy may unfold if we cannot get the aid that’s desperately needed in quickly.

“Frustrations are growing about access,” he said.

Four flights carrying supplies from the UN’s World Food Programme arrived in Rangoon on Thursday, as well as an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) flight.

But at least 40 UN expert staff are waiting in Bangkok for visas to enter Burma.

Mr Holmes said two out of four members of a specialist UN disaster assessment team had also been denied access when they arrived in Burma, despite apparently having the correct documents.

Secretary General Ban is trying to talk to the Burmese leader, Gen Than Shwe, to persuade him to remove those obstacles.

Reports from Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta say there is now a greater presence of soldiers carrying out relief work, but that it remains a fraction of what is needed.

Thai soldiers load supplies for cyclone victims onto a Thai military transport plane in Bangkok

Aid stocks are ready to go, but much has not yet been allowed entry

Witnesses in the Irrawaddy delta say sewers and wells are contaminated and stinking, and the corpses of those who died are being left to decompose.

Anger at the slow response to this catastrophe is muted so far, says a BBC correspondent in Rangoon.

But there is potential for that anger to turn political – and it may be for that reason that the military regime here has closed the main Buddhist temples, fearing that they could become the focus for open dissent, our correspondent says.

Air drops?

Earlier reports that the US had been granted permission to fly in military planes loaded with its own supplies have not been borne out – though preparations to use US military equipment in a hoped-for multinational aid operation are continuing.

The US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzhad, said he was “outraged” by Burma’s slow response to offers of help.

EXTENT OF THE DEVASTATION
Detail from Nasa satellite images

Another US official, Ky Luu, director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the US development agency USAid, said one possibility was that supplies could be air-dropped to the afflicted areas without waiting for permission from Burmese authorities.

But when put to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he rebuffed the suggestion.

“I cannot imagine us going in without the permission of the Myanmar [Burma] government,” he told reporters.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm Mike Mullen, said such a move would violate sovereignty.

Correspondents say it would also risk alienating Burma’s regional allies.

France, which has argued that air drops without permission could be allowed under a UN “responsibility to protect” mandate, has once again said it wants to raise the crisis in Burma at the UN Security Council.

But China and Indonesia have countered that the humanitarian problem should not be politicised.

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