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World focus on Burma (16 July 2008)

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Chin Face Food Shortages

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that the infestation of rats spread over the border areas of Bangladesh and Burma earlier this year …

The last word: Disaster relief – Helping others to help yourself

Ethical Corporation Magazine, UK –

Three major disasters have to be dealt with: the Burma cyclone, the Sichuan earthquake and the renewed onset of famine and disease in North Korea. …

Manipuri rebels commit abuses against Chin villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 16, 2008 (DVB)–Manipuri separatist rebels have been committing human rights abuses against local Zomi ethnic people in northern Chin state’s Ton Zan …

Nargis Refugees Offered Low-Cost Housing

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Houses have already been built in Kyae Chaung Gyi village by Htoo Trading Company, owned by Burmese tycoon Tay Za, a business crony of junta chief Snr-Gen …

Corruption Scandal Prevents Timber Trade in Muse

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A local man at the Burma-China border told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that hundreds of logs marked with the logo of the military government’s Burmese Timber …

Regime’s Right to Represent Burma Challenged

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

We want the UN to reject them based on the very recent human rights violations in combination with the junta’s past atrocities,” said Myint Thein. …

Commentary: Let’s hope the UN gets it right this time

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The UN made two proposals to the junta, namely that Burma should set up a broad-based constitutional revision commission in order to ensure an inclusive …

Singapore welcomes Myanmar’s invitation to UN special envoy

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Singapore – Singapore welcomed Myanmar’s invitation to UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to visit the country in August and urged Myanmar’s authorities to …

The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius

In These Times, IL –

The charges arise from an agreement between Tsusho, Suzuki and the junta to set up parts and material plants in Burma, and produce vehicles for the military …

Nargis Refugees Offered Low-Cost Housing

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They [the authorities] should aid the victims,” he said. Houses have already been built in Kyae Chaung Gyi village by Htoo Trading Company, owned by Burmese …

Second Life

Willamette Week, OR –

She also lived with the terrible knowledge that she could be killed just because of who she is in Myanmar—the Southeast Asian country her parents call Burma …

Client Case Studies

CSR Asia, China –

(Channel NewsAsia, July 11) More aid needed for Myanmar’s cyclone victims The UN is hiking its aid appeal to help Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar from an …

Column: Olympics worth trouble

The Northeastern News (subscription), MA –

Another area of concern at the Olympics every year is the potential for protest and boycott of the event by human rights leaders. The issue of independence …

‘The Most Vulnerable Were Swept Away, Killed’

Embassy, Canada –

Mr. Bociurkiw said the UN estimates that some 2.4 million Burmese were affected by the cyclone and its aftermath, and the effects are spread over an area …

Two months after cyclone, Myanmar farmers still can’t return to fields

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

More than 138000 people are dead or missing after the cyclone struck Myanmar on May 2, washing away entire villages and flooding fields. …

Centre pays tribute to conservationist

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

Exclusive: Can Democracy Deliver the Goods

Family Security Matters, NJ –

… its crackdown on human rights activists before the Olympics, and its support for other dictatorships around the world, from Burma to Zimbabwe to Cuba, …

CHINA: War on Drugs Prompts More Executions

IPS, Italy –

China has frequently come under fire by overseas human rights organisations for its broad use of the death penalty. More than 60 offences in the country, …

Burma: Democracy Forces to Challenge Junta at GA, New Zealand –

The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and …

Amnesty wants Bush to speak out on human rights in Beijing


He said that Amnesty would be among a dozen human rights groups scheduled to meet with Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley on July 28 ahead of …

Burma/Myanmar: Survival In The Cyclone’s Shadow (press release), New Zealand –

While emergency relief remains essential to Cyclone Nargis survivors, longer-term support is required in the Ayeyarwady delta. Destitute Myanmar villagers …

Demand for humanitarian assistance will continue to rise worldwide …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burma/Myanmar, which were the site of some of the most worrying food crisis situations in the world, and underscored the …

Thailand: Mixed review for refugee policy

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

Since early 2005, UNHCR has been involved in the resettlement of more than 30000 Burmese refugees from camps on the Thai/Myanmar border to third countries. …

Burmese refugee is state’s adult student of the year

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –

Tau was among the first of a wave of recent immigrants from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to settle in Rochester. The district estimates at least 300 …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

Demand for humanitarian assistance will continue to rise worldwide …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burma/Myanmar, which were the site of some of the most worrying food crisis situations in the world, and underscored the …

The Imperialism of Good Intentions

Embassy, Canada –

By Richard Gwyn Two months ago, the world looked on in shock and disbelief as, after typhoon Nargis had smashed ashore in Burma (Myanmar), that country’s …

Myanmar urges donations for cyclone rebuilding

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

YANGON, July 14, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military government on Monday urged the world to donate building supplies rather than food to help victims of the …

When Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, also known as Burma, on May 2 and 3, a 12-foot wall of saltwater and heavy rains soaked the low-lying delta region, …

High time King steps in

Malaysia Kini, Malaysia –

Our BN government is not much different from the junta which administers Burma except that they (the junta) run the army and we are run by the police. …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

US to export cluster bombs in bid to make its arsenal ‘safer’

Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

US House veto, Burma and Chevron

House votes to punish ruling junta in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

The bill also gives Chevron incentives to divest its natural gas program in Myanmar. It aims to bring more pressure against the junta to restore democratic …

“One of the things it does is it removes the part about tax incentives that affect US companies who might do business in Burma (Myanmar),” a congressional …

House passes bill against Myanmar

PRESS TV, Iran –

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to ‘hurt the Myanmar regime in the wallet’, a move that will be endorsed by President Bush. …

US House To Strike Burma’s Junta In The ‘Wallet’

House votes to punish ruling junta in Myanmar The Associated Press

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Burma and Gambari

Can we talk about human rights yet?

UN Dispatch –

… “enough time” after a major humanitarian disaster to continue promoting human rights and democracy in a member country. Myanmar’s obstruction of relief …

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations says Burma has invited Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy to make a return visit to the country next month. …

UN envoy planning Myanmar trip in mid-August


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN troubleshooter Ibrahim Gambari is planning a return visit to Myanmar in mid-August at the invitation of the military regime, …

Myanmar invites UN envoy

The Associated Press –

Weeks after the cyclone hit, Ban traveled to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to press the military junta leader, Senior General Than Shwe, …

Gambari to Visit Burma in August

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 1 hour ago

“This [letter] is consistent with the standing invitation extended to Gambari by the Myanmar [Burma] authorities; he was initially invited to visit in late …

Myanmar invites UN envoy to visit as pressure mounts Reuters UK

Burma Invites UN Special Envoy to Visit in August Voice of America

XinhuaMonsters and

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Donor support helps WFP expand activities in Myanmar

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09 Jan 2008 11:42:00 GMT
Source: WFP
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School children in  marginalised areas are among the thousands of people receiving WFP food assistance in Myanmar.
School children in marginalised areas are among the thousands of people receiving WFP food assistance in Myanmar.

Go to World Food Programme Web Site Location: Yangon

Humanitarian food assistance activities of the United Nations World Food Programme will expand in Myanmar during 2008, building on work undertaken during 2007.

At the end of the first year of a 3 year programme, WFP has reached 500,000 beneficiaries with assistance that enables vulnerable communities to overcome chronic food shortages.

“Not only have we helped marginalised communities to overcome the immediate difficulties they experience during the monsoon period, but through creative programming we are helping to reduce the size of the food gap in these areas by improving livelihood opportunities” said Chris Kaye, WFP’s Country Director in Yangon.


The work has been acknowledged as vital by donors notably Australia, the EU, Japan and Switzerland who generously supported WFP operations during 2007.

Recent contributions from the Governments of Norway, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia have helped to ensure the continuity of operations into 2008.


The Government of Myanmar facilitates the work of WFP by granting access to the several of the most marginalized areas of the country.

In so doing, it acknowledges the needs of people whose lives are constrained by poor access to land and other livelihood opportunities. Many of those supported are from former poppy growing communities in the eastern border areas of the country.

Logistical problem

Bringing food to people in these areas is particularly challenging in view of the difficult logistical problem of moving food to very remote, sometimes mountainous, areas.

It is also constrained by the complex clearance system imposed by the authorities which controls the movement of goods and commodities from region to another.

Speed up

However, recently in one area in North Rakhine, the authorities have eased procedures which will help speed up the movement of food to where it is needed most.

“The easing of bureaucratic procedures in NRS by the Area Commander is an initiative we hope will be replicated elsewhere” said Kaye.

“It will certainly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations” he added.

Eastern expansion

WFP expects to expand its operations in 2008 to assist impoverished communities in eastern Kachin. A critical element that will ensure food can be delivered to these communities is the Government’s agreement for WFP to partner with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations.

“Discussions with Government to expand our operations with our NGO partners have been positive and I am confident that we will be able to deliver food assistance in these areas in early 2008 providing we continue to receive donor support.” said Kaye.


Operating in Myanmar in collaboration with 22 UN and NGO cooperating partners, WFP provides food assistance to vulnerable persons in Myanmar including HIV/AIDS and TB patients under treatment and school children in marginalized areas of the country.

A programme giving nutritionally-enriched foods to mothers and children addresses malnutrition that prevail in several operational areas.

Over three years, WFP plans to reach a total of 1,600,000 vulnerable people at a total cost of US$51.7 million.

Marginalised communities

WFP assistance is provided to the returned Rohinga and marginalised muslim communities in North Rakhine State, drought-affected areas in the central dry zone, and farming communities in former poppy growing areas in the Shan State.

WFP provides vulnerable families and households with a food basket consisting of rice, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and high-protein blended food. WFP operations in Myanmar rely on the Government to facilitate the movement of food and personnel.


Donors to WFP’s protracted relief and recovery operation in Myanmar include Australia (US$5.1 million), European Union (US$2.4 million), The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (US$1.4 million), Japan (US$1.1 million), Finland (US$1,404,000), The Germany (US$1.0 million), Switzerland (US$870,000), Denmark (US$750,000), The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (US$ 648,000), Norway (US$546,000) New Zealand (US$437,000), the United States (US$300,000), Flemish (US$221,000) Italy (US$140,000) and Estonia (US$46,000).

A further US$2.3 million has been received in multilateral donations and US$40,000 in private donations.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2008 at 12:46 am

World Focus on Burma (17-11-2007)

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  1. Will the generals dare release the Lady?
    Bangkok Post, Thailand – By LARRY JAGAN
    Tentative talks between Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have begun, raising hopes that …
  2. ”Pipeline politics: India and Myanmar”
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    Recent developments in the gas field projects of Myanmar have served to highlight the intense resource diplomacy that is ongoing in the region. …
  3. Myanmar claims no Buddhist monks killed in democracy protests
    Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
    BANGKOK, Nov 16 (TNA) – The military government of Myanmar has admitted to a higher death toll during the recent democracy demonstrations than it had done …
  4. Myanmar admits nexus with ugs, India –
    Shillong, November 16: Myanmar (Burma) has formally admitted that its proposed crackdown on the North East insurgents in its soil suffered due the tacit …
  5. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Church World Service (press release), IN –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  6. Laura Bush urges Myanmar gem boycott
    AFP –
    Washington refers to the country as “Burma.” Bush said that Myanmar’s military rulers had just opened a potentially lucrative gem auction show in the …
  7. China unwavering in support for Myanmar
    Daily Times, Pakistan –
    “I don’t think there is any change in substantive issues in the Chinese stand on Burma,” R. Hariharan, a Myanmar expert at the Chennai Centre for Chinese …
  8. Congress urges ASEAN to suspend Myanmar
    Reuters –
    The military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was quoted by UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro on Friday as acknowledging that at …
  9. US Senate asks ASEAN leaders to suspend Myanmar
    AFP –
    “I appreciate the strong comments from ASEAN member nations condemning the junta’s violent suppression of peaceful protesters in Burma (Myanmar),” said …
  10. Opinion: A corner of India that holds the key to Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    The Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front (IBRF), founded in 1990, went defunct for lack of co-ordinated action and changing loyalties. Now, groups from Assam, …
  11. The Dictator Penalty
    Huffington Post, NY –
    Myanmar: Chevron refuses to withdraw from its partial ownership of natural gas fields and pipelines in the former Burma. Gas money supports one of the …
  12. Myanmar, the UN, and ASEAN
    Foreign Policy In Focus –
    Indonesia and the former Burma fraternized in the Asian-African Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Cold War’s Nonaligned Movement. …
  13. Situation in Myanmar ‘not sustainable’–Singapore PM, Philippines –
    … Lee Hsien Loong said the bloc had “no choice” but to condemn the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests in member Myanmar (formerly Burma). …
  14. No exact figures on Burma crackdown
    PRESS TV, Iran –
    At least 15 people have been killed in the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar’s biggest city, a UN human rights envoy says. …
  15. Asean to Keep Engaging Myanmar; US Urges Suspension (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean leaders will meet in a few days and they’ll discuss” the Myanmar issue. The military regime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
  16. Students wonder, ‘Asean, what’s that?’
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore (dpa) – Most students in Asean countries are familiar with the grouping, but nearly half have not visited another country in the bloc and 25 per …
  17. Asian leaders aim for green region, promote nuclear energy, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE–Asian leaders from 16 countries will pledge to increase the region’s forest cover by 2020 and promote the use of nuclear energy during their …
  18. More ethnic groups in Myanmar dispute Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — More ethnic peace groups in Myanmar are expressing disagreement over a recent statement by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …
  19. Singapore PM urges ASEAN nations to boost economic ties, address …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  20. Asean Needs More Integration to Attract Investment, Lee Says
    Bloomberg –
    Asean members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  21. Myanmar junta chief sticks to “democracy roadmap”
    Reuters India, India –
    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar supremo Than Shwe, leader of the ruling military, has vowed that the only path to political reform is via the …
  22. The broken promises of military rule
    Boston Globe, United States –
    The scary part: comparing the off and on detention of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto with the longstanding house arrest of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma makes …
  23. (France joins Canada in imposing sanctions on Myanmar) French co-operation applauded
    Edmonton Journal, Canada –
    Bernier pointed out that Canada has implemented “the most severe economic sanctions in the world” against Myanmar, also known as Burma, and expressed his …
  24. China tells Burma to speed up its democratic reforms
    USA Today –
    YANGON, Burma (AP) — China called on Burma to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday — an unusual move for Beijing, …
  25. Students plan to protest Burma crackdown during ASEAN summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Singapore – University students plan to “make their voices heard” over Burma’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests while ASEAN leaders sign a landmark …
  26. Answers In The Past
    Tehelka, India –
    Full of counterintuitive views (he’s opposed to sanctions and wants tourists to visit Burma) historian Thant Myint-U is a former UN official and the author …
  27. ASEAN plays low against Myanmar
    Newstrack India, India –
    ASEAN accepted Burma’s membership downplaying US and European Union’s opposition. Singapore Prime Minister and Chairman of the association Lee Hsien Loong …
  28. Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By S Ramesh, Channel newsasia | Posted: 17 November 2007 2109 hrs SINGAPORE: Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar, Singapore’s Prime Minister …
  29. Myanmar set to sign rights charter at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is unlikely to suspend Myanmar and the military-ruled country is set to sign the …
  30. Total petrol station demo in Wrexham
    Indymedia UK, UK –
    Wrexham Women for Peace and supporters held a demonstration at a local TOTAL petrol station in support of the people of Burma (Myanmar) this morning in …