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World focus on Burma (28 January 2009)

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Junta summons Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer to Naypyitaw
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Detained pro-democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer said he was summoned to the attorney-general’s office in Burma’s …

Junta steps up military presence in Arakan
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s state-run newspaper the ‘New Light of Myanmar’ on Wednesday said Prime Minister General Thein Sein on Tuesday flew to Sittwe, capital of Arakan …

‘Six million Burmese need food’
BBC News, UK –
When Cyclone Nargis wiped out Burma’s rice-bowl, the Irrawaddy Delta, last year, it was widely assumed that the country would face severe food shortages. …

Thailand to deport 78 Myanmar boat people: police
AFP –
BANGKOK (AFP) — Dozens of migrants from Myanmar who washed up in Thailand this week were convicted Wednesday of illegal entry and will be deported, …

Southeast Asia: U-Turns, downturns
ISN, Switzerland –
Without even mentioning the ongoing tragedy that is Burma/Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s democratic progress has been piecemeal and fluctuating. …

Harwich: Barrie off to help families in need
Harwich and Manningtree Standard, UK –
Barrie Samson, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in the town’s George Street, is going to Myanmar (formerly Burma) on Friday. …

Danish Minister Visits Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s state-run-newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, reported on January 22 that the two ministers held a meeting with the Myanmar Red Cross Society, …

Tensions Between Wa, Junta Continue to Rise
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Tensions between the Burmese military and the United Wa State Army (UWSA) have been mounting since a 30-member Burmese delegation led by Lt-Gen …

NCGUB conference draws to a close
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Bo Hla Tint said the group had brainstormed ways to achieve freedom for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, …

Chins Face Human Rights Abuses: HRW
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s military regime is perpetrating widespread abuse of the mainly-Christian Chin ethnic group, who face famine, forced labour, torture and persecution, …

Chin Christian minority victim of persecution by Myanmar dictatorship
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Myanmar’s military regime is committing widespread abuses against the mainly Christian Chin ethnic group, who face forced …

Burma Jade Law amended
JCK India, India –
According to the act, all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewellery containing these gemstones cannot be brought into the US even if …

Burmese refugees seek new life in US army
Radio Australia, Australia –
LAMEY: Why is that a lot of the young refugees from Myanmar find the prospect of joining the military appealing? SCHERER: I think it’s an interest of young …

Chin Christian minority victim of persecution by Myanmar dictatorship
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Human Rights Watch releases report substantiating situation. It contains 140 interviews collected over a three-year period highlighting cases of abuse, …

‘Second Chance City’ Welcomes another Leading Burmese Monk
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We did not demand a handover of power by the military to us or Aung San Suu Kyi. We just requested the military to treat people fairly and kindly. …

THAILAND: The Military Gets Taken Care Of
Strategy Page –
There are nearly 150000 refugees from Myanmar (Burma) in Thailand, nearly all of them from tribes that have been fighter the Burmese government for …

Indian govt. should protect Chin refugees: HRW
Hindu, India –
… force them back into Myanmar. “For too long, ethnic groups like the Chin have borne the brunt of abusive military rule in Burma,” said Elaine Pearson, …

Chin refugees in India “forced back” to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
The New York-based rights said local authorities and community organisations in Mizoram frequently targeted Chin migrants, one of the former Burma’s many …

Thailand accused of mistreating Burmese asylum seekers
ABC Online, Australia –
But the Rohingyas are essentially stateless and have few options but to flee Burma in the hope of a better life. And as the Thais try to deal with the …

BANGLADESH: Mohammad Ismail: “Nobody wants us”
IRINnews.org, NY –
KUTUPALONG, 28 January 2009 (IRIN) – Since the early 1990s, thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled repression in Burma/Myanmar and sought asylum in …

NLD youth members attend law seminar
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 28, 2009 (DVB)–More than 200 National League for Democracy youth members attended a talk on the Burmese legal system led by Thein Nyunt of the central …

Daw Suu’s lawyer summoned to Naypyidaw
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 28, 2009 (DVB)–The lawyer for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been summoned to the attorney-general’s office in Naypyidaw, …

Persecution, devastation a ‘double whammy’ in Burma
OneNewsNow, MS –
The new guidelines in the Union of Myanmar (the official name of Burma) mean that several major churches in Rangoon will no longer be able to hold services. …

UN: Burma to Face Food Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Access to food remains the critical challenge for the poorest people and for vulnerable populations in remote areas of Myanmar [Burma],” said Chris Kaye, …

Artillery Battalion Shifter to Northern Arakan from Burma Proper
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Buthidaung: An artillery battalion was recently moved to northern Arakan from Burma proper to provide reinforcement of military forces on the western …

Junta Promises to Address Rohingya Exodus
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Aye said authorities will try to prevent the Rohingya from leaving Burma for other countries. Burma’s state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, …

Human rights group calls on India to give access to Chin refugees
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“ASEAN, the EU and the US should tell Burma and India that it is long past the time for these abuses to end,” she said, referring to the 10-member …

By Jonathan Head The US group Human Rights Watch has called for better protection of the Chins, one of Burma’s least known and most persecuted minorities. …

[ANN]No more silence over Rohingyas
Korea Herald, South Korea –
Asean has been largely silent, for instance, over Burma’s treatment of the protesting monks last year and it has been definitely mute over Burma’s rotten …

… the brunt of abusive military rule in Burma,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, referring to Myanmar by its former name. …

Report: Myanmar’s Chin people persecuted
The Associated Press –
“The Chin are unsafe in Burma and unprotected in India,” a report from the group said. The report said the regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Indian blockade exacerbates Chin food crisis
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Min Thang Nga of the Zomi Human Rights Foundation said the rats were eating bamboo seeds and also attacking rice crops. “They continue to face the threat of …

Rohingya migrants go before Thai court
The Associated Press –
“They told us there are no Muslims in Burma, and they continued to beat us,” he said. Myanmar was previously called Burma. After being detained for 10 days, …

Rohingya refugees face deportation
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
A group of Rohingya refugees who say they were beaten and burned by Myanmar soldiers as they tried to flee on boats to Thailand are facing possible …

More boat people caught off Phangnga
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The boat people told naval officers they were heading to Malaysia from Burma. The migrants, all male, were sent to Ranong police, who would refer them to …

Officials probe lead poisoning among refugees
MSNBC –
Fort Wayne is home to thousands of expatriates from Myanmar, also known as Burma. A recent spike in cases of lead poisoning among Burmese children has led …

Thailand says Rohingya do not face persecution
Reuters –
The junta does not recognize the Rohingya as one of the former Burma’s 130-odd ethnic minorities, and those in the northwest are restricted from travel …

Burma/India: End Abuses in Chin State
Human Rights Watch (press release) –

For too long, ethnic groups like the Chin have borne the brunt of abusive military rule in Burma. It is time for this brutal treatment to stop and for the …

Voice of desperation from Mandalay
Mizzima.com, India –
In the mid 1990s the Police Academy, which is the only police training school in Upper Burma, engaged private construction companies to build several …

Burmese opposition eyes U Lin Myaing’s US visit
Mizzima.com, India –
With the Burmese junta intensifying its repression against political dissidents and activists by more arrests, doling out harsh prison terms to them, …

Burmese refugees seek new life in US
Radio Australia, Australia –
LAMEY: Why is that a lot of the young refugees from Myanmar find the prospect of joining the military appealing? SCHERER: I think it’s an interest of young …

Concerns Over Potential Drug Resistant Malaria
RedOrbit, TX –
To prevent a recurrence with artemisinin, the United States has approved a malaria monitoring center in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The Bill and Melinda Gates …

UN envoy to ‘test waters’ in Myanmar
The National, United Arab Emirates –
This visit signals the UN’s renewed efforts to engage directly the military regime in Myanmar, once known as Burma, after months of debate about how best to …

Global Currency and Gold
Gold Seek –
Myanmar (Burma) requires a special note. Cross-country money supply comparisons rank Myanmar very high. This apparent paradox arises from the discrepancy …

Burmese refugees struggle to resettle in Canada
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Originally from Burma (also known as Myanmar), they fled the ethnic and religious suppression of the Burmese military junta in the late 1970s and 1980s. …

Thailand denies dumping refugees at sea
MarketWatch (press release) –
Most of the refugees, including 78 people who washed up in a boat Tuesday, are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and are fleeing persecution from the …

reported in refugees
WTHI, IN –
Fort Wayne is home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma. A recent spike in cases of lead poisoning among Burmese children has led …

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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 …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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, …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

Thai navy Vs Abandoned Boat-people from Burma and Bangladesh (3)

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Growing anger at claims refugees were set adrift ‘to die’
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
After allegedly being left to their fate by the Thai military, hundreds of the boat people trying to escape Burma drifted as far as India’s Andaman Islands. …

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, …

PM: Thailand will investigate migrant abuse allegations
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Meanwhile, human rights groups on Sunday urged Thai authorities to investigate Myanmar’s Muslim minority abuse accusations. Mr. David Mathieson, an expert …

With Thailand accused, India says hundreds feared dead at sea
AFP –
The Thai navy is accused of detaining the migrants, from a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, after they washed up on the Thai coast — and then towing them …

Thai PM to hold talks on migrant abuse allegations
ABC Online, Australia –
Survivors accuse Thai authorities of detaining migrants from Burma’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority after they washed up on the southern Thai coast, …

Both Thailand and Myanmar, and eight other Southeast Asian countries are members of ASEAN. The BBC earlier reported that the Royal Thai Navy mishandled …

Rights groups condemn Thai refugee abuses
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
… with dismay at reports that the Thai navy set hundreds of refugees from Myanmar adrift at sea. The refugees belong to a Burmese Muslim minority group. …

Indian Coast Guard rescues migrants, Thailand accused
AsiaOne, Singapore –
PORT BLAIR, India (AFP) – The Indian Coast Guard said Sunday it had rescued hundreds of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar who claimed to have been …


The Thai navy is accused of detaining the migrants, from a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, after they washed up on the Thai coast — and then towing them …

LOST AT SEA
Dallas Morning News, TX –
Thai authorities recently detained as many as 1000 boat people from Bangladesh and Myanmar and sent them back out to sea in boats without engines, …

Migrants allegedly mistreated in Thailand
United Press International –
18 (UPI) — Charges that illegal immigrants from Burma were dumped at sea in boats with no food and no engines will be investigated, the Thai government …

Thai PM to meet rights groups on violation reports
Reuters India, India –
The Rohingyas are Muslims from Myanmar. Many have fled the Buddhist-dominated, army-ruled country to escape repression and economic hardship, …

At Least 300 Bangladesh, Myanmar Boat People Missing, NYT Says
Bloomberg –
18 (Bloomberg) — At least 300 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar are reported to be missing at sea as Thai authorities turn illegal migrants away, …

Expect more boatpeople on tourist coast, Thai military warns
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Thai authorities have been warned by the military to expect far greater numbers of boatpeople arriving on Phuket and along the Andaman coast in coming weeks …

Myanmar: Gen. Anupong confirms no maltreatment toward Rohingya …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
In addition, General Anupong has also planned to discuss this matter with the Myanmar authority, but would have to allow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

Thailand probes refugees’ claims
Straits Times, Singapore –
The illegal immigrants – Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh, known as Rohingyas, and Bangladeshi nationals – were attempting to land on the shores of Thailand …

Treat refugees humanely, process them transparently
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
A tragedy was always likely given the heartless way in which the migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were treated after arriving on Thailand’s Andaman …

Hundreds dead, set adrift by Thais
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Muslim Rohingya hail from an area along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. One horrific incident is described in a transcript of survivor interrogations, …

Thailand accused of abusing migrants
The National, United Arab Emirates –
Rohingyas, who need permission from Myanmar’s ruling military junta to marry or travel outside of their western Burma state have no legal right to own land …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Thai navy Vs Abandoned Boat-people from Burma and Bangladesh (2)

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Government orders probe of migrant complaints
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Adm Khamthon on Saturday showed the media photos taken during the arrest of the minority Burmese Rohingya, and dismissed reports that the navy towed them …

Thais ‘let 300 people drown’
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
The United Nations refugee agency called for Thailand to explain what happened to migrant workers from Burma and Bangladesh, rescued in Indian waters in …

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

Thai probe over missing migrants
The Press Association –
Thailand is to investigate reports that the Thai navy abandoned migrants on a barge in the ocean where hundreds of them may have drowned. …

‘Illegal migrants weren’t abused’
Straits Times, Singapore –
BANGKOK-THAILAND’S navy on Saturday denied it had been involved in the abuse of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar following reports they had …

Thailand to investigate charges that its navy beat migrants …
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –
… authorities for their handling of illegal immigrants who are arriving by boat from Bangladesh and Myanmar on their way to Malaysia to try to find work. …

Thai govt says investigating reports of migrant abuse
Reuters India, India –
Citing accounts from survivors, rights activists say groups of mainly Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar were held on a remote island off southern …

Rights group: Thai navy abandoned migrants at sea
The Associated Press –
The United Nations refugee agency called for Thailand to explain what happened to the group of migrant workers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, at least 100 of …

Hundreds are thought to have suffered this treatment – among them many Rohingya people of western Burma – and many have died. The BBC’s Jonathan Head in …

Thai military ‘forces Burma refugees to face death at sea’
Independent, UK –
Aid groups said hundreds of water-borne refugees from the Burma-Bangladesh border were arrested and held on an island in the Andaman Sea then forced out …

Rohingya whipped on beach
Straits Times, Singapore –
AS SUNBATHING tourists looked on, Thai navy guards beat Rohingya refugees – who had their wrists bound – and made them lie face down in the sun for hours. …

‘Concerned’ UN refugee agency asks Thais to explain boatpeople policy
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority living along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The Thai navy denies knowledge of the refugees’ fate. …

Lost at Sea: Thailand Turns Away Refugees
ShortNews.com, Germany –
Many run from repression and exploitation they endure in Bangladesh and Myanmar. As many as 1000 refugees tried to reach Thailand by boat last month, …

Refugees missing at sea after Thais reject them
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Seth Mydans BANGKOK: In the past month, the Thai authorities have detained as many as 1000 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar and sent them back out to …

Thailand must Learn from other nations about the South
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… as well as other conventions that require troops to respect and uphold human rights principles. If you look around the region, – Mindanao, Burma, …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 17, 2009 at 4:06 am

Thai navy Vs Abandoned Boat-people from Burma and Bangladesh

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Thailand should stop pushing refugees back to sea: RI
Mizzima.com, India –
The group said, Thailand in recent months, have detained groups of boatpeople – Rohingya from Western Burma’s Arakan state and Bangladeshi migrants – who …

Rights group: Thai navy abandoned migrants at sea
The Associated Press –
The United Nations refugee agency called Friday for Thailand to explain what happened to the group of migrant workers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, …

Thai navy chief denies BBC report on inhuman act on refugees
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, Jan 16 (TNA) – Thailand’s Navy Chief has denied a BBC report the Royal Thai Navy mishandled illegal immigrants by setting them adrift off the Thai …

Thailand plans investigation into immigrant deaths
Monsters and Critics.com –
Bangkok – Thailand’s government is investigating reports that a boatload of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were set adrift in an overcrowded …

‘Barely one-fourth of the boat people have survived the journey’
BBC News, UK –

Mohammed wants to avoid detailed identification as that could mean trouble when India sends him back to his native Arakan province in Burma. …

Thailand denies whipping refugees on beaches
CNN International –
The Rohingya have been fleeing persecution of the hard-line military regime in Myanmar, formerly Burma, for years and often seek refuge in Malaysia. …

Thai military accused of ‘killing’ refugees
Independent, UK –
Aid groups said that hundreds of water-borne refugees from the Burma-Bangladesh border were arrested and held on an island in the Andaman Sea before being …

Refugees missing at sea after Thais reject them
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Seth Mydans BANGKOK: In the past month, the Thai authorities have detained as many as 1000 boat people from Bangladesh and Myanmar and sent them back out …

Thai Navy denies ill-treatment of migrants from Burma, Bangladesh
Xinhua, China –
16 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s military official on Friday dismissed a BBC report claiming the Thai military had ill-treated the Rohingyas from Burma and …

By Jonathan Head The Thai military has taken into custody another group of asylum-seekers from Burma’s Rohingya minority. It comes amid accusations – denied …

UN concerned at Thai treatment of asylum seekers
Australia Network News, Australia –
… for Refugees says it’s concerned at media reports of Thai soliders detaining illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Burma and forcing them out to sea. …

Thailand leaves boat people to die
PRESS TV, Iran –
Bangladesh and Burma boat people survivors complain Thai soldiers tied their hands, forced them back out to sea and left to die in boats without engines. …

Thailand accused of abusing asylum seekers
United Press International –
15 (UPI) — Thai soldiers are being accused of detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar and forcing them back out to sea with no food or water …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm

World focus on Burma (5 January 2009)

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Suu Kyi Celebrates Independence Day with Music
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By THE IRRAWADDY On Independence Day this year, Burma’s detained democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has chosen not to stay quiet behind the locked gates of …

Woman activist sentenced to 26 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Kathy Aung was arrested in September 2008, at her residence in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city, and was detained for over two months in Oh Bo prison, …

Welcome to 2008. Again
BorderFire Report, TX –
… slum conditions in Mumbai, India; Thailand’s upcoming elections; the oppression in Myanmar, formerly Burma; and the slow economy recovery in Germany. …

UWSP Proposes Wa Autonomous Region
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… of Myanmar.” “This is a sign that they are preparing to establish a Wa autonomous region,” said Aung Kyaw Zwa. However, observers said that the Burmese …

Villagers forced to work on school reconstruction
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Rangoon’s Zeegone township have been forcing local people to contribute to reconstruction work on a school destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, villagers said. …

Goods worth Kyat 600000 destroyed in Mandalay fire
Mizzima.com, India –
Several privately-owned fuel stations are located on the Mandalay-Mattaya highway in the northern outskirts of Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city. …

Than Shwe Fails to Attend Independence Day Dinner
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE For the second time in three years, the head of Burma’s ruling military junta, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, failed to make an appearance at a state dinner …

Foreign Investment in Burma Soars
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP RANGOON — Foreign investment in Burma—much of it from China—nearly doubled in the first nine months of 2008 compared to the same period last year, …

Africa: Policy Issues for Obama (1)
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
… oppressive regimes in Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan and resurgent ultra-nationalist Russia, which is increasingly opposing the Western military alliance …

Taunggok NLD chair’s jail term extended by 15 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese authorities last month extended the sentence of Taunggok township National League for Democracy chairman Min Aung, …

Bangladesh to release 20 more foreign prisoners
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Six foreign prisoners – four Burmese, one North Korean and one Tanzanian were released last one month after their jail term of more than 15 years came to …

Activist arrested for Independence Day salute
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aung Pe was arrested again on 27 May in Rangoon as he marched with other activists towards Aung San Suu Kyi’s house calling for her release, …

NLD marks Independence Day
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… anniversary of Burma’s independence yesterday under the close watch of the military authorities. At a ceremony held at the NLD headquarters in Rangoon, …

International astronomy year celebrates Galileo Galilei
TheDay, CT –
… western India through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and China where the path of totality moves out into the Pacific Ocean east of Shanghai. …

Good Neighbour Stan Stovell
Southern Daily Echo, UK –
During the war Stan served in Burma as a medical officer for fours years before returning and doing a number of jobs from locksmith to docks worker. …

Nonfiction Reviews
Publishers Weekly, NY –
Burma, or Myanmar since 1989, is a country often obscured to the rest of the world via the political paranoia of its government. …

Junta Determined to ‘Guide’ 2010 Polls
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the world body to a minor irritant became more evident after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon cancelled plans to visit Burma, or Myanmar, in December. …

Bush to Discuss Burma with Ban at White House
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… human rights and a world free from terror. Meanwhile, in a statement issued Friday, one day before the 61st anniversary of Burma’s Independence Day, …

Global Responsibility and the Shortfall of International Policy
Middle East Times, Egypt –
In light of the apparent failure of Canada and the UN to implement and use R2P, perhaps it is time to question in a more pragmatic way just why human rights …

Gloomy milestone
The Mercury (subscription), South Africa – 10 hours ago
YANGON: Myanmar’s pro-democracy party marked the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence from Great Britain yesterday, saying it foresaw no hope for …

There’s another twist in this Leech tale
Daily News & Analysis, India –
Nupa has been fighting the Burmese military junta, and may have received tactical support from Indian intelligence until Operation Leech. …

Election In Bangladesh
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
As a departure from past passive stance Sheikh has come out publicly in favor of the release of Burma’s interned leader Aung San Su Kyi but at the same time …

And now, the travel angle: Is it right or wrong to visit a country like Burma (or Myanmar, depending on your home country’s diplomatic protocol) as a …

Thai foreign policy towards Burma not easy to be undone
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Throughout the year 1999-2000, before Thaksin came to power, the Burmese people’s struggle for democracy and open society was at its peak with all the …