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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 …

World focus on Burma (27 January 2009)

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Crucial asean bills pass in rowdy house session
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Bilateral agreements on matters such as human trafficking with Burma and labour cooperation with South Korea were also approved. An ad-hoc committee of 36 …

asean documents of vital interest
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
As the host of the Asean Summit, we could raise a number of topical issues as far as human rights are concerned, such as the unrest in southern Thailand; …

NLD holds lecture on Law Affairs in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Thingangyun constituency (1) NLD MP and Central Legal Aid Committee member advocate U Thein Nyunt, delivered his lecture on the title ‘Burmese Laws and …

Burmese Opposition Views Gambari Visit with Skepticism
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He [the Secretary General] has, therefore, asked Mr Gambari to return to continue his discussions and engagement with the Myanmar government, …

ILO concerned by jailing of labour activist
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“ILO’s priority in Burma is to end forced labour in the country and to stop the use of child soldiers. Other issues are outside our mandate, but we will do …

Thailand Burma Border Consortium e-Letter: Issue no 6, Dec 2008 …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Certainly 2008 was a dreadful year for Burma with the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May and renewed political oppression and human rights abuses as the …

Excellent jump start for Thai-Cambodian relations
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
The recent calls from Singapore and Burma to boycott the upcoming Asean Summit in Thailand were a bit silly. The postponement of the Asean summit from last …

A royal mess: Why Sweden can’t have its own Obama
The Local, Sweden –
… to Guatemala and Burma to Zimbabwe, elect democratic heads of state. But for a country that prides itself as being something of a beacon of democracy, …

At least four years for full recovery from Nargis devastation: UN
Mizzima.com, India –
The ruling junta changed the country name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Cyclone Nargis which lashed Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon in May 2 and 3 killed …

More Rohingya boatpeople arrested in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Burma’s state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar reported that Burma will assist Thailand in stemming the inflow of Rohingya boat …

Thailand detains 78 more migrants caught at sea
The Associated Press –
The plight of the Rohingyas — a Muslim ethnic group who fled persecution in Myanmar — was highlighted earlier this month following accusations some of them …

Thai police arrest migrants as scandal continues
ABC Online, Australia –
They come from western Burma, but are not accepted as citizens in their home country. The new Thai Government is on the defensive about the issue, …

OIC says protection of Rohingya refugees Thai’s legal responsibility
http://www.worldbulletin.net, Turkey –

The Rohingya refugees were fleeing oppression and dictatorial rule in Myanmar. Thai coast guards pushed Muslim Rohingyas back at sea in decrepit boats and …

Thailand changes tack on refugees
BBC News, UK –
The latest boatload of Burmese migrants to arrive in Thailand has been handed to the police rather than the military, after an outcry over their treatment. …

At least four years for full recovery from Nargis devastation: UN
Mizzima.com, India –
The ruling junta changed the country name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Cyclone Nargis which lashed Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon in May 2 and 3 killed …

Between impotency & bosoms: the other news
Thought Leader, South Africa –
… is doing here): In Burma or Myanmar — and not your ma se — tyranny and authoritative rule continues to terrorise the local population and non-violent …

IPI to Davos: Burying News Hurts Crisis Response
International Press Institute (press release), Austria –
Reports from IPI and other media and human rights groups cite crackdowns on journalists in China and Burma (Myanmar) who tried to file field reports on …

Global Money Supply and the Value of Gold
The Market Oracle, UK –

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

Mired in mediocrity
Frontline, India –
He also offers a startling piece of information: the largest concentration of Indian settlers is in Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) and is double the size of the …

Commentary: Constitution and the ethnic nationalities
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Eight Shan leaders including Khun Tun Oo were sentenced to between 75 and 106 years in prison for trying to protect the rights of ethnic nationalities with …

Burmese Monk Talks about Compassion, Obama in Mahachai
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A week after Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy delta, Sitagu Sayadaw set up emergency relief centers and clinics in Ka Don Ka Ni, Amar, Set San and Kunthi …

Myanmar, children exploited for less than 30 cents a day
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Among those worst hit are children in the Irrawaddy delta region, badly hit by cyclone Nargis last May. Burmese businessmen, fishermen, and farmers use male …

Training programme shut down in Pyapon
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… member of the Rangoon division Head Monks’ Association, rebuilt a school in Kyonku village, Pyapon township, which had been destroyed by Cyclone Nargis. …

NLD member’s relatives jailed after being assaulted
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 27, 2009 (DVB)–The mother and uncle of a National League for Democracy member from Hlegu township in Rangoon who were beaten up by a local family have …

Global Crisis Hits Burmese Overseas Workers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, Ye Min Tun from the Malaysia-based Burma Workers’ Rights Protection Committee said that more than 700 Burmese migrants …

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, …

Army Airbase Built in Northern Arakan
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The military junta is reportedly building the airbase to accommodate fighter jets. The construction of the airbase began after the Burmese junta found …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar soon, UN says
MSNBC –
By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS – The UN special envoy to Myanmar will be returning soon to pursue a dialogue between the country’s military rulers and …

The Far Eastern Economic Review also says that the Burmese junta’s disgraceful nonresponse to Cyclone Nargis last year called international attention to the …

On this day
News24, South Africa –
1995 – Burmese soldiers win a key battle against one of the world’s oldest insurgencies, capturing the base of Burma’s largest Karen rebel army in the …

Burmese refugee escapes death, regroups in US
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
Pau is among the Chin people of Myanmar, known for being the only Christian ethnic group in the almost 90 percent Buddhist country, and he attributes his …

Myanmar to help Thailand on Rohingyas minority
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (TNA) – Myanmar’s military leaders agreed to help Thailand to solve the problem of the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority group from …

Malaysian cyber-paper at vanguard of media revolution
AFP –
“Malaysiakini could only have existed in places like Malaysia, Singapore or Burma, simply because the mainstream press have no credibility,” the political …

A Military Out of Control
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
While Thailand’s military has come under fire in the last few weeks for the navy’s treatment of Bangladeshi and Burmese Rohingya Muslims, the fact is that …

Demarcation talks to start in February
Radio Australia, Australia –
ABBANY: Thailand has mentioned that it wants to sort of get to grips with Burma as well, but do you think that this dispute with Cambodia would top Burma in …

Tiger mauls ex-Gisborne woman on mission work
Gisborne Herald, New Zealand –
While here they were members of the Mangapapa Union Parish, members of which still support them in their work in the Myanmar-Thailand border area. …

Situation in Burma critical, says exiled prime minister
Irish Times, Ireland –
Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest in Burma, is occasionally able to get a message out to the exiled cabinet. Dr Win, who is her first cousin, …

Initially, many Burmese – including General Aung San, the father of the currently imprisoned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the man who would …

More go hungry as world food prices rise
Stock Journal, Australia –
The Humanitarian Action Report says the devastation caused by cyclone Nargis in Burma last May has meant about 20000 children still suffer food shortages. …

Error of judgment
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Even the cyclone appeal for Burma had profoundly political implications, as the military junta blocked access of aid agencies to the Irrawaddy Delta. …

OBI Reaches Milestone with Food Delivery
Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –
After Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar last year, OBI was able to enter the country even after Burma authorities had blocked the aid of several international …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
Straits Times, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – THE UN special envoy to Myanmar will be returning soon to pursue a dialogue between the country’s military rulers and the opposition led by …

War, disasters cause an extra 100 million hungry
Australia Network News, Australia –
UNICEF’s 2009 Humanitarian Action Report says Africa is in the most dire situation, and communities in Burma and East Timor are also finding it harder to …

Pressure is mounting on the Thai Government to reveal the truth about allegations that its military towed hundreds of Burmese refugees out to sea and …

Spread of Malaria Strain Feared as Drug Loses Potency
New York Times, United States –
… the United States has put aside political considerations and approved a malaria monitoring center in military-run Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar soon, UN says
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
By EDITH M. LEDERER AP The UN special envoy to Myanmar will be returning soon to pursue a dialogue between the country’s military rulers and the opposition …

Asean pacts ‘on track’ for passage
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Mr Kasit was a leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) that led protesters in their blockade of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports last …

Customs clarifies rules on banned Burmese gems
National Jeweler Network, NY –

In September 2008, the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 became law, specifying that all rubies and jadeite originally from Myanmar (formerly called …

UN envoy Gambari to visit Myanmar for talks on democracy
Monsters and Critics.com –
New York – The United Nations envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, will soon visit Myanmar to continue discussions on the democratic process in the Southeast …

Feds Update Burma Jade Law
Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (also known as Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter this country …

UNHCR concern for 126 Rohingya boat people
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
“Given the new Thai government’s commitment to human rights, we are eager to discuss with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya ways that this crisis can be …

mediabistro.com, NY –
Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has spent the last 12 years under house arrest in Myanmar, her home country. She’s the leader of the National League for .

From Arms to Art
The Epoch Times, NY –
Imagine hip-hop artists in Iran, slam poets in Moscow, video artists in Burma. Forget about weapons of mass destruction; let’s unleash artists of mass …

Burmese Boat People Scandal Exposes Thai PM’s Debt to Army
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia – 6 hours ago
In his one month as Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva has made much of the need for human rights and the rule of law at the heart of government. …

Rohingyas face ‘slow burning genocide’: Activist
Mizzima.com, India –
Migration of Rohingyas, who mainly reside in parts of Burma’s western Arakan state, in search of greener pastures will persist until the root cause is …

First ever political journal to be published soon
Mizzima.com, India –
… army veteran and former government mouthpiece daily paper ‘New Light of Myanmar’ Vice Editor-in-Chief U Thiha Aung. “Burma is heading towards democracy. …

Government in exile urged to negotiate with opposition groups
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Sein Win, a cousin brother of detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has served the NCGUB as Prime Minister since its formation in 1990. …

Is Burma’s former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt to be freed soon?
Mizzima.com, India –
Khin Nyunt, after he took over as Prime Minister in 2003, announced the seven-step road map to democracy that the present regime is still implementing. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm

World focus on Burma (25 January 2009)

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A New US Strategy for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In September 2007, I wrote in Mizzima News that the UN approach had failed to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. …

Dr. Sein Win re-elected PM of government in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Mathematics Professor Dr. Sein Win (64) is the cousin brother of detained Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and he received his doctoral degree from …

Thailand’s government has come under criticism again for its alleged mistreatment of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. The south-east Asian country has …

Tom Lantos JADE Act Guidelines Released
IDEX Online, Israel –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter the US even if they had …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Rights groups demand fair treatment for migrant workers in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
We must know that the root cause of this problem is the Burmese junta. As long as the junta rules Burma, these migrant workers will flow to Thailand. …

Thais deny boat people abuse claims
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The allegations were made as Thailand offered to host a regional conference aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. …

FEATURE: Descendents of ‘Orphan Army’ dream of home
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… thousands of KMT soldiers who had crossed the border to Thailand and Burma (now Myanmar) were isolated there, eventually becoming known as the “Orphan …

REFUGEES STRUGGLE: Economic situation makes life tougher for newcomers
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
The refugees came from Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan and Burundi, and though currently about 118 refugees are employed, …

‘Women in Pakistan well represented politically’
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Sherry also mentioned Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who continued her struggle for democracy and human rights in her country. …

Burma Clamps Down on Christians
Journal Chrétien, France –

A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

Learn from Rangoon, but do not involve it
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Whatever the answer, the red-shirts have mocked Thailand, Burma and themselves at the same time. The pro-Thaksin group was effectively telling the world …

Scientist puts mother tongue on academia threshold
Standard, Kenya –
Then, his father, Mbugwa Mwatha, who had served in the King’s African Rifles and fought in World War II in Burma (now Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

World focus on Burma (24 August 2009)

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BBC slammed for refusing to air Gaza appeal
The Associated Press –
The appeals have raised millions of pounds (dollars) for victims of war and natural disaster in Congo, Myanmar and elsewhere. BBC director-general Mark …

Thailand and Myanmar’s army leaders compared
Global Voices Online, MA –
by Mong Palatino Rule of Lords insists that Thailand’s army leaders are not better than Burma’s. As Awzar Thi of AHRC says, the Thai military is similar in …

Women in Pakistan well represented politically: Sherry Rehman
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
Similarly, the Minister said, Burmese woman political leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her struggle for democracy and human rights for her country in an …

Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the …

Gambari to visit Myanmar for the seventh time
Merinews, India –
… Myanmar military junta see reason and usher in political reconciliation at the earliest, the United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is …

Bush should get more credit for fighting terror
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe and a few Arab states. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari will visit military-ruled Myanmar next week to try to revive negotiations between the junta and detained opposition …

Robbie Burns at 250
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Agitating for democracy in Scotland in the 1790s was as popular with the authorities as it is today in Burma. In an earlier draft of the poem, …

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The crackdown on Christians comes as the government seeks to consolidate its power in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) …

Republican Senators resort to extortion on Holder nomination
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog, WA –
If the rule of law were not important, what would separate our nation from countries like Myanmar (Burma) or North Korea? If Eric Holder, or any other Obama …

Thailand calls conference on refugees
The Associated Press –
Foreign Ministry officials met envoys from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Myanmar to discuss the exodus of refugees from camps in the …

Burma’s junta does not give honor to whom honor is due
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma (Myanmar) on 22 January 1909. He was the first Asian Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United …

Boat people scandal hits Thai army
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, who has repeatedly stated a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, said on Thursday there were “quite a …

China says 19 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
MSNBC – 18 hours ago
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name, Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

US Treasury Blocks Assets of 25 Pursuant to Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY –
The Act forbids import of gemstones from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, to the US, either through direct means or through third-party countries. 1. …

Burma Tightens Restrictions on Christian Worship
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… Christian relief efforts that filtered into the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a hurricane that destroyed much of the region in May 2008. …

Imprisoned monk goes on hunger strike in Myanmar
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 19 years. …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
WebWire (press release), GA –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Indonesia to expel Rohingya boatpeople held at navy base
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Indonesia will deny political asylum to 193 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are being held at a navy base after they were found stranded off the …

Thai Foreign Ministry invites Ambassadors from concerned countries …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… and Malaysia as well as the Charge d’affaires of Myanmar to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consultations on the issue of Rohingya illegal migrants. …

Another Loss for Burmese Activist’s Family
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
BANGKOK—The 23-year-old wife of a Burmese activist involved in helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis has suffered a second-trimester miscarriage in …

55 Films and 31 Filmmakers Slated for 2009 Boulder International …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… with Burmese Princess Inge Sargent, author of Twilight over Burma and a recipient of the United Nations Association International Human Rights Award. …

Thailand Asks Neighbors to Cooperate on Illegal Immigration
Voice of America –
Officials from Thailand’s foreign ministry met Friday with ambassadors from Burma, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. …

Gambari’s return fails to inspire Burmese Opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – said it does not expect United Nations special envoy …

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… undo the Bush’s era human rights violations, and restore America’s lost moral posture, befitted for a democratic superpower. Meanwhile, Burma has been …

Burma VJ turns Sundance’s eye toward government protests
Paste Magazine, GA –
Myanmar, often referred to as Burma, has been under military control since 1962. The film offers a firsthand account of the protests in the capital city of …

Thailand’s new boat people
GlobalPost –
There are about 1 million Rohingya, with roughly 800000 living along Burma’s coast and another 200000 or so in refugee camps across the Bangladeshi border. …

Rohingya Boat People Not to Get Asylum Here
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
One of the boat people, Imam Husen, told the Reuters news agency from his hospital bed that he and about 580 other people had set off from Mundu in Burma in …

The bottom of a burst bubble: depravity and the economic turndown
Gauntlet, Canada –
Within the last months of 2008 and stretching into the New Year, hundreds of economic refugees fleeing from Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly reached …

Sister Says Jailed Burmese Monk on Hunger Strike
Voice of America –
By VOA News The sister of a Buddhist monk imprisoned by Burma’s military rulers for pro-democracy activities says her brother is on a hunger strike. …

FDA crackdown dramatically cuts availability of Asian food …
Inside Bay Area, CA –
Among them was Zin Nwe, an ethnic Chinese who recently graduated from medical school in her native Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

My portfolio: Ryan Libre
BBC News, UK –

“The KIO encourages free access to international media, including Human Rights Watch reports.” “The 1994 ceasefire between the KIA and the Burmese military …

Will Obama be able to change things in Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
One wonders whether the overtures by the Burmese junta could mean a fresh start for reconciliation and the beginning of a win-win situation. …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thailand to Investigate Rohingya Refugee Abuse Claims
Voice of America –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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January 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

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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 …


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January 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

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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, …


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January 17, 2009 at 4:06 am

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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 …

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January 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm

World focus on Burma (16 January 2008)

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Indian Vice President to visit Burma to strengthen bilateral relations
Mizzima.com, India –
“Ansari will go on a goodwill visit to Myanmar [Burma] early next month. Preparations are under way,” the report said. Ansari’s visit to Burma, …

The Doctor in Dubia: dubious indeed
guardian.co.uk, UK –

Dubai with its dubious human rights record, appalling treatment of migrant workers and flagrant disregard for the environment. …

Next battle against Karen rebels soon
Mizzima.com, India –
The vicious battle for the region surrounding Thailand’s Phop Phra district has see-sawed back and forth across Thailand’s northern border with Burma since …

Kelly Rutherford, Blake Lively, Johnny Knoxville
International Herald Tribune, France –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Sundance in 60 Seconds: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Cinematical, CA –
Burma VJ, which first gained notice at IFDA in November, sold US TV rights to HBO, according to indieWIRE, though it won’t air until next year. …

Freezing Temperatures Hit Remote Areas of Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

According to the state-owned New Light of Myanmar, the thermometer reached -2 degrees Celsius in the state capital of Hakah on Sunday. …

Burmese migrant workers evicted from campsite
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Moe Gyo, chairman of the Thailand-based Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs, said the Thai authorities’ actions were against international human rights …

Through the Director’s Lens
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was previously the chairman of the Myanmar Film Association. Question: Which movie do you think will win a Burmese academy award this year and who are …

Will Obama forgive Britain for his grandfather’s torture?
This is London, UK –

His beatings at the hands of the British Army, alongside whom he’d served in Burma during the Second World War, had left him, his family say, …

North Korean national dies in Meikhtila
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Military analyst and researcher Htay Aung of the Thailand-based Burmese exile group Network for Democracy and Development said the group had received …

Bush Slaps Sanctions on More Junta Cronies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Zaw is the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction and tourism …

Score more than one for first lady
Sauk Valley Newspapers, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government – ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 16, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burma Campaign UK which lobbies to stop companies doing business with the Burmese junta this week urged the London government to investigate all British …

Burmese weblog wins “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The weblog of venerable Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Mettacara, has bagged the “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008. …

Burmese Junta Destroying Arakanese Businesses, Says Shrimp Farmer
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Rathidaung: The Burmese military government has destroyed Arakanese businesses with many tactics aiming to undeveloped the state of Arakan, said a shrimp …

Bangladesh PM Wants to Settle Maritime Boundary Dispute
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… their neighboring countries Burma and India, a Bangladesh official said. “She said that the government would discuss the issue with India and Myanmar to …

US Treasury freezes assets of more ‘Junta Cronies’
Mizzima.com, India –
… and Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper, owner of the country’s largest copper mine. OFAC has now subjected 100 individuals and entities to its Burma sanctions, …

US freezes assets of 2 Burmese businessmen
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Mark Mcdonald HONG KONG: The United States has frozen the assets of two Burmese businessmen and their companies for aiding the military junta in Myanmar, …

Film Buyers Shop for Bargains at Sundance as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

Burma, Myanmar: The 2008 Weblog Awards Winners
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The Weblog Award winners for the 2008 announced on Jan 15. Here are the winners of International Weblog Awards: Special thanks to all of the medias, …

Burma Cracks Down on Rangoon Churches
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… and the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to put pressure on the Burmese junta to end these violations and to permit churches …

Official Reflects On Foreign Aid Triumphs, Challenges
NPR –
Asked about other difficult days, she laments the fact that it took so long for the military regime in Myanmar, or Burma, to allow in aid after a cyclone …

HRW Sees Progress in Pakistan After Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –

In Myanmar—which HRW said also draws support from China, Russia and Thailand—democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went into her sixth straight year of house …

Camera-Ready Victims
National Review Online, NY –
Sudan came in second with 61, Myanmar third with 41. The US was No. 4, with 39 actions, tied with the Democratic Republic of the Congo! …

Myanmar documentary gets HBO deal
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
HBO has nabbed the US TV rights to Anders Ostergaard’s docu “Burma VJ” ahead of its North American preem at Sundance. A chronicle of the 2007 uprising of …

Assessing the Bush Administration: A Foreign Catastrophe at Every Turn
Antiwar.com, CA –
The president “announced steps to help the Burmese people bring peaceful change and democratic transition to their country.” Well, he may have announced …

Rights group criticises SA government
Independent Online, South Africa –
The New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) gives the South African government a pounding in its latest World Report issued this week, saying that its …

US probes link between Malay officials, trafficking
China Post, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation — are …

Sundance sets sail amid storm clouds
Hollywood Reporter, United States –
The film examines the military junta’s suppression of a 2007 monk-led rebellion in Burma, incorporating footage shot by journalists who risked their lives …

Gentle Questioning for UN Nominee
New York Times, United States –
The hearings ranged widely, touching on virtually every trouble spot in the world including the Congo, Somalia, Burma and North Korea. …

Sundance premieres find buyers as festival opens
The Associated Press –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Ramos-Horta: Only Filipinos can do it
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Horta, who delivered a lecture at a university here Wednesday, said that peace is possible whether in Gaza, in Burma or in the Philippines if people are …

US hits Myanmar with additional sanctions
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says it has added 100 people and entities to its Myanmar sanctions. Myanmar is also called Burma. …

Zaw Zaw was identified as the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction, …

Boat-people accuse Thai police of uncaring treatment
Cambodia News, Cambodia –
Thai soldiers have forced illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma out to sea in rickety boats. The boats, some without engines, had been used to carry …

Left at sea with just a paddle
Electric New Paper, Singapore –
… sources have said that the Thai army is holding Rohingya – Muslims who come from the border areas of Myanmar and Bangladesh – on Koh Sai Daeng, …

HRW sees progress in Pakistan after Musharraf
The News International, Pakistan –
HRW blamed Asian giants China and India for abuses against their own citizens but also for backing military dictatorships such as Myanmar. …

Treasury Targets Financial Backers Of Myanmar Regime
EasyBourse.com, France –
… as it continues to suppress democratic dissent,” OFAC director Adam Szubin said. Many western governments, including the US, refer to Myanmar as Burma.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila at Sundance
ARTINFO, NY –
… monks who led a rebellion in Burma last year. The monks shot what they were doing with small video cameras and then smuggled the materials to Thailand, …

Susan Rice’s Testimony at Her UN Ambassador Hearing
RealClearPolitics, IL –
It is why efforts to pass Security Council resolutions on abuses in places from Zimbabwe to Burma occasion such fierce debate, and don’t always succeed. …

Ceremony to Commemorate Foreign Policy Achievements (2001-2009)
US Department of State, DC –
Whether working to advance the interests of women in Afghanistan, helping children in Iraq, supporting the righteous struggle of dissidents in Burma, …

The Netherlands supports democratisation in Indonesia
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… human rights, relations with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the situation in Burma and the violence in the Middle East. …

Student activist jailed for 104 years in Burma
Asian Age, India –
Separately, authorities on Wednesday freed six out of nine members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) who were arrested last month …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
KanglaOnline, India –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States, including the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Origin of the Chakmas
The New Nation, Bangladesh –

Abhi Raja, around 923 BC came to Burma from Kapilavastu and founded a Sakya line of dynasty at Dha-ngya-wa-ti (the capital) in north Arakan called …

Film scholar B. Ruby Rich plays a leading role at Sundance Film …
UC Santa Cruz, CA –
Made up of videos shot by the Democratic Voice of Burma, the footage was smuggled into Thailand, shipped to Norway, and subsequently broadcast around the …

BC aid worker dumped in ditch after robbery
National Post, Canada –
Jiri Zivny and a team of volunteers were distributing medical items and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Critically injured aid worker from BC dies in Cambodian hospital
The Canadian Press,  B.C. –
The group Zivny was part of had also planned to visit Thailand and Burma but most of the volunteers went home because protesters had blockaded Bangkok’s …

Canadian aid worker dies in Cambodia
Calgary Herald,  Canada –
… Humanitarian Hope Society were distributing medical supplies and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

One survey shows liberty shrivelling; another names the “spoilers”
Economist, UK –
A similarly heavyweight annual report from another American outfit, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), takes direct aim at what its director, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 2:27 am