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World focus on Burma (30 October 2008)

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‘Burma Day’ not encouraging for BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
European Union Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner explained in a statement, “Burma/ Myanmar should remain in the centre of our attention as a country that is in …

Glenn Cohen: Louise Arbour got the cold shoulder she deserved
National Post, Canada –
We can only hope, therefore, that she undertook many quiet approaches to the likes of Iran, Burma and the many other international human rights abusers. …

Burmese regime plans major offensive against KNU
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htay Aung said a new offensive could lead to human rights abuses and an increased number of displaced people. “If heavy fighting breaks out, the people will …

NLD members praise Win Tin’s negotiation efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 30, 2008 (DVB)–Meikhtila National League for Democracy has praised the efforts of senior NLD member Win Tin to reconcile youth members with the NLD …

Bomb Blasts in Northeast India Kill at Least 56
FOXNews –
Dozens of militant separatist groups are active in India’s northeast, an isolated region wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar with only a …

Multiple bomb blasts rock India’s Assam state
Times Online, UK –
Ringed by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, with only a thin corridor of land connecting it to the rest of India, India’s northeast is home to more …

Jailed activists sentenced for contempt of court
First Post, UK –
All nine have been confined in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for more than a year after they were arrested at the start of the uprising that swept Burma last …

Refugees Are ‘Valued People’ After Resettling Here
Georgia Bulletin, Georgia –
Today, Nicholas and four others who are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, live together in a modest gated apartment complex in metro Atlanta and are …

Than Shwe’s Daughter Goes Shopping for Gold
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN A BBC radio report that a daughter of Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe went shopping for gold worth more than US $80000 is a hot topic of …

Aid Group Helps to Reunite Children with their Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Half a year after Cyclone Nargis hit the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3, the charity is still bringing families separated by the storm back together. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Tragedy and Farce in Burma
Independent, UK –
They take their name from Burma’s failed democracy uprising in 1988, an uprising that was brutally put down by the regime with the loss of up to 6000 lives. …

Activists Get Six Months for Contempt
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Nine Burmese activists who have been detained for more than a year received six-month prison sentences yesterday after they were found guilty of …

Burma Day Criticized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… invited NGOs, advocacy groups, international organizations and think tanks from Burma and Europe to the conference, titled “Burma/Myanmar- Prospects for …

Myanmar jails activists for “court interruption”
Reuters UK, UK –
The nine, who include Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s most high-profile political prisoner after Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, had argued that …

Thailand court ignores facts of killings
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Some of the evidence it heard but omitted from its verdict included the testimony of a national human rights commissioner. She told the judges that her …

Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
AP A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, …

Burma: Junta Continues To Hold NLD Activists
UNPO, Netherlands –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Influx of refugees strains providers of health care in Rochester
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
One of the health center’s interpreters, herself a refugee from Karen state in Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — said refugees need much help adjusting to …

Nine Myanmar activists get six months for contempt of court
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… terms for contempt of court after complaining of the lack of a free judiciary in military-run Myanmar, a non-governmental organization said Thursday. …

Burma jails pro-democracy activists
The Australian, Australia –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Gem traders to fight Burma ban
Radio Australia, Australia –
Previously the law banned gems bought directly from Burma but not those traded via other countries. Dave Mathieson from Human Rights Watch told Radio …

Ghosts of Muldoon and Reagan over Trade
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Free trade had not improved democratic rights in Burma or in China. It had merely improved cash flow for multinational corporations. …

Malaysia’s Authoritarian Resurgence
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
She blends a knack for pop polemics with a commitment to serious human rights causes. In addition to her responsibilities to her constituency, …

Greens: Human Rights Left Out Of Nat’s Foreign Policy
Voxy, New Zealand –
… nations like Burma or Fiji. “National’s motto seems to be: ‘Who cares about human rights, as long as we can get a trade agreement,” Mr Locke says. …

Prowling and Skulking
Ethiopian Review, DC –
Mynamar (Burma): In 1988, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Gandhian, founded the National League for Democracy in Mynamar and was placed under …

US Group Says Burma Detained Opposition Activists’ Lawyer
Voice of America –
… 2007 – the birthday of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The US Campaign for Burma says the activists were not given a fair trial. …

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Whitewashes Its Website of Burma
MarketWatch –
… Human Rights Abuse in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar)”: “Chevron and its consortium partners continue to rely on the Burmese army for pipeline security, …

Meeting on Post-Nargis Recovery
E-Pao.net, India –
Bangkok, October 29 2008: Six months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, key partners in the country’s recovery process gathered in Bangkok to assess how …

Don’t Forget The Lesson
Times of India, India –
… opened up to the extent that it hosted this month an Asia-Europe conference that focused in several of its sessions on democratisation and human rights. …

Thailand needs to show leadership quality
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his visit to Beijing and the Asia-Europe Meeting, he did make comments on the situation in Burma – calling for assistance to help Burma with economic …

Underdevelopment and Aid: Search for a Right Balance – Part II
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
Authoritarian China’s new superpower clout, which disregarded human rights abuses, had reached Africa, and was largely welcomed, especially by authoritarian …

Human Rights First Joins With Internet Companies in Adopting …
Human Rights First, NY –
… rallying support for human rights using the Internet, whether on online newspapers, blogs, email or websites. Just this week, the government in Burma is …

Caught in the clutches: the fight to save child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
“Though we cannot confirm it, I think the use of child soldiers by the Burmese junta has remained more or less the same,” said Mathieson, adding that the …

Saffron Revolution monks to speak today
The Jersey Journal – NJ.com, NJ –

The monks will answer questions from the audience during the free public forum, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. …



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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Sign petition: Stand with Tibet – Support the Dalai Lama

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http://www.avaaz.org/en/tibet_end_the_violence/22.php

After decades of repression, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change. China’s leaders are right now making a crucial choice between escalating brutality or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China.

We can affect this historic choice — China does care about its international reputation. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get the government’s attention. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world’s people to support him. Fill out the form below to sign the petition–and spread the word.

Petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao:

As citizens around the world, we call on you to show restraint and respect for human rights in your response to the protests in Tibet, and to address the concerns of all Tibetans by opening meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Only dialogue and reform will bring lasting stability. China’s brightest future, and its most positive relationship with the world, lies in harmonious development, dialogue and respect.

Act now to end the violence:

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This posting is grabbed from the whole Avaaz team.

Here are some links with more information on the Tibetan protests and the Chinese response:

Crackdown in Tibet, but protests spreading:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/19/tibet.china
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/crackdown-on-protests-widens/2008/03/17/1205602289349.html

Dalai Lama calling for dialogue and restraint, and an end to violence:
http://www.dalailama.com/news.216.htm
http://www.agi.it/world/news/200803191258-pol-ren0032-art.html

Leaders across Europe and Asia starting to back dialogue as the way forward:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7300157.stm

Chinese Prime Minister attacks “Dalai clique”, leaves door open for talks:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/18/content_7813194.htm

Other Chinese signals:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/China_looks_at_India_to_talk_to_Dalai_Lama/articleshow/2875142.cms
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 20, 2008 at 12:58 am

Tibetans clash with Chinese police in second city

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By Jim Yardley

Sunday, March 16, 2008

BEIJING: Thousands of Buddhist monks and other Tibetans clashed with the riot police in a second Chinese city on Saturday, while the authorities said they had regained control of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, a day after a rampaging mob ransacked shops and set fire to cars and storefronts in a deadly riot.

Conflicting reports emerged about the violence in Lhasa on Friday. The Chinese authorities denied that they had fired on protesters there, but Tibetan leaders in India told news agencies on Saturday that they had confirmed that 30 Tibetans had died and that they had unconfirmed reports that put the number at more than 100.

Demonstrations erupted for the second consecutive day in the city of Xiahe in Gansu Province, where an estimated 4,000 Tibetans gathered near the Labrang Monastery. Local monks held a smaller protest on Friday, but the confrontation escalated Saturday afternoon, according to witnesses and Tibetans in India who spoke with protesters by telephone.

Residents in Xiahe, reached by telephone, heard loud noises similar to gunshots or explosions. A waitress described the scene as “chaos” and said many wounded people had been sent to a local hospital. Large numbers of security and military police officers fired tear gas while Tibetans hurled rocks, according to the Tibetans in India.

“Their slogans were, ‘The Dalai Lama must return to Tibet‘ and ‘Tibetans need to have human rights in Tibet,’ ” said Jamyang, a Tibetan in Dharamsala, India, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, who spoke to protesters.

The violence in Lhasa and Xiahe has created a major political and public relations challenge for the ruling Communist Party as Beijing prepares to play host to the Olympic Games in August. The demonstrations are the largest in Tibet since 1989, when Chinese troops used lethal force to crush an uprising by thousands of Tibetan protesters.

The outside world is carefully watching China‘s response to the week’s demonstrations. The European Union and the United States have both called on China to act with restraint. The White House called on China to “respect Tibetan culture” and issued a renewed call for dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, rejected calls for a boycott of the Games to protest the crackdown.

“We believe that the boycott doesn’t solve anything,” he said Saturday on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, The Associated Press reported. “On the contrary. It is penalizing innocent athletes and it is stopping the organization from something that definitely is worthwhile organizing.”

The tumult also undercuts a theme regularly promoted by China‘s propaganda officials, that Tibetans are a happy minority group, smoothly integrated into the country’s broader ethnic fabric.

“What we see right now, what is happening in Tibet, blows the whole propaganda strategy in Tibet wide open,” said Lhadon Tethong, an official with the New York-based advocacy group Students for a Free Tibet.

On Saturday the Chinese authorities defended their response to the violence in Lhasa. “We fired no gunshots,” said Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Government, according to the state news media.

But Tibetan advocacy groups and witnesses in Lhasa offered accounts contradicting that of the Chinese. The Tibetan government in exile said at least 30 Tibetans died in the protests, according to Agence France-Presse. Witnesses told Radio Free Asia, the nonprofit news agency financed by the United States government, that numerous Tibetans were dead. A 13-year-old Tibetan boy, reached by telephone, said he watched the violence from his apartment and saw four or five Tibetans fall to the ground after military police officers shot at them.

Foreign journalists are being restricted from traveling to Lhasa, and the precise death toll remains unknown. The state news media reported 10 deaths and characterized most of them as shopkeepers. The government’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported that the victims had been “burned to death.”

The demonstrations in Lhasa began Monday and continued through Wednesday as peaceful protests by Buddhist monks from three different monasteries. Some monks protested religious restrictions, while others demanded an end to Chinese rule and even waved the Tibetan flag. The police arrested scores of monks and then reportedly tightened security around the three monasteries so that monks could not leave.

Initially, the protests were largely ignored in the Chinese news media, which were providing blanket coverage of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, the Communist Party-controlled national legislature.

But with growing international concern about the protests, and reports that Chinese security forces had attacked monks, the Xinhua news agency issued a short statement blaming rioters for the violence. By Saturday morning, China’s state television network, CCTV, was broadcasting video of Tibetans burning buildings as anchors read directly from a Xinhua report that blamed the Dalai Lama for the violence.

Chinese officials demanded the surrender of the “lawbreakers” in Lhasa and offered leniency to people who turned themselves into the authorities by midnight Monday. Senior officials described the unrest as “sabotage” orchestrated by the Dalai Lama and credited the military police for rescuing 580 people from banks, schools and hospitals that were set afire by rioters.

General Yang Deqing of the Chinese Army said soldiers would not be deployed and the protests were being handled by local police officers and the country’s paramilitary force, the People’s Armed Police.

“We’ll let the police and the military police handle the disturbance,” Yang said at the National People’s Congress, where he was a delegate. “We won’t be involved.”

Witnesses in Lhasa on Saturday reported seeing large numbers of military police, armored vehicles and, according to a few reports, tanks.

Several residents, reached by telephone, said that an uneasy calm had settled over the city. Tibetans living in the suburbs said officers were blocking people from entering the city center. Local television broadcast instructions. Power and telephone service, suspended in some neighborhoods on Friday, were being restored Saturday. Traffic was light on city streets, while most shops were closed.

“It is all under control now,” said one resident, who identified himself as Liu and who lives near the old part of the city where the violence started. “We were notified to stay at home last night.”

It is still uncertain what set off Friday’s unrest. Tibetan advocates say ordinary Tibetans began rioting after military police officers attacked monks trying to protest outside a monastery in the center of the city.

The extent of the violence was evident in photographs and video shown on the Internet: fires raging from rooftops and from charred vehicles, shattered storefronts and huge crowds trolling city streets.

News agencies reported Saturday that foreign tourists were being prohibited from entering Tibet. The United States Embassy in Beijing issued a new warning on Saturday advising American citizens about danger in Lhasa and other places.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/16/asia/16tibet.php

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 16, 2008 at 9:38 am

World Focus on Burma (5 Mar 08)

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  1. Myanmar junta unlikely to heed UN envoy
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    BANGKOK – UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari returns on Thursday to Myanmar to press the junta to include opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in its election plans, …
  2. Myanmar’s past key to changing its future – author
    Reuters India, India –
    But understanding how history has shaped Southeast Asia’s most stubborn military junta not only adds accuracy to debate about the former Burma, …
  3. Myanmar: Cholera outbreak in Mon State
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Sixty-one Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Mon ethnicity have contracted cholera in Ananbon village in eastern Burma, an area controlled by the New …
  4. Asia Sentinel Writer Wins Fellowship
    Asia Sentinel, China –
    … Chins of Myanmar: Refugee Life in a Distant Neighbor,” with a focus on the protection of the Chin ethnic group, which ranges from western Burma across …
  5. UN’s Gambari set to return to Myanmar, hopes low
    Reuters India, India –
    It will be Gambari’s fifth visit to the former Burma since he was appointed in early 2006 and his third since a crackdown on monk-led protests in September …
  6. The Price of Truth
    Mizzima.com, India –
    3 with 88 generation student leaders Ko Ko Gyi, Ko Mya Aye, Ko Win Maw, two abbots from Maggin monastery, Myanmar Nation Chief Editor Ko Thet Zin, …
  7. Burmese monks in Thailand pace, pray and wait
    San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
    … and television sets around the world, these exiled monks fear the world has forgotten their struggle to bring democracy to Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
  8. UN Envoy to Return to Myanmar
    Guardian, UK –
    AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – A UN diplomat will return to military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday for his third attempt to coax democratic reforms out of the junta …
  9. UN Refugee Agency Praise SL Government for Rescuing 71 People out …
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    … lauded the Sri Lankan Government for rescuing the 71 persons who were drifting onboard the ill fated Myanmar wooden hull vessel nearly for two weeks. …
  10. Junta Increases Pressure on Media
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    By VIOLET CHO Only two weeks after the Burmese military government closed the offices of the Myanmar Nation, the military authorities appear to be offering …
  11. Monks launch ‘no’ campaign against constitution
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Last month the All Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA), which played a leading role in the September pro-democracy demonstrations, issued a statement condemning the …
  12. NLD expects meeting with Gambari
    Mizzima.com, India –
    New Delhi – Leaders of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy – are likely to meet the visiting UN special envoy to Burma, …
  13. UN envoy returns Thursday to Myanmar on latest mission to coax …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, has long been under international pressure to make democratic reforms, particularly since it crushed the peaceful mass …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 5, 2008 at 6:27 am

World Focus on Burma (14-12-2007)

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  1. Cynthia Maung wins Asian Human Rights Award
    Radio Taiwan International, Taiwan –
    The woman, Cynthia Maung, is better known as Myanmar’s Mother Teresa. President Chen Shui-bian presented her with the award on Thursday. …
  2. Democracy activist receives human rights award
    China Post, Taiwan –

    Dr. Maung left Myanmar for Thailand together with 14 colleagues of the North Okkalapa General Hospital, following violence between demonstrators and the …

  3. Analysis: Israel defense exports strong
    United Press International –
    … an Israeli embargo on Myanmar leveled during the tenure of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin: “Israel Military Industries sold Burma several million …
  4. The banality of ASEAN evils
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    This evening, Myanmar objected and we base our decisions on consensus.” In short, Burma said: How we bash the heads of our own citizens is our own business, …
  5. Why ‘Mrs. X’ died
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    In sum, it’sa workshop bringing together delegations from different countries in the region — China, Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, …
  6. British-Russian ties hit new low
    South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
    That is Burma and Iran. “I just hope the announcement today from Russia does not signal they are taking steps down that road. That is unwholesome company in …
  7. Human Rights Council discusses situation of human rights in Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The High Commissioner for Human Rights should take on a central role, observing the situation of human rights in Burma/Myanmar, preparing reports on the …
  8. Enough Talk on Burma
    Asia Sentinel, China –

    … or do about what has happened in Myanmar in recent weeks is that none of them actually know anything much about the country,” says the report, “Burma, …

  9. Crackdown in Myanmar far from over, says Human Rights Watch
    Malaysia Sun, Malaysia –

    Since the crackdown in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma, the military regime has brought to bear the full force of its authoritarian apparatus to …

  10. Myanmar to hold gem auction in January
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Military-run Myanmar will hold a new auction of gems and jade in January, state media said Friday, amid calls for a boycott and sanctions …
  11. Myanmar deaths higher than UN estimate: activists
    Reuters –
    … isolated country once known as Burma. UN special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro this week said at least 31 people were killed when Myanmar’s military …
  12. Myanmar military proceeds with gem auction plans despite US import …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military Friday invited private gem dealers to a major auction Friday, just days after the United States tightened laws …
  13. EU to warn may tighten Myanmar sanctions-draft
    Reuters UK, UK –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  14. Burma seizes 40 kilos of opium in November
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    There were 239 drug-related cases last month in the Southeast Asian country, the official New Light of Myanmar daily said, though it did not provide the …
  15. Myanmar shows rare images of ageing junta chief
    Macau Daily Times, Macau –
    Myanmar’s state media yesterday showed rare photographs of the nation’s ageing junta leader Than Shwe as he inspected dams around the country, apparently in …
  16. Burmese activist honored in Taipei
    Mizzima.com, India –
    The “Myanmar military junta is the source of the problem,” she said, holding no punches during her acceptance speech. “There is no opportunity for …
  17. Weekly Business Roundup (December 14, 2007)
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “India is committed to extend assistance to Myanmar [Burma] on various developmental projects of mutual benefit including the Kaladan Multi-modal Transport …
  18. Monks spend week interacting with Colgate community
    Colgate University News & Events, NY –
    … professor emeritus and founder of the Brackett Education Fund in Burma/Myanmar, gave a talk about his group’s nonprofit work with Burmese refugees. …
  19. Rambo – Trailer
    Contactmusic.com, UK –
    On the nearby Thailand-Burma (Myanmar) border, the Burmese-Karen conflict, the world’s longest-running civil war, rages into its 60th year. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 14, 2007 at 4:28 am

World Focus on Burma (12-12-2007)

  1. un’s Pinheiro seeks return to Myanmar, meet opposition leaders
    International Herald Tribune, France – 11 hours ago
    AP GENEVA: The un’s special investigator on human rights in Myanmar said Tuesday he wants to return to the country as soon as possible to examine the …
  2. Forgetting Myanmar all over again
    Taipei Times, Taiwan –
    By Seth Mydans The streets are quiet in Myanmar. The “destructive elements” are in jail. The international outcry has faded. The junta’s grip on power seems …
  3. Thailand: 20000+ Burma Refugees Resettled
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand – 11 hours ago
    Last week, under the world’s largest refugee resettlement programme, the number of Myanmar refugees who had left Thailand to begin new lives in third …
  4. Departures Of Burma Refugees From Thailand Top 20K
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    This cultural orientation is one of the crucial steps on a journey that has opened up new worlds to more than 20000 refugees from Myanmar who have left …
  5. Myanmar: Monks flee to Bangladesh to evade arrest
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The young monk said, he finally left Burma for Bangladesh as authorities were conducting raids in several monasteries in Arakan searching for him.
  6. Stubborn junta’s ‘fire and water’ foreign policy stymies diplomacy
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    It is time for everyone, especially world leaders and diplomats, to take a serious look at Burma’s foreign policy, which for almost two decades has managed …
  7. Canada’s Miss Universe 2005 not visiting to Burma
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    The article “Miss Universe Coming to Burma” appeared last week on Burmese version of ‘Myanmar Time’ weekly journal in Burma, quoting a source from a …
  8. United Nations Special Rapporteur Reports on Worsening Situation …
    US Department of State, DC –
    Today’s report to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Burma, Paulo Pinheiro, provided important details of …
  9. UN Official Condemns Burma’s Crackdown on Opposition
    Voice of America –
    By Lisa Schlein A United Nations investigator has condemned the military rulers of Burma for using excessive force in cracking down on pro-democracy …
  10. US Sanctions Against Myanmar Boosted
    The Associated Press –
    The bill’s sponsors said they want to stop the military leaders in Myanmar, also known as Burma, from dodging US sanctions by laundering gemstones in third …
  11. US House adopts sanctions on Myanmar’s gem, energy industries
    Forbes, NY –
    LONDON (Thomson Financial) – The US House of Representatives has unanimously adopted sanctions against military-ruled Myanmar, targeting the country’s …
  12. House Sanctions Myanmar’s ‘Blood’ Rubies
    AOL News Newsbloggers, VA –
    “Burma’s generals,” Lantos said, “fund this repression of their own people by selling off the country’s natural resources, especially oil and gems, …
  13. US House adopts sanctions against Myanmar
    AFP –
    … referring to Myanmar by its former name. Aung Din, the executive director of the US Campaign for Burma, said the international community should step up .
  14. US House passes bill hitting Myanmar gems, Chevron
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Tom Lantos, bans the import of Myanmar gems into the United States, freezes the assets of the country’s leaders and stops the former Burma from using US …
  15. US House passes bill on Burma sanctions
    Financial Times, UK –
    Chevron criticised the house move yesterday, saying “punitive tax measures against one company will not serve the purpose of helping the people of Myanmar …
  16. US House approves bill to strengthen sanctions against Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    11 (Xinhua) — The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bill that would halt Myanmar’s rubies and jades from entering the United …
  17. Bill to ban Burmese imports into US
    Daily Times, Pakistan –
    WASHINGTON: A bill moving through Congress this week will stop Burma from importing “blood rubies” into the United States, freeze the assets of its leaders …
  18. US bid to stop Burma gem imports
    BBC News, UK –

    The House of Representatives has voted to stop Burma’s rubies and high-quality jade from entering the United States. The measure tightens sanctions against …

  19. Bergenfield man sent money to Burma in violation of US restrictions
    NorthJersey.com, NJ –
    Wai admitted the funds were ultimately transmitted to Burma, officially known as Myanmar, a country that is under military rule and subject to US trade …
  20. Burma Legislation Moves Through Congress
    Voice of America –

    By Dan Robinson Legislation to tighten US sanctions against Burma’s military government is moving through Congress. voa’s Dan Robinson reports from Capitol …

  21. Nonlocal News roundup 12/11 – Our solar system is dented
    Pegasus News, TX –
    The government of Myanmar (aka Burma) defends its violent crackdown. The un’s rights envoy to Sudan might be cut loose. A prisoner in Israel is awarded …
  22. Myanmar rejects UN human rights report
    Reuters –
    GENEVA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Myanmar on Tuesday rejected a UN envoy’s report that said the ruling junta had used excessive force in September to quell …
  23. India: Life on the front-line of India’s missions
    Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
    It borders Tibet to the north, Myanmar (Burma) to the east and Assam to the south. Nagaland lies towards the southeast and Bhutan to the west. …
  24. Back to normal in Burma – “Torture, Imprisonment, Death”
    Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
    By John Newton PEOPLE in Myanmar (Burma) continue to face strict government controls including imprisonment, torture and even death in the wake of uprisings …
  25. Bush condemns Myanmar crackdown after UN report
    Reuters India, India –
    Bush said he was “deeply disturbed” by UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro’s report describing how the military government in the former Burma …
  26. Statement by the President
    Business Wire (press release), CA –
    I am deeply disturbed by the report that UN Special Rapporteur Paulo Pinheiro released today in Geneva documenting his findings from his trip to Burma last …
  27. Myanmar Faces Sanctions Unless Democracy Talks Begin, Bush Says
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, yesterday rejected a United Nations report criticizing the junta for using “excessive force” when soldiers crushed the …
  28. Bush warns Myanmar of world sanctions
    AFP –
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States will spearhead a global campaign to step up sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime if it continues to ignore calls .
  29. AJWS reports winter 07
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    “Peace and stability have been restored in Myanmar, and life has returned to normal all over the country.” Thus spoke the UN envoy to Burma, Kyaw Tint Swe, …
  30. Burmese voices louder in 2007
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    If anyone deserves a Nobel peace prize this year, it’s Burma’s people and monks for taking to the streets against a brutish regime that has mired their …
  31. US threatens more Myanmar sanctions
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

     

    … of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and author of the bill, said the move would target top general’s in the government of Myanmar , also known as Burma .

  32. No democracy, more sanctions, Bush tells Myanmar
    Earthtimes, UK –

    Washington – US President George W Bush threatened further sanctions against Myanmar if its leaders don’t move toward democracy, saying he was “deeply …

  33. Myanmar needs our help
    St. Petersburg Times, FL –
    … Thailand and Vietnam are joining the global community and realizing increased economic growth and political freedom, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) …
  34. US closes loopholes in sanctions
    Mizzima.com, India –
    December 12, 2007 – United States sanctions on the economic interests of Burma’s generals and companies conducting business in Burma are one step closer to …
  35. Double vision over Myanmar crackdown
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The Human Rights Watch report, entitled “Crackdown: Repression of the 2007 Popular Protests in Burma”, was based on the testimony of over 100 witnesses to …
  36. India, Burma to sign mou for IT enhancement centre
    Mizzima.com, India –
    “India is committed to extend assistance to Myanmar [Burma] on various developmental projects of mutual benefit including the Kaladan Multi-modal Transport …
  37. Cambodian leader blasts UN report
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Dec 12, 2007 (AP)–The UN should leave Burma alone and stop disrupting the junta’s progress toward democracy by issuing critical reports on human rights …
  38. This beauty and Burma shouldn’t mix
    National Post, Canada –
    A Burmese weekly, the Myanmar Times, recently signalled Glebova’s pending visit with an article that said she would also serve on a jury for the Ancient …
  39. US House backs crackdown on Myanmar gem trade
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Sponsors of the bill that passed in the House by a voice vote said they wanted to stop the military leaders of Myanmar, formerly Burma, from dodging US …
  40. Rights group: Military perpetuates its rule
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    … point toward democracy, they should present concrete foreign policy proposals to end Thailand’s embarrassing ties with Burma’s generals,” Adams said. …
  41. New drive to talk Burma into reform
    The Australian, Australia –
    “The people of Myanmar (Burma) have suffered from isolation for such a long time and it is high time now for the Myanmar authorities and people to be able …
  42. Myanmar: Military offensive targeting villagers’ food supplies
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The Free Burma Rangers relief team reported on November 22 that since the army commenced operations to relocate villagers in 2006 the Burmese troops had …
  43. Myanmar/Burma: Investigatory body must be proven to exist
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    “On 31 October 2007, the Government of Myanmar has established the Investigation Body [sic] chaired by the Minister for Home Affairs with a view to …
  44. un’s Pinheiro pleads with Myanmar for dialogue on human rights
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    AP GENEVA (AP) – The UN special investigator for Myanmar pleaded with the country’s military junta on Wednesday to engage in a serious dialogue about human …
  45. Local girls inch closer to crown
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    The Thai men’s side will compete in the third-place play-off despite a win over Burma yesterday. Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and reigning champions Thailand …
  46. For Burmese people, a friend in high places
    Christian Science Monitor, MA –

    … Burmese migrants on the Thai border has taught Cynthia Maung, herself a political refugee from military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), to expect the unexpected. …

  47. Hpao Lan Hpar Got a Heart Attack
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    (hold scrotum on the palm) The international community and analysts are now saying Burma has eventually become an autonomous region of China except in name. …
  48. Russian action against British Council ‘illegal’: Miliband
    AFP –

    That is Burma and Iran,” he said, using the former name for Myanmar. “I just hope the announcement today from Russia does not signal they are taking steps …

World Focus on Burma (11-12-2007)

  1. Burma: Suu Kyi must be freed for political reform, says EU envoy
    آكي, Italy –
    Fassino, a former Italian justice minister , was appointed by the EU to focus attention on Burma (also known as Myanmar) and support the efforts of UN …
  2. Ban Ki-moon asked to initiate concrete steps on Burma on Human …
    Mizzima.com, India –
    December 10, 2007 – United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon has been asked to initiate concrete steps on Burma for ushering in changes instead of wasting time in …
  3. World’s patience wearing thin: UN
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Therefore, again I urge the Myanmar [Burma] authorities to fully respect the principles and all of the UN charters by fully engaging with the international …
  4. Lantos’ Burma Human Rights Act Moves to House Floor
    Earthtimes, UK –
    10 /prnewswire-usnewswire/ — This week Congress is expected to consider tightened, targeted sanctions against Burma, where a recent violent crackdown …
  5. Secretary-General’s joint press conference with the Prime Minister …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The situation in Burma still has tension going on, with arrests and perhaps crackdowns. Would you have any further comments on how to stop this tense …
  6. Memo From Kuala Lumpur A Growing Source of Fear for Migrants in …
    New York Times, United States – 6 hours ago
    Most migrant workers come from Indonesia, while others come from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Vietnam as well as from Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  7. Bush marks Human Rights Day
    United Press International –
    The first lady led a discussion on Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country former known as Burma. “For nearly 20 years, Burma’s military regime has crushed …
  8. Laura Bush Urges Burma’s Junta to Open Democratic Path
    Voice of America –
    By Michael Bowman First Lady Laura Bush is urging Burma’s military junta to forge a path to democracy or step aside. voa’s Michael Bowman reports from the …
  9. Efforts To Expose Atrocities in Burma Win US Envoy Recognition
    US Department of State, DC –
    The demonstrations in Burma, which began in late August, are believed to have been the largest since August 1988, when hundreds of thousands of people …
  10. First Lady Marks Human Rights Day By Calling On Myanmar To Release …
    AHN –
    … and Myanmar, the first lady continued her strong criticism of Myanmar’s military generals, and called on “all nations, especially Burma’s neighbors, …
  11. UN Secretary-General calls for increased involvement in Myanmar
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Mr. Ban told the Prime Minister that the UN is planning to exert pressure on the military government of Myanmar and asked that General Surayud’s government …
  12. Burmese leader receives UCT honorary doctorate
    SABC News, South Africa –
    Suu Kyi is currently under house arrest in Myanmar – formally known as Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi is the Nobel Prize-winning peace activist who’s being …
  13. YEARENDER: Myanmar’s people rise to the occasion
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Bangkok – If anyone deserves a Nobel peace prize this year, it’s Myanmar’s people and the Buddhist monkhood for daring to take to the streets against a …
  14. The first non-Chinese director of AI Hong Kong is Pinay
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Hong Kong people interested in issues such as violence against women, torture and terror, human dignity, and the crises in Burma (Myanmar) and Pakistan. …
  15. How Do We Walk The Burmese Road?
    Huffington Post, NY –
    The championing for incentive-based policies is also echoed by UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who stated, “The world is not just there to punish Myanmar, …
  16. Patience ebbing with Myanmar: Ban Ki-Moon
    Merinews, India –
    Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon had to face hostile crowds of activists who protested outside the UN office and demanded that he take concrete steps on Burma instead …
  17. North Korea Still Lambastes US in Media
    The Associated Press –
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Bush wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The North even thanked the US Navy last month for …
  18. Growing anxiety with lack of reforms in Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … and promoting and protecting human rights in Myanmar.” Meanwhile Thai Prime Minister Surayudh Chulanont told the Secretary General that Burma can again…
  19. Somali pirates threaten to kill tanker crew
    Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
      Negotiations have been under way to free the vessel, currently anchored off north-east Somalia, with crew members from Burma (also known as Myanmar), …
  20. Bush urging focus on Myanmar junta
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    AP Video: Mummified Dinosaur Unlocks Old Secrets (12/10) AP news headlines Latest from AP By Sylvia A. Smith WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military dictators ..
  21. Burma stepping up attacks on insurgents
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Dec 10, 2007 (AFP)–Military-ruled Burma has stepped up its offensive against ethnic Karen rebels following a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in …
  22. Assam] Book on Railways in Assam
    Assam Times, India –
    The original motive for having a railway trunk route in Assam was to ultimately connect it to the Burma Railway Systems. This grand scheme was conceived by …
  23. Human rights failures go unchecked in Myanmar and Darfur, UN told
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Geneva – The governments of Sudan and Myanmar were condemned before the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday for failing to improve human rights in their …
  24. When Revolutions Run Out Of Steam
    CBS News, NY –
      The United Nations hastily sent its special envoy into Burma. Both President Bush and the First Lady seemed personally affected – Laura Bush, …