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World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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Fresh offensive on Thai-Burmese border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A fresh offensive has broken out along the Thai-Burmese border between ethnic Karen guerillas of the Karen National …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Volunteers head back to Thailand
Malvern Gazette, UK –
These are supporting the displaced Shan people of Burma, who have been forced to move from their native land into Thailand, and running a hostel for those …

Managing the message
St. John’s Telegram, Canada –
Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes that there are countries like Cuba and Burma where journalists are routinely …

Failure of international community before drama of Burmese people
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese dissident, adds up the balance of a tragic 2008: Nargis and the military dictatorship have pushed the population to the breaking …

CRITIC OF MUGABE WINS INAUGURAL ART PRIZE
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Obama’s Change?
ZNet, MA –
He should bring to book, bring to account all of those American officials who were responsible for the torture and the abuse of in many instances of totally ...

The spectacular three metre high Mandalay Shrine, a rare surviving piece from the now destroyed royal palace at Mandalay in Burma, will go on display in the …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (9 January 2009)

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Visitation rights denied to families of political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
However, military authorities instead responded with the arrest of Buddhist monks, students, human right activists and National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Burmese blogger in running to win “Best Asian Blog”
Mizzima.com, India –
On his blog, he has chosen to post a popular line that states, “Burma, Myanmar: Yes, We can win this Award”. The world’s largest blog competition, …

Muslims proscribed from worshipping in residential flats
Mizzima.com, India –
Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights …

Top International Weather Events: 2008
Washington Post Blogs, DC –
Cyclone Nargis, a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that developed over the North Indian Ocean, struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) on May 2. …

Resolution cites increased religious persecution
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –

In 2008, China, Burma, and North Korea were among those listed as “Countries of Particular Concern.” Representatives Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), …

Ethnic Kachin rebel vow to oppose junta held elections
Mizzima.com, India –
Colonel Lamang Brang Seng, in-charge of the military wing of the KNO on Friday said his group along with other Burmese pro-democracy outfits and other …

Ban must visit Burma to begin the end-game
European Voice, Belgium –
In backing a visit to Burma (Myanmar) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s envoy, Peiro Fassino, in mid-December added to the …

Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… also among his followers at the time.” Sein Kyi said Kyaing Kyaing, the wife of junta head Snr-Gen Than Shwe, had tried to coax the abbot back to Burma.

Teenage Activist Transferred to Labor Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… transferred to labor camps across Burma. “Several political prisoners, especially NLD party members, have been transferred to labor camps,” said Bo Kyi. …

Business Roundup (January 9, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A new study of Burma’s economy reveals several trends in terms of the military regime’s foreign trading partners. …

Falling Fuel Prices Have No Effect on Gov’t Pumps
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In early 2008, The Myanmar Times, a semi-official weekly, reported that the government had undertaken a partial liberalization of Burma’s energy market by …

Nowhere to Hide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Several organizations have recorded the staggering amount of human rights abuses, killings and rapes that are perpetuated by soldiers of the Burmese army …

Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma.” NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members. …

Police fail to investigate stabbing in Laiza
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Most of the vehicles passing through the area are delivering goods, which have not been cleared by customs when they came into Burma from China,” he said. …

Fall in rice price hurts Myanmar exporters, farmers
Reuters –
… when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year. Myanmar had stood …

Relatives blocked from attending NLD member’s funeral
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Hlaing Aye, a member of Hlaing Tharyar township NLD’s organising wing, passed away on Tuesday in Rangoon at the age of 70. NLD information wing member Nyan …

Two soldiers accused of rape and murder attempt
Mizzima.com, India –
A 21 year old ethnic Kachin woman hailing from Hsa Hmaw Township, Kachin State in northern Burma was raped by two soldiers at knife point. …

300 migrants arrested in raid in Kuala Lumpur
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)–Around 300 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in a raid by Malaysian police and immigration authorities on Wednesday, according to …

Meikhtila local official sells off communal land
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The resident said Win Myint’s sisters were also running a gambling business in the ward, which had led to an increase in crime in the neighbourhood, …

Immigration Act changes permit Tibetans to stay
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The amendments will also benefit about 800 descendants of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to Thailand and present-day Myanmar, the former Burma, …

Maternal health care ‘extremely limited’ in Eastern Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Thousands of people in eastern Burma are regularly subjected to human rights violations, according to several Karen relief groups and international human …

CWS emergency appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. Relief and early recovery …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 9, 2009 at 2:36 am

Karen Girl Raped and Killed by Burma Army Soldier

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Monday, January 5, 2009 (6:37 pm)
By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)– Villagers of the mainly Christian Karen minority in Burma on Monday, January 5, were mourning the death of a seven-year old girl who was raped and murdered by at least one government soldier, the latest in a series of sexual abuses of minorities in the country, investigators said.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a Britain-based rights group investigating the situation in the military-ruled Asian nation, said the girl was allegedly shot dead after she was  raped on December 27 in her village of Ma Oo Bin, in Kyauk Kyi Township of Burma’s Nyaunglebin District.

It quoted the Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) as saying that local villagers saw at least one soldier from Burma’s army “enter the village shortly beforehand, and then heard sounds of a girl crying out for help.”

The crying was allegedly silenced by “rifle shots.”

The girl’s parents and village leaders reported the case the following day to the local commander, identified as Captain Thet Khaing. “However, despite eye witness accounts no action has been taken,” CSW said.

RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

The KWO and other rights activists have urged the government to immediately detain the perpetrator, “and for action to be taken against the commanding officer for failing to act.”

CSW’s National Director Stuart Windsor the case underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar.

“This latest tragic case is an example of the culture of impunity reigning throughout the military regime. We strongly support the KWO’s call for the arrest and prosecution of those guilty of the murder and rape of this young child.”

MORE CRIMES

Windsor said his group believes,”the regime in Burma is guilty of a wide range of crimes against humanity which should be investigated and brought before the International Criminal Court.”

Burmese officials have not commented. However the government has consistently denied reports of human rights abuses, acusing organizations making those claims of spreading “Western” and “American” propaganda.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has urged the Burmese military government to allow more political and religious freedom in the troubled nation. (With reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos).

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 6, 2009 at 1:41 am

World focus on Burma (6 January 2009)

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Nargis volunteer sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
Mizzima.com, India –
Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma on May 2-3 of last year, left around 140000 people dead or missing. Previously, Khin Maung Win worked in Malaysia and was …

Pro-junta group announces formation of political parties
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – A pro-junta group, the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), has said it is all set to contest the upcoming 2010 …

Kachin Manaw festival gets off the ground
Mizzima.com, India –
The first Manaw festival was inaugurated on 10 January 1948 just after Burma got independence from British colonial rule in Sitapu Ward, Myitkyinar. …

The Thinker: ‘Liberty Forum’ Should Replace UN Rights Body
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… against the Human Rights Council is long. From its inaugural meeting in June 2006, the council has condemned North Korea only once and Burma four times, …

Report: UNICEF to Continue Polio Vaccinations in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News A report in a weekly Burmese magazine said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) plans to continue its polio vaccination program in Burma …

David Scott Mathieson: The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
National Post, Canada –
The activists include a brave labour rights representative named Ma Su Su Nyay, who was handed more than 12 years, and Min Ko Naing, the leader of Burma’s …

The Ascension
The National Interest Online, DC –
It has protected the Burmese military regime—one of the world’s most brutal—from effective sanctions by the Security Council. …

The Great Dragon awakens: China is preparing to challenge American …
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The ‘Middle Kingdom’ has successfully attracted Myanmar as an ally. Myanmar (aka Burma) borders the Southern part of the Peoples’ Republic of China and it …

What can Facebook really do?
Third Sector, UK –
It was also a brilliant platform for activists in Burma. One of the hardest things for charities to accept about Facebook is the lack of control over both …

Court allows Boeing to use ‘racist’ US law
The Australian, Australia –
The countries banned by the US Government are Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Burma, China, Liberia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, the Democratic …

NAGA CULTURE: PAST AND PRESENT
MorungExpress, India –
Then in 1954 came the military invasion of our lands by India and Burma. This was not a cultural invasion in the true sense of the word but the “Money …

Myanmar trade surplus shrinks as gas exports fall
The Associated Press –
… economic sanctions against Myanmar to pressure the military government to improve human rights and release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

People’s Parliament Chairman Saw Mra Aung Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sent a flower basket and five monk robes to the family, according to Aye Thar Aung, a close colleague of …

Political Activist Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… since been arrested by Burmese security forces. The students’ organization was originally founded by Gen Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1936. …

NCUB Plans to Form Parallel Government in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The NCGUB was formed by exiled MPs elected in 1990 and is led by Dr Sein Win, the cousin of Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Suu Kyi Issues a New Year Challenge
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
News reports from Rangoon suggest that Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi commemorated the country’s Independence Day alone at her house—but …

But, we don’t need F-16s, we need human rights and people like you talking about real issues. What you have done is so important.’ Her eyes just filled up. …

Christian group condemns Burma human rights violations
ChristianToday, UK –
The girl is believed to have been shot and killed by a government soldier in the village of Ma Oo Bin in Karen State, north Burma, on December 27. …

USDA grants loans to farmers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Many farmers are in financial difficulties this year, particularly in areas affected by Cyclone Nargis, due to low yields and falling crop prices. …

Dick Cheney Voted “Worst President of All Time
The Spoof (satire), UK –
The Generals running Burma consider him an adviser. Donald Trump often writes to him with questions. When questioned by very brave reporters who dared get …

Women’s group call for investigation into girl’s rape and murder
Mizzima.com, India –
The Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group promoting human rights and democracy in Burma, in a statement on Monday condemned the Burmese …

Journals ordered to condemn NLD demonstration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The activists carried placards calling for the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and were walking towards the Myenigone area when they …

UWSA changes nomenclature of administrative territory
Mizzima.com, India –
According to observers who are closely watching the situation, UWSA has already informed the change of nomenclature to the Burmese military junta. …

Topics in this story:
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Myanmar (MNN) ― The bamboo growth cycle in Southeast Asia has hit the flowering stage, and with it comes a plague of destruction. Daniel Punnose (p’nohs) …

… underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar. …

Red Cross chapter hopes to meet more need despite fewer dollars
ENC Today, NC –
Hardy said outreach done for new Burmese refugees to this area was a highlight for 2008. The Red Cross staff and volunteers crossed language and custom …

GET UP, STAND UP: COUNCIL RANKED ON HUMAN RIGHTS
CityLimits.org –
The council has also considered resolutions and bills dealing with human rights in Burma, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iran, Israel and elsewhere. …

Famine in Myanmar By RATS
Christian Web News, KY –
… plant’s natural growing cycle has caused parts of the region to be overrun with rats, which has caused a famine in the small country of Myanmar (Burma). …

UN Assembly Isn’t Right Forum
KanglaOnline, India –
Of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in which Myanmar (Burma) is also a member, four members,  Brunei Darussalam, …

State Firing of Vietnamese Editors Latest Sign of Shrinking Press in SouthEast Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

‘Myanmar Thit’ magazine’s new cover design yet to be cleared by …
Mizzima.com, India –
U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe are two veteran politicians and executive committee members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Disaster-heavy 2008 raises pressure for climate pact, insurance
Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Cyclone Nargis survivors sit outside their shelter in Mawlamyinegyun, Myanmar, June 2008.
IFRC/John Sparrow

More than 220000 people died as a result of natural catastrophes – including around 135000 after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May (this figure includes …

Some of her strongest statements have been on humanitarian issues, such as the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She plans to settle in Dallas, Texas, …

Philanthropy Needs Human Rights
Forbes, NY –
Yet the fixation on basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical care is shortsighted in regions where human rights are violated. …

Ethnic veteran political leader Saw Mara Aung dies
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Saw Mara Aung (92), chairman of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) passed away at about 7 pm (local time), Nyan Win, spokesperson of Burma’s main …

Private tutor stages solo protest
Mizzima.com, India –
He distributed ‘NO’ campaign posters of the NLD by wearing a T-shirt with ‘NO’ letters. After indulging in these anti-government activities, …

Faith constant from Burma to Aotearoa
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
… 06 January 2009 He has old-fashioned British politeness and his accent shows a hint of his homeland Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

What Bizarre Events Will 2009 Bring?
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
It was part of the International Olympic Committee’s bringing-democracy-to-developing-nations agenda that worked so well in Beijing in 2008. Burma’s junta …

Insurance giant warns of rising natural disaster risk
Business Green, UK –
Overall losses from natural disasters soared to $200bn from $82bn last year, the company said in a statement last week. Insured losses in 2008 were $45bn, …

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


World focus on Burma (20 June 2008)

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Cindy McCain praises UN relief for cyclone victims

The Associated Press –

… at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok where the United Nations’ World Food Program collects supplies it then airlifts to Myanmar, also called Burma. …

Event is celebration for former refugees

Akron Beacon Journal, OH –

Lwin, who fled the ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, several years ago, said his art is about standing witness to the persecution of those in …

CRWRC Historic Midwest Floods hit Denomination’s Heartland

Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –

For Press interview with Jacob Kramer about Myanmar/Burma earthquake response and international relief programs at 1-800-730-3490. …

Myanmar cyclone 2008: Work report 2

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck the South-western of Myanmar on 2 May 2008. The scale of destruction and loss is massive with government figures listing …

Arrests at Myanmar Suu Ky rally

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s military government has detained 14 opposition party members after a protest in Yangon calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San …

India among 10 worst violators of refugees rights in USCRIs 2008 list

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

Washington, June 20 (ANI): India is among the ten worst violators of refugees’ rights according to the World Refugee Survey 2008, which is releasing the …

It takes courage to be a refugee

Sudbury Star, Canada –

… abroad to respond to the many needs of refuges in places like Tamil Nadu, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and on the border of Myanmar, Burma. …

Burmese exiles call for Suu Kyi’s release on her birthday

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Burmese exiles in Thailand yesterday called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma on her 63rd birthday. …

Junta continues tightening security outside NLD office

Mizzima.com, India –

We are now here discussing and reviewing the experiences of Burma’s referendum in May,” the youth leader told Mizzima over telephone. …

Birthday present for Daw Suu: Waves of ‘Saffron Revolution’

Mizzima.com, India –

It was no doubt Ko Sein Win created a remarkable opportunity for me to write a Burma related article after a three-year lull. At that time, hundreds of …

Women’s League of Burma Demonstrates for Daw Suu Kyi in Bangladesh

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: The Women’s League of Burma in Bangladesh staged a demonstration in Dhaka on the occasion of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday, calling for her …

Events calendar

Monterey County Herald, CA –

Greg Curtis to speak on his 1995 trip to Myanmar/Burma. 6p.m. optional potluck, 6:50 short meeting followed by Curtis’ presentation on Monday, June 23, …

Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis, EU Calls for Democracy in Myanmar

STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Slovenia –

The EU has called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the aftermath of the …

UN: Security Council Condemns Rape As War Crime

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –

Scotland also pointed to the case of Aung San Suu Kyi, the longtime opposition leader in Myanmar — also known as Burma — who is under house arrest. …

EU leaders to issue appeal to Myanmar regime to release pro …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – EU leaders have appealed to Myanmar’s military leaders to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political …

Rice Discusses Burma with Ban

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Peace and stability now prevail in almost all corners of Myanmar [Burma], significantly improving the daily life of civilians, particularly women and …

Petition Filed Against Detention of Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON Claiming that the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and in violation of international law, Freedom Now, …

Exhibit reveals refugee hopes, struggles

Albany Times Union, NY –

The 69-year-old rice grower and his 66-year-old wife fled after the military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, burned their village, seized their …

Firsthand tale of Burma relief frustrations

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

By contrast, in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the governing junta, “there’s no rhyme or reason. You don’t know why you can go here today and tomorrow you can’t …

Myanmar refugees sidelined after cyclone, food price rise

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… crisis on the Thai-Myanmar border is being forgotten. Food for the refugees is provided by relief agency TBBC, the Thai Burma Border Consortium, …

Suu Kyi in good health after cyclone: party official

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in good health when her personal doctor visited her after last month’s deadly …

Another ‘unhappy birthday’ for Aung San Suu Kyi

OpEdNews, PA –

However, in reality, she will surely have to go alone for one more year unable to contribute to the emergence of a developed and democratic Burma. …

Open Doors Works to Reach Burma

Crosswalk.com, VA –

Open Doors reports that thousands of Christians are among 2.4 million still suffering unimaginable pain in parts of Burma (Myanmar). …

UN classifies rape as ‘war crime’

Economic Times, India –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Area groups ready to help foreign outcasts rebuild lives

The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –

… to southeast Asia, where Bhutanese have spent almost two decades in refugee camps and people are fleeing the military regime in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Relief after Burma’s Cyclone Nargis

Reader’s Digest, NY –

According to the United Nations, about 1 million of the 2.4 million people affected still need help in Myanmar (the country’s name was changed from Burma to …

14 held after Suu Kyi birthday protest in Myanmar

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

YANGON – Fourteen people were arrested after a pro-junta militia broke up a protest calling for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Asia among worst refugee rights abusers

Radio Australia, Australia – 9 hours ago

The group says Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Burma to Thailand, where some of them were sold into slavery and Thailand also forced refugees to return …

12 Protesters Detained in Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities detained 12 opposition party members calling for the release of the pro-democracy leader Daw …

Five Asian nations branded ‘worst’ violators of refugees’ rights

AFP –

Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Myanmar to Thailand, where “some of them were sold into slavery — men to fishing boats and women to brothels,” said …

Activists seek Suu Kyi’s freedom on her b-day

Tempo, Philippines –

… San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday yesterday, calling on the military junta to release her and other political prisoners in Burma (Myanmar) from detention. …

Spouses Launch Image Campaigns, Seek Support for Presidential …

FOXNews –

There she also criticized the military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and vowed to make human rights a priority if she is the next first lady. …

Deaths in Vietnam, other wars undercounted: study

U.S. Daily, ca –

Other countries examined in the study were Myanmar (Burma), Georgia, Guatemala, Laos, Namibia, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo. …

Special day for Nelson refugee family

Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

Four years ago, Mrs Ram Kung fled Myanmar, formerly Burma, where she worked as a singer. She still holds a deep resentment of the military junta that has …

EU denounces call to flog Burma’s Suu Kyi

Radio Australia, Australia –

Meanwhile, Canada says it will take an additional 1300 Karen refugees from the Thai-Burma border. Canadian Immigration Minister, Diane Finley, …

Burma’s military break up pro-democracy rally

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military regime and its supporters have broken up a rally to mark the 63rd birthday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

UN denounces rape as ‘war crime’

AFP –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Rice presses the UN to act on Zimbabwe violence

The Associated Press –

Rice also admonished Myanmar, also known as Burma. She cited its soldiers, who “have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old,” and …

New Boss is Determined to Keep the Faith at Al-jazeera

Buzzle, CA –

‘Our coverage of the Chinese earthquake, Myanmar (Burma) tsunami and Zimbabwe have been extraordinary.’ That may be true, but for reporters, …

Cindy McCain blasts Myanmar junta on Asia charity trip

International Herald Tribune, France –

Current first lady Laura Bush also has been a sharp critic of human rights abuses in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Cindy McCain said she would continue that …

Word Game Saves Lives After Myanmar Cyclone

OneWorld.net, UK –

Up to 100000 are feared dead due to Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the beginning of May. Visit OneWorld’s Myanmar …

Sexual Violence Threatens Stability, UN Council Says (Update1)

Bloomberg –

Rice cited the rape of girls as young as 8 years of age by soldiers in Myanmar, also known as Burma. At the same time, she noted that Myanmar opposition …

These boots are made for walking

Cowra Guardian, Australia –

Rotary is currently trying to send more to Myanmar (Burma) since Cyclone Nargis destroyed large portions of the country. They had an inkling they might take …

Democracy activists mark Suu Kyi’s birthday

The National, United Arab Emirates –

Indeed, the fact that the pro-democracy activist has spent every birthday since 2003 under house arrest in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was not lost on …

Junta thugs break up Suu Kyi rally

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

YANGON: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, detaining several members of the crowd chanting …

Jay’s cabin fever paid off

The Province, Canada –

Vancouver’s Jay White headed off to the Yukon last year, where he rented a cabin with his savings from doing animated commercials. …

Cindy McCain: It’s not about the wives

Baltimore Sun, United States –

KING: And the whole relief effort for Myanmar or many people would say Burma. You know the controversy. KING: Is the regime letting the aid in fast enough. …

Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday : Pro-Myanmar junta gang plays party spoiler

Daily Times, Pakistan –

… breaking,” Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK said last month. Dozens of people protested outside the Myanmar embassies in Bangkok and Manila, …

In exile, each day a struggle for them

Times of India, India –

NEW DELHI: For 57-year-old Dim, who was planning to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the ‘8888 Uprising’ demanding democracy in Myanmar (Burma), …

Aung San Suu Kyi Supporters Arrested

Voice of America –

They had just held a demonstration outside the offices of the National League for Democracy in Burma’s main city Rangoon. They had shouted slogans calling …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Protests and punches over Suu Kyi at 63

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Britain and France yesterday sent an open letter to Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to mark her 63rd birthday, calling for her immediate release …

Taiwan’s “Unsettled” International Status: Preserving US Options …

Heritage.org, DC –

In reality, China believes Burma’s human rights violations “are purely Myanmar’s internal affairs.” In fact, China “urges relevant parties,” particularly …

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Twelve detained on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

Myanmar’s military junta detained 12 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she marked her 63rd …

13 detained in Myanmar after pro-democracy support

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta detained 13 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Ada Evening News, OK –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Will corruption hurt Myanmar relief effort?

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Debbie Stothard from the advocacy group Alternative Asean Network on Burma said there wasn’t any doubt Myanmar’s government had already misused aid. …

Pro-junta gang attacks Suu Kyi supporters in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs have broken up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday on Thursday. At least six truckloads of the …

Thematic Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

US Department of State, DC –

In Burma, for instance, social – soldiers have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old. And I must note that what is tragic also in …

Myanmar after the cyclone

Economist, UK –

BUSINESSES in Myanmar are not famous for their public-spiritedness. But since last month’s cyclone, several well-known companies have helped the relief …

Meg Munn on Burma

Labour Party, UK –

As well as answering your questions on the political situation in Burma Meg talks about the humanitarian situation in Burma following the devastating …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Cindy McCain criticizes Myanmar’s leaders

MSNBC –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Suu Kyi marks birthday in detention

MWC News, Canada –

By Agencies Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, are marking her 63rd birthday as she remains under house arrest in Yangon. …

Seven arrested in protest on Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

AFP –

“Your release from house arrest and your freedom to participate in Burma’s political future remain essential,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President …

Cindy McCain has harsh words for Myanmar’s leaders

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Benefit screening for Myanmar

Georgia Straight, Canada –

By Jennifer Van Evra It’s been seven weeks since cyclone Nargis ravaged the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. According to government estimates, …

Security still tight at NLD headquarter

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta is not taking chances on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday. Even after the National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Brown, Sarkozy demand Suu Kyi’s release

NDTV.com, India –

”We admire your strength in reconciling the hopes of Burma’s (Myanmar) many groups and dedication to the country’s national integrity. …

US marks Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday, deplores her arrest

AFP –

… fundamental political and civil rights by Burma’s military rulers,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday, using Myanmar’s former name. …

FAO Presses for Urgent Assistance for Burmese Farmers

Voice of America –

The Food and Agriculture Organization says $83 million is needed to allow farmers in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta region to plant a vital second rice crop during …

Gang wrecks Suu Kyi birthday rally

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, detaining several members of the crowd chanting for her release on …

Thugs disperse protesters on Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, detaining several people who were …

Myanmarese students observe 63rd birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi with …

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

The members of the Women’s League of Burma pressed that the government of India should urge Myanmar junta to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as …

Supporters mark Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 19, 2008 (DVB)–Supporters of detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma made offerings and held events to mark her 63rd …

Canada to welcome 1300 more Karen refugees

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

… Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that Canada will welcome an additional 1300 Karen refugees from Burma (also known as Myanmar) …

Nargis lingers, as Suu Kyi turns 63

Mizzima.com, India –

In a statement released today, the Women’s League of Burma prospered, “In times of trouble and disaster, we all need to hear the voice and reassurance of …

William Hague: Government must redouble efforts to raise Burma at …

Conservatives.com, UK –

“Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered over a decade of unjust imprisonment because of her extraordinary personal courage in standing up for the people of Burma. …

Sex and the City premiere raises $13000 for Myanmar relief

Royal Gazette, Bermuda – o

… Cross managed to raise $13602 through a fundraiser held on June 1, with all proceeds going toward relief for the Myanmar (also known as Burma) cyclone. …

‘Charge junta in war crimes court’

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Activist monks called on Thursday on the European Union to bring Burma’s junta leader Than Shwe before an international criminal court to face …

Burmese in Thailand, refugees of the “longest civil war in the world”

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Mae Sot (AsiaNews) – There are nine refugee camps along the western border between Thailand and Myanmar, but with its 43000 “guests”, the one in Mae La is …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm

World focus on Burma (18 June 2008)

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At least 52 dead in floods across India

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

South Asia’s monsoon season typically runs from June to September and affects millions of people across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar (Burma). …

Sylvester Stallone stars in Rambo

This is Nottingham, UK –

Former Green Beret John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) lives on the Salween River, close to the Thailand-Burma border, supplying cobras and pythons to a popular …

Myanmar’s monks call on EU to bring junta chief to court

Monsters and Critics.com –

The alliance also appealed to the 27 Heads of State from the EU Council ‘to assist Burma’s democracy movement led by detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Regime Steps Up Crackdown on Private Cyclone Relief Efforts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Despite assurances of free access by private donors to cyclone-devastated areas of Burma, the military government continues to arrest …

Is Cyclone Aftermath Creating a Burmese Civil Society?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One group, the Myanmar-Burma Emergency Aid Network, based in Burma, Singapore and Britain, started up with 70 volunteers, who took relief supplies to 44 …

Burma farmers need $US83m in aid: UN

The Age, Australia –

… said nearly 300 ASEAN assessment team volunteers were now in the delta working “with full support, collaboration from the government of Myanmar (Burma). …

Myanmar needs 32 million dollars in emergency agro-aid, says FAO

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – Cyclone-damaged Myanmar needs an estimated 32 million dollars in immediate emergency aid to help 52000 farming families plant their rice this …

Burmese Endure in Spite of Junta, Aid Workers Say

BlueRidgeNow.com, NC –

“The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking United States diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

RPT-FACTBOX-What is moving rice prices
Reuters India, India –
While years of military misrule have seen Burma slip far from its post-indepedence position as the world’s biggest exporter, the UN’s Food and Agriculture …

Relief teams work to prevent inundation of farmlands in Irrawaddy …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Domestic emergency relief operation network for cyclone victims— the ‘Myanmar/Burma Emergency Aid Network’ (M/BEAN) has invited well-wishers to donate for …

Myanmar farmers finding some aid is no help

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

Associated Press KYAUNG GWIN, Myanmar – Farmer Zaw Naing was puzzled as he stared at the brand-new, unassembled tilling machine – equipment not seen in most …

Burma blogger raises money for ‘Budget Huts’

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

He is just one example of a grassroots movement that has emerged in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Many of those doing private relief work are highly …

New ASEAN emerging from response to Myanmar cyclone: Surin

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — ASEAN, often criticised for not dealing firmly with member Myanmar, was “baptised” by its response to the cyclone in the junta-led nation …

Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis posed crucial test for ASEAN

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

SINGAPORE – A new Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has emerged from its achievements in cyclone-swept Myanmar, showing the world that the …

Myanmar junta evicts cyclone survivors

Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

They are allowed to deliver supplies to an SPDC (Burma Army)-controlled warehouse in township areas where who knows what is happening with the supplies …

Burmese Endure in Spite of Junta, Aid Workers Say

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

YANGON, Myanmar — More than six weeks have passed since Cyclone Nargis swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in southern Myanmar, leaving a trail of flattened villages and broken lives and arousing international sympathy that turned to anguish as the military government obstructed foreign aid.

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

Question: Is Mr. Gambari still active on Burma and what steps has he taken over the last two months to pursue the mandate he’s been given? …

Junta’s Delays in Myanmar Are Less Costly Than Feared

New York Times, United States –

“The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking United States diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Coming to America

Park Record, UT –

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been under the thumb of a militant government accused of suppressing dissent and violating human rights for many years. …

China’s Responsibility to Protect

Washington Post, United States –

The responsibility to protect is being tested today by the Myanmar military junta’s refusal to allow massive aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

World refugee day: What is a refugee?

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Similarly, the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar are not refugees; they also are internally displaced people. Why does this matter? …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2008 at 3:51 am

World focus on Burma (16 June 2008)

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International celebrations for Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

US senators, Burmese government in exile, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, Burmese activists, foreign correspondents and the Burmese …

Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the regime’s mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, accused unnamed Western countries of being responsible for the rumors then circulating within Burma. …

More Aid Workers Arrested

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Yin Yin Wie, Tin Tin Cho and Myat Thu were detained by the special branch of Burma’s police in Sanchaung Township in Rangoon on Thursday, June 12. …

NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth …

WIBW, KS –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis brought heavy rain, strong winds, and high storm surge waters to Burma (Myanmar) in early May, destroying thousands of homes and …

Weather Extremes Mark Spring 2008

Daily Green –

The period saw Cyclone Nargis devastate Myanmar (Burma); nearly 78000 peopled died. Relief efforts there are still being stymied by the military junta that …

Too little is being done to help the people of Burma and their …

BBC News, UK –

Dr de Jong spent two weeks in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and he said the inhabitants were showing signs of mental trauma. …

With Anti-US Propaganda, Amnesty International Mocks Itself

North Star Writers Group, MI –

Had only the United States shut down its detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Burma’s cruel military Junta would have seen the error of its ways, …

Catholic order hoping to rebuild in Myanmar

Chicago Sun-Times, United States –

BY MIKE THOMAS Religion Reporter mthomas@suntimes.com In early May, a monster cyclone ripped apart the southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), …

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UN plans Myanmar anti-dengue operation

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The United Nations plans to launch a massive anti-dengue campaign this week in cyclone-hit areas of Myanmar where mosquitoes that …

Creatures most likely to disappear

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

… and the Burmese roofed turtle, which used to be abundant in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) before hunters targeted the creatures and their eggs. …

Asean Must Deliver on Human Rights Body

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

There is an expectation that Cambodia, Myanmar [Burma], Laos and Vietnam may appoint representatives who are less open to human rights. …

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Burmese Generals Deserve to be Flogged: US Congressman

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Madam Speaker, I rise today over the comments made by the brutal generals, military dictators in Burma, saying that Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize …

Sports writer arrested after aiding Myanmar cyclone victims

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A popular sports writer who helped deliver aid to victims of the cyclone in Myanmar has been arrested, the second aid volunteer detained in …

Burma arrests 245 drug traffickers

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

“Action was taken against 245 persons – 201 men and 44 women in 158 cases,” the New Light of Myanmar reported ahead of the United Nations anti-drugs and …

Red Cross welcomes special cyclone support

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… CEO Robert Tickner today warmly welcomed a special contribution by the Government of South Australia to aid victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar(Burma). …

Cyclone Brought Something More to Myanmar

Zenit News Agency, Italy –

YANGON, Myanmar, JUNE 15, 2008 (Zenit.org).- May’s cyclone devastated Myanmar and aid restrictions from the ruling junta worsened the chaos. …

State of denial

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

While Myanmar’s junta leaders enjoy a lavish lifestyle, an internal military report suggests more than 1,000 soldiers are deserting every month.

A slow response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis has laid bare the junta’s internal problems and angered the population.

The winds of Cyclone Nargis have exposed the rotting core of Myanmar’s vast military, the nation’s strongest institution. With much of the world focusing on the death and devastation wrought by last month’s cyclone with its 190km/h winds and tidal waves, the wider impact on the ruling powers is only gradually becoming apparent.

Well-placed Myanmese sources and foreign diplomats inside the country now describe a once-proud military facing a spiralling desertion rate, a slow and over-complex command structure and festering doubts about its claim to legitimacy – problems brought into sharp focus by the challenges posed by the storm, the world’s worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami of 2004…….

Finally, Calbayog gets clinic with help from US Navy

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The Mercy, with its high-tech medical equipment, has been ready to help cyclone-devastated Burma (Myanmar), but the paranoid ruling junta refused to allow …

Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Perspective at …

PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –

… markets around the world including Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), India and Nepal.