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Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country

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SINGAPORE: Persistent defiance of the laws, not political pressure from the Burmese government, was the reason why a number of Burmese nationals working or studying in Singapore were asked to leave when their immigration passes expired.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said this in a written reply to a question tabled by nominated MP Eunice Olsen at this week’s sitting of Parliament.

She asked if Burma’s military rulers had pressured or requested the government to clamp down on anti-junta activists and deny them residence in Singapore.

In his reply, released Wednesday (17 Sept), Wong said the Burmese nationals disregarded Singapore laws by staging illegal activities, like outdoor protests, to pursue their political agenda.

This was despite repeated police advice to stick to lawful avenues.

Three Burmese nationals left Singapore for countries of their choice after their immigration passes were not renewed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

When contacted for further details, the Home Affairs Ministry identified the individuals as being members of the Overseas Burmese Patriots (OBP).

An informal grouping of activists, the OBP emerged in October last year to raise awareness about the political situation in Burma.

Citing illegal activities that the group staged, the ministry said: “The OBP is by no means the only patriotic group in Singapore or the only group that has organised activities to express their concern about the situation in Myanmar (Burma). However, unlike other groups which have conducted their activities in a lawful manner, the OBP has chosen to do so in open and persistent defiance of our laws.’

One such activity was a street protest on 20 Nov last year during the Asean Summit. Some 40 people, carrying banners, walked down a pavement outside the Orchard Parade Hotel to voice their discontent with the junta.

Citing the incident, Wong said the group intentionally protested near the summit’s Shangri-La Hotel venue to court public and media attention.

“Their unlawful behaviour was an unnecessary distraction to our security forces and could have compromised the security arrangements for the summit delegates, some of whom were heads of Asean governments.”

Police investigated the incident and, after consulting the Attorney-General’s Chambers, “exercised leniency and administered stern warnings in lieu of prosecuting the offenders in court”, he said.

Reports said the three Burmese activists who left Singapore took part in this protest.

Wong said that while a vast majority of the 50,000-strong Burmese community had been law-abiding and expressed views in a lawful manner, a small group “chose to break the law and yet defiantly demand the right to stay in Singapore as an entitlement”.

“They have tried to politicise the issue through the media and through uninformed foreign groups, in the process distorting the actions to remove them from Singapore as being politically motivated.

“They hope that political pressure will force the authorities to accede to their demands to continue staying in Singapore. The ICA has rightly decided that such persons are undesirable, and that they should leave.”

Foreigners are expected to respect the laws and local sensitivities in the same way that Singaporeans abroad are obliged to do so, he said.

“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws and to defy the authorities,” he added.

When told of the latest government statements, OBP spokesman Myo Myint Maung, a Singapore Management University third-year student, indicated that there would be no change in his group’s position: “We will continue with our political agenda in the most appropriate way that will serve justice and democracy without endangering Singapore society.”

(By KOR KIAN BENG/ The Straits Times/ ANN)

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ျမန္မာအခ်ိဳ႕အား ဗီဇာတိုးမေပးသည့္ကိစၥ စင္ကာပူဝန္ႀကီး ရွင္းလင္း

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2008-09-17

စင္ကာပူမွာ အလုပ္လုပ္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားတခ်ိဳ႕ကို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မတိုးေပးတာနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အဲဒီပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြဟာ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ မလိုလားအပ္သူေတြလို႔ စင္ကာပူ ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးက Wong Kan Seng က ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။
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စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံရွိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးေရွ႕တြင္ ႀကိဳတင္ ဆႏၵမဲေပးရန္ ဧၿပီ ၂၇ရက္က စု႐ံုးေရာက္ရွိေနေသာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားမၽား ျဖစ္ၿပီး အခၽိဳ႕က NO အမွတ္အသားပါ အနီေရာင္ ဦးထုပ္၊ တီရွပ္မၽား ဝတ္ဆင္ထားပါသည္။ (Photo: AFP)

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ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသား အလုပ္သမားနဲ႔ ေကၽာင္းသားတခ်ိဳ႕ ရဲ့ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္းတိုးတဲ့ ကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ပါလီမန္မွာ ေမးျမန္းခ်က္ကို ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးက စာနဲ႔ ေရးသား ေျဖၾကားခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီေဆာင္႐ြက္ခ်က္ဟာ ဘယ္လို ႏိုင္ငံေရးဖိအားေၾကာင့္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ျခင္း မဟုတ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ဗီဇာ သက္တမ္းဆက္ၿပီး မတိုးေပးျခင္းဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒကို ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္သူ၊ ႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ မလိုလားအပ္သူေတြ ႏိုင္ငံက ထြက္ခြာသြားသင့္သူေတြသာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သူတို႔ကို ဗီဇာမေပးတာဟာ လူဝင္မႈႀကီးၾကပ္ေရးဌာနရဲ့ မွန္ကန္တဲ့ ဆံုးျဖတ္ခၽက္ျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ ပါလီမန္မွာ ေျဖၾကားခဲ့တာပါ။

ခုလို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မေပးသူေတြဟာ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံေရာက္ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရကို ဆန္႔က်င္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ ပါဝင္ေနၾကသူေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ ေျပာျပခၽက္အရ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မတိုးေပးတဲ့ အတြက္ အနည္းဆံုး ျမန္မာသံုးဦး ကေမာၻဒီးယားနဲ႔ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံကို ထြက္ခြာသြားရၿပီး ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ဆိဳပါတယ္။

စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံမွာ အျမဲတမ္းေနထိုင္ခြင့္ ရရွိထားသူေတြကို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း တခါတိုးေပးပါက အရင္က ၅ႏွစ္သက္တမ္း တိုးေပးတာျဖစ္ၿပီး အခုေတာ့ ျမန္မာတခ်ိဳ႕ကို တႏွစ္စီသာ တိုးေပးၿပီး တခ်ဳိဳ႕ကိုေတာ့ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း လံုးဝ မတိုးေပးတာေၾကာင့္ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံကေန ထြက္ခြာရျခင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဒီကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ျမန္မာေကၽာင္းသားတဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ ကိုမ်ိဳးျမင့္ေမာင္ကေတာ့ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရဆန္႔ကၽင္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြထဲမွာ တႀကိမ္တခါပဲ တရားမဝင္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ခဲ့တာမ်ဳိးရွိတယ္လို႔ ေျပာပါတယ္။

ကိုမၽိဳးျမင့္ေမာင္။         ။ “ဒီ Orchard (ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးအနီးရွိ လမ္းမႀကီး) မွာ ဆႏၵျပခဲ့တာကလြဲလို႔ ကၽန္တဲ့ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြအားလံုးဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒနဲ႔အညီ ရဲရဲ႕ ပါမစ္ယူၿပီးေတာ့ လုပ္ခဲ့တာေတြ အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ။ ေနာက္ဆံုး Orchard မွာ ဆႏၵမျပခင္ သံုးရက္အလိုမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ Peninsular Excelsior ဟိုတယ္မွာ လုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ပြဲ ဆိုရင္ေတာင္မွ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံက အေ႐ြးခံထားရတဲ့ အမတ္ PAP အမတ္ေပါ့ေနာ္ မစၥ္ အိုင္ရင္း အန္ဆိုတဲ့ အမၽိဳးသမီးကိုယ္တုိဳင္က တက္ခဲ့တဲ့ ပြဲမ်ိဳးပါ။”

“ဒီဟာေၾကာင့္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔က police permit (ရဲပါမစ္) ေတြကို ေတာက္ေလွ်ာက္ အျမဲတမ္းယူခဲ့တယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီ အာဆီယံ summit (ထိပ္သီးအစည္းအေဝး) လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ႏိုဝင္ဘာ ၂ဝ ေပါ့ေနာ္၊ အာဆီယံ summit ပြဲမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ဆႏၵျပမႈ တခုတည္းသာလွ်င္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒကို ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္လိုက္တာ က်သြားတယ္။ သို႔ေသာ္လည္း အဲဒီ ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္ၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္မွာ စင္ကာပူ အစိုးရဖက္ကေန၊ ရဲဖက္ကေန ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ကို ဝမ္နင္ေတြ ေပးလာတယ္၊ အဲဒါနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္လို႔ ေနာက္မွာ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ အလားတူ ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္တဲ့ အခ်င္းအရာမၽိဳး ဘာမွ ထပ္မလုပ္ေတာ့ဘဴး။”

စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံတြင္းရွိ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး တခ်ိဳ႕ေသာ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြရဲ့ အားေပးကူညီမႈေတြ ပါဝင္ေနတယ္လို႔ ယူဆႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း ဒါေပမဲ့ ခုလိုစင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံရဲ့ သေဘာထား ခ်က္ျခင္းေျပာင္းၿပီး ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရကို ဆန္႔က်င္သူေတြကို ဖိႏွိပ္လာတာဟာ ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရရဲ့ ဖိအား ပါႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ သံုးသပ္သူေတြလည္း ရွိေနၾကပါတယ္။

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Day 15 – Political Turmoil in Thailand: What’s Next on Samak’s Judgement Day?

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Thailand’s protesters soaked but undeterred
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By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s Constitutional Court ordered Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to stand down on Tuesday, accusing him of breaking the law by hosting cooking shows on commercial television while in office.

Court orders Thai prime minister to resign International Herald Tribune

Thai Premier Forced Out Over Television Cooking Show (Update2) Bloomberg

Court orders Samak to go, party will renominate him Radio France Internationale, France –

Court orders Thai PM to resign over TV Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Thailand PM forced out for hosting his own cookery show Daily Mail, UK –

Thai PM Ousted over Cookery Shows TIME –

Thai Constitution Court stripes PM, entire cabinet from office Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Thai PM found guilty of violating constitution Thaindian.com, Thailand –

PPP will re-elect Samak AsiaOne, Singapore –

Ousted Thai PM’s party vows to bring him back PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

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Young people speaking their minds on politics Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Samak to ask Burma to let UN play a role in elections Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PM’s trip to UN in doubt Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Elements conspire against Samak Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PPP lawmakers promise loyalty to leader Samak Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Joint effort to end stand-off gets nowhere Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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September 9, 2008 at 1:55 am

Day 13 – Thailand’s political stalemate is set to prolong

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Students warned over boycotting classes for anti-government protest Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Nationwide student movement to boycott classes to ‘save the country’ Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Mediation team to meet on Monday Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Off to New York? Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Protest coalition vows to continue until PM Samak resigns Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Samak vows to attend UN meeting in New York Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Protest goes on amid filth Arkansas Online (subscription), AR –

Thailand: Behind the protests Green Left Weekly, Australia –

Thailand’s PM Samak dismisses talk of another coup PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Abhisit blames PM for not dissolving House Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Week That Was Ottawa Citizen,  Canada –

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Embattled Thai premier plans to attend UN General Assembly meeting Earthtimes (press release), UK –

New tourist ‘attraction’ Straits Times, Singapore –

Thai Prime Minister Reiterates He Won’t Quit Before Referendum Bloomberg

Thai premier reassures country army “will not stage coup” Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Thai PM says no chance of a coup elEconomista.es, Spain –

Coup not an option Straits Times, Singapore –

Samak Adamant, Thai Crisis Continues Bernama, Malaysia –

THE MIRROR HAS 60 MILLION FACES Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Living conditions worsening Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Senator says stand-off should be settled in talks Bangkok Post, Thailand –

PAD’s youth call for exam boycott Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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September 7, 2008 at 6:05 am

Day 1 – Huge Government Protest in Thailand

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Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Armed protesters have tried to overthrow Thailand’s elected government by storming the prime minister’s residence and the state television channel in the …

The government in Thailand faces serious urban unrest
Economist, UK –
WHEN Thailand’s controversial former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, fled to Britain this month with his wife Potjaman, to escape corruption cases …

Forbes, NY –
LONDON – Tuesday’s violent anti-government protests in Bangkok may be putting some long-distance pressure on Thailand’s former prime minister, …

Opposition protesters storm government TV station
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… Broadcasting Service of Thailand (NBT) today in Bangkok. Broadcasts were suspended for several hours and one of the station’s presenters was attacked. …

Samak explains the situation to foreign reporters
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
In what was billed as a damagecontrol effort, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej told a group of foreign correspondents the street protests and storming of …

Thai PM vows action as protesters besiege state offices

AFP –
The demonstrators marched before dawn to the office of the state-run National Broadcasting Service of Thailand, forcing its staff to temporarily stop …

In pictures: Thailand protest
BBC News, UK –
Early on Tuesday, protesters occupied the offices of the state broadcaster National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), at one point forcing the …

Thai protesters ‘want new coup’ (BBC)

Thai protestors storm state offices
RTE.ie, Ireland –
In Thailand, thousands of anti-government protestors have stormed a state-run TV station and the seat of government. Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej …

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, has vowed to take “decisive action” to quell mass rallies in Bangkok as protesters demanding his …

Thai protesters bid to overthrow Thaksin ally
Crain’s Manchester Business, UK –
Anti-government protesters today made a concerted effort to remove Thailand’s prime minister, an ally of Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin …

ScandAsia.com, Thailand –
They have come from all over Thailand in order to participate in the demonstrations against the government. PAD has occupied several ministries and …

Huge Government Protest in Thailand
New York Times, United States –
He fled abroad but returned to Thailand in February. Ten days ago he fled again, to London from Beijing, where he was attending the Olympic Games, …

Protesters seek to unseat Thai PM (Video)
ITN, UK –
The PAD accuse Mr Samak of being an illegitimate agent of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and who is seeking to turn Thailand into a republic. …

Thai Activists Storm PM’s office

Sky News, UK –
Thousands of anti-government protesters in Thailand have stormed Government House demanding the Prime Minister quit. The activists entered the Bangkok …

Protesters storm government offices in Thailand


International Herald Tribune, France –
Thaksin is in London, where he fled 10 days ago from Beijing, to evade prosecution in Thailand for corruption cases. He is reported to have asked for …

Thousands of protesters besiege Thai PM’s offices
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
… which accuses him of being an illegitimate proxy of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and seeking to turn Thailand into a republic, which Samak denies. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

World focus on Burma (9 August 2008)

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The following is a transcript of President Bush’s weekly radio …

FOXNews –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Laos, Bosnia War Crimes Trials: LPDR Condemned by Hmong National …

PressZoom (press release), Netherlands –

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was recently flown from the Serbian capital Belgrade to the The Hague where he will face trial before a UN …

Sacrifices of Prisoners of Conscience Should Not Be in Vain
NewsBlaze, CA –
The other panelists, who represented Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea and Uzbekistan, were all former prisoners of conscience or family members of people …

First Lady Laura Bush Urges Burma Reforms

NewsBlaze, CA –

“A lot of these families would rather go home, but because of the situation in Burma, they can’t,” Mrs. Bush told reporters during her August 7 visit to the …

The military junta that took control of Burma in September 1988 changed the name of the country to Myanmar in 1989. However, Maung Htoo said Canada is among …

Radio Address by the President to the Nation

MarketWatch –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

WTTE, OH –

She was part of an ethinc minority in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She says she is still trying to find her own way around while she directs others. …

Burmese must be supported

Irish Times, Ireland –

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic movement in Burma, has been placed under house arrest by the military regime since 1989

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Asia recalls the repression of 8-8-’88 in Myanmar

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

About 100 demonstrators also gathered in front of the Burmese embassy, shouting “freedom for Burma, freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi”, and launching red paper …

Prominent Myanmar human rights activist arrested

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Police in Myanmar arrested a prominent human rights activist on the 20th anniversary of massive pro-democracy protests, a colleague of …

Supersize Games

Irish Independent, Ireland –

… Burma, Tibet, wherever, just be aware that you’re beating an old drum about the cords connecting an Olympic Games with the suppression of human rights. …

Thousands take part in global day of protest as Beijing Games open

Toronto Star, Canada –

… embassy in London was the focus for protests against the country’s treatment of people in Tibet, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar frees most detained “8-8-88” marchers

路透中国, China –

The protest in the town of Taunggok was virtually the only one in the former Burma in memory of the nationwide revolt, eventually crushed by the army with …

Watching human rites

Reuters UK, UK –

Human Rights Watch put out a statement slamming China for its commercial and diplomatic ties to Myanmar’s junta on the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 …

Myanmar anniversary demonstrators freed

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar authorities have released 43 demonstrators who held one of the country’s few protests marking the anniversary of the 1988 …

From the sublime to the ridiculous

Cyprus Mail, Cyprus –

Which other country in the world demands a UN Sec-Gen to ‘tell the truth’? The only people I can think of are despots and dictators – such as Burma’s …

Activists held at rally pver ’88 uprising

Los Angeles Times, CA –

The military government arrested 48 activists on a protest march to mark the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in which an estimated 3000 people …

Burmese junta arrests 48 on uprising anniversary eve

TopNews, India –

: Burma”s military junta have arrested 48 activists during a protest march marking 20 years since the army crushed a pro-democracy uprising, …

Games’ opening day busy time for protests

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Beijing Games have become a focus for activists critical of China on issues ranging from its human rights record and heavy-handed rule in Tibet, …

China stages a perfectly choreographed display

Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

US first lady Bush tours Beijing’s Forbidden City

The Associated Press –

Mrs. Bush has become more outspoken herself over the years, especially on the issue of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The isolated Southeast Asian nation is …

Proud moment for sailor flying the flag

Irish Independent, Ireland –

Mr Kilgallen reminded the demonstration that China was a supporter of Burma’s ruthless military junta and had a deplorable human rights record. …

Beijing Olympics: Asia press comment

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The South China Morning Post says it is time to turn the screw on Myanmar’s leaders. “Myanmar’s junta welcomes occasions like the Olympic Games. …

Staying Alive

TIME –

These protests inspired the mass demonstrations led by Burma’s monks, which captured the world’s imagination a month later. Jimmy is still in jail. …

The Moment

TIME –

In Bangkok, he praised Southeast Asia’s economic progress while slamming Burma for human-rights abuses. But the most urgent business was in Beijing, …

Beijing Olympics draws much concern of Myanmar people

Xinhua, China –

8 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Olympic Games has drawn much concern of Myanmar people over the last few days ahead of the opening ceremony of the world event in …

Beijing Olympics spark global protests

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –

“The Olympics shouldn’t have been offered to China on the basis of their human rights record,” said Liawang Tsang, whose family fled Tibet nine years ago. …

The Government will continue to help the Burmese people in their …

Irish Times, Ireland –

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Burmese ‘grateful’ for Irish support

Irish Times, Ireland –

Thanking the Lord Mayor for receiving the refugees, he pointed out that Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a freewoman of Dublin city and that …

Protest marks Myanmar uprising annniversary

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Shouting “Free Burma” the protestors, brandishing the red and yellow flags of the Myanmar opposition, called for the release of political prisoners in the …

Bush chides China over human rights

Financial Times, UK –

By Chawadee Nualkhair in Bangkok US President George W. Bush condemned China’s treatment of political dissidents and pressed for an unfettered Chinese press …

The Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

On August 8, 1988, pro-democracy supporters in Burma, now known as Myanmar, took to the streets to call for an end to the country’s military dictatorship. …

Population paradox: Europe’s time bomb

Independent, UK –

Singapore, Taiwan and Burma are similar. The lowest is South Korea with only 1.1 children per couple. “South East Asia has plummeted to levels it took …

Hundreds march in Tokyo on 20th anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The News – International, Pakistan –

She happened to be in Myanmar — then known as Burma — to care for her ailing mother when the uprising erupted. On Aug 26, 1988, she spoke to the crowds …

Myanmar comic charged over cyclone aid

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, for delivering aid to survivors of …

Burmese junta arrest 48 on uprising anniversary eve

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who met Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein in Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games, said he hoped Myanmar could sort out its …

New Yorkers Mark Olympics With Protests

New York Times Blogs, NY –

… to protest Chinese support of the military junta that has ruled Myanmar since 1962. Cristina Moon, executive director of 8/8/08 for Burma, …

Scots activist thrown out of China

The Herald, UK –

He said: “We are here together today because we need the Chinese government to talk about human rights, the situation in Tibet and media freedom. …

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

The promises about access made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he saw Myanmar’s head of state, Senior Gen Than Shwe, in late May have essentially …

Human Rights Call Sets Frosty Tone to Bush Trip

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

PRESIDENT George Bush arrived in Beijing amid an atmosphere of tension with China’s leaders over his high-profile criticism of the country’s human rights …

Reactions mixed on US Burmese ruby ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

Mumbai, India—The recent US ban on rubies and jadeite from Myanmar (formerly Burma), including stones that were processed in third-party countries, …

Friday, August 8, 2008

Free Speech Radio News, CA –

… League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate who remains under house arrest on the orders of leader General Than Shwe. …

8/8 – 20 years after the Burmese democracy protests

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

With all eyes on China this week, it’s refreshing to see George and Laura Bush noting that today is the 20th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Burma …

Pro-Tibet protests europe-wide as Olympics open 08/08 20:30 CET

euronews, France –

… Union was beseiged in Brussels, with the Tibetan contingent joined by protestors also denouncing the military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma. …

Arrests on anniversary on uprising

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

Activists outside Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, are marking the anniversary with demonstrations. The 1988 protests drew hundreds of thousands of people …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Tibet, Burma, Sudan and the colonisation of Africa are the issues routinely raised to keep the dragon in check; human rights the moral stick to beat the….

An Inescapable History

Harvard Crimson, MA –

… the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and the CIA’s “black sites” hampered our ability to stem atrocities in countries like Sudan, Burma, …

Anniversary of the 1988 Popular Democratic Uprising in Burma

US Department of State, DC –

Twenty years ago today, the people of Burma bravely rose up together to call for the restoration of democracy in Burma and an end to misrule and the abuse …

BURMA: Expats Keep Democracy Hopes Alive

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

By Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Aug 8 (IPS) – Aung Moe Zaw still lives in the hope that democracy will take root in Burma, 20 years after hundreds of …

Masked activists in Cebu weigh in on China’s record

Sun.Star, Philippines –

… people of Tibet and Burma. They later broke their silence as they read “In the Quiet Land,” a poem by imprisoned Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Events mark ’88 Burma brutality

Howrah News Service, India –

The programmes were to focus on the brutal regime of the military junta in Burma and has seminars, talks, photo exhibition and also a candle vigil at the …

McDonald’s sponsorship of Games spurs protest

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

… a member of the Taiwan Free Burma Network. “It also violently cracks down on Tibetan demonstrators and supports authoritarian regimes in Myanmar and …

Beijing Olympics: Protests around the world as Games open in style

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

In London, more than 200 demonstrators from Tibet, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan joined forces for a noisy demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy. …

Zimbabweans in Chinese embassy demonstration

SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –

By Lance Guma Zimbabwean activists in the United Kingdom on Friday teamed up with protesters from Burma, Tibet and Sudan to demonstrate at the Chinese …