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World focus on Burma (25 July 2008)

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Buzz Briefs: Phil Spector, Mia Farrow

CBS News, NY –

Farrow also said US President George W. Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Quenching thirst A couple’s factories use clay to make water …

The Register-Guard, OR –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a poor country in Southeast Asia ruled by a military junta. Controversy erupted in the storm’s aftermath when …

Regime pocketing Burma aid, say exiles

Financial Times, UK –

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations As much as a fifth of the tens of millions of dollars in international aid sent to Burma’s cyclone victims is being …

America Must Continue to Stand for Freedom, Bush Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

Honoring a group of democracy activists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe, Bush urged the release of all prisoners of …

UN relief chief admits to “loss” of aid money in exchange duplicity

Mizzima.com, India –

The source, who wished not to be named for fear of reprisal told Mizzima, aid money transferred to Burma has to go through the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, …

Human rights commissioner fought a long battle for her own rights

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE new United Nations high commissioner for human rights,the South African judge Navanethem Pillay, has spent a lifetime toppling barriers and exceeding …

Mia Farrow slams Myanmar post-cyclone rights record

AFP –

The US actress-turned-activist spoke to reporters as she returned from visiting the Thai border with Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — where she met …

Fishing Families Struggle to Survive After Burma Cyclone

FOXNews –

Last year, Burma exported some 350000 tons of seafood to European and Asian countries, much of it from the vast delta with its long coastline and spider web …

CRPP meets to discuss election and envoy visit

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

CRPP secretary Aye Thar Aung, who is also secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy and an ethnic people’s representative, said the group had not yet …

Billboards removed by Mandalay authorities

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… that Mandalay authorities had not taken down signs the group has been hanging at its offices for the past year saying, “Oppose sanctions against Burma”. …

Families forced out of homes in Ton Tay

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… in Rangoon’s Ton Tay township have been ordered to move out so the properties can be demolished and the land used for new homes for cyclone victims. …

Ten Students Sentenced to Hard Labor

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Ten students—mostly Muslims—who were active in the Buddhist monk-led peaceful demonstrations in September 2007 in Burma were each sentenced …

Cross-border Trade in Mae Sot

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The other passengers are neither foreigners nor Thai tourists, keen to explore the beauty of the Burma’s natural environment in the southeastern frontier. …

Indonesia Taking an Active Role in Burma’s Affairs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“No Asean country can influence Burma,” said Roshan Jason, executive director of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus. “If they could, monks would …

Archbishop of Canterbury Seeks Lambeth Compliant Partners from …

Virtue Online, PA –

The list of 17 provinces includes Hong Kong, South Korea, North India, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Myanmar (Burma) Papua New Guinea, …

Mia Farrow Calls for Global Pressure at Olympics for Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Farrow also said US President George W Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Burma by agreeing to attend the opening …

UN Aid Chief Acknowledges Access, Exchange Rate Issues

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations’ top humanitarian relief official, completing a three-day tour of cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

US Rally to commemorate Black July draws over 600

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The rally also protested the financial support provided by the Chinese Government to the Governments of Sri Lanka and Burma. ..

Burmese junta pockets millions in foreign aid currency scam

First Post, UK –

Representatives of several Western governments and Burma’s partners within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations baulked at the idea of committing …

Singapore Says Burma Yet to Rule Whether Aung Suu Kyi Can Contest …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Speaking to reporters at the closing ceremony of four-day Asean meetings here, Mr Yeo said: ‘Myanmar Foreign Minister (Mr Nyan Win) informed us that …

Compensation awarded to migrants’ families

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Htoo Chit, director of the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma in Phang Nga province, Thailand, praised the work of NGOs in bringing about the …

Roundtable of US Secretary Condoleezza Rice with Press, 24 July 2008

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

It was a meeting that took place just shortly before I had the US-ASEAN ministerial. And so we talked principally about regional issues, and about Burma and …

1990 representatives call for dialogue

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Irrawaddy, said current international policies towards Burma were misguided. The five said they appreciated calls by world leaders for the Burmese junta …

Press Release: DVB web site hit by DDoS attack

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 25, 2008 (DVB)–The website run by the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma radio and TV station has been hit by a persistent and severe Distributed …

UN: Burmese exchange gains on aid ‘unsustainable’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“A lot of the assistance we supply would be purchased overseas, so there is no foreign exchange loss on that,” said Daniel Baker, the Myanmar-based …

The Associated Press –

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. Farrow also lamented President Bush’s decision to attend the opening ceremonies, saying it was “a missed opportunity …

US To Myanmar: Cooperate Or …

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – The United States Thursday warned Myanmar’s military junta that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if it does not cooperate with UN …

US Wants Results in Burma; China Wants Patience

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS Differences on Burma between key members of the Security Council reappeared on Thursday as Ibrahim Gambari, …

Beijing denounces proposed US resolution on human rights

Macau Daily Times, Macau –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

Out of Myanmar

BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT –

Three were from Myanmar — formerly Burma — and three from Iraq, which, with Bhutan, has become another major source of refugees in northern Vermont. …

Glamour on the menu at city charity night

ChesterChronicle.co.uk, UK –

The fundraiser, organised by Eileen Owens of Bollicini, raised funds for cyclone and earthquake victims in Burma and China through the themed evening, …

Shortfall In Current Funding Commitments To Halve Malaria …

Medical News Today, UK –

Suriname in northern South America received from GFATM US$147 per person at risk of malaria, while Myanmar (Burma) received about US$0.01 per person-at-risk …

A distressing record of siding with the bad guys

Business Day, South Africa –

As a consequence, SA’s international reputation as a guardian of human rights and democracy suffered enormously. While Russia and China’s “no” votes on such …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

UN demands concrete Myanmar reforms

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

But on Thursday several members of the UN Security Council warned Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, that it could face increased pressure if it did not move …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

Burma’s Battered Fisheries Worsen

TIME –

In the first full assessment of the disaster, the UN, Burma government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this week warned of a …

South African Named UN Commissioner for Human Rights

Washington Post, United States –
By Colum Lynch UNITED NATIONS, July 24 — South African judge Navanethem Pillay was named Thursday as the UN high commissioner for human rights, …

Asean on the Rocks

Wall Street Journal –

Asean isn’t the only group that has failed to engage Burma effectively; the UN has hardly done better. But it’s telling that during the relief efforts after …

US Congress renews Myanmar import ban legislation

AFP –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

BURMA: UN Missions Draw Derision

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

UN aid chief warns still much to be done in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Survivors of Burma’s devastating cyclone will be dependent on aid for at least another six months, the United Nations humanitarian chief has warned. …

Myanmar cyclone ‘air bridge’ to end next month

AsiaOne, Singapore –

‘It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,’ Mr Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

US to renew ban on Myanmar imports

Times of India, India –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

US threatens if Burma rejects UN demands

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New York (dpa) – The United States said Thursday that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if Burma’s military regime continues to refuse to …

Myanmar Must Make Positive Proposals to UN Envoy, US Says

Bloomberg –

“Is there a way to move Burma to a political track that would finally make something of what is right now a kind of mockery?” she said, adding that the …

AFP –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma (Myanmar) over the last six months,” British Ambassador John Sawers said ahead of the council meeting. …

More Australian aid for Burma

ABC Online, Australia –

This week Burma ratified the charter set down by the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) which will include provisions for greater human rights …

In Burma, Foreign Aid Agencies Now Wrestling With Loss Of Funds

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

The situation in Burma after getting hit by Cyclone Nargis is back in the headlines. This time, it has much to do with money issues. …

US Congressional Panel Advances Rights Measure Linked to Olympics

Voice of America –

“The situation in Tibet and the support for the PRC for those regimes in Myanmar [Burma] and of course its horrendous policy in Sudan, that it is a shame …

UN Security Council split on how to deal with Myanmar

Reuters –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma over the last six months or so.” But China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said there was no need for council action and …

Burmese aid cash lost to exchange rate trick

Times Online, UK –

This week a joint report by the Burmese Government, the UN and South-East Asian governments said that $1 billion (£500million) one billion US dollars would …

USAID Hosts President Bush to Discuss the Freedom Agenda

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The President has more than doubled funding for democracy, governance, and human rights programs since taking office, and his Budget continues to increase …

Obama Speaks in Berlin, McCain Focuses on Economic Issues at Home

Voice of America –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words, …

UN envoy says aid getting to Burma’s cyclone victims

ABC Online, Australia –

By South East Asia correspondent Karen Percy The United Nation’s humanitarian envoy John Holmes says aid money for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis is …

Myanmar cyclone “air bridge” to end next month

Reuters –

“It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,” Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

Western Interests Dictate Security Council Agenda

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

United Nations, 24 July, (IPS): The continued political deadlock over a rash of ongoing crises — including Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Kosovo, …

Rice: Burma’s Democracy Restoration Efforts A ‘Mockery’

RTT News, NY –

Addressing a ministerial gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Rice said that Myanmar is “badly out of step” with the …

Bush asks Myanmar to set free Aung San Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

He stressed on release of all prisoners of conscience including Ayman Nour of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Oscar Bisset of Cuba and Riad Sief of Syria. …

Blu-ray REVIEW

DVDTOWN.com –

The picture opens with a haunting prologue taking place roughly twenty years ago somewhere in one of the exotic jungles close to Burma. …

Bush Promotes Freedom Agenda

Voice of America –

… once again called for the release of prisoners of conscience around the world – such as Burmese Nobel Laureate and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

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World Focus on Burma (4 Jan 08)

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  1. Exiled Myanmar Network Boosts Broadcasts
    The Associated Press –

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — The exiled Myanmar network Democratic Voice of Burma said Thursday it was starting daily broadcasts to pro-democracy activists at home, …

  2. Junta blocks information flow by hiking Sat TV fees
    Mizzima.com, India –
    U Khin Maung Thet, deputy director of department of Communication in Burma’s new jungle capital, Nay Lyi Taw, however, said, “It is not that we are hiking …
  3. HEALTH-BURMA: Bird-Flu Awareness Camapigns Show Results
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    Such a lead taken by the farmers follows the education and awareness campaigns that have been conducted in Burma, which is also known as Myanmar. …
  4. Myanmar junta calls for discipline as country marks 60 years of …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    After gaining independence from Britain in 1948, Myanmar, also known as Burma, experimented with democracy until 1962, when the military seized power. …
  5. Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2008. There are
    Youngstown Vindicator, OH –
    In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) becomes independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces capture …
  6. Burma tells people: cooperate and sacrifice
    The Australian, Australia –
    MILITARY-RUN Burma put on a show of defiance on the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain amid global pressure for reform following the junta’s …
  7. Myanmar Marks 60 Years of Independence
    The Associated Press –

    After gaining independence from Britain in 1948, Myanmar, also known as Burma, experimented with democracy until 1962, when the military seized power. …

  8. Myanmar marks independence day
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

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    Myanmar ‘s ruling military has called for “discipline” as the country marks 60 years of independence from Britain . The country has spent much of the past …

  9. Myanmar deploys riot police for Independence Day
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    A Buddhist monk attends the ceremony to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Independence Day at the National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon, Janurary 4, 2008. About 350 people, comprising party members, veteran politicians and leaders of ethnic political parties and elected representatives attended the ceremony. REUTERS/Aung Hla Tun

    A Buddhist monk attends the ceremony to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Independence Day at the National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon, Janurary 4, 2008. About 350 people, comprising party members, veteran politicians and leaders of ethnic political parties and elected representatives attended the ceremony. REUTERS/Aung Hla Tun

    The junta, the latest face of 45 years of army rule in the former Burma, limited its celebrations to a military ceremony in the remote new capital, …

  10. On the ice
    Peoria Journal Star, IL –
    In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1960, French author Albert Camus died in an automobile accident at age 46. …
  11. Weekly Business Roundup (January 04, 2008)
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    The new sale is being managed by state-controlled Myanmar [Burma] Economic Holdings and will take place over five days in Rangoon, starting January 15. …
  12. Reconciliation call on independence anniversary
    The Australian, Australia –
    BRITISH Foreign Secretary David Miliband called for national reconciliation in Myanmar in a statement marking the country’s 60th anniversary of independence …
  13. Suu Kyi Plea Raised on Myanmar Holiday
    The Associated Press –
  14. Myanmar opposition slams junta over talks
    Independent Online –
  15. bittersweet independence
    BBC News, UK –
    Not so in Burma. On 4 January 1948, more than 60 years of British colonial rule came to an end. Many Burmese had fared badly under the British, …
  16. Miliband urges reconciliation in Myanmar
    AFP –

    “Today marks the 60th anniversary of Burma’s independence. We congratulate the people of Burma on this historic landmark,” Miliband said. …

  17. Burma Marks Landmark Anniversary of Independence
    Voice of America – 1 hour ago

    By VOA News Burma’s military rulers staged a low-key ceremony Friday to celebrate the country’s 60th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. …

  18. Man’s march for Burma
    Lancashire Evening Telegraph, UK –
    Burma was renamed Myanmar by its leaders in 1989 but campaigners opposed to the regime have always refused to call it by this name.
  19. Laura Bush urges pressure on Myanmar junta
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Laura Bush has taken an unusual lead role in efforts to push for change in Myanmar, which Washington calls Burma. “We urge the regime to fulfill its …
  20. Businessmen can sell GSM phones in Kachin state
    Mizzima.com, India –
    So people who don’t get the phone are complaining,” said a local resident who applied for a GSM phone at the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication department. …
  21. Laura Bush condemns Myanmar military junta
    United Press International – 3 hours ago
    Instead of celebrating freedom, citizens of Myanmar, formerly Burma, “live in fear, poverty, and oppression under Gen. Than Shwe and his military regime,” …
  22. US president’s wife condemns ruling generals as Myanmar marks 60th …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP WASHINGTON: US President George W. Bush’s wife on Friday condemned Myanmar’s ruling military regime for keeping its citizens in a state of poverty and …
  23. PM formally constitutes commission on damages assessment
    Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
    LONDON, Jan 4 (APP): The British Government has urged the Myanmar (Burma) regime to hold constructive dialogue with the opposition to ensure better future …
  24. Burmese opposition reiterates call for dialogue on Independence day
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … the junta, in its mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper, has carried articles that exhort the people of Burma to maintain the spirit of the union …

World Focus on Burma (13-12-2007)

  1. Update: Bush promises more Burma sanctions
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Washington (dpa) – US President George W Bush threatened further sanctions against Burma if its leaders don’t move toward democracy, saying he was “deeply …
  2. EU envoy to Myanmar to visit China and tour Asian nations
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Brussels – The European Union’s envoy to Myanmar plans to visit China next week as part of his efforts to convince Myanmar’s ruling junta to move towards ‘a …
  3. BURMA: US to step up sanctions – 13/12/2007
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    Now, Ms Suu Kyi’s lawyer has called on Australia to take the regional lead in targetting sanctions against Burma’s military. Presenter – Sen Lam Speaker …
  4. India to continue assistance to Myanmar
    Hindu, India –
    NEW DELHI: India has committed itself to extending assistance to Myanmar on various developmental projects of mutual benefit including the Kaladan …
  5. 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. …
  6. Myanmar charges activist with “public mischief”
    Reuters UK, UK –
    Ko Htin Kyaw had already been detained four times this year for similar protests demanding better living conditions in the former Burma and criticising the …
  7. Envoy pleads for Myanmar dialogue
    CNN –

    GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — The UN special investigator for Myanmar pleaded with the country’s military junta on Wednesday to engage in a serious dialogue …

  8. Does travel prop up paradise dictatorships?
    Toronto Star, Canada –
    And Myanmar (Burma) is back on the front pages, again raising the question of whether the international boycott on travel to Myanmar is valid. …
  9. Leading Thai politician proposes multiparty talks on Myanmar
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … but Samak said in an interview with AP Television News that as head of government he would propose multiparty talks with Myanmar, also known as Burma, …
  10. Burmese refugees need help – and a few good friends
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    The typical refugee from Myanmar, Neil Sowards will tell you, arrives in the US carrying two suitcases and wearing flip-flops and a sarong-like garment. …
  11. Britain’s foreign secretary warns Russia damaging its world standing
    Pravda, Russia –
    Iran and Myanmar (or Burma ) are the only states where the organization is not allowed to operate. “Russia’s threats set back bilateral and multilateral …
  12. Burma’s tall tales in Geneva
    United Press International, Asia, China –
    Tourist brochures portray Burma as a mystical land full of unseen wonders and tall tales about amazing imaginary creatures, from giant serpents to magical …
  13. UNHRC should form commission to investigate in Burma: Activist
    Mizzima.com, India –
      On 31 October 2007, the Government of Myanmar has established the Investigation Body, chaired by the Minister for Home Affairs with a view to investigating …
  14. Junta refutes rumors of Than Shwe’s ill-health
    Mizzima.com, India –
      The New Light of Myanmar today carried reports and photographs of Than Shwe and several other Burmese generals inspecting hydro-projects in central Burma, …

World Focus on Burma (13-11-2007)

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  1. Redoubled Efforts Needed To Resolve Burma Crisis
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the Myanmar authorities and all relevant parties to redouble their efforts towards achieving national …
  2. Burma: Gem Trade Bolsters Military Regime, Fuels Atrocities
    Human Rights Watch (press release) –
    Burma’s military junta has organized the auction, which is scheduled to run from November 14 to 26 at the Myanmar Convention Center. …
  3. Ban urges Myanmar parties to speed up reconciliation efforts
    AFP –
    “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that the trade in these stones supports human rights abuses,” said Arvind Ganesan …
  4. Myanmar Should Agree on Timetable for Political Change, UN Says
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  5. UN Secretary-General Hopeful After Special Envoy’s Briefing on Burma
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is hopeful a process initiated by his special envoy to Burma will lead to meaningful …
  6. Myanmar gem auction to top up junta coffers despite sanctions
    AFP –
    … increasingly difficult for the Burmese generals to move their money around,” said Sean Turnell, an expert on Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma. …
  7. Gambari to brief UNSC on Myanmar
    NDTV.com, India –
    UN Special Envoy on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, would brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday morning (IST) on his five-day visits to the country last week. …
  8. Myanmar to put over $200 mln gems, jade for bidding
    Xinhua, China –
    13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will put quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry worth about 230 million US dollars at floor prices on sale at a mid-year gems emporium
  9. Military presence swept under carpet before UN rights probe
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 13, 2007 – Troops of the Burma Army were conspicuous by their absence in Rangoon on the eve of the arrival of the UN rights expert, Paulo Sergio …
  10. Myanmar Should Agree on Change Timetable, UN Says (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  11. How Myanmar spins its grip on power
    Globe and Mail, Canada –
    A recent flurry of diplomatic activity in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – including meetings between Ms. Suu Kyi and a government minister have sparked …
  12. The Lessons from Myanmar
    Just International, Malaysia –
    Suu Kyi s fight platform, in the 1990 elections, was extremely ingenious in the sense of trying to take from Myanmar s cultural tradition, the fundamental …
  13. India stands by Myanmar status quo
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    India’s relations with Myanmar are even more troubled and delicate than China’s. During the British colonial era, Myanmar, then known as Burma, …
  14. India Cuts Them Off At The Free Pass
    Strategy Page –
    Then India made deals with Bangladesh and Myanmar to shut down ULFA camps there. Inside India, life was much more dangerous for ULFA fighters, …
  15. Reporter details censorship
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    As a result of the government’s tight rein on newspapers, magazines and electronic communication, Hein said, “most people in Burma do not know what’s going …
  16. Foreigners flock to Myanmar gems auction despite calls for a boycott
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    «The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.» Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  17. Burma: Junta Diversionary Tactics?
    UNPO, Netherlands –
    Tentative talks in Myanmar between pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have raised hopes in some quarters of a possible …
  18. Assure medical care and human rights in Burma
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
    By any measure, the country called Myanmar by its military junta but Burma by the democratic party that legitimately and overwhelmingly won the 1990 …
  19. The Geopolitics and Economics of Burma’s Military Regime, 1962-2007
    ZNet, MA –
    [34] Most fundamentally, the SLORC passed the Union of Burma (Myanmar) Foreign Investment Law in November 1988 that allowed foreign companies to establish …
  20. Myanmar gems auction shrugs off Western sanctions
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Human Rights Watch has called for a total ban on precious stones from the former Burma, where state-controlled mines supply sapphires, pearls, …
  21. Fugitive Myanmar Dissident Arrested
    The Associated Press –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27 she laid lay flowers at the spot where …
  22. Myanmar activist arrested during UN envoy visit
    Reuters –
    The Brazilian law professor, on his first trip to the former Burma in four years, visited Yangon’s notorious Insein prison and other sites on Monday where
  23. Prominent Myanmar Activists Arrested
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27, she laid flowers at the spot where Japanese …
  24. Pinheiro waiting to meet generals as they keep arresting activists …
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    The 88 Generation student group confirmed that U Gambira, a leader of the Alliance of All Burma Buddhist Monks who played a key role in the anti-fuel price …
  25. Myanmar Gem Show to Draw Merchants
    Houston Chronicle, United States –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  26. Thailand: Migrant workers unprotected and uninformed
    YubaNet, CA –
    Seven years ago, in her small Myanmar hometown, Tha Zin, 30, a garment factory worker, watched as one of her closest friends – a girl just a few years
  27. Burmese Monk, Labor Activist Arrested In Burma
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The arrests come as a United Nations human rights envoy is in Burma to investigate the September crackdown by the country’s military government.
  28. Asian rly routes inspire Dhaka’s plan for highway
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    However, Dhaka joined the Trans-Asian Railway network on November 9 as it goes through India-Bangladesh-Myanmar and will not serve as a corridor for India.

Burma junta agrees to talk

2007 November 13

United Nations – The military government and opposition parties in Burma have agreed to hold “meaningful and substantive” talks to resolve the political crisis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.

Ban said he had been briefed by his special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who returned to New York this past weekend from a six-day visit to Burma aimed at convincing the military junta to agree to democratic reforms to ease a crisis triggered by pro-democracy demonstrations.

“As a result of this visit, a process has been launched that will hopefully lead to a meaningful and substantive dialogue with concrete outcomes within an agreed time frame,” Ban said in a statement.

“The secretary general welcomes the willingness expressed by both sides to work with the United Nations to this end,” the statement said.

The president of the UN General Assembly, Srgjan Kerim, added his support to the reported agreement to start dialogue.

Kerim said he “welcomes the inauguration of a process that may lead to substantive and unconditional dialogue among the main parties.”

He stressed the importance that this process must achieve “concrete results and a clear commitment” on the part of the government of Burma to work constructively with Gambari.

Both Ban and the UN Security Council have urged the Burmese regime to move beyond the crisis in September when the military cracked down on demonstrations led by Buddhist monks, saying that a return to the pre-September period is not sustainable and acceptable.

They have called for democratic reform, national reconciliation, full respect of human rights in one of the world’s poorest nations and the release of political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy.

UN Special Rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro arrived in Rangoon Sunday to investigate the violent repression of the monks and their supporters during the September uprising.

The street demonstrations began after the government drastically increased prices of petrol in mid-August.

Gambari’s visit last week was his second to Burma and he is scheduled to return there again for a third round of talks.

Ban said he wants Gambari to make an “early return to (Burma) as part of an open and regular process of mutual engagement.” (dpa)

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November 13, 2007 at 5:06 am

Asean can smile _ but not too broadly

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IN TOUCHANURAJ MANIBHANDU
Bangkok Post

Tuesday 2007 November 13

Recent developments in Burma may have given the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a reason to smile, but experience with the junta not so long ago should restrain Asean from throwing caution to the wind. The cause for hope stems not only from the generals’ decision to let detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet members of her party for the first time in three years last Friday.

Also encouraging is Mrs Suu Kyi’s positive reaction to the generals’ permission, and her readiness to ”co-operate” with them.

For about two hours on Nov 9, Mrs Suu Kyi is said to have discussed with leaders of her National League for Democracy the conditions for talks between her and junta chief Senior General Than Shwe, as well as ways to help protesters who were arrested and injured during the demonstrations in September.

A day earlier, in a statement read in Singapore by the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, she raised hope of a thaw by saying she was ”ready to cooperate with the government in order to make this process of dialogue a success”.

Few would deny that the opening on the part of Mrs Suu Kyi is as important as that of the junta for any move towards national reconciliation.

Fewer may know why, but there is logic in the suggestion that the passage of time may have played a part. It is 18 years since she returned to her homeland and, after seeing so little come of a position she held for so long, it is conceivable that she may have decided to move on.

Whatever is in the mind of the lady, Asean has a prime opportunity at the summit in Singapore next week to make known to the junta’s representative what it thinks.

In the process, the grouping should show appreciation where it is due, guard against being over-indulgent of the junta, and make clear that there will be consequences for any backsliding or game-playing.

Over-indulgence of the junta, as Asean should know, would invite scorn from the grouping’s critics, as well as the junta itself.

After all, the junta is still detaining Mrs Suu Kyi, whose release Asean has been demanding for years, and several hundred other political prisoners. Moreover, the generals are yet to account for the people killed and injured in the repression of pro-democracy demonstrators in September and October _ and Asean must demand this.

As for the junta, it dealt Asean a stiff blow that is unforgettable for what amounted to lack of reflection in late 2005. Under pressure from Asean for more democratisation, it offered to let Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Jaafar Albar visit the country as an Asean envoy. That was on the eve of the Asean summit in Kuala Lumpur. Within days, during the summit itself, the generals extended the detention of Mrs Suu Kyi and, as it turned out, did not allow the Malaysian foreign minister into the country until the following March.

More than other states in the world, Asean knows how the generals in Naypidaw think. With their treatment of the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, they have shown their insistence on staying in charge, and solving problems with the opposition in their own way.

The junta rejected the envoy’s proposal for a three-way dialogue, let him see some ministers and Mrs Suu Kyi during the six-day visit, but kept their topmost leader, Senior General Than Shwe, out of reach.

Despite the perceived slight to Mr Gambari, however, it would be short-sighted to think the generals dismiss the importance of the UN altogether. As many UN envoys have found, the leadership plays along when it is expedient to them.

Hence, while Mr Gambari seemed to be in still waters last week, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, announced that he had been invited to return to the country for the first time in four years.

How far Mr Pinheiro is allowed to do his work will be an indicator of the generals’ regard for the world body.

While precedent gives ground to regard with scepticism the recent and ongoing developments in Burma, the positive reaction of Mrs Suu Kyi raises hope that this time there is more than image-building to the generals’ offer.

Asean must work to ensure this and enlist the help of China and India, which will be in Singapore as the grouping’s dialogue partners.

At the same time Asean should also brace for prodding from the European Union, which recently stepped up sanctions on Burma, and will be in Singapore to celebrate 30 years of dialogue with Asean.

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November 12, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Statements and Press Release from UNIC Yangon

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Statement by Mr. Gambari on behalf of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

8 November 2007

Singapore, 8 November 2007 – As you know, I have just completed a mission to Myanmar from 3 to 8 November, where I met today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In my capacity as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, I was authorized by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to make the following statement on her behalf:

• I wish to thank all those who have stood by my side all this time, both inside and outside my country. I am also grateful to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, for his unwavering support for the cause of national reconciliation, democracy and human rights in my country.


Statement by Mr. Gambari on behalf of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – 8 November 2007

As you know, I have just completed a mission to Myanmar from 3 to 8 November, where I met today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In my capacity as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, I was authorized by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to make the following statement on her behalf:

• I wish to thank all those who have stood by my side all this time, both inside and outside my country. I am also grateful to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, for his unwavering support for the cause of national reconciliation, democracy and human rights in my country.

• I welcome the appointment on 8 October of Minister Aung Kyi as Minister for Relations. Our first meeting on 25 October was constructive and I look forward to further regular discussions. I expect that this phase of preliminary consultations will conclude soon so that a meaningful and timebound dialogue with the SPDC leadership can start as early as possible.

• In the interest of the nation, I stand ready to cooperate with the Government in order to make this process of dialogue a success and welcome the necessary good offices role of the United Nations to help facilitate our efforts in this regard.

• In full awareness of the essential role of political parties in democratic societies, in deep appreciation of the sacrifices of the members of my party and in my position as General Secretary, I will be guided by the policies and wishes of the National League for Democracy. However, in this time of vital need for democratic solidarity and national unity, it is my duty to give constant and serious considerations to the interests and opinions of as broad a range of political organizations and forces as possible, in particular those of our ethnic nationality races.

• To that end, I am committed to pursue the path of dialogue constructively and invite the Government and all relevant parties to join me in this spirit.

• I believe that stability, prosperity and democracy for my country, living at peace with itself and with full respect for human rights, offers the best prospect for my country to fully contribute to the development and stability of the region in close partnership with its neighbours and fellow ASEAN members, and to play a positive role as a respected member of the international community.

I am now scheduled to return to New York to brief the Secretary-General on all the aspects of my mission. I will therefore not be able to take any questions at this time.

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Statement at the conclusion of Mr. Gambari’s mission to Myanmar 3 – 8 November 2007

As a result of the good offices role of the UN Secretary-General and engagement with the Government, the opposition and other relevant parties, we are not where we were a few weeks ago. 

We now have a process going which would lead to substantive dialogue between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as a key instrument in promoting national reconciliation in an all-inclusive manner. The sooner such a dialogue can start, the better for
Myanmar


Statement at the conclusion of Mr. Gambari’s mission to Myanmar

 

Yangon, 8 November 2007 – As a result of the good offices role of the UN Secretary-General and engagement with the Government, the opposition and other relevant parties, we are not where we were a few weeks ago.  We now have a process going which would lead to substantive dialogue between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as a key instrument in promoting national reconciliation in an all-inclusive manner. The sooner such a dialogue can start, the better for
Myanmar .  With the full support and confidence of the Government of Myanmar and the international community, the United Nations will continue its engagement with all relevant interlocutors inside and outside Myanmar to achieve the goals which we all share: peace, prosperity, democracy and full respect for human rights in Myanmar.

In this regard, Mr Gambari has been invited by the Government to return to Myanmar and expects to do so in the next few weeks.

In addition, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has authorized Mr Gambari to make a statement on her behalf upon the close of his mission.  ENDS.

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Press Release

Wednesday, 07 November 2007

The Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar, Mr Ibrahim Gambari, met today with Myanmar’s new Prime Minister General Thein Sein, to whom he delivered a letter from the Secretary-General addressed to Senior General Than Shwe. He and the Prime Minister had open and detailed discussions on ways to further improve Myanmar’s cooperation with the United Nations to address the country’s political, human rights, humanitarian and socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the recent crisis.


Press Release

Yangon, 7 November 2007 -The Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar, Mr Ibrahim Gambari, met today with Myanmar’s new Prime Minister General Thein Sein, to whom he delivered a letter from the Secretary-General addressed to Senior General Than Shwe. He and the Prime Minister had open and detailed discussions on ways to further improve Myanmar’s cooperation with the United Nations to address the country’s political, human rights, humanitarian and socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the recent crisis. While taking note of the views of the Myanmar Government, Mr Gambari stressed that a return to the status quo before the crisis would not be sustainable, and suggested specific steps for Myanmar to meet international expectations in this regard. These include the need for dialogue with the opposition without delay as part of an inclusive national reconciliation process, as well as necessary confidence-building measures in the humanitarian and socioeconomic areas, including the establishment of a broad-based poverty alleviation commission. The Prime Minister reiterated his Government’s full support for and confidence in Mr Gambari’s efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General, and invited him to return to Myanmar in continuation of the good offices process. Mr Gambari also met with the new Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council, Lt-General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo.

Later in the day, Mr Gambari met the diplomatic corps in Myanmar to provide an update on his visit so far. Mr Gambari stressed the ongoing nature of the good offices process, aimed at producing qualitative results in cooperation with the Government and people of Myanmar. He welcomed the expressions of continued support from the international community for the Secretary-General’s good offices efforts and the work of the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar.

Tomorrow, Mr Gambari is scheduled to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the fifth time since his first visit to Myanmar, members of the Central Executive Committee of her National League for Democracy party, officials of the National Unity Party, and other relevant interlocutors, as well as the United Nations Country Team in Yangon.

Mr Gambari is scheduled to return to United Nations headquarters by Monday 12 November. ENDS

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