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World focus on Burma (18 January 2009)

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Bringing light into Myanmar’s darkness: Group helps political prisoners in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the pro-democracy movement, is barred by the military government from leaving her …

ASEAN calls for $700m for Burmese cyclone victims
Australia Network News, Australia –
“The TCG, the Tripartite Core Group, which we established in order to do the day to day work in Myanmar, in Yangon overseeing the assistance to the victims …

Backbreaking project from World War II is revived
Baltimore Sun, United States –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Christians struggling to aid lepers in Burma
Spero News –
A group of nuns in Kengtung, Myanmar, struggles to find the funds to treat over 520 leprosy patients and aid 44 children. By UCA News Nan Shan Kham says she …

Casting Light on Plight of Burmese Dissidents
New York Times, United States –
… to a reporter and a handful of former political prisoners who have settled in this small Thai city on the border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

VIEW: Regional fallout from Thai turmoil —Bertil Lintner
Daily Times, Pakistan –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

Sri Lanka-based Burmese political weblog wins “Best Asia Blog …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Democratic norms, human rights, counter-terrorism, refugees, civilian casualties in domestic battles between warring factions etc. …

Treat refugees humanely, process them transparently
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
A tragedy was always likely given the heartless way in which the migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were treated after arriving on Thailand’s Andaman …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

World focus on Burma (2 December 2008)

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Monk jailed for defaming the Sasana
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 2, 2008 (DVB)–Lawyer Aye Myint of Bago legal aid group Guiding Star said the group is currently working on the case of a monk who was imprisoned after …

Amnesty International India presents the ‘International Week of Justice Festival
India PRwire (press release), India –
Its ‘Neighborhood Spotlight’ on Tibet, Afghanistan and Burma focuses on the right to protest, fair trials and other freedoms in the aforementioned region. …

South Asian Women’s Day observed in city
Indian Express, India –
… programme coordinators under the banner of South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainees (SANGAT), NGOs across South Asia — Afghanistan, Burma, …

The future of Burma’s nonviolent campaign for democracy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
For some, these emotions have led to demands for a reappraisal of activist methods. The same despair that led many to hope for an unlikely Iraq-style …

Children as Weapons of War
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
… and Democracy (LURD) in Liberia, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Sudan, and several ethnic armed opposition groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burma: AIDS Epidemic
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s junta didn’t listen to the world post cyclone Nargis. What makes you think they will change their minds now and start listening now? …

United States: Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

SF jury clears Chevron of protest shootings
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… courts for violations of international human rights. A similar suit by villagers in Burma against Unocal for allegedly encouraging brutality by soldiers ..

Failed states rule conversation at debate launch
National Post, Canada –
The resolution was, “If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should. …

An unnatural disaster in Burma
Boston Globe, United States –
At least four civilian volunteers who tried to help the victims of Burma’s ferocious Cyclone Nargis were sentenced to 15- to 59-year prison terms for their …

Political Crisis in the Kingdom Won’t Benefit Anyone
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We may even have suggested that the incompetent generals in Burma should learn from Thailand on how to reconcile with the opposition. …

American Foreign Policy and Women’s Global Health: The WIP hosts …
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
Cheery Zahau is a Burmese Chin activist who works extensively on women’s rights and capacity building within Chin communities in Burma. …

Tuesday, December 9
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
1996 – Riot police chase protesting students through the streets of Rangoon, Burma, and the military government closes universities. …

“Our Friends In Bombay”
Power Line, MN –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Going global [Ann Jones in Thailand]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –
… fighters and the military regime that renamed the country “Myanmar.” To the refugees, the country they left is still Burma, and it’s still theirs. …

Federal jury clears Chevron in Nigerian shootings
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… courts for violations of international human rights. A similar suit by villagers in Burma against Unocal for allegedly encouraging brutality by soldiers ..

Ashin Gambira, the Imprisoned Buddhist
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) says that more than 136 of the 215 dissidents convicted so far have been sent to …

International Activists Use Facebook To Fight Terrorism
FOXNews –
They include: the Burma Global Action Network, which promoted democracy in Burma in the aftermath of the military junta’s oppression of monks and other …

Corrections and clarifications
guardian.co.uk, UK –
… affairs spokesman for Burma’s National League for Democracy, said the sanctions policy advanced by the NLD’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was “extreme”. …

Why I am Proud Being an Indian!
American Chronicle, CA –
Pro-democracy leader of Burma [Myanmar], Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest in her own country, receives people´s support in India. …

Dog meat not a palatable issue
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
There are “just too many” unrecognised abattoirs employing “non-local” children, forcing even the Human Rights Law Network to act. “We have been campaigning …

And where’s that?
Albany Democrat Herald, OR –
The same thing happened when the ancient country of Burma suddenly became Myanmar. Some years before that, English speakers changed the name of the capital …

Myanmar refugees reinvigorate Tenn. church
USA Today –
The Karen group had come here mainly from refugee camps in Thailand, after being forced out of Myanmar — once known as Burma — by that country’s military. …

‘Burma VJ’ wins Amsterdam prize
Variety, CA –
… the military dictatorship in Burma in September 2007, also picked up the fest’s Movies that Matter human rights prize at a ceremony Saturday night. …

Make a Donation
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
Urgent appeals by the Observatory for the Protection of Defenders of Human Rights are a warning system for the international community about cases of …

Add one extra card to your list, says Amnesty as Greetings Card …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
This year’s campaign includes appeals for a Burmese man who was arrested after he led a peaceful protest in August 2007 and has been in prison since, …

Live Coverage: Clinton as Secretary of State
WNYC, NY –
President-elect Obama and his new administration need to honor the platform that he ran on, which included strong support for human rights. …

Burma’s hardwood resources facing dangerous shortages
Mizzima.com, India –
Additionally, at least 37800 hectares of forest in and around Rangoon and Irrawaddy Divisions were destroyed during Cyclone Nargis this May, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 2, 2008 at 3:57 am

World focus on Burma (27-11-2008)

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Thailand considering postponing ASEAN summit: Thai FM

Mizzima.com, India

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornviwat, on Thursday said the upcoming 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai beginning December 15,…….

Foreign press issues plea to reopen Gaza crossing

The Benton Crier, IA –

Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Burma and Zimbabwe. ..

Zarganar and Journalist Associates Receive Additional Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, and two journalist friends were given additional prison terms by a special court in Rangoon’s Insein …

Burmese fishery export hit hard
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi (Mizzima) – An official from the Myanmar Fishery Department said that exports of fishery products to Bangladesh have fallen by about …

Internet users increasingly concerned over security
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nam Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – A sense of insecurity is developing among Internet users in Burma after seeing the long prison terms given to dissidents …

Burma Crackdown Could be Convenient for China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar [Burma] is part and parcel of China’s grand strategic design to achieve its goal of becoming a great power in the 21st century,” said Poon Kim Shee …

Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights
guardian.co.uk, UK –
A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime and a Burmese comedian who has recently been sentenced to 45 years in prison have …

Final battle in Bangkok a Pyrrhic victory
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Letter from the Zimbabwe Vigil to South Africa and the Elders …
The Zimbabwean, Africa –
China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba? The $30million offered by South Africa will not go far given the mendacity and greed of the Mugabe …

No Laughing Matter
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Be warned—if you crack a joke, Burma’s military leaders usually don’t laugh. Instead, they send you to prison. Burma’s most famous comedian, …

Who’s behind the Thai protests?
New Statesman, UK –

… and Burma, where the military junta recently jailed a comedian for 45 years for criticising the generals’ slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored
Mizzima.com, India –
… and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers. …

Listen To A Voice Of Gratitude
Hartford Courant, United States –
His earliest memories of Myanmar (The Karen people call it Burma) are far worse than that. “I remember one thing — the military, they came and attacked our …

Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two …

Mizoram shows how to hold election
MorungExpress, India –
The Assam Rifles mans the international border with Burma and the Border Security Force is deployed on the Bangladesh border. The low decibel campaign, …

JUNTA HANDS DOWN RIDICULOUS PRISON SENTENCES IN LATEST CRACKDOWN …
IFEX, Canada –

Meanwhile, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship note that the states with the largest influence on the Burmese junta – China, India and Thailand – have …

Junta Hands Down Ridiculous Prison Sentences
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement was sentenced to 45 years in jail on 21 November for criticising the junta’s slow response to the …

We must heed the sage advice of our elders
The Herald, UK –
During their twice-yearly meetings, a symbolic empty chair is always reserved for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s easy to mock the idea. …

Open-entry system reducing fishing resources
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Today majority of Bengalis are in fishing business and then come the Burmese, while in the past the fishermen of Sindh were at the top in this field, …

Disagreements between India, China surfacing
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in order to protect sea lanes and ensure uninterrupted energy …

Obama the Realist
The Weekly Standard –
Democracy activists were slaughtered in Burma. The administration has removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for what …

Burma and a Task Unfinished: Considering the Options
OpEdNews, PA –
… the UN on the situation in Burma, the 28 February 2008 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, reports on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe writer Mhlanga honoured (Zarganar awarded Imprisoned Artist Prize)
BBC News, UK –

Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Burmese Comedian Gets 45-Year Prison Sentence
OneWorld.net, UK –

HRW says the increased efforts to prosecute political activists “confirm that Burma’s rulers are undermining basic freedoms more strongly than ever as they …

Refugee youths in county schools fled repression
Explore Howard County, MD –
… began for Hammond High School senior Sui Hnem Iang Ngun Hei when her father became a wanted man in their native Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Competence Over Ideology
The National Interest Online, DC –
… watched and measured America’s shifting stance on apartheid, so it will measure the next administration’s commitment to democracy in Burma and beyond. …

Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Thailand, currently reaching the apex of months-long political turmoil, has taken this concept one step further, as the People’s Alliance for Democracy …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

World focus on Burma (22 November 2008)

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South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu Gets Fulbright Award
Voice of America –
… but that the world’s revulsion for human rights violations in places like Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe and Gaza shows that evil is not the norm. …


“But it’s a bigger joke on those abroad who still think ignoring repression in Burma will bring positive change,” he said.

Myanmar opposition calls for amnesty on national day
TopNews, India –
The National League for Democracy, Myanmar’s main opposition group, demanded the release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and student …

Burmese comic gets 45 years
Chortle, UK –
… June and seized his computer after he organized a group of around 400 volunteers to provide disaster relief in the areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

HMS Westminster arrives in capital for march
Portsmouth News, UK –
Westminster was also sent to offer help with the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The full article contains 182 words and appears in …

Comedian gets 45 years – criticized Burma junta
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… and 14 members of detained Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party got 2 1/2 years each for calling for her release on her birthday in June, …

Comedian gets 45-year term as Burma punishes activism
Boston Globe, United States –
AP / November 22, 2008 RANGOON, Burma – Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists yesterday, giving a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went …

Burma Eats Its Young
New Yorker, United States –
After Aung San Suu Kyi, these two men are the leaders of Burma’s democracy movement, and a source of intense admiration and inspiration among the young …

Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and non-Burman ethnic states, was formed by exiles led by the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004), …

Myanmar Gives Comedian 45-Year Sentence for Cyclone Comments
New York Times, United States –
Those sentenced have included some 70 members of the opposition National League for Democracy, the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Nobel …

Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Human rights calls
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Asean governments will be urged next month to call for a Commission of Inquiry on Burma by the UN Human Rights Council. But the new Asean Human Rights Body …

Comedian gets jail for criticizing junta
Washington Times, DC –

AP RANGOON, Burma | Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists Friday, handing out a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went to the delta to …

Importance of ‘responsibility to protect’ outlined at conference
Irish Times, Ireland –
… invoking the principle – for example, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Burma last spring – had not helped to build wider acceptance of the idea. …

Chinese living longer but wealth gap widening: UN
ABC Online, Australia –
“You’ve also got trafficking of women from even poorer places, for example Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, into these villages in China now to provide wives for …

In short
Irish Times, Ireland –
(Reuters) RANGOON – A hip-hop star in military-ruled Burma has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of …

Burma jails comedian for 45 years
Independent, UK –
More than 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, students and members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been convicted in the past two …

Myanmar on US agenda
Straits Times, Singapore –
The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma, the name used before it was changed by the military junta. Mr Marciel’s visit to Japan will take place on Dec …

Tea room pours good cheer
East Valley Tribune, AZ –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a …

Journalist gets 45 years in prison, others sentenced
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
New York, November 21, 2008–A Burmese court sentenced entertainer and activist Maung Thura–known by his stage name, “Zarganar”–to 45 years in prison …

Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times, NY –
24 issue, “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest ” by Ethan Gutmann, asks why the world’s media, human rights organizations, and governments are not investigating …

RIGHTS: Landmines Banned, And Still Kill Thousands
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Investigations by Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 16 civilians died as a result of these weapons, which are known to tear limbs off a victim’s …

Burma: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
Spero News –
By IRIN Scores of monasteries in cyclone-affected Myanmar are in urgent need of repair almost seven months after the category four storm struck. …

PEN Canada Honorary Member and One Humanity Award winner ZARGANA …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
21 /CNW/ – PEN Canada is appalled by the forty-five year prison sentence handed down today by the Myanmar regime to Burmese poet and comedian Zargana (Maung …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
Burma will also be discussed. He will travel to Tokyo to consult with Japanese officials regarding human rights, democracy, and other concerns in Burma on …

For Andrew K
The Young Turks, CA –
More than 100 activists have been sentenced over the past two weeks in a judicial crackdown across the spectrum of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. …

Myanmar Junta Jails Comedian for 45 Years
New York Times, United States –
By SHARON OTTERMAN A secret court run by Myanmar’s military leadership sentenced a prominent Burmese comedian and activist to 45 years in prison on Friday, …

Myanmar court hands comedian 45-year prison term
The Associated Press –
… for their jokes about the junta, and several other activists delivered donations of relief supplies to the Cyclone Nargis-shattered Irrawaddy delta. …

Top US Agenda at Asia-Pacific Meeting is the Financial Crisis
NewsBlaze, CA –
Topics of discussion will include follow-up from the G20 meeting; nuclear proliferation challenges from North Korea and Iran; developments in Burma, …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… trade unions and political activists.” They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. …

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
Andrew Morgan at 5:18 PM ET

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[JURIST] A panel of UN experts on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in Myanmar [JURIST archive; BBC backgrounder] to retry political and religious prisoners. The group, including Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official website], called for fair and open trials [Reuters report] for dozens of activists convicted [JURIST report] in judicial proceedings inside Yangyon’s Insein Prison [BBC backgrounder]. The panel considered such a process to be part of general reforms necessary for moving toward multi-party democratic government, including:

a comprehensive review of national legislation to ensure its compliance with international human rights standards, the release of political prisoners of conscience, and reform of the armed forces and the judicial system.

They also urged Myanmar to release lawyers who were jailed for contempt of court after making public their clients’ complaints about the proceedings.

Last week, dozens of activists from 88 Generation Students [BBC backgrounder], including Min Ko Naing [advocacy website], Ko Ko Gyi, and Ktay Kywe, were sentenced to 65 years in prison for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] also voiced concern about the lengthy and severe prison terms, calling for the military junta to release [JURIST report] democracy activists and other political prisoners. Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9,000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2,100 Burmese remain imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs.

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/11/un-experts-call-for-retrial-of-myanmar.php

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2008 at 3:23 pm

World focus on Burma (17 November 2008)

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A new way is needed to help Burma’s people
The Age, Australia –
THE SENTENCING of more than 30 Burmese dissidents to up to 65 years in prison for their part in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations sends a strong …

Rights & Wrongs: Burma, China, ‘Mama Africa’ and More
World Politics Review –
BURMA CONVICTIONS RAISE CONCERNS — Burma’s ruling military junta has come in for another round of criticism and condemnation over the recent convictions of …

Bangladesh, Election Preparations Top Meeting Agenda in Naypyidaw
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… might quit as quartermaster-general in the Tatmadaw, [the Burmese armed forces] but he will still hold his post as Secretary 1 of the junta,” he said. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Exclusive – Inside Burma’s notorious jails
Independent, UK –
I have lots of days like that in regard to Burma. Who really knows what is going on in this secretive, isolated country? Because foreign journalists are all …

Making a prison out of Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Gagging the voice of protests and imprisoning dissidents for an incredible 65 years, pairs Burma’s governing junta with some of the most …

Nine More Activists Sentenced in Insein Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ye Min Oo, Ye Myat Hein and Zin Lin Aung, leading members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), and three activists, Myo Thant, …

Shan migrant workers: We won’t accept junta issued passports
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… channel for each migrant worker to travel to Myanmar National Verification Center at Tachilek, Myawaddy, and Kawthawng at the Thai-Burma border. …

Media groups condemn photography jailing
Amateur Photographer, UK –
Cyclone Nargis left around 130000 people dead or missing when it struck in May. Got an opinion on this story? Why not post a comment on our news message …

Burmese journalist imprisoned for cyclone victim reports
Press Gazette, UK –
… reporter for the weekly Burmese-language magazine Eco Vision, was arrested on 10 June while covering a demonstration by about 20 victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Burma’s Exports Hit by Global Economic Downturn
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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“The effects of the financial crisis in the US have reached China, and now China’s economic difficulties are beginning to impact …

Myanmar disperses dissidents throughout its gulag
Reuters India, India –
Ko Ko Gyi and Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s best known political prisoner after detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Pyapon authorities investigate rice scam
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… division’s Pyapon township have been investigating the misappropriation of nearly 1000 bags of rice donated by Saudi Arabia for Cyclone Nargis victims. …

Committee Assesses CU Investment Ethics
CU Columbia Spectator, NY –
… contractual transfer of millions of dollars to the ruling regime in Burma that they believed implicated the company in human rights violations. …

Activists’ Prison Sentences Setback for UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The sentencing of pro-democracy activists, from two to 65 years, by special prison courts in Burma last week is a major …

ENVIRONMENT-BURMA: Conflict Threatens Karen Biodiversity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A great part of this biodiversity is found in Karen State in southeast Myanmar bordering Thailand, now suffering heavily due to the ongoing conflict between …

Burma-Bangladesh Maritime Talks Begin
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
MAK Mahmud said, “Myanmar’s trespass on Bangladesh waters is not on our agenda. We shall focus on setting a method of principles for delimitation. …

Myanmar: Long prison terms for dissidents
Global Voices Online, MA –
Hundreds of ordinary Burmese people joined the protest. The 88 students group members were immediately arrested by the Junta. On Thursday 19 dissidents were …

Myanmar activists moved to separate prisons: relatives
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar authorities have split up pro-democracy activists who were given long jail terms this week and transferred them to different prisons …

Leading Burmese Dissident Jailed For 65 Years
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
One of Burma’s most outspoken opponents of the ruling military junta, Min Ko Naing, was sentenced to a 65-year prison term last week. …

Burma, Myanmar: Convicted Activists Sent to Remote Prison Camps
OpEdNews, PA – By Ashin Mettacara
More than 20 convicted activists have been sent to remote prison camps in this early morning. …

Burma’s junta gets brutal on prison terms
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The family members of 39 Burmese dissidents had tears in their eyes on Tuesday. Fourteen leading activists of the 88 Generation Students group, …

… according to Aung Din, co-founder of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which lobbies for political change in Myanmar, also called Burma. …

88 generation leaders also receive 65 years’ jail terms
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 15, 2008 (DVB)-Nine leading members of the 88 Generation Students, including Min Ko Naing, were sentenced to serve 65 years in prison on 11 November, …