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New UN rights envoy starts mission in Myanmar

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New UN rights envoy starts mission in Myanmar

Mr Quintana wants to meet representatives of several groups

Reuters –

Tomas Ojea Quintana, whose own parents were political prisoners under a military regime in Argentina, arrived in the former Burma late on Sunday and is due …

Envoy expected to meet Myanmar democracy activists International Herald Tribune, France –
UN Rights Envoy Meets Burmese Buddhist Monks The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm

World Focus on Burma (18-11-2007)

  1. EU envoy on Myanmar backs UN action
    AFP –
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — European Union special envoy for Myanmar Piero Fassino expressed support Saturday for UN efforts to promote national reconciliation
  2. EDITORIAL: Chartering the future
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    Then a couple of crises arrived — the 1997 Asian financial meltdown and now Myanmar — to demonstrate how feeble Asean really was. Over the last few years, …
  3. Myanmar issue looms as Clark heads to summit
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    By Grant Fleming SINGAPORE – Myanmar, climate change and trade are likely to dominate discussions at this week’s East Asia Summit, Prime Minister Helen …
  4. Myanmar crisis to dominate ASEAN summit, but free trade, climate …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “If she does not act as an equal … the military will still control thought and action in Burma,” he said, referring to the country by its old name. …
  5. Anderson Cooper shares experience, knowledge
    Claremont Courier, CA –
    He first visited Burma, also known as Myanmar, to cover the national revolution that began in the late 1980s demanding democracy in the repressive state. …
  6. Charter Reaffirms Consensus, Non-interference In Domestic Affairs
    Bernama, Malaysia –
    But the 31-page Charter made no mention of such actions to the dismay of human rights watch groups who now want Asean to prevent one of its members, Myanmar …
  7. Basic facts about ASEAN
    Xinhua, China –
    Brunei joined the group in January 1984, followed by Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. The region has a combined population of …
  8. ASEAN Leaders Arrive in Singapore For Annual Meeting Amid Tight …
    Voice of America –
    This is especially significant in deterring rallies against ASEAN member, Burma. There have been worldwide protests against the Burmese military crackdown …
  9. ASEAN leaders to confront Myanmar
    AFP –
    Myanmar’s signing of the charter “will at once taint the ASEAN charter with blood,” the Free Burma Coalition group in a letter to the bloc’s leaders. …
  10. Asean leaders ready to sign landmark charter
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    A group calling themselves the “Overseas Burma Patriots” said they want Singapore to give the petition to the council. Public demonstrations against the …
  11. Boycott of rubies from troubled Myanmar could be difficult
    Kansas City Star, MO –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” Myanmar is also called Burma. But a successful boycott of what activists …
  12. Thousands attend Myanmar gems sale despite outcry: report
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — About 3500 people from around the world have so far attended a gems auction in Myanmar, state media said Sunday, despite calls for a boycott …
  13. Arroyo to raise Suu Kyi plight with Myanmar premier
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    At the United Nations in New York last September, Arroyo called on Burma “to return to the path of democracy and release Aung San Suu Kyi.” Myanmar has …
  14. Music lessons help ease the transition for ethnic Karen at St …
    Pioneer Press, MN –
    … is a cultural underpinning for the ethnic Karen (pronounced ka-REN), many of whom fled persecution from military leaders in Burma, now known as Myanmar. …
  15. Reconciliation remains distant hope in Myanmar, despite UN visits
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  16. ASEAN rejects US Senate call to suspend Myanmar until junta …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Myanmar is also known as Burma. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, urged ASEAN to take “substantial steps to ensure peaceful transition to …
  17. Dictators better than disintegration
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By Girlie Linao, dpa Singapore (dpa) – Despite mounting international pressure for tougher action against errant member Burma, the Association of Southeast …
  18. Asian Leaders Will Avoid Sanctions, Rebuke on Myanmar (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    18 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar is unlikely to face a call for sanctions or even a public rebuke over its crackdown on democracy protesters when leaders of 10 …
  19. ASEAN Rejects US Call to Suspend Myanmar
    The Associated Press –
    Myanmar is also known as Burma. asean’s Senate snub is not unexpected since it has said expelling Myanmar is not an option. Still, Myanmar — under military …
  20. Asean refuses to suspend Myanmar
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    It asked Asean to consider “appropriate disciplinary measures, including suspension, until such time as the government of Burma [Myanmar] has demonstrated …
  21. Romulo asks: Can Myanmar abide by ASEAN charter?
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Aside from the US, the Free Burma Coalition also called on the suspension of Burma (Myanmar’s former name) for its failure to implement democratic reforms. …
  22. Gem dealers call for ruby boycott
    Chicago Sun-Times, United States –
    BY MICK ELMORE BANGKOK, Thailand — The rich red hue of Myanmar’s prized rubies is a reminder to many gem dealers of the military government’s bloody …
  23. The Substation holds “Peace Concert for Burma”
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    … that is called a “Peace Concert for Burma”. It was the arts venue’s way of showing support for the people in Myanmar who want democracy and peace. …
  24. Giving thanks in a time of unease
    Bismarck Tribune, USA –
    Burma (Myanmar) is coming undone, in spite of the best efforts of one of my heroes, Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. I do not believe, ..
  25. Myanmar Crackdown To Dominate ASEAN Summit
    AHN –
    Singapore (AHN) – An informal dinner Monday will be “the critical meeting” for adopting a common position on Myanmar, Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo …
  26. Asia can do more on climate–activists
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE — Environmental groups are piling the pressure on Asian nations to do more to fight global warming ahead of a key climate conference next month, …
  27. Asean to reject proposed HR court
    Philippine Star, Philippines –
    Myanmar , one of the 10 ASEAN member countries, is expected to be on the agenda at the 13th ASEAN Summit held here this week, with focus on the political …
  28. Myanmar tops agenda as ASEAN meets
    AFP –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders gathered Sunday for their annual summit with their bloc’s credibility at stake as they grapple with Myanmar, …
  29. Myanmar casts shadow over summit
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    By Grant Fleming Myanmar, climate change and trade are likely to dominate discussions at this week’s East Asia Summit, says Prime Minister Helen Clark. …
  30. Myanmar Sends Mixed Messages on Reform
    The Associated Press –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  31. Civil Society Groups Calls For Postponement Of ASEAN Charter Signing
    AHN –
    Previously kept from public view, the draft Charter of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been leaked to the media and is now available …

World Focus on Burma (11-11-2007)

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  1. Suu Kyi Makes First Step in Reconciliation with Junta
    eFluxMedia –
    Aung Din, executive director of the US Campaign for Burma said: “I would say it is a breakthrough if she is able to meet the leadership without
  2. Foreign Office minister is ‘liability’, say his officials
    Times Online, UK –
    He has also referred to Burma as “Myanmar”, a name recognised by the UN but not by Britain and America. “Gordon won’t be brave enough to sack him.
  3. Leningrad? Peking? You Can’t Get There From Here
    Hartford Courant, United States – 4 hours ago
    … pored over the news from Sri Lanka only to realize that it was what they used to call Ceylon, and then from Myanmar, only to work out that it was Burma. …
  4. UN human rights envoy to visit Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    11 (Xinhua) — United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro is due to arrive here later on Sunday on a five-day visit …
  5. JA students join Memory Project
    portrait-campaign.jpgJackson Clarion Ledger, MS –
    Each student has painted a portrait of a dark-haired boy or girl from Myanmar, the country once known as Burma. “It’s part of the Memory Project developed …
  6. POLITICS-BURMA: Aung San Suu Kyi’s Release Fits Junta’s Agenda
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy – By Larry Jagan
    “Myanmar (Burma)… will never allow any outside interference to infringe on the sovereignty of the state,” he was quoted as saying on the state-run TV. …
  7. UN Human Rights Envoy Visits Myanmar
    The Associated Press –
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A UN human rights envoy arrived Sunday in Myanmar on a mission to get inside the country’s prisons to determine the numbers of people …
  8. UN rights envoy in Myanmar to see junta
    AFP –
    New York-based Human Rights Watch said the UN Security Council should “redouble efforts to prod Burma’s generals into starting a genuine political dialogue …
  9. Oil’s run shifts fate of nations
    Denver Post, CO –
    Myanmar’s recent demonstrations were triggered by a government decision to raise fuel prices. In the US, the rising bill for imported petroleum lowers …
  10. UN probes human rights in Myanmar
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    Meanwhile Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organization, said the UN security council should “redouble efforts to prod Burma ‘s [ Myanmar ‘s] generals ...
  11. Preventing sexual exploitation in society
    The Tide, Nigeria –
    Thailand’s neighbor to the north, Myanmar (Burma), has been under a military dictatorship for years, and its people have endured human rights abuses and a …
  12. Growing Impact of HIV/AIDS on Teenage Girls
    Media For Freedom, Nepal –
    … has estimated that as many as 50 percent of sex workers in Kenya were HIV-positive; 45 percent in Guyana; and 50 percent in Myanmar (Burma). …
  13. Burma Gets a Big Bang For The Buck
    Strategy Page –
    India has been quiet about the pro-democracy demonstrations in Burma (Myanmar), which borders India’s restive northeastern tribal areas. …
  14. 600 people gather in Tokyo calling for end of Burma dictatorship
    Japan News Review, Sweden –
    “Japan should review its official development assistance policy (to Myanmar) and consider economic sanctions,” the Rengo chief Tsuyoshi Takagi was quoted by …
  15. Draft Copy of Much-Awaited ASEAN Charter Leaked to Media
    Voice of America –
    ASEAN has been under pressure to do more to address human rights abuses, particularly in Burma. A recent crackdown on pro-democracy activists there led to …
  16. A year for Asia
    Chicago Tribune, United States –
    … resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, military repression against demonstrating monks in Myanmar (formerly Burma), the 2008 Summer Olympics in China …

World Focus on Burma (9-11-2007)

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  1. Text of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Statement
    The Associated Press –
    Following is the text of the statement by Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, released Thursday by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari. …
  2. Bush denies double standard for dictators in Burma, Pakistan
    Raw Story, MA –
    REPORTER: Mr. President, you came down so hard on Burma and other nations for their crackdowns on pro-democracy demonstrators, yet you seem to be giving …
  3. Myanmar standoff appears to soften
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Aung Din, a former Burmese student activist who is now policy director of the United States Campaign for Burma, a Washington-based lobbying group, …
  4. Draft ASEAN charter calls for human rights body, upholds …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Myanmar, also called Burma, has become a source of embarrassment to ASEAN, largely because the country’s government has failed to fulfill promises to …
  5. Official: Myanmar gov’t to continue to make democratic reform
    Xinhua, China –
    9 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar government will continue to carry out democratic reform under its seven-step roadmap and strive for national reconsolidation in …
  6. How Burma’s Generals Think
    Wall Street Journal –
    In a transcript of parts of their conversation, published in the state-run New Light of Myanmar Tuesday, Burma’s Minister of Information Kyaw Hsan takes Mr. …
  7. Hope flickers in Myanmar as Suu Kyi meets her party
    Reuters Canada, Canada –
    They are not famous for sticking to their words,” said Dominic Faulder, a journalist in Bangkok who has covered the former Burma for 20 years. …
  8. UN Envoy to Burma ‘Sorely’ Disappoints US
    New York Sun, NY –
    Mr. Gambari, who completed a five-day trip to the country yesterday, read out a statement “on behalf” of Burma’s jailed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  9. Suu Kyi Starts Meeting With Colleagues
    The Associated Press –
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Friday with members of her opposition party — their first direct contact in more …
  10. Myanmar liaison minister meets Aung San Suu Kyi
    Xinhua, China –
    9 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Liaison Minister U Aung Kyi has a scheduled meeting with detained political party leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the State Guest House .
  11. FACTBOX: Democracy in Myanmar – a history of dashed hope
    Reuters –
    (Reuters) – Statements from Myanmar’s junta, detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the United Nations pointing to possible talks have raised hopes …
  12. Myanmar military opens door to dialogue
    Seattle Times, United States –
    Gambari will report the results of his visit to the Security Council next week and plans to return to Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the next few weeks. …
  13. ASEAN charter aims to protect human rights: draft
    AFP –
    Anelyn de Luna, of the anti-junta nonprofit group, Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, said ASEAN should bar any Myanmar government official from signing …
  14. Asean to Retain Non-Interference Policy, Charter Says (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean has been criticized by rights groups and Western governments over its failure to adopt sanctions and apply pressure on Myanmar, Asean’s newest member, …
  15. SE Asian lawmakers urge regional governments to consider sanctions …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    ASEAN has in the past defended its inclusion of impoverished Myanmar — also called Burma — arguing that including it in international trade and diplomacy …
  16. More action needed over Myanmar: MPs tell ASEAN SINGAPORE, Nov 9, 2007 (AFP) – The ASEAN bloc should engage in more action and …
  17. SE Asian lawmakers urge regional governments to consider sanctions …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    ASEAN has in the past defended its inclusion of impoverished Myanmar — also called Burma — arguing that including it in international trade and diplomacy …
  18. Suu Kyi said optimistic on Myanmar talks
  19. Aung San Suu Kyi ‘optimistic’ over UN-backed talks
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Burma’s government allowed the meeting after the UN special envoy to the country, Ibrahim Gambari, completed a six-day visit to promote a dialogue between …
  20. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says ‘time for healing’ after junta meeting
    AFP –
    … in a statement read out by Gambari in Singapore, said she was willing to cooperate with the junta, which has ruled Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
  21. Burma’s PM visits Vietnam
    The Age, Australia –
    Burma’s prime minister has visited Vietnam as part of a two-nation tour to acquaint himself with regional leaders. Burma’s Lieutenant General Thein Sein met …
  22. Dictating democracy
    Michigan Daily, MI –
    In late September a protest occurred half a world away in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The Saffron Revolution – which gets its name from the color of …
  23. Health services to remain free
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    Asian countries, including Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and Thailand, have rates of chronic active hepatitis exceeding 10 percent. …
  24. UN special envoy Gambari to attend East Asia Summit
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    Mr Gambari called on PM Lee on Friday to exchange views on his latest visit to Myanmar. Singapore’s Foreign Ministry said Mr Lee was encouraged by the …
  25. NLD spokesman: Aung San Suu Kyi confident on gov’t national …
    Xinhua, China –
    9 (Xinhua) — Detained political party leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi is confident on the government’s national reconciliation move, said spokesman of ..
  26. The Burmese junta’s diplomatic dance
    BBC News, UK –
    The first comes from a commentary in Burma’s New Light of Myanmar newspaper – a government mouth-piece with a taste for North Korean-style rhetoric. …
  27. UN special envoy meets Singapore PM
    Xinhua, China –
    Gambari on behalf of Myanmar political party leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a statement to the Prime Minister on Thursday night, said Singapore’s Foreign …
  28. Warlord’s death evokes cia’s Golden days in the heroin trade
    ZNet, MA –
    Many believe he got amnesty in return for handing over to Burma ‘s ruling generals his opium poppy growing and drug production empire that at one time …
  29. Burma’s junta cash is safe in Singapore
    Weekly business Roundup —-The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    Burma’s state Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise has previously hinted that M9 was big, but until now PTTEP has been reticent to comment. …
  30. Feel the Burm(ese) Cuisine
    Stanford Daily, CA –
    I didn’t believe it either, but apparently not only does Burma (Myanmar, for the pretentious among us) have an illegal military junta that violently …
  31. Burma: fresh evidence of mass detentions, hostage-taking, deaths …
    Amnesty International UK, UK –
    The new findings – published in a briefing called ‘No Return to ‘Normal” – come ahead of next week’s visit to Burma by the un’s Special Rapporteur on human …
  32. Suu Kyi Resigned to Myanmar House Arrest
    The Associated Press –
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that she is “very optimistic” about the UN-promoted effort to start talks …
  33. Junta to appoint acting UN representative
    Mizzima.com, India –
    The New Light of Myanmar reported during discussions, government officials and Mr. Gambari, who concluded his six-day visit to Burma on Thursday, …
  34. Myanmar must not squander rare chance
    Manila Times, Philippines –
    by Charlie mcdonald-Gibson , Agence France-Presse BANGKOK: Military-run Myanmar could be on the verge of a breakthrough in the battle for democratic reform …
  35. US seeks global pressure after Myanmar junta rebuffs reforms
    Raw Story, MA –
    “Our message has been consistently that the regime in Burma (Myanmar) has shown no signs of movement except when faced with significant international …
  36. Jadeite Dealers Doing Business in Burma
    Luxist, CA –
    A few weeks ago I mentioned the concerns over rubies from Myanmar (Burma) but there is another stone exported from Burma to be aware of, jadeite. …
  37. Glimmer of hope in Myanmar
    Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
    Mr Gambari was denied access to the absolute leader of Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. He even had to endure a public dressing-down by the …
  38. Burma Update
    UN Dispatch –
    As Colum Lynch reports, “Thursday’s developments provided a relatively upbeat conclusion to a UN diplomatic mission to Burma…Only Wednesday, UN delegates …
  39. $100 Oil Will Mean Greater Instability in Fuel-Subsidizing Countries
    World Politics Review –
    Higher fuel prices also sparked calls for regime change in Burma (also known as Myanmar) this summer. The country’s despotic junta had managed to keep the …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 9, 2007 at 6:13 am