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Burma’s HIV/AIDS Crisis in Red Alert: MSF

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Burma’s HIV/AIDS Crisis in Red Alert: MSF

By Wai Moe –

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

About 25,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2007 in Burma and 76,000 out of an estimated 240,000 people who are thought to be carrying HIV/AIDS urgently need antiretroviral treatment (ART), the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Tuesday.

The Geneva-based humanitarian aid organization said in its latest report “A Preventable Fate: The Failure of ART Scale-up in Myanmar,” that the situation for many people living with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast Asian Nation is critical due to a severe lack of lifesaving ART.

“Last year, around 25,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses. A similar number of people could suffer the same fate in 2008 unless there is a significant increase in accessible antiretroviral treatment (ART),” MSF Operations Manager Joe Belliveau said in a press release.

The MSF said that during its five years of operation in the country, the Burmese regime and International Community’s response to the most serious HIV/AIDS epidemics in Asia has remained minimal.

The MSF added it can only provide medicine to 20 percent, or about 11,000 of the 76,000 people who need treatment immediately. The Burmese regime and other nongovernmental organizations supply 4,000 people with ART, it said.

However, the MSF said that it has recently been forced to make the painful decision to drastically reduce the number of new patients it can treat.

“It is unacceptable that a single NGO is treating the vast majority of HIV patients in a crisis of this magnitude,” Belliveau said.

According to the report, in the last two years, Burma’s Department of Health has treated only an estimated 1,800 patients with ART in 22 hospitals across the country.

The organization called upon the Burmese authorities and the International Community to mobilize quickly in order to address the situation. The Burmese military regime currently spends an estimated 0.3 percent of the gross domestic product on health, which the lowest amount in the world.

“In 2007, the Government of Myanmar spent just US $0.7 per person on healthcare, with a paltry $200,000 allocated for HIV/AIDS in 2008,” the MSF said.

The level of international humanitarian aid also is strikingly low, around $3 per person, one of the lowest rates worldwide, according to the report.

The cost of monthly first-line ART from a private pharmacy is US $29 in Burma where a majority of more than 50 million Burmese survive on $1.2 per day income.

The MSF said if people can find a way to afford ART, many become indebted and are soon force to stop taking the medicine.

It also said that governmental constraints and bureaucratic procedures may be challenges for aid organizations by noting that in some areas in the country, such as Kayah [Kareni] State, the MSF has not been permitted to start AIDS treatment.

The report quoted a 28-year-old male patient, “I think that I am going to die. I cannot do anything to get better. Even if there is a treatment, I am not able to afford it, as I do not have money. So I think that I will die from HIV.”

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World focus on Burma (26 October 2008)

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Asia likes McCain’s free trade, Obama’s diplomacy
Economic Times, India –
… Bush and wife Laura were staunch supporters of the pro-democracy struggle led by Aung San Suu Kyi in military-run Myanmar, still called Burma by some. …

Security relaxed at Suu Kyi’s home
The Age, Australia –
Authorities in military-run Burma removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the Rangoon home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Chevron faces suit over Nigerian violence
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
A victory in this case, he said, would send a message to corporations operating abroad that “if they are complicit in human rights abuses, they can expect …

New calls for Burma to release detained opposition members
Radio Australia, Australia –
Asian and European leaders have urged Burma’s junta to release detained opposition members and implement democracy in the poverty-stricken Southeast Asian …

Asian favourite
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“Both Republican and Democrat agree on strong US policy on Burma, which include imposing strong economic sanctions against the junta; increasing strong …

European Award Shows World Esteem for Chinese Dissident
NewsBlaze, CA –
Previous winners of the Sakharov Prize include Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former South African leader Nelson Mandela and former UN …

EU urged to support Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“I welcome the increased emphasis of the EU on extending help to the people of Myanmar in the areas of humanitarian assistance, public health, …

HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users
Windsor Star,  Canada –

… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

A call for a non-violent defence to help humanity
Borglobe, Sudan –
The European Parliament, by a vote of 533-63, has approved a report assessing the state of Human Rights in the World in 2007, asking for a continued …

BEIJING (AFP) — Asian and European leaders urged Myanmar’s ruling junta on Saturday to release detained opposition members and implement democracy in the …


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World focus on Burma (25 September 2008)

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The new Asia crisis
Sify, India –
Meanwhile the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma), which stubbornly stood by while nature wiped out parts of its population, keeps its democratically …

The Best Progressive Media Rises to the Top
Huffington Post, NY –
… articles and videos about the monks rising up to challenge the military junta. Within days, the Burma NewsLadder was the top source of Burma news, …

US Urged to Keep Eye on US Firms Abroad
OneWorld US, DC –
In Burma, where Chevron has a contract with the ruling military junta, soldiers providing security for the company’s operations along the Yadana pipeline …

Candidates Set to Debate on Foreign Policy
NPR –
Both have criticized China for its human-rights record and its relations with repressive governments in Sudan and Burma. US policy on North Korea may enter …

The Best Progressive Media Rises to the Top
Huffington Post, NY –
Approximately one year ago, James Boyce launched the very NewsLadder, for Burma where people literally from all around the world linked up all the top …

Bomb Explodes in Burma on Anniversary of Crackdown
Voice of America –
… blast in the main Burmese city of Rangoon Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the ruling military’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. …

Burma’s dictatorship turns 50
MyNews.in, India –
It is also 20 years since the extinguishing of the 1988 uprising by a newly comprised and utterly ruthless junta, which has since reincarnated itself a …

Myanmar junta threatens action against opposition
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government has threatened the party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with legal action unless …

One on One with Henry Rollins
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL –
In Burma, the Junta, they’ve done the people a great disservice. Again, wonderful people with this idiot, Than Shwe, for a ruler. …

Next US President Likely Will Have More Use for the UN
World Politics Review –
Bolton, McCain argued, was the “hard, dedicated individual” needed to shakeup a body marred by Sudan’s election to the Human Rights Commission, …

Neil Hrab: Conservative war room sees no benefit in Harper …
National Post, Canada –
… on the struggle to bring democracy to Burma, for example — or that Stephan Harper has forgotten Canada’s obligation to end the civil war in Sri Lanka. …

Burma’s Democracy Roadmap Back on Track?
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong – Written by Larry Jagan
“It is our sincere hope that the government of Myanmar will listen to the voices of the international community. As long as political prisoners including …

Trevor Manuel
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers This week’s third place is awarded to the Burmese government, following its decision to release some 9000 prisoners including seven jailed …

Tim McGarry joins campaigners in welcoming release of Burma’s …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
TV comedian Tim McGarry has joined local Amnesty International campaigners in welcoming the release of U Win Tin, a 78-year-old Burmese journalist who has …

Jacob Blaustein Institute: Lantos Commission Elevates Human Rights …
MarketWatch –
He shed a spotlight on well-known and lesser-known causes ranging from abuses against Tibetans, Kurds, Burmese, Uighurs, and other peoples throughout the ..

Burma releases political prisoners
The Australian, Australia –
The junta’s charity did not extend to releasing 73-year-old Shan political leader, Sao Hso Ten, sentenced to 106 years in Hkamti prison, said Charm Tong, …

One year after Burma crackdown monks’ demands unmet
National Catholic Reporter, Missouri –

Burma, also called Myanmar, is designated as one of the least developed countries in Asia with 90 percent of the population living on less than one US …-

NLD ordered to withdraw statement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 25, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy leaders have been told by Burma’s police chief to retract a statement they issued on 18 September calling …

Released Dissident’s Call For Talks
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
He also pledged unswerving support for Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is herself under house arrest at her Rangoon home. …

MOST E-MAILED
RTT News, NY –
… pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with 9000 other prisoners — a gesture that the state media described as “loving kindness and goodwill”. …

UN welcomes release of political prisoners
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 25, 2008 (DVB)–The United Nations secretary-general and special rapporteur on Burma have welcomed the release of seven political prisoners, …

Security Clampdown Follows Rangoon Bombing
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The rumors were accompanied by speculation that the bombing could have been orchestrated by the regime to justify a security clampdown in anticipation of an …

Su Su Nway’s Sister Banned from Visiting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The sister of jailed Burmese human rights activist, Su Su Nway, said she has not been allowed to see her sister for two months by prison …

SKorea upholds asylum for Myanmar refugees
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
Myanmar’s military junta routinely jails dissidents. Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi has been detained for 13 of the past 19 years, …

Burma to Destroy 16 Metric Tons of Chinese Milk
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP RANGOON — Burma’s authorities said it would destroy 17 1/2 tons (16 metric tons) of powdered milk made by one of 22 Chinese dairy companies found to …

New Wave of Dissent Comes to Myanmar
findingDulcinea, New York –

… in a flutter of new tactics for dissent, reports The Christian Science Monitor in a three-part series about activism in Myanmar (also known as Burma). …

China tainted milk crisis causes more global recalls
USA Today –
Burma’s state media said authorities will destroy 17 1/2 tons of Chinese powdered milk, valued at $50000, because it was made by one of 22 dairy companies …

INFORMATION WARFARE: Cyber War Mercenaries
Strategy Page –
September 25, 2008: In Myanmar (Burma), the military dictatorship has used Cyber War techniques to shut down the three opposition web sites that provide the …

Mon State ID holders being arrested in Kaw Thaung
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

In the wake of 54 Burmese migrants being asphyxiated to death in a ten-wheel container truck last April, the Burmese military junta authorities in Tenasserm …

Shans show their true colors
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
9.25% of the 162 respondents had also wanted blue and white for the cover of SHAN’s bilingual (Shan and Burmese) Independence and 1.85% black. …

Than Shwe’s Gambit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Besides trying to win support for the planned election, the regime may also be obliquely responding to the demands of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Burma: Dissident Freed After 19 Years
UNPO, Netherlands –
U Win Tin, 78, a poet and editor who had been a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy advocate, was released after 19 years in prison. …

Congo church leader wins Rafto Prize
Aftenposten, Norway –
Many Rafto winners have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, including Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Kim Dae-jung of South Korea and Shirin Ebadi of Iran.

Help Burma situation
Harlow Herald 24, UK –
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Human Rights Charity) is launching a campaign called Change for Burma! – we’ve set up our website so you can e-mail your …

Myanmar Junta Rules Roost 1 Year After Crackdown
ABC News –

Provisions of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

False Amnesty: Burmese activist arrested 24 hours after release
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
U Win Htein was released two days ago as part of a general amnesty granted by the junta in power in Myanmar. The military regime allowed the release of over ……..With this latest arrest order for Win Htein, the junta has once again clarified that that individual freedom, and more importantly human rights, are not the nation’s political agenda.

Sustained effort from all quarters needed in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
However, the United Nations envoy expects to meet all the primary players on his next trip, saying, “When I visit Myanmar the next time, I hope I will be …

Conversation with ‘Man of Steel’

Mizzima.com, India –

Q: Don’t you want to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi? A: I think you must talk of releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She hasn’t yet been released and I cannot meet …

Myanmar junta rules roost 1 year after crackdown
The Associated Press –
… of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

RI welcomes release of Myanmar political prisoners
Antara, Indonesia –
New York, (ANTARA News) – Indonesia welcomes the release of a number of Myanmar political prisoners but still feels mystified about what the Myanmar …

Former Fairport family use small donations to change lives in …
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
When a cyclone hit Myanmar (still better known as Burma) this May, Nat Yogachandra immediately sought a visa that would allow him to cross the border with …

On this day
News24.com, South Africa –
1988 – Security forces kill 12 people and injure five others in Rangoon, Burma, as political unrest continues. 1992 – The first contingent of a 600-member …

The Hunger Site Works with Zardozi to Help Afghan Women
PR.com (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives MoreTM for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People …

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Rangoon Bomb Blast

Blast in Burma’s Rangoon Injures Three – Kyodo RedOrbit, TX –

Burma: Deadly bomb attack in Rangoon on protest anniversary آكي, Italy –

Myanmar explosion injures seven United Press International –

Bomb blast in Yangon injures seven (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com –

Bomb goes off in Rangoon Turkmenistan News, Turkmenistan –

MOST E-MAILED RTT News, NY –

Bomb explodes in Burma on anniversary of government crackdown Times Online, UK –

Six injured in Myanmar bomb blast: police AFP –

Yangon blast wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Reuters UK, UK –

Yangon bomb wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Boston Globe, United States –

Bomb blast in Rangoon injures seven Bangkok Post, Thailand

Explosion hits Rangoon on anniversary of protests InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Yangon bomb wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Swissinfo, Switzerland –

Blast rattles Yangon on anniversary eve CNN International –

Small explosion hits Burma’s capital Radio Australia, Australia –

Explosion hits Myanmar city GulfNews, United Arab Emirates

6 hurt in Myanmar bomb blast–police Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Blast rocks central Yangon Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Blast injures three in Yangon: police The News International, Pakistan –

Blast in central Yangon, one injured – witnesses Reuters India, India

Bomb Blast in Rangoon Park Injures Three The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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Angelina Jolie – ‘Changeling’ Poster – FIRST LOOK
Just Jared, NY –

In other news, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently gave $1 million to fund Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. The gift will help to continue …

Full Story A 78-year-old journalist and prominent dissident who was the longest-serving political prisoner in Burma has been released after 19 years of …

UN PLEASED AT FREEING OF DETAINEES BUT SAYS “ALL POLITICAL …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 24 September 2008 — In a positive development, the government of Myanmar let seven prominent political prisoners …

UN welcomes Burma prisoner release
Radio Australia, Australia –
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the release of seven political prisoners in Burma as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 inmates. …

IFEX MEMBERS HAIL RELEASE OF JOURNALIST U WIN TIN
IFEX, Canada –
IFEX members welcomed Tuesday’s release of U Win Tin, the longest-serving political prisoner in Burma. The frail 79-year-old journalist and founding member …

HIV Continues To Rise Among Self-Injecting Drug Users
RedOrbit, TX –
… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Release of Burmese Political Prisoners Positive but Overdue
NewsBlaze, CA –
By Stephen Kaufman The State Department welcomes the release of 9000 Burmese prisoners, including the journalist Win Tin, but urges the country’s military …

Burma frees dissident detained for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
By Amy Kazmin in Bangkok Burma’s ruling military junta yesterday freed its longest-serving political prisoner in an amnesty for 9002 inmates that state …

Burmese democracy activist: ‘I don’t know how I kept my sanity’
Independent, UK –
By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent He spoke against a noisy background of friends celebrating his release, but the Burmese journalist Win Tin – freed …

Gender inequalities must be tackled immediately
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Women accounted for approximately 61% of deaths from Cyclone Nargis in Burma and more than 70% of fatalities from the Indian Ocean tsunami. …

Reporters on the Job
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… plight of illegal Burmese migrants inside Thailand, reporter Anand Gopal saw just how dangerous life can be for those who have fled Burma (Myanmar) in …

World focus on Burma (24 September 2008)

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News about U Win Tin’s release from prison after 19 years is indeed one of the top news of the world. As the number of news items about him is large, please read them in the next post under the title of (Collective news) U Win Tin.

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Burma: Sources of Political Change
MorungExpress, India –
The reluctance of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to accept exile and her symbolic importance for these activists and the people of Burma cannot be underestimated. …

MOST E-MAILED
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the release of the seven political prisoners by the Burmese military regime on Tuesday, …

“Reading Burma” in Pictures
mediabistro.com, NY –

The “Reading Burma: A Benefit for Cyclone Relief and Freedom of Expression in Burma/Myanmar” line-up included authors Kiran Desai, Siri Hustvedt, …

Myanmar author beats censors after decade-long battle
Reuters UK, UK –
Nu Nu Yi, the first author living in army-ruled Myanmar to have a book published outside the country, battled censors for more than a decade to get her …

Little succor for Burma’s refugees
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Mae La, Thailand – Myo Zaw thought freedom would begin the day he left Burma (Myanmar). …

UN chief hails Burma prisoner release
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
“The secretary-general welcomes the release yesterday by the Myanmar (Burmese) government of several political prisoners as part of an amnesty procedure, …

A Year After Protests, Burma’s Military Remains Firmly in Control
Voice of America –

“Of course I don’t think the average conscript inside the Myanmar military would be happy at how the monks were treated, to see the monks defrocked, …

A spirit no bars could conquer
Mizzima.com, India –
Now Win Tin has been freed and he is thinking not only of Burma’s future but of those prisoners still held inside Insein Jail. “I am free but I would like …

Freed Myanmar dissident calls for more releases
AFP –
See, I’m now 79 and that’s rather old for a Burmese. So I try to be healthy, I try to be normal. “I tried to survive by keeping some political convictions. …

UN chief lauds release of Myanmar prisoners
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the release of Myanmar’s longest-held political prisoner and several others and called …

High-profile amnesty in Myanmar
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
YANGON – Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner was freed yesterday after 19 years behind bars, along with more than 9000 other prisoners across the …

Where did the ‘Asian century’ vanish to
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Asean’s dealings with Burma, whether in diplomacy or humanitarian crises, are a case in point. Asian countries often talk about how a united Asia, …

Fun and friendship a world away

Aucklander, New Zealand –

These women are some of the three million people forced to leave Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Joy Min came to New Zealand two years ago, …

UN rights expert hopes more Burmese political prisoners will be …

Mizzima.com, India –

… including veteran journalist and longest serving political prisoner Win Tin, is “a positive sign of cooperation from the Government of Myanmar [Burma]. …

Ban urges release of all political prisoners in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

New York – The government of Myanmar should release all political prisoners after deciding to set free several of them this week, UN Secretary General Ban …

Prominent authors, journalists, rights experts honour Burmese writers
Mizzima.com, India –
With the military ruling in Burma since 1962, human rights violations and repressions have been wide spread. Despite standing up against the junta, …

Freed political prisoner tells of prison abuses
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy member U Aye Thein, who was released at noon yesterday from Kalaymyo prison, has spoken out about the …

Iran’s leader disdains Bush speech
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –
Bush’s 22-minute address in the packed, 2000-seat hall was mostly a restatement of his previous condemnations of terror, calls to advance democracy and …

Junta lambasted by Shans over ‘sham amnesty to prisoners’
Mizzima.com, India –
… in prisons across Burma. The group also demanded that the junta release all political prisoners. The regime’s mouth piece ‘New Light of Myanmar’ on …

SECRETARY-GENERAL, FORMER TOP SPECIAL ADVISER JOIN HIGH-LEVEL …
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –
… former Secretary-General Annan’s initiative in Kenya and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) humanitarian role in Burma. …

Few political prisoners benefit from amnesty
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese pro-democracy groups have welcomed the release of some political prisoners yesterday as part of a government amnesty, …

Freedom short lived for released political prisoner
Mizzima.com, India –
Captain Win Htein, a member of Burma’s opposition party – National League for Democracy – who was among those prisoners freed on Tuesday from Katha Prison …

US Department of State: Daily Press Briefing, 23 September 2008
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
So we continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path toward …

Bush shows new respect for UN
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
But he said “a stronger effort” was needed to help the people of Burma shrug off repression, and decisive action was needed to ensure the Government of …

Response to Etzioni and Ish-Shalom
TPM, NY –
War against Japan produced anti-Western puppet governments in the Philippines, Indonesia, Indochina, and Burma, elements of which in some cases survived to …

Calvary Christian Schools principal documents missionary trip to …
MLive.com, MI –
… team comprised of doctors, nurses, ministry and lay people from Muskegon make the trip to this area that runs along Burma and the borders of Myanmar. …

Multicultural library to honor slain student
LocalNews8.com, ID –
Authorities found her slain body the next day in the home of 21-year-old Esar Met, another refugee from Myanmar, the former Burma. Met has been charged with …

World Must Stand Against Terrorism, Bush Says
NewsBlaze, CA –
… for a review of the UN Human Rights Council and stronger Security Council efforts on behalf of the people of Burma as well as Sudan’s Darfur region. …

Bush points finger at obstructionist countries in UN

Mizzima.com, India –

… permanent United Nations Security Council members, vetoed a resolution calling on the Burmese junta to cease in the persecution of opposition groups, …

Burmese Monks, Dissidents Targeted by Junta

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners. “We will not be silent while Burma suffers … …

Freed Political Prisoners Call for Others’ Release

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Dr Than Nyein, Dr May Win Myint and Aung Soe Myint were released along with four other political prisoners: Win Tin, Khin Maung Swe, Aye Thein and Than …

First Lady Laura Bush urges regional assistance on Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

… Mrs. Bush reiterated the long-held United States call for the Burmese junta to initiate a meaningful tripartite dialogue process incorporating …

India’s Support for Burmese Junta Pays Off

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“The Chindwin holds huge hydropower potential and we intend to further strengthen this relationship by going in for other such projects in Myanmar,” Jairam …

Activists released, opposition calls for Suu Kyi house arrest to end

Radio France Internationale, France –

Win Tin, who was one of the NLD’s founders, was given several jail sentences in 1989 for distributing political propaganda, sheltering a woman who had had …

US president George W Bush and first lady Laura Bush hosted a …

PunjabNewsline.com, India –

… of human rights, and the dignity of all people. Democracy activists from around the world, including Russia, Lithuania, Sierra Leone, Belarus, Burma, …

Shan groups in exile condemn regimes’ mass prisoner release

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

By Hseng Khio Fah Although a handful of political prisoners, including U Win Tin, a founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD), have been released, …

HIV infection rates rising among self-injecting drug users

News-Medical.net, Australia –

The research revealed HIV infections among these kind of users was over 40% in nine countries – Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, …

Brad and Angelina donate $1m

Charities Aid Foundation, UK –

The couple’s non-profit organisation the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given the money to the Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe, according to …

HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users -study

Reuters –

… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Myanmar releases seven dissidents

CNN International –

An unidentified relative hugs Win Tin, after his release in Yangon, Myanmar, on Tuesday. U Win Tin, 78, a journalist and senior official in the opposition …

Bush speech to UN: “terror” 32, “climate” 0

Reuters UK, UK –

Yet while he spoke a lot about terrorism in his speech on Tuesday, he did also refer to other problems such as human rights in Burma, violence in Darfur, …

Secretary-Gneral calls for ‘global leadership’ to tackle world ...

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Indeed, the United Nations was a champion of the most vulnerable, and had been involved in nations including Haiti and Myanmar. However, he also had called …

’Corruption nourishes poverty’

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

Bringing up the rear is Somalia at 1.0, slightly trailing Iraq and Burma at 1.3 and Haiti at 1.4. Asked what the wealthy nations could do to help low-income …

Bush exits with challenge to UN
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
Bush urged the United Nations to reform its Human Rights Council, which he complained has frequently protected violators. He called for a more determined …

AFP –
… freed and that Win Tin will be able to resume his peaceful struggle for press freedom and democracy in Burma,” they added, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Voice of the Martyrs Alert
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… “particularly severe violations of religious freedom,” the report highlights: Myanmar (formerly Burma), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, …

Push for Political Change in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar, which had its first meeting on December 19 last year, met several times at the ambassadorial level …

Myanmar author beats censors after decade-long battle
Reuters UK, UK –
A: When I was at Oxford in 1998, I saw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Letters from Burma” at Blackwell’s bookstore. It was the only book from Myanmar — on the …

Long after the tear gas clears, these questions should linger
Pioneer Press, MN –
Pre-emptive arrest is standard practice in police states like North Korea and Burma. Is that the standard Minnesota aspires to? …

BOOK REVIEW | The Burma Chronicles
Charleston City Paper, SC –

… in which he revealed the near-incomprehensible government corruption that plagues the country of Burma (or Myanmar, as it’s called by the United Nations …

The New Asia Crisis
Forbes, NY –
Meanwhile the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma), which stubbornly stood by while nature wiped out parts of its population, keeps its democratically …

General Assembly required
Boston Globe, United States –
Similarly, his lament for the “failure” of the UN’s Human Rights Council gave voice not only to what he called the disappointment of the American people, …

Bush Focuses On Terror At UN
Tampa Tribune, FL –
Bush urged the United Nations to reform its Human Rights Council, which he complained has frequently protected violators. He called for a more determined …

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta has released at least seven political prisoners as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 inmates, officials from detained …

Burma frees dissident detained for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
The Myanmar Ahlin newspaper wrote: “The government is trying to transform these convicted prisoners into citizens who can contribute to the building of a …

October 7 is World Day for Decent Work
Straight Goods, Canada –
Already on the site are videos on Export Processing Zones in Haiti and in Honduras, repression of trade union and other human rights in Burma and Guinea, …

Bush at UN: ‘We Must Stand United’
New York Sun, United States –
… a lunch for political dissidents where they discussed how to advance the freedom agenda, the protection of human rights, and the dignity of all people. …

Rudd: ‘Let’s have a go’ At the UN
The Epoch Times, NY –
The ECFR report analysed 10 years of voting at the UN and found that European influence in terms of human rights and a rules based world, had declined …

First Lady Laura Bush Wants More Pressure on Burma
Muncie Free Press, IN –
Mrs. Bush urged Burma’s military government to open talks with Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party and all of the country’s ethnic groups …

Bushes Visit Governor Island
NY1, NY – (Video included)
The president and first lady made a special appeal to the ruling party in Burma, urging leaders there to open a dialogue with opposition leaders and end the …

Laura Bush Tells China, India to Press Myanmar Over Democracy
Bloomberg –
… in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York flanked by U Kovita, a monk and dissident who fled Myanmar, previously known as Burma, after the protests. …

CARE continues recovery efforts in Myanmar
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
In early May 2008, Cyclone Nargis swept across the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon regions of Myanmar (Burma), devastating entire towns and villages and leaving …

“There should be an immediate review of the Human Rights Council, which has routinely protected violators of human rights,” said Bush. …

HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users: study
Reuters –
… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Philippines bans milk products from China
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
China has recalled milk it exported to Bangladesh, Burundi, Gabon, Yemen and Burma (Myanmar), but it was not clear if the products sent there were …

The Jolie-Pitts Donate More Ca$h — Is Adoption Next?
Star Magazine, NY –
… Brad gave $100000 to fight the gay marriage ban in Calif, the couple have gifted $1 million to fund Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

President and Mrs. Bush Meet with Dissidents
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

We all know the Burmese government has kept Aung San Suu Kyi in prison or house arrest for almost all of the last 18 years. I want to urge all the neighbors …

Laura Bush presses Myanmar’s neighbors over rights
Reuters –
Myanmar, previously known as Burma, has been high on the first lady’s agenda over the past two years and last month she visited a refugee camp in Thailand a …

Laura Bush: India, China must help on Myanmar
AFP –
NEW YORK (AFP) — Against the backdrop of the sun-washed Statue of Liberty, US First Lady Laura Bush on Tuesday implored China and India to help push for …

After Saffron Revolution, all is black in Myanmar
The National, United Arab Emirates –
Twelve months have passed since the last protests, and those in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, face an even bleaker future. The junta’s hold on power has …

US welcomes Myanmar’s amnesty of prisoners
Xinhua, China –
“We continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path towards …

Majority of Americans say US on wrong track: poll
Gulf Times, Qatar –
… Washington to take a new tack in foreign policy by talking to enemies like the leaders of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Hamas and Hezbollah. …

Level of corruption rises says watchdog
New Vision, Uganda – 5 hours ago
… where dozens of aid workers, journalists and boat crew members have been kidnapped for ransom in the past year, followed by Myanmar (Burma) and Iraq….

Scare on toxic milk from China spreads
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
A senior health official in Burma (Myanmar) said plans were afoot to seize and destroy all imported Chinese baby formula as a precaution. …

Court makes historic award for dead crew
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… the 38 migrant workers, who were mostly Burmese. It is the first time migrant crewmen will receive compensation as a result of human rights violations. …

Bush has strong words at UN
Lancaster Eagle Gazette, OH –
Bush faulted the UN for not helping the citizens of Burma and Sudan overcome tyrannical governments, and for allowing its Human Rights Council to protect …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
So we continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path toward …

US calls on Myanmar to release all political prisoners
Monsters and Critics.com –
Leading democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for years, should also be freed, Wood said. ‘We continue to call on the Burmese …

State Department blasts China on religious freedom.
ChristianityToday.com, IL –
The eight countries of particular concern are: Myanmar (formerly Burma), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan. …

Saffron revolution: A year on, no change
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The regime has completely ignored the international community’s appeal for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and nearly 2000 political prisoners. …

In UN Speech, Bush Highlights Fight Against Violence, Terrorism
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
They agreed on a historic pledge: “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, and unite their strength to maintain international peace and security. …

Brown’s comeback
New Statesman, UK –
Progress has long campaigned for greater UK commitment to expose and act on the human rights abuses in Burma, Zimbabwe and Darfur, so Gordon’s reiterated …

Thai, Chinese Scientists Agree to Joint Monsoon Study
RedOrbit, TX –
Scientists from Thailand and China will jointly study the monsoon and cyclone pattern in the Andaman sea in the hope of better forecasting weather in the …

World Focus on Burma (28-11-2007)

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  1. Amnesty International Condemns Continued Arrests in Myanmar
    PR Newswire (press release), NY –
    Amnesty International confirms that the following arrests have occurred since early November: On November 4, U Gambira, head of the All-Burma Monks Alliance …
  2. MYANMAR: HIV does not recognise traditions
    Plus News, South Africa –
    Throughout their five years of marriage he was a regular in the brothels around the city of Rangoon in Myanmar (Burma), drank heavily, was violent, …
  3. European Union And China – A Global Partnership
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Discussion will also cover regional and international issues, such as Burma/Myanmar, non-proliferation in North Korea and Iran, Africa and the Middle East …
  4. The UN Must Stop Enabling the Burmese Regime
    Heritage.org, DC –
    by Brett D. Schaefer The Southeast Asian country of Burma (renamed Myanmar by the country’s ruling junta in 1989) attracted international criticism …
  5. Dalai Lama Condemns Myanmar Crackdown
    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 …
  6. USCI Faculty in the News, Nov. 2007
    US-China Institute, LA –
    … to push for change in Myanmar was limited. “We shouldn’t underestimate the nationalism and prickliness of Burma’s dictators,” said Lynch. …
  7. Uganda: Country Votes in Support of Burmese Brutal Regime
    AllAfrica.com, Washington –
    … the country cast in support of the military junta in Myanmar (formerly Burma) at the United Nations General Assembly as a sign of tougher times ahead. …
  8. New Rambo trailer and TV spot
    Hollywood News, UK –
    … aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …
  9. Myanmar Junta Reneges on Pledge to Stop Arrests, Amnesty Says
    Bloomberg –
    Since then, at least 14 activists have been detained by security forces, including U Gambira, head of the All Burma Monks Alliance who helped lead the …

  10. Gambari hopes to return before end of year; asks Vietnam for support
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 27, 2007 – United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, has said he looks to return to Burma for yet another visit prior to the end of …

  11. Mixed signals from gem emporium
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 27, 2007 – Burma’s latest gem emporium came to a close yesterday, following a nearly two-week bazaar held under international pressure to ban the …

  12. Returned from Myanmar, Pinheiro speaks on campus
    The Brown Daily Herald, RI –
    Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a Southeast Asian country of roughly 50 million people and has been under various forms of military rule since 1962 …

  13. UN investigator says number of political prisoners in Myanmar …
    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 …

  14. ASEAN Charter: One Step Forward
    Korea Times, South Korea –
    The Singaporean hosts had invited UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari to talk to the assembled leaders about his mission to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), …

  15. Myanmar premier, UN envoy to take turns visiting Cambodia
    Hindu, India –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, sparked global outrage in September when the country’s ruling military junta crushed pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist …

  16. UN chief will not discuss Myanmar with Thailand
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Bangkok = UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will not discuss Myanmar when he makes his first visit to Thailand next month, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont …
  17. ASEAN faces rocky year to ratify charter, deals
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    “The charter was pointless unless the situation in Burma changes positively toward the path of democracy and human rights,” Thitinan wrote in a commentary …
  18. Vietnam president opposes Burma sanctions
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    … among the states closest to Burma’s junta. Triet said that “together with other ASEAN states, Vietnam is deeply worried about the situation in Myanmar”. …