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News about Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom in six months

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Detention Is Due To Expire Six Months From May 2009
Bernama, Malaysia –
Yeo, who is also Asean Standing Committee chairman, said he and the other foreign ministers had misunderstood the point made by the Myanmar Foreign Minister …

Hopes for Suu Kyi release fade at Asean meet

Straits Times, Singapore –

HOPES for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were raised and then quickly faded at a meeting of South-east Asian ministers, …

Opposition leader ‘free in six months’

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Burma: A senior figure in the military junta has suggested that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about six months. …

ASEAN pushes Burma for Suu Kyi’s release

Radio Australia, Australia –

A meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore is pushing Burma’s military junta to release detained pro-democracy leader, …

Aung San Suu Kyi may be freed in six months time: Yeo, India –

Amidst international condemnation and legal challenges, Burma’s military government on May 27 extended the house arrest period of the Nobel peace laureate …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi could be freed in 6 months, India –

Myanmar has indicated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed in six months, because current laws limit her maximum detention period to six …

Myanmar says Suu Kyi may soon be freed

The Associated Press –

She has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. After the dinner meeting, the ASEAN members …

Myanmar Junta Pressed on Detainee

Wall Street Journal –

AP The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed “deep disappointment” about the continued detention of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Burmese minister hints at Suu Kyi release

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s foreign minister has indicated his country’s military junta could release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in about six months. …

Burma junta hints at release for Aung San Suu Kyi in 6 months

USA Today –

SINGAPORE (AP) — A senior figure in Myanmar’s military junta has suggested that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about …

ASEAN criticises Suu Kyi’s detention

ABC Online, Australia –

“They repeated the call by ASEAN leaders for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees as part of Myanmar’s [Burma’s] national …

Myanmar opposition leader could be freed in six months

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –

Myanmar has indicated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed in six months, because current laws limit her maximum detention period to six …

Burmese laureate could be freed, UK –

Burma was reported last night to have given the strongest hint yet that detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could soon be released. …

Myanmar official hints at freedom for Suu Kyi

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

AP in Singapore Myanmar’s junta has indicated to its Southeast Asian neighbours that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in …

Suu Kyi release likely in 6 months, hints Myanmar

Hindu, India –

SINGAPORE: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar’s celebrated democracy campaigner, may be released from house arrest in Yangon in about six …

Burma may free Suu Kyi in 6 months: S’pore minister

Howrah News Service, India –

BY JIM GOMEZ July 20: Burma’s military junta has indicated to its Southeast Asian neighbours that Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from …

ASEAN ministers ‘deeply disappointed’ over Suu Kyi detention


SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers expressed “deep disappointment” Sunday over Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 4:17 am

World focus on Burma (19 June 2008)

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Cindy McCain visits Vietnam

USA Today –

She has visited Burma — also known as Myanmar — twice. “It’s just a terrible group of people that rule the country, and the frightening part is that their …

World Refugee Day brings cultural events and a ‘celebration of …, ID –

Her office has received a consistent stream of Karen people from Myanmar (formerly Burma), the largest group of new arrivals, along with ethnic Nepalis from …

Brown, Sarkozy urge immediate release of Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

Their letter rebuked the military regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for failing to take up sufficient offers of aid. Sarkozy and Brown criticized the …

One monk and three activists arrested by USDA members, India –

Chiang Mai – Members of the ‘Union Solidarity and Development Association’ (USDA) raided the National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters where …

NLD Members Arrested at Suu Kyi Birthday Celebration

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, Buddhist monks and nuns along with members of the NLD and supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung …

Burmese militia attacks Suu Kyi supporters, UK –

Pro-government militias in Burma today beat and detained protesters calling for the release of the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …

12 detained in Myanmar on Suu Kyi’s birthday

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta detained 12 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Arrested: Volunteers Who Bury the Dead

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Two of those arrested, Lin Htet Naing and Hnin Pwint Wei, are leading members of the All Burma Federation of Students’ Unions. They went into hiding last …

Salt Shortage Adds to Post-Nargis Woes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LAWI WENG / SANGKHLABURI Amid worries that Burma’s food security could be at risk if farmers in the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy delta don’t start planting …

Rice Accuses Regime of ‘Backtracking’ on Suu Kyi Pledges

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Rather than risking further unrest in Burma by its unjustified detention of political prisoners and its holding of a rigged referendum in May on a sham …

12 detained after Suu Kyi protest

The Press Association –

… courage and dedication to your people. Your release from house arrest and your freedom to participate in Burma’s political future remain essential.”

Doubting donors withhold Myanmar aid

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

The junta’s concession to allow increased access for aid workers and relief shipments came at the end of a three-day mission to Myanmar by UN secretary …

Monks call on EU to bring junta leader to trial, Italy –

Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The All Burma Monks’ Alliance has called on the European Union to bring charges against strongman Than Shwe before the …

Scientists Fighting Disease with Climate Forecasts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By RANDOLPH E SCHMID / AP WRITER / WASHINGTON A cyclone wrecks coastal Burma, spawning outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dengue fever. …

Brown and Sarkozy say freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi is “essential”

Monsters and –

… longer term reconstruction in Myanmar. ‘The success of the international effort will rely on the actions and conditions set by the Government of Burma,’ …

Ireland: Minister for Foreign Affairs Hosts Launch of Human Rights …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

The launch was co-organised with Burma Action Ireland, and was attended by Dr Thuang Htun, the Representative for UN Affairs of the Burmese …

The Movie List

Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

MYSTIC BALL, Burma Cyclone Relief Fundraiser, Winner Most Popular Canadian Feature VIFF 06 – The story of filmmaker Greg Hamilton’s journey deep into the …

Burma junta gang hits Suu Kyi birthday rally

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, detaining three people among a crowd chanting for her …

UK and France press for Burmese democracy

10 Downing Street (press release), UK –

Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have called for immediate democratic reform in Burma, and the release of pro-democracy activist Aung San …

Did Nargis Baptize Asean?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Asean chief’s hard work since the catastrophic cyclone slammed Burma’s delta region in early May is to be recognized, but not the self-congratulatory …

Myanmar monks urge EU to bring junta to war crimes court

EUbusiness (press release), UK –

The All Burma Monks’ Alliance, which claims to have organised mass protests against the regime last September, said Than Shwe should face trial for blocking …

World Refugee Day at a Glance: Where is the Promised Land?

New Liberian, Minnesota –

In Myanmar (Burma) the military junta led by 75-year old Than Shwe continued to crack down on dissidents. The junta suppressed widespread protests led by …

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader marks 63rd birthday

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s detained, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 63rd birthday by offering yellow roses Thursday at Yangon’s …

Suu Kyi supporters make solemn offerings on her birthday


YANGON (AFP) — Supporters of Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi made solemn offerings to Buddhist monks early Thursday as they marked her …

Burma’s Suu Kyi celebrates birthday in detention

Radio Australia, Australia –

Under Myanmar’s State Protection Law, a person can be held without charge or trial for only up to five years, renewable for up to one year at a time. …

Asia Beat: Jun 18 08

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

Mogok, about 1000 km north of Yangon, is the source of the former Burma’s famed “pigeon’s blood” rubies, said to be the world’s finest. …

US marks Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday, deplores her arrest

Straits Times, Singapore –

… political and civil rights by Burma’s military rulers,’ US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Unpopular Politics

NeoConstant Journal of Politics and Foreign Affairs, AZ –

It is about denouncing the genocide in Darfur, the oppression in Burma, the human rights violations all across the globe. Force can be necessary to maintain …

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… the crises overloading the shoulders of the people of Burma. UN Human Rights Commissioner Ms. Louise Arbor said on June 2, 2008 “in the case of Myanmar, …

Suu Kyi still in eye of the storm as junta bungles cyclone relief

The National, United Arab Emirates –

For the people of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, trampled for more than 40 years by a repressive military regime, Dr Suu Kyi represents their aspirations …

Recipes for success

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

“My father is a refugee from Burma [Myanmar], and so am I,” says Ip Veng Va. “We came to Macau in 1976 and two years later we opened this small noodle shop. …

Coming to America

Park Record, UT –

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been under the thumb of a militant government accused of suppressing dissent and violating human rights for many years. …

Burma (Myanmar) boots medics, citing no need

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Bangkok, Thailand – Having led Thailand’s first medical mission last month to cyclone-ravaged Burma (Myanmar), Pichit Siriwan, a doctor, was on standby for …

Burmese farmers face rice shortage

The Press Association –

A United Nations agency has warned that time is running out to help Burma’s cyclone-stricken farmers plant rice for the next growing season. …

Myanmar junta extends Suu Kyi’s detention, earns international …

IBTimes India, CA –

“Myanmar [Burma] is not the only country that promulgates laws to prevent those who pose danger to the State,” it said. “If necessary to guard the …

Is God a cosmic monster?

Houston County News, MN –

CS Lewis In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, the death toll from a killer cyclone stands at 78000, with 56000 people still missing. …

The US Must Do More for Burma

Huffington Post, NY –

According to the state-run New Light of Myanmar, this suspicious outcome has “washed away” the 1990 election result. It is deeply regrettable that both Ban …

Unseen Burma: An aid worker’s story

BBC News, UK –

By Dr Chris van Tulleken Finally we were on our way. I looked out the helicopter window and reflected on the last three weeks working in Rangoon. …

Churches still offering aid to cyclone victims

Lebanon Daily News, PA –

… they may go directly to or write to Church World Service, Burma Recovery Relief, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Burma: updated top news (12 June 2008)

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The Southern Ledger

UN: 35000 pregnant women need care in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Up to 35000 pregnant cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care in Myanmar, a UN expert said Wednesday, as relief agencies again raised concerns about the junta’s willingness to accept foreign aid.

Myanmar red tape delays cyclone aid, agencies say International Herald Tribune
Burma says no tax taken from aid The Press Association
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National Post

UN’s Myanmar appeal only 44 percent funded

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The United Nations says it has raised less than half of its goal for relief operations in Myanmar more than five weeks after a cyclone devastated the country. The UN says it set out to raise $201 million but so far has gotten …
UN official says pregnant Myanmar cyclone victims in urgent need … International Herald Tribune
Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Appeal Is Only 40% Funded, UN Says Bloomberg
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RI running out of time to play key role in Myanmar

Jakarta Post –

A month after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, more than one million people severely affected by the storm have yet to receive any food, water, or shelter, and the so-called “second wave” of dying from disease, thirst, and hunger has begun in earnest.

Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal The Associated Press

Burma’s Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged: junta ABC Online

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Christian Science Monitor

Volunteers send aid through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) back door

Christian Science Monitor –

No, Ms. Finke elected to fly here June 11 to join a grassroots effort for cyclone relief and civil empowerment for Burma (Myanmar), run by the father of her friend who was calling to urge her to come. For most volunteers hoping to help, Burma seems …

Six Weeks After Cyclone, Burma Devastation Remains Uncertain Voice of America

In Burma, A Crime for Civil Society to Provide Relief? AlterNet

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All American Patriots (press release)

Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone

Radio Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been fortunate enough to have a number of our own staff – both locally employed and expatriate …
Canada donation helps speed up Burma aid
BURMA: One Million Survivors Not Yet Reached – UN Inter Press Service (subscription)
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 4:30 am

Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal

In this Nov. 9, 2007, file photo, released by Myanmar News Agency, Myanmar’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, meets with Relations Minister Aung Kyi, unseen, at the state guesthouse in Yangon, Myanmar. A state-controlled newspaper said Wednesday, June 11, 2008, that Myanmar’s military rulers were breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a sixth straight year.(AP Photo/Myanma News Agency, File)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A state-controlled newspaper said Wednesday that Myanmar’s military rulers were breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a sixth straight year.

The junta’s recent decision to extend Suu Kyi’s detention by one year sparked international outrage, with the Nobel Peace laureate’s party and foreign defense lawyers arguing the junta could legally only hold her for five years.

But a commentary in the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said detentions are permissible for as long as six years under a 1975 “Law Safeguarding the State from Dangers of Subversive Elements.”

Yearly extensions must be approved by the Council of Ministers and then by the Central Body, which includes the home, defense and foreign affairs ministers, the newspaper said.

The military regime extended Suu Kyi’s house arrest May 27, despite international pressure to set her free. She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party denounced the extension as illegal and urged the regime to open a public hearing on the case.

Party spokesman Nyan Win said he usually doesn’t comment on articles published in state-run newspapers, which constantly attack the country’s pro-democracy movement without allowing a response.

But he said the article’s explanation of how it was not illegal to hold Suu Kyi for another year “is legally wrong. The law says that detention period should be a total of five years.”

Nyan Win declined to elaborate because the party will submit an appeal and fight the case in court if allowed to.

An American lawyer hired by Suu Kyi’s family to push for her release also condemned her continued detention as illegal.

“The Burmese junta’s extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest in clear violation of its own law comes as no surprise,” Jared Genser, the lawyer, said at the time. “Adherence to the rule of law is not their forte, and the junta remains deeply concerned about her appeal to the Burmese people.”

How the opposing sides interpreted the same 1975 law differently could not be immediately explained.

The junta also came under fire from the international community for initially refusing to allow urgently needed foreign aid workers to enter areas of Myanmar to assist in relief and recovery in areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (1 June 2008)

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Play Burma ‘camp closures’ condemned

BBC – Sun Jun 1, 10:24 PM ET
Burma 'camp closures' condemnedA senior UN official has said any coercion of Burmese cyclone victims to return home is completely unacceptable.



US defense secretary says Myanmar junta guilty of ‘criminal neglect’

International Herald Tribune –
By Eric Schmitt BANGKOK: Defense Secretary Robert Gates of the United States said Sunday that Myanmar was guilty of “criminal neglect” for blocking large-scale international aid to cyclone victims and that more Burmese civilians would perish unless the …
Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response Wall Street Journal
Myanmar defends cyclone response after US rebuke Reuters
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Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response

Wall Street Journal –
By YOCHI J. DREAZEN, TOM WRIGHT and GORDON FAIRCLOUGH US Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused Myanmar of “criminal neglect” in the deaths of thousands of its own citizens, ratcheting up the Bush administration’s criticism of Myanmar’s ruling junta.
Myanmar defends cyclone response after US rebuke Reuters
Gates Accuses Burma of Criminal Neglect in Cyclone Operations Voice of America
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Twin Falls Times-News

Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after …

International Herald Tribune –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s plan to reopen schools this week in the country’s cyclone-devasted delta region could do more harm than good, aid groups said Sunday, a day after the government came under criticism for forcing cyclone survivors out of …
Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar ABS CBN News
Myanmar warned over forcing cyclone survivors home Washington Post
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Women and children carry goods at a refugee camp in Labutta, in the Ayeyawaddy Division, some 200 miles from Yangon, on May 31. More people will die unless Myanmar changes its approach to foreign relief after the devastating cyclone, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday, accusing the junta of

More will die unless Myanmar changes approach: Gates

BANGKOK (AFP) – More people will perish in Myanmar’s cyclone disaster zone unless the regime lifts restrictions on foreign aid, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned Sunday, accusing it of “criminal neglect.”


Washington Post

Myanmar rejects criticism of junta cyclone response

Reuters –
By Melanie Lee SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta, widely condemned for its slow response to Cyclone Nargis, said on Sunday it had reacted swiftly to the disaster and remained open to foreign aid with “no strings attached.

Myanmar junta defends cyclone response as prompt – AP

Myanmar defends cyclone response after rebuke – Reuters

Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after … International Herald Tribune
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Malaysia to Burma: Allow S. Asian militaries to help

USA Today –
SINGAPORE (AP) – Malaysia’s deputy leader urged Myanmar’s junta Sunday to let Southeast Asian militaries play a bigger role in providing aid to cyclone victims, a rare plea for foreign intervention in a region where nations generally stay out of each …
Malaysia wants bigger ASEAN role in Myanmar relief Reuters
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Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone

Taipei Times –
In September of 1988 she helped found the National League for Democracy (NLD), an alliance of 105 opposition parties, and campaigned across Myanmar (then officially known as Burma) for peaceful change, mesmerizing huge crowds with her intelligence, …
Mulish Myanmar Seattle Times
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US says Burma ‘deaf and dumb to offers of aid’

Scotsman –
… no matter who won in November. ions – including subtle calls for China to work more amiably and fairly with other Pacific nations – Gates displayed the most emotion when talking about Burma. “We have reached out, frankly, to Myanmar multiple times …
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The Daily Star

Myanmar warned against premature resettlement

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Cyclone victims in Myanmar who leave relief camps may not receive the aid they need, making them even more vulnerable to disease and the elements, a UN official said Saturday following reports of forced evictions by the …
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Myanmar warned over forcing cyclone survivors home Washington Post
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Global outrage

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Bangkok Post


Worldwide condemnation has followed Burma’s six-month extension of the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with officials from the UN, EU and US expressing frustration and regret.

Suu Kyi has been under continual house arrest for the past five years. Since returning to the country in 1988, she has spent 12 years under house arrest.

Early Tuesday, police arrested 18 supporters of the Nobel peace laureate who were protesting her detention, opposition sources said.

The latest extension of her open-ended detention came on the 18th anniversary of the landslide election of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in the country’s last general election. The junta refused to recognise those election results.

In New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the extension “regretful.”

“The sooner restriction on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect of human rights,” Ban said.

The UN uses the junta’s name for Burma.

The UN has been demanding the junta open up the country to international relief aid to victims of the cyclone Nargis, which has killed more than 70,000 and left another 50,000 still missing.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana called the arrest extension “very sad and frustrating,” coming at a time when so many countries and organisations were focusing on providing assistance to the people affected by the cyclone.

“The EU is doing its best to this effect. However, it continues to be deeply concerned by the political situation. Transition to democracy remains important for the future of Burma/Myanmar,” Solana said.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU’s external relations commissioner, said she was “personally disappointed that a historic opportunity was missed to give a sign of reconciling political life in Burma at a time where national and social cohesion, and solidarity and dialogue, are more needed than ever.”

US President George W Bush said he was “deeply troubled” by the decision of the ruling junta to extend the detention.

The EU and US called upon the regime to release Suu Kyi and all political prisoners. Bush repeated past calls for the government to “begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi.”

The 18 NLD members were arrested by plainclothes’ policemen as they marched from their headquarters to Suu Kyi’s Rangoon home. They were taken in two vehicles to an unknown destination.

Suu Kyi and Tin O, party vice-chariman, have been under house arrest since May 30, 2003, when authorities charged her with threatening national security after pro-government thugs attacked her and her followers in Depayin, northern Burma, killing 70 NLD supporters.

According to Burmese law, the government cannot keep prisoners charged with undermining national security under detention for more than five years.

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Dear Friends

Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention extended
Yesterday, the regime extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention again. No formal announcement was made, but reports say the detention is for at least another six months. She has now spent over 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest. Her current period of house arrest began in 2003. The regime is once again breaking its own laws by extending her detention for a total of more than five years. The State Protection Law 1975, under which she is held, only allows the regime to detain her for a maximum of five years. Around 20 members of the National League for Democracy were also arrested yesterday as they marched to her home to call for her release.

Even though UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was in Burma in the run-up to Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention expiring, he did not call on Burma’s generals to release her. In fact, he didn’t even mention her name. The international community is failing to put pressure on the regime because it is afraid it will affect aid deals. However, the current humanitarian crisis is being caused by a political problem, a dictatorship that refuses to allow aid to reach the people and Aung San Suu Kyi is key to solving that political problem.

Cylcone update
More than three weeks after the devastating cyclone in Burma, at least 200,000 people are feared dead and 2.5 million people remain in urgent need of aid. Most people have still not received the aid they desperately need because the regime continues to deny aid workers free access to operate in the areas most severely affected by the cyclone. Following reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon had secured agreement from Burma’s generals for aid workers to be allowed into the country, it was hoped that things would change. However, it is now clear that the regime is not keeping its word. We continue to receive reports that aid workers are being denied visas and unable to operate freely in the worst affected areas. The US, UK and France are still being blocked from using their resources to deliver the large scale emergency and medical assistance needed.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Myanmar keeps Suu Kyi detained; aid to continue

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28 May 2008

YANGON, Myanmar – Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a sixth year under detention Wednesday as foreign donors said aid would continue to flow into the military ruled nation to save cyclone victims.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed regret over Suu Kyi’s continued arrest while praising “a new spirit of cooperation” between the junta and the international community in the aid effort.

In Washington, President Bush said Tuesday he was “deeply troubled” by the extension of Suu Kyi’s house arrest but stressed the U.S. would continue to provide aid to the victims.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years, had her detention extended by one year Tuesday, a government official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

On Wednesday, her National League for Democracy party denounced the extension as “illegal,” saying it would launch an appeal. Party spokesman Nyan Win said the regime should also open a public hearing on the case.

Suu Kyi has long been the symbol of the regime’s heavy-handed intolerance of opposition and the focus of a worldwide campaign lobbying for her release.

Myanmar’s heavily censored newspapers made no mention of Suu Kyi’s detention being extended and the government did not explain under what laws she could be held for another year. A 1975 law says that people deemed security threats can be detained for a maximum of five years without trial.

Outside Suu Kyi’s home, security returned to normal Wednesday. An extra row of barricades that was erected Tuesday was removed, leaving the usual single fortified barricade blocking the roads that lead to her lakeside home.

The extension of Suu Kyi’s detention came as Myanmar fended off worldwide criticism for its inadequate aid effort for the survivors of the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis.

The storm left an estimated 2.4 million people in desperate need of food, shelter and medical care, according to the U.N., and the government says it killed 78,000 people and left 56,000 missing. The U.N. said cyclone devastation has forced postponement of the new school term in the delta for one month, to July.

Only after intense international pressure and a personal appeal by Ban, who visited Myanmar last week to meet with junta chief Senior Gen. Than Shwe, did the government relent and say it would allow foreign relief workers to travel to the Irrawaddy delta, the area hardest hit by the cyclone.

The U.N. says some of their foreign staffers have begun moving into the delta and emergency food supplies are being ferried in on its helicopters.

“Some international aid workers and NGOs have already gone into the regions of the Irrawaddy delta, without any problem,” Ban told reporters in New York on Tuesday. “I hope — and I believe — that this marks a new spirit of cooperation between Myanmar and the international community as a whole.”

The French warship Mistral landed Wednesday on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand, to unload some 1,000 tons of humanitarian supplies for shipment by the United Nations to Myanmar.

The regime has forbidden direct aid by warships of France, the United States and Great Britain, which have been standing by off the Myanmar coast to deliver the assistance. Myanmar’s state media has voiced fears of a U.S. invasion to grab the country’s oil reserves.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda said Suu Kyi’s continued detention went against the “goodwill of the international community” in its efforts to aid Myanmar in its moment of need.

Myanmar’s leaders are leery of foreign aid workers because they fear an influx of outsiders could undermine their control. The junta is also hesitant to have its people see aid coming directly from countries such as the United States, which it has long treated as a hostile power seeking to invade.

But the ruling generals have long regarded Suu Kyi, daughter of the country’s martyred independence leader Gen. Aung San, as the biggest threat to their power.

Her National League for Democracy party is the country’s largest legal opposition group, and it retains the loyalty of millions of citizens despite two decades of constant repression.

U.N. efforts to spur dialogue in the wake of pro-democracy rallies violently supressed by the military in September have failed to make progress.;_ylt=AvGN9dMyp1jem.GmKKNYG_as0NUE

In this photo released by Democratic Voice of Burma, members of the Myanmar opposition National League for Democracy party hold a banner and a portrait of party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a march  protest in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Myanmar's military junta extended the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, ignoring worldwide appeals to free the Nobel laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years, an official said. About 20 of the protesters were later detained. The banner reads 'Free Aung San Suu Kyi immediately.' (AP Photo/Democratic Voice of Burma, HO)

AP Photo: In this photo released by Democratic Voice of Burma, members of the Myanmar opposition National…


Full Coverage: Myanmar

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 28, 2008 at 11:59 am