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World focus on Burma (28 January 2009)

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Junta summons Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer to Naypyitaw
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Detained pro-democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer said he was summoned to the attorney-general’s office in Burma’s …

Junta steps up military presence in Arakan
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s state-run newspaper the ‘New Light of Myanmar’ on Wednesday said Prime Minister General Thein Sein on Tuesday flew to Sittwe, capital of Arakan …

‘Six million Burmese need food’
BBC News, UK –
When Cyclone Nargis wiped out Burma’s rice-bowl, the Irrawaddy Delta, last year, it was widely assumed that the country would face severe food shortages. …

Thailand to deport 78 Myanmar boat people: police
AFP –
BANGKOK (AFP) — Dozens of migrants from Myanmar who washed up in Thailand this week were convicted Wednesday of illegal entry and will be deported, …

Southeast Asia: U-Turns, downturns
ISN, Switzerland –
Without even mentioning the ongoing tragedy that is Burma/Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s democratic progress has been piecemeal and fluctuating. …

Harwich: Barrie off to help families in need
Harwich and Manningtree Standard, UK –
Barrie Samson, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in the town’s George Street, is going to Myanmar (formerly Burma) on Friday. …

Danish Minister Visits Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s state-run-newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, reported on January 22 that the two ministers held a meeting with the Myanmar Red Cross Society, …

Tensions Between Wa, Junta Continue to Rise
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Tensions between the Burmese military and the United Wa State Army (UWSA) have been mounting since a 30-member Burmese delegation led by Lt-Gen …

NCGUB conference draws to a close
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Bo Hla Tint said the group had brainstormed ways to achieve freedom for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, …

Chins Face Human Rights Abuses: HRW
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s military regime is perpetrating widespread abuse of the mainly-Christian Chin ethnic group, who face famine, forced labour, torture and persecution, …

Chin Christian minority victim of persecution by Myanmar dictatorship
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Myanmar’s military regime is committing widespread abuses against the mainly Christian Chin ethnic group, who face forced …

Burma Jade Law amended
JCK India, India –
According to the act, all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewellery containing these gemstones cannot be brought into the US even if …

Burmese refugees seek new life in US army
Radio Australia, Australia –
LAMEY: Why is that a lot of the young refugees from Myanmar find the prospect of joining the military appealing? SCHERER: I think it’s an interest of young …

Chin Christian minority victim of persecution by Myanmar dictatorship
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Human Rights Watch releases report substantiating situation. It contains 140 interviews collected over a three-year period highlighting cases of abuse, …

‘Second Chance City’ Welcomes another Leading Burmese Monk
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We did not demand a handover of power by the military to us or Aung San Suu Kyi. We just requested the military to treat people fairly and kindly. …

THAILAND: The Military Gets Taken Care Of
Strategy Page –
There are nearly 150000 refugees from Myanmar (Burma) in Thailand, nearly all of them from tribes that have been fighter the Burmese government for …

Indian govt. should protect Chin refugees: HRW
Hindu, India –
… force them back into Myanmar. “For too long, ethnic groups like the Chin have borne the brunt of abusive military rule in Burma,” said Elaine Pearson, …

Chin refugees in India “forced back” to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
The New York-based rights said local authorities and community organisations in Mizoram frequently targeted Chin migrants, one of the former Burma’s many …

Thailand accused of mistreating Burmese asylum seekers
ABC Online, Australia –
But the Rohingyas are essentially stateless and have few options but to flee Burma in the hope of a better life. And as the Thais try to deal with the …

BANGLADESH: Mohammad Ismail: “Nobody wants us”
IRINnews.org, NY –
KUTUPALONG, 28 January 2009 (IRIN) – Since the early 1990s, thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled repression in Burma/Myanmar and sought asylum in …

NLD youth members attend law seminar
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 28, 2009 (DVB)–More than 200 National League for Democracy youth members attended a talk on the Burmese legal system led by Thein Nyunt of the central …

Daw Suu’s lawyer summoned to Naypyidaw
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 28, 2009 (DVB)–The lawyer for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been summoned to the attorney-general’s office in Naypyidaw, …

Persecution, devastation a ‘double whammy’ in Burma
OneNewsNow, MS –
The new guidelines in the Union of Myanmar (the official name of Burma) mean that several major churches in Rangoon will no longer be able to hold services. …

UN: Burma to Face Food Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Access to food remains the critical challenge for the poorest people and for vulnerable populations in remote areas of Myanmar [Burma],” said Chris Kaye, …

Artillery Battalion Shifter to Northern Arakan from Burma Proper
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Buthidaung: An artillery battalion was recently moved to northern Arakan from Burma proper to provide reinforcement of military forces on the western …

Junta Promises to Address Rohingya Exodus
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Aye said authorities will try to prevent the Rohingya from leaving Burma for other countries. Burma’s state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, …

Human rights group calls on India to give access to Chin refugees
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“ASEAN, the EU and the US should tell Burma and India that it is long past the time for these abuses to end,” she said, referring to the 10-member …

By Jonathan Head The US group Human Rights Watch has called for better protection of the Chins, one of Burma’s least known and most persecuted minorities. …

[ANN]No more silence over Rohingyas
Korea Herald, South Korea –
Asean has been largely silent, for instance, over Burma’s treatment of the protesting monks last year and it has been definitely mute over Burma’s rotten …

… the brunt of abusive military rule in Burma,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, referring to Myanmar by its former name. …

Report: Myanmar’s Chin people persecuted
The Associated Press –
“The Chin are unsafe in Burma and unprotected in India,” a report from the group said. The report said the regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Indian blockade exacerbates Chin food crisis
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Min Thang Nga of the Zomi Human Rights Foundation said the rats were eating bamboo seeds and also attacking rice crops. “They continue to face the threat of …

Rohingya migrants go before Thai court
The Associated Press –
“They told us there are no Muslims in Burma, and they continued to beat us,” he said. Myanmar was previously called Burma. After being detained for 10 days, …

Rohingya refugees face deportation
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
A group of Rohingya refugees who say they were beaten and burned by Myanmar soldiers as they tried to flee on boats to Thailand are facing possible …

More boat people caught off Phangnga
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The boat people told naval officers they were heading to Malaysia from Burma. The migrants, all male, were sent to Ranong police, who would refer them to …

Officials probe lead poisoning among refugees
MSNBC –
Fort Wayne is home to thousands of expatriates from Myanmar, also known as Burma. A recent spike in cases of lead poisoning among Burmese children has led …

Thailand says Rohingya do not face persecution
Reuters –
The junta does not recognize the Rohingya as one of the former Burma’s 130-odd ethnic minorities, and those in the northwest are restricted from travel …

Burma/India: End Abuses in Chin State
Human Rights Watch (press release) –

For too long, ethnic groups like the Chin have borne the brunt of abusive military rule in Burma. It is time for this brutal treatment to stop and for the …

Voice of desperation from Mandalay
Mizzima.com, India –
In the mid 1990s the Police Academy, which is the only police training school in Upper Burma, engaged private construction companies to build several …

Burmese opposition eyes U Lin Myaing’s US visit
Mizzima.com, India –
With the Burmese junta intensifying its repression against political dissidents and activists by more arrests, doling out harsh prison terms to them, …

Burmese refugees seek new life in US
Radio Australia, Australia –
LAMEY: Why is that a lot of the young refugees from Myanmar find the prospect of joining the military appealing? SCHERER: I think it’s an interest of young …

Concerns Over Potential Drug Resistant Malaria
RedOrbit, TX –
To prevent a recurrence with artemisinin, the United States has approved a malaria monitoring center in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The Bill and Melinda Gates …

UN envoy to ‘test waters’ in Myanmar
The National, United Arab Emirates –
This visit signals the UN’s renewed efforts to engage directly the military regime in Myanmar, once known as Burma, after months of debate about how best to …

Global Currency and Gold
Gold Seek –
Myanmar (Burma) requires a special note. Cross-country money supply comparisons rank Myanmar very high. This apparent paradox arises from the discrepancy …

Burmese refugees struggle to resettle in Canada
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Originally from Burma (also known as Myanmar), they fled the ethnic and religious suppression of the Burmese military junta in the late 1970s and 1980s. …

Thailand denies dumping refugees at sea
MarketWatch (press release) –
Most of the refugees, including 78 people who washed up in a boat Tuesday, are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and are fleeing persecution from the …

reported in refugees
WTHI, IN –
Fort Wayne is home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma. A recent spike in cases of lead poisoning among Burmese children has led …

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World focus on Burma (16 January 2008)

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Indian Vice President to visit Burma to strengthen bilateral relations
Mizzima.com, India –
“Ansari will go on a goodwill visit to Myanmar [Burma] early next month. Preparations are under way,” the report said. Ansari’s visit to Burma, …

The Doctor in Dubia: dubious indeed
guardian.co.uk, UK –

Dubai with its dubious human rights record, appalling treatment of migrant workers and flagrant disregard for the environment. …

Next battle against Karen rebels soon
Mizzima.com, India –
The vicious battle for the region surrounding Thailand’s Phop Phra district has see-sawed back and forth across Thailand’s northern border with Burma since …

Kelly Rutherford, Blake Lively, Johnny Knoxville
International Herald Tribune, France –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Sundance in 60 Seconds: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Cinematical, CA –
Burma VJ, which first gained notice at IFDA in November, sold US TV rights to HBO, according to indieWIRE, though it won’t air until next year. …

Freezing Temperatures Hit Remote Areas of Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

According to the state-owned New Light of Myanmar, the thermometer reached -2 degrees Celsius in the state capital of Hakah on Sunday. …

Burmese migrant workers evicted from campsite
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Moe Gyo, chairman of the Thailand-based Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs, said the Thai authorities’ actions were against international human rights …

Through the Director’s Lens
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was previously the chairman of the Myanmar Film Association. Question: Which movie do you think will win a Burmese academy award this year and who are …

Will Obama forgive Britain for his grandfather’s torture?
This is London, UK –

His beatings at the hands of the British Army, alongside whom he’d served in Burma during the Second World War, had left him, his family say, …

North Korean national dies in Meikhtila
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Military analyst and researcher Htay Aung of the Thailand-based Burmese exile group Network for Democracy and Development said the group had received …

Bush Slaps Sanctions on More Junta Cronies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Zaw is the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction and tourism …

Score more than one for first lady
Sauk Valley Newspapers, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government – ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 16, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burma Campaign UK which lobbies to stop companies doing business with the Burmese junta this week urged the London government to investigate all British …

Burmese weblog wins “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The weblog of venerable Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Mettacara, has bagged the “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008. …

Burmese Junta Destroying Arakanese Businesses, Says Shrimp Farmer
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Rathidaung: The Burmese military government has destroyed Arakanese businesses with many tactics aiming to undeveloped the state of Arakan, said a shrimp …

Bangladesh PM Wants to Settle Maritime Boundary Dispute
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… their neighboring countries Burma and India, a Bangladesh official said. “She said that the government would discuss the issue with India and Myanmar to …

US Treasury freezes assets of more ‘Junta Cronies’
Mizzima.com, India –
… and Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper, owner of the country’s largest copper mine. OFAC has now subjected 100 individuals and entities to its Burma sanctions, …

US freezes assets of 2 Burmese businessmen
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Mark Mcdonald HONG KONG: The United States has frozen the assets of two Burmese businessmen and their companies for aiding the military junta in Myanmar, …

Film Buyers Shop for Bargains at Sundance as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

Burma, Myanmar: The 2008 Weblog Awards Winners
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The Weblog Award winners for the 2008 announced on Jan 15. Here are the winners of International Weblog Awards: Special thanks to all of the medias, …

Burma Cracks Down on Rangoon Churches
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… and the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to put pressure on the Burmese junta to end these violations and to permit churches …

Official Reflects On Foreign Aid Triumphs, Challenges
NPR –
Asked about other difficult days, she laments the fact that it took so long for the military regime in Myanmar, or Burma, to allow in aid after a cyclone …

HRW Sees Progress in Pakistan After Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –

In Myanmar—which HRW said also draws support from China, Russia and Thailand—democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went into her sixth straight year of house …

Camera-Ready Victims
National Review Online, NY –
Sudan came in second with 61, Myanmar third with 41. The US was No. 4, with 39 actions, tied with the Democratic Republic of the Congo! …

Myanmar documentary gets HBO deal
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
HBO has nabbed the US TV rights to Anders Ostergaard’s docu “Burma VJ” ahead of its North American preem at Sundance. A chronicle of the 2007 uprising of …

Assessing the Bush Administration: A Foreign Catastrophe at Every Turn
Antiwar.com, CA –
The president “announced steps to help the Burmese people bring peaceful change and democratic transition to their country.” Well, he may have announced …

Rights group criticises SA government
Independent Online, South Africa –
The New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) gives the South African government a pounding in its latest World Report issued this week, saying that its …

US probes link between Malay officials, trafficking
China Post, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation — are …

Sundance sets sail amid storm clouds
Hollywood Reporter, United States –
The film examines the military junta’s suppression of a 2007 monk-led rebellion in Burma, incorporating footage shot by journalists who risked their lives …

Gentle Questioning for UN Nominee
New York Times, United States –
The hearings ranged widely, touching on virtually every trouble spot in the world including the Congo, Somalia, Burma and North Korea. …

Sundance premieres find buyers as festival opens
The Associated Press –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Ramos-Horta: Only Filipinos can do it
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Horta, who delivered a lecture at a university here Wednesday, said that peace is possible whether in Gaza, in Burma or in the Philippines if people are …

US hits Myanmar with additional sanctions
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says it has added 100 people and entities to its Myanmar sanctions. Myanmar is also called Burma. …

Zaw Zaw was identified as the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction, …

Boat-people accuse Thai police of uncaring treatment
Cambodia News, Cambodia –
Thai soldiers have forced illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma out to sea in rickety boats. The boats, some without engines, had been used to carry …

Left at sea with just a paddle
Electric New Paper, Singapore –
… sources have said that the Thai army is holding Rohingya – Muslims who come from the border areas of Myanmar and Bangladesh – on Koh Sai Daeng, …

HRW sees progress in Pakistan after Musharraf
The News International, Pakistan –
HRW blamed Asian giants China and India for abuses against their own citizens but also for backing military dictatorships such as Myanmar. …

Treasury Targets Financial Backers Of Myanmar Regime
EasyBourse.com, France –
… as it continues to suppress democratic dissent,” OFAC director Adam Szubin said. Many western governments, including the US, refer to Myanmar as Burma.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila at Sundance
ARTINFO, NY –
… monks who led a rebellion in Burma last year. The monks shot what they were doing with small video cameras and then smuggled the materials to Thailand, …

Susan Rice’s Testimony at Her UN Ambassador Hearing
RealClearPolitics, IL –
It is why efforts to pass Security Council resolutions on abuses in places from Zimbabwe to Burma occasion such fierce debate, and don’t always succeed. …

Ceremony to Commemorate Foreign Policy Achievements (2001-2009)
US Department of State, DC –
Whether working to advance the interests of women in Afghanistan, helping children in Iraq, supporting the righteous struggle of dissidents in Burma, …

The Netherlands supports democratisation in Indonesia
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… human rights, relations with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the situation in Burma and the violence in the Middle East. …

Student activist jailed for 104 years in Burma
Asian Age, India –
Separately, authorities on Wednesday freed six out of nine members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) who were arrested last month …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
KanglaOnline, India –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States, including the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Origin of the Chakmas
The New Nation, Bangladesh –

Abhi Raja, around 923 BC came to Burma from Kapilavastu and founded a Sakya line of dynasty at Dha-ngya-wa-ti (the capital) in north Arakan called …

Film scholar B. Ruby Rich plays a leading role at Sundance Film …
UC Santa Cruz, CA –
Made up of videos shot by the Democratic Voice of Burma, the footage was smuggled into Thailand, shipped to Norway, and subsequently broadcast around the …

BC aid worker dumped in ditch after robbery
National Post, Canada –
Jiri Zivny and a team of volunteers were distributing medical items and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Critically injured aid worker from BC dies in Cambodian hospital
The Canadian Press,  B.C. –
The group Zivny was part of had also planned to visit Thailand and Burma but most of the volunteers went home because protesters had blockaded Bangkok’s …

Canadian aid worker dies in Cambodia
Calgary Herald,  Canada –
… Humanitarian Hope Society were distributing medical supplies and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

One survey shows liberty shrivelling; another names the “spoilers”
Economist, UK –
A similarly heavyweight annual report from another American outfit, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), takes direct aim at what its director, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 2:27 am

World focus on Burma (8 January 2009)

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Remarks by Henrietta Fore
USAID (press release), DC –
We were among the first to respond to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, the South Asian earthquake of 2005, the cyclones in Bangladesh and Burma …

HRW denies any influence at play in removal of Taiwan
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… work on Taiwan because the abuses there aren’t nearly as acute as they are in many other Asian countries, such as Afghanistan, Burma [Myanmar] or China. …

Land seized and resold at a premium by headman in Karen State
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Kyat-tha are a Burmese measurement used to quantify prices in terms of gold, used by many villages in the area. According to a source in Thanle, …

Humanitarian crisis in Chin state likely to escalate in 2009: NGO
Mizzima.com, India –
Joseph Win Hlaing Oo, director of the Rangoon-based Country Agency for Rural Development in Myanmar (CAD), on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in Chin …

India: Turmeric exports surge on higher demand
FreshPlaza, Netherlands –
Other major producers are China, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Burma and Indonesia. India is the major exporter of turmeric in …

India & Pakistan: An Uncertain Future
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
The close of the British Empire’s colonial era on the subcontinent of India began with the formation of the self-governing colony of Burma (today Myanmar) …

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS: NEW REPORT REVEALS MASSIVE …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 08 January 2009 — The European Union’s leverage to promote human rights values and its vision of a rules-based …

Did Than Shwe’s Grandson Kidnap Model?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last year, a YouTube video clip of Sai Sai Khan Hlaing and Wut Hmone Shwe Yee was popular among Burma’s young internet users. Private journals and magazines …

FSA imposes largest fine ever to Aon for ’suspicious payments’
Finance Markets, UK –
The countries were Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam, and the payments were reported to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). ..

Many condolences on the death of U Saw Mra Aung
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The organization honoured U Saw Mra Aung as a great leader for his contribution for democracy in Burma. An Arakanese group, All Arakan Students and Youth …

Commodity protestor beaten in Bago prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He was sentenced to 13 and a half years’ imprisonment in December 2008 and has now been sent to Pu-Tao prison on the northern edge of Burma in Kachin state. …

NGOs Question Thai Government Freeze on Migrant Registration
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… drive an increasing number of Burmese to seek work in neighboring Thailand, and the flow of migrants was boosted still further by Cyclone Nargis. …

Global Crisis Hits Junta’s Pockets as Gas Prices Fall
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Almost 50 percent of households in Burma were in debt before Cyclone Nargis devastated the country’s core rice and fishing industries. Despite Burma’s gas …

Running in the Wrong Direction
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He is not like his cousin, Aung San Suu Kyi. “That’s why that other leading umbrella organization, the National Council of the Union of Burma, announced on …

Top Bush Aide Hopes Obama Will Push Burmese Cause
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi. Although it was not able to achieve any of these objectives, the Bush administration was successful in putting Burma on the …

Detained student leader hospitalized in Insein prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Kyaw Aye, Kyaw Ko Ko’s father, one of the leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), who was arrested and detained for his involvement …

Diary: Emily Maitlis
New Statesman, UK –

… it tells how to make Chemical Ali dessert (mind the E numbers), an Iranian dish called tongue of the judge and a Burmese salad – junta-sponsored, …

The rhetoric of “humanitarian crisis”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Burmese government rejects the idea that there is a chronic emergency in the country, and after Cyclone Nargis initially maintained that it could handle …

New party distributes manifesto among Arakanese for 2010 election
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It is the only way to democracy in Burma, the pamphlet says,” the elder said. The party seemed to be pro Burmese military junta because they can move in the …

Presuming a democratic Myanmar: Looking beyond election 2010
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
… petition submitted to him by 112 former world leaders asking him to visit Burma (Myanmar) in the wake of widespread arrests in recent weeks and months. …

The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
It came as no surprise then when the ruling military regime in Burma recently sentenced the country’s best known comedian, named Zarganar, to 59 years in …

Remarks by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley at the Center …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And finally, I hope the new administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

ROBERTS: Score one for the first lady
Galesburg Register-Mail, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Cutting out the tongues of the holy people
NCR Conversation Cafe, MO –
And what of this punishing of holy people whilst living in a world where thugs like Than Shwe (dictator and destroyer of Burma and the Burmese tribal …

Obama Administration Should Pursue New Approach to Promote …
NewsBlaze, CA –
The United States should reinvigorate efforts to advance human rights and democracy in Cuba, Freedom House said today. One key element of a strengthened …

Rights group prods Obama to lift Cuba travel ban
The Associated Press –
Freedom House, founded in 1941, is an independent, non-governmental organization that supports expansion of democracy, in the world. …

Why doesn’t Bush get more credit?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe, and a few Arab states. …

193 Foreigners Rescued After Boat Becomes Stranded
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Once the boat arrived at the base, it was found that the passengers were made up of 177 Burmese and 16 Bangladeshis, all of them adult males, except for two …

A forgotten tragedy
Livemint, India –
Tibetan or Burmese activists can only marvel at the Palestinian ability to draw crowds. Why does the Congo conflict not provoke the same moral reactions as …

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley’s Farewell Speech
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
And finally, I hope the new Administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

Rangoon’s Christians banned from worshiping
Mizzima.com, India –
“We need your prayers for Christian communities in Myanmar [Burma],” the youth added. While religious persecution and the prohibition of religious rites are …


World focus on Burma (25 November 2008)

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Burmese aid for post flood health care in Orissa
Mizzima.com, India –
Speaking on the occasion Kyi Thein said that in May this year when Burma was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the worst calamity in the country’s history, …

Prepaid card system for mobile phones in Burma soon
Mizzima.com, India –
An official at the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication told Mizzima that it is all set to introduce a prepaid card system for mobile users, …

Burma’s HIV/AIDS Crisis in Red Alert: MSF
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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 …

Enrile’s grim past casts a long shadow
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
He reduced the killings of human rights activists, lawyers, judges and journalists to nothing but a byproduct of insurgency. He even boasted to journalists …

Domestic migrant workers still vulnerable: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Human Rights Watch, in comments released yesterday, said the problem of abuse of domestic labor is predominantly directed at female employees of individual …

Plight of Abused Burmese Women Highlighted on International Women …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The WLB also urged the UN to press the Burmese regime to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against women in ethnic areas. …

“Pull Them Out With Tweezers”
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The government’s imprisonment of humanitarian aid workers sends the message that Burmese social organizations must follow the junta’s regulations whether …

Spy identified at opposition meeting
Mizzima.com, India –
… for Democracy and Development (NDD), among others residing in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting discussed and exchanged views on the current situation in Burma.

War on drugs takes a hit
RT, Russia –
A price has been paid: human rights groups and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights report “widespread and systematic” killings of civilians by the …

Nigerian activists take on Chevron in the US
OneWorld.net, UK –
The Alien Tort Statute has been used in cases charging Unocal with violating the human rights of Burmese villagers during the construction of an oil …

Chechen Republic of Ichkeria: Russian Landmines
UNPO, Netherlands –
No halt for landmine use by Burma and Russia – Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and Karenni State suffer. Turkey, Greece and Belarus have all violated an …

• Freedom is first
Hamilton Spectator, Canada –
Barbarity in Burma (Myanmar) last week served as a reminder that, with or without Barack Obama, the global struggle for liberty will rage on long after …

Burma: UN Resolution Barely Pushed Through
UNPO, Netherlands –

A United Nations resolution on human rights in Burma has been approved but faces diplomatic opposition. The United Nations General Assembly’s Third …

Sakharov Prize at 20: For democracy – against oppression
European Parliament (press release), EU –
Burmese political party the National League for Democracy won the general election in 1990. Instead of its most prominent member Aung San Suu Kyi becoming …

The task of unification
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Sein Myint serves as the director of Policy Development of Justice for Human Rights in Burma, located in Maryland, USA. He is an Honorary Member of …

Vulnerability in the spotlight
Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia –

Alongside Hura and Wasif, critically acclaimed photographer James Whitlow Delano also presented his exhibit, “Burma, A Flameless Inferno”. …

Daewoo Aggravating Bay of Bengal Tensions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Just as Daewoo certainly knew of the disputed waters they were entering, they are also well aware of the well-documented human rights abuses associated with …

Tibetan Exiles’ Meeting Produces Comparisons with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
They fall out from time to time—most recently when the NCGUB failed to cooperate with the NCUB in its action against the Burmese junta seat at the United …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
Your Oil and Gas News (press release), UK –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), parent of the country’s largest oil and gas producer PetroChina will team up with Myanmar Oil and Gas …

New era for human rights
Boston Globe, United States –
… from how to rescue democracy promotion from the stain of Iraq to how best to pressure human-rights abusers such as Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Great Nations & Industry Captains Ignore Thugocracies in Burma …
OpEdNews, PA –
Many took part in protests against the ruling junta sparked by fuel and food price rises in August 2007. Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised …

Remember, Aung San Suu Kyi’s disengagement is not her choice
guardian.co.uk, UK –
There are several misinterpretations and failures to contextualise in the article on Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Not such a hero after all, …

The Big Question: Who are the Elders, and can they do anything to …
Independent, UK –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Moulamein – Culture and History
The Age, Australia –
Some claim the town’s name is Aboriginal and some argue it is an Indian word (Moulmein is a seaport in Burma), though the translation is consistently given …

US taps online youth groups to fight crime, terrorism
AFP –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

Rebel vigil talks with Myanmar
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
24: India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance security co-operation and border vigil to check Northeast insurgent groups that have bases in the region. …

Human Rights undermines public safety, says Tory
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
“Terrible human rights abuses in the world are taking place as we sit here today – in Zimbabwe, in Iran, in Sudan, in Burma. …

India, Myanmar to up security cooperation
Indian Express, India –
New Delhi, November 24 : Emphasising the need for “greater vigilance” at the border, India and Myanmar agreed to “enhance security cooperation to combat …

Good to speak about it. Even better to apply it!
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
In 1948 the then UN member states adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. “Never again” were the words they proclaimed at the end of a conflict …

India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi – Burma and India on Sunday concluded the 9th foreign office consultation agreeing to cooperate in wide range of bilateral issues and to …

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November 25, 2008 at 3:29 am

World focus on Burma (24 July 2008)

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Full script of Obama’s speech

CNN International –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” …

Cyclone donors should set up monitoring body: HRW

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – The New York based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged donors helping Burma’s cyclone victims to form an independent monitoring body to ensure …

JA applauds Burmese gem ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

The ban places a total embargo on the importation of gemstones from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), including those that are mined in Myanmar and …

Google Knol Launches

WebProNews, KY –

You may also not write anything commercial if you’re in “Cuba, Iran, Burma (Myanmar), North Korea, Syria, or Sudan,” Google says.) Other articles, like the …

South-East Asia ASEAN and the temple of doom

Economist, UK –

Mr Yeo said Myanmar had hinted that Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s opposition leader, might soon be freed from house arrest. Embarrassingly, his Burmese …

ASEAN Countries Criticise Burma for Disaster Response

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

… also criticised Myanmar’s ruling military junta for its response to Cyclone Nargis. The Director of the Burma Campaign UK Anna Roberts gave her reaction …

Court hears case of female reporter covering on Cyclone

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai — Despite of the absence of a key prosecutor’s witness, a township court in Burma’s former capital on Thursday conducted the hearing of the case …

Asia-Pacific countries to co-operate on disaster relief

CBC.ca, Canada –

… like Burma, also known as Myanmar, which feel the presence of foreign troops on their soil, even for relief work, would jeopardize their sovereignty. …

UN acknowledges huge foreign exchange loss in Myanmar relief

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

“This is an extraordinary exchange loss, and where that gain goes I’m not sure,” Holmes said in an interview before departing Myanmar after a three-day …

WFP to Stop Relief Flights to Burma Next Month

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Aid organizations that will have to find their own means of continuing to send relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta include UNICEF and …

The price of being a judge in Rangoon

United Press International, Asia, China –

… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

No Political Prisoner in Burma: Junta’s Mouthpieces

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A Burmese human rights group in exile, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) welcomed the declaration on July 22. encourages all …

Water Buffalo and Beautiful Music

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Foreign groups on the border have concentrated on teaching non-violent methods of dissent, human rights training and techniques of network building inside …

Spotlight on human rights

Huddersfield Examiner, UK –

With the Olympic Games in Beijing drawing close a Huddersfield group is joining the growing clamour bringing the issue of human rights in China to the fore. …

Russia against ‘narrow’ Asia-Pacific military-political groupings

RIA Novosti, Russia –

SINGAPORE, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Moscow was against “narrowly-defined” military-political structures in …

Asian Nations, Partners Meet at Annual Regional Forum

Voice of America –

… in the wake of two deadly regional disasters in May – a massive earthquake in southwest China, and Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma’s Irrawaddy delta. …

Myanmar ‘badly out of step’ with rule of law: Rice

Business Standard, India –

The regional grouping pursues a controversial policy of “constructive engagement” with Myanmar, a military-run nation formerly known as Burma. …

ASEAN forum endorses disaster relief exercise

Radio Australia, Australia –

Disaster preparedness has risen high on the regional agenda after Cyclone Nargis struck Burma and an earthquake in south-west China together left more than …

Asia-Pacific Powers Finalize Ambitious Joint Disaster Relief Plan

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They called for civilian-military coordination in disaster relief—a need that became evident during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Burma cyclone in May …

Rice hits out at Burma ‘mockery’

BBC News, UK –

After a meeting with the 10 South East Asian foreign ministers, and other regional powers, the US secretary of state accused Burma – also known as Myanmar …

Asia’s security forum urges ASEAN, China to keep peace in Spratlys

Monsters and Critics.com –

Singapore – Asia’s main security forum on Thursday urged the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to expedite the formulation of …

DEMOCRACY FORCES WILL CHALLENGE THE CREDENTIALS OF THE MILITARY …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and …

Burma: Where do we go from here?

UNPO, Netherlands –

The peoples of Burma pleaded to the United Nations, the superpowers, China, Russia, India and ASEAN countries for help. But International countries are …

UN Chief convenes fourth ‘Group of Friends’ meet on Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — The United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday convened a meeting of the ‘Group of Friends’ to review the situation in Burma and …

FM Urges Aussie Govt. to Ban LTTE

Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka –

Foreign Minister Bogollagama who arrived in Singapore yesterday held bilateral discussions with his counterparts from Australia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, …

Cronyism, unhealthy competition in Burma media market

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

… in other business sectors in Myanmar (Burma), due in part to the government’s mismanagement of the country’s business environment,” the editor said. …

US Burmese Gem Ban Approved by Congress

IDEX Online, Israel –

The US Congress this week approved legislation blocking the import of gems from Myanmar ( Burma ). A sister bill was passed in the US House of …

It’s tempting to be isolationist

Paradise Post, CA –

Those idiots in Myanmar (Burma) allowed thousands to die while our relief ships were anchored off their coast – ready to help. …

Asia forum plans multinational disaster exercises

The Standard, Hong Kong –

… disaster management in a region that has seen international aid efforts mounted after a major cyclone in Burma and a devastating earthquake in China. …

US Senate Bans Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Referring to the crackdown on monks last year and the junta’s decision to place restrictions on international aid for cyclone victims, Berman said: “These …

Rice urges Asean to step up pressure on Burma

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee US States Secretary Condoleezza Rice urged Thursday the Asean to press Burma’s junta towards political reform and a release of …

UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / – 23 July 2008 — Daily …

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

WEDNESDAY, 23/07/2008 (MaximsNews Network) WEDNESDAY, 23/07/2008 (MaximsNews Network)

The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

MaximsNews Network, NY –
Question: Who are all the countries participating in the meeting on Burma today? Spokesperson: The countries participating are Australia, China, France, ..

Naga border villages depend on Burma villages for survival

Expressindia.com, India –

… cut off from the rest of the world in the absence of motorable road, villages in Myanmar just across the international border have come as a saviour. …

US calls Myanmar’s promise of democracy a ‘mockery’; Asia-Pacific …

International Herald Tribune, France –

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a stinging rebuke to Myanmar, also known as Burma, before attending a security conference hosted by the …

Myanmar ‘badly out f step’ with rule of law: Rice

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

The regional grouping pursues a controversial policy of ‘constructive engagement’ with Myanmar, a military-run nation formerly known as Burma. …

UN Wants ‘Tangible Progress’ in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Second, unlike the UN group, this luncheon meeting includes Myanmar (Burma). So there is a sense of ownership,” Sen said. “Without involving Myanmar …

Asia-Pacific Security Forum Discusses Civilian-Military Relief …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Rice praised ASEAN for forcing Burma’s doors to open to aid. “That was a useful role, but it should never have happened in the first place,” she said. …

Myanmar victims still struggling as emergency aid winds down

Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –

Emergency relief operations are winding down in Myanmar’s cyclone-struck delta, but aid workers say that with many survivors still without enough food or …

Dhaka, Rangoon Agree to Resolve Maritime Dispute

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: Two top foreign officials from Burma and Bangladesh pledged on Wednesday during a meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum held in Singapore to resolve …

Sri Lanka Minister at South-East Asian Meet Urges Australia to Ban …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Minister Bogollagama said that there is broad support within SAARC [South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation] for Myanmar’s [Burma] admission as an …

Rice urges countries to settle dispute

The National, United Arab Emirates –

We are concerned about it and there needs to be a way to resolve it peacefully,” she told reporters outside the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting. …

Thai-Cambodia border row should not be pushed to UN : US

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Q : Madame: A question on Burma; I read somewhere you said earlier that you will push Asean to do more on the Burma. Have you done over the past days? …

Malaria Control Goals Are Likely To Be Unachievable

Science Daily (press release) –

For example, Burma (Myanmar) received US$0.01 for each person at risk, compared to US$147 in Suriname, South America. Certain areas, such as Africa, …

Within And Beyond Asean

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The Thai-Cambodian dispute centred on the Preah Vihear temple is flaring so soon after Asean barely managed to tackle the Burma humanitarian situation. …

Rice’s Asean ‘Gardening’

Wall Street Journal –

By DOUGLAS H. PAAL Yesterday US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dropped in on an important Asian political conference she has missed in recent years. …

Singapore: ‘Asean Needs To Find Ways To Resolve Disputes’

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The Burma crises sorely tested Asean’s principle of non-interference. Now, the Thai-Cambodian spat has put into the spotlight one of the fundamental …

Govt to appoint new ASEAN ambassador

ABC Online, Australia –

Officials have also expressed the need to plan and test how member states could help each other during disasters such as the Burma cyclone, …

Remember Burma’s Child Soldiers

Washington Post, United States –

Children, some as young as 11, are forcibly recruited into Burma’s armed forces. According to a 2002 report from Human Rights Watch, Burma had the largest …

How Hostages, and Nations, Get Liberated

Black and White, AL –

Before that, the cause du jour was Burma, where a vicious dictatorship allowed thousands of cyclone victims to die by denying them independently delivered …

US backs ASEAN Burma statement on rights

Radio Australia, Australia –

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Southeast Asian nations to put more pressure on Burma’s junta to improve human rights and adopt …

US lawmakers consider Olympic rights message to China

AFP –

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

North Korea to Sign Non-Aggression Treaty With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The ASEAN group consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

UN mediator’s Myanmar trip must yield progress: global group

Straits Times, Singapore –

UNITED NATIONS – A GROUP of countries trying to foster democratic rule in Myanmar said on Wednesday that UN mediator Ibrahim Gambari’s upcoming visit to the …

Letter to donors on reconstruction after Cyclone Nargis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The Post-Nargis Joint Assessment (PONJA) conducted by ASEAN, Burmese officials, and UN officials, is an important step towards an accurate assessment of the …

NZ offers more aid to Burma cyclone region

Radio Australia, Australia –

New Zealand is to give extra funds to Burma following the devastation caused by cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Winston Peters says just under $US2 million …

US praises ASEAN as ‘place to rally’ despite failure to resolve …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – go

She said ASEAN had an important role to play bringing about change in Myanmar, also known as Burma, whose military rulers have faced severe international …

Congress Passes ‘Burma’ Act

Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –

“In essence, this act closes the loophole that allowed stones to be recut outside of Burma and no longer be considered as “Burmese origin” when imported,” …

HRW Urges Donors to Ensure Burma’s Rulers Do Not Divert Cyclone Aid

Voice of America –

The United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Monday that Burma needs more than $1 billion in aid over the next three years to …

Unique summer camp

Orangeburg Times Democrat, SC –

The children enrolled at the camp were from many different nations including Burma (Myanmar), Somalia and Mexico. A common bond in their lives is that their …

FM urges Aussie govt. to ban LTTE

Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –

Foreign Minister Bogollagama who arrived in Singapore yesterday held bilateral discussions with his counterparts from Australia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, …

IB eye on China, NE outfits ‘link’

Howrah News Service, India –

IB sleuths were working on information that arms are being procured by the insurgents from Kunming province in China bordering Burma. …

Pres. Signature is Next Step for Ban on Gems, Jade from Myanmar

Diamonds.net, NY –

The bill, which originated in the House and passed the Senate yesterday, also makes leaders, officers, and their families in Myanmar (also called Burma) …

Burma: Cyclone Donors Should Ensure Transparency and Accountability

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

The Tripartite Core Group (TCG) – comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations and the Burmese ruling State Peace and …

60 years of celebrating human rights

The New Nation, Bangladesh –

“The tragedy of 20 years of isolation of Burma has done no good, even though the politicians have felt good about condemning the human rights record of the …

Back from Burma

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

By Lucy-Claire Saunders The only Canadian Red Cross worker to spend more than a month in Burma arrived back in Canada last week after providing logistical …

Congress Moving to Extend Sanctions Against Myanmar

CQPolitics.com, DC –

The sanctions bar all US imports from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, until its regime improves its record on human rights, moves toward a democratic …

EU-ASEAN meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (July 23-24, 2008)

France Diplomatie (press release), France –

It will notably be an opportunity to raise the EU’s concerns with respect to the situation in Burma and North Korea. The Minister of State will also have …

At UN, High-Level Friends of Myanmar Meet But Few Speak, As …

Inner City Press, NY –

Practically, in this case silence meant that while the US criticized Gambari performance, or what he has emerged from his previous trips to Myanmar with, …

National Jeweler Network, NY –

… it will hurt small gemstone dealers in Burma and the gem and jewelry industry that processes the goods in Thailand, more than the government of Myanmar. …

Beijing Olympics: To Attend or Not to Attend?

Embassy, Canada –

Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae last week argued Canada needs “to engage” with the Asian nation, “don’t rebuff China.” But in an interview with CTV …

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Dhaka, Yangon vow to resolve maritime disputes

Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –

Dhaka, July 23 (bdnews24.com)–Bangladesh and Myanmar have pledged to resolve disputes over their maritime borders in the quickest possible time, …

Rice Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the southeast Asian regional bloc has an important role to play in pushing Burma towards democracy. ..

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World Focus on Burma (20-11-2007)

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  1. China backs dialogue between Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    SINGAPORE : Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday backed a fledgling dialogue between Myanmar’s ruling military and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to
  2. EU, US officials eye cooperation on Myanmar crisis
    Reuters UK, UK –
    By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – European Union and US officials discussed ways to increase pressure on Myanmar on Monday, …
  3. South-east Asia’s toothless charter
    Financial Times, UK – Editorial comment
    Recent demonstrations in Burma, led by Buddhist monks and crushed by the military junta, have provided an uncomfortable but useful dose of reality for …
  4. ASEAN Charter OK hinges on Suu Kyi release
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … difficulty” ratifying the group’s landmark charter unless Burma (Myanmar) moved onto the path of democracy and freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  5. EU envoy urges Asia to step up pressure on Myanmar
    EUbusiness (press release), UK –
    But the bloc has so far been reluctant to take any punitive action against Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and a member of the group. …
  6. Two charged with killing and burning 5 Burmese farmhands
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Mae Sot is among districts in the North, well-known for border trade with Burma. The governor yesterday told all employers not to resort to using cruel …
  7. New Asean charter lacks vision
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The Burma question has become a yearly embarrassment and pressure point for Asean, and everyone is curious whether the collective global indignation after …
  8. US criticises ASEAN as Myanmar overshadows new charter
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    By Neil Chatterjee SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations called on Myanmar on Monday to move towards democracy after facing criticism and …
  9. ‘Cut off’ Myanmar: rights group
    AFP –
    The group urged the international community to put pressure on countries doing business with Myanmar. “Burma’s generals have used the promise of oil and gas …
  10. ASEAN backs down from Burma action
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    Thein Sein told ASEAN that Burma was capable of handling its political matters on its own. [Reuters file photo] The Association of South East Asian Nations …
  11. ASEAN to stay clear of Myanmar crisis
    Hindu, India –
    SINGAPORE: The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday agreed to “make way” for Myanmar, a member-state, to “deal directly with the United …
  12. EU envoy discusses Myanmar sanctions with Bush administration
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Piero Fassino’s meetings in Washington came as EU foreign ministers approved implementation of new European sanctions against Myanmar, also called Burma. …
  13. Asean kowtows to Rangoon
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore – Nine Southeast Asian leaders have cancelled their briefing on Burma by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari because the Burmese military junta objected. …
  14. ‘Myanmar problems an internal affair’
    The Post, Pakistan –
    SINGAPORE: The situation in Myanmar is an internal matter which the government is able to handle itself, the country’s prime minister Thein Sein told …
  15. ASEAN to sign charter despite Myanmar row
    Reuters –
    In September, just a year after the Thai military overthrew a democratically elected government, the Myanmar military junta ordered soldiers to shoot at …
  16. ASEAN summit opens amid contention over Myanmar, snubbed UN address
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … Southeast Asian nation also known as Burma. European Union foreign ministers approved several additional sanctions against the Myanmar regime on Monday, …
  17. Burma slaps on Asean face
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Most leaders expressed the view that Myanmar (Burma) could not go back or stay put. The process of national reconciliation had to move forward, …
  18. ‘Asean Charter May Not Have Teeth But It Will Surely Have A Tongue’
    Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thien Sein, speaking to the media, confirmed everyone’s hope that “Yes, Myanmar will be signing the Charter”. …
  19. ASEAN leaders open formal summit in Singapore
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    He added that ASEAN leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar issue from obstructing efforts to deepen integration and build an ASEAN community. …
  20. Myanmar spoils the party
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia – Editorial
    By contrast, Myanmar will celebrate what has, for the past decade, enabled it to hide behind asean’s shield vis- -vis the hostile international community. …
  21. Myanmar a reason for ASEAN to move on
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    If the alphabetical rule is also applied to the photo op, then he might not be standing next to Myanmar’s PM. President Yudhoyono will stand in between the …
  22. Asian Leaders, Seeking Myanmar’s Gas, May Go Soft on Sanctions
    Bloomberg –
    … Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. China said last week it will reject sanctions on Myanmar at the East Asia summit in Singapore and won’t …
  23. Asean grapples with Burma question
    BBC News, UK –
    I am arguing for suspension not because I think it would improve conditions on the ground in Myanmar [Burma], but because of the effect is having on Asean. …
  24. Asean Leaders Agree to Form EU-Style Bloc by 2015 (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean’s members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  25. ANALYSIS: Myanmar emerges unexpected victor of ASEAN leaders summit
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘ASEAN has given the ruling junta carte blanche to do as they like,’ said Debbie Stothard, with the Bangkok-based Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma. …
  26. Philippines salvages Gambari visit after his address to Asian …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned address on Myanmar to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, but his trip to Singapore was partly salvaged by …
  27. Arroyo calls for human rights protection at Asean meet
    GMA news.tv, Philippines –
    The President, outgoing Asean chair, said it is expected that Myanmar would work for the release of Suu Kyi once it signs the regional body’s Charter. …
  28. SHABERY: Asean Charter pioneers human rights mechanism in grouping
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    Replying to Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (BN-Santubong) on why there was no strong message from Asean leaders to press the Myanmar military ruler to …
  29. Asian Nations Deal Blow To UN Efforts on Burma
    New York Sun, NY –
    The Singapore gathering yesterday marked the first ASEAN meeting since the latest crisis began in Burma — named Myanmar by the junta — in October. …
  30. Highlights of new Association of Southeast Asian Nations Charter
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    _ ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  31. Music of Nat Pwe
    PopMatters, IL –
    Burma was in the headlines. “More deaths in Myanmar, and defiance”, said the New York Times. “Burma seals off key monasteries”, said the BBC. …
  32. ASEAN adopts roadmap for EU-style economic community by 2015
    Earthtimes, UK –
    … transport links within ASEAN – which consists of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. …
  33. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Ian Timberlake SINGAPORE — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was “disappointed” by the decision to cancel …
  34. Downer hoping for last-minute climate deal
    Ninemsn, Australia –
    Downer said he would also push for separate talks with Myanmar’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the summit. The East Asia Summit brings together …
  35. Asean Leaders Agree to Form EU-Style Bloc by 2015 (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean’s members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  36. Activists attack ASEAN on lack of Myanmar pressure

    Demonstrators staging a skit / Reuters – “Burma has been a major shame for ASEAN,” Khin Omar said. “The social, economic and security aspects that it’s looking to resolve and promote in the region, …
  37. Lesson from Myanmar: Sharing matters
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX –
    Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), in the heart of Southeast Asia, a country ruled by terror — murder of pacifists and those desiring democracy — is the …
  38. Protesters barred from giving Suu Kyi card to ASEAN leaders
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Wearing T-shirts with the message “We pursue peace, justice and democracy for Burma,” they proceeded down the famed Orchard Road shopping strip under the …
  39. Restore democracy in Myanmar
    NDTV.com, India –
    PTI ASEAN countries mounted pressure on Myanmar to free political detainees and start talks with Aung San Suu Kyi for a peaceful transition to democracy …
  40. Manmohan arrives in Singapore to attend ASEAN summit (Lead: PM visit)
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Another issue, which is likely to dominate at the summit, is the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar, where the military junta launched a crackdown on pro-democracy …
  41. ASEAN Chairman’s statement on Myanmar
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Prime Minister Thein Sein made clear that the situation in Myanmar was a internal Myanmar affair and that Myanmar is competent in handling the situation of …
  42. Refugees find First Coast to be a welcoming place
    Florida Times-Union, FL –
    … plenty of jobs and compassionate people, such as the several Southern Baptist congregations who have adopted Christians from Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  43. Southeast Asian Nations Balk at Upsetting Burma
    CNSNews.com, VA –
    She said she had told the ministers that ASEAN had a special responsibility when it came to Burma, which is also known as Myanmar. …
  44. Asean grapples with Burma question
    BBC News, UK –
    I am arguing for suspension not because I think it would improve conditions on the ground in Myanmar [Burma], but because of the effect is having on Asean. …
  45. Southeast Asian Leaders Adopt Charter
    The Associated Press –
    The Philippines has warned that its Congress would be hard-pressed do so unless Myanmar upholds the charter’s principles of democracy and human rights and …
  46. Asian Leaders Sign Pact to Form EU-Style `East Asia Community’
    Bloomberg –
    Asean is made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. “The formation of an East Asia …
  47. ASEAN leaders sign charter amid Myanmar row
    ABC News –
    He was followed by the leaders of the young democracies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines; the leaders of one-party states Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and …
  48. Southeast Asian summit soured by Myanmar row
    AFP –
    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a plea for the crisis in Myanmar, which has exposed divisions within the Association of Southeast Asian …
  49. UN special envoy arrives to disappointment at Singapore summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “We tried to give Myanmar (Burma) a chance to reform, but it has come to a point where we now have to push them,” the official said.
  50. ASEAN faces tough road to become EU-style economic bloc
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Myanmar’s poor human rights records and political problems are also barriers to asean’s plans to boost linkages with its key trading partners, …
  51. ASEAN members sign economic treaty
    ABC Online, Australia –
    “Prime Minister Thein Sein of Myanmar [Burma] made clear that the situation in Myanmar was a domestic Myanmar affair and that Myanmar was fully capable of …
  52. UN Study Spotlights Development Gaps Among ASEAN Member Countries
    AHN –
    According to ESCAP, the disparities in health are stark, with child and maternal mortality rates of Cambodia, Laos and Burma officially known as Myanmar …
  53. Singapore: ASEAN historic charter is toothless, say critics
    آكي, Italy –
    The military junta in Burma (also known as Myanmar), sparked international outrage when it violently suppressed anti-government protests in September …
  54. Asean leaders sign historic charter
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … that the brutal September crackdown against protest marches by the military rulers of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, had poisoned the proceedings. …
  55. ASEAN leaders sign milestone charter
    The Age, Australia –
    “And he has told Japan to support Myanmar (Burma) should it move in the good direction towards democratisation.” A Japanese Foreign Ministry official proved …
  56. Burma deals blow to asean’s credibility
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    “ASEAN leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar [Burma] issue from obstructing our efforts to deepen integration and build an ASEAN community,” the host …
  57. Burmese Opposition Groups Disappointed by asean’s Cancellation of …
    Voice of America –
    By Claudia Blume A Burmese political activist says opposition groups are disappointed by asean’s giving in to Burma’s military government. …
  58. EU – US turn up pressure on junta and ASEAN
    Mizzima.com, India –
    European Union ministers saw the move as inevitable, given that: “The EU remains concerned by the situation in Burma/Myanmar and reiterated its call on the …
  59. Myanmar citizens mount protest at ASEAN summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Many held small printed leaflets that read “ASEAN — Act with Honour, Action on Burma Now”. Three people in front of the group held a large banner that read …
  60. Historic ASEAN Charter signed
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Monday night that the Philippines expects that if Myanmar signed the Charter the latter would return to the path of …
  61. PGMA calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi, return to democracy in …
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    “They have tasked me to express their fundamental concerns” over the prolonged detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Myanmar. …
  62. Burma Gets Away With It Again at ASEAN
    Asia Sentinel, China –
    “Myanmar feels that they deal with the UN and it is their own domestic matter. This evening, Myanmar objected and we base our decisions on consensus. …
  63. ASEAN says no to Gambari to please Myanmar
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Leaders from Malaysia and Indonesia however backed Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein’s view that Gambari’s visit amounted to interfering with Burma’s …
  64. US Schwab Optimistic On Doha; Scolds Asean On Myanmar
    Truth about Trade & Technology, IA –
    Separately, Schwab criticized the Association of the South East Asian Nations, or Asean, for failing to take strong action against member Myanmar over the …
  65. Southeast Asian Pact Exposes Rifts
    New York Times, United States –
    Thailand’s military leaders have close professional ties with their counterparts in Myanmar, and Thailand depends on Burmese natural gas for much of its …
  66. Asean bows to Myanmar, won’t hear UN envoy’s report
    Philippine Star, Philippines –
    By Pia Lee-Brago SINGAPORE (via PLDT) – Bending to the wishes of Myanmar, ASEAN leaders called off on Monday night a briefing by United Nations special …
  67. Clark confident China is behind UN role in Myanmar
    TV3 News, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  68. Southeast Asian Leaders Adopt Charter
    The Associated Press –
    asean’s Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong insisted the body was not kowtowing to Myanmar, also known as Burma, by shelving Gambari’s scheduled address on …
  69. ASEAN leaders adopt historic charter – 2
    RIA Novosti, Russia –
    The first member of the association to come under consideration for human rights violations is Myanmar, whose leaders used force to suppress mass protest …
  70. Burma PM opposes Asean on UN envoy
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Most leaders expressed the view that Myanmar [Burma] cannot go back or stay put. The process of national reconciliation has to move forward, and the UN has …
  71. Chinese make move
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    In china’s quest for energy security, Chinese companies have penetrated into the power-generating business in Burma and Laos, a move which could threaten …
  72. Asean mired in Burma quagmire
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand – Editorial
    Lee chose his words carefully when he talked about Burma and what it plans to do. Indeed, when Lee held a press conference right after an informal dinner, …
  73. NZ PM to meet UN envoy re Myanmar
    Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
    New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will have a one-on-one meeting with the United Nations envoy to Myanmar, after his briefing to the East Asia Summit …
  74. Southeast Asian nations meet: A future for …
    San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
    Take, for example, Thein Sein, the prime minister of Myanmar (formerly Burma), who “stood stiff and stern” throughout the charter-signing ceremony. …
  75. SE Asian leaders back nuclear energy
    AFP –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders offered their backing Tuesday for the use of nuclear energy despite concerns over safety in a region prone to …
  76. Issue of Burma Dogs Southeast Asian Summit
    Voice of America –
    … which calls for the establishment of a human rights body, Burma agrees to do more to protect human rights. “If we sign the charter…so, …
  77. ASEAN leaders disallow UN envoy to brief them on Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    Myanmar [ Burma] has every confidence in managing Professor Gambari’s mission and the good offices of the UN,” the grouping said. “In view of …
  78. NLD welcomes Suu Kyi, Aung Kyi meetings
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 20, 2007- Burma’s main opposition political party, the National League for Democracy today welcomed the meetings between the ruling Burmese junta’s …
  79. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Reuters AlertNet, UK –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  80. New Proposed US Sanctions Target Burmese Gems
    Voice of America –
    By Bill Rodgers A major gem auction is underway in Burma despite tightening Western sanctions that include calls for a boycott of Burmese gems. …
  81. Watch Those Mobiles
    Outlook (subscription), India –
    It is learnt that taking advantage of the inability of the Myanmar military junta to provide satisfactory and affordable mobile phone services in the Shan …
  82. Myanmar citizens mount protest at ASEAN summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE — About 40 Myanmar residents of Singapore held a brief vigil Tuesday night to protest what they said was an inadequate response to the crisis in …
  83. Manmohan pushes Myanmar to work for national reconciliation
    DailyIndia.com, FL –
    “In view of Myanmar’s position, Gambari will not brief ASEAN or East Asia Summit leaders. Singapore will facilitate meetings with interested parties,” Lee …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2007 at 7:07 am