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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 …

World focus on Burma (26 January 2009)

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Win Tin rejects election talks with UN envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
During his last visit, he was not able to meet with junta leader senior general Than Shwe or detained NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and was criticised for the …

Event celebrates Burmese culture
News Sentinel, IN –
The dictatorship renamed the country Myanmar. Dr. Nora E. Rowley, a member of the US Campaign for Burma, said she witnessed the abuses of the regime against …

Photos show refugees cast adrift
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE first pictures have emerged showing hundreds of refugees who had fled Burma being towed into international waters on the order of the Thai Army and …

Netaji: The Undying Legend
Mainstream, India –
He collected Rs 25 crores from Indians in Burma, now Myanmar. A Muslim businessman gave away all his worldly possessions worth over a crore of rupees. …

RIGHTS-MALAYSIA: Malaysian, Thai Officials Trafficking Burmese …
Inter Press Service, Italy –
“They are left stranded, unable to return to Myanmar (official name for Burma) where they face certain persecution by the military regime and rejected from …

More go hungry as world food prices rise
The Age, Australia –
The Humanitarian Action Report says the devastation caused by cyclone Nargis in Burma last May has meant about 20000 children still suffer food shortages. …

Soaring Kyat Means More Economic Turmoil for Burmese
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Falling world prices and slack demand are hitting Burmese rice farmers especially hard. Already struggling to cope with the effects of Cyclone Nargis, …

Sein Win Re-elected PM of Government-in-Exile
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Sein Win is a cousin of Aung San Suu Kyi, the symbolic leader of the NLD. His new term of office is four years. Bo Kyi, a leading Burmese dissident in Mae …

Obama Speech Censored in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last week, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) news agency reported that the Burmese junta hopes that the new US president will change Washington’s tough policy …

8 Bangladeshis Kidnapped by Arakanese Insurgents
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The DPA is a small armed group fighting against the Burmese military government and is a member of the Arakan National Council. The Arakan National Council …

Labour activist jailed for 10 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 26, 2009 (DVB)–Labour activist Zaw Htay, who helped farmers file a report to the International Labour Organisation on land seizure in Magwe’s Nat Mauk …

Rice Traders’ Association chair dismissed
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The remaining 18000 kyat was spent on providing aid for Cyclone Nargis victims, Win Kyaing said. “He said the association had spent 2 million kyat over the …

NCGUB appoints three new ministers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Senior National League for Democracy member Win Tin said he supported all efforts for democracy in Burma but warned that the establishment of a new …

Residents Forced to Clean Town for PM’s Trip
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Maungdaw: Residents in Maungdaw have been forced by district authorities to clean their town in advance of a visit by the Burmese military junta’s prime …

Burmese celebration ‘shows we are united’
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
Day 2, we make democracy.” With President Obama taking the reins in the United States, Soe said he hopes the end of the regime in Myanmar can happen soon. ..

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – JANUARY 2009
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… rigging the coming election as it has just done in the May 2008 referendum, perpetuating their suffering under various brutal human rights violations. …

Australia Day honours list
Brisbane Times, Australia –
For distinguished service to the community through the advancement of human rights and social justice, and by raising public awareness and understanding of …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

World focus on Burma (25 January 2009)

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A New US Strategy for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In September 2007, I wrote in Mizzima News that the UN approach had failed to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. …

Dr. Sein Win re-elected PM of government in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Mathematics Professor Dr. Sein Win (64) is the cousin brother of detained Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and he received his doctoral degree from …

Thailand’s government has come under criticism again for its alleged mistreatment of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. The south-east Asian country has …

Tom Lantos JADE Act Guidelines Released
IDEX Online, Israel –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter the US even if they had …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Rights groups demand fair treatment for migrant workers in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
We must know that the root cause of this problem is the Burmese junta. As long as the junta rules Burma, these migrant workers will flow to Thailand. …

Thais deny boat people abuse claims
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The allegations were made as Thailand offered to host a regional conference aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. …

FEATURE: Descendents of ‘Orphan Army’ dream of home
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… thousands of KMT soldiers who had crossed the border to Thailand and Burma (now Myanmar) were isolated there, eventually becoming known as the “Orphan …

REFUGEES STRUGGLE: Economic situation makes life tougher for newcomers
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
The refugees came from Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan and Burundi, and though currently about 118 refugees are employed, …

‘Women in Pakistan well represented politically’
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Sherry also mentioned Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who continued her struggle for democracy and human rights in her country. …

Burma Clamps Down on Christians
Journal Chrétien, France –

A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

Learn from Rangoon, but do not involve it
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Whatever the answer, the red-shirts have mocked Thailand, Burma and themselves at the same time. The pro-Thaksin group was effectively telling the world …

Scientist puts mother tongue on academia threshold
Standard, Kenya –
Then, his father, Mbugwa Mwatha, who had served in the King’s African Rifles and fought in World War II in Burma (now Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

World focus on Burma (24 August 2009)

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BBC slammed for refusing to air Gaza appeal
The Associated Press –
The appeals have raised millions of pounds (dollars) for victims of war and natural disaster in Congo, Myanmar and elsewhere. BBC director-general Mark …

Thailand and Myanmar’s army leaders compared
Global Voices Online, MA –
by Mong Palatino Rule of Lords insists that Thailand’s army leaders are not better than Burma’s. As Awzar Thi of AHRC says, the Thai military is similar in …

Women in Pakistan well represented politically: Sherry Rehman
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
Similarly, the Minister said, Burmese woman political leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her struggle for democracy and human rights for her country in an …

Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the …

Gambari to visit Myanmar for the seventh time
Merinews, India –
… Myanmar military junta see reason and usher in political reconciliation at the earliest, the United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is …

Bush should get more credit for fighting terror
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… 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. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari will visit military-ruled Myanmar next week to try to revive negotiations between the junta and detained opposition …

Robbie Burns at 250
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Agitating for democracy in Scotland in the 1790s was as popular with the authorities as it is today in Burma. In an earlier draft of the poem, …

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The crackdown on Christians comes as the government seeks to consolidate its power in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) …

Republican Senators resort to extortion on Holder nomination
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog, WA –
If the rule of law were not important, what would separate our nation from countries like Myanmar (Burma) or North Korea? If Eric Holder, or any other Obama …

Thailand calls conference on refugees
The Associated Press –
Foreign Ministry officials met envoys from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Myanmar to discuss the exodus of refugees from camps in the …

Burma’s junta does not give honor to whom honor is due
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma (Myanmar) on 22 January 1909. He was the first Asian Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United …

Boat people scandal hits Thai army
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, who has repeatedly stated a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, said on Thursday there were “quite a …

China says 19 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
MSNBC – 18 hours ago
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name, Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

US Treasury Blocks Assets of 25 Pursuant to Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY –
The Act forbids import of gemstones from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, to the US, either through direct means or through third-party countries. 1. …

Burma Tightens Restrictions on Christian Worship
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… Christian relief efforts that filtered into the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a hurricane that destroyed much of the region in May 2008. …

Imprisoned monk goes on hunger strike in Myanmar
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 19 years. …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
WebWire (press release), GA –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Indonesia to expel Rohingya boatpeople held at navy base
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Indonesia will deny political asylum to 193 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are being held at a navy base after they were found stranded off the …

Thai Foreign Ministry invites Ambassadors from concerned countries …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… and Malaysia as well as the Charge d’affaires of Myanmar to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consultations on the issue of Rohingya illegal migrants. …

Another Loss for Burmese Activist’s Family
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
BANGKOK—The 23-year-old wife of a Burmese activist involved in helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis has suffered a second-trimester miscarriage in …

55 Films and 31 Filmmakers Slated for 2009 Boulder International …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… with Burmese Princess Inge Sargent, author of Twilight over Burma and a recipient of the United Nations Association International Human Rights Award. …

Thailand Asks Neighbors to Cooperate on Illegal Immigration
Voice of America –
Officials from Thailand’s foreign ministry met Friday with ambassadors from Burma, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. …

Gambari’s return fails to inspire Burmese Opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – said it does not expect United Nations special envoy …

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… undo the Bush’s era human rights violations, and restore America’s lost moral posture, befitted for a democratic superpower. Meanwhile, Burma has been …

Burma VJ turns Sundance’s eye toward government protests
Paste Magazine, GA –
Myanmar, often referred to as Burma, has been under military control since 1962. The film offers a firsthand account of the protests in the capital city of …

Thailand’s new boat people
GlobalPost –
There are about 1 million Rohingya, with roughly 800000 living along Burma’s coast and another 200000 or so in refugee camps across the Bangladeshi border. …

Rohingya Boat People Not to Get Asylum Here
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
One of the boat people, Imam Husen, told the Reuters news agency from his hospital bed that he and about 580 other people had set off from Mundu in Burma in …

The bottom of a burst bubble: depravity and the economic turndown
Gauntlet, Canada –
Within the last months of 2008 and stretching into the New Year, hundreds of economic refugees fleeing from Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly reached …

Sister Says Jailed Burmese Monk on Hunger Strike
Voice of America –
By VOA News The sister of a Buddhist monk imprisoned by Burma’s military rulers for pro-democracy activities says her brother is on a hunger strike. …

FDA crackdown dramatically cuts availability of Asian food …
Inside Bay Area, CA –
Among them was Zin Nwe, an ethnic Chinese who recently graduated from medical school in her native Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

My portfolio: Ryan Libre
BBC News, UK –

“The KIO encourages free access to international media, including Human Rights Watch reports.” “The 1994 ceasefire between the KIA and the Burmese military …

Will Obama be able to change things in Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
One wonders whether the overtures by the Burmese junta could mean a fresh start for reconciliation and the beginning of a win-win situation. …

World focus on Burma (23 January 2009)

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Burmese monks and activists mistreated and tortured
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Myanmar’s military junta is making political prisoners live in unhealthy living conditions, depriving them of adequate food and …

Thailand offers to host regional meeting on Rohingyas
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… Burma, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The ministry invited the ambassadors to meet after pres¬sure on the government over the Navy’s alleged humanrights …

You wouldn’t read about it
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

On Wednesday, this newspaper reported that the Thai army had – on two separate occasions – pushed about 1000 Burmese boat people back into international …

Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas — members of a stateless, Muslim ethnic group that fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar — leave …

Thailand proposes regional workshop on Rohingya migrants
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… Indonesia, India and the charge d’affaires of Myanmar on the problem of illegal Rohingya migrants fleeing Myanmar by boat in large numbers recently. …

Than Shwe congratulates Obama
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s official newspaper New Light of Myanmar on Friday reported in its front page that Senior General Than Shwe “has sent a message of congratulations to …

Thailand says 126 Rohingya boat people ‘escorted’ to sea already
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
On Tuesday the UNHCR requested access to 126 Rohingyas, members of a Muslim minority group from the North Arakan State in Myanmar, and said they should be …

Child Labor Widespread in Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Myo Min lost his mother when Cyclone Nargis slashed through southwestern Burma on May 2-3. He now lives with his brother and works full-time aboard a …

No Great Expectations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The former political prisoner, who has been a critic of Burma’s authoritarian rulers since the socialist era of late dictator Ne Win, cautioned against …

On the Road to Labutta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One foreigner was wearing Burmese clothes and pretending to be local, but he was easily identified and could not speak Burmese, so he was taken off the bus …

Migrant Crackdown Won’t Solve Problem: Rights Groups
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Adisorn Kerdmongkol, a team organizer with the Migrant Working Group (MWG) based in Bangkok, said, “The root cause of the problem for illegal Burmese …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 23, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… which potentially offer a new buyer for surplus Burmese bean crops in return for much-needed agricultural fertilizer. The Myanmar Federation of Chambers …

Junta collects details from parties to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
Ye Tun, a member of ’88 Generation Students and Youth (Union of Burma)’, a junta-backed group, which had announced that it will contest the 2010 elections, …

UN envoy Gambari to revisit Burma soon
Mizzima.com, India –
But during his last visit in August 2008, he failed to meet the Burmese junta supremo Snr. Gen Than Shwe while detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Kolkata celebrates Netaji’s birth anniversary
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Later, Gandhi released a new paperback edition of Netaji’s collected works titled “In Burma Prisons”. The chief guest at the function was Italian ambassador …

Netaji’s rare letters to be on display
Express Buzz, India –
These and several other rare letters written by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to his father Janakinath Bose from prison cells in India and Myanmar (then Burma) …

‘Superman’ on a crusade to find justice
Metro, UK –

… Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former US President Jimmy Carter, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, …

UN envoy to test waters in Burma’s political quagmire
Mizzima.com, India –
by Larry Jagan Bangkok (Mizzima) – The United Nation’s special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari will make another visit to Burma at the end of the month on what may …

UN seeks access to Burmese boat people
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The United Nations is concerned over the plight of 174 Burmese boat people in Indonesian custody who were allegedly left to die at sea by the Thai military. …

Dala NLD youth member jailed
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway
Tun Lwin said Htet Soe Linn’s case was another example of the dysfunctional justice system in Burma. “This is a very ugly incident and discredits the image …

UDD asks Asean members to skip summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
More than 100 supporters of United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) handed letters to the Burma and Singapore embassies in Bangkok on Friday, …

Monk Gambira began to refuse food ten days ago, said Bo Kyi of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma. …

Go! Arts Highlights: Jan. 23-29
Times Herald-Record, NY –
… about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a political figure who was placed under house arrest in Burma almost two decades ago because of her political activism. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –

Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

2008 one of worst years for natural disasters this decade
CBC.ca, Canada –
The UN estimates that nearly 84000 people died and 54000 went missing after Cyclone Nargis came crashing into Burma, also known as Myanmar, last May 3. …

2008 one of worst years for natural disasters this decade
CBC.ca, Canada –
The UN estimates that nearly 84000 people died and 54000 went missing after Cyclone Nargis came crashing into Burma, also known as Myanmar, last May 3. …

Activists mark U Thant’s centenary birthday
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We mark the event because the military junta has been trying to wipe out the memory of the Burmese and world leader U Thant from the consciousness of the …

Ethnic Minorities Hold the Key to Burma’s Future
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burmese junta has accepted this situation for at least three reasons. First, the ceasefire accords have allowed the military to avoid multiple enemy …

The Burma Road, known to have helped supply China during World War II, passes through the region. Burma, or Myanmar, borders on the East. …

Myanmar junta congratulates Obama: state media
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –
Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962, and is under economic sanctions from the United States and Europe over rights …

Indonesia refuses Rohingya asylum
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
But according to Human Rights Watch, more than 250000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in 1992 amid a campaign of persecution and what many have …

Judgment for Mugabe
Boston Globe, United States –
At present, comparable crimes are being committed by the military junta in Burma and the genocidal regime in Sudan. The best hope to save lives in the …

Burma’s government-in-exile mulls future
Radio Australia, Australia –
Many belonged to Nobel laureate and detained Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, the NLD. Speaker: Dr. Sein Winn, Burma’s prime …

China says 18 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
Reuters India, India –
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

Myanmar: UN Envoy To Visit Myanmar At Month’s End, Says Diplomat
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: The special United Nations envoy tasked with promoting political reconciliation in Myanmar will visit the military-ruled country at the end …

Malaysia Crackdown
Buzzle, CA –
In Burma, the Rohingya are considered stateless with few rights. Their circumstances have prompted many to seek a better life in prosperous Muslim Malaysia. …

Burmese refugees fearful of new life in USA
USA Today –
Those who have escaped from Burma, also known as Myanmar, are in many respects a special case: They have fled a military regime that the Bush administration …

Report Says Deaths, Economic Losses Jump in 2008
Voice of America –
The Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters reports 2008 was one of the deadliest years on record, with two disasters, Cyclone Nargis in Burma and …

Can the ILO Be Saved from Itself?
Heritage.org, DC –
For example: In Burma, the ILO is the sole UN agency that plays a useful role on the ground. It has been directly responsible for enabling victims of forced …

A Thai Democrat?
Wall Street Journal –
It’s an increasingly important strategic ally for the West as China expands its influence and Burma’s generals drive that country deeper into chaos. …

Interview: Anders Østergaard and Joshua on “Burma VJ”
IFC –

Of course, we have the NLD, which was the official opposition organization spearheaded by Aung San Suu Kyi, but they were out of the game for a good while …

Life in a fishing village behind Myanmar’s walls
Worldfocus, NY –

The SPDC unilaterally changed the name in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar without consulting its citizens. Most opposition groups use Burma, …

PM PROPOSES COASTAL SECURITY UNIT TO PREVENT ILLEGAL MIGRATION
Pattaya Daily News, Thailand –
“This follows our expression of strong concern to the government last week over allegations that large groups of Rohingya boat people from Myanmar were …


Martin Luther King

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Martin Luther King at Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial in 1968. Barack Obama used the day before his inauguration to honour the spirit of King. Photograph: Francis Miller/Getty

Picture story : Obama honours Martin Luther King on last day before presidency begins

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Martin Luther King


Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

A Baptist minister,[1] King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.

King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_king

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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