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World focus on Burma (15 January 2009)

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WJA and GIA to host lecture for gemstones
Diamond World Magazine, India –
Also, the speaker will take the audience through some of his experiences at various gemstone hubs of the world, like Myanmar (Burma), East Africa, India, …

By Subir Bhaumik Thai soldiers are detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma and forcing them back out to sea in boats without engines, …

East Timor’s dream: Zone of peace
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… include the dictatorial rule in Burma, the former trouble in Aceh in Indonesia, the Moro conflict in Mindanao, and the insurgency in Southern Thailand. …

Burma’s Human Rights conditions deepens in 2008: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Another point that the HRW noted was the extension of the detention period of Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. …

Kerry praises Rice for UN ambassador
Boston Globe, United States –
Sometimes, working through the United Nations has proved frustrating when it comes to addressing humanitarian crises in places like Burma, Darfur, …

The sentencing of the young student is only the latest in Myanmar, headed by a military dictatorship that cuts off any form of dissent by imprisoning its …

Myanmar: Cyclone recovery “will take up to four years”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… citing the importance of the TCG – comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the government of Myanmar and UN – in facilitating access and …

Freedom House Report Shows Setbacks in Global Freedom
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma was also rated amongst the “worst of the worst” for political and civil liberties, largely due to severe crackdowns on political activists in the …

Thailand Urged to Stop Pushing Refugees Out to Sea
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


By LAWI WENG A refugee rights organization has called on the Thai government to stop stranding Rohingya boat people from western Burma’s Arakan State at sea …

Murders in Nepal, Sri Lanka Underscore Dangers for Journalists in Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

Six opposition party members freed
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta on Wednesday released six members of the opposition party, who had been arrested and detained for …

Thailand persecutes Muslim minority
Spero News –
The issue of Rohingya refugees from Burma, arrested in Thailand and abandoned on the high seas after seeking refuge, will be an issue discussed at the ASEAN …

Non-military Pilots to be Trained in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Military-ruled Burma is set to open a pilot ground training school at Hmawbi Air Force Base in Rangoon Division that—for the first time—will …

Ramos-Horta: Help, yes, but not mediate
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Ramos-Horta said the continued conflict in various parts of the world — in Gaza, Somalia, Sudan, and Burma/Myanmar — is “an indictment of all of us. …

Burma Situation Affects Region: Thai PM
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday that because the situation in Burma could affect other countries in the region, …

Change required in Burma: Thai PM
Mizzima.com, India –
He told reporters that whatever happened in Burma had an impact on the region as a whole, and that was the reason why Thailand would persuade the military …

Officials sacked after Than Shwe visit
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Provincial and township administration officials in Zalun township have been dismissed after junta leader senior general Than Shwe was …

Human Rights in Burma Deteriorating: Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China, Russia, India and Thailand continue to provide diplomatic support for the Burmese junta and are major trade and investment partners, the report said. …

Burmese Schoolteacher and Family Repatriated
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ko Gyi has previously been interviewed by BBC Burmese Service and The Irrawaddy. Thai authorities also raided his home and school in Ranong and seized some …

Six NLD members released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I told them it was my own decision to get involved in politics as I used to be a soldier and I love Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is the daughter of the …

Daw Suu’s lawyer frustrated by appeal delays
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Kyi Win, lawyer for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has expressed his frustration with the authorities’ slow response to her …

Hope for India’s ‘broken’ Buddhists
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
“Buddhist communities here are still very poor,” explains Fulzele, “We can’t build huge monasteries like in Burma [Myanmar], Sri Lanka or Thailand, …

Activist sent to 104 years in jail by Myanmar junta
Merinews, India –
The activist, also known as Phyo Gyi, is a member of the All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABFSU) in Upper Myanmar and was picked up by the police on …

THAILAND: Addressing sexual violence in Mae La refugee camp
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE LA, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – Mae La camp, the largest of nine for Burmese refugees on the Thai border, resembles a small thatched city, now more than a …

Burma: India Uncut congratulates Ashin Mettacara
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
India Uncut was also Nominated for best Asian blog and has been selected the finalist 2008 weblog awards. The blog was leading over Ashin Mettacara’s blog …

LARRY LITTLE: Bush Years: the Good, Bad and Ugly
Kitsap Sun,  United States –
3) Laura Bush as been truly a First “Lady,” and even Edith Wilson-like in her quietly handling point on crises such as Burma. 4) He has been a statesman in …

Burma sentences student to 104 years jail
Australia Network News, Australia –
Bo Min Yu Ko was sentenced at a Mandalay court for his political activities which included going to the Thai border to contact an exile group. …

Activist jailed 104 years
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘He was sentenced for his political activities as he went to the border (with Thailand) to contact an exile group,’ a Myanmar official told AFP on condition …

British minister calls for a new approach to EU-ASEAN trade pact
Monsters and Critics.com –
… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by 24.2 per cent and the region’s exports to the EU by 18.5 per cent. …

UniNet aims to be R&D hub in Indochina
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
We will then begin negotiation and cooperation with Burma and Cambodia to connect their education networks with UniNet,” Wichan said. “The Thai government …

Jose Ramos-Horta on my mind
Minda News, Philippines –
The same principle has been lately challenged in ASEAN with another monstrosity that is Burma. It was but natural then, nay, imperative to bring back “home” …

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

Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation …

Asean a diplomatic ‘superpower’
AsiaOne, Singapore –
But the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is a diplomatic superpower compared to the EU, argued an eminent political analyst, adding that Asean …

Questions Asians ask about America
Redwood Times, CA –
Editor’s note: In the next Letter from Asia, Stephens will take us deep into the heart of Burma, into an area up the Chindwan River where no foreigner has……

Bahrain among freest in region
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
“At a time when democracy’s antagonists are increasingly assertive and its supporters are in disarray, the new administration must focus on the need to …

Burmese Labor Activist Describes Kidnapping
Radio Free Asia, DC –
A Burmese labor activist in Malaysia describes how he was kidnapped and intimidated for speaking out against human trafficking. Burmese labor activist Ye …

Obama urged to act on human rights
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

… decision-making processes let countries such as Sudan and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, carry out rights abuses behind claims of sovereignty. …

Legacy of 50 years, 1900-1950 AD
Modern Ghana, Ghana –
African youth, as soldiers, are marched to Burma, and die aplenty for the British Crown. America stays strongly opposed to joining the war that she sees as …

Key Questions for Susan E. Rice, Nominee for US Ambassador to the United Nations
Heritage.org, DC –
[14] In Burma, UNDP was accused by local NGOs of allowing the regime to use its funds to further its political agenda and undermine the rights of its …

Group criticizes China’s human rights record
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
In Myanmar, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticized …

Report: US needs to reclaim human rights agenda from ‘spoilers’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… Egypt for encouraging less scrutiny of the Darfur conflict, and India and China for staying silent on repression in Myanmar (Burma). …

My shock at rough treatment of refugees on Thai holiday beach
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
… Thai navy guards beat scores of Rohingya refugees, who hail from the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, on a busy tourist beach in the Similan Islands. …

Repugnant refugee policy must be disowned
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
They bring to life a witness’ account of the rough reception that awaits Muslims from Myanmar who take to the sea in small boats in the hope of escaping …

Refugees in ordeal on Thai island
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group who hail from an area along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Mr Jones, his girlfriend and parents were among a boatload …

Reason’s Howley Banned in Burma
Reason Online, CA –
… and critical writings on the nation’s tyrannous regime in our pages. (Howley lived in and worked as a journalist in Burma before joining Reason. …

China criticised over human rights
The Press Association –
In Burma, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticised the …

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World focus on Burma (28 September 2008)

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Correspondent visits Burma on anniversary of Saffron Revolution
ABC Online, Australia –
I also needed an interview with an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It was a tall order, but within an hour it had all been …

Transcript of Sarkozy’s interview
India Today, India –
We shall further raise regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Burma. We shall discuss Euro-Indian …

Rebuke for Burma from world powers
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The talks on Saturday underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] Government to demonstrate its stated commitment to co-operation with the good …

Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma reform
The Age, Australia –

Women in bamboo hats,  symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation's Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary.

Women in bamboo hats, symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation’s Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary. Photo: AP

… four visits to Burma since the protests a year ago but failed to restart a dialogue between detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta or …

Venezuela Doubles Up On Chinese Jets
Strategy Page –
China has exported K-8s to several other countries (often at bargain prices), including Myanmar (Burma). The K8 (also called JL-8) is a 4.3 ton, two seat, …

In Self Defense
Brussels Journal, Belgium –
You see, the picture includes a failed government that is inspired by the Burmese junta when it resorts to its riot police. Then there is an opposition with …

Burmese Muslims appreciate Turkey’s aid during Ramadan
http://www.worldbulletin.net, Turkey –

Muslim families in Myanmar, a country which lost over 150000 citizens to the Cyclone Nargis, were delivered food packages by the IHH officials. …

Sunday newspaper round-up: Bradford and Bingley, US bailout plan, WPP
ShareCast, UK –
The Foreign Office has written to Lloyd’s of London chairman Lord Levene to outline its disapproval that Lloyd’s brokers are trading with the Burmese …

France will launch nuke cooperation with India: Sarkozy
Deccan Herald, India –
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan , Pakistan , Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

In case you were on Mars the past week …
Edmonton Sun,  Canada –
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1 million to Human Rights Watch for their efforts in Burma and Zimbabwe. – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have …

Burma: Political prisoner released but thousands remain
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
This is the result of struggles by solidarity and civil society groups alongside exiled Burmese activists, responding to Aung San Suu Kyi’s call for a total …

Asean’s man of passion at the helm
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –
“He’s a very smart guy,” said Dave Mathieson, a consultant on Burma for the US-based Human Rights Watch. “He’s a good diplomat. …

Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Last year, my office dedicated the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report to a group of Burmese fishermen who were trafficked on fishing boats. …

Myanmar’s junta asked to expedite political dialogue
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Sept 28 (PTI) Members of a group of nations, including India who are aiding efforts of the UN in expediting political dialogue in Myanmar …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies in Zimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s …

US Cuba policy: Aid needed, but sanctions must remain
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL –
Similar to pressure applied to the Burmese junta after the cyclone that ravaged that country earlier this year, it is imperative for all Americans to join …

Cuba Vs. Blockade
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… its MasterCard credit cards could not be used in Cuba, North Korea, Burma, Iran or the Sudan, as part of the economic sanctions imposed by Washington. …

UK: World ready to help Zim if democracy respected
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
It is the result of mismanagement by the Mugabe regime,” Miliband told reporters after attending a ministerial session on Burma hosted by United Nations …

THE ORIGIN OF DISHES
Tampa Tribune, FL –
Orange – cultivated for more than 4000 years, the fruit probably is native to India, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Southwest China. …

Burma summit unable to
Washington Times, DC –

Saturday’s high-level meeting on Burma, also known as Myanmar, produced little agreement about the next steps beyond a wary but ill-defined engagement by …

Key nations call on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
The Associated Press –
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations concerned about Myanmar called on its military government Saturday to release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy …

Monks March in Myanmar on Anniversary of Crackdown
New York Times, United States –
By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western city in Myanmar staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of …

FO warns Lloyd’s over Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Lloyd’s has historically been involved in Burma, despite international boycotts. Its syndicates reinsure the junta’s aviation and shipping interests, …

Aggression, Retaliatory Behavior, and the Buddhist Sangha
OpEdNews, PA –
It is a great irony that while Burma sells unrefined natural gas to neighboring countries, due to lack of capacity to purify such gas domestically, …

“That degree of cooperation has not been forthcoming from the Burmese (Myanmar) regime and remains the fundamental tenet of the friends of the secretary …

UN group aims to keep world focus on Myanmar
Reuters –
… UN group on Myanmar vowed on Saturday to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Democracy more important in Sweden´s new international aid policy
Stockholm News, Sweden –
The main message in the new policy is that poverty is not only measured in money, but also in terms of basic liberties meaning human rights. …

The UN secretary-general convened the first ministerial level meeting of the so-called “Friends of Myanmar” – the other name by which Burma is known. …

Freedom of movement in Sri Lanka and registration of new residents …
Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka –
Syria and Myanmar (Burma) too have recognised the principle though cautious in the process of implementation. Article 12 of the African Charter on Human …

27 September 2008 – Members of a group of nations helping Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his efforts to spur change in Myanmar today encouraged the …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s …

New hopes for democracy in Burma?
Manila Times, Philippines –
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Monks protest in Sittwe, western Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But activists and opposition political groups said, the number of deaths following the junta’s brutal crackdown could be hundreds if not thousands.



World focus on Burma (20 September 2008)

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Detained Rangoon-based journalist transferred to Insein prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Rangoon – Journalists seem to have become as big a threat to the Burmese military junta as dissident political activists. …

Saffron Revolution: bloodstained line between good and evil
Mizzima.com, India –
These are difficult days for all Burmese democracy advocates inside Burma. Prominent political leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi continue to suffer neglect …

Religious freedom continues to decline in Asia
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, tens of thousands of Burmese Buddhist monks protested the military dictatorship, which responded with killings, torture, …

Myanmar action over tainted milk
The Press Association –
Myanmar health authorities will take “relevant actions” against milk powder imported from China, a privately run newspaper said on Saturday. …

Ten National Security Myths
Middle East Online, UK –
Second, a League of Democracies would be no more effective than other organizations in solving humanitarian problems like those in Burma and Darfur or in …

Graphic novels with drive
The Gazette (Montreal), Canada –
The author’s follow-up, Shenzhen, employed a similar strategy, and now Delisle returns with Burma Chronicles. This time the everyman is a househusband, …

Calling upon Comprehensive Packages for Survivors of Trafficking
The Seoul Times, South Korea –
The primary objective of the dialogue was to deliberate upon the need for a cohesive approach to combat human trafficking and also address the larger issues …

Commemorating the first anniversary of the monks’ uprising in which thousands of Buddhist monks protested against Burma’s military dictatorship and the 20th …

Remarks on Release of 2008 International Religious Freedom Report
US Department of State, DC –
In September 2007, the Burmese military regime violently suppressed peaceful prodemocracy demonstrations led by courageous Buddhist monks and ordinary …

In Burma after the cyclone
Point Reyes Light, CA –
Harrison recently returned to Nicasio from Burma and the Irrawaddy delta, where he witnessed first hand the effects of Cyclone Nargis. …

Birmania. Siti dell’esilio sotto attacco
Fragmenta, Italy –
Many in the Burmese community—both inside and outside Burma—believe that the military authorities are behind the cyber attack. Our Web hosting companies …

Thai party rallies behind Somchai
Haber 27, Turkey –
… he failed to appear at the start of a trial investigating soft government loans to the military regime in neighbouring Burma while he was in office. …

US Religious Freedom Report Faults North Korea, Eritrea, Iran
Voice of America –
Those countries are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan – the same grouping as last year. …

Burmese Junta Attacks Websites
Web Host Industry Review –
By David Hamilton, theWHIR.com September 19, 2008 — (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — The ruling Burmese junta has launched a series of online attacks against …

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World focus on Burma (19 September 2008)

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Rebel heart
The Statesman, India –
She tells Mathures Paul about her plans to compose songs on Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalits in India The President of Iran will have to get …

‘Kumbaya’ at the UN, but Georgia on their minds
World Tribune –
Fine, but what about addressing human rights issues in Burma, Cuba, or Zimbabwe? Not a word but perhaps we should play the soundtrack of Kumbaya! …

Moral symbols in politics
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Figures like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma and Cory Aquino quickly come to …

Lessons from the Rohingya Muslim crisis
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
By Kusal Perera The old Burma, now known as Myanmar is a Theravada Buddhist country run by a military junta for over 4 decades for now, with an extremely …

Credentials Committee of the UN to decide on Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta in 1990 held general elections, where detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy party won a landslide …

Burma opposition offered guns by Islamists
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
ISLAMIC fundamentalists have offered weapons to Burma’s opposition groups with which to fight the ruling military junta. And the resistance groups – which …

Activists put Burma’s grim jails on display
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
But this 10-by-10-square-foot room isn’t actually a prison cell – the notorious prisons in Burma (Myanmar) are, of course, off limits to visitors. …

UN agency voices concern over sentencing of labour activist in Myanmar
UN News Centre –
19 September 2008 – The United Nations labour agency today expressed concern at the recent sentencing of an activist in Myanmar to two years of hard labour, …

ICAF calls for support for performers in Burma
Stage, UK –
… of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has called for his immediate and unconditional release, and for the charges to be dropped. …

Myanmar’s conflict with dissidents reaches cyberspace
Periscope IT, UK –
Another of the targeted publications was the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), which covered last year’s monk-lead protests and the subsequent …

Myanmar sentences activist to hard labor
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – An activist in Myanmar has been sentenced to two years of hard labor after gathering evidence for the United Nations about child …

US Lists “Major” Drug Producing and Trafficking Countries, Names …
Council On Hemispheric Affairs, DC –
The Burmese military junta has been criticized for years by Washington on numerous grounds, while Bolivia’s Morales and Venezuela’s Chavez are at the core …

Far from home: 20 years in exile
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… the late general Ne Win’s socialist regime and is now a leading member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, holds a different view. …

Burmese dissident websites shut down
The Canberra Times, Australia –
TWO leading dissident Burmese websites have been shut down by a sophisticated cyber attack believed to have been initiated by the military junta a day …

Monks gather in Sittwe to mark anniversary of boycott
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He also called for unity and cooperation from monks across Burma in their protest against the military government. The monk added that security had been …

MYANMAR: Poor roads hamper cyclone recovery
IRINnews.org, NY –
As well as impacting organised relief operations, bad roads mean fewer private Burmese donors are reportedly travelling to the affected areas, …

Urgent call for actions against human trafficking
Newstrack India, India –
Talking about the huge migrating population in Northeast from Bangladesh and Burma, she stressed that many times, migration and human trafficking had an …

Burmese Focus On Survival, Many No Longer Look To US For Help
Huffington Post, NY –
If you want to discuss politics in Myanmar (also known as Burma), even far-away American politics, you don’t meet in a popular restaurant for a chat over …

Myanmar gives labour activist hard labour
Reuters India, India –
The case against Thet Way has become a barometer of whether the former Burma’s ruling generals are serious about stamping out forced labour, which in some …

Tackling climate change could create millions of new jobs: ILO
Newstrack India, India –
GENEVA (ILO News) – Early global efforts to avert dangerous climate change are already generating new jobs, and could produce millions of new employment …

Chinese, Russian influence growing in General Assembly
Mizzima.com, India –
The dissident petition to unseat the junta in the General Assembly takes as its principle arguments the poor record of human rights inside Burma over the …

Burma Watchers To Burmese Junta: Democratize Or Face More Protests
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
Year 1988 also saw the rise to popularity of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as she assumed leadership of the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy. …

Cyber attacks cripple opposition Myanmar media
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The military dictatorship that has ruled Myanmar, formerly called Burma, since 1962 ordered an army crackdown on Sept. 18, 2007 that the United Nations …

Myanmar junta takes out critical websites – dissidents
Reuters India, India –
By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has launched a series of crippling cyberspace attacks on dissident websites on the first …

The Generals Go Cyber?
Wall Street Journal –
By AUNG ZAW Burma’s military junta has so successfully suppressed the media that Internet sites based outside the country are one of the few remaining …

Pro-democracy websites under attack as protest anniversary nears
First Post, UK –

For the past two days, the three websites – the Democratic Voice of Burma, The Irrawaddy and New Era Journal – have been bombarded by junk mail, …

The Strain Behind The Smile
Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –
… remain uneasy about giving their imprimatur to a [Chinese] regime which jails dissidents, persecutes religious groups, backs Burma and bankrolls Darfur. …

Burmese exiles appeal for neighbour’s help
Newstrack India, India –
The pro-democracy Burmese exiles, living in India, have appealed the neighbouring countries of Burma (Myanmar) for a pro-actives role such that the detained …

LAWRENCE WILKERSON AND PATRICK DOHERTY: Cuba’s October surprise
Belleville News Democrat,  USA –
Even Burma, which has a military dictatorship more repressive than Cuba’s and was ravaged by Cyclone Fargis, received $50 million in aid. …

Reporters on the Job
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
But in many ways, he felt like he’d never left Burma (Myanmar). Even though hundreds of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operate in the town, …

stuff-we-like
Crikey (subscription), Australia –
Last year’s crackdown on Burma’s biggest protests in 19 years spurred them to try new tactics, from teaching human rights to stockpiling arms. …

US Congress Acts to Prosecute Recruiters of Child Soldiers
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
Human rights group Kawagib has denounced the ongoing campaign, saying it has victimized thousands of civilians. (Photo from Kawagib End The War. …

Five Activists Win Human Rights Watch Awards
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
(New York, September 15, 2008) – Five brave and selfless advocates of human rights from Burma, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan have been …

On the brink of becoming a failed state
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Certain Asian countries are listed as failed states in this year’s index, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, North Korea and Sri Lanka. ..

Christians launch campaign for lasting change in Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –
When Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008, the regime initially refused then restricted, obstructed and diverted international aid efforts. …

The Chinese Absence
Asharq Alawsat, UK –
China is in a similar position on Burma (Myanmar). Were it to withdraw its support from the ruling generals, they would stand little chance against the …

For a fairer Games, cut out the silliness
On Line opinion, Australia –
If Beijing is the yardstick, the winning city should be in Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Libya or Burma. What was the IOC thinking when it chose Beijing? …

Burma-Thailand Gas Pipeline Construction Set to Begin
RedOrbit, TX –
Construction of the third Thai-Myanmar gas pipeline to carry natural gas from newly discovered offshore deposits in Myanmar is expected to begin at the end …

Penguins and golf in Burma’s hidden capital
Independent, UK –
Building began after the personal astrologer of Than Shwe, the head of the notorious Burmese junta, prophesied unrest in 2005. …

Campaign 2008: America and the world
The Tidings, CA –
And, once again avoiding the words “international community,” what would you have done about the grotesque irresponsibility of the Burmese military junta …

Monks with guns? Burma’s younger activists get bolder.
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Rangoon, Burma – If Ashin Zawta has his way, the next time the government of Burma (Myanmar) …

Attacks cripple Myanmar opposition media sites
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
“We think it has something to do with the Saffron Revolution,” the anti-government protests by thousands of Buddhist monks in Myanmar on Sept. …

World focus on Burma (25 August 2008)

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‘Emergency relief’ for food crisis in Burma’s Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
In a meeting on Monday, the six Organizations – WFP, FAO, Groupe d’échange et de Recherche Technologiques (GRET), Care, Karuna Myanmar Social Services …

Lurid trade
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even the Burmese junta went through the exercise of approving in 2005 an anti-persons trafficking law. And in 2007, the Malaysian House of Representatives …

Will it be A Paper Tiger?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Following Burma’s cyclone the regime was incapable of providing relief to millions of affected citizens and it refused to let in international aid and aid …

Suu Kyi Refusal to Meet Envoy Sends a Strong Message, Say Observers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burma’s ruling military regime moved quickly to exploit the situation. State-run television showed Gambari’s aides and Burmese officials standing …

Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food: Exiled NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, soon after Suu Kyi’s motorcade was attacked by junta-backed thugs in Upper Burma, the US State Department said that she had started a hunger …

Burmese Protests Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Snakebite Death Highlights Medicine Shortages
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Snakebite antidote is produced by Burma’s Myanmar Paramedical Factory, which issues more than 40000 bottles annually. Burma’s Minister of Health, …

JUNTA-AHIMSA AGREED UNDERGROUND RULES
MorungExpress, India –
-A ‘Look East’ outlook- Myanmar military Junta is like that of thorny porcupine. Should the python India try to swallow it, it can harm GOI’s digestive …

UN Envoy to Burma Criticized for Progress on Reforms

Ibrahim Gambari (2007 File)

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben The UN special envoy on Burma faces criticism over his failure to press the government toward reform during his latest visit. …

Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food: Party sources
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained Opposition leader and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly been refusing food supplies since last week, …

Authorities extort money from cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 25, 2008 (DVB)–Villagers in Irrawaddy division have complained that local authorities have continued to extort money from cyclone victims under various …

Sharing Canada’s Good Fortune Responsibly
Tumbler Ridge News,  Canada –
The following are some recent examples of Canada’s aid to nations and peoples in need: $11.5-million to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund and $30-million to the …

David Miliband has to go
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
In the wake of the devastating cyclone that hit Burma in May Miliband hinted that he was considering using the British military to deliver aid by force – a …

Morton Abramowitz, Thomas R. Pickering, Foreign Affairs, 8/25/2008
Century Foundation, NY –
In May, Cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar (also known as Burma), killing over 80000 people and leaving millions homeless and in dire conditions. …

Thai PM suggests UN talks with Myanmar on democracy, constitution …
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
If this issue was left out of discussions, the UN could talk a lot with Myanmar, Mr. Samak said. Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a …

The Cutting Edge, DC –
Instead he spent time talking with groups such as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the major funder of the …

Burmese immigrant invests in his neighbors
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May _ killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

BURMA: No Photo Op for Gambari

Inter Press Service News Agency By Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Aug 25 (IPS) – A United Nations-led effort to push political reform in military-ruled Burma plunged to a humiliating low on the weekend, raising questions about the effectiveness of the world body’s special envoy to the country, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ghosts amid the wreckage in Myanmar

International Herald Tribune – Asia-Pacific By Seth Mydans

Nearly four months after the cyclone, the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar is a flat, dark expanse of ruin populated by dazed survivors, unburied bodies and visions of wandering, moaning ghosts.

Different walks of life in Myanmar appraise successful holding of Beijing Olympic Games

Xinhua Online –YANGON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Different walks of life in Myanmar Monday appraised China’s successful hosting of the 29th Beijing Olympic Games with China….

Thai PM Says West Uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi As Political Tool

Nasdaq – Global Markets BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s prime minister on Monday criticized Western nations for pinning their efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar on the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Chinese defense minister meets Myanmar chief of defense industries

Xinhua Online – BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Monday met with Tin Aye, chief of Defense Industries of Myanmar

All that glitters isn’t gold
Mizzima.com, India –
When the United Nations Security Council held an informal briefing on the situation in Burma for the first time, in December 2006, delegates again urged …

Bond actor to donate boats to Burma
Ninemsn, Australia –
‘His representative came to Myanmar (Burma) and said he will pay for 25 fishing boats, and our committee brought the representative to that village,” a …

Burma Allows Unlimited Fuel Purchase With Foreign Exchange …
RedOrbit, TX –
Rangoon – Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned gas stations on …

Thailand tells the UN to broaden focus in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –
[Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister Samak Sundaravej has told the western countries not to pin their efforts to bring democracy to Burma on the release of …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Mr. Gambari, who concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar last week, thanked Mr. Samak for his help in negotiating with senior Myanmar officials who later …

PM: Meeting with Tea Banh to ease border tension
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Following the discussion on Burma with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, the premier said Mr Gambari plans to propose the idea of having a third party to …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – AUGUST 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
These were done to the people while they were still suffering deeply from the devastating effect of the killer cyclone, and while the international …

Aye Hsay Thar Tun
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… in Burma, the country in which she is from. There, the organization is working to make a better life for those left homeless by the recent cyclone. …

Burma’s opposition politician attacked by unknown perpetrator
Mizzima.com, India –
In March, a Human Rights activist, Myint Aye (57) sustained head injuries from a similar beating by unknown people. Myint Hlaing, chairman of the Hlaing …

Human rights violations
Muncie Star Press, IN –
The first was a promise of improved human rights. Just before the games began, China incarcerated individuals who jeopardized the impression of calm accord …

The Best of Olympic Spirit Transferred and the Worst Purified for …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Most recently, PFC has been providing direct humanitarian relief to the victims of Cyclone Nagris in Burma. PFC recently raised support for and money to …

Media Power and People Power
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Aung San, the leader of the independence movement in Burma and father of the currently jailed leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was the editor of …

Global vision – Cardiff eye man speaks out
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
In sub-Saharan Africa, in the poor countries of the Far East, parts of India or Bangladesh, in Myanmar [Burma] and in countless other places you can only …

After the Games, China stays on world’s stage
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Meanwhile, the human-rights situation in China remains troublesome — undemocratic governance, discrimination toward ethnic minorities, with limits on …

Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In the last year there have been around 900 arrests of activists, some for things like helping the relief operation following Cyclone Nargis. …

Insurers consider storm surge threat
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… a storm surge in the Gulf of Thailand could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis on the central plain of Burma in early May. …

NGOs hold satiric closing ceremony for Olympics
China Post, Taiwan –
As the Beijing Olympics officially closed, groups such as Friends of Tibet, Taiwan Free Burma Network, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan Labor …

Have you met our new friends?
The Times, South Africa –
Instead, let us now be proud of the democratic states of China and Russia, who stood by us like good friends at the UN when we refused to impose sanctions …

Gambari Burma Mission Not Accomplished, UNSC should intervene more …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
This was Gambari’s fourth trip to Burma since the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators led by Buddhist-monks last September. …

McDonald’s, Ma and Hu awarded ‘Olympic’ golds
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
“Abuses not only increased, but China has also exported abuses by supporting authoritarian regimes in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe,” Yang said. …

China won the gold for human rights abuses
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
The medals go to appalling attacks on human freedom and dignity. Start, though, with a special honor for pre-game enabling. The champion in this event was …

Myanmar opposition criticizes UN envoy
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not …

Gambari ‘wasting his time’ in Burma
The Standard, Hong Kong –
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was “wasting his time” in Burma because he did nothing to end the political stalemate there, the opposition party of Aung …

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

World focus on Burma (18 July 2008)

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60 years of celebrating human rights
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
“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 …

Palm riot lawyer seeks law change

The Australian, Australia –

Mr Levitt said yesterday he had support from left-wing unions and human rights organisations, and had been contacted by the offices of two federal Liberal …

Asean Unlikely To Reach Agreement On Human Rights Issue

Bernama, Malaysia –

“The meeting from July 20 to 24 will concentrate on human rights under the Asean Charter, the definition of human rights, its scope and so on. …

NLD determined to observe Martyrs’ Day at any cost

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Despite the Burmese military junta’s attitude suggesting that restrictions will be imposed while observing the 63rd Martyrs’ Day which falls …

THAILAND/CAMBODIA: Row Over Ancient Temple May Sour ASEAN Spirit

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

The others are Brunei, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Last November, ASEAN leaders signed a charter for the …

Tubbesing Out At CNS

Air Cargo News.com, NY –

Yangon is the commercial capital of Myanmar, formerly Burma that continues to suffer grievously from Cyclone Nagris. Convoys of trucks laden with relief …

UN cuts relief flights to Burma, worrying aid groups

CBC.ca, Canada –

Cutbacks to United Nations aid flights to Burma next month could hamper relief efforts that have already been criticized for failing to provide adequate …

ASEAN bows to Myanmar’s wish not to mention Suu Kyi in statement+

TMCnet –

The United Nations said Tuesday that Ibrahim Gambari, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s special adviser on Myanmar, has received an official invitation …

UN to end Myanmar aid flights on Aug. 10
The Associated Press –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A United Nations decision to end aid flights to Myanmar next month could hurt relief efforts already struggling to reach millions

Fund raising concert to be held in Canada

Mizzima.com, India –

“They (World Vision Canada) have sponsored several children in Myanmar [Burma], so there are thousands of Canada sponsored children in Myanmar [Burma],” …

Chester’s Sex and the City theme night aids charity

Chester Evening Leader, UK –

The fundraiser at the Northgate Street venue, organised by Eileen Owens, of Bollicini, raised funds for cyclone and earthquake victims in Burma and China. …

Four NLD members arrested

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta authorities arrested four NLD members from Rangoon Division yesterday. They were whisked away from their homes …

Roadshow for Rotary charity

Whitby Today, UK –

The most recent activities of Shelterbox include getting permission to go into Burma – one of the only charities to gain access in those early days, …HKG:0888

Desperate Burmese fishermen stranded in Indian coast for five months

Mizzima.com, India –

The three Burmese fishermen reportedly belong to Pyapon town in Burma’s Irrawaddy division, which was among the worst hit by Cyclone Nargis in May. …

Authorities Plan to Buy Rice from Farmers

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

A source from Maungdaw, a western border town of Burma, said that the township authority invited village chairmen to Maungdaw on Monday to explain the …

HMS Westminster returns to Portsmouth

Portsmouth News, UK –

A month-long extension to the deployment, which included two weeks on standby off Burma after Cyclone Nargis, could have meant him missing the flight to his …

Commentary: Is Burma ready for a new election?

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“I don’t think the people of Myanmar should lose hope in the UN. The UN is doing the best it can,” he went on. “When I was working there, I was doing the …

Three Laputta Refugee Camps to Close

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AUNG THET WINE LAPUTTA, Burma — Burmese authorities will close three remaining refugee camps in Laputta, one of the areas hardest-hit by Cyclone Nargis, …

Japan Monitoring Aid Distribution to Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS Japanese aid to Burma for the reconstruction phase in the cyclone affected areas of the Irrawaddy Delta will be determined …

Charges of Forced Labor Emerge in Cyclone-hit Areas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s military regime has been strongly condemned by international rights groups for its use of forced labor in building army camps and constructing basic …

Delivering Aid While Countering Corruption

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

But business sources in Burma say the price of FECs started to fall in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, as the junta decided to allow major international aid …

FAO Seeks Funds for Myanmar Fisheries

TheFishSite.com, UK –

MYANMAR – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announce that it seeks US$33.5 million to help revive Myanmar agriculture after it was devastated …

Delivering Aid While Countering Corruption

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By YENI The United Nations’ top humanitarian relief official, John Holmes, will visit Burma soon to assess the progress of humanitarian relief work in …

FAO Seeks Funds for Myanmar Fisheries

TheFishSite.com, UK –

MYANMAR – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announce that it seeks US$33.5 million to help revive Myanmar agriculture after it was devastated …

Burmese Guards Accepting PrePay TopUp Cards As Bribes

Cellular-News, UK –

Security guards on the border between Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) are reported to be taking bribes of mobile phone PrePay top up cards from traders …

Gaza, Mediterranea – 3 week cease-fire – open the doors!

Newropeans Magazine, France –

It is almost like the behaviour of the military junta in Burma.” (Peace Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, The Independent, May 30) Israel must end the Gaza …

Eyeball to Eyeball at the Top of the World

Minivan News, AZ –

… in 1913 – the MacMahon Line, which China rejects (though it accepts that line as its frontier with Burma, which was then part of British India). …

Nargis devastates Rice Bowl of Asia

Newstrack India, India –

The devastating tropical cyclone Nargis that struck southern Burma (Myanmar) two months ago not only killed thousands of people, but also devastated the …

Progress unlikely from Gambari’s visit: Opposition

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Even as UN Special Envoy Mr. Ibrahim Gambari is schedule to re-visit Burma next month, the opposition at home and abroad said little is …

Many happy returns

Ottawa Citizen, Canada –

While his legacy to the field of international human rights is undisputed, his political legacy to his own country is still a little hazy. …

Burma to ratify ASEAN Charter: Singapore

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Military-ruled Burma will officially agree next week to the ASEAN Charter, which commits Southeast Asian nations to notions of democracy and human rights, …

Grief over missing family lingers

Ottawa Citizen, Canada –

The military junta’s handling of the recent crisis remains a sore point for Mr. Aye and many other Burmese several weeks after the tragedy. …

Sailors return in time for royal visit

Portsmouth News, UK –

The British warship HMS Westminster – which rushed to assist after a devastating cyclone hit Burma – was due to return home at 10.15am. …

Donations to Myanmar Bibles doubled

Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Several other ministries in Myanmar have expressed an interest in helping to distribute the New Testaments. One of WBTC’s ministry partners in Burma …

In presidential statement following day-long debate, Security …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The representative of the United States noted that the recruitment and use of child soldiers persisted in many countries, including Burma, Sri Lanka, …

ASEAN given grade C for its handling of Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Since Myanmar is expected to top the agenda during the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), Yeo compared the organization to a class in school in his evaluation …

In presidential statement following day-long debate, Security …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The representative of the United States noted that the recruitment and use of child soldiers persisted in many countries, including Burma, Sri Lanka, …

This is time to fight human trafficking

Vanguard, Nigeria –

Are young boys from Cambodia and Burma safe from endless days and nights labouring on precarious fishing boats? The answers to these questions and many more …

Merit-makers turn out in force

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

In Tak, Burmese immigrants in Mae Sot district yesterday held a grand religious ceremony to make merit for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma.

JOEL BRINKLEY: Subsidized gasoline keeps dictators in power

Belleville News Democrat, USA –

Remember what happened last summer when Burma raised fuel prices? A vast popular uprising that brought the world’s wrath raining down on the ruling junta. …

Burmese opposition ready to escalate pro-democracy fight

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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“After the September uprising and then the terrible cyclone response, the anger is surging. Some are considering violent means … the Burmese people are not …

Secretary Rice to Travel to the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific

US Department of State, DC –

… where she will discuss US-ASEAN cooperation as well as regional issues such as disaster relief, Burma, free trade, and food and energy security. …

Baptist help valuable, recovery slow in Burma, China

Associated Baptist Press, FL –

The ABC had affiliated workers in place in Burma before the storm. American Baptists are working in partnership with the Myanmar Baptist Convention. …

Rights & Wrongs: Singapore, Afghan Boys, Cluster Bombs, and More

World Politics Review –

UN EXPRESSES GRAVE CONCERN FOR AFGHAN BOYS — Sexual abuse of Afghan boys and their conscription into armed service are both on the rise, United Nations …

By VOA News A United Nations food agency is appealing for more money to help fishermen and farmers in Burma who were hard hit by Cyclone Nargis. …

Wells Fargo donates over $37000 to Catholic Charities

WANE, IN –

Shortly after the Myanmar disaster, over 250 Wells Fargo team members in Fort Wayne participated in a “Jeans Day” fundraiser that yielded over $2200. …

Rice confirms she will attend Asean meeting

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The humanitarian disaster in Burma, free trade and food and energy security will be on the agenda, spokesman Sean McCormack said. …

Don’t make women trade-item for tourism

The New Nation, Bangladesh –

The CRS report stated that US President George W. Bush on Oct. 18, 2007 issued sanctions against North Korea, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela, …

Myanmar cyclone victims saved from traffickers

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 80 women and children who were victims of Myanmar’s recent cyclone have been rescued from human traffickers scheming to smuggle them to neighboring countries, a media report said Thursday.

Border police caught the traffickers, who had taken victims of Cyclone Nargis from the Irrawaddy delta to border areas, between June 11 and 14, the well-regarded biweekly journal Eleven reported, citing police.

Police Lt. Col. Rahlyan Mone, from the force’s human trafficking division, told the Yangon-based journal that victims facing hardship are being enticed with job offers abroad by traffickers disguised as aid workers.

Police and other authorities who deal with human trafficking could not immediately be reached for comment.

Cross-border trafficking, especially to Thailand, has grown in recent years as people in one of the world’s poorest nations seek opportunities elsewhere but are often tricked or coerced into prostitution or sweatshops.

The ruling junta has warned against exploitation of cyclone victims and urged the public to report any evidence of human trafficking.

Myanmar introduced an anti-human trafficking law in September 2005 that imposes a maximum penalty of death.

Local and foreign aid officials fear that trafficking could increase in the wake of the cyclone, which hit Myanmar May 2 to 3, killing more than 84,500 people and leaving nearly 54,000 missing, according to the government.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm