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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 …


World focus on Burma (21 November 2008)

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The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Years of sanctions after sanctions, this is a new birth in the American policy toward Burma. Sanctions, however, still remain the popular way of punishing …

Julia Reed: Laura Bush Has a Thankless Job
Women on the Web, NY –
She has actively supported the people of Burma, speaking out against the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi and protesting the treatment of peaceful …

Junta directs UMFCCI to probe pulse-bean scam
Mizzima.com, India –
The major purchaser of Burmese pulses and beans, India, is currently buying the produce from Canada but a member of UMFCCI CEC said that India assured Burma …

Myanmar comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
AFP –

On Friday, the National League for Democracy party, led by detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a statement urging the ruling junta to …

Celebrity Burmese comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
France24, France –
By AFP (text) Myanmar’s most famous comedian was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison, in the latest and most high-profile case of citizens given long …

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese …
OpEdNews, PA –

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on …

Pro-Democracy Monk, Comedian Get Long Myanmar Prison Sentences
FOXNews –
YANGON, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, have handed long prison sentences to a prominent Buddhist monk and a popular …

Myanmar-China Pipeline to Start Construction in 2009
ChinaStakes.com, China –
It is reported that PetroChina will be the holding company for the pipeline constructed jointly by China , Burma , India , and Korea . …

Burma’s courts have sentenced nearly 90 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. Last week, a group of at least 14 dissidents …

Forty-Five Years For Burmese Comic
UNPO, Netherlands –
In the latest spate of arrests, the Bumese Junta have sentenced comedian Zarganar to a staggering 45 years in jail. A popular comedian active in Burma’s …

A long week in Burma
ISN, Switzerland –
At least 2000 political prisoners languish in Burmese prisons, with pro-democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi well into her second decade …

Dissident Myanmar comedian, monk sentenced to decades in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. The country’s best known opposition figure, Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since May 2003.

U Gambira to serve total of 68 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The monk who stirred the conscience of the anti-regime masses by his political activity became the leading Sayadaw of ‘All Burma Monks Alliance’ (ABMA) …

Comedian becomes latest victim of the kangaroo courts
First Post, UK –
Burma’s best known satirist and comedian, Zarganar (pictured), was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment today by a kangaroo court ordered by the country’s …

Myanmar jails comedian for 45 years
Canada.com, Canada –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

Burmese comedian, sports writer jailed
The Age, Australia –
Friday’s sentences come after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime last …

Zarganar, Ashin Gambira Get Long Prison Terms
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They included the Burmese hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, who is a leading member of Generation Wave, a dissidents group founded by young Burmese activists during …

Army frames charges against ILO complainants
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– Burma’s Army has framed charges, under the Electronic Act, against farmers from Natmauk Township who lodged a complaint …

Burma’s National Day Fading from Memory
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Some of the country’s greatest national heroes, including U Razak, Thakin Mya and Aung San, father of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, graduated from the …

Comedian sentenced to 45 years prison in Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
Friday’s sentencing comes after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime …

Myanmar junta jails comedian for 45 years
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

At the mercy of Mother Nature and Burma’s generals
Mizzima.com, India –
In a twisted tale of bad luck, for a region which the World Food Programme describes as “one of the poorest and most isolated states in Myanmar,” once the …

Burma comic jailed for 45 years
BBC News, UK –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court. Zarganar was found to have violated the …

Singing for love
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
The song reveals Tuptim’s inner feelings, but not about the king to whom she was given as a gift from the King of Burma in order to form a union between the …

HIV/AIDS Risk High Among Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Political prisoners in Burma run a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because of unhygienic medical treatment, according to reports from inside …

Nobel prize winners call for education in war zones
guardian.co.uk, UK –

The Dalai Lama, the former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are among the signatories of …

Burma: Child Soldier Returned Home
UNPO, Netherlands –
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 21, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT China’s confirmation that it will use Burma as a conduit to ship oil from the Middle East and Africa into its southwestern provinces has …

Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old hip-hop performer sentenced to six …
Freemuse, Denmark –
Zayar Thaw was among at least 20 detainees sentenced on 18 November 2008 in Burma’s continuing trials of opposition activists and members of the National …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Governments and business collude in deaths of trade unionists …
Namibian, Namibia –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. The Thai based ‘Human Right Education …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

China to build pipeline through Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
China is a major trading partner of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, which has been under military rule since the 1960s. The junta last year brutally put …


Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Cisco Needs To Step Up To Reduce Net Censorship, Says Net Freedom ...
BusinessWeek –
If Cisco readily admits that it’s helping build a system that could enable surveillance of anti-government activists, would a Cisco salesman really refuse …

FEC slumps in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta has started a new scheme of selling fuel at the rate of four FEC units per gallon at government-run filling stations since August 22. …

Ashoka Pillar now stands tall in Australia
Times of India, India –
“Emperor Ashoka fostered democratic rule and it is a privilege to dedicate the Ashoka Pillar at a Buddhist monastery in a fellow democracy such as Australia …

Yunnan to build new gas pipeline
Your Project News (press release), UK –
Construction of an oil and gas pipeline linking Myanmar and Chinas Yunnan province is expected to start next year, said an official with the local …

Refugees experience first Thanksgiving in New York City
USA Today –
“Even now I can’t describe my feelings when I first landed at Kennedy Airport,” says Dee, whose family fled to Thailand from Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

DEVELOPMENT-VIETNAM: Rare Criticism of Dams Surface
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Some 60 million people along the 4800-kilometre path of the Mekong, which flows from Tibet, through Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before flowing out to …

‘Gift’ for Queen Victoria helped Penang’s cause
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
The Burmese and Thais built temples in the Pulau Tikus area while Indians built Hindu temples around the island. The South Indians built rows of shophouses …

HK internet gambling boss jailed in Yunnan
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Tam’s racket started nearly 10 years ago in Burma, where many mainlanders go to bet in casinos. He and his team set up several gambling websites and had …

US Congress warned of Chinese cyber, space threats
AFP –
Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Yes, Minister. Let’s meet
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –

Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and inter-related. In part, this is why Malaysia voices its concern about the situations in Burma and …

Myanmar awards China pipeline rights
Oil & Gas Journal, TX –
20 — Myanmar has awarded China the right to manage planned pipelines that will transport crude oil and natural gas from the Bay of Bengal across Myanmar to ..

UN Should Refer Burma To Int. Criminal Court
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Burma Lawyers’ Council and Global Justice Center urge the international community to expose the regime’s criminal partnership with members of the judiciary …

China inks pipeline deal with Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
China has signed two deals that will allow it to use ports in Burma to unload its oil and gas supplies rather than shipping them through the pirate-infested …

Burma tries to silence opposition
Index On Censorship, UK –
It is the biggest crackdown on the opposition in Burma since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988. All activists who the regime believes pose a …

Throwing Away the Key in Burma
American Spectator –
This land of rich resources, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military dictatorship, delivered last week the verdicts of several prisoners — many of them …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 21, 2008 at 3:09 am

World focus on Burma (5 November 2008)

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Pope not averse to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
… Charles Maung Bo told UCA News, “He would be ready to make a short visit to Myanmar [Burma] if he chooses to visit one of the countries in Asia. …

ILO to mediate with junta to release child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi – The International Labour Organization is trying to mediate with the Burmese military junta to free a child soldier. …

Barrack Obama and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Unless the ruling military junta in Burma lets international aid workers provide assistance freely throughout that nation, the mind-boggling death tolls …

Visiting a Ghost Town
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

This was my first step in Naypyidaw, Burma’s new capital. I had come to conduct an (undercover) report for The Irrawaddy on the third anniversary of …

Big Burmese Interest in Result of US Presidential Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He said the election had been followed in Burma more closely than any previous one because the Burmese people, encouraged by the removal of Iraq’s Saddam …

Huge, enthusiastic turnout drives vote
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
At the Knights of Columbus hall on Reed Road, a couple who emigrated as refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, got to vote for the first time, …

18 Years in Prison and Counting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… rapporteur on human rights in Burma while he was visiting the prison. The statement titled “Human Rights Abuses in the Junta’s Prisons,” together with a …

Lawyers for Activists Harassed, Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), there are currently 13 lawyers defending pro-democracy activists in …

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP: BURMA/MYANMAR AFTER NARGIS: TIME TO …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, argues that the recent cooperation has …

Cyclone Nargis leaves millions in misery six months later
Mizzima.com, India –
And the most absurd anomaly is the military junta’s crackdown on those individual Burmese – actors, business people, doctors and writers – who were so moved …

“The climatic crisis will combine with the crisis of the capital…”
International Viewpoint, UK –
… what happens in Bangladesh has no weight outside of the affected area, nor what occurred in Burma, because the control of the military junta prevents …

Making an Electoral Gamble
Daily Mississippian, MS –
Like many other faithful citizens of this great state on Tuesday in honor of our nation’s democracy, I drove to Tunica to play at the casinos. …

Refugee students find help in Rochester School District
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
The largest source is Myanmar (Burma), one of the poorest countries in the world, located between India, China and Thailand in Southeast Asia. …

Farmers in cyclone-hit delta face bleak future
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Some of the seeds received from the former Burma’s military government had failed to sprout and he had managed to plant only 70 per cent of his land, …

Burma Army Kills Four and Forces Hundreds to Flee Karen State
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –
The CSW report says a field researcher from Karen Human Rights Group reported that the DKBA initially issued documents to villagers across the Pa-an …

Burmese censors outline news management plan
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Mizzima recently got hold of a copy of a confidential document detailing the plan of the Burmese junta’s information minister to improve the dissemination …

Burma – Military censors send privately-owned media directive with …
CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse), Canada –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Barack Obama’s message of change for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In July 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act under his leadership. Biden said, “I look forward to …

Anatomy of a continuing movement
The News International, Pakistan –
… contributed to Indian independence from colonial rule, the long-imprisoned Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has led the opposition against military rule, …

At UN, Racism Expert Omits Myanmar like NGOs from Durban II
Inner City Press, NY –
In the case of Tomas Ojea Quintana, who went strikingly easy on Myanmar’s Than Shwe regime’s human rights record, such “imagination” only harms the Burmese …

Children on the Edge to host Burmese art exhibit
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

… the work of Saw Kennedy, a refugee forced to flee Burma after facing oppression and persecution at the hands of the brutal Burmese military regime. …

Burma Army Attacking Christian Karen Villagers; Several Killed
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
CSW, which has been investigating the situation in Burma, also known as Myanmar, said the clashed happened in the Dooplaya District, in southern Karen State …

THE ABSENT NEIGHBOUR
Calcutta Telegraph, India –

India has given $100 million credit for Myanmar infrastructure, while $ 57 million has been offered to upgrade Burmese railways. …

Burma ‘Hampering’ Aid Six Months after Cyclone
OneWorld US, DC –
… the Irrawaddy Delta after the cyclone, the junta’s restrictions on humanitarian access continue to obstruct aid workers in Burma,’ continues Mr Hasan. …

Thaksin still holds an edge in spite of legal problems
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Other pro-Thaksin supporters were also hoping Thaksin could elevate his status to that of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Laureate who is now under …

Burma’s domestic car industry sluggish
Mizzima.com, India –
Myanmar Economic Holdings is also importing a lot of cars, which deflates the local market,” a well informed car dealer said. “Car deals can hardly be made …

Fund crunch halts on going projects till 2010
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Rangoon – Financial constraints have caught up with the Burmese military junta even as the 2010 general elections approach, …

ASEAN chief confident Thai political unrest won’t affect summit
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Because the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government coaltion continues occupying Government House, coupled with confrontations and occasional …

Military censors send privately-owned media directive with 10 …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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 (17 September 2008)

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NLD leader sentenced for trying to complain to ILO on use of child …
Mizzima.com, India –
… was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday for trying to lodge a complaint to the ILO on the use of child soldiers by the Burmese military junta. …

Human Rights Council holds general debate on human rights …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
People in Burma/Myanmar continued to suffer in dire poverty and insecurity. The practice of child soldiers, forced labour and attacks on civilians were …

Action over Burma situation
Harlow Herald 24, UK –
The ruling military junta has also passed a new constitution that will serve only to institutionalise the army’s control over the state. …

Web Campaign Fights Brutal Regime in Burma
Christian Post –
… Worldwide and Partners Relief and Development – that are calling the United Nations to increase pressure for change in Burma (also known as Myanmar). …

Global week of action to support Arms Trade Treaty
UN Observer –
The ATT week of action is part of Amnesty International’s celebration of the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. …

EU Faces Diminished Status in UN Human Rights Debates
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
Recent damaging defeats over human rights issues concerning Iran, Burma and Belarus — where the EU managed to gain just 80 votes in support of its motions …

A trade with deadly consequences
guardian.co.uk, UK –
And in the fragile state of Somalia, which has been blighted by conflict and where the general population has been subjected to widespread human rights …

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi Halts Food Rations Boycott
UNPO, Netherlands –
Nyan Win, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD), said Suu Kyi had decided to resume collecting the supplies after the regime granted some …

Shelterbox offers hope when disaster strikes
Lethbridge Herald, Canada –
Shelterbox was one of the first organizations on the ground in Burma after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country in May. The organization’s lack of a …

Sakharov award winners call for release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The European Union in 1990 awarded the Sakhrov prize to Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Su Kyi for her unwavering commitment to usher in …

Burma monk attempts suicide at famous temple
USA Today –
RANGOON, Burma (AP) — A Buddhist monk has tried to kill himself at Burma’s most sacred temple in an apparent protest against economic hardship. …

Salt prices remain trebled following Nargis
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The price of salt remains up to 300 percent higher from rates prior to Cyclone Nargis, which destroyed over 60 percent of the salt industry in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, according to salt producers. While the prices of salt immediately after the storm rose to 800 kyat from 100 kyat (1 dollar = 1200 kyat) …

Burmese papers report losses due to deputy censor chief’s strict …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The censorship chief is a writer of the junta’s propaganda and is known to use the pen name Ye Yint Tint Swe. Maj. Tint Swe is still in Naypyitaw (the new …

Burma again singled out for anti-narcotics negligence
Mizzima.com, India –
For the seventh year running, Burma has been labeled as having “failed demonstrably” in its efforts to combat illicit narcotics, according to the United …

A “Golden Rule” on human rights is essential for an effective
Amnesty International, Netherlands –
From the ongoing conflict in Darfur, military crackdowns in Myanmar and Guinea to the proliferation of sectarian violence in Iraq, the report shows how and …

UN president: World powers ‘addicted to war’
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… ministerial session to hold talks with world leaders on issues ranging from climate change to the detention of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

EU facing ‘slow motion crisis’ in UN
EUobserver.com, Belgium –
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The EU is losing its ability to push through human rights projects at the UN, with Islamic, African and Latin American states …

McCain’s White House quest affected by US economy crunch
IBNLive.com, India –

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Burma are also among the countries on list. Washington : The financial crisis on Wall Street could derail Republican John McCain’s …

US puts India on 20 major illicit drug transit list
Economic Times, India –
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Burma also figured among the countries so identified for fiscal year 2009 in a report sent to Congress on Tuesday by President …

Amnesty urges arms sales treaty
PRESS TV, Iran –

Amnesty warned that small weapons had “catastrophic” effects worldwide, whether used by the military in Myanmar to disperse protesters (in September 2007), …

Amnesty International UK says global arms treaty needed to end conflict in Darfur and human rights abuse in Burma

Amnesty International UK said the arms trade was helping disgraced regimes such as Burma suppress human rights via brutal military crackdowns. …

Toyota: Auto Industry Race to the Bottom
CorpWatch.org, CA –

Around the world, the company has been complicit in union busting in the Philippines, and engages in cozy relationships with Burma/Myanmar’s military ..

End small weapons sales, Amnesty urges
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
World governments should pledge to actively prevent sales of weapons that are likely to be used in human rights violations in a new arms treaty under …

Today’s Zaman, Turkey –
In March 2008 an annual human rights report released by the US State Department said the Turkish government had generally respected the human rights of its …

UN Assembly President Scores US on Cuba Embargo
New York Sun, United States –
… session to hold talks with world leaders on issues ranging from climate change to the detention of the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Bolivia joins Myanmar, Venezuela on drugs blacklist: Bush
Times of India, India –
“I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries: Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma …

Bush adds Bolivia to drug blacklist (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com –

US puts Bolivia on drugs blacklist The Associated Press –

Bush adds Bolivia to drug blacklist – Summary Earthtimes (press release), UK –

US faults Myanmar for drug production International Herald Tribune, France –

US puts Bolivia on drugs blacklist The Associated Press –

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Laura Bush Poses For Harper’s Bazaar
Huffington Post, NY –

But when a cousin suggested I read [Burmese Nobel prizewinner and activist] Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom from Fear, and I started realizing the military …

Burmese Children Seek Education over the Border
Free Speech Radio News, CA –
The repressive Burmese military regime spends one of the lowest amounts of money on health care and education in the world. Even basic education is very …

US gets tough on child soldier recruitment
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
Both the LTTE and the TMVP have been listed by several human rights groups as well as UN organizations as being among the outfits that recruit and use child …

Manipulative Extraterrestrials and Canadian Naomi Klein’s Shock …
Cité Libre Magazine, Canada –
These include private firefighters already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in

cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making …

Offshore Exploration: Bangladesh Perspective
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

This plate meets the Burma Micro plate at the Sunda Trench. The Nicobar Islands, and the Andaman Islands are part of the Burma Micro plate. …

Myanmar junta eases some restrictions on Suu Kyi
SmartBrief, DC –
Authorities in Myanmar have begun to slightly ease restrictions placed on Aung San Suu Kyi in her house arrest, allowing the pro-democracy leader to receive …

Suu Kyi accepts first food delivery in a month
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader has accepted two deliveries of fresh food supplies after rejecting such offerings for the past month, …

Let’s celebrate the great divide and grand paradox
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By Tulsathit Tapptim Barring a court adjournment, today will be another fascinating moment in Thai politics. As the judiciary is poised to hand down a …

No hard evidence against Thaksin leaves court in a quandry
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By Pravit Rojanaphruk The key issues that will likely be touched upon during the Ratchadaphisek case against Thaksin Shinawatra and Khunying Pojaman would …

Ratchadaphisek vase verdict will only widen political divide
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By Pravit Rojanaphruk It will be another big blow for ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman if they are found guilty today of abuse …



Burma: ILO calls for release of six activists

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Geneva, 11 July (AKI) – The International Labour Organisation on Friday called for the release of six labour activists who were arrested after attending a Labour Day event last year.

The six activists, Thurein Aung, Kyaw Kyaw, Wai Lin, Nyi Nyi Zaw, Shwe Joe and Aung Naing Tun, attended the event on 1 May 2007 at the American Center of the US Embassy in Rangoon.

Each of them were sentenced to at least 20 years in jail for assembling at a public place without authorisation, according to their lawyer, Khin Maung Shein.

On 27 June, Burma’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the activists to reduce their jail terms.

According to the ILO, which is an agency of the United Nations, the Burmese Supreme Court had denied the appeal despite requests by the ILO and the International Labour Conference for their release.

The ILO executive director for the office of Standards and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, Kari Tapiola, said that through the appeal they had hoped that the sentences would have been annulled and all six activists would have been released.

Tapiola said that securing the release of the activists remains a priority for ILO.

Burma’s ruling military junta recent pushed through a constitution that will assure the military’s control over any elected government. It has promised to hold polls sometime in 2010.

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Politics/?id=1.0.2330356924

ILO slams Myanmar for keeping six “labour activists” in jail

Jul 11, 2008, 11:08 GMT

Yangon – The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Friday blasted Myanmar’s Supreme Court for denying an appeal by six activists to overturn their lengthy jail sentences for attending a Labour Day event.

Thurein Aung, Wai Lin, Kyaw Min, Myo Min, Nyi Nyi Zaw and Kyaw Kyaw were arrested on May 1, 2007, after attending a Labour Day function at the American Centre of the US Embassy in Yangon.

A Myanmar court sentenced Nyi Nyi Zaw and Kyaw Kyaw to 20 years in jail and the other four to 28 years for assembling at a public place without authorization.

Myanmar’s Supreme Court on June 27, this year, turned down an appeal by the six to reduce their lengthy jail terms for such a minor offence, said their lawyer Aung Thein.

‘It was our hope that their appeal to the Supreme Court would result in the quashing of their sentences and their immediate release,’ said Kari Tapiola, ILO executive director in charge of standards and fundamental principles of rights at work.

‘It would have been hoped that in view of the government of Myanmar’s publicly expressed intent to take the country into general elections in 2010, that the fundamental freedom of association rights would be respected,’ added Tapiola.

Having recently pushed through a constitution that will assure the military’s control over any elected government, Myanmar’s ruling junta has promised to hold polls sometime in 2010.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The government has one of the world’s worst records in human rights and labour rights abuses.

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1416386.php/ILO_slams_Myanmar_for_keeping_six_&quotlabour_activists&quot_in_jail

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ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရးမွာ စစ္အစိုးရက အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစလာႏိုင္ ဟု အိုင္အယ္လ္အို သတိေပးေနၿပီ

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ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရးမွာ စစ္အစိုးရက အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစလာႏိုင္ ဟု အိုင္အယ္လ္အို သတိေပးေနၿပီ

ဒီႏွစ္ ေမလက တိုက္ခတ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းအၿပီး ပ်က္စီးသြားတာေတြကို လက္ရွိ ျမန္မာစစ္ အစိုးရက ျပန္လည္တည္ေဆာက္ဖို႔အတြက္ ကေလးသူငယ္ေတြကိုေတာင္ ခ်န္မထားပဲ အရင္ထက္ ပိုၿပီး အဓမၼ လုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ရွိလာႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အလုပ္သမားသမဂၢ (အိုင္အယ္လ္အို ILO ) က ၃ဝ-၅-၂ဝဝ၈ ေန႔မွာ သတိေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရက လမ္းပန္းအဆက္အသြယ္ေတြ တည္ေဆာက္ေရးမွာ ေက်းရြာသားေတြကို အဓမၼ လုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြ၊ စစ္တပ္အတြက္ ေပၚတာဆြဲတာေတြကို အေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီကိစၥအေပၚမွာ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုနဲ႔ စစ္အစိုးရတို႔ ျပင္းျပင္းထန္ထန္ သေဘာထားကြဲလြဲေနခဲ့ၾကတာ ဆယ္ႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ ရွိေနပါၿပီ။

ေမလ ရက္ေန႔က ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ တိုက္ခတ္သြားတဲ့ ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္းေၾကာင့္ လူအေသအေပ်ာက္ ၁၃၄ဝဝဝ ရွိခဲ့ၿပီး အဲဒီေနာက္ပိုင္း ႏိုင္ငံတကာအကူအညီေတြ ေပးလာတာကို စစ္အစိုးရက ခြင့္ျပဳဖို႔ တုန္႔ဆိုင္းေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီအတြက္ အေနာက္အုပ္စု ဒီမိုကေရစီႏိုင္ငံေတြက စစ္အစိုးရကို ျပင္းျပင္းထန္ထန္ ေဝဖန္ေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ လွ်ဳိ႔ဝွက္လွတဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရဟာ အရြယ္မေရာက္ေသးတဲ့ ကေလးသူငယ ေတြကို စစ္တပ္ထဲ အဓမၼဆြဲသြင္းၿပီး စစ္မႈထမ္းေဆာင္ခိုင္းေနတာကိုလည္း အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက စိုးရိမ္မကင္း ရွိေနပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ေၾကာင့္ အပ်က္အစီး အဆံုးအရွံဳး ႀကီးမားသြာတာကို အစိုးရအာဏာပိုင္ေတြေရာ၊ ျပည္သူေတြကပါ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ရာမွာ အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစမႈေတြ၊ အရြယ္မေရာက္ေသးတဲ့ ကေလးေတြကို အလုပ္လုပ္ခိုင္းတဲ့ ကိစၥေတြ လူကုန္ကူးတဲ့ကိစၥေတြနဲ႔ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕အလုပ္သမား ကိစၥေတြ တိုးပြားလာဖို႔ ရွိေနတာကို ကုလသမဂၢလက္ေအာက္ခံ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြနဲ႔ ကယ္ဆယ္ေရး ဝန္ထမ္းေတြက သိေနရမွာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။

ျပန္လည္တည္ေဆာက္ေရး လုပ္ငန္းေတြမွာ ဘယ္လိုပံုစံမ်ဳိးနဲ႔မဆို အဓမၼ ခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ရွိႏိုင္ေစဖို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ေသခ်ာေပါက္လုပ္ေဆာင္မွာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ျမန္မာအာဏာပိုင္ေတြအေနနဲ႔ ပူးတြဲလုပ္ေဆာင္ေနတဲ့ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ၃ဝ ၂ဝဝ၈ ေန႔စြဲနဲ႔ အစီရင္ခံစာ ထုတ္ျပန္ထားပါတယ္။

ရန္ကုန္မွရွိတဲ့ အိုင္အယ္လ္အို ဆက္သြယ္ေရးတာဝန္ခံျဖစ္တဲ့ စတိ ဗ္ မာရွဲလ္က လာမယ့္ ဇြန္( ၁၃ ) ရက္ထိ က်င္းပမယ့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ ႏွစ္စဥ္ အလုပ္သမားကြန္ဖရင့္အတြက္ ဒီအစီရင္ခံစာကို တင္သြင္းတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီကြန္ဖရင့္မွာ အိုင္အယ္လ္အို အဖြဲ႔ဝင္ ( ၁၈၂ ) ႏိုင္ငံပါဝင္တဲ့ ေကာ္မတီတရပ္ဟာ အေရးပါလွပါတယ္။ ေကာ္မတီဝင္ေတြက ၃၁ ၂ဝဝ၈ ေန႔မွာ ျမန္မာ့အေရးကို ေဆြးေႏြးၾကမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

လူေနမႈအဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြကို ကူညီတာဟာ အေရးပါတယ္လို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက သေဘာထားပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အဲဒီလို ကူညီႏိုင္ဖို႔ တည္ေဆာက္ေရး လုပ္ငန္းေတြလုပ္တဲ့အခါမွာ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ စံထားခ်က္ အတိုင္းသာ ျဖစ္ရပါမယ္ လို႔ စတိဗ္ မာရွဲလ္က ရိုက္တာသတင္းဌာနကို ေျပာျပပါတယ္။

အခုခ်ိန္ထိမွာေတာ့ ေလမုန္တိုင္းေဘးဒုကၡနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြအေပၚ အတည္ျပဳႏိုင္တဲ့ တိုင္တန္းထားတာေတြမရွိေသးပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ဒါမ်ဳိးေတြ ျဖစ္မေနပါဘူးလို႔ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မေျပာရေသးပါဘူး လို႔လည္း သူက ဆက္ေျပာပါတယ္။

အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာကို ဖ်က္သိမ္းဖို႔ ၂ဝဝဝ ုႏွစ္ေအာက္တိုဘာလမွာ ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရက တရားဝင္ အမိန္႔ထုတ္ျပန္ထားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုရဲ႕ သေဘာတူညီခ်က္ ကြန္ဗင္းရွင္းကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံက အတည္ျပဳ လက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးထားတာျဖစ္လို႔ အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာကို တားျမစရတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီေနာက္ ( ) ႏွစ္ အၾကာမွာ ဂ်ီနီဗာ အေျခစိုက္ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုဟာ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ပေပ်ာက္သြားေအာင္ ကူညီဖို႔ ရန္ကုန္မွာ ရံုးခြဲတခု ဖြင့္လွစ္ခြင့္ ရခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဒါေပမယ့္ ႏိုင့္ထက္စီးနင္း ခိုင္းေစမႈေတြရွိေနေသးလို႔ အဲဒါေတြကို အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုက ရွ ာေဖြ ေဖာ္ထုတ္ရာမွာ မႏွစ္ကဆိုရင္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံထဲမွာ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခဲ့ရသူေတြဟာ အိုင္အယ္လ္အိုကို မတိုင္တမ္းဖို႔ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ အၾကပ္ကိုင္ခံရတာေတြ၊ ဖမ္းဆီးထိန္းသိမ္းခံရတာေတြရွိေနတဲ့အေၾကာင္းကို အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ထည့္သြင္း ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုမ်ဳိး ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္အၾကပ္ကိုင္ခံရတာ၊ ဖမ္းဆီးတာေတြ ရွိေနလို႔လည္း အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခဲ့ရသူေတြဟာ ေရွ႕ဆက္လုပ္ေဆာင္သင့္တာကို မလုပ္ႏိုင္ပဲ ျဖစ္ေနခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ အမွန္တကယ္ရွိရမယ့္ စာရင္းအတိအက်ကိုလည္း မရႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။

အဓမၼလုပ္အားခိုင္းေစမႈရွိရင္ တရားဝင္တိုင္တန္းႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ ၂ဝဝရ ခုႏွစ္ ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလမွာ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ သတ္မွတ္ထားတာရွိၿပီး၊ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခိုင္းတာ ခံရေၾကာင္း ( ၈၉ ) ႀကိမ္ တိုင္တန္းခဲ့တာကိုလည္း အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ေရးသားထားပါတယ္။

အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခံရတာကို မတိုင္ တမ္း ဖို႔ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ အၾကပ္ကိုင္ခံရတာ၊ ဖမ္းဆီးတာေတြရွိေနလို႔ လြတ္လြတ္လပ္လပ္ တရားဝင္ မတိုင္တန္းႏိုင္ေတာ့ပဲ အမ်ားႀကီး ကန္႔သတ္လိုက္သလို ျဖစ္ခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ (၈၉) ႀကိမ္ တိုင္တန္းထားတယ္ဆိုေပမယ့္ အမွန္တကယ္ရွိေနတဲ့ စာရင္းလို႔ မသတ္မွတ္ႏိုင္ပါဘူး။

မႏွစ္က ေမေဒးေန႔မွာ အလုပ္သမားအခြင့္အေရးအေၾကာင္း ေဆြးေႏြးတင္ျပပြဲ လုပ္ဖို႔စည္းရံုးရာမွာ ပါဝင္ ကူညီတယ္ ဆိုၿပီး အလုပ္သမားလူငယ္ ( ) ေယာက္ကို စစ္အစိုးရ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြက ေထာင္ဒဏ္ အႏွစ္ ( ၂ဝ ) ကေန ( ၂၈ ) ႏွစ္ထိ ျပစ္ဒဏ္ခတ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ သူတို႔ဟာ အခုခ်ိန္ထိ ေထာင္ထဲမွာပဲ ရွိေနေသးတယ္လို႔ အိုင္အယ္လ္အို အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။

မူရင္းေဆာင္းပါး – Myanmar may use forced labor in cyclone recovery: ILO

Fri May 30, 2008 12:09pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsMaps/idUSL3057668120080530

မူရင္း ေဆာင္းပါးရွင္ – Stephanie Nebehay ( တည္းျဖတ္သူ – Laura MacInnis ႏွင့္ Mary Gabriel )

ျမန္မာဘာသာျပန္ – လြင္ေအာင္စိုး (၃၁ ေမလ ၂ဝဝ၈ ခုႏွစ္)

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm