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World focus on Burma (20 January 2009)

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Ask yourself: What can I do?
San Antonio Express, TX –

We could have been the Burmese dissident languishing in jail; the child soldier forced to take up arms in Uganda or Sri Lanka; the man dying of AIDS in …

Up Torres Strait without a paddle
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Mr Oo said their 10-metre wooden fishing boat had broken up and sank on December 23, when their 18 crewmates from Burma and Thailand apparently drowned. …

‘We were in icebox 25 days’
The Age, Australia –

Haung Htaik, 24, also from Burma, appeared to be too weak to talk yesterday. Their 18 other crewmates, from Burma and Thailand, apparently drowned when the …

Third Dala township NLD member arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 20, 2009 (DVB)–Dala township National League for Democracy member Min Thike Htoo was arrested by local authorities on 14 January, according to NLD …

Mixed Reactions to Obama in Southeast Asia
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… with the support of regional powers as a measure to put pressure on the Burmese junta to release political prisoners and restore democracy in the country.

Memories Keep Hope Alive in Insein Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The regime’s callous decision to send convicted activists to prisons scattered throughout Burma has placed an additional burden on the AAPP, according to Bo …

Opposition Leaders Expect Obama to Stick to Burma Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to see the new US administration continue to pressure the Burmese junta to release all political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

European Commission provides 40.5 million euros in aid to Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Humanitarian aid increased substantially last year in the aftermath of the Cyclone Nargis disaster that hit Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta.

A Message to President Obama
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
I expect they will continue to place significant pressure on the regime for the release of all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, …

23 with a total of 20 crew from Thailand and Myanmar, also known as Burma. Jiggins said the men found refuge inside a large insulated box that held ice on …

Looking back, looking ahead: Press Freedom in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Even without the chaos and violence attendant to electoral exercises in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma, …

Burma 101 for Obama; Three quarters rights in military …
Mizzima.com, India –
During the 2008 terrible Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Burmese military leaders ignored international pleas to let in rescuers for over a month. …

King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama
Joy Online, Ghana –
… along with Burma (Myanmar), what is now Malaysia, Australia, some part of China, and large swaths of Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Gambia, Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe, …

Tribute to Black’s civil rights legacy is due
San Antonio Express, TX –
Black’s fellow honorees this year are Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi — who, under house arrest in Burma, was also unable to attend —Sen. …

‘So far, so bad,’ But Nothing is Permanent
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… one fundamental resolution to work for: The release of more than 2000 political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Australia says 2 fishermen rescued; report 18 lost
International Herald Tribune, France –
23 with a total of 20 crew from Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. Jiggins said the men found refuge atop an insulated box that held ice on …

Two Burmese survive month at sea in an ice box
Reuters UK, UK –
By Rob Taylor CANBERRA (Reuters) – Two Myanmar fishermen have survived for almost a month in shark-infested waters by floating in a large ice box after …

Pres. Bush Uses Authority to Alter Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY – 1 hour ago
President George W. Bush waived some provisions in the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act against Myanmar on January 15, less than one week before leaving …

Asia’s Economic Freedom Needs to Improve
PitchEngine (press release), WY –
Meanwhile, Bhutan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh and Burma were ranked amongst …

Burmese fishermen drift for 25 days in icebox
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The two Burmese men were saved after drifting hundreds of miles in the red box when crew members patrolling in a Coastwatch aeroplane on Saturday saw them …

Detained Chinese Christian Activist In Life Danger
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
At some point during his travels Peng was lured into neighboring Burma, also known as Myanmar, where he was kidnapped at gunpoint by eight Chinese special …

Sundance Dispatch: Down the Rat Hole of Reality
New York Times, United States –
Up there, posters on the wall promoted the likes of “Boy Interrupted,” a documentary about death and mental illness, and “Burma VJ,” about a Burmese …

Men Rescued After Drifting at Sea for 25 Days in Icebox
FOXNews –
… they will confirm their identities within the next few days. The rest of the ship’s crew — 11 other Burmese men and seven Thai men — have not been found.

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

Shipwreck victims spend 25 days drifting in an icebox
Gadling, CA –
by Scott Carmichael Jan 19th 2009 @ 12:30PM After losing their wooden fishing boat off the coast of Indonesia, these 2 Burmese men grabbed the only thing …

Clashes between SSA (South) and Burmese Army
Mizzima.com, India –
SSA(S) forces clashed with the junta’s IB 64 and LIB 513 between January 12 and 15 in Panglong, Hopone, Mongkeung townships in Taungyi District, Shan State. …

Suu Kyi honored with ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ award
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on Sunday named winner of the ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ award for …

More checkpoints in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities have beefed up security in Rangoon by setting up many checkpoints at busy …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 20, 2009 at 12:05 am

World focus on Burma (16 January 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Origin of the Chakmas
The New Nation, Bangladesh –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 2:27 am

World focus on Burma (14 January 2009)

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End ‘ugly’ human rights record, group urges Obama
CBC.ca, Canada –
Human Rights Watch is urging Barack Obama to end the “ugly record” of complacency and abuse under US President George W. Bush and make human rights a top …

Junta sentences activist to 104 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
… a total of 104 years in prison, the longest term so far, early in January, the Thailand based Assistant Association of Political Prisoners (Burma) said. …

Our foreign policy challenges
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Over the last 38 years, we have behaved like a country with one neighbour (we took Burma for granted) — a compulsion brought about by many factors, …

Burma’s gem industry: profit that fills the generals’ pockets
Mizzima.com, India –
He also insists that a part of the high-quality gems produced is also smuggled directly to China, Thailand and Hong Kong. “The mining scene in Mogoke today …

Conflicts, crackdowns mar 2008 Asian rights record: HRW
AFP –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma — which HRW said also draws support from China, Russia and Thailand — democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went into her …

Myanmar Rat Infestation Causing Food Crisis – NGO
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
YANGON (AFP)–Tens of thousands of people in remote northwestern Myanmar faced a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, …

18 Detainees Escape Kupang Immigration
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… from Afghanistan and Burma to escape early on Wednesday morning. Rochmadi, head of the Kupang branch office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, …

Burma, Myanmar: Religion cannot be separated from politics; what …
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
Myanmar has a long way to go in this regard, and the Burmese Generals, if they were smart and wanted to survive as a government, would work at a …

Campaigners urge UK to investigate firms investing in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But such insurance companies have to go through the Myanmar Insurance Enterprise (MIE), which takes commission from the insurance companies. …

Obama pressed over human rights
BBC News, UK –

A leading advocacy group called today for US President-elect Barack Obama to put human rights at the centre of US foreign, domestic and security policy. …

Group urges Obama to focus on human rights
Kansas City Star, MO –
… to deal with Zimbabwe, Egypt as trying to limit scrutiny of abuses in Sudan’s Darfur region, and India and China as not addressing repression in Burma. …

Group urges Obama to focus on human rights
The Associated Press –

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama should put human rights at the center of US foreign, domestic and security policy to undo “the enormous …

2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
… addressing repression in Burma. Human Rights Watch commends southern governments that have bucked the trend and spoken out in support of human rights, …

2008 – A Year In The Laundry
Mondaq News Alerts (registration), UK –
The report lists the following as Jurisdictions of Primary Concern – Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Burma, …

He has traveled to many remote regions that are the sources of highly treasured gemstones; these include Myanmar (Burma), East Africa, India, Thailand, …

US accused of abdicating role as human rights defender
guardian.co.uk, UK –

In what HRW calls a “misplaced southern solidarity”, India failed to speak out against repression in Burma, harbouring a “deeply ingrained view that …

THAILAND – MYANMAR The tragedy of Rohingya refugees, arrested in …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
“They have no hope for a better life in Burma. Pushing them back out to sea is not an effective deterrent,” Mr Garcia explained. …

Going organic
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… 56.6), India (123rd, 54.4), Indonesia (131st, 53.4), China (132nd, 53.2), Vietnam (145th, 51), Laos (150th, 50.4) and Burma (176th, 37.7). …

Report Myanmar activist gets 104 years in jail
The Southern Ledger, TN –
… said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Thailand-based group of Myanmar activists. It said Bo Min Yu Ko of the All Burma Federation …

Illegal immigrants break out of Indonesian centre
The Australian, Australia –
EIGHTEEN illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Burma, who were caught trying to enter Australia illegally, have overpowered their guards and escaped from …

Report: Myanmar activist gets 104 years in jail
The Associated Press –
… said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Thailand-based group of Myanmar activists. It said Bo Min Yu Ko of the All Burma Federation …

Burma, Myanmar: Blog Award Confirms Final Result For Best Asian Blog
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
But the opponents did not know medias and supporters were 100% behind me and my country (Burma). Today we show the world our unity, and we get the power to ...

The Post-Presidency of George W. Bush
Canada Free Press, Canada –
One such place is Myanmar (formerly known as Burma.) It has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. Its populace has almost no freedom to speak of and is …

Burmese Journalists Look Back at 2008—or was it 1984?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… reprimanded by authorities after writing a story about the murder of five people in a house near the residence of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

RELIGION-INDIA: Reviving Buddhism Where It Was Born
Inter Press Service, Italy –
“Buddhist communities here are still very poor,” explains Fulzele, “We can’t build huge monasteries like in Burma, Sri Lanka or Thailand, where there follow …

Abhisit Needs to Set a New Course on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Here’s some good news: Thailand’s new prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, says he shares the West’s desire for change in Burma. …

Burma’s Economy Feeling the Pain
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… according to sources with the Myanmar Garment Manufactures Association. Meanwhile, the powerful Burmese businessman, Tay Za, told senior officials at …

104 Years Given to Political Dissident
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN A Burmese court sentenced Bo Min Yu Ko, a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (Upper Burma, ABFSU), to a total of 104 years in …

Mark My Words
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
What can he do to win greater credibility for his mission and to achieve political reconciliation in Burma? A: The UN is playing a key role and we support …

Myanmar dissident gets 104 years in jail
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
Bo Min Yo Ko is a member of the Upper Burma (Mandalay) branch of the All Burma Federation of Students Unions. He was denied a defence lawyer and his family …

Basu: State still needs to help vulnerable
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA –
Noting reports of workplace discrimination from recent Burmese refugees, Chen called for more tools to help acculturate refugees. …

City group to help Myanmar refugees
Canoe.ca, Canada –
… Medical Mercy Canada Society (MMC) is taking medicine, equipment, clothes and baby supplies for Myanmar refugees in India, Thailand and Burma. …

Child Labour in Vietnam
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Jackie Pollock, a founding member of the Thailand-based Migrant Assistance Programme (MAP) said some officials feared that Burmese migrants, if registered, …

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

Singapore / China Singapore and China sign free agreement
JEC Composites, France –
China and Singapore signed the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA) on October 23, 2008, a key step forward that will further enhance bilateral …

Russia ranks low in Freedom in the World 2009 report
Russia-InfoCenter, Russia –
… Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Sudan, Burma, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia. Russia’s Chechnya territory is in the same category.

Macau ranks sixth freest economy in Asia-Pacific
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
Another finding is that economies classified as free or mostly free also do a much better job promoting human development, reducing poverty and protecting …

New approach to Asean-EU trade?
Straits Times, Singapore –
He said the human rights situation in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, remains an issue of concern for the EU. ‘There’s got to be change in Burma on human …

Which Nations Are Freer Than Others?
TIME –
The remaining worst-rated states are Burma, a tightly-controlled military dicatorship; Equatorial Guinea, a highly repressive regime with one of the worst …

The CIA and Narco-Imperialism
Black Agenda Report, NJ –
During the Vietnam War, the CIA organized the Southeast Asian heroin trade, centered in Burma’s Golden Triangle, creating a global empire with profit …

MP’s to elect new NCGUB PM in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, Dr. San Aung also said that the recent announcement made by exile based alliance, ‘National Council of Union of Burma’ (NCUB), announcing its …

Illegal migrants flee Indonesian prison
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Eighteen nationals from Afghanistan and Burma detained while trying to illegally enter Australia have escaped from an Indonesian detention centre, …

Clinton Makes No Remarks on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Mrs. Bush has been outspoken on behalf of the plight of Afghan women, on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, and other women facing oppression around the …

Funeral tomorrow for Shan rebel “minister”
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… entity from Burma. Known as a brilliant student at the Rangoon University, he had worked at the Thai embassy in Rangoon before coming to Thailand. …

INTERVIEW: Freedom House stresses safeguarding of democracy
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… and Burma is not Taiwan in terms of what the conditions are on the ground, what the circumstances are, same thing for what’s going on in Thailand, …

Cambridge Council Votes on Gaza
Harvard Crimson, MA – 1
… support of a bill in the state legislature that would use the Commonwealth’s pension fund investments “to promote democracy and human rights in Burma. …

Photo: Sun News Publishing
Daily Sun, Nigeria –
… whopping sum of $500000 to the military regime in Myanmar [former Burma] and demanded immediate explanation from President Umaru Yar’Adua to Nigerians. …

Clinton Challenged On Foreign Donations To Library
Free Internet Press, NY –
Clinton also praised outgoing first lady Laura Bush for her advocacy on behalf of Afghan women and the detained Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.


World focus on Burma (11 January 2009)

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Karen rebels under the gun along Thai-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India –
From a secret location on the Thai-Burma border, KNU Vice-Chairman David Thackerbaw said government soldiers were maintaining a “scorched earth policy” …

Supersized Kids – Don’t Do What America Does
Desicritics.org, India –
What has happened to the Burmese wrap around ‘longee’, to the elegant sari, to the loose fitting pajama pants and kamiz? “Where have all the chaplis gone, …

The art of the elephant
ohmidog!, MD –
… to the information posted on YouTube with the video, was rescued from abusive treatment in Burma, and now makes a living as an artist in Thailand. …

Epic wartime road project may finally be put to use
TheDay, CT –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Junta struggling to keep state budget afloat
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – Experiencing increased pains related to the global financial crisis, Burma’s military government is struggling to maintain a …

FSA Investigation Finds Aon Payments To Burma
AJC Consultants, UK –
For dealing in business in Burma (also known as Myanmar), which is under US sanctions, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control …

United Nations Worried Over Nigeria’s Donation To Myanmar
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
Ki-Moon said last month at the UN that he was “disappointed by the unwillingness of the government of Myanmar (Burma) to deliver on its promises for …

East Timor president opposes international sanctions on Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Horta last visited Myanmar in 2005 and has lent his support to his fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. He said Sunday that Myanmar’s long-delayed …

In its best year, 1934, when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year …

Dream works are made of these
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Spielberg was inspired to make poignant war movies by his father who had fought in Burma, and who told him: “Nobody ever makes a movie about my war except …

Diaspora studies current situation
E-Pao.net, India –
The seminar held on the topic “HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Social Psychology in the Conflict Situation of Manipur” was participated by many resource persons. …

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January 11, 2009 at 2:52 am

World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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Fresh offensive on Thai-Burmese border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A fresh offensive has broken out along the Thai-Burmese border between ethnic Karen guerillas of the Karen National …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Volunteers head back to Thailand
Malvern Gazette, UK –
These are supporting the displaced Shan people of Burma, who have been forced to move from their native land into Thailand, and running a hostel for those …

Managing the message
St. John’s Telegram, Canada –
Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes that there are countries like Cuba and Burma where journalists are routinely …

Failure of international community before drama of Burmese people
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese dissident, adds up the balance of a tragic 2008: Nargis and the military dictatorship have pushed the population to the breaking …

CRITIC OF MUGABE WINS INAUGURAL ART PRIZE
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Obama’s Change?
ZNet, MA –
He should bring to book, bring to account all of those American officials who were responsible for the torture and the abuse of in many instances of totally ...

The spectacular three metre high Mandalay Shrine, a rare surviving piece from the now destroyed royal palace at Mandalay in Burma, will go on display in the …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

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January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (7 January 2009)

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Detained Hip Hop singer Yan Yan Chan released
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities on Tuesday released popular Hip Hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in …

Today in History
Wyoming News, WY –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

Angkor Wat observes 30th anniversary of end of Pol Pot’s regime
Examiner.com –
… the Taj Mahal; pagodas along Burma’s “Road to Mandalay” — I refuse to use the dictator’s terms like Myanmar; Mayan ruins in Mexico and Guatemala; …

Karen Girl, 7, Raped and Killed: KWO
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The incident follows a report on January 6 by a Mon human rights group that in November a 17-year-old Mon girl was gang-raped in Yephu Township, …

MYANMAR: Farmers lament post-Nargis harvest
IRINnews.org, NY –
In May, his 4.6 hectares of paddy fields were badly affected by the tidal surge that accompanied Cyclone Nargis. When the donated seeds did not take, …

Palawan river in running for 7 wonders
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… Jaco Island in East Timor, the Mergui Archipelago of Burma (Myanmar) and the Mekong River, shared by China and mainland Southeast Asian countries. …

200 people stranded on boat of Sumatra
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
The boat, with 174 people from Burma and 19 from Bangladesh on board, was found at sea by fishermen off Sabang island in Aceh province on Wednesday, …

Junta’s NUP Ready to Open 2010 Election Campaign
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The article claimed the two opposition members were behind a peaceful protest on December 30 seeking the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which …

Foreigners stranded near Indonesia
The Age, Australia –
The passengers, believed to be from Burma or Bangladesh, were found in “weak condition” on board the boat on an uninhabited island by a fisherman early on …

Intrepid Journeys
TVNZ, New Zealand –
… ventures beyond Western sanctions into the relatively closed country of Myanmar (Burma) following Rudyard Kipling’s path down the road to Mandalay. …

Thailand shifts 14th Asean summit venue to beach resort
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Asean comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The 14th summit is expected to concentrate …

Aid worker’s efforts to help stricken country
Bath Chronicle, UK –
Frances, who lives in Weston, has been in Myanmar – formerly Burma – for three months helping people affected by the cyclone. The 28-year-old has been……

Natural disasters kill 220k
iAfrica.com, South Africa –
Most devastating in terms of human fatalities was Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Myanmar on 2-3 May to kill more than 135 000 people and leave more than one …

301 Myanmarese boat people found adrift in Aceh
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
The group had apparently fled Myanmar because of its military junta, and were seeking a better life in Malaysia. A similar incident occurred in 2004 when …

Ways to trim State budget – Stephen Mulholland
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
… the murderous Hamas organisation, Myanmar’s (Burma’s) dictatorial regime and various other unsavoury elements on the world scene. …

Over 7 mln children to be vaccinated against polio in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
7 (Xinhua) — A total of 7.4 million children under five years of age in Myanmar will be given polio vaccination in the first two months of this year as a …

Is Mhada cheating cessed building owners?
Daily News & Analysis, India –
“Materials like Burma teakwood have a good market value. They are probably being sold off without the knowledge of the building owners. …

Reflections for 2008, Predictions for 2009
Best Syndication, CA –
As horrific as the despair in Galveston, it paled in comparison to the cyclone that hit Burma/Mynamar, taking the lives of more than 100000 people in the …

Remember Burma (Myanmar)?
Blogger News Network –
by Jonas Blume in Asian News Burma, or as their military has renamed it, Myanmar is a forgotten country which most people would not even think to look at on …

Bucknell’s ‘Peace & Resistance’ series continues
Bucknell University, PA –
“Burma’s Saffron Revolution: Three Monks Speak Out,” on Feb. 25 at 7 pm in the Forum of the Langone Center. Three monks who led the uprising in Burma in …

Burmese Ethnic Political Leader Saw Mara Aung Dies at 91
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s veteran pro-democracy politician and physician Saw Mara Aung has died at the age of 91. His colleagues said he passed away at his home …

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January 7, 2009 at 6:33 am

Karen Girl Raped and Killed by Burma Army Soldier

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Monday, January 5, 2009 (6:37 pm)
By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)– Villagers of the mainly Christian Karen minority in Burma on Monday, January 5, were mourning the death of a seven-year old girl who was raped and murdered by at least one government soldier, the latest in a series of sexual abuses of minorities in the country, investigators said.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a Britain-based rights group investigating the situation in the military-ruled Asian nation, said the girl was allegedly shot dead after she was  raped on December 27 in her village of Ma Oo Bin, in Kyauk Kyi Township of Burma’s Nyaunglebin District.

It quoted the Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) as saying that local villagers saw at least one soldier from Burma’s army “enter the village shortly beforehand, and then heard sounds of a girl crying out for help.”

The crying was allegedly silenced by “rifle shots.”

The girl’s parents and village leaders reported the case the following day to the local commander, identified as Captain Thet Khaing. “However, despite eye witness accounts no action has been taken,” CSW said.

RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

The KWO and other rights activists have urged the government to immediately detain the perpetrator, “and for action to be taken against the commanding officer for failing to act.”

CSW’s National Director Stuart Windsor the case underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar.

“This latest tragic case is an example of the culture of impunity reigning throughout the military regime. We strongly support the KWO’s call for the arrest and prosecution of those guilty of the murder and rape of this young child.”

MORE CRIMES

Windsor said his group believes,”the regime in Burma is guilty of a wide range of crimes against humanity which should be investigated and brought before the International Criminal Court.”

Burmese officials have not commented. However the government has consistently denied reports of human rights abuses, acusing organizations making those claims of spreading “Western” and “American” propaganda.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has urged the Burmese military government to allow more political and religious freedom in the troubled nation. (With reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos).

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January 6, 2009 at 1:41 am