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World focus on Burma (22 November 2008)

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South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu Gets Fulbright Award
Voice of America –
… but that the world’s revulsion for human rights violations in places like Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe and Gaza shows that evil is not the norm. …


“But it’s a bigger joke on those abroad who still think ignoring repression in Burma will bring positive change,” he said.

Myanmar opposition calls for amnesty on national day
TopNews, India –
The National League for Democracy, Myanmar’s main opposition group, demanded the release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and student …

Burmese comic gets 45 years
Chortle, UK –
… June and seized his computer after he organized a group of around 400 volunteers to provide disaster relief in the areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

HMS Westminster arrives in capital for march
Portsmouth News, UK –
Westminster was also sent to offer help with the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The full article contains 182 words and appears in …

Comedian gets 45 years – criticized Burma junta
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… and 14 members of detained Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party got 2 1/2 years each for calling for her release on her birthday in June, …

Comedian gets 45-year term as Burma punishes activism
Boston Globe, United States –
AP / November 22, 2008 RANGOON, Burma – Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists yesterday, giving a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went …

Burma Eats Its Young
New Yorker, United States –
After Aung San Suu Kyi, these two men are the leaders of Burma’s democracy movement, and a source of intense admiration and inspiration among the young …

Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and non-Burman ethnic states, was formed by exiles led by the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004), …

Myanmar Gives Comedian 45-Year Sentence for Cyclone Comments
New York Times, United States –
Those sentenced have included some 70 members of the opposition National League for Democracy, the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Nobel …

Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Human rights calls
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Asean governments will be urged next month to call for a Commission of Inquiry on Burma by the UN Human Rights Council. But the new Asean Human Rights Body …

Comedian gets jail for criticizing junta
Washington Times, DC –

AP RANGOON, Burma | Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists Friday, handing out a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went to the delta to …

Importance of ‘responsibility to protect’ outlined at conference
Irish Times, Ireland –
… invoking the principle – for example, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Burma last spring – had not helped to build wider acceptance of the idea. …

Chinese living longer but wealth gap widening: UN
ABC Online, Australia –
“You’ve also got trafficking of women from even poorer places, for example Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, into these villages in China now to provide wives for …

In short
Irish Times, Ireland –
(Reuters) RANGOON – A hip-hop star in military-ruled Burma has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of …

Burma jails comedian for 45 years
Independent, UK –
More than 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, students and members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been convicted in the past two …

Myanmar on US agenda
Straits Times, Singapore –
The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma, the name used before it was changed by the military junta. Mr Marciel’s visit to Japan will take place on Dec …

Tea room pours good cheer
East Valley Tribune, AZ –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a …

Journalist gets 45 years in prison, others sentenced
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
New York, November 21, 2008–A Burmese court sentenced entertainer and activist Maung Thura–known by his stage name, “Zarganar”–to 45 years in prison …

Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times, NY –
24 issue, “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest ” by Ethan Gutmann, asks why the world’s media, human rights organizations, and governments are not investigating …

RIGHTS: Landmines Banned, And Still Kill Thousands
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Investigations by Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 16 civilians died as a result of these weapons, which are known to tear limbs off a victim’s …

Burma: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
Spero News –
By IRIN Scores of monasteries in cyclone-affected Myanmar are in urgent need of repair almost seven months after the category four storm struck. …

PEN Canada Honorary Member and One Humanity Award winner ZARGANA …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
21 /CNW/ – PEN Canada is appalled by the forty-five year prison sentence handed down today by the Myanmar regime to Burmese poet and comedian Zargana (Maung …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
Burma will also be discussed. He will travel to Tokyo to consult with Japanese officials regarding human rights, democracy, and other concerns in Burma on …

For Andrew K
The Young Turks, CA –
More than 100 activists have been sentenced over the past two weeks in a judicial crackdown across the spectrum of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. …

Myanmar Junta Jails Comedian for 45 Years
New York Times, United States –
By SHARON OTTERMAN A secret court run by Myanmar’s military leadership sentenced a prominent Burmese comedian and activist to 45 years in prison on Friday, …

Myanmar court hands comedian 45-year prison term
The Associated Press –
… for their jokes about the junta, and several other activists delivered donations of relief supplies to the Cyclone Nargis-shattered Irrawaddy delta. …

Top US Agenda at Asia-Pacific Meeting is the Financial Crisis
NewsBlaze, CA –
Topics of discussion will include follow-up from the G20 meeting; nuclear proliferation challenges from North Korea and Iran; developments in Burma, …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… trade unions and political activists.” They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. …

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Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and international community

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Reporters without borders

21 November 2008

Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe gets 15 years, comedian and blogger Zarganar gets 45 years

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn the trials currently taking place in Insein prison, where a special court today sentenced well-known comedian and blogger Zarganar to 45 years in prison and sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe to 15 years in prison.

They could receive additional sentences on other charges in the coming days and, like blogger Nay Phone Latt and poet Saw Wai in the past week, they could now also be transferred to remote prisons with very poor sanitary conditions.

“This wave of sham trials is the latest outrageous action by a military government that wants to crush the least sign of protest before elections supposed to take place in 2010,” the two organisations said. “Jail terms with a combined total of several hundred years have been imposed in the past two weeks on poets, bloggers, monks, comedians, singers, ethnic minority leaders, trade unions and political activists.”

They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. These trials are a disgrace for the international community, especially China and ASEAN, which did nothing to prevent them.”

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association urge the European Union and United Nations to adopt targeted sanctions against the interior minister, Gen. Maung Oo, who orchestrated the trials using the Special Branch of the police.

They also call on the EU to extend the list of Burmese officials targeted by political sanctions to include the head of the judicial system, U Aung Toe, and the following judges who took part in these trials: Daw Aye Myaing, U Thaung Nyunt, Daw Soe Nyan, Daw Than Than, Daw Nyunt Win and U Tin Htut. The Burma Lawyers’ Council and the Global Justice Centre identified them as the judges chiefly responsible for these trials.

In today’s trials, Zarganar got his 45-year sentence under the Electronic Law. Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe got his 15-year sentence above all for photos he took during last May’s referendum. One of Zarganar’s students, known as Gadone, received a 29-year prison sentence.

A monk, Ashin Gambira, got a 12-year jail term today for helping participants in last year’s protests. He has already been sentenced to 56 years in prison on other charges.

The trials being held in Insein prison violate international standards and, often, Burma’s own laws as well. The defendants’ families and lawyers are rarely notified about the trials and witnesses for the defence are not allowed. The police and judges have also been violating limits on the length of pre-trial detention.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association therefore also support the call made by U Win Tin, a leading journalist and member of the opposition National League for Democracy, to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon not to go to Burma under the current circumstances.

Nicknamed the “Burmese Chaplin” and known for his outspoken comments, Zarganar was arrested on 4 June after talking to the BBC World Service and other foreign news media about the delays in the humanitarian relief organised by the military after Cyclone Nargis. He also wrote in his blog about the activities of the country’s Buddhist monks during the September 2007 protests and after the cyclone in May.

The former editor of the sports magazine First Eleven Journal, Zaw Thet Htwe was arrested by military police on 13 June. The police searched his Rangoon home two days later, confiscating files, his mobile phone and his computer.

Both Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar played an active role in helping Nargis victims.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=29379

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 22, 2008 at 3:15 am

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese Comedian Gets 45 Years

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November 21, 2008 at 09:46:19

By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent leader and spokesmonk for the Saffron Revolution Ashin Gambira was sentenced to total of 68 years imprisonment. He has already been sentenced to 12 years on November 12th, 44 years on November 20th and 12 years on November 21th. His case is now closed with total of 68 years imprisoment for his involvement in last year Saffron Revolution.

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 November 4th, 2007. His tireless hard work is a wonder. As a consequence, he was able to unify the clergy nationwide leading to the successful launching of 2007 Saffron Revolution.

A popular Burmese comedian Zarganar was also sentenced today to 45 years for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left homeless in Cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta. But his case is not closed yet. It is still proceeding. He may get another more years. He was arrested on June 4th.

Zarganar is a popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director as well as a fierce critic and frequent political prisoner of the Burmese military government. Known for his wicked puns against the government, Zarganar, whose name translates to “tweezers”, is widely considered to be the most popular comedian and satirist in Burma.

Nine other monks were also sentenced today. Ashin Kelasa from Mandalay has alredy been sentenced to 35 years , he gets today another 4 years. His case is now closed with total of 39 years. The chief monk of Maggin Monastery U Indaka was sentenced to 20 1/2 years. U Indariya was given 14 years and U Sumana was given 6 years. Five other monks from Sasana Theik Pan Monastery: U Pannasiha, U Narapati, U Ukkamsamala, U Pannadipa and U Janeyya. The sentences handed out to these five monks are not yet known.

14 activist were also sentenced to up to 29 years. Ko Tin Maung Aye was sentenced to 29 years, Ko Zaw Thet Htwe and Ko Thant Zin Aung were sentenced to 15 years each. But they are still proceeding, not closed yet.

Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw( Brother of Ashin Gambira) and Ko Kyaw Naing were sentenced to 14 years each. Ko Swe Maung (Mandalay), U Zaw Win( Mandalay) and Ko Wanna Aung were sentenced to 4 years each, they have been sentenced to 4 years each on November 14th. Their case is now closed with total of 8 years each imprisoment. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years, Ko Tun Tun Naing, Ko Than Htay , Ko Nge Soe and Ko Kyaw San were sentenced to 4 years each. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years. Ko Soe Swe’s sentence is not yet known.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Burma-Myanmar-Leader-Mon-by-Ashin-Mettacara-081121-648.html

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

World focus on Burma (16 November 2008)

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Myanmar Activists Moved To Separate Prisons – Relatives
EasyBourse.com, France –
YANGON, Myanmar (AFP)–Myanmar authorities have split up pro-democracy activists who were given long jail terms this week and transferred them to different …

Asean must nudge 2 states on rights
Business Mirror, Philippines –
He said the human rights body has been accepted as essential by members Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. …

Myanmar activists sentenced to long prison terms
International Herald Tribune, France –
… according to Aung Din, co-founder of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which lobbies for political change in Myanmar, also called Burma. …

Child Warriors Around The World — Manipulation Without End
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –
Following the latest wave of violence in Burma, Human Rights Watch published a report detailing how the military regime in this Asian country recruits …

Dissident Leaders Transferred to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Saturday night and early Sunday morning—with more prisoners expected to …

Foodie Freak: Considering genetically modified foods
Lake County News, CA –
Relief efforts to Burma/Myanmar after last year’s typhoon demonstrates this vividly: We had the food to give the starving people but their own government …

Burma Cracks Down on Media, Democracy Activists
About – News & Issues, NY –
Remember that devastating cyclone that hit Burma/Myanmar on May 2, and the ensuing misery because the junta refused to let international aid come into the …

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Opposition to Mekong Dams Overflows at Meet
Inter Press Service, Italy –
For his part, Burmese environmental activist Sai Sai noted the big gap between the government, dam builders and local communities. …

Burma, Iraq, and the Need for an Effective UN
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
And neighbors China and India—motivated by selfish economic concerns—look the other way at the Burmese junta’s horrendous human rights abuses. …

Myanmar opposition leaders receive 65-year prison terms

JURIST –

Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the government’s …

Linking arms in fight against terrorism
Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

The two ASEAN members are Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) and they provide the link between the two Asian regions that Manmohan Singh mentioned. …

Partners in Oppression
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
In Burma, the initial government restrictions on the activities of foreign humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies in the wake of Cyclone …

Burma Jails Journalist for 2 Years for Covering Cyclone Victims
Voice of America –
Cyclone Nargis battered Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta in early May, leaving around 130000 people dead or missing. Media rights group Reporters Without Borders …

Burma: US Consumers Should Avoid Banned Gems
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
… of Burmese companies that are involved in the gem business, including the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Company (a military-owned conglomerate), …

Colors of freedom: Works of Burmese artist, a Fargo transplant, on …
Grand Forks Herald, ND –
Tun was born in Burma, also know as Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia that the US CIA says “suffers from pervasive government controls, …

Myanmar sentences 9 more activists to prison
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced an additional nine pro-democracy activists to 65-year prison terms, relatives and …

Bush, Burma, & An Effective UN
OpEdNews, PA –
… discussing Burma and when a UN envoy said he planned to discuss the prospect of talks between the junta and opposition political leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Myanmar opposition leaders get long jail terms: relatives
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists was sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection with the …



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November 16, 2008 at 3:42 am

World focus on Burma (14 November 2008)

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Burma, Myanmar: Young Female Journalist Jailed For 2 Years
OpEdNews, PA –

Eint Khaing Oo, 24, who had been arrested in front of the head office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP in Yangon on July 10, was sentenced to 2 years behind closed doors with no defence lawyer.

… also arrested on 5 November and are being detained in Insein prison. All news media in Burma is strictly censored and tightly controlled by the military.

14.11 – Burma : Female journalist gets two years for taking photos …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“This unjust sentence comes amid a wave of unprecedented sentences for journalists and activists,” the two organisations said. “We appeal to Burma’s …

Myanmar is also known by its former name Burma. “These peaceful activists should not be on trial in the first place, let alone thrown in prison for years …

They come here in hope of freedom
npTribune, Singapore –
The Myanmar national is one of 7000 Burmese who have come to Singapore to study, according to The Straits Times (ST) on Oct. 11. …

Spirits undeterred despite harsh punishments: NLD youth
Mizzima.com, India –
Over the last week, Burma’s military junta has sentenced numerous detained dissidents – students, activists, monks, writers, journalists and even poets – to …

At least 11 more Burmese activists have received jail sentences for taking part in anti-government protests last year. It brings the total number sentenced …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
… Burma might be mending its vicious ways was crushed this week when the regime handed out 65-year prison sentences to 14 nonviolent democracy activists, …

Paul McCartney’s Charity Work
Look To The Stars, UK –
In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
They have called on him to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners; to engage in serious dialogue with her …

Severe prison sentences for Myanmar protesters expected in coming …
International Herald Tribune, France –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is resorting to laws covering the use of personal electronics, because such infractions are easy to prove, …

More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions. …

Insein Prison Courts Sentence 17 NLD Members
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Insein Prison special courts sentenced at least 17 members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party to up to 16 years imprisonment on Friday …

Gunboat stand-off sign of tensions in Bay of Bengal
The Age, Australia –
Dhaka then turned to China, which has close links to the Burmese junta, to help resolve the row. Both countries eventually withdrew their vessels when …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 14, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… The Myanmar Times this week the South Korean deal is “an important milestone in the development of renewable energy sources in Myanmar [Burma]. …

UPDATE: 9 Monks Jailed Over Myanmar Protests – Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France –
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that recent weeks “show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the …

COLUMN – Obama represents welcome change for India
Reuters India, India –
After China torpedoed an early 2007 US-led attempt to impose a Security Council diktat on Burma to improve its human-rights record, the junta thanked …

Win Tin, NLD Executive Member, Ill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The current Burmese regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe ignored the results of the election and refused to transfer power.

Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
… confirm a fresh military crack down by Burma’s ruling junta against dissidents. According to one diplomatic source based in Myanmar, this new wave of …

US Imposes Sanctions on Burma Drug Cartel
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday named 26 individuals and 17 companies as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” and imposed …

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain …
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the US sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy. …

Burma Jails Democracy Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America –
Meanwhile Burma’s most famous political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has spent more than 13 of the …

US, EU Lawmakers Condemn Activists’ Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — US and EU lawmakers on Thursday roundly condemned the harsh sentences recently handed down to pro-democracy activists in Burma, …

9 monks sentenced to jail
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – NINE Buddhist monks were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Nine monks jailed in Myanmar: opposition
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Nine Buddhist monks were jailed for between six and eight years by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Burma’s junta shows contempt
Boston Globe, United States –
ANY HOPE that the military dictatorship in Burma might be mending its vicious ways in response to pleas from abroad was crushed this week when the regime …

‘Suspend Burma’s membership from BIMSTEC’
Newstrack India, India –

… had sent a memorandum demanding the suspension of the military junta until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy …

Laura Bush Condemns Taliban Attack on Schoolgirls
New York Times, United States –
Although she has spoken out on other foreign policy matters, notably human rights abuses in Myanmar, the former Burma, it is unusual for the first lady to …

Decisions Needed: ASEAN and Asian Regionalism
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
7) Prevent Burma/Myanmar from inhibiting deeper US-ASEAN relations by seeking an understanding with Congress to support Cyclone Nargis reconstruction, …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Boston Globe, United States –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Burma sentences dozens to lengthy prison terms
China Post, Taiwan –
After the brutal crushing of last year’s Saffron Revolution, the military rulers of Burma sought to deflect international repercussions by promising to stop …

Kingpin crackdown
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, …

Police: Neighbors didn’t call about captive girl
WSBT-TV, IN –
According to the affidavit, Soe and Sullivan sometimes spoke in a foreign language the girl believed to be Burmese. Soe was born in Myanmar but had lived …

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Announces …
RTT News, NY –
The OFAC named 26 individuals and 17 companies tied to Burma’s Wei Hsueh Kang and the United Wa State Army as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Burma Extends Crackdown on Dissidents
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of Burmese dissidents say courts in Rangoon have sentenced at least 20 more activists to prison in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. …

Shilo and Ogilvy Amsterdam Win Gold for MTV Burma PSA at …
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –

… of The Burma Arts Board, activist Sam Roddick and others has earned the 2008 London International Awards Gold Statue for Television/Cinema Animation. …

2008 Freedom Award goes to Kofi Annan [Photos]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –

Previous winners of the Freedom Award have included Winston Churchill (1958), Burmese Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995), and Liberian president …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Reuters –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government.” There’s much more to Bush’s use of executive orders than saving striped bass or promoting human rights in Burma …


Last May, Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing almost 85000 people and leaving 50000 missing. Initially, foreign aid was blocked …

Oddball summit has limits
The Japan Times, Japan –
Narrow nationalism and dictatorial tendencies run deep, evidenced by the failure to bring even minimum human rights to Darfur, Burma or Zimbabwe. …

What will Obama mean for Asia?
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada –
They point to his China-excluded campaign speech in Berlin where he asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in …

Slovakia: The Statement of Slovak MFA on political processes in Burma/Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
This action of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar demonstrates again the lack of will toward transiton to democracy and their contempt for the rule of law. …

The Burmese junta’s true color
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By The Nation When the Burmese junta decided to jail the 14 pro-democracy leaders of the 1988 generation to 65 years old each, or in other word life …

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny. …


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in Myanmar sentenced more than a dozen activists to prison Thursday in a continued judicial crackdown on the country’s …

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for …

Burma should be suspended from BIMSTEC: activists
Mizzima.com, India –
“The continued human rights violations by Burma’s military junta are a disgrace for the grouping,” Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of the BCD told Mizzima. …

UN SG concerned at ‘severe’ prison terms for Myanmar dissidents
JURIST –
Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the release [JURIST …

Everyone’s Eyes on Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –

The suffering of the people of Burma became even greater in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the lives of those living in the Irrawaddy Delta, …


World focus on Burma (12 August 2008)

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DKBA Burmese Army to launch offensive against KNU

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

During the end of June, the DKBA battalion No.907, backed by junta troops captured the KNLA battalion No.201 base. The Bangkok Post had said an estimated …

Thailand: Australian immigration Minister meets Australia-bound …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans this weekend visited IOM’s refugee resettlement operations on the Thai-Myanmar border and met …

Rudd flags Aust, Indonesia natural disaster response pact

ABC Online, Australia –

This year a cyclone in Burma and an earthquake in China cost more than 150000 lives, he added. Mr Rudd noted that when natural calamities strike, …

Minister refuses to accept censor chief’s resignation

Mizzima.com, India –

Major Tint Swe, the Director with the Government’s Office of Press Scrutiny, which censors the contents of all print publications in Burma, submitted his …

Dialogue demands a common vernacular

Mizzima.com, India –

The United Nation’s Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is preparing to make yet another foray into the murky world of Burmese politics. …

Junta arrests two more dissidents

Mizzima.com, India –

Similarly, activists Myo Min and Myint Aye of the ‘Human Rights Defenders and Promoters’ (HRDP), were arrested on August 6 and 8 respectively from their …

HRDP to hire out help to farmers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 12, 2008 (DVB)–The Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network is planning to hire out its services to assist farmers and use the proceeds to fund …

Should President Bush be at the Olympics?

Sioux City Journal, IA –

He went to Thailand to draw attention to the repressed people in nearby Myanmar (aka Burma). While in Beijing, he plans on speaking privately with Chinese …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state arrested a member of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party Tuesday, …

The Chinese Olympics are distracting from real issues

Phoenixville News, PA –

… look like a Nathan Lane Musical Comedy Summer Camp was supposed to be a pledge by the Chinese leaders that they would implement human rights reforms. …

Two NLD representatives arrested

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Ban Ki-moon at the end of July, in which they declared their opposition to the 2010 elections and expressed concern about the UN stance on Burma. …

Support games, not China

Times-Standard, CA –

The military junta in Burma is still in power to this day, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China’s support. …

The Politics of the Olympics

Town Hall, DC –

He could make a definitive statement on human rights while attending the Olympics. I think the President did the right thing. Had he boycotted the Olympics, …

Justice for Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
These groups include the International Burmese Monks Organization, 88 Generation Students, the Women’s League of Burma, the National Coalition for the Union …

Drug officials off to Burma on inspection

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Burmese junta gave permission to the ONCB and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, which runs the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, to help with a …

Call for Action Against Military Junta in Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

From the brutal crackdown on a peaceful protest by monks last September to blockage of international aid for victims rendered homeless by Cyclone Nargis …

Will US – China Engagement Succeed in Stopping Darfur Violence?

Voice of America –

Addressing human rights in Beijing last Thursday, the president said America stands firm in opposing China’s detention of dissidents, human rights advocates …

Soap opera involving Thaksin Shinawatra and Manchester City …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

When Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City, the Premier League were warned by everyone from club supporters to human rights groups that the …

Mary Dejevsky: Intervention may breed instability

Independent, UK –

Burma after Cyclone Nargis was one example: France – which, in Bernard Kouchner, has a foreign minister who is humanitarian intervention personified – kept …

Interview of the First Lady by Ann Curry, NBC’s Today Show

MarketWatch –

And on the border of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, you called on China to do more to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar. MRS. …

Bushes engage China on human rights issues

United Press International –

… China’s handling of human rights and the first lady called on China to do more to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

US Democrats Support Rights in N.Korea

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

The US Democratic Party stresses human rights in North Korea, denuclearization and the importance of the South Korea-US alliance in a draft national …

Hays brings comfort to Burmese

Washington Evening Journal, IA –

… system for purifying any kind of water, was asked last month to take his invention to cyclone-devastated Burma, officially the Republic of Myanmar. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 12, 2008 at 4:16 am