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World focus on Burma (22 September 2008)

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Burmese women’s group in exile concerned about Nilar Thein, India –
… to the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Burma’s political crisis and urged them to take a stronger stand against Burma’s ruling junta. …

Event: Salman Rushdie and Acclaimed Authors Join Burmese Monks One ...
MarketWatch –
On Tuesday, September 23, at 7 pm, renowned authors, journalists, and human rights experts will join Burmese monks on the anniversary of the military’s …

Building peace and security through democracy
Manila Times, Philippines –
Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democrat stood up for democracy in Burma’s 1988 elections and won overwhelmingly—and until today she remains …

Burmese currency notes used to demand Suu Kyi’s freedom, India –
Activists have launched a campaign for the freedom of the Burmese democracy icon and Noble Peace Laureate by writing: ‘May Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be free as …

Commentary: Burma’s collective action problem
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Particularly pertinent for the pro-democracy movement are the combined repressive activities of the Swan Arr Shin and USDA – the pro-junta militia. …

Daw Suu’s appeal finalised
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 22, 2008 (DVB)–Detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal against her house arrest is to be submitted to Naypyidaw …

Americans concerned about loss of world standing: poll
… Washington to take a new tack in foreign policy by talking to enemies like the leaders of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Hamas and Hezbollah. …

Burma tests Chinese milk powder in laboratories, India –
“But so far, I have not seen the government making any kind of announcement to avoid the use of milk powder, though the New Light of Myanmar carried a few …

Alliance into the 21st century
The Australian, Australia –
… I believe it is incumbent on the US to stand with those who struggle for freedom, whether it is Aung San Suu Kyi’s non-violent resistance in Burma or …

Burma / China / Côte d’Ivoire
Freemuse, Denmark –
2008 is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which protects freedom of expression under Article 19.

Burma Tops US Agenda at Upcoming UN General Assembly
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… will make it a point to seek cooperation of the international community to help in the restoration of democracy in Burma and protection of human rights. …

Religious freedom hanging in the balance in Burma, India –
With specific reference to the monk-led protests of 2007, the report calls out the generals on their attempt to “systematically restrict efforts by Buddhist …

Jolie-Pitt Foundation Gives $1m to Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
Human Rights Watch has long called for a return to civilian rule and a genuine political dialogue that includes Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Web Sites Back Online, but Fears of Further Attacks Remain
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma currently has three ISPs—the state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), which operates Myanmar Info-tech; the semi-government-owned Myanmar …

Taking a Deep Breath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
I took on this assignment in May 2006 as Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, but I was not designated as special advisor on Myanmar [Burma] until …

Rohingya Group Jailed for Seeking Work in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Rohingya minority are prohibited from travelling outside Arakan State and are further marginalized by other discriminatory regime laws. …

Afghanistan, Belarus, Indonesia and Seven Other Countries …
The Cutting Edge News, DC –
In addition, the following countries designated in 2006 should remain as CPCs: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. …

Mbeki: The last of a dying breed
Thought Leader, South Africa –
It is a time when the citizens of the world — from the US to the UK, Burma to Zimbabwe, the Muslim world to the rest of the African continent — are …

Searching for Track II, India –
And perhaps even more significantly, NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to meet with Gambari, apparently in a show of discontent with the progress of the …

UN challenges to help Asia’s displaced
Radio Australia, Australia –
There are an estimated eight-million people in Asia, displaced this year by conflict and natural disasters like Burma’s Cyclone Nargis and China’s Sichuan …

Health agencies fear poison milk may enter Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
“In all the countries in our region including Myanmar, we are actively working with the ministries of health and others to promote exclusive breast feeding. …

Fox-Davies Capital: Fox-Davies Capital Monday News Wrap
Proactive Investors UK, UK –
UK AIM listed D1 Oils and BP have been active in various regions in India, whilst Burma’s Junta issued a mass cultivation initiative to reach up to 3.25m …

Burmese dictators launch cyberwars
IT Examiner, India –
By Examiner Staff @ Monday, September 22, 2008 9:04 AM Exiled dissidents running web sites attacking the ruling Burmese junta have been subjected to a …

Human rights the loser at UN — report
Business Day, South Africa –
… funders of UN programmes, they have suffered defeats on Kosovo, Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe in the past year and lost control of the Human Rights Council. …

Is Sri Lanka China’s Georgia?
Groundviews, Sri Lanka –
… and food security, climate change and global warming, humanitarian responses to flooding in Bihar and Haiti and Burma, Russia’s invasion of Georgia. …

Monks jailed, disrobed for challenging junta
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

They are among the 1004 political prisoners who have been arrested in Burma, or Myanmar, since the protests, the largest number detained in nearly two …

Mbeki’s Legacy
Wall Street Journal –
At the UN, his diplomats worked with China to prevent a debate on human rights abuses in Burma. South Africa’s intelligence minister visited Iran last year, …

Eight million displaced this year in Asia
Radio Australia, Australia –
They’re among an estimated eight million people in Asia, displaced this year by conflict and natural disasters like the cyclone in Burma and China’s Sichuan …

Dark Burmese days, UK –
Fearful of further unrest during the anniversary of the saffron revolution, the junta appears to be doing its utmost to continue silencing Burmese media. …

Burmese refugees have right to phone home

Bangkok Post- ……refugees who have escaped persecution by the criminal rulers of their country have every right to call home to their friends and advise them on how to resist …..

What if India were not partitioned?
The News International, Pakistan –
Many Indians fantasize about such a nation, stretching from Iran to Burma, from the Middle East to the Far East, and the maps of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak …

Campaigning Harper hands off UN speech to envoy, Canada –
Political clout is also useful in the promotion of what has become one of Canada’s most important diplomatic roles – highlighting Iran’s poor human rights …

Reporters on the Job
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Journalism 101: To report today’s story about secret Burmese schools, correspondent Anand Gopal went deep into the jungle along the Thailand-Burma (Myanmar) …

Burma’s secret schools of dissent
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Mae Sot, Thailand; and Rangoon, Burma – Deep in the Thai jungle bordering Burma (Myanmar), …

The Burmese Junta looks to the stars
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Burma became Myanmar and the names of many towns changed too. They imposed these changes at the UN, just as the Khmer Rouge had done changing Cambodia into …

Thai-Based Website Believes Burma Behind Denial of Service Attacks
RedOrbit, TX –
The military junta is determined to prevent the flow of information in and out of Burma. The attack will only make us more determined to focus on our …

Dissident websites crippled by Burma
Times Online, UK –
The attacks coincided with the first anniversary of the “saffron uprising” — ten days of mass demonstrations by Buddhist monks and student activists that …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews
United Press International –
… Singapore, Malaysia, Burma and Bangladesh as well as Hong Kong have banned Chinese dairy products, BizChinaUpdate reported Sunday. …

Does the UN Abet Burmese Generals?
PoliGazette, Netherlands –
… justifies his trips to mediate between Than Shwe and Aung San Suu Kyi as a way to get a deal on Suu Kyi’s release or another round of elections. …

Detained Rangoon-based journalist transferred to Insein prison
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.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 22, 2008 at 3:23 am

World focus on Burma (12 September 2008)


Army officer accused of attempted rape of doctor
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
A case involving a 15-year-old Kachin girl, who was gang raped and murdered by Burmese army troops in July, caused widespread outrage. …

Two killed nine injured in explosion in Burma’s Pegu division, India –
Though armed rebel groups, fighting the ruling junta, are reported to be present in Kyaugyi town, such blasts are considered rare. Earlier on July 14, …

Child soldiers and the China factor
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Jo Becker Myin Win was 11 years old when he was first recruited into Burma’s national army. He was picked up by soldiers while selling vegetables at a …

Magwe Division activists sentenced to long prison terms, India –
Chiang Mai – Four ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) members from Yenanchaung, Chauk and Magwe of Magwe Division and seven people from Pakokku arrested …

GOP platform offers more gravitas on E. Asia policy
World Tribune –
Both parties importantly welcome the importance of America’s deepening ties to democratic India, both fear for human rights suppressions in Burma, …

Philippine Military Accused MILF Of Using Child Soldiers In Mindanao
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
“The MILF continues to recruit and train young men to fight the government and international human rights groups should investigate these disturbing reports …

Lucian Pye, 86, political scientist who studied Asia, dies
International Herald Tribune, France –
His next project was Burma, now Myanmar, where he concluded that psychology was more important than economics in explaining development. …

Burma’s junta has relaxed some restrictions placed on the country’s democratically elected opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said today. …

By Staff GAINESVILLE – The Gainesville Rotary Club was recently notified that one of its sponsored ShelterBoxes had safely arrived in Myanmar, Burma to aid …

UN shares opposition’s frustration over pace of reforms, India –
Nearly three weeks after leaving Burma, United Nations Special Envoy to Burma – Ibrahim Gambari – met with reporters at the UN’s headquarters in New York, …

UN chief Ban Ki-moon frustrated by Myanmar junta
Times and Transcript, Canada –
UNITED NATIONS – The UN Secretary General says he is frustrated at the failure of Myanmar’s military government to open its political process. …

Prominent Myanmar activist arrested after year on run
GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
Yangon: Myanmar’s junta has arrested a prominent democracy activist who abandoned her four-month-old baby and went into hiding a year ago at the start of …

Two die in twin Burma blasts: police
The Age, Australia –
Two people were killed and another 10 wounded by two bomb blasts at a Burmese video cafe northeast of the main city Rangoon, near a region hit by an ethnic …

Rising Irrawaddy floods five villages in Sagaing Division, India –
Chiang Mai – Flood waters from the Irrawaddy River has entered and inundated five villages in Sagaing Division in central Burma. …

Lawyer U Kyi Win ‘positive’ after Daw Suu visit
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 12, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said his latest meeting yesterday with the detained National League for Democracy leader …

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not allowed to …

MYANMAR: Forewarned, not forearmed, NY –

BOGALE, 12 September 2008 (IRIN) – The Myanmar government says most residents were warned about approaching cyclone Nargis, but many failed to take …

Durham Herald Sun, NC –
From 2000 to 2003 she worked as a research director with Doctors without Borders in Paris before spending three years in Myanmar (Burma) with the …

Meat Processor Turns to Refugees in Chicago
Chicago Public Radio, IL –
These former farmers speak Karen, a language of southeastern Myanmar, the Asian country formerly known as Burma. They spent 11 years in a refugee camp in …

Mere rhetoric? You decide!
Malaysia Kini, Malaysia –
Freedom of rational speech is also a key component of democracy, and contrary to what you think or claim, democracy is a Western ideal – it was born out of …

Narcotics and terrorism
Merinews, India –
This is besides, the Golden Triangle (Laos, Burma, Thailand), and the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran) which is notorious for drug …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to get family letters, news mags
Reuters –
In all, Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years. Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be called, has been under military rule since 1962.

Peter Gabriel Named Ambassador of Conscience
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… REM where fans will engage in Amnesty International’s campaign to release Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Myanmar. …

Burmese Dissident Arrested After Year in Hiding
New York Sun, United States –
… Nations the Security Council gathered to discuss the UN envoy to Burma’s recent failure to meet with the country’s leading dissident, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burmese Exiles Say Authorities Arrest Activist in Rangoon
Voice of America –
It has kept pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years.

OBI Humanitarian Aid in Flood-Ravaged Haiti
NewsBlaze, CA –
Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, the Sichuan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya, Bangladesh, …

We think that the Security Council has not been listened to by the authorities of Burma/ Myanmar and we think that they have to abide by their commitments. …

UN chief urges Myanmar junta to include opponents
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won a general election but was not allowed to …

MaximsNews Network, NY –
For instance, a number of commentators called the May 2008 cyclone in Myanmar/Burma a test case for R2P, questioning the utility of the concept if it could …

Secretary-General calls for tangible political progress in Myanmar
UN News Centre –
11 September 2008 – Myanmar has not experienced the political progress as anticipated and its Government should take real measures towards setting up a more …

UN chief urges Myanmar junta to include opponents
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won a general election but was not allowed to …

UN envoy in dark after snub by Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
Reuters –
After briefing the UN Security Council on his sixth visit to push for reform in the former Burma, Gambari was asked why Suu Kyi had declined to see him. …

“We need to understand the frustration that she, and her supporters, her party and indeed the people of Burma (Myanmar) are feeling at the lack of progress. …

Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
… a time-bound political negotiations leading to democratization and the release of all political prisoners including Madame Aung San Suu Kyi and that the …

US, Britain demand more pressure on Myanmar for democratic progress
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
New York – The United States and Britain on Thursday called for more pressure on Myanmar to end its defiance of demands for democratic progress and the …

Lawyer says Suu Kyi in good health
Her party won a landslide victory in a 1990 election but the junta never allowed it to take office. The military has ruled Myanmar since 1962.

Gems display robust growth
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… the Commerce Ministry) have consistently explained to exhibitors Thailand’s political situation and the venue is far from the protest areas,” he said.

88 generation activist Nilar Thein arrested / (၈၈) မ်ဳိးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသူ နီလာသိန္း အဖမ္းခံရ

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88 Generation leader Nilar Thein arrested

Sep 11, 2008 (DVB)–Nilar Thein, one of the leaders of the 88 Generation Students group who had been in hiding from government authorities since last year, was arrested last night at a house in Rangoon’s Yankin township.

She took part with other 88 generation leaders in the peaceful march in August last year to protest against the military regime’s doubling of fuel prices.

When the authorities began cracking down on protestors, arresting many of her colleagues, Nilar Thein left her month-old baby daughter with her in-laws and went into hiding.

Nilar Thein’s husband Kyaw Min Yu (also known as Ko Jimmy) is being detained in Insein prison with other student leaders.

Reporting by Aye Nai


88 generation activist Nilar Thein arrested

Than Htike Oo


Thursday, 11 September 2008 19:12

Chiang Mai – Prominent woman activist Nilar Thein, who went into hiding one year ago, was hunted down and arrested on Wednesday.

An 88 generation student, who requested not to be named, told Mizzima that Nilar Thein was arrested by Burmese security forces on Wednesday evening while going to visit fellow activist Ant Bwe Kyaw’s mother in Rangoon’s Yan Kin Township.

“It is confirmed that she was arrested while going to visit the mother of Ant Bwe Kyaw,” the 88 generation student, who is also on the run from the junta, told Mizzima.

However, it is still unclear how Nilar Thein was arrested and where she is being detained.

But, the 88 student said it is possible that Nilar Thein was arrested on her way to see Ant Bwe Kyaw’s mother, who resides alone and is reportedly in ill health.

Nilar Thein went into hiding as the junta brutally cracked down on protestors in Rangoon and other cities last August and September, leaving her young baby with family members.

Nilar Thein’s husband, Kyaw Min Yu, also a member of the 88 generation students, was arrested on August 21, 2007 along with 12 colleagues, including prominent student leader Min Ko Naing as well as Ko Ko Gyi, Min Zeya, and Mya Aye.


Nilar Thein Arrested, Sources Say



Thursday, September 11, 2008

Burmese security forces have reportedly hunted down and arrested the prominent woman activist Nilar Thein, who went into hiding one year ago.

Aung Tun, brother of jailed activist Ko Ko Gyi, told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that Nilar Thein was arrested on Wednesday, but he could provide no further details. Another, unnamed activist said she was seized as she moved hiding places.

In happier times—Kyaw Min Yu, his wife Nilar Thein and their baby daughter Phyu Nay Kyi Min Yu

Nilar Thein went into hiding, leaving her young baby with family members, as police and troops rounded up participants in the mass demonstrations in Rangoon and other cities last August and September.

Nilar Thein’s husband, Kyaw Min Yu, also known as Jimmy, was arrested on August 21, 2007, along with 12 other leaders of the 88 Generation Students group, including Ko Ko Gyi, Min Ko Naing, Htay Win Aung, Min Zeya and Mya Aye. They had led a demonstration on August 19 against sharp increases in the price of fuel and other commodities.

Nilar Thein had already served two terms of imprisonment in Insein and Tharrawaddy prisons for her involvement in political activities.

In March, she and two of her colleagues—Su Su Nway and Phyu Phyu Thin—received the Czech Republic’s Homo Homini award for their promotion of democracy, human rights and nonviolent solutions to political conflicts.

မနီလာသိန္း အဖမ္းခံရသည္ဟု သတင္းမ်ားထြက္
ကိုသက္ | စက္တင္ဘာ ၁၁၊ ၂၀၀၈

လြန္ခဲ့သည့္ႏွစ္ကတည္းက စစ္အစိုးရ၏ မတရားလိုက္လံဖမ္းဆီးမႈေၾကာင့္ ေရွာင္တိမ္းေနရသည့္ ၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသားအဖြဲ႔မွ မနီလာသိန္း ယမန္ေန႔ညက အဖမ္းခံရသည္ဟု သတင္းမ်ားထြက္ေပၚလ်က္ရွိသည္။

၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ ကိုကိုႀကီး၏ ညီျဖစ္သူ ကိုေအာင္ထြန္းက “မနီလာသိန္း အဖမ္းခံရတယ္ ၾကားတယ္။ သူနဲ႔နီးစပ္တဲ့လူတေယာက္က ေျပာတာ” ဟု ဧရာ၀တီကို ေျပာသည္။

မနီလာသိန္း၏ လုပ္ေဖာ္ကိုင္ဖက္တဦးကလည္း ယမန္ေန႔ညေနကတည္းက မနီလာသိန္း၏ လက္ကိုင္ဖုန္းကို ေခၚသည့္အခါ ဌာနကပိတ္ထားသည္ဟုသာ ေျဖၾကားသျဖင့္ အဖမ္းခံရသည္ဟု ယူဆရေၾကာင္း ေျပာသည္။

ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ရွိ အန္အယ္လ္ဒီ လူငယ္တဦးကလည္း ယမန္ေန႔ညပိုင္းက မနီလာသိန္းပုန္းခိုသည့္ေနရာမွ တျခားေနရာတခုသို႔ ေျပာင္းေ႐ႊ႕စဥ္ အဖမ္းခံရသည္ဟု ၾကားသိရေၾကာင္း ေျပာသည္။

မနီလာသိန္း၏ ခင္ပြန္းျဖစ္သူ ကိုဂ်င္မီ (ခ) ကိုေက်ာ္မင္းယုသည္လည္း ၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ ေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ တဦးျဖစ္ၿပီး လြန္ခဲ့သည့္ႏွစ္ ၾသဂုတ္လကတည္းက တျခားေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားႏွင့္အတူ အဖမ္းခံခဲ့ရသည္။ ၎တို႔အား ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ရွိ အင္းစိန္ေထာင္တြင္ တႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ၾကာထိန္းသိမ္းထားခဲ့ၿပီး မၾကားေသးမီကစတင္၍ ႐ံုးထုတ္စစ္ေဆးမႈမ်ားကို ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့သည္။

မနီလာသိန္းသည္ ၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသူ မမီးမီး၊ အန္အယ္လ္ဒီပါတီ၀င္မ်ားျဖစ္ၾကသည့္ မစုစုေႏြး၊ မျဖဴျဖဴသင္းတို႔ႏွင့္အတူ ၂၀၀၇ ခုႏွစ္္ ၾသဂုတ္လ အတြင္း ရန္ကုန္တြင္ ျပဳလုပ္သည့္ ကုန္ေစ်းႏႈန္းႏွင့္ ေလာင္စာဆီေစ်းႏႈန္းက်ဆင္းေရး လမ္းေလွ်ာက္ဆႏၵထုတ္ေဖာ္ပြဲမ်ားကို ဦးေဆာင္ခဲ့သျဖင့္ စစ္အစိုးရ၏ လိုက္လံဖမ္းဆီးမႈမွ ေရွာင္တိမ္းေနရင္း ႏိုင္ငံေရးလႈပ္ရွားမႈမ်ားကို ဆက္လက္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့သူ ျဖစ္သည္။

လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို စြမ္းစြမ္းတမံေဆာင္႐ြက္သူမ်ား၊ ႏိုင္ငံေရး ပဋိပကၡမ်ားတြင္ အၾကမ္းမဖက္သည့္နည္းျဖင့္ တစိုက္မတ္မတ္ ရင္ဆိုင္ေျဖရွင္းၾကသူမ်ားကို ခ်ီးျမွင့္ေလ့ရွိသည့္ Czech ႏိုင္ငံ အေျခစိုက္ People in Need အဖြဲ႔၏ ၂၀၀၇ ခုႏွစ္အတြက္ Homo Homini ဆုကို မနီလာသိန္း၊ မစုစုေႏြးႏွင့္ မျဖဴျဖဴသင္းတို႔ ၃ ဦးက ပူးတြဲဆြပ္ခူးခဲ့ၾကသည္။

မနီလာသိန္းသည့္ ၁၉၉၆ ခုႏွစ္ ေက်ာင္းသားလႈပ္ရွားမႈတြင္ တက္ႂကြစြာပါ၀င္ခဲ့ေသာေၾကာင့္ ေထာင္ဒဏ္ ၁၀ ႏွစ္ ခ်မွတ္ခံခဲ့ရၿပီး ၂၀၀၅ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ျပန္လည္လြတ္ေျမာက္သည္။

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September 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm

World focus on Burma (11 September 2008)

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Aung San Suu Kyi meets her lawyer again, India –
She was last arrested in May 2003 following a brutal attack by junta-backed mobs on her motorcade in upper Burma’s Depayin town. In May, the junta extended …

Karen Hodges travels to Burma with NCP, offers aid
Etownian, PA –
Burma, the most poverty-ridden location in Southeast Asia, has recently come under devastation from the Cyclone Nargis that struck in May 2008 leaving …

Operation Blessing International mobilizing medical teams and …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, the Sichuan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya, Bangladesh, …

Security blanket at hospital where Daw Suu’s aide is admitted, India –
New Delhi – A security blanket envelops the Muslim Charity Hospital on Barr Street, Kyauktada Township, Rangoon where Win Pa Pa, daughter of Khin Khin Win, …

Nilar Thein arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
She took part with other 88 generation leaders in the peaceful march in August last year to protest against the military regime’s doubling of fuel prices. …

Burmese PM Outlines Post-Cyclone Relief, Rehabilitation Work …
RedOrbit, TX –
11 (Xinhua) – Over 1 million people in Myanmar’s storm-hit regions have been rescued in time, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar [Burma] quoted …

88 generation activist Nilar Thein arrested, India –
… recipients of the Czech Republic’s Homo Homini award for their promotion of democracy, human rights and nonviolent solutions in Burma’s political conflicts.

Cooking lessons, guilty; coup, no problem
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

A Burmese blogger monk wins NP contest
OpEdNews, PA –

This prize is dedicated to my woman hero Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and my country Burma. I will donate it to an organization.Patgarcia also deserves to be a …

Musician Peter Gabriel has been named Ambassador of Conscience 2008 by human rights group Amnesty International. Gabriel was presented with the honour by U2 …

Will the UN unseat the junta?, India –
The first claim references the annulled 1990 election results, the latter that of systematic human rights abuses by the junta directed at its own citizenry. …

Exiled opposition MPs contest junta’s UN seat
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
NCUB spokesperson U Myint Thein said the campaign was intended to highlight that the military regime did not legitimately represent the people of Burma. …

Suu Kyi meets again with lawyer
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for two hours with her lawyer on Thursday, witnesses said, amid worries for her health after her …

US voices concern over Aung San Suu Kyi’s health
Merinews, India –
It has been almost a month since Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi stopped receiving food deliveries. Amidst reports that she is on hunger strike …

Nilar Thein Arrested, Sources Say
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burmese security forces have reportedly hunted down and arrested the prominent woman activist Nilar Thein, who went into hiding one year ago. …

Burma: Status of Aung San Suu Kyi
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
We continue to urge the Burmese regime to release immediately and unconditionally Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as all other political prisoners and begin a …

Swedes mark fifth anniversary of death of Anna Lindh
TopNews, India –
… of Myanmar, a former student activist, who has lived in exile for the past 20 years and is currently based in Thailand where she is active in the Burma …

Burmese Dissidents in Exile Challenge Junta’s UN Seat
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… because it had committed state-sponsored violence, particularly in the brutal ambush on democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters in Depayin, …

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

WEDNESDAY, 10/09/2008 (MaximsNews Network)

The Secretary-General received a letter yesterday from the organization of Myanmar politicians who were elected to Parliament in 1990 seeking to replace the …

Cyclone relief effort boosts Irrawaddy healthcare
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
After the cyclone hit Burma in early May, doctors and surgeons came from all over Burma to treat patients. Ko Vanku of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters …

Gambari to brief Security Council today, India –
United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is poised to meet with Security Council members Thursday morning in New York, according to the …

The voice of art in a battle for freedom
Ode Magazine, CA –
… support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid …

Vote McCain, Re-Elect Lobbyists
Fog City Journal, CA –
He fired one for ties to Saudi Arabia, two for ties to the military junta in Burma, a lobbyist for energy companies, and one who was with a group attacking …

Campaigning starts in right earnest
South Asian Focus, Canada –
Their response to international crises- conflict in Lebanon, floods in the Philippines, cyclones in Burma and earthquakes in China- has been abysmal. …

Countering the drug menace
Zee News, India –
Burma, Laos and Thailand together constitute the Golden Triangle, which is the world’s largest source of opium. However, the opium crop in this zone has …

A second prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim?
Aliran Monthly, Malaysia –
If Malaysia does not wish to descend to the level of Burma and Zimbabwe, both of which were also British colonies and enjoyed the rule of law and freedom …

Ceasefire groups strengthen forces in Shan state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Eastern Command leader Ya Pyit also told the Haha Ja group, based in Homong near the Thai-Burma border, that if they did not lay down their arms they could …

Burmese losing the battle against rats
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Four months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, another natural disaster has struck the country. This time the ruling military regime has had 50 years to …

Junta sets new target for overseas job placement, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s Ministry of Labor has set a new target for overseas employment agencies, looking for each registered agency to place 300 Burmese workers …

NLD members questioned over bombing
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The NLD will never take up arms to win power – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would never accept that. She had said in the past that she doesn’t want to repeat the …

Who will come to Nilar Thein’s rescue?

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Bangkok Post, 28 Jan 2008


Who will come to Nilar Thein’s rescue?

Activist is on the run from Rangoon’s regime while her family and nation suffers


Who remembers Nilar Thein now? She was actually well-known about four months ago. But today few seem to remember her. Four months is a long time in today’s fast-moving world.

Nilar Thein is a fugitive with a price on her head. She has been hiding in different locations in Rangoon since September when Burma’s military authorities began hunting down activists who led demonstrations in August and September.

If that’s not reason enough to feel sorry for the 35-year-old activist, her whole family is also suffering along with her.

Her husband Kyaw Min Yu, known as Jimmy, is in the notorious Insein Prison. A prominent activist since the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, he played a prominent role in the first street demonstrations in Rangoon in August.

Nilar Thein’s nine-month-old daughter, Nay Kyi Min Yu, has been living with her grandparents. Her grandparents say she is doing well, but she doesn’t have the protective, loving kindness of her parents.

The daughter is taken to the prison occasionally to visit her father. But she hasn’t touched her mother for some months.

If that’s not enough, Nilar Thein spent eight years in jail from 1996 to 2003 for her political activity. Her husband spent 16 years in prison after 1988.

In a conversation from where she is in hiding, Nilar Thein said it is a price she must pay.

”I love my daughter like any mother. I had to leave her, but I believe she will later understand why,” she said.

Her husband is likely to receive another long prison sentence, as Nilar Thein continues to try to evade the security forces.

Can you imagine a beautiful end to this sad story?

Do you believe the ruling generals will stop their oppression? Do you believe the United Nations can achieve change in Burma? Do you believe Burma’s neighbours will truly seek change in Burma?

The UN Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, said in a recent interview with Newsweek magazine: ”I don’t have the instruments to change the regime.”

Yes, true regime change is hard to imagine. ”The UN is not in the business of changing regimes,” Mr Gambari said. Yes that’s true.

So what about one, single issue: the release of political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi?

Mr Gambari attempted that, but again with no success.

”The release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the other political prisoners is long overdue,” the envoy said in the interview.

But the junta hasn’t budged, sticking closely to its ”seven-step road map”, which is intended to install the military institution legally as the legitimate government of Burma.

Is political reconciliation possible?

”It’s long overdue,” Mr Gambari said. Opposition groups and the international community have called for reconciliation since the junta took power 20 years ago, especially after Mrs Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won the 1990 election by a landslide.

Can you imagine a true dialogue between the junta and the opposition?

Mr Gambari said: ”If [talks] were combined with real engagement and with some incentives at the appropriate time, they could work.”

To try to achieve dialogue with the military junta in Rangoon, sanctions have been imposed by the United States and the European Union since the mid-1990s. Still, it’s hard to imagine sanctions working because Burma’s two biggest neighbours, China and India, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, remain opposed.

How about the world’s super power, the US? In a recent trip to Hanoi, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Marciel said Burma is going ”downhill on all fronts”.

”The economy is going downhill, the education system is getting ruined,” he said. ”The health-care system isn’t functioning _ you’re getting more and more cases of resistant strains of tuberculosis and malaria out of Burma. You’ve got refugee flows out of Burma. It’s just a whole series of problems.”

The US is the strongest critic of the Burmese regime and recently it imposed new sanctions targeted at the generals, their family and business cronies. But it doesn’t have any real means to change the regime or open its prisons or get the generals to sit down and talk to opposition and ethnic leaders. It might be another story if Burma were in the Middle East, perhaps.

So how can Nilar Thein and the Burmese people be saved?

You can imagine only one person who could save Nilar Thein _ Rambo.

Kyaw Zwa Moe is managing editor of Irrawaddy Publishing Group.

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