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World focus on Burma (14 December 2008)

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The UN and Human Rights: Standing Up for the Values We Share
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –
On the contrary, most countries in this region of democratic nations abstained, and one even stood with Iran and Burma to try to block debate that would …

… who cringingly call Bombay Mumbai and Peking Beijing, still refuse to rename Rangoon Yangon and Burma Myanmar, though the logic of doing so is the same. …

China: Two myths and one in the making
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
China supports the Myanmar (Burmese) junta politically, plus with economic aid and arms because of the strategic advantage the country and its offshore …

US First Lady Praises Women Dissidents on International Human …
NewsBlaze, CA –
Burmese female dissidents are “following in the footsteps” of Nobel laureate and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, she said. Suu Kyi was elected …

Journalism Still a Dangerous Profession in Uzbekistan
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, UK –
Uzbekistan comes fifth on the list, following China, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. The report lists Muhammad Bekjonov, editor of the Uzbek opposition newspaper …

Nobel Peace Laureates Launch Appeal for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Voice of America –

… Nations to push harder to bring about national reconciliation in Burma and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Former Burma Dictator’s Daughter Released from House Arrest
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s military government has released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest. …

Jailed Activist’s Wife Tells Story
Radio Free Asia, DC –
In 1992, when she was 15, her father was in Mandalay Prison, her mother held at Insein Prison in Rangoon, and her brother at Thayet Prison in central Burma. …

Daughter of Burma’s ex-military strongman freed, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The military government released the daughter of Burma’s long time strongman Ne Win from house-arrest on Friday …

Burma’s military government has freed the daughter of the late leader, Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years, friends said. …

China and Neighbors Agree to Settle Trades in their Own Currencies, China –
… Mongolia , Vietnam , and Burma , according to which signatories have the freedom in to choose the settlement currency in bilateral trade between them. …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Easier (press release), UK –
Now a prisoner in her homeland, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This Summit is dedicated to her. With the collaboration of the …

Brisk sale of single use GSM SIM cards, India –
Ltd.’, the sales agent for Myanmar Telecom Department, has started to sell the single-use GSM SIM cards. Both Burmese nationals and foreigners are buying …

Thirty more firms financing Burmese junta, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The lack of effective sanctions on Burma’s military rulers has allowed business firms to invest in the Southeast Asian …

Myanmar to hold five-day gems auction: state media
Lanka Business Online, Sri Lanka –
The auction would be held January 5-9 at Myanmar Gems Pavilion in Yangon, the Burmese-language Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. Buyers would have to pay an …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Military rulers silent on Suu Kyi’s detention deadline as donors gather in Myanmar

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The Associated Press

Published: May 25, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand: The deadline for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest expires this week, but Myanmar’s military rulers remained silent about her fate Sunday as international donors pushed politics aside to help suffering cyclone victims.

The detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi has been at the center of friction between the secretive junta and many countries around the world, who have tirelessly campaigned for her release. She was last put under house arrest in May 2003, and the term has been renewed every year since.

But this year’s deadline comes at a critical point. Under Myanmar law, no one can be held longer than five years without being released or put on trial, said U.S. lawyer Jared Genser, hired by Suu Kyi’s family to push for her release.

It remained unclear what action, if any, the regime would take as the world focuses on the Southeast Asian country still reeling from Cyclone Nargis. The storm killed 78,000 people three weeks ago and left another 2.4 million people homeless and facing hunger and disease.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and representatives from 50 nations met Sunday for a one-day fundraising conference in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon. The donors have agreed, at least for now, to focus on the humanitarian relief effort.

“We must think about people just now, not politics,” Ban told the conference.

The junta has made it nearly impossible for foreign aid agencies to get access to the Irrawaddy Delta — where the cyclone damage was worst — but the country’s ruling general promised Ban on Friday that those restrictions would be lifted. The government has estimated the economic damage at about US$11 billion (€7 billion).

“Their failure to abide by their own law by refusing to release (Suu Kyi) … is a clear slap in the face to Ban Ki-moon and the ASEAN diplomats and others coming into town,” Genser said, referring to the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “They are out of time to hold her under their own law.”

Genser, of U.S.-based Freedom Now, which represents pro-democracy dissidents in a number of countries, said Suu Kyi’s house arrest expired at midnight Saturday. But Nyan Win, spokesman for her opposition National League of Democracy party, said it would not officially be up until Monday, adding there had been “no sign at all” indicating what the government will do.

On Saturday, the government held the second phase of a referendum vote for a proposed military-backed constitution that had already won overwhelming support and is largely considered a sham by the international community. One provision would prohibit Suu Kyi from holding public office. The military refused to accept the results of a general election in 1990 won by her party.

Suu Kyi has lived under house arrest for about 12 of the past 18 years for leading an internationally hailed movement for democracy in Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military with an iron fist since 1962.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 26, 2008 at 7:14 am