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World focus on Burma (28 August 2008)

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France24, France –
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention, is said to have started a hunger strike, though a junta …

Human rights at the UN
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
Arbour’s defenders have been equally passionate, pointing to her work on states such as Sudan and Burma. Think tank UN Watch found that of 79 critical …

Burma to Hold Gem Auction

Voice of America –
Gem auctions are a major revenue earner for Burma’s military government. Jewelry companies and human rights groups have urged buyers to boycott Burmese gems …

NLD member attacked by robbers posing as officials
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… but an NLD youth member speculated that they were likely to be members of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association or Swan Arr Shin. …

Five NLD members arrested for peaceful protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… on 15 May they walked from Shwe Yin Aye bus stop to Nyaungdon road in a peaceful protest carrying banners reading ‘Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’,” he said. …

Hands-on care, from the ER to Myanmar’s borders
The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com, MI –
… as well as the refugee camps along the borders of Myanmar, known as Burma until a military junta renamed the country after a 1989 takeover. …

Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, August 28 — In the UN’s continued paralysis about Myanmar, on Wednesday Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that his …

NLD member sentenced after exposing corruption
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member who has reported on government corruption cases in the past has been sentenced to 13 months’ …

UN mission in Burma not accomplished
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
By Zin Linn Bangkok, Thailand — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma on Aug. 23 after failing to secure meetings with senior military leaders or …

Indonesia: Junta and Suu Kyi Urged to Continue Dialog
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged the Burma junta military to continue the dialog with democracy leader Aung …

UN Farce: From The Washington Post
South Bend Tribune, IN –
The envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, just finished a sixth fruitless mission to Burma, and it is clear now that UN diplomacy has become a cover for inaction. …

NLD member jailed after photographing polling stations
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“According to his statement, he went to the Myawaddy-Mae Sot area [on the Thai-Burma border] in January 2008 to attend video training and met with some …

It’sa Process Perhaps, but a Failed One
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW UN special envoys to Burma have come and gone over the past 20 years, each time leaving the country empty-handed. There have been eight of them, …

Murder Story Draws Police Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a common practice in Burma for news of crimes written by independent reporters to be censored. All stories in the print media must pass through the …

Bimstec ministers aim to forge new relations
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Established in 1997, Bimstec was formerly named using the first initial of its founding members – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Thailand …

Manila to sign ASEAN charter
TVNZ, New Zealand –
Manila had previously insisted that Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi be released from house arrest before it would ratify the charter. …

Chin State: More Deaths Reported from Famine
UNPO, Netherlands –
Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to forage for …

World Forum For Democratization In Asia Issues Statement On …
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… Peace Laureate and Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: “It is no longer acceptable to resolve political disputes through the use of force. …

Myanmar: Cyclone survivors look to radio
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Lawyer Kyi Win asks to visit Daw Suu again
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is waiting to hear if his request for permission to visit the detained National League for …

Sen Santiago to push ratification of ASEAN charter
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“No wonder that Burma was among the first to ratify…The Charter does not have enough collective teeth to discipline Burma,” said Akbayan party-list …

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses Provisions
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
Last week Suu Kyi cancelled meetings with UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his six-day visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s message to the world: UN is on the wrong track
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma without seeing the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the regime’s high …

UN Burma’s Generals — II
Wall Street Journal –
The United Nations has long been an enabler of Burma’s tyrannical leaders. Last week it reached a new low. Ibrahim Gambari, the UN’s special envoy to Burma, …

Embassy Row
Washington Times, DC –
Iraq scored as the world’s third-most corrupt nation, after Burma and Somalia, in a review last year of 180 countries and territories by Transparency …

Burmese refugee stops in Utica after 3000-mile walk
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
… freedom and to witness to Burma,” he said, referring to the widespread persecution and lack of freedom reported in that country, now known as Myanmar. …

Oregon scientists find oldest gecko
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Comuzzi says $2 M will help settle newcomers in the area
Thunder Bay’s Source, Canada –
Wahley Ray has been living in Thunder Bay for the last six years coming here from Burma, also known as Myanmar. He said the services offered by the …

Public Service – International Development Issue 10
Public Servant Online, UK –
This has been particularly true in recent months, with accounts of natural disasters in China and Burma, a growing global food crisis, and political …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

World focus on Burma (8 August 2008)

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Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Tears and pride as Games opening is watched in UK

BBC News, UK –

Protesters from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to voice their anger about human rights violations. Back in Trafalgar Square, …

20 Years Since Thousands of Pro-Democracy Activists Killed in Burma

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, the military junta arrested 48 activists for a protest to mark the anniversary. Mark Farmaner is Director of the Burma …

New York Times Blogs, NY –

“China, more than any other country, has enabled the survival of the brutal Burmese regime,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch …

Anti-China activists face federal criminal charges

KUTV, UT –

A protestor wearing a photograph of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shouts as he stands outside the Chinese Embassy on August 8, …

Christian Rights Group Wants UN to Intervene in Burma Crisis

Christian Post –

The UK-based human rights organization is pressing for key members of the military junta to be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes …

Authorities arrest rights activist and ABFSU members

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 8, 2008 (DVB)–Three All Burma Federation of Student Union members and a member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network have been arrested by …

Burma comic on cyclone charges

The Australian, Australia –

Cyclone Nargis left 138000 people dead or missing in early May. After the storm, Burma’s military regime was criticised for blocking foreign relief supplies …

Voice of America –

The protests pushed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into the political limelight and helped her found the NLD to challenge army rule. Burma’s ruling …

RP drops anti-Myanmar stance for ASEAN charter

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… said Congress would find “extreme difficulty in ratifying the charter” until military-ruled Myanmar (Burma) freed Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tough words from Mrs Bush for Burmese junta

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of the military crackdown that crushed Burma’s nascent democracy and left the leader of the democratic forces, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. …

No moving backwards for Myanmar

Amnesty International –

Three months ago, the government wilfully neglected its people when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar. Relief workers, diplomats, journalists, and Burmese …

Bin Laden Driver Given Lenient Sentence

Democracy Now, NY –

Internationally, we wish they use their veto power at the UN Security Council and stop supporting brutality in Tibet, Myanmar and Darfur. …

Burma’s bitter remembrance of ‘8/8/88’

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s democracy leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) overwhelmingly won the 1990 elections, remains under …

Remembering 88: Fighting for what is ours

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

In September 2007, the people of Burma yet again made an attempt to gain the rights that they deserve and the military government responded to it in the …

Breakfast of Champions 8/8: Burmese Democracy
Minneapolis City Pages, MN –
… of the Olympics in Beijing — another event that affects Burma. I wonder if they ever think about calling off August in the nation now known as Myanmar. ..

200 anti-Olympic protestors gather at Chinese embassy in London

Monsters and Critics.com –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

David Cook: Olympics, Day One

The Chattanoogan, TN –

So, as it hosts the Olympic Games, China also works to shut down democracy in Burma, where human rights violations are commonplace, and Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Thailand urges US to adjust ‘priority’ ranking

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Also, Thailand had expressed concerns to the US on its trade sanctions against Myanmar, Mrs. Nongnut said. The sanctions affected not only the Myanmar …

The 1988 demonstrations in Myanmar

The military rulers fear a repeat of the 1988 demonstrations Photo:

AFP/Getty Images

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Police and militia have staged a show of force in Burma on the eve of the 20th anniversary of a major uprising which left 3000 civilians dead. …

Crackdown on Burmese aid workers

The Age, Australia –

BURMA’S most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, apparently for their role in delivering aid …

White House Fact Sheet: The United States and Asia: Enduring …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

President Bush will meet with Burmese human rights activists and restate the call on Burma’s military junta rulers to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other …

Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Security tight for 20th anniversary of Burma protests

CBC.ca, Canada –

About 100 gathered outside the Burma Embassy in Bangkok, chanting “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi,” and throwing three red airplanes over the wall that …

Bush criticizes China before Beijing visit

Ocala, FL –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Bush Committed to Burma Issue, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Thaung Htun, a representative for UN Affairs of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the government in exile, said, “Since the Burmese …

US First Lady Laura Bush yesterday visited IOM’s refugee …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The First Lady, who was accompanied by her daughter Barbara, saw IOM cultural orientation trainers preparing refugees for resettlement in the US and saw off …

Business Round-up (August 8, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“[The fact] that each dollar of aid must be converted with Myanmar’s [Burma] military government for a foreign exchange certificate with, now, 80 percent of …

world briefs

Bryan College Station Eagle, United States –

Mrs. Bush, who is traveling in Asia with President Bush, flew to the Thai border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, to visit the Mae La refugee camp and a …

Apprehensive of protests, junta tightens security in Rangoon

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Security in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon has been stepped up several notches with rumours of impending protests swirling around the city, …

Those who talk, those who walk

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

That is, Burma will remain immune from Thai and most ASEAN pressure to reform, and Thailand itself will continue to see US military sales to the country …

US President Bush visits Bangkok, Thailand

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. We’ll continue working until the people of …

Laura Bush’s Myanmar crusade

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

In 2003, Congress passed the Freedom and Democracy Act after an attack on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade by government-organized thugs …

‘Intl community should push for political reforms in Myanmar’

Economic Times, India –

“As the world celebrates the opening of the Beijing Olympics, people should pause to remember the atrocities in Burma 20 years ago,” said Elaine Pearson, …

Burma In The Shadow Of The Olympics

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

All this is so very applicable in the Myanmar of today. Members of the Burmese junta could not have acted out of love when they used naked force to smash …

CSW wants UN to intervene in Burma crisis

ChristianToday, UK –

by Anne Thomas Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for “urgent, specific and meaningful action” from the UN to address Burma’s ongoing political and …

Searching for Democracy Twenty Years On

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Paradoxically, the regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe thought it could save the country from “disintegration” and “anarchy.” The most disturbing thing is the …

Arakanese Community Stages Protest in Dhaka against 2010 Election

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

… Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, because their detention is unjust and unfair, and is furthermore against the current laws of Burma,” said Ko Kyaw Myint. …

Myanmar nationals living in Thailand and members of human rights groups chant anti-junta slogans and wave placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok August 8, 2008.

Reuters –

… burnt Myanmar flags and waved placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in …

Burmese activists shout a slogan in front of China Embassy in Bangkok on Friday

Chinese embassies were the target of some of Friday’s protests

BBC News, UK –
Until the 8/8/88 protests, Aung San Suu Kyi was only known as the daughter of liberation hero Aung San, but her speech to the assembled protesters during …

Bush Calls On Myanmar, China To Respect Rights

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

“America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners,” he said. “We will continue working until …

William Holston Jr.: Rally tonight in Dallas to support Burmese …

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Within two years, one of the young activists, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, received the Nobel Peace Prize. She was unable to attend the ceremony, however…

Myanmar activists mark 20th anniversary of crushed democracy

Monsters and Critics.com –

… which he promised to ‘seek an end to tyranny in Burma,’ and reiterated the call for Myanmar’s regime to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who …

US president’s trip to China starts off on a frosty note

Press and Journal, UK –

Mr Bush has said he wants to enjoy the 2008 Summer Olympics, but also will talk to President Hu Jintao about human rights and a host of other bilateral …

Activists rally in Philippines for democracy in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

‘Sports, according to the Olympics charter, should promote human rights and social justice,’ said Egoy Bans, spokesman for the Free Burma …

Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

… laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Yangon. In the Philippine capital Manila, activists from the Free Burma Coalition and Amnesty …

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The Associated Press –

He later joined about 100 others outside the Myanmar Embassy. They chanted “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and threw red paper airplanes with the …

Dublin event to mark anniversary of Burma uprising

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

An event is due to be held on Dublin’s O’Connell Street this afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Burma. …

China rebuffs Bush speech

Denver Post, CO –

By Steven Lee Myers First lady Laura Bush sits with students during a visit to a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border Thursday. …

For peace in Nagaland, dialogue among Nagas must succeed (Commentary)

SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –

But Muivah and Swu stood firm along with Khaplang, their comrade in western Burma (Myanmar), and forced a split in the NNC, one which gave birth to the NSCN …

Stuck between the summit and the roundtable

Business Day, South Africa –

Help to Cuba and the Palestinians, blocking UN managerial reform, and manoeuvring around tougher action on Burma and Iran. None of this does one bit for …

Shame on China — and the IOC

MiamiHerald.com, FL –

When IOC Vice President Kim Un-Yong was jailed a few years ago, charged with embezzling millions and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks …

Myanmar revolt crackdown remembered

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

However, Bush also heard criticism of Washington’s stance towards Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, for forcing the generals into isolation. …

EWEN’S COMPLETES HIS MISSION FOR BURMA

Guide and Gazette, UK –

In June, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy published a joint statement, in an open letter to Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi: “We wish to use this …

China tells Bush to stay out of its affairs

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

Burma – called Myanmar by the regime – marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists today. Laura Bush flew for the day to …

The Games They Play in Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

by J. Sri Raman, On August 8, a small team of six athletes from Burma is scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. …

Olympic Expectations

Bangor Daily News, ME –

… for human rights, harsh treatment of Tibet, its omnipresent censorship and its financial dealings with morally corrupt regimes in Sudan, Burma and Iran. …

Conditions in Myanmar much starker than previously assessed, AP finds

Kansas City Star, MO –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Crazy eights: Chinese, wedding parties and birthday celebrators …
Naples Daily News, FL –
The sole exception would be in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, where such a protest would likely be considered suicide. On August 8, 1988, which has one ..

Rights groups cry for freedom of ‘prisoners of conscience’

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

At that time in Myanmar, Burmese students gathered and staged demonstrations calling for democracy. These quickly spread in different parts of Myanmar until …

Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

After last year’s large-scale fuel-price rallies, the generals in charge of the former Burma are taking no chances, with extra police and pro-government …

Myanmar Still A Disaster

The Moderate Voice –

It is sad to say that there will probably be very little done to help the suffering people of Burma/Myanmar. (1) The Moderate Voice’s comments are hosted by …

Chinese FM conveys congratulations on 41st anniversary of ASEAN …

Xinhua, China –

8, 1967 for boosting regional integration, ASEAN later absorbed Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia as its members. …

Burmese recall uprising

Radio Australia, Australia –

LAMEY: It speaks volumes about Burma that the country of 47 million can muster only 6 athletes to compete in Beijing. And for many in that country, …

Bush Criticizes China In Bangkok Speech

WMUR, NH –

BEIJING — President George W. Bush arrived in China Thursday on a trip that his aides hope will keep a positive focus on the Olympic spirit while showing …

Bush annoys Chinese with human rights speech

Birmingham Star, AL –

… watching Hu’s color on his face, doing nothing to give a hand to help Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to get released from house-arrest; now visiting China, …

UN rights envoy ends Burma visit

The Standard, Hong Kong –

A United Nations human rights envoy held “constructive” talks with junta leaders in Burma and was allowed to meet with detained pro-democracy activists …

The Sarcasm Revolution

Contra Costa Times, CA –

Political satire remains a dangerous pastime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. But Maung Yit and two other local Myanmar exiles use their comfortable …

The two sides of 8888

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

But the number eight holds a further significance today, for it is exactly 20 years since the 8888 uprising in Burma. What started out as a student-led …

Ending the junta

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Today the generals of Burma – officially the State Peace and Development Council – mark an unofficial 20th birthday of sorts. Twenty years ago to the day …

China key to Burma’s ‘survival’

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Attempts by the United Nations security council to place limits on the junta have been stymied by China and Russia, who have blocked sanctions and arms …

Philippines: Myanmar Exile Calls For More Pressure On Generals

Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, is joined by Filipino supporters during a press conference. (Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Pat Roque)

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, …

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The UN estimated Myanmar to have more than 1100 political prisoners. Quintana said he has asked the government to let him return to Myanmar in March 2009 …

Asia after Bush

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was poignantly served but whether Mr Bush and his wife’s gestures will make any difference on the …

Secret court may jail Burma comic Maung Thura for helping Cyclone …

Times Online, UK –

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, left Rangoon last night after a four-day visit during which he went to Insein jail …

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Before he was detained, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Myanmar volunteered to help victims of the cyclone, making several trips to …

Bush arrives in Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

… his Thursday speech represented criticisms of China, though he also criticized the authoritarian leaders of North Korea and Myanmar, the former Burma. …

PRESS DIGEST – Thai newspapers – Aug 8

Reuters –

US President George W. Bush said the United States sought an end to tyranny in Myanmar as he and first Lady Laura Bush spent much of their time in Thailand …

US to keep pressure on Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

THANIDA TANSUBHAPOL and AP United States President George Bush yesterday vowed to continue exerting pressure on Burma’s military regime. …

Why US president met the Burmese at envoy’s house

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The process was secretly and carefully arranged, given the sensitivity of the issue, which could have affected Thailand’s relations with Burma. …

The First Lady Visits Refugees From Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

Than Shwe, the head of the military junta, that “the time for a free Burma is now.” Another image from Laura Bush’s camp visit. …

No moving backwards, despite the junta

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If the future is to be better, the United Nations’ Security Council and Burma’s Asian neighbours must cease turning a blind eye to human rights violations …

20th Anniversary of the 8888 Uprising

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

Today (8 08 2008) marks the 20th anniversary of Burma’s largest national democratic uprising when millions of Burmese citizens bravely marched through the …

What if you gave a dinner party and the Axis of Evil came?

USA Today –

Q: Speaking of Burma, what are your thoughts on the ethics of making tourist visits to countries with long, dark records of human-rights abuses? …

Stop the dream, I want to get off

Ha’aretz, Israel –

And the presidents of Zimbabwe, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan and North Korea will also be there – all of them criminals against humanity and bosom buddies of the …

A round-up of today’s world news

Irish Times, Ireland –

RANGOON – The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma, Argentine lawyer Tomas Ojea Quintana, met five prominent political prisoners on his first trip …

Bush In Bangkok Blasts Burma & China

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

On Thursday (August 6), President Bush visits the Mercy Center, a slum-based group of schools, AIDS hospices, orphanages, and medical clinics in Bangkok run …

Time to unite for real cause

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Dr Thaung Htun is the Representative for United Nations Affairs of the Burma UN Service Office, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, …

Olympics Demonstration in London

Zimbabwejournalists.com, UK –

Representatives of Burma, Sudan, Tibet and Zimbabwe will lay flowers in mourning for the deaths of millions of victims of dictators supported by China. …

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Birmingham Star, AL –

“The next trip for our foundation will most likely to be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia, Jolie said.

Regret, anger for Burma’s ’88 uprising exiles

ABC Online, Australia –

On the day now stamped in his memory as 8.8.88, Nyo Ohn Myint was certain that change was finally within reach in his military-ruled homeland of Burma. …

Voice of America –

Burma’s government also sat on visa applications from the United Nations and humanitarian agencies. It took pressure from the UN and the Association of …

Behind the story: it’s like arresting Rowan Atkinson or Ricky Gervais

Times Online, UK –

But the work to which they committed themselves — raising and distributing aid to the victims of the cyclone — was inescapably political. …

The Hypocrisy of The Democrats

ProLife Blogs –

Excerpts from it show how hypocritical he is: Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? …

Bush says US firmly opposed to China’s repression

Amador Ledger-Dispatch, CA –

The president plans to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

President and Mrs. Bush Visit USAID Programs in Thailand

MarketWatch –

The Bushes also were briefed on USAID’s ongoing work in Burma to ensure that the survivors of May’s Cyclone Nargis have access to food and the ability to …

UN Envoy Receives ‘Good Signs’ From Burma

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Human Rights Council investigator for Burma, plays with Burmese schoolchildren as he inspects cyclone-davasted Irrawaddy river delta at Kyaukalat village, 05 Aug 2008

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations human rights envoy for Burma says he received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted his need to investigate allegations …

Bush calls for freedom in China

The Canberra Times, Australia –

The President planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Burma, who live under military rule across the border. …

Voice of America –

By Pros Laput Some Burmese had expressed hope that Cyclone Nargis would lead to the collapse of the military government. The cyclone, which hit Burma three …

The real challenge for China: what does it do after the Games?

The National, United Arab Emirates –

… nuclear concerns, but is increasingly criticised for its silence on Burma and Darfur, treatment of the Tibetan crisis and its own human rights record. …

UN Burma envoy concludes first visit

Radio Australia, Australia –

The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has wound up a five-day visit to the country saying he’s received positive signs the military government accepts his …

Burma: No Rights Reform 20 Years After Massacre

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

China’s actions, such as blocking UN Security Council action on Burma, have frustrated efforts by the Burmese people to enlist other countries and the …

US President Leaves Thailand for China

RedOrbit, TX –

… are different from the US’s interest on Burma,” said Win Min, one of nine Thailand-based Myanmar dissidents who lunched with Bush Thursday in Bangkok.

Bush Goes Looking for Relevance, A Legacy in Asia

Huffington Post, NY –

While in Bangkok, Bush plans to meet Burmese activists, while first lady, Laura — a bit of Burma activist herself — trips up to Mae La, the largest of the …

UN rights envoy meets Myanmar political prisoners

Reuters –

The former Burma’s military rulers are generally impervious to outside pressure, but have allowed in UN representatives since they crushed pro-democracy …

‘India must review its policy on Burma’

Howrah News Service, India –

He felt India’s ties with the junta has not been good for the people of Burma. “There is no trickle-down effect on the people,” he said, alluding to huge …

The Associated Press –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Bush slams China over rights record

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Another focus of Bush’s visit to Thailand is neighboring Burma (Myanmar), which is under heavy US sanctions to try to bring an end to 46 years of unbroken …

McCain’s “League of Democracies” Proposal, Rejected by Allies …

AlterNet, CA –

India, the world’s largest democracy, has also been reluctant to enlist in various campaigns, such as isolating Burma or Iran, which Washington and its …

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

He had given interviews to foreign media criticising the regime’s slow response to cyclone Nargis, which left 133000 people dead or missing in May this year …

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The US president spoke of his frustration with the delays in relief supplies getting to Burma after the cyclone, but said he felt it was the right decision …

World focus on Burma (7 August 2008)

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Bush off to Beijing with a Myanmar mission

Tajikistan News, Tajikistan –

‘He is going to talk with China about Burma (former name of Myanmar) even though he seems to be worried that China’s interests are different from the US’ …

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

He had given interviews to foreign media criticising the regime’s slow response to cyclone Nargis, which left 133000 people dead or missing in May this year …

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The US president spoke of his frustration with the delays in relief supplies getting to Burma after the cyclone, but said he felt it was the right decision …

UN envoy sees ‘good signs’ from Myanmar at end of mission

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar said Thursday he had received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted the need for his mandate …

In Thailand, Bush keeps focus on rights

International Herald Tribune, France –

“My life in refugee is better than Burma,” the boy wrote, “but I don’t have opportunity to go outside camp.” Sean Turnell, a Myanmar specialist at Macquarie …

40000 Kiwis Sign Petition for Rights in China Before Olympics

The Epoch Times, NY –

For instance it is the main support for the military junta in Burma, in my country.” Mr Ko Ko also spoke about how the Burmese people are struggling under …

Bush chides China on human rights, Beijing tells him to butt out

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Meanwhile the president — and First Lady Laura Bush — made a major push while in Thailand to boost pressure on the military junta in Myanmar (Burma) to …

Bush, Burmese Activists Meet; Vow To End Tyranny In Burma

AHN –

“The American people care deeply about the people of Burma, and we pray for the day in which the people will be free,” Bush said during a luncheon with …

NLD says Bush visit will boost opposition morale

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Political analyst Aung Naing Oo, who was due to meet president Bush today, praised the US commitment to promoting human rights and democracy in Burma. …

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights

Sky News, UK –

First Lady Laura Bush is an outspoken advocate for Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, drawing attention to a southeast Asian nation unfamiliar to many …

Arroyo urged to push for democratic reforms in Myanmar

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… in a dialogue with China,” he said in a briefing, stressing that ASEAN and China play a key role in restoring democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Bush walks a Burmese tightrope in Bangkok

Mizzima.com, India –

As to whether the refusal of Burmese authorities to permit US aid into the country following Cyclone Nargis in May was in direct response to a hostile US …

Bush Notes Oppression in Asia

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

The President also issued a rebuke on authoritarian regimes in North Korea and Myanmar also known as Burma. But the majority of his speech was reserved for …

Bush urges China to pressure Myanmar to end its tyranny

RTT News, NY –

Winding up the second leg of his three-nation Asian tour in Thailand, Bush repeated Washington’s call on Myanmar’s military junta to release Nobel Peace …

US President George Bush chastises China for repression

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists,” Mr Bush said. …

US President to discuss Myanmar with China

Uzbekistan News, Uzbekistan –

While Bush criticised China’s recent human rights record, he also expressed optimism that the country would move toward political change. …

Will Bush Stay Silent In China About The Sudanese Genocide?

Swampland –

So America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents and human rights advocates and religious activists. …

China’s political games

International Herald Tribune, France –

As the Beijing Games begin, human-rights advocates want China to answer for its suppression of political freedom, its recent crackdown in Tibet, …

Internal displacement to urban areas: The Tufts-IDMC profiling …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Notable recent examples include Sudan, northern Uganda, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burma and Somalia. Many of these displaced people flee across borders to …

Burmese remain prisoners in their own country

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

By correspondent Michel Maas* The military junta in Myanmar celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday. Four months ago, the regime survived cyclone Nargis …

No hearing today in Zarganar case

Mizzima.com, India –

Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Linn Aung, members of ‘All Burma Federation of Student Unions’ (ABFSU), who are being charged under the Video Law and tried in Mayangon …

BBC News, UK –

One of Burma’s most popular comedians has been charged with several offences, after he defied the military by giving aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Avoid ’blood jade’ olympic souvenirs

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

‘’The working conditions in the mines are dreadful,’’ David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant for the global rights lobby Human Rights Watch (HRW), …

Dissident Burma comic charged by court

The Age, Australia –

Zarganar was arrested in June after he gave interviews to foreign media in which he criticised the junta’s slow response to the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis, …

Fortress Investment Group 2Q losses remain flat
cbs4denver.com, CO –
”We will continue working until the people of Burma have the freedom they deserve,” Bush said, calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San ..

Fuel price soars 30 percent in Southern Burma

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

Price of fuel has spiraled by 30 percent in Southern Burma and there is a gap between prices prevailing in Rangoon, the largest city in Burma. …

Bush arrives in Beijing for Summer Olympics

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists on Friday. The Bush administration has become …

Bush Cites `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update3)

Bloomberg –

… and later had lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Olympics Extra: President Bush Arrives, Criticizes

WBEN 930, NY –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists on Friday. The Bush administration has become …

Strategy Memo: Obama’s Bad Week

RealClearPolitics, IL –

… on relief efforts in cyclone-flattened Burma before departing for China, where he meets with IOC chief Jacques Rogge before the opening ceremonies. …

No evidence please, we’re Burmese police

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

By Awzar Thi Hong Kong, China — Almost a year has passed since the day Burma’s military regime suddenly upped fuel prices without telling anyone, …

Burma: Was Burma’s 1988 uprising worth it?

UNPO, Netherlands –

At the same time, in other townships, everywhere people were marching for the same things, for democracy and human rights.” Another of the marchers was …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE BANGKOK — US President George W Bush traded ideas about US economic sanctions on Burma, humanitarian aid after Cyclone Nargis and Chinese foreign …

Burma’s Saddam: General Than Shwe

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

However, while the junta’s mouthpiece media attempts to please Than Shwe by showcasing Burma’s new roads and bridges and the country’s “prosperity”, …

Remarks by the President in Roundtable Interview with Radio Media …

Business Wire (press release), CA –

China is an important country on the United Nations Security Council, they’re an important country in the world; obviously Burma’s neighbor. …

Trampling on poorer countries to reach podium of world leaders

Herald.ie, Ireland –

Similarly, despite the imposition of trade sanctions on Burma, China has continued to provide loans to help the Burmese government, against which there are …

BEIJING 2008: BUSH, CHINESE NEED FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –

The US President then praised China’s economic growth, and turned his attention to the military junta of Burma: “Together” he underlined, “we want the end …

Prague Post, Czech Republic –

Two decades ago, at a time when Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe were about to emerge from decades of communism, Burma was plunging into its own dark …

China rejects Bush criticism

Howell Times and Transcript, UT –

Remaining in Bangkok, the president was briefed at the US ambassador‘s residence on recovery from the cyclone that devastated Myanmar‘s heartland and killed …

China rejects Bush criticism

Howell Times and Transcript, UT –

One of the activists, Lway Aye Nang of the Women‘s League of Burma, said rape has long been used “as a weapon of war” in Myanmar and thanked Washington for …

Zarganar Again Before Prison Court

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burma’s popular satirist Zarganar appeared before a court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for a second time on Thursday, together with three …

Remarks by the President in Lunch with Burma Activists

MarketWatch –

And secondly, we are also very grateful to have our American friends in helping the Cyclone Nargis survivors, the victims. And we also would like to inform …

Disputes aside on Bush visit to Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

US critics accuse China of cultivating dictators in Burma and Sudan, artificially undervaluing its currency to keep its exports cheap, and offering weak …

US President to discuss Myanmar with China (Lead)

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

“He is going to talk with China about Burma (former name of Myanmar), even though he seems to be worried that China’s interests are different from the US’ …

US President Bush heads to China for Olympic opening ceremonies

The Canadian Press, Thailand –

Bush’s wife Laura helped highlight the problems in Myanmar – also known as Burma – by visiting a border camp in northwestern Thailand that houses 38000 …

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

“The next trip for our foundation will most likely to be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia, Jolie said. (ANI)

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar protest

International Herald Tribune, France –

His wife, Laura Bush, traveled to a refugee camp elsewhere in Thailand to meet with some of those who have fled Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Bush meets Myanmar activists while keeping heat on human rights ...

China Post, Taiwan –

Mrs. Bush, an outspoken advocate for Myanmar, also known as Burma, visited a border refugee camp in Mae La, home to 38000 Karen, an ethnic minority that …

Bush Supports Malaysia’s Stand Against Extremism
Bernama, Malaysia –
“And we will continue working until the people of Burma have the freedom they deserve,” said Bush, who will be having lunch with a group of Myanmar

RP urged to take lead role in ASEAN against Myanmar junta

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

… to Myanmar, including pressuring the generals to open up dialogue with the opposition. “ASEAN should talk about dialogue. ASEAN should discuss the Burma …

Bush, Beijing and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Even after Cyclone Nargis recently devastated much of Southwestern Burma, the regime continued to line its own pockets, stealing millions of dollars in …

Understanding the Bush interest in Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

And in a further indication of the rift, both domestic and international aid for cyclone victims is falling dramatically. And wait a minute! …

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US President praises long standing relations between Thailand and US

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Bush also urged the parties concern to seek an end to “tyranny in Burma.” “The United States reiterates its call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung …

First Lady Laura Bush and United Nations Foundation Announce …

PR Web (press release), WA –

… Foundation announced today that it will provide 10000 anti-malarial bed nets to families living in temporary camps on the border of Thailand and Burma. …

First lady Laura Bush visits with Myanmar refugees

International Herald Tribune, France –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, denies the charges and says it is battling Karen insurgents. Arriving in a light rain, Mrs. Bush was greeted at the camp by …

Actress Mia Farrow Seeks To Cast Pall Over Olympics

New York Sun, United States –

Burma is a difficult issue. Tibet is complicated. Their own internal human rights issues are tricky. But, for Darfur, there was hope they would act,” she….

China’s political Games

Boston Globe, United States –

The panel isn’t alone in its reluctance to press China on human rights. While President Bush was expected to criticize China’s record in a speech in Bangkok …

Internet Freedom: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo Near Agreement

Redmond Channel Partner, CA –

Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Durbin, who chairs the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, part of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, held hearings on the …

US Has `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update1)

Bloomberg –

He will then have lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, a country formerly called Burma. …

Fact Sheet: the United States and Asia: Enduring Freedom and …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

The region has come together to respond to natural disasters, from the tsunami of 2004 to this year’s cyclone. President Bush, along with leaders from Korea …

Burma Cyclone and Jessie Sparks, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews ( Bush, Thai PM discuss peace, future)

United Press International –

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

Bush sharpens China critique on eve of Olympics

guardian.co.uk, UK –

“Together we seek an end to tyranny in Burma,” he will say in his speech to Thai officials, business leaders and foreign diplomats. …

Bush to Sharpen Critique of China Before Visit Voice of America –

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights Sky News, UK

Bush sees “change” coming to China Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –

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Taiwanese to demand China hold a “human right Olympics”

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Representatives from various groups will make speeches to demand China respect human rights during the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics, light candles for …

Bush: America seeks an end to tyranny in Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United States President George W. Bush has vowed to ”seek an end to tyranny” in Burma and called on the regime to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Superstition, numerology and the curviest of numbers factor into …

La Jolla Light, CA –

8/8/1988 saw the start of the popular 8888 Uprising against the Burma’s socialist regime, for example. But those who have planned weddings, gambling junkets …

Security stepped up ahead of 8888 anniversary

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 6, 2008 (DVB)–As the anniversary of the 8888 uprising draws near, the Burmese military regime has deployed troops and security officials in major cities …

Burma beefs up border troops

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

”The US president plans to address the problems in Burma, so this might irritate the Burmese authorities,” said the source. It is reported that Burmese …

Desert storm

The List, UK –

With the aim of bringing advocacy and humanitarian aid to Darfur and Burma, it secured a position as UN Messenger of Peace for the ex-ER actor and bought …

US First Lady to Visit Burmese Refugee Camp on Thai-Burma Border

Voice of America –

Some have been living there for 20 years, waiting either to return to Burma, or be resettled in a third country, including the United States. …

Twenty years on, Burma’s opposition lacks unity

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

There have been at least three UN special envoys to Burma, including Gambari, who is heading back to Burma later this month. Even though the UNSC discusses …

‘Make Burma free’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… Gold joint military exercise and praised the kingdom for restoring democracy and its quick humanitarian response for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

UN envoy meets leader of Suu Kyi party

The News – International, Pakistan –

YANGON: Three top leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) met on Wednesday with the new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar at a …

DISARMAMENT: China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US, Thai leaders agree to strengthen cooperation

Radio Australia, Australia –

Mr Bush heaped praise on his Thai hosts, thanking them for their help in coordinating the international relief response for Burma after Cyclone Nargis …

China, Tibet, and the Olympics

The Phoenix, MA –

(Although it is true that Southeast Asian governments like the military junta in Burma or the more militant new government in Sri Lanka — both funded by the …

Author : CA-JESSIE-SPARKS

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

Bush, Thai PM Discuss Peace, Future

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

BURMA REVISITED.

Tapped, DC –

Via Mark Goldberg, John Holmes (UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs) has a Washington Post op-ed updating the situation in Burma. …

Reporters Without Borders calls for a demonstration in front of …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –

The aim of our demonstration in Ottawa is to call for the release of imprisoned Chinese journalists and human rights activists. We will also be demanding …

Telappliant VoIP News, UK –

… Bgan, which has been heavily used by charities, UN officials and aid workers to ease communications after the typhoon in Burma and earthquake in China.

Burma: “If we had guns we would fight back”

Real News Network, NY –

VOICEOVER: I entered Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. In Mandalay, Burma’s religious capital, …

A country transforming: the eyes of the world turn to its biggest …

The Herald, UK –

International scrutiny, the theory went, would mean the Games brought a huge boost to human rights. Did they? “If anything, things are worse,” said John …

First lady Laura Bush visit highlights need for aid to Burmese

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The United Nations and aid agencies working inside the country report steady progress in accessing disaster affected areas after the cyclone, …

The Associated Press –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Mao’s ghost

The Phoenix, MA –

… favors that sharpen its economic might, China sponsors terror in the Sudan and Zimbabwe and props up dictatorships in Myanmar (Burma) and North Korea…

Indians look for final push

Howrah News Service, India –

6: Hosts India will look to pull out their best as they take on Burma in the first semifinal of the AFC Challenge Cup at the Gachibowli stadium on Thursday. …

Human spirit fights back in Burma

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Hundreds of people are returning to villages devastated by Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar – and experiencing mixed feelings of joy and pain. …

Burma: Twenty Years of military rule, the youth and alternative …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The United Nations needs to focus on Burma and start thinking of playing a crucial role for the return of democracy to Burma. Otherwise, another civil war …

Bush in Thailand for Foreign Policy Speech, Meetings on Burma

Voice of America –

In a major foreign policy speech he is scheduled to deliver on Thursday, he is expected to criticize Beijing’s human rights record and the plight of the …

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi’s party leaders

Radio Australia, Australia –

Three senior leaders of Burma’s National League for Democracy have met the new UN human rights envoy for Burma. The members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party met…

McCain’s foreign policy in a league of its own

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The group has done little to advance democracy abroad except to scold Burma in 2003 about its lack of elections. A lot of good that did. …

Voice of America –

By VOA News The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma met Wednesday with leaders of the Burmese opposition for talks on the military government’s …

2ND LD: Bush meets Thailand’s leader, reaffirms close cooperation

Yahoo, Thailand –

While in Thailand, Bush is set to deliver a speech on US policy toward Asia, meet with some Myanmar dissidents and visit the largest slum area of Bangkok. …

Arroyo rallies Asean leaders: Let’s free Suu Kyi now

Arroyo rallies Asean leaders: Let’s free Suu Kyi now

By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:35:00 01/27/2008

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — President Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday urged the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to make a difference in the region by working to bring about the release of the jailed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We must work together to make the tough choices to make Asean real and Aung San Suu Kyi free,” the President said in a strongly worded message she delivered at the Asean session of the World Economic Forum here.

The President said the regional grouping would attain a “level of democratization” on the issue of human rights “if we are to work collaboratively for the common good.”

“We must see political reform. We must see Aung San Suu Kyi released and now,” she told Asean leaders and dignitaries during the high-level session called “The Emerging Asian Community: Role of Asean.”

She warned that the Philippine Senate would not ratify the Asean Charter unless the legislators saw “real political reform” take place in Burma (Myanmar).

The charter, signed during the November 2007 Asean Leaders’ Summit in Singapore, seeks to create a human rights body in the region.

Policy of noninterference
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, however, stressed that the 10-member Asean must always abide by its policy of “noninterference.”

“It’s important to respect the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of member countries. [That’s why there’s] a problem on how to deal with the Myanmar issue,” he said.

Also present at the session were Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan, officials from other Asean member-countries, and Stephen Green, chair of HSBC Holdings.

Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, has been held under house arrest by Burma’s ruling military junta since 2003.

Same, strong message
The junta, which took power in 1988, called elections in 1990, but refused to recognize the results when Suu Kyi’s party won a resounding victory.

President Arroyo delivered the same message when she addressed the Gender Parity Group minutes later.

“What should we do? We stand up and call for Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom,” she said.

Ms Arroyo has consistently advocated that Asean take a more active role in introducing reforms in Burma. At the 13th Asean summit last November, she called on her fellow Asian leaders to work for the release of Suu Kyi.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 27, 2008 at 3:42 am