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World focus on Burma (4 January 2009)

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4, 1948, Burma ended 60 years of colonial rule when it officially declared independence from Britain. In June 1945, Burmese soldiers fought with the British …

Opposition: No hope for future of Myanmar
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s pro-democracy party marked the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence from Great Britain on Sunday, …

Burma Blacklists US Artist
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
An American academic couple abandons a visit to Burma because one of them is blacklisted. BANGKOK—A prominent American professor and human rights advocate …

Three ‘small boys’
Manila Times, Philippines –
In the Burmese-Thai border, Johnny and Luther Htoo, 12-year-old twins, impressively command “God’s Army” of Karen rebels fighting Burma’s despotic military …

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

Myanmar marks 61-year independence
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
Myanmar, the former Burma, has marked the 61st anniversary of its independence with a ceremony and military parade attended by 3000 senior officials. …

Defiant Burmese junta marks independence day
Radio Australia News, Australia –
About 3 thousand ministers, government employees and senior officials attended the ceremony and the formal military parade in the remote capital of …

Colonial-era hotel a reminder of romantic past in neglected Myanmar
Asbury Park Press, NJ –
Before World War II, the Strand was reserved for “whites only,” but during the Japanese occupation of Burma — as Myanmar was formerly known — it became an …

THIS DATE IN HISTORY
Newsday, NY –
1948: Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. 1951: During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured Seoul …

Myanmar junta condemns ‘neocolonialist’ threat to independence
Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Than Shwe said all Burmese people were duty-bound to safeguard the country’s independence and sovereignty. The military junta is an international pariah for …

Burma Junta marks independence day
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar/Burma marked the 61st anniversary of its independence on Sunday with pomp and defiance, as the military junta called on citizens to support …

Human Rights Abuse in Myanmar?
코리아타임즈, South Korea –

… have breached and will continue to breach a number of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises related to their activities in Burma (Myanmar). .

Marking Burma’s Independence Day
Voice of America –
Sunday, January 4, 2009 marks the 61st anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule. Yet for most of the years since then, the aspirations of …

US expresses support in Burma anniversary message
Radio Australia News, Australia –
The United States has highlighted its support for efforts to establish democracy in military-run Burma, in a statement marking Burma’s 61st anniversary of …

Every day is special – 04.01.2009
Sunday’s Zaman, Turkey –
Today is Independence Day in Myanmar (Burma). On Jan. 4, 1948, the nation became an independent republic, named the Union of Burma, with Sao Shwe Thaik as …

Don’t be fooled by the ‘little’ woman
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The Burmese dissenter Aung San Suu Kyi could well have been assassinated by now if she were a man. Delicate, slight and fetching, she makes the perfect …

Huge Year for Natural Disasters
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –

Cyclone Nargis in Burma killed an estimated 130000 people and devastated much of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta region, while the earthquake which struck …

Politics still reign over principles at UN, critics say
FinalCall.com, IL –
… France and Britain have continued to protect Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) …

State Department Honors General Aung San’s Vision, Calls for More …
NewsBlaze, CA –
By Stephen Kaufman As Burma’s people prepare to mark the 61st anniversary of their country’s independence from British rule on January 4, …

Rats Causing Famine in Myanmar
Christian News Wire (press release), DC –

… plant’s natural growing cycle has caused parts of the region to be overrun with rats, which has caused a famine in the small country of Myanmar (Burma). …

Just one more year of the dreaded Oh-Ohs
Kamloops This Week,  Canada –
In 2008, a cyclone in Burma killed 78000, while a Chinese earthquake killed 50000, but those disasters were pushed from many minds when financial chaos …



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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 4, 2009 at 1:25 am

World focus on Burma (11 December 2008)

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi disallowed meeting lawyer
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nem Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has refused a request by opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, …

Thailand reverts to old-style politics
BBC News, UK –
This constitution was the first to enshrine protection of human rights and freedom of expression. It created a number of independent bodies that were given …

Ali Alatas: In Memoriam
International Crisis Group, Belgium –
… though working against very difficult odds until the end of the Suharto era; to try to sustain external pressure against the Burmese military regime’s …

Obama urged to back UN LGBT rights statement
MWC News, Canada –
“The US government often berates Zimbabwe, Burma and Sudan over their human rights violations. These condemnations will ring hollow if the US refuses to …

A daughter’s undying hope for her detained father
Mizzima.com, India –
“We have lost our human rights in Burma. Even after graduation, it was not possible to work in government departments. Also, nobody was willing to give me a …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Child trafficking continues, but not fuelled by …
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE SOT, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) – When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May, leaving close to 140000 people dead or missing, aid workers feared an increase in …

Nobel Laureates speak out for Suu Kyi
The Age, Australia –
Nobel peace laureates opened a summit in Paris on Thursday to draw world attention to the plight of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, but former Soviet leader …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Junta Turns Blind Eye to Rising Landmine Casualties
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A similar cloak of secrecy confronted researchers trying to get casualty figures from ethnic rebel groups in Burma, or Myanmar, who also use the …

More companies ignore sanctions on Burma: BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

Suu Kyi Denied Meeting with Her Lawyer
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ( Photo: AP) “According to the correct procedure, I sent a written request to the Special Branch of Burma’s …

Is UWSA Preparing for Clash with Junta?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… near the Thai-Burmese border since the beginning of December, as Burma’s ruling junta steps up its efforts to force the former rebel army to disarm. …

George Bush: “In countries like Belarus fervent pleas for freedom …
Charter 97, Belarus –
President of the United States mentions Belarus as a country where human rights and freedoms are violated in the proclamation on Human Rights Day. …

Junta Demand for Higher Rice Production Derided
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, it can be found that she has not been capable of producing more rice than the nations that are …

Unhappy Human Rights Day in Burma
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… accused of plotting bomb attacks after he spoke out on the need for more emergency relief in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country in May. …

Former Indonesian minister dies
BBC News, UK –
… and he also worked as a UN special envoy to Burma, calling for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Junta Has Crushed Peaceful Dissent: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Bush said all these female dissidents were following in the footsteps of Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s only detained Nobel Peace Prize winner. …

MYANMAR: Anyo, “I don’t know whether I will live or die”
IRINnews.org, NY –
Burmese people are honourable people, but this is the only way I can earn some decent money. “Now I receive about 300000 kyat [US$240] per month. …

Indonesian ex-FM Ali Alatas dies
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Mr McMullan said the fact that many non-democracies, such as Burma, China and Vietnam had shown up was a positive sign. “What is welcome about this is that …

You Are Powerful: the promise of the Universal Declaration of …
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Strikingly put together by superimposing actors onto real footage of human rights abuses (the film makers had the unenviable task of wading through hours of …

Sixty Years On, ‘Inalienable Human Rights’ Still out of Reach for Many
The Epoch Times, NY –
Amnesty International Vancouver focused on human rights abuses in Burma, Tibet, Ethiopia and China, while the Falun Gong raised awareness about the …

Uncertainty Surrounds Asean Summit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Asean chairmanship was cancelled in 2006 because of the political crisis in the military-ruled country. The political turmoil in Thailand has …

New book on the struggle ‘more questions than answers’
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… told fellow exile journalists, most of whom had been ex-rebels fighting against Burma’s ruling military junta like himself, that his book Far from Home: …

Ta-ta to the age of virtue
CBC.ca, Canada –
Gareth Evans, a human rights advocate and former Australian foreign minister, started the proceedings with a five-minute speech. …

The council has hardly challenged the worse abusers, such as China and Burma, and Iran and Uzbekistan have escaped sanctions, says RSF. …

IFEX MEMBERS PROTEST ISRAEL’S BAN OF FOREIGN MEDIA FROM GAZA
IFEX, Canada –
ARTICLE 19 likened the ban to the tactics used by the Burmese military junta. “The lifting of the ban for one day only was yet another cruel twist in the …

Vietnamese Inquisition: Catholic protesters face a show trial as ...
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –
Pro-democracy leader in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, has pleaded with tourists not to visit her country, as it merely endows the Than Shwe junta with legitimacy …

US to provide $5 million more for Myanmar relief aid
Reuters –
… leave the White House, Bush pledged she would keep pushing for democratic reforms in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, after leaving Washington. …

Beatings, Protests, Arrests Mark 60th Annual Human Rights Day
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
10th December 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. To commemorate the day, activists around the world have staged protests …

Burma-Thailand elephant smuggling accusation
OneWorld.net, UK –
Asian elephants are being smuggled from Myanmar into neighbouring Thailand for “elephant trekking” tourism, a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring …

Nearly one-fifth of coral reefs lost and more threatened
Irish Times, Ireland –
They included Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma last May, claiming 84500 lives. Mr Loster said extreme weather events accounted for nine out of every 10 …

Bush talks with international bloggers
CNET News, CA –
… he also advocates using the Internet to facilitate democracy. President Bush, in recognition of Human Rights Day, met with bloggers from Belarus, Burma, …

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar
UN News Centre –
10 December 2008 – The United Nations has called for funding to help meet health needs in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating …

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar
UN News Centre –
… in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating Cyclone Nargis which claimed some 140000 lives and left 800000 others homeless. …

UN in Myanmar focuses on Dignity for Women
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
(Yangon: 10 December 2008): The United Nations in Myanmar and partners have joined its colleagues around the world in marking the annual global campaign ’16 …

First Lady Campaigns For Human Rights
WBKO, KY –
Mrs. Bush says she will continue to fight for human rights after leaving the White House, especially for women in Afghanistan and Myanmar, also known as Burma.

… where the US-backed government is fighting Taliban militants, and Myanmar, also known as Burma, where harsh treatment of dissidents has earned worldwide …

Laura Bush in NYC discusses human rights
Houston Chronicle, United States –
The women of Burma have responded to this brutality with inspiring courage.” Bush said she would remain involved in struggles in Afghanistan and Myanmar …

RIGHTS: Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… France and Britain have continued to protect Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) …

Human Face : ‘Droits de l’homme’: best-kept secret / Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi came out bigger than life on the video screen to deliver her message. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and France’s President …

Big task to tackle at Bali forum
The Canberra Times, Australia –
In the name of inclusiveness, the forum includes some of Asia’s most repressive regimes, including Burma, China and Vietnam. At the same time, …

UN must be tough on Burma’s dictators
OpEdNews, PA –
… should make good on the Security Council’s call in Oct. 2007 for Burma to release the prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

RIGHTS: Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) against any strictures or sanctions for human rights …

US, world influence over Mugabe limited
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Singling out the cases of Zimbabwe and Burma (Myanmar), Ms. Rice said the world remains unable to mobilize “international will” to take on tyrants. …

WWF: Border Guard Funds World Cup Soccer Trips Through Elephant …
MarketWatch –
The border official in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, openly shared details with TRAFFIC investigators on his role in moving live elephants across the …

Couple’s efforts take photography to whole new level
Nova News Now, Canada – 7
The classes were linked to a free clinic called Mae Tao that treats thousands of refugees from Burma each year for malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, landmine injuries …

Fact Sheet: Promoting Human Rights Worldwide
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
She discussed efforts by the United States to help women in Afghanistan and Burma overcome oppression to secure basic rights. The Administration has helped …

Laura Bush promises to continue work on human rights
Boston Herald, United States –
… from the audience, said she was particularly concerned about promoting the rights of women in Afghanistan and Myanmar, previously known as Burma. …

Taking Responsibility
Campus Progress, DC –
But when I deny my role in global issues such as human rights violations and climate change, I am shirking my social responsibility—and this is …

Laura Bush in NYC to discuss human rights
Newsday, NY –
NEW YORK – First lady Laura Bush is visiting New York City and will give a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations. The first lady is discussing human …

After Pax Americana?
The Guatemala Times, Guatemala –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Burma accused of elephant smuggling
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Burma is at the centre of an illegal trade in elephants and ivory, with more than 250 live animals smuggled out of the country in the past decade, …

India, Burma to change transaction currency to Euro or Singapore …
Mizzima.com, India –
… a Burmese Trade Union official said. An official at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) said, the two countries …

UN calls for more support to the health sector in Myanmar
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Disease outbreaks and malnutrition have been averted through the establishment, in conjunction with the Myanmar Ministry of Health, …

CIA Drug Trafficking and remembering Gary Webb
Capitol Hill Blue, VA –
{3} The Nationalist Chinese army, organized by the CIA to wage war against Communist China, became the opium barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, …

Russian business presence becoming stronger in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – With several Russian firms directly investing or having businesses interests in Burma and with the closer cooperation between …

Bush to Meet Activists, Bloggers to Mark Human Rights Day
Voice of America –
… meet with an activist from Sudan’s troubled Darfur region and bloggers from China, Burma, Egypt and other countries Wednesday to mark Human Rights Day. …

Interview With Michele Kelemen of NPR
US Department of State, DC –
And I wonder if you think some of this made it more difficult for you as the Secretary of State to talk about human rights. SECRETARY RICE: No, of course …

World focus on Burma (10 December 2008)

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How are human rights faring in the developing world?
ABC Online, Australia –
… situation is bleak in Burma. Naw Lah Ku Minh works for Karen Women’s Organisation, a Thailand-based group that’s spent years cataloguing human rights …

JDW Annual Defence Report: Asia Pacific – Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
The region’s toughest year, not for the first time, was had by Myanmar, where May’s Cyclone Nargis left 130000 people dead – a toll not helped by the …

UN and human rights: Standing up for values
Sun St.Kitts/Nevis, 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 …

China holding back rights
Toronto Star,  Canada –
In most cases, China is not eager to spread human rights. For example, China voted against a draft resolution requiring Burma’s military dictatorship to .

Burma: Struggling for human rights
Mizzima.com, India –
We witnessed in the past year the crackdown [of the September 2007 monk-led protests] and the response to the cyclone [Nargis] – the people inside Burma are …

Has international diplomacy on Burma touched its zenith?
Mizzima.com, India –
by Dr. Sein Myint The 241 members of Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) called on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma and …

No Safety in Internet Journalism
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
In October, according to a press release by the CPJ, the media watchdog organization joined with Internet companies, investors, and human rights groups to …

Still to do on human rights
Boston Globe, United States –
… the export of heroin and methamphetamine into Thailand and China, and the deaths of 100000 people in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis. …

Human rights stories to watch
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
Since the Saffron Revolution led by Buddhist monks over a year ago, the military junta in Burma has imprisoned hundreds of pro-democracy activists. …

Building on the Declaration of Human Rights
The Epoch Times, NY –
… Douglas (C) and Maung Maung Aye (R), a member of the Burmese Parliament, hold the torch during the Sydney leg of the Global Human Rights Torch Relay. …

Sam challenges Canadians to examine their own policies and practices, calling upon us to recognize that supporting solutions for human rights and peace is …

Online writers future targets
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –
China had the highest number of journalists and bloggers who were jailed, followed by Cuba and Burma, the report stated. Malaysia was not included in the …

Israelis respond to humanitarian crises
Canadian Jewish News, Canada –
In May, IsraAID sent a small team of doctors, nurses and water specialists to the Delta region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, just four days after …

ASEAN human rights body: Will it have an impact on Myanmar’s junta?
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
It is a shameful act and betrays the people of Burma/Myanmar. They don’t really care about the sufferings of the people who have been oppressed by the …

Happy Birthday, Human Rights
TheTyee.ca, Canada –
… and banish the scourge of AIDS in our time? Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? …

Boycott Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, Reform Jewish Leaders Urge
Religious Action Center (press release), DC –
While in Burma, China economically and politically supports the military junta, which has oppressed its own people for nearly twenty years by limiting …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
New Hope Courier, OK –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Google, Youtube to Promote Human Rights in N.Korea
조선일보(영문판), South Korea –
… discussed measures to distribute documents and videos containing human rights’ issues in undemocratic countries including North Korea, Burma and Cuba at ..

Worrying Trends for China’s Online Journalists
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –

These include AIDS and human-rights activist Hu Jia; Shi Tao, who was charged with supplying state secrets to foreigners through his Yahoo email account; …

Thoubal meeting calls for end to human trafficking, gender violence
KanglaOnline, India –
… the state and there was immediate need of intervention in such type of human rights violations by spreading awareness to the common people of the state. ..

How Burma’s opposition lost its fear
Independent, UK –
… the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, the icon of Burmese democracy and political prisoner who remains confined to her decaying lakeside home on University …

Boycott Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, Reform Jewish Leaders Urge
Religious Action Center (press release), DC –
While in Burma, China economically and politically supports the military junta, which has oppressed its own people for nearly twenty years by limiting …

Help the People of Burma: Reform Jewish Leader
Religious Action Center (press release), DC –
Yet reports suggest that the Burmese government, which has systematically denied human rights to its citizens for almost 20 years, is obstructing …

Amnesty also wants Britain ‘to tackle Russia and Saudi Arabia with the same vigour as it tackles Burma’ on rights issues. ‘You will never get security right …

Award to Burmese Cyberdissidents Highlights Problem of Censorship
NewsBlaze, CA –
… was arrested in June after being interviewed by the BBC about the status of victims of Cyclone Nargis, which devastated parts of Burma in May. …

Interview: Mia Kirshner
The Phoenix, MA –
I wanted it to feel very intimate, and very much like a journal, and something that was radically different from a dry human rights report that you might …

AJC Radio Message: Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th …
American Jewish Committee (press release), NY –
December 9, 2008 – New York – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN sixty years ago this week, “ushered in a new era of hope,” says …

Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2008
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
Freedom is the eternal birthright of all mankind, and during Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, we renew our commitment to lead …

Everybody’s Misery Matters’
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has fought for years for democracy in Burma (Myanmar), ardently disputes the notion that Asian cultural values somehow invalidate …

Rubber Workers Charge Slave-Like Conditions
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Speaking to a Liberian newspaper this week, human rights campaigner Samuel Kofi Woods, regional representative of the Foundation for International Dignity, …

UN chief urged to visit Burma
Independent, UK –
… the UN Security Council called on Burma to release its political prisoners and when Mr Ban visited the country earlier this year after Cyclone Nargis …

Ban urges “group of friends”, corporates to influence Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“Whoever has influence with Myanmar [Burma], should try to use their cooperation or their relationship to impress upon the Myanmar [Burma] authorities so …

Press freedom is a human right
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
It reminded me that 60 years after the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the anniversary is Wednesday), and 27 years since CPJ was …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 10, 2008 at 2:48 am

World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
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. …

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
Andrew Morgan at 5:18 PM ET

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[JURIST] A panel of UN experts on Wednesday urged [press release] authorities in Myanmar [JURIST archive; BBC backgrounder] to retry political and religious prisoners. The group, including Special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official website], called for fair and open trials [Reuters report] for dozens of activists convicted [JURIST report] in judicial proceedings inside Yangyon’s Insein Prison [BBC backgrounder]. The panel considered such a process to be part of general reforms necessary for moving toward multi-party democratic government, including:

a comprehensive review of national legislation to ensure its compliance with international human rights standards, the release of political prisoners of conscience, and reform of the armed forces and the judicial system.

They also urged Myanmar to release lawyers who were jailed for contempt of court after making public their clients’ complaints about the proceedings.

Last week, dozens of activists from 88 Generation Students [BBC backgrounder], including Min Ko Naing [advocacy website], Ko Ko Gyi, and Ktay Kywe, were sentenced to 65 years in prison for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] also voiced concern about the lengthy and severe prison terms, calling for the military junta to release [JURIST report] democracy activists and other political prisoners. Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9,000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2,100 Burmese remain imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs.

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/11/un-experts-call-for-retrial-of-myanmar.php

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2008 at 3:23 pm

World focus on Burma (5 November 2008)

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Pope not averse to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
… Charles Maung Bo told UCA News, “He would be ready to make a short visit to Myanmar [Burma] if he chooses to visit one of the countries in Asia. …

ILO to mediate with junta to release child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi – The International Labour Organization is trying to mediate with the Burmese military junta to free a child soldier. …

Barrack Obama and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Unless the ruling military junta in Burma lets international aid workers provide assistance freely throughout that nation, the mind-boggling death tolls …

Visiting a Ghost Town
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

This was my first step in Naypyidaw, Burma’s new capital. I had come to conduct an (undercover) report for The Irrawaddy on the third anniversary of …

Big Burmese Interest in Result of US Presidential Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He said the election had been followed in Burma more closely than any previous one because the Burmese people, encouraged by the removal of Iraq’s Saddam …

Huge, enthusiastic turnout drives vote
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
At the Knights of Columbus hall on Reed Road, a couple who emigrated as refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, got to vote for the first time, …

18 Years in Prison and Counting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… rapporteur on human rights in Burma while he was visiting the prison. The statement titled “Human Rights Abuses in the Junta’s Prisons,” together with a …

Lawyers for Activists Harassed, Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), there are currently 13 lawyers defending pro-democracy activists in …

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP: BURMA/MYANMAR AFTER NARGIS: TIME TO …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, argues that the recent cooperation has …

Cyclone Nargis leaves millions in misery six months later
Mizzima.com, India –
And the most absurd anomaly is the military junta’s crackdown on those individual Burmese – actors, business people, doctors and writers – who were so moved …

“The climatic crisis will combine with the crisis of the capital…”
International Viewpoint, UK –
… what happens in Bangladesh has no weight outside of the affected area, nor what occurred in Burma, because the control of the military junta prevents …

Making an Electoral Gamble
Daily Mississippian, MS –
Like many other faithful citizens of this great state on Tuesday in honor of our nation’s democracy, I drove to Tunica to play at the casinos. …

Refugee students find help in Rochester School District
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
The largest source is Myanmar (Burma), one of the poorest countries in the world, located between India, China and Thailand in Southeast Asia. …

Farmers in cyclone-hit delta face bleak future
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Some of the seeds received from the former Burma’s military government had failed to sprout and he had managed to plant only 70 per cent of his land, …

Burma Army Kills Four and Forces Hundreds to Flee Karen State
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –
The CSW report says a field researcher from Karen Human Rights Group reported that the DKBA initially issued documents to villagers across the Pa-an …

Burmese censors outline news management plan
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Mizzima recently got hold of a copy of a confidential document detailing the plan of the Burmese junta’s information minister to improve the dissemination …

Burma – Military censors send privately-owned media directive with …
CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse), Canada –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Barack Obama’s message of change for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In July 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act under his leadership. Biden said, “I look forward to …

Anatomy of a continuing movement
The News International, Pakistan –
… contributed to Indian independence from colonial rule, the long-imprisoned Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has led the opposition against military rule, …

At UN, Racism Expert Omits Myanmar like NGOs from Durban II
Inner City Press, NY –
In the case of Tomas Ojea Quintana, who went strikingly easy on Myanmar’s Than Shwe regime’s human rights record, such “imagination” only harms the Burmese …

Children on the Edge to host Burmese art exhibit
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

… the work of Saw Kennedy, a refugee forced to flee Burma after facing oppression and persecution at the hands of the brutal Burmese military regime. …

Burma Army Attacking Christian Karen Villagers; Several Killed
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
CSW, which has been investigating the situation in Burma, also known as Myanmar, said the clashed happened in the Dooplaya District, in southern Karen State …

THE ABSENT NEIGHBOUR
Calcutta Telegraph, India –

India has given $100 million credit for Myanmar infrastructure, while $ 57 million has been offered to upgrade Burmese railways. …

Burma ‘Hampering’ Aid Six Months after Cyclone
OneWorld US, DC –
… the Irrawaddy Delta after the cyclone, the junta’s restrictions on humanitarian access continue to obstruct aid workers in Burma,’ continues Mr Hasan. …

Thaksin still holds an edge in spite of legal problems
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Other pro-Thaksin supporters were also hoping Thaksin could elevate his status to that of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Laureate who is now under …

Burma’s domestic car industry sluggish
Mizzima.com, India –
Myanmar Economic Holdings is also importing a lot of cars, which deflates the local market,” a well informed car dealer said. “Car deals can hardly be made …

Fund crunch halts on going projects till 2010
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Rangoon – Financial constraints have caught up with the Burmese military junta even as the 2010 general elections approach, …

ASEAN chief confident Thai political unrest won’t affect summit
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Because the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government coaltion continues occupying Government House, coupled with confrontations and occasional …

Military censors send privately-owned media directive with 10 …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 9:51 pm

World focus on Burma (4 October 2008)

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Myanmar leader Maung Aye to visit Bangladesh soon

People’s Daily Online – Vice-Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Maung Aye will pay an official visit to Bangladesh in the near future, said an official announcement issued from Nay Pyi Taw Saturday without giving the date of his visit.

New law cracks down on child soldiers
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

Burma plans offshore oil exploration with Vietnam
Radio Australia, Australia –
The state media reports the companies would be allowed to explore supplies in the Gulf of Martaban, south of Burma in the Andaman Sea. Myanmar Oil and Gas …

In Myanmar crisis, an old dissident sees hope
Los Angeles Times, CA –

Sein Win believes that the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, have the courage required to bring down the generals. A year ago, the generals crushed …

Don’t Forget About Burma’s Democrats
Wall Street Journal –
By U PYINAR ZAWTA I am a Burmese Buddhist monk, and I am in exile. One year ago in September, the Burmese regime brutally crushed peaceful protests in my …

Anil and Sanjoo Verma
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
As a political organizer for the National League for Democracy and the National Coalition Government Union of Burma, he was always busy – and sometimes …

United States: Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

POLITICS: South Korea’s Persistent Dream of Regionalism
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But we had side discussions on Burma, on bringing together the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The forum allows for other sorts …

New UN human rights chief calls for release of Myanmar political …
JURIST –
[JURIST] The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday urged the military-led government of Myanmar to release ..

Detained Shan leader hospitalised
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Myo Win Tun has been in hospital for more than a month due to deteriorating health conditions, according to the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy. …

Iran’s Abuse Of Religious Liberty
Voice of America –
The designation means that Iran — along with countries like Burma, North Korea, Sudan, China, and Saudi Arabia — is considered one of the worst violators …

Ohio immigrants become citizens in time to vote
Akron Beacon Journal, OH –
In junta-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, political talk by dissenters can be dangerous and that concern accompanies immigrants to the US, Mrosko said. …

The World in Review
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
Repression in Burma has increased and the military government has failed to deliver on promises it made a year ago, despite international efforts at …

Coconut message saved JFK’s crew
Providence Journal, RI –

In fact, in the country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), which was recently devastated by a cyclone, many people drank coconut water after the storm …


Others were Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still under house arrest in Burma, and Iranian jurist Shirin Ebadi. The laureates mentor youth projects including a …