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World focus on Burma (17 January 2009)

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US House International Relations committee chairman Berman …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act (HR 3890) last July to stop Burma from importing jade and rubies …

Top Filipino officials trust it will still be business as usual
Manila Times, Philippines –
These include climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), human rights in Burma and …

Iraq signs up to ban use of chemical weapons
Jakarta News, Indonesia –
They are the Bahamas, Myanmar (Burma), the Dominican Republic, Israel, Angola, North Korea, Egypt, Somalia, and Syria. Four of those nations, the Bahamas, …

Battle of the beers
Examiner.com –
Myanmar Lager Beer – brewed in Burma. Clean, low flavor profile, refreshing, fresh, adequate and refreshing hop bite, but minimal. …

Bush Waives Sanctions Under Burma Bill
The Washington Independent, DC –
By Mike Lillis 1/16/09 11:39 PM With just days left in his tenure, President George W. Bush yesterday scrapped a portion of a Burma-sanctions law that was …

2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
Filipino activists hold demonstrations in front of the Israeli embassy in Manila to protest what they call a massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. …

Sundance Buyers Seek Bargains as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

141 foreign prisoners await release despite terms completion
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Among them are two Indians, one Saudi and an American while the others are Bangladeshi, Burmese, Iraqi, Iranian, South African, Nigerian, Ivory Coast, …

Honoring Martin Luther King done with service, not rest
Deseret News, UT –
“We as people on the face of this earth … we all owe somebody,” said Frank Cordova, who was honored for his work as an Hispanic rights activist. …

China Vows To Keep Up Africa Investment, Aid Despite Fincl Woes
Wall Street Journal –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

In the line of fire
Times Online, UK –
Not one died in Europe or North America, but from Zimbabwe to China and Egypt to Burma, mainstream media are cowed by the enemies of dissent. …

Dhaka calling
The National, United Arab Emirates –
“I simply wrote a play about what our political leaders were doing in the name of democracy,” he said. “But our government did not like it. …

Caritas pleased with donor response to Burma (Myanmar) appeal
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
New Zealanders have so far given about $130000 to the Burma/Myanmar cyclone appeal run by Catholic aid agency Caritas, and donations continue to flow in. …

S.Africa assures China of political continuity
AFP –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Why Another Insane Government?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Kanbawza Win The New Year declaration of the National Council of Burma (NCUB) has convinced the international community that the saying of “Putting two …

13227 foreign prisoners in Pakistani jails despite completing sentence: NA informed
Online – International News Network, Pakistan –
Three prisoners of Kyrgyzstan, 2 from Ghana, 1 from Dominique, 2 from Uzbekistan, 1 from Siera Leone, 2 from Zimbabwe while 1 citizen of China, Burma, …

Gaza from our window
The Charlatan, Canada –
… Burma, Zimbabwe and many others. The media is the most powerful aspect of a democracy, but we must hold the powerful accountable and know our own role …

Activists Welcome New Thai Government’s Policy Stance on Burma
Voice of America –
Mr Abhisit, in an address to foreign correspondents this week, said the government would look to encourage reform in Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

PTTEP well misses the mark off Burma
EnergyCurrent, TX –
Upon receiving approval from the Burmese government, CNOOC Myanmar Ltd. will hold the remaining 20 percent interest. Readers are responsible for the content …

Sundance Zooms On As Recession Hits Host City
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

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January 17, 2009 at 4:10 am

World focus on Burma (3 January 2009)

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Most important story of ’08 may have been overlooked
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum,  United States –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84000 people were killed in that …

:. India, a serious threat to Pakistan
Kashmir Watch, Pakistan –
… own India may be able to make significant headway with the Junta and obtain a greater stake in the development of Burma’s oil and natural gas fields, …

Zarganar, Hold on, We Know You Are Alive: Comedian of Burma Jailed ...
The Moderate Voice –
More than 100 activists who rose to prod the government and to deliver mercy to the Burmese, have been sentenced over the past 8 weeks in what amounts to a …

Jeffrey Hellman
Change.org, CA –
US Campaign for Burma, International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma, World Dharma’s Burma Project International, Coalition Against …

Fancy felines know their way to San Jose cat show
The Argus, CA –
… from Russia and the gentle Birmans, which are believed to have originated in Burma, now called Myanmar, where the species was considered sacred. …


By David Gollust The United States Friday expressed hope for an early transition to democracy in Burma, also called Myanmar, marks the 61st anniversary of …

Bush to host UN chief before leaving White House
Xinhua, China –
… a United Nations “that can act effectively to promote freedom, democratic governance, human rights, and a world free from terror,” the spokesman added.

Bush and Ban to hold farewell lunch at WHouse: spokesman
AFP –
The pair “will discuss the future of the United Nations and the challenges that remain, such as UN reform, the Middle East, Burma, Somalia, and peacekeeping …

US backs democracy in Myanmar ahead of anniversary
AFP –
… to the people of Burma on this occasion,” McCormack said in a statement, referring to the country’s name before the junta changed it to Myanmar in 1989. …

CPJ’s 2008 prison census finds online journalists most likely to …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Bush to host UN leader for a final time
International Herald Tribune, France –
Johndroe said the two leaders will discuss the future of the United Nations, the Middle East, Somalia, Darfur and Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

US notes Myanmar independence anniversary
International Herald Tribune, France –
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States wants “to express our warmest wishes to the people of Burma on this occasion. …

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January 3, 2009 at 12:07 am

World focus on Burma (30 December 2008)

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Burma Arrests 9 Pro-Democracy Protesters
Voice of America –
By VOA News Witnesses say Burmese authorities arrested nine members of an opposition political group Tuesday, as they held a protest in Rangoon calling for …

BURMA:: New Thai Policies Not Junta-Friendly
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But a new foreign policy chapter between Thailand and Burma, or Myanmar as the junta renamed the country, emerged in 2001. It came with the electoral …

Don’t Panic List Time!
Columbia City Paper, SC –
Burma’s military junta – When Category 4 Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma in May, the goons who run Burma like their plantation were not only unprepared, …

The Best and the Worst of 2008: The World
Century Foundation, NY –
Burma cyclone heightens country’s misery and isolation. Myanmar’s rigid military rulers, whose violent suppression of Buddhist monks’ protests in September …

Busy Year For Natural Disasters
RedOrbit, TX –
China’s Sichuan province was struck with both an earthquake which left nearly 70000 dead and cyclone Nargis which struck Burma killing an estimated 130000. …

Nine arrested in rare protest in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Nyan Win said, the NLD regularly conducts meetings on Tuesday to discuss current and contemporary politics of Burma. Today’s discussions were led by party …

Julie Benz To Host US Campaign For Burma Dinner
Look To The Stars, UK –
The organization is dedicated to empowering grassroots activists around the world to bring about an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.

Burma activists arrested at march
BBC News, UK –
Nine activists have been arrested in Burma’s main city, Rangoon, during a march calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nine NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 30, 2008 (DVB)–Nine National League for Democracy youth members were arrested at around 3pm today as they took part in a peaceful march following a talk …

Restrictions stepped up against Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He recently visited the families of political prisoners and has also been working to heal rifts between NLD leaders and youth members.

Burma’s Bleak Prospect in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE All parties in Burma can expect 2009 to be a busier year than the one now ending as the country heads for a general election in 2010, …

Africa: Press Freedom Round-Up 2008
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

Hope Floats in the Burmese Town Near Thailand’s Border
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Yet, there’s nothing like this in Myawaddy, Burma, the poor town opposite Mae Sot, Thailand. The towns lie across the Moei River, a sluggish brown border …

Nine NLD Members Arrested in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burmese military authorities have transferred political prisoners, including student leaders, members of the 88 Generation Students and NLD …

Poor Maternal Health Care Widespread In Eastern Burma
Medical News Today (press release), UK –
Frequency and types of human rights violations varied across the project sites in Eastern Burma. In the Karen region, more than 10% of household were forced …

Agreement between Myanmar and China: Beijing secures gas supplies …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Humanitarian organizations consider the agreement as the latest concession to the Burmese military dictatorship: none of the countries involved in its rich …

Press freedom report finds 60 journalists killed in 2008
Press Gazette, UK –
Thirty-one media arrests were reported in Iraq, 17 in Burma and 38 in China, which hosted the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. The press freedom …

It was not immediately clear where the NLD members were taken. NLD spokesman Nyan Win said he heard that female party member Htet Htet Oo Wei was among …

Press Freedom Round-up 2008 / Better figures despite a hostile …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqué de presse), Switzerland –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

New Year’s Event Spotlights Sexual Orientation Issues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO RANONG — Burmese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) migrant worker activists in Ranong used the New Year to organize a festival …

Myanmar authorities arrest nine protestors
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The NLD won the 1990 general election, while Suu Kyi was under detention, but has been denied the right to rule by Myanmar’s junta for the past 18 years.

9 Myanmar activists held
Straits Times, Singapore –
There was no immediate confirmation from the NLD. Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest …

Political prisoner dies of tuberculosis
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… middle school in Mandalay, was arrested under section 5(j) of the Emergency Provision Act in December 2003 and was sentenced to seven years in prison. …

UN General Assembly isn’t the right forum for dealing with Burma …
China Post, Taiwan –
The resolution called for the release of over 2100 political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi. (country’s new) constitution resulted in the de facto …

Americans found allies in Burma villagers
Los Angeles Times, CA –
By A Times Staff Writer Reporting from Myitkyina, Myanmar — Long before war brought Evelio Grillo and his comrades to Burma, they had allies ready to …

Burma’s Stilwell Road: A backbreaking WWII project is revived
Los Angeles Times, CA –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

A more dangerous world as 2008 ends
San Antonio Express, TX –
The ruling junta in Burma turned the natural disaster of Cyclone Nargis into a manmade tragedy. Congo, Zimbabwe and Somalia spiraled further into …

MONKS & AMISH
MorungExpress, India –
In Burma the monks who are not in detention by repressive militaryrulers who call the country Myanmar, have returned to their pagodas. …

Insurers’ disaster losses up 50% in 2008
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The year’s deadliest disaster was Cyclone Nargis, which devastated coastal areas in Burma in early May, killing nearly 85000 people. …

NBC Field Notes
MSNBC –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

China To Build Strategic Oil Reserves (SNP)
24/7 Wall St., NY –
That means expanding opportunities in Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan, both countries that have difficulty attracting investment because of their repressive human …

2008 was bad year for disasters
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 135000 people in Burma in May. An earthquake in the Sichuan province of China on 12 May left 70000 dead, 18000 missing and …

‘Major year for natural disaster’
BBC News, UK –
Cyclone Nargis in Burma killed an estimated 130000 people and devastated much of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta region, while the earthquake which struck …

The good news for the new year is as follows. –
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

Natural disasters ‘kill 220000 in 2008’
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the …



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December 30, 2008 at 3:53 am

World focus on Burma (29 December 2008)

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UN Offers Development Aid in Exchange for Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

However, this would not be the first time that financial carrots have been offered to the Burmese junta in exchange for political development in the country …

Wundwin NLD urges UN chief to visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Wundwin NLD members also called on the ruling State Peace and Development Council to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi to start the …

Political Prisoner Htay Lwin Oo Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burmese labor rights activist Htay Lwin Oo has died in Mandalay prison—the second political prisoner known to have died in Burma this month. …

Natural disasters ‘kill 220000 in 2008’
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the …

UN’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ Won’t Work in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We need new thinking on how to engage with Myanmar [Burma] in a way that will bring tangible results.” The UN, he said, cannot rely simply on “the power of …

Fury at Iran president’s broadcast
The Press Association –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …

The US and Europe maintain economic sanctions against Burma – also known as Myanmar – for its human rights record and long detention of democracy leader …

• Down, but not out
Waterloo Record, Canada –
… and after Cyclone Nargis, American ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s military government allowed them to proceed. …

India initiates search for missing migrants
Independent Online, South Africa –
The migrants were from Bangladesh and Burma/Myanmar and were trying to get to Thailand, said Kripa Nautiyal, the deputy inspector-general of the Coast Guard …

Browse by week posted:
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –
May 3: Cyclone Nargis slams into Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing an estimated 22000 people. May 4: Ashes to ashes, suds to suds as an Illinois man throws …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – DECEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Incidents of disappearance of villagers after being arrested by the Burmese junta’s troops in Shan State are still more or less frequent occurrences. …

Manipuri killed in Myanmar
E-Pao.net, India –
New Delhi, December 28 2008: AN UNIDENTIFIED gunman on Saturday shot dead an Indian from Manipur at his rented house in Kalemyo town of North-western Burma, …

“Burma VJ”
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
… of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a group of underground journalists who risked their lives to document the 2007 uprising against the junta. …

A review of how the year panned out
Irish Times, Ireland –
Cyclone devastates Burma, killing 78000 people but ruling junta seizes aid and goes ahead with a constitutional referendum to cement its grip on power. …

People from 80 nations working in Pakistan
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Addressing a seminar on human trafficking, arranged by Basic Education for Awareness Reforms and Empowerment (BEFARe), NARA DG Gul Mohammad Rind said that a …

Park boon for Manipur pony
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
The ponies were used as mounts for the Manipur cavalry, which was respected and feared throughout upper Burma during the 17th century. …

New govt’s foreign policy puts a high premium on asean ties
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Former prime minister Samak Sundraravej was similar even though he boasted endlessly how close he was with Asean leaders, especially the Burmese junta …

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December 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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Rice: Under Bush, The US Has Embaced The UN ‘Maybe’ More Than Any …
Think Progress, DC –

… Council resolutions that have been passed be respected, [or] whether it is seeking to deal with human rights and tyranny cases like Zimbabwe or Burma. …

Year ahead: Increased forced migrations, continued lack of quality …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
In Myanmar (Burma), some three million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Dissident’s wife not optimistic about freedom of thought in China
CBC.ca, Canada –

It was given last year to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Previous recipients include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ECHO hosts 15th Annual International Agricultural Conference
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL –
I also do development work in Myanmar, the old Burma,” he said. “I come here to learn about crops, technology and to network with other people from around …

Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term
Mizzima.com, India –
He was arrested on 31 January and charged under section 42 of Burma’s Jail Manual (BJM), bringing unauthorized documents into the prison. …

Burmese in Singapore find it difficult to get air tickets
Mizzima.com, India –
… Peninsula Plaza in Singapore said that all ‘Myanmar Air International’ (MAI) and Singapore airline owned ‘Silk Air’ flights to Burma are fully booked. …

Thailand’s King May Play Politics (No Offense)
Newsweek –
In the age of the Internet, banning publications anywhere is a tricky – and often futile – proposition, apart from in countries like China, Burma and North …

The need to cry out
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
This does not mean that Taiwan should ignore the poor human rights conditions of Burma, Tibet and other places with human rights problems. …

Israel: Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Rapporteur
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
With this ill-considered action, Israel put itself in the company of countries like Burma and North Korea in denying entry to UN human rights experts. …

Htoo Comapny to take over Malikha Lodge
Mizzima.com, India –
… tourist spot in northern tip of Burma. The ownership of ‘Malikha Lodge’ of ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ will be transferred to ‘Myanmar Treasure Resorts’, …

Asia review of the year 2008
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The military junta caused international outrage by pressing ahead with a constitutional “referendum” on May 10 and meanwhile delaying and obstructing aid …

Mon political prisoner transferred from Insein to Tharawaddy Prison
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Prisoners in Burma are typically allowed visits from family only once every two months, but they are a crucial contact with the outside world and help …

World Press tells junta to stop repression of media
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned the Burmese military junta for cracking down on freedom of expression, called for the …

Win Tin’s sermon to youth in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
… delivered a lecture to youth members of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon, former capital of Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Kenney to meet Rohingya refugees/
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
The ‘Rohingyas’, originally displaced from Burma (also known as Myanmar), have been living in two camps in Bangladesh for 17 years. …

Australian charged with drug smuggling in Thailand: official
ABC Online, Australia –
Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest …

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy …

NLD members call for offices to reopen
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party …

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” Michele Montas, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at the UN …

How the Regime Punishes Political Prisoners’ Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… NAING The wife of imprisoned activist Pyone Cho spent about 90000 kyat (US $75) on a 10-day journey to visit him in jail in Kawthaung, southern Burma. …

Weather watch: a record year of extreme events
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

A record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) hit Cuba, while the most fatal tropical storm was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, …

A Toast to Asean
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After all, when Asean debated the new charter that also contains a human rights section, the rogue state of Burma, a full Asean member, was at the table …

Cooler Approach, but Business as Usual with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Thailand’s mid-to-long term energy needs are linked with projects now under way in Myanmar (Burma), and so I think it would be difficult for new prime …

Regime Shrugs Off Effects on Burma of Global Economic Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even Prime Minister Thein Sein admitted the scale of the disaster, saying recently: “Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, …

Desperate Decisions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On top of that, she faced three years in prison if anybody learned the cause of her condition. “Most women in Burma are poor and have little knowledge about …

Military supremo in Bagan
Mizzima.com, India –
Than Shwe, the Burmese military junta supremo is visiting Bagan on a vacation, an eyewitness and sources in Nay Pyi Taw said. Than Shwe (75) arrived in the …

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of …

Bagan authorities demand money for security measures
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities have been collecting 200 kyat each from families in Bagan and the surrounding areas to provide security for junta leader …

Report on Christians’ persecutions
Sunday – Catholic Weekly, Poland –
… Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, …

East, West merge; build bridge to the Orient
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI –
To the west, literally and figuratively, were four men who had escaped Myanmar — the country they still call Burma — and sought freedom in America. …

Border pact needed to protect Delta diversity
Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
The Greater Mekong Region comprises the six countries through which the Cuu Long (Mekong) River flows: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the …

MP attends reception to mark Burmese leader’s birthday
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… at 10 Downing Street, along with female Burmese exiles, to mark the birthday of the democratically-elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Graphic Novel Review: Burma Chronicles
Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com, OR –
For 14 months in 2005-06, Delisle hung out in Yangon, the former capital of Burma — now known as Myanmar by the counties that take the current junta …

A Gentler Hegemony
Washington Post, United States –
We might have intervened in Darfur had we not been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, our ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s …

$A172b Asian Monetary Fund ‘going ahead’
Ninemsn, Australia –
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Share, bookmark, and save your favourite …

Committe to Protect Journalits’ 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
RushPRnews.com (press release), Canada –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Myanmar journalists face intimidation, pressure from junta
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Mon Mon Myat, of the Burmese Journalist Protection Committee, said the junta had set up rules under a 2006 law on electronic media and 1996 law on film and …

Despite campaigns, battling graft remains an uphill task
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
Thailand is more or less the same, while others such as Cambodia and Burma are wallowing at the bottom of the league tables. …

Bums of the Indian Ocean
All At Sea, U.S. Virgin Islands –
Don’t go to Burma: I don’t believe in coddling religious people but using the local Buddhist monks for target practice seems, well, intolerant. …

Preliminary analysis says 2008 tenth hottest year on record
The Tech Herald, IN –

The report said the worst weather-related natural disaster experienced during 2008 was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, killing an estimated 78000 …

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, …

2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia
Village Voice, NY –
I Live Here (Pantheon, 320 pp., $29.95) details war in Chechnya, government oppression in Burma, disappearances in Juárez, and Malawi’s AIDS crisis. …

Canada Congratulates Association of Southeast Asian Nations as …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Charter will give ASEAN a legal identity, create an ASEAN human rights body, enact a dispute settlement mechanism, and formalize a system of personal …

US Restricts Aid to Nations Using Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Burma remained the most persistent government offender. OneWorld.net reports. Last month, several young people who survived war and have gone on to become …

Antony Loewenstein, author and journalist, discusses blogging and …
Harvard Law School News, MA –
In smaller states such as Burma, repressive leaders can easily catch dissident bloggers, and even shut down the entire country’s access to the web. …


World focus on Burma (3 December 2008)

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ExWeb interview with Scott Mortensen, final: “Freedom of …
Mounteverest, NY –
But even though the situation was stifling it wasn’t oppressive. I would reserve that word for places like Burma, Darfur, and Iran. …

Barack Obama trimmings on President Bush’s Christmas tree
CNN Political Ticker –
The first lady also opened up about her service to the plight of women in Burma and Myanmar and how she plans to continue her work after her husband’s …

Corrupt clerk yet to be punished
Mizzima.com, India –
He added that so far the accused has not been prosecuted nor tried in any court. “All investigations were done by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) …

Burma’s jailed hip hop singers shifted to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
Zeya Thaw, (27), who was sentenced to six years in prison in November, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein prison to Kawthaung prison in Burma’s southern …

Burmese comedian & blogger nominated for RSF award
Mizzima.com, India –
… freedom of information. “Both are listed among the nominees because despite suppression they have managed to provide information to both people in Burma …

Ex-presidents, premiers urge UN chief to intervene in Myanmar
AFP –

“This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Mandalay NLD members’ appeal denied
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 3, 2008 (DVB)–Mandalay divisional court yesterday summarily rejected the appeal of six Mandalay National League for Democracy members including …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Cyclone migrants face challenges
IRINnews.org, NY –
Local aid workers told IRIN that while Cyclone Nargis boosted the flow of Burmese through the town, they were only a small proportion of the tens of …

Will Ferrell Launches Human Rights Awareness Month
Look To The Stars, UK –
… woman called Aung San Suu Kyi, ” said Ferrell. “She sacrificed her freedom to lead a non-violent protest movement against oppression in Burma. …

Hip-hop Star Banished to Remote Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of this year and called for renewed efforts to secure the release of all political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Grandfather’s torture by the British must have influenced Obama’s …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Grandfather Obama’s widow, Sarah, 87, is still alive and was able to recall how her husband had served with the British army in Burma in the second world …

Ins and outs of a China courtship
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
More recently, Beijing provided over $10 million to the government of Burma to assist regional reconstruction in areas that were devastated by Cyclone …

Burmese PM Says Jobs Aplenty for Returnees
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last year, Thailand alone paid the Burmese junta at least US $2.5 million for natural gas. Since October, however, the price of oil and natural gas has …

Former world leaders urge Ban to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – More than 100 former state leaders of several nations have called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma …

Annual general meeting 2008: DLR presents its research of the past …
German Aerospace Centre, Germany –
On 2 May 2008, tropical cyclone ‘Nargis’ swept over Myanmar (Burma) and left behind a path of destruction. Official reports noted a death toll of more than …

Local WWII veterans get together, recall wartime experience
Reno Gazette Journal, NV –
After a roundabout trip more than halfway around the world, Downar arrived at an air base in Burma (now called Myanmar). He received the Distinguished …

STANDFast for Darfur
Tufts Daily, MA –
Four months ago, the International Criminal Court demanded an arrest warrant for Bashir on 10 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in …

Reuters Southeast Asia News Highlights 0900 GMT Dec 3
Yahoo, Thailand –
… Ban to carry out a plan he has already floated of visiting the country, also known as Burma, before the end of December for his second trip this year. …

Former Leaders Urge UN to Press Burma on Prisoner Releases
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“On Myanmar [Burma], no delegation gave any comment. But it is in the footnotes and could be raised anytime during the month of December,” said the UNSC …

Barack Obama’s grandfather ‘tortured by the British’ during …
Mail on Sunday, UK –
Hussein Onyango was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high security prison as the British struggled to quell one of Africa’s bloodiest and most …

UN urged to intervene
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Work starts at modern memorial site
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
It is being erected next to the Burma Star memorial at the Gnoll Gates. It pays tributes to those who died in service after 1945 in conflicts such as Korea, …

Bleak Economic Prospects in Store for Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… 1 million Burmese workers, legal and illegal, are employed in Thailand, the majority found in occupations labor rights activists describe as the ”three …

More prisoners transferred to remote jails
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Gambira was transferred to Sagaing Division’s Khamti prison while his brother Aung Kyaw Kyaw was sent to Shan State’s Taunggyi jail. …

British soldiers beat and tortured Obama’s grandfather
The Times, South Africa –
… that ‘a lot of what see in Obama, was made not in America, but in Kenya’: ‘his political convictions and principled activism’. He may have a point. …

Malaysia. Truly Headache…
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Copying the Cruel Junta of the Burmese Regime, Opposition leaders are arrested and detained without rhyme or reason. Taking after the Khmer Rouge, …

Ex-world leaders urge UN’s Ban to go to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
It said that since June 2007 the number of political prisoners in Myanmar, which has been ruled for more than four decades by the military, …

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loath the British
Times Online, UK –
Mr Onyango served with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War and, like many army veterans, he returned to Africa hoping to win greater …

Problems abroad
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand is thus being put on a par with Burma, whose government was forced to relinquish its chairmanship in 2005 because of its legitimacy crisis. …

The Future of Asia: Whither Nation or State?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… and their compatriots then painted the region pink, adding Burma and what they then called Malaya, and Singapore, to their dominions while France’s …

Mia’s Munky business
Eye Weekly, Canada –
“If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should.” Arguing the Pro side with …

China, Burma take steps to strengthen military cooperation
Mizzima.com, India –
… the Burmese regime in the international arena,” said Nyo Ohn Myint, in-charge of Foreign Affairs for the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area. …

people who were there for the Mau Mau revolt
Times Online, UK –
In a sworn statement collected by human rights activists, he details other abuses at Manyani, which he described as “hell on earth”. …

Having answered the call to join the British Army during the Second World War, Barack Obama’s grandfather was among 75000 Kenyans who served in Burma. …

Airport protests a royal pain
Eureka Street, Australia –

Together they co-founded New Mandala, a website that provides ongoing commentary on developments in Thailand, Burma, Laos and Cambodia.

RPF bans export of local rice
E-Pao.net, India –
This figure is exclusive of the rice imported from the neighbouring country of Myanmar, the outfit elaborated. Accusing the Government of India of scheming …

The World This Week: Asian Chronicles
Valley Advocate, MA –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country, who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …

‘Asset sale can’t cover for revenue gap’
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar and Singapore. Members of the East Asia Summit, …

Fire breaks out at Moulmein market
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The fire started in the market’s food court and it was quite small at first,” the shop owner said. “But the market security did not allow outsiders to come …

Junta begins dam construction amid protests in Kachin state
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military government, in collaboration with CPI and AWC, plan to construct at least seven dams on the Mali Hka and Nmai Hka Rivers, in addition to …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm

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