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World focus on Burma (9 January 2009)

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Visitation rights denied to families of political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
However, military authorities instead responded with the arrest of Buddhist monks, students, human right activists and National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Burmese blogger in running to win “Best Asian Blog”
Mizzima.com, India –
On his blog, he has chosen to post a popular line that states, “Burma, Myanmar: Yes, We can win this Award”. The world’s largest blog competition, …

Muslims proscribed from worshipping in residential flats
Mizzima.com, India –
Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights …

Top International Weather Events: 2008
Washington Post Blogs, DC –
Cyclone Nargis, a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that developed over the North Indian Ocean, struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) on May 2. …

Resolution cites increased religious persecution
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –

In 2008, China, Burma, and North Korea were among those listed as “Countries of Particular Concern.” Representatives Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), …

Ethnic Kachin rebel vow to oppose junta held elections
Mizzima.com, India –
Colonel Lamang Brang Seng, in-charge of the military wing of the KNO on Friday said his group along with other Burmese pro-democracy outfits and other …

Ban must visit Burma to begin the end-game
European Voice, Belgium –
In backing a visit to Burma (Myanmar) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s envoy, Peiro Fassino, in mid-December added to the …

Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… also among his followers at the time.” Sein Kyi said Kyaing Kyaing, the wife of junta head Snr-Gen Than Shwe, had tried to coax the abbot back to Burma.

Teenage Activist Transferred to Labor Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… transferred to labor camps across Burma. “Several political prisoners, especially NLD party members, have been transferred to labor camps,” said Bo Kyi. …

Business Roundup (January 9, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A new study of Burma’s economy reveals several trends in terms of the military regime’s foreign trading partners. …

Falling Fuel Prices Have No Effect on Gov’t Pumps
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In early 2008, The Myanmar Times, a semi-official weekly, reported that the government had undertaken a partial liberalization of Burma’s energy market by …

Nowhere to Hide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Several organizations have recorded the staggering amount of human rights abuses, killings and rapes that are perpetuated by soldiers of the Burmese army …

Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma.” NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members. …

Police fail to investigate stabbing in Laiza
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Most of the vehicles passing through the area are delivering goods, which have not been cleared by customs when they came into Burma from China,” he said. …

Fall in rice price hurts Myanmar exporters, farmers
Reuters –
… when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year. Myanmar had stood …

Relatives blocked from attending NLD member’s funeral
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Hlaing Aye, a member of Hlaing Tharyar township NLD’s organising wing, passed away on Tuesday in Rangoon at the age of 70. NLD information wing member Nyan …

Two soldiers accused of rape and murder attempt
Mizzima.com, India –
A 21 year old ethnic Kachin woman hailing from Hsa Hmaw Township, Kachin State in northern Burma was raped by two soldiers at knife point. …

300 migrants arrested in raid in Kuala Lumpur
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)–Around 300 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in a raid by Malaysian police and immigration authorities on Wednesday, according to …

Meikhtila local official sells off communal land
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The resident said Win Myint’s sisters were also running a gambling business in the ward, which had led to an increase in crime in the neighbourhood, …

Immigration Act changes permit Tibetans to stay
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The amendments will also benefit about 800 descendants of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to Thailand and present-day Myanmar, the former Burma, …

Maternal health care ‘extremely limited’ in Eastern Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Thousands of people in eastern Burma are regularly subjected to human rights violations, according to several Karen relief groups and international human …

CWS emergency appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. Relief and early recovery …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 9, 2009 at 2:36 am

World focus on Burma (7 January 2009)

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Detained Hip Hop singer Yan Yan Chan released
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities on Tuesday released popular Hip Hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in …

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

Angkor Wat observes 30th anniversary of end of Pol Pot’s regime
Examiner.com –
… the Taj Mahal; pagodas along Burma’s “Road to Mandalay” — I refuse to use the dictator’s terms like Myanmar; Mayan ruins in Mexico and Guatemala; …

Karen Girl, 7, Raped and Killed: KWO
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The incident follows a report on January 6 by a Mon human rights group that in November a 17-year-old Mon girl was gang-raped in Yephu Township, …

MYANMAR: Farmers lament post-Nargis harvest
IRINnews.org, NY –
In May, his 4.6 hectares of paddy fields were badly affected by the tidal surge that accompanied Cyclone Nargis. When the donated seeds did not take, …

Palawan river in running for 7 wonders
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… Jaco Island in East Timor, the Mergui Archipelago of Burma (Myanmar) and the Mekong River, shared by China and mainland Southeast Asian countries. …

200 people stranded on boat of Sumatra
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
The boat, with 174 people from Burma and 19 from Bangladesh on board, was found at sea by fishermen off Sabang island in Aceh province on Wednesday, …

Junta’s NUP Ready to Open 2010 Election Campaign
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The article claimed the two opposition members were behind a peaceful protest on December 30 seeking the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which …

Foreigners stranded near Indonesia
The Age, Australia –
The passengers, believed to be from Burma or Bangladesh, were found in “weak condition” on board the boat on an uninhabited island by a fisherman early on …

Intrepid Journeys
TVNZ, New Zealand –
… ventures beyond Western sanctions into the relatively closed country of Myanmar (Burma) following Rudyard Kipling’s path down the road to Mandalay. …

Thailand shifts 14th Asean summit venue to beach resort
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Asean comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The 14th summit is expected to concentrate …

Aid worker’s efforts to help stricken country
Bath Chronicle, UK –
Frances, who lives in Weston, has been in Myanmar – formerly Burma – for three months helping people affected by the cyclone. The 28-year-old has been……

Natural disasters kill 220k
iAfrica.com, South Africa –
Most devastating in terms of human fatalities was Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Myanmar on 2-3 May to kill more than 135 000 people and leave more than one …

301 Myanmarese boat people found adrift in Aceh
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
The group had apparently fled Myanmar because of its military junta, and were seeking a better life in Malaysia. A similar incident occurred in 2004 when …

Ways to trim State budget – Stephen Mulholland
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
… the murderous Hamas organisation, Myanmar’s (Burma’s) dictatorial regime and various other unsavoury elements on the world scene. …

Over 7 mln children to be vaccinated against polio in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
7 (Xinhua) — A total of 7.4 million children under five years of age in Myanmar will be given polio vaccination in the first two months of this year as a …

Is Mhada cheating cessed building owners?
Daily News & Analysis, India –
“Materials like Burma teakwood have a good market value. They are probably being sold off without the knowledge of the building owners. …

Reflections for 2008, Predictions for 2009
Best Syndication, CA –
As horrific as the despair in Galveston, it paled in comparison to the cyclone that hit Burma/Mynamar, taking the lives of more than 100000 people in the …

Remember Burma (Myanmar)?
Blogger News Network –
by Jonas Blume in Asian News Burma, or as their military has renamed it, Myanmar is a forgotten country which most people would not even think to look at on …

Bucknell’s ‘Peace & Resistance’ series continues
Bucknell University, PA –
“Burma’s Saffron Revolution: Three Monks Speak Out,” on Feb. 25 at 7 pm in the Forum of the Langone Center. Three monks who led the uprising in Burma in …

Burmese Ethnic Political Leader Saw Mara Aung Dies at 91
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s veteran pro-democracy politician and physician Saw Mara Aung has died at the age of 91. His colleagues said he passed away at his home …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 7, 2009 at 6:33 am

Karen Girl Raped and Killed by Burma Army Soldier

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Monday, January 5, 2009 (6:37 pm)
By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)– Villagers of the mainly Christian Karen minority in Burma on Monday, January 5, were mourning the death of a seven-year old girl who was raped and murdered by at least one government soldier, the latest in a series of sexual abuses of minorities in the country, investigators said.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a Britain-based rights group investigating the situation in the military-ruled Asian nation, said the girl was allegedly shot dead after she was  raped on December 27 in her village of Ma Oo Bin, in Kyauk Kyi Township of Burma’s Nyaunglebin District.

It quoted the Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) as saying that local villagers saw at least one soldier from Burma’s army “enter the village shortly beforehand, and then heard sounds of a girl crying out for help.”

The crying was allegedly silenced by “rifle shots.”

The girl’s parents and village leaders reported the case the following day to the local commander, identified as Captain Thet Khaing. “However, despite eye witness accounts no action has been taken,” CSW said.

RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

The KWO and other rights activists have urged the government to immediately detain the perpetrator, “and for action to be taken against the commanding officer for failing to act.”

CSW’s National Director Stuart Windsor the case underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar.

“This latest tragic case is an example of the culture of impunity reigning throughout the military regime. We strongly support the KWO’s call for the arrest and prosecution of those guilty of the murder and rape of this young child.”

MORE CRIMES

Windsor said his group believes,”the regime in Burma is guilty of a wide range of crimes against humanity which should be investigated and brought before the International Criminal Court.”

Burmese officials have not commented. However the government has consistently denied reports of human rights abuses, acusing organizations making those claims of spreading “Western” and “American” propaganda.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has urged the Burmese military government to allow more political and religious freedom in the troubled nation. (With reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos).

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 6, 2009 at 1:41 am

World focus on Burma (6 January 2009)

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Nargis volunteer sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
Mizzima.com, India –
Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma on May 2-3 of last year, left around 140000 people dead or missing. Previously, Khin Maung Win worked in Malaysia and was …

Pro-junta group announces formation of political parties
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – A pro-junta group, the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), has said it is all set to contest the upcoming 2010 …

Kachin Manaw festival gets off the ground
Mizzima.com, India –
The first Manaw festival was inaugurated on 10 January 1948 just after Burma got independence from British colonial rule in Sitapu Ward, Myitkyinar. …

The Thinker: ‘Liberty Forum’ Should Replace UN Rights Body
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… against the Human Rights Council is long. From its inaugural meeting in June 2006, the council has condemned North Korea only once and Burma four times, …

Report: UNICEF to Continue Polio Vaccinations in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News A report in a weekly Burmese magazine said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) plans to continue its polio vaccination program in Burma …

David Scott Mathieson: The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
National Post, Canada –
The activists include a brave labour rights representative named Ma Su Su Nyay, who was handed more than 12 years, and Min Ko Naing, the leader of Burma’s …

The Ascension
The National Interest Online, DC –
It has protected the Burmese military regime—one of the world’s most brutal—from effective sanctions by the Security Council. …

The Great Dragon awakens: China is preparing to challenge American …
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The ‘Middle Kingdom’ has successfully attracted Myanmar as an ally. Myanmar (aka Burma) borders the Southern part of the Peoples’ Republic of China and it …

What can Facebook really do?
Third Sector, UK –
It was also a brilliant platform for activists in Burma. One of the hardest things for charities to accept about Facebook is the lack of control over both …

Court allows Boeing to use ‘racist’ US law
The Australian, Australia –
The countries banned by the US Government are Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Burma, China, Liberia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, the Democratic …

NAGA CULTURE: PAST AND PRESENT
MorungExpress, India –
Then in 1954 came the military invasion of our lands by India and Burma. This was not a cultural invasion in the true sense of the word but the “Money …

Myanmar trade surplus shrinks as gas exports fall
The Associated Press –
… economic sanctions against Myanmar to pressure the military government to improve human rights and release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

People’s Parliament Chairman Saw Mra Aung Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sent a flower basket and five monk robes to the family, according to Aye Thar Aung, a close colleague of …

Political Activist Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… since been arrested by Burmese security forces. The students’ organization was originally founded by Gen Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1936. …

NCUB Plans to Form Parallel Government in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The NCGUB was formed by exiled MPs elected in 1990 and is led by Dr Sein Win, the cousin of Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Suu Kyi Issues a New Year Challenge
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
News reports from Rangoon suggest that Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi commemorated the country’s Independence Day alone at her house—but …

But, we don’t need F-16s, we need human rights and people like you talking about real issues. What you have done is so important.’ Her eyes just filled up. …

Christian group condemns Burma human rights violations
ChristianToday, UK –
The girl is believed to have been shot and killed by a government soldier in the village of Ma Oo Bin in Karen State, north Burma, on December 27. …

USDA grants loans to farmers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Many farmers are in financial difficulties this year, particularly in areas affected by Cyclone Nargis, due to low yields and falling crop prices. …

Dick Cheney Voted “Worst President of All Time
The Spoof (satire), UK –
The Generals running Burma consider him an adviser. Donald Trump often writes to him with questions. When questioned by very brave reporters who dared get …

Women’s group call for investigation into girl’s rape and murder
Mizzima.com, India –
The Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group promoting human rights and democracy in Burma, in a statement on Monday condemned the Burmese …

Journals ordered to condemn NLD demonstration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The activists carried placards calling for the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and were walking towards the Myenigone area when they …

UWSA changes nomenclature of administrative territory
Mizzima.com, India –
According to observers who are closely watching the situation, UWSA has already informed the change of nomenclature to the Burmese military junta. …

Topics in this story:
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Myanmar (MNN) ― The bamboo growth cycle in Southeast Asia has hit the flowering stage, and with it comes a plague of destruction. Daniel Punnose (p’nohs) …

… underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar. …

Red Cross chapter hopes to meet more need despite fewer dollars
ENC Today, NC –
Hardy said outreach done for new Burmese refugees to this area was a highlight for 2008. The Red Cross staff and volunteers crossed language and custom …

GET UP, STAND UP: COUNCIL RANKED ON HUMAN RIGHTS
CityLimits.org –
The council has also considered resolutions and bills dealing with human rights in Burma, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iran, Israel and elsewhere. …

Famine in Myanmar By RATS
Christian Web News, KY –
… 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). …

UN Assembly Isn’t Right Forum
KanglaOnline, India –
Of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in which Myanmar (Burma) is also a member, four members,  Brunei Darussalam, …

State Firing of Vietnamese Editors Latest Sign of Shrinking Press in SouthEast Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

‘Myanmar Thit’ magazine’s new cover design yet to be cleared by …
Mizzima.com, India –
U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe are two veteran politicians and executive committee members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Disaster-heavy 2008 raises pressure for climate pact, insurance
Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Cyclone Nargis survivors sit outside their shelter in Mawlamyinegyun, Myanmar, June 2008.
IFRC/John Sparrow

More than 220000 people died as a result of natural catastrophes – including around 135000 after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May (this figure includes …

Some of her strongest statements have been on humanitarian issues, such as the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She plans to settle in Dallas, Texas, …

Philanthropy Needs Human Rights
Forbes, NY –
Yet the fixation on basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical care is shortsighted in regions where human rights are violated. …

Ethnic veteran political leader Saw Mara Aung dies
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Saw Mara Aung (92), chairman of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) passed away at about 7 pm (local time), Nyan Win, spokesperson of Burma’s main …

Private tutor stages solo protest
Mizzima.com, India –
He distributed ‘NO’ campaign posters of the NLD by wearing a T-shirt with ‘NO’ letters. After indulging in these anti-government activities, …

Faith constant from Burma to Aotearoa
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
… 06 January 2009 He has old-fashioned British politeness and his accent shows a hint of his homeland Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

What Bizarre Events Will 2009 Bring?
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
It was part of the International Olympic Committee’s bringing-democracy-to-developing-nations agenda that worked so well in Beijing in 2008. Burma’s junta …

Insurance giant warns of rising natural disaster risk
Business Green, UK –
Overall losses from natural disasters soared to $200bn from $82bn last year, the company said in a statement last week. Insured losses in 2008 were $45bn, …

Taunggok NLD chair’s jail term extended by 15 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese authorities last month extended the sentence of Taunggok township National League for Democracy chairman Min Aung, …


World focus on Burma (1 October 2008)

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Bus drivers’ licences revoked by Dala authorities
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… have revoked the licences of private bus drivers whom they accuse of suspending their services to mark Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday on 19 June. …

Growing list of companies implicated in Chinese milk scandal
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The ones who are paying no attention to the scandal are the military junta leaders in Myanmar. Although the government has prohibited the importing of …

Win Tin’s Logical Principles
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win told the UN General Assembly on Monday, “Peace and stability now prevails in almost all parts of the country. …

The Freedom We Know
Examiner.com –
Areas of the world where Christians face persecution include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), …

Reports of Rape Surface in Cyclone-devastated Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Reports of rape and other abuses of women are surfacing as communities in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta continue to recover from May’s Cyclone Nargis. …

Chinese Dam Incurs KIO Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The KIO, which signed a ceasefire with the Burmese junta in 1994, was reportedly unhappy that several projects to build dams in Kachin State in northern …

Cyber cafes ordered to close early
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Suffering from an unnamed fear on the 1st anniversary of the saffron revolution the Burmese military junta has ordered cyber cafes to close early in the …

Generals Authorized to Buy Land Cruisers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The latest perk for Burma’s senior military officials is a Toyota Land Cruiser, according to a source close to the military government. …

Elected MP Dr Myo Win dies aged 54
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He took part in the 1988 uprising and became the chairman of Kawa township National League for Democracy and won his seat in the 1990 election with 67.65 …

Journal Punished for Defying Order to Drop Win Tin Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Board ordered the suppression of a report on Win Tin’s release and a short profile of the freed political prisoner. …

ISA – INTERNET SABOTAGE ACT
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Malaysia has joined the ranks of China, Vietnam and Burma as a leading violator of online freedom. Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, also known as RPK, …

Revolting comedy stunt
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –
“Last week we freed Burmese dissident U Win Tin because of a couple of Amnesty gigs in the Whitla Hall. If Saturday night goes well I reckon Guantanamo Bay …

Burma’s Neighbors Absorbing Cyclone Survivors
Free Speech Radio News, CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were already at their highest levels in years. To make matters worse, salt water now …

Aid and water dry up in Burma’s cyclone zone
Times Online, UK –
Lurking in the background is the deepest fear of all — another cyclone, as strong, or stronger. Nargis was unprecedented in Burmese history, …

Naypyidaw auctions seized vehicles in southern Burma
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
The junta only gave back the seized cars to DKBA. NMSP lost dozens of cars in 2003 and does not dare to buy it back afraid that regime’s law is not …

Mizzima websites hacked
Mizzima.com, India –
Mizzima, however, is still unable to confirm whether the attack is the work of the Burmese military junta, which has banned Mizzima’s websites inside the …

Media groups alarmed over murder of journalists
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
In addition, the PEC and the ICPJ feel encouraged by the liberation of Burmese journalist U Win Tin (79 years old) after 20 years of detention in Burma. …

Horrific comedy stunt
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –
“Last week we freed Burmese dissident U Win Tin because of a couple of Amnesty gigs in the Whitla Hall. If Saturday night goes well I reckon Guantanamo Bay …


WASHINGTON (AFP) — An independent US group is to carry out unprecedented studies to determine whether Myanmar’s military rulers, accused of rampant human …

NLD warned over ‘dictatorship’ remarks
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The establishment of a government that guarantees basic human rights is the NLD’s aim, and therefore stopping the re-emergence of dictatorship is also the …

Religious freedom hanging in the balance in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
… the report calls out the generals on their attempt to “systematically restrict efforts by Buddhist clergy to promote human rights and political freedom. …

Junta claims international law on its side, condemns sanctions
Mizzima.com, India –
The tirade, on the session’s last day of debate, linked the prospects of a more economically integrated Burma to the betterment of both the region’s and…

Junta issues warning on tainted milk
Mizzima.com, India –
A report in the Burmese language newspaper Myanmar Ahlin, an official government mouth-piece, on Tuesday said with Chinese milk and milk products found to …

Burmese refugees join seasonal work force
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
This group of refugees from Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, were forced to leave their country because of war and persecution. Coming soon? …

Burma’s State Media Still Mum on Tainted Milk Powder
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the semi-official Myanmar Times weekly newspaper earlier published a story that said all imported dairy products from …

Burma Discovers Large New Coal Mine in Shan State
RedOrbit, TX –
Yangon, 1 October: Myanmar [Burma] has discovered a new large coal mine in northern part of the country’s Shan state and mining of the mineral will start …

Mon National Democratic Front Liberation Area (MNDF-LA) founded
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
… founded in Mae Sot yesterday to join hands with Mon organizations and other opposition groups in exile to continue the struggle for democracy in Burma. …

The threat of Indian globalisation
Thought Leader, South Africa –
Predictably, human rights, labour and environmental issues are some of the concerns at the heart of the Chinese dilemma. The emerging Chinese economic …

Activists Re-Assess Their “China Strategy”
UN Dispatch –
Since then, though, many human rights activists have been dismayed by China’s alliances with Zimbabwe, Burma, and Sudan–and have complained that China uses …

Cooking With the Enemy
New York Times, United States –

She thinks India, Pakistan and Israel are pretty slippery, as are Cuba, Burma (which she refuses to call Myanmar) and China. Each country gets a chapter, …

Luxury cruises on the Rajang
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
… reviving the name of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company of old Burma which in the 1920s, ran a fleet of more than 650 vessels on the rivers of Myanmar. …

Burmese ruby ban takes effect
National Jeweler Network, NY –

Gems from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) that entered the country prior to the ban can still be bought and sold in the United States, at least as long as …

Neither engagement nor sanctions
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win demanded the West to revoke the sanctions placed on Burma at the UN General …

REGIONAL BRIEFS
Chandigarh Tribune, India –
35 Burma nationals nabbed: Border Security Force personnel nabbed 35 Burma (Myanmar) nationals while they were trying to sneak into the Pakistan territory …

Slow recovery for Burma’s cyclone victims
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

… Burma – The locals say things will never be the same in Mya Sein Ken, deep in the heart of the cyclone-savaged delta in southern Burma (Myanmar). …

Security Council Extends UNMIL’s Presence
The News Newspaper Online, Liberia –

The Security Council Monday extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through September 2009, and authorized Secretary-General …


World focus on Burma (12 September 2008)

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

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Mizzima.com, India –
Though armed rebel groups, fighting the ruling junta, are reported to be present in Kyaugyi town, such blasts are considered rare. Earlier on July 14, …

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By Jo Becker Myin Win was 11 years old when he was first recruited into Burma’s national army. He was picked up by soldiers while selling vegetables at a …

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

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

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

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

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Nearly three weeks after leaving Burma, United Nations Special Envoy to Burma – Ibrahim Gambari – met with reporters at the UN’s headquarters in New York, …

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

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

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

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

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

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MYANMAR: Forewarned, not forearmed
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BOGALE, 12 September 2008 (IRIN) – The Myanmar government says most residents were warned about approaching cyclone Nargis, but many failed to take …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY …
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For instance, a number of commentators called the May 2008 cyclone in Myanmar/Burma a test case for R2P, questioning the utility of the concept if it could …

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

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

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

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

OUTSIDE THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL, UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY …
Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
… a time-bound political negotiations leading to democratization and the release of all political prisoners including Madame Aung San Suu Kyi and that the …

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

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

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


Compensation for rape and murder of Kachin girl not enough: Campaigner

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Mizzima News

Solomon

Monday, 25 August 2008 22:39

New Delhi – Burmese military authorities have given 500,000 Kyat (about USD 500) as compensation to the family of a school girl, who was allegedly raped and murdered by Burmese Army soldiers in late July, local sources confirmed.

Burmese Army officers had visited the family members of Nhkum Hkawn Din (15), who was allegedly gang raped and murdered by Burmese soldiers in her village Nam Sai in Nothern Burma’s Kachin State, to apologize and offered 500,000 Kyat along with some food as compensation, sources said.

A local villager, who declined to be named, told Mizzima, the army officers came to apologize only after local eyewitnesses were able to identify one of the perpetrators, soldier Soe Thu Win, during an identification parade in the barracks.

Soe Thu Win was arrested and charged with murder but was exempted from charges of rape, the source said.

According to him, three soldiers including Soe Thu Win had gang-raped the girl and murdered her to cover up their crime.

“A further complaint to higher authorities in the State will be made by the family,” the source said.

The girl’s family members had sent an 11-page letter of complaint to the military divisional office with signatures including those of five eye witnesses, he said.

“The eye witnesses know that there was more than one soldier involved in the rape and murder but the case is now being handled by army authorities without any trial,” he added.

Meanwhile, Burma Campaign UK’s campaign officer Nang Seng said, “This is not justice. Five hundred dollars and some rice is no compensation for what Nhkum Hkawn Din went through.”

Nang Seng said, the Burmese soldiers are making one of them take the blame and are letting the others off.

“Her father was distressed and said ‘my daughter was exchanged with this money,’ when army authorities gave the compensation to them. The family wants justice not money,” Nang Seng said.

In Kachin state, where the Burmese military government has a ceasefire agreement with the main insurgent group, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), rape and murder by Burmese soldiers are common but victims fail to file charges in court or to lodge complaints at the army office because of fear of reprisal by the authorities, she added.

“There is still no proper investigation and senior soldiers involved in the case are literally getting away with the murder,” Nang Seng added.

She said the military government has used rape as a weapon of war in their campaign of systematic ethnic cleansing for a long time.

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August 26, 2008 at 12:53 am