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World focus on Burma (12 January 2009)

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Two Singaporeans defending Burmese workers arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong, who were demonstrating outside the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) office in Singapore, to highlight the plight of Burmese …

MYANMAR: Capacity challenges remain
IRINnews.org, NY –
… told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. More than two million people were affected when Nargis struck Myanmar’s low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta on 2 …

East Timor President Calls for Review of Burma Sanctions Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said, “The goals of Western countries and the countries in the region for Myanmar [Burma] are not different – we all want …

State of Exception
Webdiary, Australia –
… putting an immediate distance between her and Howard – took up the issue of women, and support for Burma ’s silenced democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nationwide polio campaign launched
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dr Myint Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Medical Association (Upper Burma), said the country had been declared polio-free in 2003 but the disease had …

Messenger in the Dark
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Fear follows Burmese artists even when they venture abroad, according to the leading painter Chaw Ei Thein. The self-censorship they practice within Burma …

Warrants Issued for Santika Owner, Manager
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Among the dead were three Singaporeans, one Japanese and one Burmese national, Win Kyaw Phyo, 26, a graduate student at Assumption University of Thailand …

When the Market Speaks
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The junta undertook a partial “liberalization” of Burma’s energy market by allowing Myanmar Economic Holding, Ltd, which is owned by the military, …

New Bangkok Governor has Big Plans
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Sukhumbhand Paribatra has also been a strong critic of the military regime in Burma. The Democrat Party-led coalition won 20 of the 29 House seats in the …

Thai FM reviews cyclone victims aid with Myanmar official
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, Jan 12 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya met Monday with a senior Myanmar official to review progress in distributing, delivering and …

Malaysians want what we want
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Parts of Sarawak and neighbouring Saba are still pretty remote and much of the peninsula – the long finger down from Thailand and Burma – are not as …

Myanmar rat infestation causing food crisis: NGO
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
YANGON – Tens of thousands of people in remote northwestern Myanmar faced a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, …

Burma needs reform, unified and balanced structure
Mizzima.com, India –
“Myanmar is highly expected to make an exit from those similar circles in history,” the observer remarked, adding that new actors/agents or new …

Urbane Nomads Organizes Tour to Remote North-Eastern Myanmar by …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Some of the tours Urbane Nomads is promoting in 2009 include a private jet tour covering Golden Triangle Thailand and Myanmar, before moving on to Putao, …

Political prisoners denied family visits
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 12, 2009 (DVB)–Families of political inmates in various remote prison across Burma said they were refused permission to see their detained relatives …

2 arrested for protest
Straits Times, Singapore –

They wore red T-shirts and held a banner that read ‘Stop ill-treatment of Burmese activists’. The protest was in support of two Myanmar nationals, …

Authorities crack down on Myaing oil workers’ protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Four young villagers named Yeh Htut Win, Yazar Aung, Myo Aung and Than Shwe were arrested the following morning on suspicion of arson and taken to Pakokku …

Lawyer plans to appeal sentences of 11 students
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Federation of Student Unions for Upper Burma, Bo Min Yu. “The ABFSU leader, Bo Min Yu, was sentenced to over 100 years in prison,” Myint Thwin said. …

Cambodia’s PM to attend summit in Thailand
Australia Network News, Australia –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, which groups it with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, …

“International Artists Collaborate in Fight for Freedom”
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who was placed under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) 19 years ago over her bid for political freedom. …

VDO – Andaman News Monday 12 January 2009; 6 items
Thailand National News Bureau, Thailand –
Item—2— Thai hospitality operators are participating in the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vietnam held during January 5-12. The Tourism Authority of Thailand …

Twittering away
New Europe, Belgium –
YouTube was used by Burmese bloggers to bear witness on the crackdown of the Saffron Revolution in lieu of world media who were banned from entering the …

Global freedom on the slide: report
The Age, Australia –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Crisis may lead to more non-tariff barriers
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
A new FTA is likely to be negotiated in cooperation with the Asean countries, in line with the bloc’s plan to integrate its 10 member states into an Asean …

Bid to boost trade with neighbours to life exports
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Cross-border trade covers Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. According to the Foreign Trade Department, in the first 11 months of last year, …

Today in History
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck, ND –
In 1909, actress Ann Sothern was born in Valley City, ND; UN Secretary-General U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson …

Not standing up and being counted on Burma
Manila Times, Philippines –
THE Philippines missed out on a gilt-edged chance to make a principled stand on the burning question of Myanmar—or Burma as the civilized world remembers …

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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 …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 4, 2009 at 1:25 am

World focus on Burma (26 September 2008)

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Win Htein remains in Katha prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 26, 2008 (DVB)–Political prisoner Win Htein, who was released on Tuesday and re-arrested the following day, remains in Katha prison but has been given …

Under the Dragon celebrates the ‘gentle generosity’ of the natives …
The North Bay Nugget, Canada –
Rory Maclean’s Under the Dragon is the finest book you will ever read about Burma — that tragically abused and heartbreakingly beautiful southeast Asian …

Denmark continues to be the world’s least corrupt country
Copenhagen Capacity, Denmark –
For the second consecutive year, Somalia and Myanmar (former Burma) have bottom rankings. The countries are ranked on a scale from 0-10, 0 being the lowest. …

Checks and search operations in Rangoon after bomb blast
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Burmese military junta authorities are searching and monitoring crowded places such as traffic lampposts, markets and bus stops in the wake …

Rights groups deplore pervading atmosphere of repression in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Specifically, the rights watchdog references the fact that dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is presently non-existent, …

1st anniversary of Burma’s bloody Saffron Revolution
OpEdNews, PA –
As a result of the junta’s excessive use of violence, nearly 100 monks and many lay people were killed. Over 8000 people were arrested nationwide. …

NLD to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Filipino protesters display photos of Burma’s last year protests led by Buddhist monks during a silent protest outside the Burmese Embassy at the financial …

Doing What Needs to be Done
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Earlier this week, The Irrawaddy spoke with Win Tin, Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner, who was released on Tuesday after spending 19 years behind …

UNESCO: Director-General welcomes Myanmar’s release of U Win Tin …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his “immense joy” over the release by the authorities of Myanmar of U Win Tin, …

EU: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU following …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… the Burmese authorities, showing a real willingness to meet the expectations of the international community, in both political and human rights terms, …

Release Aung San Suu Kyi: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The US first lady Laura Bush on Thursday again urged the Burmese military junta to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Weekly Business Roundup (September 26, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It’s believed to be associated with shipping and aviation—key transport in junta-linked exports. The British human rights NGO Burma Campaign UK says its …

Gambari Should Be Tougher on Junta: PM in Exile
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Gambari is often accused by critics of spending more time in the company of the junta than with pro-democracy leaders when he is in Burma. …

False dawn in Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
There is no word yet if opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), or other opposition parties, will be allowed to …

Burma on alert on anniversary of Saffron Revolution
Radio Australia, Australia –
CHO: He is a former army captain and senior assistant to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He was released from Kosar prison in northern Burma but a few hours later he …

Laura Bush implores junta to respect international appeals
Mizzima.com, India –
… democratic opposition for several years, and an especially avid observer of the prolonged plight of Burma’s detained democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma: UK Considers Further Sanctions
UNPO, Netherlands –
Britain has admitted that it could seek further sanctions against the Burmese junta if it fails to improve its human rights record and deliver on promises …

World at a glance
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
Britain has admitted that it could seek further sanctions against the Burmese junta if it fails to improve its human rights record and deliver on promises …

Philippine activists remember violent Myanmar protests
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Egoy Bans, leader of the Free Burma Coalition-Philippines, said the repression in Myanmar continues and the military has been arresting pro-democracy …

No Happy Anniversary for Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… political struggle, as he was considered to be close to detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and is known to command respect among Burmese people. …

Bitterness lingers on in Burma a year after `Saffron Revolution’
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

The trouble with India
European Voice, Belgium –
It would irritate China, undermine India’s status at the UN and complicate regional diplomacy with Iran, Burma and central Asian autocracies. …

EDITORIAL: Let’s weigh dangers before we jump into biofuel production
ThisDay, United Republic of Tanzania –
Several years ago, faced with growing food shortages, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) ordered farmers throughout the country to start growing …

Fearless, and not forgotten
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
And exactly a year ago today those protests in Burma were met by brutal force from the ruling military junta. Hundreds were injured in the crackdown as the …

Myanmar junta flexes muscles a year after crackdown
Reuters UK, UK –
Security was especially tight near the house of detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and in front of City Hall, where a small …

Thida: Imprisonment a temporary death
The Brown Daily Herald, RI –

Thida, this year’s International Writers Project fellow, was imprisoned by the Burmese government in 1993 for actively supporting Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Monks travelling to Rangoon subjected to rigorous checks
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Monks from rural areas in Burma are undergoing stringent checking by the military junta authorities. The checks begin from the onset of their journey till …

On the first anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, despite U Win …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Despite attempts by the military regime to hinder the operations of the traditional media like television and radio, hundreds of Burmese civilians used the …

Tight security in Myanmar
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘Human rights were violated here,’ he said. The protests began sporadically in late August 2007 over a hike in fuel prices, and slowly escalated. …

Unrest in Malaysia, Thailand – The Washington Times
International Analyst Network, NY –
In Thailand, People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protestors have occupied government buildings since August 26, with a state of emergency declared in …

35 NLD members march to detained party leader’s residence
Mizzima.com, India –
At least 35 members of Burma’s Opposition party the National League for Democracy have begun marching towards detained party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’, …

No progress in Burma, says group
BBC News, UK –
Repression in Burma has increased since the ruling military government crushed pro-democracy protests a year ago, says the US-based Human Rights Watch group …

Police on streets for anniversary of brutal crackdown
First Post, UK –
The date September 26 has entered Burma’s calendar of events commemorating the current regime’s 20-year iron rule – beginning with the September 1988 mass …

EU-India: Time to move from style to substance
New Europe, Belgium –
… its global responsibilities and should stand up more forcefully against violations of democracy and human rights in countries like Burma and Zimbabwe . …

Tight security prevents repeat of Myanmar protests: opposition
AFP –
The NLD, led by detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power. Myanmar has been run by the military …

Suu Kyi’s party asked to retract statement
Peninsula On-line, Qatar –
yangon • Myanmar’s police chief held his first meeting with leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party yesterday, asking them to retract their call …

Undercover: Peter Cave interviews a student leader (ABC)
ABC Online, Australia –
In addition, I needed an interview with an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It was a tall order but within an hour it had all …

Rights group says Myanmar repression continues year after crackdown
AFP –
Rather than let Burma’s rulers continue to engage in fruitless dialogue, the international community should demand real action,” she said in a statement. …

Burma’s unfinished revolution
Boston Globe, United States –
… have called for “true democracy” in Burma, appealing for the release of their sister laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and expressing solidarity with all people …

Burma’s Bluff
Wall Street Journal –
Burma’s state media reported 9002 prisoners were released this week as part of the junta’s plan for a “peaceful modern discipline-flourishing democratic …

In Myanmar, cyclone continues to take a toll
Los Angeles Times, CA –
… said Shin Imai, who runs the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s operations in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. …

Myanmar: Junta Threatens Action Against Opposition
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: Myanmar’s military government has threatened the party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with legal action unless it …

Assam] Support Burma’s Monks From Your Home
AssamNet, India –
The petition asks Ban Ki-moon to make freeing Burma’s 2130 political prisoners a top priority. Yesterday the regime released 9000 prisoners; however, …

A year has passed since popular protests against Burma’s ruling junta filled the streets of Rangoon. A military crackdown finally brought the demonstrations …

Rampaging rats bring starvation to Burma
BBC News, UK –

Local human rights groups say of an estimated 500000 population, 100000 people are at crisis point. They blame a natural phenomenon, which occurs every 50 …

Generals still rule Myanmar with firm grip
International Herald Tribune, France –
The generals’ domination in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been tested repeatedly over the past two decades — by the monks last September, by Daw Aung San Suu …

Tradition and technology
Times Online, UK –
While democracy activists and Buddhist monks marched in their hundreds of thousands against Burma’s military regime, it was the country’s internet …

In tiny acts of defiance, a revolution still fickers
Times Online, UK –

… general election in 1990, won by the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the intervening years under house arrest.

Junta’s election road map: political amnesty
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… weekly Myanmar Times reported. Amnesty International estimates there are still more than 2100 political prisoners languishing in Burma’s jails. …

Burma: One Year After Violent Crackdown, Repression Continues
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, made a report after his November 2007 visit, but acknowledged it …

Myanmar’s Release Of Long-Serving Detainee ‘Positive’ Step, Says …
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Myanmar’s release of U Win Tin, a writer and former …

Starving in Burma
BBC News, UK –

One of Burma’s smallest ethnic minorities, the Mara, say hundreds of their people have starved to death. Local human rights groups believe food shortages …

Myanmar’s Release Of Long-Serving Detainee ‘Positive’ Step, Says …
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
… vice-chair of Myanmar’s Writers’ Association and a founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD), whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house …

S Korean court says Myanmar refugees can stay
Daily Times, Pakistan –
SEOUL: South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that eight men from Myanmar should be granted refugee status since they were likely to face political …

Six hurt as blast rocks Myanmar
The National, United Arab Emirates –
“What happened then has changed Myanmar for ever – the screams of the monks being beaten is indelibly marked in the hearts of all true Burmese,” he said, …

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In Picture: Junta’s crackdown during the Saffron Revolution in 2007

World focus on Burma (10 September 2008)

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Student Warriors lambast junta over false accusations
Mizzima.com, India –
The group also lambasted the junta for arresting members of the National League for Democracy and Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network (HRDP) for …

Suu Kyi’s supporters banned from visiting her sick housekeeper
First Post, UK –
Burmese authorities have sealed off a Rangoon hospital to prevent outsiders from visiting a sick woman companion of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San …

Show of solidarity for Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese nationals form the largest refugee group in Japan, which in a rare break from Western nations maintains friendly relations with the military regime. …

‘Bangladesh on front line of climate change’
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –

… of people face drought in Ethiopia; 11 million people affected by flooding in India; and up to 128000 people killed by the cyclone that struck Burma. …

Pupils’ joy as Burmese friend is found safe
Bolton News, UK –
… at a Bolton primary school are celebrating after a young Burmese girl they sponsor was found alive and well in the aftermath of a deadly cyclone. …

In love with cars
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Officially, Three Pagodas Pass border crossing is closed and the Burmese junta has not permitted border trade with Thailand since 2006. …

Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007 documents Burmese ruling junta’s …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Human Rights Year Book of Burma Twenty years since the brutal suppression of the 1988 uprising, the Burmese military junta continues to exert tight control …

Thai Court Rules Against Samak, Orders his Resignation
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He stressed that he would not mention the position of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in any talks he had with the Burmese junta, the Bangkok Post said. …

Samlee nominated
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The regional committee said its decision was guided by Dr Samlee’s speed in activating emergency funds to help victims hit by Cyclone Nargis in Burma, …

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Myanmar explosion injures 3
Straits Times, Singapore – AP.
The military has ruled Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticised for suppressing basic freedoms. —
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Three injured in a bus explosion in Myanmar: report
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Three passengers were injured when an explosion ripped through the back of a bus at a busy intersection in Myanmar’s main city Yangon, …

US concerned, as hunger strike rumors swirl
Mizzima.com, India –
On Sunday, Police Chief Brigadier General Khin Yi told a press conference in Burma’s capital of Naypyitaw that neither Suu Kyi’s lawyer nor personal …

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FACTBOX-A look at North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Intelligence experts say Kim ordered the 1983 bombing in the capital of Burma, now Myanmar, that killed 17 senior South Korean officials and the bombing of …

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Burma: Cyclone, starvation – now plague of rats devastates Burmese …
guardian.co.uk, UK – Pete Pattisson in Chin state, Burma
A report last month by the Chin Human Rights Organisation estimates that up to 200 villages are affected by severe food shortages and at least 100000 people … (Video included)

Myanmar 1990 election winners want junta’s UN seat
The Associated Press –
The junta has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, ever since. Daw San San, vice president of the Members of Parliament Union (Burma), said in the letter …

US concerned about welfare of Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington (dpa) – The United States expressed concern Tuesday about the health of Burma’s leading democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who reportedly began …

Suu Kyi supporters on hunger strike in Japan
Daily Times, Pakistan –
TOKYO: Some 50 Myanmar nationals in Japan are to stage hunger strikes in solidarity with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the protesters said …

… a month before she was put under house arrest, but that the Myanmar, also known as Burma, “has severely limited outside contact with her” since then. …

Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. The report finds the distinction between civilians and combatants is …

Fears Aung San Suu Kyi will starve to death
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
By Daniel Pedersen in Mae Sot, Thailand DISSIDENTS from Burma fear that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will starve herself to death. …

Visit Myanmar—That’s an Order
World Hum, CA –
It was November 18, 1996, and at 5:30 that morning, Myanmar’s military junta had rounded up the few foreign journalists in town and bussed us to a stadium …

Missionary trip to China leaves empty feeling
Rapid City Journal, SD –
“That medicine would have cost us $20000 to $30000 in the US” With about 60000 to 80000 orphans left behind in Burma, Klein said sex slavery is a …

Burma/Myanmar: 44 children die of starvation; 2,000 flee to India

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Children Die in Chin State Famine

By SAW YAN NAING

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More than 30 children have died in a famine in Chin state, western Burma, according to the Chin National Council, an exile rights group.

The famine was caused by a plague of rats, which ate rice stocks in many of the state’s villages.

Another Chin group, the Chin Human Rights Organization, said the famine had hit about 20 percent of the state’s population, or at least 100,000 people.

“They have no food,” said Lian H Sakhong, a leader of the Chin Humanitarian and Relief Committee. “Unless we provide sufficient relief soon, the situation will become worse.”

He pleaded with donors to contact the Chin Humanitarian and Relief Committee so that relief can be rushed to the stricken areas.

The famine occurs about every 50 years when the flowering of a native species of bamboo gives rise to an explosion in the rat population. The International Rice Research Institute has warned of “widespread food shortages” because of the crisis.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article1.php?art_id=13943

44 children die of starvation; 2,000 flee to India

August 21, 2008 – Famine plaguing Chin state in western Burma killed 44 children after they were afflicted by malnutrition and diarrhea, according to Chin National Council’s secretary Pu Ralhnin. Faced with starvation around 2,000 people have fled to India.

“All the victims are children. They died from malnutrition and diarrhea, Pu Ralhnin said.

The children who died from malnutrition and diarrhea – as a result of food shortage in Chin state – are from Surngen, Tisen (A, B), Sentun, Ngalang, Lawngzuite, Lawngtlang villages in Thangtlang Township.

“Since they had nothing to eat, they looked for Yams in the jungle and had it as their daily meal. It led to malnutrition and diarrhea,” he added.

Meanwhile faced with starvation, around 2,000 villagers from Paletwa Township, one of the worst affected areas in Chin state have fled to Mizoram state in northeast India.

“I heard that around 2000 Khumi people from Paletwa region had arrived in some areas in Mizoram close to the Indo-Burma border because they are facing food shortage and there is nobody to help them,” Terah, coordinator of Chin Famine Emergency and Relief Committee based in Mizoram said.

The villagers belong to the Khumi tribe from famine hit areas in Paletwa township. They entered illegally to take refuge in Saiha district and Lawngtlai district in Mizoram.

Terah also said that most of the villagers from Paletwa Township are in search of whatever jobs are available in Mizoram for survival.

Bamboo flowering began on the Indo-Burma border in late 2006 leading to multiplication of rats in the region. The rats gradually invaded the farmlands and destroyed crops such as paddy and maize – the main staple food of Chin state.

As a result along the Indo-Burma border areas, over 100,000 people, heavily dependant on cultivation are facing food shortage.

Initially, the most affected areas were Paletwa, Matupi, Thangtlang township but later the phenomenon spread to northern Chin state.

Since early July, rodents started devouring crops in several farms of some areas in Tamu and Kalay Township in Sagaing division. The farmers were helpless, unable to contain the situation.

“Since early July, rats have been destroying several crops such as paddy and maize planted in farms in our villagers,” a villager from Khanpat said.

Despite the local authorities distributing rat poison to farmers in Kalay to prevent further spread of rats in the region, the farmers said that using the poison is no longer effective.

The Burmese regime said that it had provided rat poison and around 1000 bags of rice to the affected areas in Chin state.

The locals from the affected areas in Chin state denied that they had received any aid from local authorities. – KHONUMTHUNG.

http://khonumthung.com/kng-news/2008-news-archive/august-2008/44-children-die-of-starvation-2-000-flee-to-india

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 22, 2008 at 2:31 am