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World focus on Burma (15 January 2009)

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WJA and GIA to host lecture for gemstones
Diamond World Magazine, India –
Also, the speaker will take the audience through some of his experiences at various gemstone hubs of the world, like Myanmar (Burma), East Africa, India, …

By Subir Bhaumik Thai soldiers are detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma and forcing them back out to sea in boats without engines, …

East Timor’s dream: Zone of peace
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… include the dictatorial rule in Burma, the former trouble in Aceh in Indonesia, the Moro conflict in Mindanao, and the insurgency in Southern Thailand. …

Burma’s Human Rights conditions deepens in 2008: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Another point that the HRW noted was the extension of the detention period of Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. …

Kerry praises Rice for UN ambassador
Boston Globe, United States –
Sometimes, working through the United Nations has proved frustrating when it comes to addressing humanitarian crises in places like Burma, Darfur, …

The sentencing of the young student is only the latest in Myanmar, headed by a military dictatorship that cuts off any form of dissent by imprisoning its …

Myanmar: Cyclone recovery “will take up to four years”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… citing the importance of the TCG – comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the government of Myanmar and UN – in facilitating access and …

Freedom House Report Shows Setbacks in Global Freedom
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma was also rated amongst the “worst of the worst” for political and civil liberties, largely due to severe crackdowns on political activists in the …

Thailand Urged to Stop Pushing Refugees Out to Sea
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


By LAWI WENG A refugee rights organization has called on the Thai government to stop stranding Rohingya boat people from western Burma’s Arakan State at sea …

Murders in Nepal, Sri Lanka Underscore Dangers for Journalists in 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 …

Six opposition party members freed
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta on Wednesday released six members of the opposition party, who had been arrested and detained for …

Thailand persecutes Muslim minority
Spero News –
The issue of Rohingya refugees from Burma, arrested in Thailand and abandoned on the high seas after seeking refuge, will be an issue discussed at the ASEAN …

Non-military Pilots to be Trained in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Military-ruled Burma is set to open a pilot ground training school at Hmawbi Air Force Base in Rangoon Division that—for the first time—will …

Ramos-Horta: Help, yes, but not mediate
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Ramos-Horta said the continued conflict in various parts of the world — in Gaza, Somalia, Sudan, and Burma/Myanmar — is “an indictment of all of us. …

Burma Situation Affects Region: Thai PM
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday that because the situation in Burma could affect other countries in the region, …

Change required in Burma: Thai PM
Mizzima.com, India –
He told reporters that whatever happened in Burma had an impact on the region as a whole, and that was the reason why Thailand would persuade the military …

Officials sacked after Than Shwe visit
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Provincial and township administration officials in Zalun township have been dismissed after junta leader senior general Than Shwe was …

Human Rights in Burma Deteriorating: Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China, Russia, India and Thailand continue to provide diplomatic support for the Burmese junta and are major trade and investment partners, the report said. …

Burmese Schoolteacher and Family Repatriated
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ko Gyi has previously been interviewed by BBC Burmese Service and The Irrawaddy. Thai authorities also raided his home and school in Ranong and seized some …

Six NLD members released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I told them it was my own decision to get involved in politics as I used to be a soldier and I love Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is the daughter of the …

Daw Suu’s lawyer frustrated by appeal delays
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Kyi Win, lawyer for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has expressed his frustration with the authorities’ slow response to her …

Hope for India’s ‘broken’ Buddhists
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
“Buddhist communities here are still very poor,” explains Fulzele, “We can’t build huge monasteries like in Burma [Myanmar], Sri Lanka or Thailand, …

Activist sent to 104 years in jail by Myanmar junta
Merinews, India –
The activist, also known as Phyo Gyi, is a member of the All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABFSU) in Upper Myanmar and was picked up by the police on …

THAILAND: Addressing sexual violence in Mae La refugee camp
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE LA, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – Mae La camp, the largest of nine for Burmese refugees on the Thai border, resembles a small thatched city, now more than a …

Burma: India Uncut congratulates Ashin Mettacara
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
India Uncut was also Nominated for best Asian blog and has been selected the finalist 2008 weblog awards. The blog was leading over Ashin Mettacara’s blog …

LARRY LITTLE: Bush Years: the Good, Bad and Ugly
Kitsap Sun,  United States –
3) Laura Bush as been truly a First “Lady,” and even Edith Wilson-like in her quietly handling point on crises such as Burma. 4) He has been a statesman in …

Burma sentences student to 104 years jail
Australia Network News, Australia –
Bo Min Yu Ko was sentenced at a Mandalay court for his political activities which included going to the Thai border to contact an exile group. …

Activist jailed 104 years
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘He was sentenced for his political activities as he went to the border (with Thailand) to contact an exile group,’ a Myanmar official told AFP on condition …

British minister calls for a new approach to EU-ASEAN trade pact
Monsters and Critics.com –
… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by 24.2 per cent and the region’s exports to the EU by 18.5 per cent. …

UniNet aims to be R&D hub in Indochina
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
We will then begin negotiation and cooperation with Burma and Cambodia to connect their education networks with UniNet,” Wichan said. “The Thai government …

Jose Ramos-Horta on my mind
Minda News, Philippines –
The same principle has been lately challenged in ASEAN with another monstrosity that is Burma. It was but natural then, nay, imperative to bring back “home” …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
Washington Times, DC –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation …

Asean a diplomatic ‘superpower’
AsiaOne, Singapore –
But the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is a diplomatic superpower compared to the EU, argued an eminent political analyst, adding that Asean …

Questions Asians ask about America
Redwood Times, CA –
Editor’s note: In the next Letter from Asia, Stephens will take us deep into the heart of Burma, into an area up the Chindwan River where no foreigner has……

Bahrain among freest in region
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
“At a time when democracy’s antagonists are increasingly assertive and its supporters are in disarray, the new administration must focus on the need to …

Burmese Labor Activist Describes Kidnapping
Radio Free Asia, DC –
A Burmese labor activist in Malaysia describes how he was kidnapped and intimidated for speaking out against human trafficking. Burmese labor activist Ye …

Obama urged to act on human rights
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

… decision-making processes let countries such as Sudan and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, carry out rights abuses behind claims of sovereignty. …

Legacy of 50 years, 1900-1950 AD
Modern Ghana, Ghana –
African youth, as soldiers, are marched to Burma, and die aplenty for the British Crown. America stays strongly opposed to joining the war that she sees as …

Key Questions for Susan E. Rice, Nominee for US Ambassador to the United Nations
Heritage.org, DC –
[14] In Burma, UNDP was accused by local NGOs of allowing the regime to use its funds to further its political agenda and undermine the rights of its …

Group criticizes China’s human rights record
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
In Myanmar, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticized …

Report: US needs to reclaim human rights agenda from ‘spoilers’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… Egypt for encouraging less scrutiny of the Darfur conflict, and India and China for staying silent on repression in Myanmar (Burma). …

My shock at rough treatment of refugees on Thai holiday beach
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
… Thai navy guards beat scores of Rohingya refugees, who hail from the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, on a busy tourist beach in the Similan Islands. …

Repugnant refugee policy must be disowned
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
They bring to life a witness’ account of the rough reception that awaits Muslims from Myanmar who take to the sea in small boats in the hope of escaping …

Refugees in ordeal on Thai island
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group who hail from an area along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Mr Jones, his girlfriend and parents were among a boatload …

Reason’s Howley Banned in Burma
Reason Online, CA –
… and critical writings on the nation’s tyrannous regime in our pages. (Howley lived in and worked as a journalist in Burma before joining Reason. …

China criticised over human rights
The Press Association –
In Burma, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticised the …

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Petition to UN to help political prisoners in Burma

Source: Burma Digest

To:  United Nations

In November 2008 about seventy pro-democracy activists were given very long and harsh prison sentences of upto 65 years. Those convicted include members of the National League for Democracy, pro-democracy student activists, labour rights activists, social activists, and even some musicians, poets, bloggers, comedians and Buddhist monks. Those sentenced have committed no crime, apart from exercising their right to express themselves and have at all times underlined their willingness to work with others for a better Burma.They did not receive a fair trial, and many now face spending the rest of their lives in jail. Judges did not allow the defendants to question prosecution witnesses, many defendants did not have legal representation and those that did were not permitted to meet with their lawyers in private. According to United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Tom?s Ojea Quintana, regarding these convictions, there is no independent and impartial judiciary system in Burma.

And even the defendants? lawyers were sentenced to between four and six months imprisonment for submitting a complaint about the unfair trial conditions.

Moreover, the recent constitutional referendum had produced very few rules to promote and protect free and equitable elections, and to provide for freedom of expression and assembly. No attempt had been made to prosecute those guilty of repressing the acts of peaceful protest from a year ago, and to halt the use of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. There had been other human rights violations, including the recruitment of child solders, the use of forced labour and instances of forced displacements.

These situations again demonstrate that the Junta ruling Burma tolerates no dissent and have no respect for human rights, and it underlines the need for a genuine and inclusive political process starting with the lifting of restrictions placed on political parties and the early release of those in detention.

Here, we, the National League for Democracy (exile-UK branch), urge the international community to deal with that worrying situation and to call on Burmese military regime to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by the population.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2008 at 3:57 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

Freedom short lived for released political prisoner (U Win Htein)

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Mizzima news

Wednesday, 24 September 2008 19:57

Captain Win Htein, a member of Burma’s opposition party – National League for Democracy – who was among those prisoners freed on Tuesday from Katha Prison in Northern Burma, was reportedly re-arrested on Wednesday morning, according to a NLD spokesperson.

While the reason for his re-arrest is unclear, family members, who were overjoyed to hear of his release, had reportedly left Rangoon and are traveling to northern Burma under the assumption that they can take him home.

Nyan Win, the NLD spokesperson, said the retired captain was staying at a guest house in Katha after his release when local police came on Wednesday morning and re-arrested him.

“The latest information that we get is that captain Win Htein is back in Katha Prison. But we don’t know the reason for his re-arrest,” Nyan Win told Mizzima by telephone.

Win Htein was one of seven political prisoners included among the 9,002 prisoners that the junta released on Tuesday. Other political prisoners released included veteran journalist Win Tin, Dr. May Win Myint, Aung Soe Myint, Khin Maung Swe and Dr. Than Nyein.

Win Htein served as personal assistant to the NLD’s Vice-Chairman General Thura Tin Oo as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in 1988 during the peoples’ protests against the government.

He was arrested briefly in 1989 and was severely tortured by the then military intelligence. He was arrested for a second time in 1996 under charges of providing fabricated news and information.

Win Htein, a 1963 graduate of the Military Academy, served for five years in the Ministry of Defense. But he was forced to resign after he was found to be involved in an attempted coup within the military.

While serving in the military, Win Htein was the personal assistant to General Thura Tin Oo, who himself was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on charges that he failed to provide information on an attempted coup by Captain Ohn Kyaw Myint. With the failed coup attempt, Ohn Kyaw Myint was sentenced to capital punishment.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1086-freedom-short-lived-for-released-political-prisoner.html

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Source – Amnesty International-Burma group

Win Htein

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AF 45/97 Win Htein
He was sentenced during a crackdown on the NLD for “instructing” Evak (see record for Maung San Hlaing) to speak to journalists about torture in prison in the country, and for allegedly arranging for the collection of videotapes of failing rice crops. Authorities characterized these acts as “spreading false information to destabilize the existing peace and tranquility in the country.” He was also detained under an administrative detention law between 1989 and 1995, and was reportedly ill-treated in detention.

Netherlands group 467 / Enter: Vera Tol
United Kingdom group Harrogate, Shirley Cooper
Australia Gold Coast local group, Kirsty Hetheringtonwebsite
Belgium group 126 Raymond Denis
Belgium group 78 Yvette Vanescote
Belgium group 78 Janine Bougard

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm

(Collective news) U Win Tin

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UN chief lauds release of Myanmar prisoners
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
Win Tin, 78, a journalist-turned-activist who helped found Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy party in 1988, was freed Tuesday …

Myanmar journalist released from jail after 19 years
Afrique en ligne, France –
Paris, France – The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Tuesday expressed his “immense joy” over the release by the authorities of Myanmar of …

Myanmar’s release of long-serving detainee ‘positive’ step, says …
UN News Centre –
24 September 2008 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Myanmar’s release of U Win Tin, …

Poet Released From Prison
mediabistro.com, NY –
The event raised $13500 in donations, all of which will be donated to cyclone relief and freedom of expression advocates in Burma/Myanmar. …

Win Tin Says He Refused Offers of Early Release
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By YENI “I once read your publication while I was in prison,” said newly-released Win Tin, Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner, in a telephone …

Burma Watchers Ponder Reasons for Win Tin’s Release
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burmese pro-democracy activists have welcomed the release of Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner, Win Tin, but agree that it’s too early …

Top Asian News at 11:30 am GMT
TMCnet –
Win Tin, 78, a journalist-turned-activist who helped found Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party in 1988, was one of at least seven political prisoners …

Win Tin set free, but what next?
France24, France –

The longest-serving political prisoner of Burma, Win Tin, was released from jail on Tuesday after 19 years. One of our Burmese Observers offers an …

Myanmar releases long-serving political prisoner
3 News NZ, New Zealand –
Win Tin, 78, a journalist-turned-activist who helped found Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party in 1988, was one of at least seven political prisoners …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
The release of Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner, 79 year-old journalist Win Tin, has been welcomed around the world. …

U Win Tin says he was ‘evicted, not released’
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)–Long-term political prisoner U Win Tin has said he argued with prison authorities against his release, in an interview conducted shortly …

Burma Frees Legendary Democracy Leader
TIME –
24, 2008 Win Tin, the longest-serving political prisoner in the military-ruled nation, talks with friends and journalists after his release from Insein …

Burmese political prisoner freed after nearly 20 Years
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
According to Fox News, Win Tin, an activist who helped found Aung San Suu Kyi’’s opposition party in 1988, was one of at least seven political prisoners …

Win Tin’s release hailed
Straits Times, Singapore –
… and that Mr Win Tin will be able to resume his peaceful struggle for press freedom and democracy in Burma,’ they added, using Myanmar’s former name. …

SEAPA Statement: U Win Tin’s freedom reminds that Burmese …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is elated by news of Burmese journalist U Win Tin’s release from Burma’s notorious Insein prison. …

Political Prisoner Freed
Washington Post, United States –
Win Tin, a journalist-turned-activist and an aide to pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was held for 19 years. He was one of at least seven …

Burma frees dissident held for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
Win Tin, now 78, a poet and editor who had been a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy advocate, was released after 19 years in prison. …

Burma frees dissident held for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
By Amy Kazmin in Bangkok Burma’s ruling military junta freed its longestserving political prisoner and 9002 convicts yesterday in an amnesty that state …

Burma releases 9000 prisoners, but not Suu Kyi
Radio Australia, Australia –

The Burmese military, headed by Senior General Than Shwe, have allegedly been hacking into dissident Burmese news websites. [Reuters] Burma’s ruling junta …

Myanmar junta to release more than 9000 prisoners for good behavior
JURIST –
[JURIST] Myanmar state media outlets announced Tuesday that the state’s ruling junta released 9002 prisoners for good behavior, including U Win Tin [BBC …

US welcomes Myanmar’s amnesty of prisoners
Xinhua, China –
“We continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path towards …

The auspicious date of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony will be marked for very different reasons by the people of Burma. Full Story A 78-year-old …

Burma activist freed from jail after 19 years vows to fight on
guardian.co.uk, UK –
One of Burma’s most prominent political detainees, U Win Tin, was freed from jail yesterday after 19 years’ imprisonment, and vowed to continue the fight …

Dissident freed after 19 years
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
BURMA’S longest-serving political prisoner, journalist Win Tin, 79, was freed yesterday after 19 years in jail, and immediately vowed to continue his …

US welcomes Myanmar’s amnesty of prisoners
Xinhua, China –
“We continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path towards …

Prisoner release has political motive
The National, United Arab Emirates –
AP BANGKOK // Myanmar’s military leaders released the country’s longest-serving political prisoner yesterday in what activists decried as an attempt to head …

UNESCO Exec Lauds Release of Ex-Newspaper Editor from Myanmar Jail
Editor & Publisher –
By E&P Staff NEW YORK UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura today expressed “immense joy” over the release by Myanmar authorities of former newspaper …

Myanmar journalist freed from prison
United Press International –
He had been the editor of the daily newspaper Hanthawaddy and was vice president of the Burma Writers Association. BAGHDAD, Sept. …

REGION: Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Many human rights groups had feared his health was in severe decline, and a year ago, Win Tin himself was musing about dying behind bars. …

Prominent Burmese Democracy Veteran Released From Prison
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – Burma’s military regime on Tuesday released prominent democracy veteran Win Tin after holding him in detention for over 19 years. …

Burma frees political prisoner after 19 years
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

“I have to continue with my unfinished task of trying to achieve democracy in Myanmar,” he said, using an alternative name for the country. …

US, UN welcome Burma prisoner release
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
Myanmar overnight released its longest-serving political prisoner as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 inmates, but he immediately vowed to continue to …

U Win Tin, Burma’s longest held journalist, released
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
New York, September 23, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of U Win Tin, the longest serving political prisoner in Burma, …

Myanmar journalist released from prison
United Press International –
He had been the editor of the daily newspaper Hanthawaddy and was vice president of the Burma Writers Association.

US welcomes release of political prisoner in Myanmar
AFP –
“We continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path towards …

23 September 2008 – The independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has welcomed the reported release of seven political …

US welcomes release of Myanmar political prisoner
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP WASHINGTON: The United States is welcoming Myanmar’s release of its longest-serving political prisoner and about 9000 other prisoners. …

Prominent political prisoner freed in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Win Tin, a journalist-turned-activist and aide to pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was held for 19 years. He was one of at least seven …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 24, 2008 at 3:29 am

U Win Tin and few of political prisoners released today

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Burma frees longest-serving political prisoner
Irish Times, Ireland –
Win Tin was one of Burma’s most high-profile political prisoners after opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in prison …

Burmese junta releases U Win Tin from jail in ‘amnesty’ of 9002 …
Times Online, UK –

“I have to continue with my unfinished task of trying to achieve democracy in Myanmar,” he said. “I will be happy only when all political prisoners, …

Human rights groups estimate that about 2000 political prisoners are locked away in Myanmar, but a spokesman for the opposition National League for …

Scottish Campaign: U Win Tin – Burma’s longest serving political …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
… demands and requests regarding human rights violations in Burmain which he described torture and lack of medical treatment in prison. …

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Burma Releases Longest-Serving Political …
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
It was not clear how many of Burma’s estimated two thousand political prisoners, including many Christians, were included in the amnesty. Human rights and …

Leading Burmese activist released after 19 years in prison
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The ailing journalist, one of Burma’s longest-serving political detainees, was one of the founders of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League …

Burma releases 9000 prisoners
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

Starting today, I am going to continue supporting Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy. I will soon be 80, but I am not going to stop. …

WAN Welcomes Release of Burmese Journalist
World Association of Newspapers, France –
“We now call on the authorities to free all other journalists and human rights activists who are being unjustly held for their views. …

Myanmar releases longest-serving political prisoner (Roundup)
Monsters and Critics.com –
Others released included several members National League for Democracy, which is headed by pro-democracy Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi – who has …

Joy at U Win Tin’s release after 19 years in prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

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He had been the editor of the daily Hanthawaddy and vice-president of the Burma Writers Association as well as Aung San Suu Kyi’s political mentor. …

Longest-held political prisoner freed in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Asked how it felt to be out of prison, Win Tin replied, “I will be happy only when all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, are released. …

Myanmar Frees Longest-Serving Political Prisoner
Wall Street Journal –
The 78-year-old Win Tin, a poet and editor who was a close aide of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested during a 1989 crackdown on …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
Zee News, India –
Win Tin, a member of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, vowed to continue his struggle against the junta. …

Myanmar Frees Political Prisoner
New York Times, United States –
Mr. Win Tin, a poet, journalist and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted of having communist affiliations in 1989. He was kept in solitary confinement for …

Political prisoner out after 19 years
The Australian, Australia –
By Hla Hla Htay in Rangoon | September 23, 2008 BURMA’S junta has released its longest-serving political prisoner as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
ecodiario, Spain –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), which tracks inmates of Myanmar’s gulag, said five other prisoners of conscience …

An Evil Game: Token Release of Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… key adviser to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is free. He was the longest serving political prisoner in Burma and perhaps all of Southeast Asia. …

Burmese democracy veteran freed
BBC News, UK –
The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, said the military government was releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and …

Regime Frees Longest-serving Political Prisoner, Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He didn’t need to sign any conditional agreement with the Burmese authorities,” Maung Maung Khin said. The state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, …

Myanmar junta frees 9002 prisoners
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house in the former Burma’s main city, Yangon. …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in 1990 elections, but the military refused to acknowledge the victory. …

Burmese journalist U Win Tin released after 19 years in prison
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
… he was the longest-serving political prisoner in military-ruled Burma. He had been behind bars for more years than even NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Myanmar democracy activist freed
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner has been released after the government announced an amnesty that saw more than 9000 inmates freed in advance of …

Burma sets free 9002 prisoners
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
BURMA’S junta is releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and goodwill”, official media said today. “We haven’t heard of any political …

U Win Tin released from Insein prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour. The New Light of Myanmar reported that the prisoners …

Junta to release thousand prisoners
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar’s/ Burma’s military government announced in state media on Tuesday that it would release more than 9 000 prisoners so that they can take …

MP-elect released in government amnesty
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour, though it is not yet clear how many political prisoners …

Burma ‘to free 9000 prisoners’
BBC News, UK –
The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, reported that the military government was releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving …

Burmese junta frees 9002 prisoners
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The state-controlled Myanmar Ahlin newspaper said that freedom was granted to prisoners around the country who exhibited good “moral behaviour”. …

“Loving” Myanmar junta frees 9002 prisoners
Reuters UK, UK –
Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be called, has more than 2000 people behind bars on account of their political or religious beliefs, human rights groups say …

Burma frees longest-serving political prisoner
ABC Online, Australia –
“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house. He was still wearing his light-blue …

Junta frees U Win Tin
Mizzima.com, India –
Veteran journalist U Win Tin and two other political prisoners were among those released by the ruling junta on Tuesday, Burma’s opposition party – National …

Junta to release thousand prisoners
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar’s/ Burma’s military government announced in state media on Tuesday that it would release more than 9 000 prisoners so that they can take …

Burmese junta releases U Win Tin from jail in ‘amnesty’ of 9002 …
Times Online, UK –
U Win Tin, a 78-year-old former journalist, was released after 19 years in Insein Prison, Rangoon. He has suffered from multiple ailments including asthma, …
Myanmar’s Win Tin vows to continue democracy fight Reuters
Scottish Campaign: U Win Tin – Burma’s longest serving political … Amnesty International UK
Journalist Win Tin freed by Burmese junta after 19 years in jail First Post
Reporters without borders (press release)Mizzima.com
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Burmese junta frees 9,002 prisoners

Burma’s military junta frees over 9,000 prisoners.

Burma’s junta has freed 9,002 prisoners for good behaviour so they can help build a new nation ahead of elections planned for 2010, state media has reported.

It was not clear if any of the country’s 1,200 political prisoners were among those released.

The state-controlled Myanmar Ahlin newspaper said that freedom was granted to prisoners around the country who exhibited good “moral behaviour”.

“The government is trying to transform these convicted prisoners into citizens who can contribute to the building of a new nation,” the newspaper said, adding they were released “so they could participate in the fair elections to be held in 2010”.

The elections are part of the junta’s long announced “roadmap to democracy”, which will give voters the first chance to cast ballots since 1990.

Critics say the roadmap is a sham designed to cement the military’s power.

In 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party won a landslide victory, which the junta refused to acknowledge. Instead, the generals stepped up arrests and repression of dissidents. Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 of the past 19 years in detention and is currently under house arrest.

The government often grants amnesties to mark important national days, but most of those released are petty criminals.

Tuesday’s announcement came ahead of the one-year anniversary of the junta’s deadly September 26-27, 2007, crackdown on anti-government protests that were led by Buddhist monks.

The UN estimated that at least 31 people, including a Japanese photojournalist, were killed when the army fired on peaceful protesters. Hundreds of activists were arrested in the crackdown and many fled the country or went underground.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=635874

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm