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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 …

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

RELEASED!! 23 september 2008

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
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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.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Junta frees veteran journalist & longest serving political prisoner, Win Tin

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Mizzima News

Tuesday, 23 September 2008 13:24

Burma’s longest serving political prisoner, veteran journalist U Win Tin has been released from detention on Tuesday.

The 78-year-old journalist U Win Tin, who had been detained for more than 19 years, was among the 9002 prisoners that Burma’s military government released on Tuesday.

Win Tin has reportedly arrive the resident of his long-time friend Maung Maung Khin, who frequently visited him while he was in detention.

Beside Win Tin, May Win Myint, an elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1990 from Mayankone Township and Taungoo MP Aung Soe Myint, were also included among the release, Nyan Win, spokesperson of the National League for Democracy said.

So far the following political prisoners are confirmed to have been released:

Veteran Journalist U Win Tin from Insein Prison

Captain Win Htein, in-charge of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s office members

Khin Maung Swe, elected MP from San Chaung Township

Daw May Win Myint, elected MP from Mayankone Township

Aung Soe Myint, elected MP from Taungoo

Aye Thein, member of the National League for Democracy, Thabeikkyin Township

Interview with NLD information committee member Thein Nyunt

“U Win Tin and Daw May Win Myint are clients of mine whose cases I have handled. I am extremely happy to hear that they are released. As a lawyer, I want to say two things. No matter how they are released, I would like to see that my other fellow countrymen are released too. And hearing that other political prisoners are also among those released, I hope it is the beginning of a national reconciliation.”

Meanwhile, sources said Aye Thein, an elected Member of Parliament from the Thabeikkyin Township NLD, has also been released from Kale Prison in Upper Burma.

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Interview with Maung Muang Khin, close friend of veteran journalist U Win Tin

“He [U Win Tin] has not yet been released. He is currently at the gate of the prison. People who saw him say that both U Win Tin and Daw May Win Myint, two long-term political prisoners, are together at the gate.

“I heard that at about 12:30 or 1 p.m. (local time) the authorities will give a speech and release them. When I analyze the information that I have received, it is almost certain that U Win Tin is to be released.

“As for us, since we heard that he has been released, we have to believe it.

“When I went to meet him on September 20 he already knew that some prisoners – such as the elderly and handicapped – would be released. However I argued with him, saying people arrested for political reasons should be released on political terms.

“So, if he is released on political terms, he is sure to come out.

“In 2005, the authorities did something similar. They took him to the gate of the prison, gave speeches and provided lunch, but later took him back to the prison.

“I am awaiting telephone calls. If he is released I will bring him to my house, as my house is just opposite the prison gate. A lot of people are also waiting in front of my house.”

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Interview with Maung Maung Khin, U Win Tin’s friend

Time: 2:10 p.m. Burmese standard time

“The latest information we have is that U Win Tin is at the gate and will leave the prison by this evening.

“The government is now releasing prisoners batch by batch, including bandits, thieves, and those arrested for prostitution and illegal business.

“It [number of those released] is more than 100 now. They are dropping off those released in prison vans and there are no security personnel present. There are so many family members waiting for prisoners, hundreds of them.

“But I think our family is the only group waiting for U Win Tin. Please call us back for more updated information in another hour.”

Mizzima will continue providing updated information as it develops.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2008 at 11:55 am

World focus on Burma (23 September 2008)

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Fact Sheet: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
There should be a stronger effort to help the people of Burma live free of the repression they have suffered for too long. All nations, especially members …

Bush Presses UN to Do More to Prevent Tyranny
FOXNews –
The president pointed to the UN’s failure to do more for people of Darfur and Myanmar, which is recognized in the world body by the junta-sponsored Burma. …

Bush’s remarks to UN General Assembly
United Press International –
There should be a stronger effort to help the people of Burma live free of the repression they have suffered for too long. …

Building peace and security through democracy (part 2)
Manila Times, Philippines –
We have called on the Burmese Government to live up fully to its own roadmap to democracy—to begin with, freeing and releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and …

MP-elect Dr Than Nyein released from prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… night after he had been stopped on the way to a meeting at the Mayangone NLD office with leaders such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo and U Kyi Maung. …

Human costs of food crisis
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy delta in Burma in May, causing a 1.2m tonne drop in production. Most countries imposed export bans and civil unrest …

The uber-generous Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie announced a $1 million donation to Human Rights Watch, to fund research and advocacy in Zimbabwe and Burma, …

Brad Pitt’s Burma donation
Monsters and Critics.com –
The couple’s non-profit organisation the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given the generous sum to the Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

BROWN: PM takes on Labour critics with conference speech
The Herald, UK –
Mr Brown made only a passing reference to Mr Miliband in his own speech, saying they would work together to do bring justice and democracy to Burma, …

Gordon Brown’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
And David Miliband, Douglas Alexander and I will do everything in our power to bring justice and democracy, to Burma, to Zimbabwe and to Darfur. …

An Interview with Eliana Cuevas
OpEdNews, PA –

Eliana supports the THE FREE BURMA CONCERT @ Lula Lounge, on Dec 2nd, in support of freedom and democracy in Burma. Recently Trinidadian singer/songwriter …

Burma Takes Measures for Wildlife Conservation – Chinese Agency
RedOrbit, TX –
23 (Xinhua) – Myanmar [Burma] has taken measures for wildlife conservation by restricting the catching of elephant in the country’s Bago Yoma mountain range …

Japan: Man Arrested for Extortion Attempt Over Journalist Killed …
RedOrbit, TX –
Nagai was killed while videotaping anti-government demonstrations in Myanmar. The Myanmar government has not returned his video camera and tapes, …

Interview: Engaging with the military regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 23, 2008 (DVB)–Twenty years after the military coup which ended the 8888 uprising, DVB spoke to three former Burmese army officers about the outlook for …

Burma Still at Bottom of List of World’s Dirtiest Countries
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In a press release dated November 1, 2007, TI singled out Burma for its severe violations of human rights, as well as its widespread corruption. …

Five Activists Win Human Rights Awards
SANGONeT, South Africa –
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has awarded five brave and selfless advocates of human rights from Burma, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan have …

Myanmar’s Win Tin vows to continue democracy fight
Washington Post, United States –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner, journalist Win Tin, vowed Tuesday to continue his struggle against 46 years of military …

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 …

Leaked Document Reveals Burma’s US Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Regarding the US naval ships’ inability to deliver aid to cyclone survivors in the Irrawaddy delta, Maung Oo is reported as saying that the Burmese junta …

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 …

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, …

Stamping out corruption can save lives, watchdog says
AFP –

Myanmar, which received international condemnation for its heavy-handed crackdown on protests in September 2007, was on 1.3 points, as was Iraq, …

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. …

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 …

China Candy, Milk, Desserts Tested Around the Globe
FLEXNEWS, France –
Chinese producers Yashili and Suncare said last week they would recall milk formula from five countries including Myanmar. There have been no reports of …

The Four Seasons Tented Camp Joins Thailand In Style’s Collection …
PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria –
… Myanmar and Laos—meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers: “If you were doing a foxtrot and stepped forward you’d be in Burma, …

Myanmar: Opposition Wants Review Of Constitution
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: The party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s ruling junta on Monday (22 Sept) to set up a committee to …

Bago activists launch banknote campaign
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I obtained one 100 kyat note with the prayer, ‘May Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be free as soon as possible’ from someone who must want her to be freed. …

Election should be welcomed: Writer Maung Suu San
Mizzima.com, India –
… be welcomed for the sake of transition to democracy in Burma. The rebel politician turned writer has not been known to see eye to eye with the junta. …

Dear Mahmoud
Pajamas Media, CA –
Have you polled the Burmese and the Chinese, or the North Koreans? I haven’t heard them singing your praises, frankly). But there’sa big difference between …

The secret arm
Frontline, India –

In those cases where matters went to the UN in the face of US inaction – Burma, Tibet, Cuba – Washington actively discouraged public debate or even vetoed …

How Just the Ten-of-Us 65 Years Ago Got Together to Raise Money …
RedOrbit, TX –
For the first few decades Tenovus concentrated on local community projects and played a leading role in the Burma, Sunshine and Danybryn Homes, …

Human Rights Campaigner Says China Key To A Better Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

… providing funds to the Junta. In particular he is opposed to China and Thailand building dams in Burma which will displace thousands of people while all …

US State Dept.: Religious Freedom Declines in Asia

Catholic Online, CA –

In September of 2007, tens of thousands of Burmese Buddhist monks protested the military dictatorship, which responded with killings, torture, …

Environmental & Human Rights Activists to Testify Before Senate

Earthrights.org, DC –

The hearing will also include testimony from Jeffrey Krilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Arvind Ganesan, …

Entries tagged with “climate change” from O’Reilly Radar

O’Reilly Radar, CA –

It’s hard to remember that it wasn’t always this way, anywhere in the world, (and still isn’t, as events in Zimbabwe and Burma remind us so painfully right …

One Million Weapons to Iraq; Many Go Missing

CorpWatch.org, CA –

In Burma (renamed Myanmar by a military junta), despite the dictatorship’s persistent pattern of well-documented human rights violations, China, Russia, …

Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy to attend Presidential event honoring …

Save Tibet, DC –

… include democracy activists from around the world, representing movements in countries as diverse as Tibet and Sierra Leone, and North Korea and Burma. …

World focus on Burma (2 September 2008)

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Simon Tisdall
While uncertainty surrounds Suu Kyi’s plight, there is nothing at all ambiguous about Burma’s political, social and human rights situation one year after …

‘The greatest single truth to declare itself in the wake of 1989 …
London Review of Books (subscription), UK –
What better prophylactic against it than to embrace a staunch Muslim democracy within the EU, functioning as both beacon of a liberal order to a region in …

Security tightened in Bago ahead of protest anniversary
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… up around the country as a precaution against commemorative protests one year after mass public demonstrations were brutally crushed by the military regime.

Rice farmers struggling with lack of fertiliser
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in the Irrawaddy delta who have been facing various difficulties since Cyclone Nargis are in danger of losing their young rice …

286 activists arrested so far in 2008
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–At least 39 human rights and pro-democracy activists were arrested during August this year and 21 were given prison sentences, …

Township police stations told not to release crime information
Mizzima.com, India –
Rangoon – Burmese junta authorities in former capital Rangoon have stopped township police stations from disseminating information on crimes since the end …

Burmese crisis remains static: ICG
Mizzima.com, India –
… of the 8-8-88 nationwide uprising and the much maligned visits of the United Nations Special Envoy to Burma and Human Rights Rapporteur to the country, …

Old problems to revisit new gas pipeline
Mizzima.com, India –
The pipeline will transport natural gas from the newly discovered gas project in M-9 block in Mattaban Gulf of Burma to Thailand. …

Natural gas favours regime, not national interest
Mizzima.com, India –
While Burma’s economy is largely pushed forward by the sale of its natural gas reserves, the military regime has failed to develop gas related industries …

Suu Kyi supporters lambast Gambari and Samak
Mizzima.com, India –
Samak after meeting with UN special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari on August 25, told reporters in Bangkok that European nations are using Aung San Suu Kyi …

Key world dates for the rest of 2008

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Burma – First anniversary of the Burmese junta’s crackdown against democracy demonstrations by students and monks in Rangoon. …

Commentary: Burma must stand on its own two feet

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

However, the junta’s mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar exploited the event in its coverage, claiming that the UN special envoy had voiced his support for …

Canada Free Press, Canada –

The United Nations ranked Burma among the 20 poorest countries of the world and for the economic distress of the country, many including the UN blamed the …

League of Demagoguery

The National Interest Online, DC –

The same would be true today if a US-led coalition invaded Burma, for example. Having set out his dubious premises, Kagan breaks off short, without a single …

Shan State: Villagers Forced Into Local Militia
UNPO, Netherlands –
The Burma Army has been forcing villagers in Shan State to join pro-junta local militia forces, according to reliable sources. …

Taung Twin Gyi NLD chairman dies aged 70
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Myat Saing, 70, chairman of the National League for Democracy in Magwe division’s Taung Twin Gyi township, passed away at his home in …

Obama vs. McCain
코리아타임즈, South Korea –
It stated, “We will stand up for oppressed people from Cuba to North Korea and from Burma to Zimbabwe and Sudan.” The Republican platform also mentioned …

Waking up from nightmares
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
We can’t. We don’t watch out, the winds of change will blow us in the direction of Burma. Maybe all the way to Zimbabwe. – Conrado de Quiros, Inquirer.

Literacy camp works on English basics
The Tennessean, TN –
Others fled their country, formerly referred to as Burma, as political refugees, escaping from the military dictatorship. The children, ages 5 to 9, …

Kudos to the Warrior Queens
Seattle Times, United States –
Take a look at the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner closeted for years in her home in Burma/Myanmar on orders from the evil junta. …

Center opens for immigrants
University of North Carolina The Daily Tar Heel, NC –
The majority of the students are civil war refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up at refugee camps in Thailand, many may have only had …

Marionettes enjoy revival
Myanmar Times, Burma –
But the first recorded mention of puppet theatre was found in an inscription at the Htupayan Pagoda in Sagaing, Upper Burma in 1444. …

Right and wrong and ridiculous
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Another mistake of PM Samak is his idea for restoring democracy in Burma. He told visiting UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Aug 25, that Aung San Suu Kyi …

Schools prepare for more refugees
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
In just the past few years, refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have become one of the largest refugee groups that has relocated to the area …

Meet World’s 8th Most Powerful Woman
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
They include US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, No 35; Burma’s Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, No 38; Philippine President Gloria …

Tuesday, September 9
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1988 – Burma’s former Prime Minister U Nu, toppled in a 1962 military coup, announces formation of a rival government. Burma is now known as Myanmar. …

India: From Bamboo huts to Class C drugs
Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
The warning, from Bishop Stephen Rotluanga of Aizawl, close to the border with Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, comes amid statistics showing that up to one …

Raising heat in hope of a crack
The Canberra Times, Australia –
Recently, he expressed sympathy for the ”good Buddhists” who run the military dictatorship in Burma. The current situation in Bangkok should not, however, …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says she’s lost weight
San Diego Union Tribune, United States –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was prevented from …

Our prime minister and the rest of the world: The odd couple
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his first visit to Burma in March, he returned with much praise for the Burmese junta leader, General Than Shwe, saying he is a Buddhist who …

International media groups urge release of Burmese journalists
Mizzima.com, India –
“So whatever Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar were charged with are unlawful in the eyes of international laws and Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which …

ENC reiterates call for tripartite dialogue
Mizzima.com, India –
… Council (ENC) has said that a political dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders and the military regime is crucial for Burma. …