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World focus on Burma (2 January 2008)

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President George Bush To Meet With UN Secretary-General Ban Ki …
RTT News, NY –
… Burma, Somalia, and peacekeeping in Darfur. The President will stress the need for a United Nations that can act effectively to promote freedom, …

Senator Feinstein Reflects on Legislative Accomplishments of the …
Media Newswire (press release), NY –
authored legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal – the nation’s highest civilian honor – to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s democratic …

Leading saffron monk’s memoir
Mizzima.com, India –
Unconditionally release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners 4. Hold dialogue with the democratic political opposition representatives in …

Burma: life behind bars
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
… recently recognized by the New York based Human Rights Watch and accredited with their Human Rights Defender award. “Burma is a silent killing field. …

Sheikh Hasina seeks Suu Kyi’s release
Mizzima.com, India –
by Siddique Islam Dhaka (Mizzima News) — Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister in waiting has sought the release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San …

A wish list for 2009
Socialist Worker Online, IL –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

Myanmar frees 19 North Korean defectors
United Press International –
The defectors were sent to neighboring Thailand, the Voice of America reported, quoting authorities in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Restless Souls of the Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Mass ceremonies were held for the thousands who died in Cyclone Nargis—yet villagers in many part of the devastated delta claim seeing the restless ghosts …

New Year’s Resolutions for the NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Take, for starters, the case of the 2100 political prisoners languishing in Burma’s jails—234 of whom were arrested during or after the nationwide protests …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 02, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thirty new company names were recently added to the so-called dirty list compiled by the human rights activist organization Burma Campaign UK, …

Myanmar releases North Korean defectors
CNN International –
(CNN) — Nineteen North Korean defectors have been released from detention in Myanmar and sent to Thailand, Burmese officials told the US-funded Voice of …

Just one more year to go of the dreaded Oh-Ohs
BCLocalNews, Canada –
In 2008 a cyclone in Burma killed 78000, while a Chinese earthquake killed 50000, but those disasters were pushed from many minds when financial chaos …

Darfur enmeshed within Sudan’s broadening national crisis (1)
Sudan Tribune, Sudan –
… around the actions taken by the Burmese junta in severely restricting international humanitarian assistance in the wake of Cyclone Nargis this past May, …

The Year 2008 at a Glance: An Overview of the World’s Important …

Senegambia News, Gambia –

As the world mourned the death of over 100000 people in the powerful cyclone that devastated Southern Myanmar, a pro-European Coalition won Serbia’s …

THE YEAR 2008: BEST & WORST by JEFFREY LAURENTI: 01/01/2009 …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

Burma cyclone heightens country’s misery and isolation. Myanmar’s rigid military rulers, whose violent suppression of Buddhist monks’ protests in September …

Year 2009 will see end of terrorism

Ceylon Daily News, Sri Lanka –

Then years ago in countries like Burma and Thailand similar economic crisis occurred. We too had to suffer. But the situation gradually improved. …

Unprincipled discrimination and dignity

Mizzima.com, India –

Yet, Burma today is an ancient world in which human relations are defined by status. Respect for the dignity of women is a prerequisite if we want to build …

Burma: The ongoing tragedy next door

เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –

… the UN and the rest of the world should yield to Burma if they want to see the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 political prisoners released. …

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Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese Comedian Gets 45 Years

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November 21, 2008 at 09:46:19

By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent leader and spokesmonk for the Saffron Revolution Ashin Gambira was sentenced to total of 68 years imprisonment. He has already been sentenced to 12 years on November 12th, 44 years on November 20th and 12 years on November 21th. His case is now closed with total of 68 years imprisoment for his involvement in last year Saffron Revolution.

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on November 4th, 2007. His tireless hard work is a wonder. As a consequence, he was able to unify the clergy nationwide leading to the successful launching of 2007 Saffron Revolution.

A popular Burmese comedian Zarganar was also sentenced today to 45 years for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left homeless in Cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta. But his case is not closed yet. It is still proceeding. He may get another more years. He was arrested on June 4th.

Zarganar is a popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director as well as a fierce critic and frequent political prisoner of the Burmese military government. Known for his wicked puns against the government, Zarganar, whose name translates to “tweezers”, is widely considered to be the most popular comedian and satirist in Burma.

Nine other monks were also sentenced today. Ashin Kelasa from Mandalay has alredy been sentenced to 35 years , he gets today another 4 years. His case is now closed with total of 39 years. The chief monk of Maggin Monastery U Indaka was sentenced to 20 1/2 years. U Indariya was given 14 years and U Sumana was given 6 years. Five other monks from Sasana Theik Pan Monastery: U Pannasiha, U Narapati, U Ukkamsamala, U Pannadipa and U Janeyya. The sentences handed out to these five monks are not yet known.

14 activist were also sentenced to up to 29 years. Ko Tin Maung Aye was sentenced to 29 years, Ko Zaw Thet Htwe and Ko Thant Zin Aung were sentenced to 15 years each. But they are still proceeding, not closed yet.

Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw( Brother of Ashin Gambira) and Ko Kyaw Naing were sentenced to 14 years each. Ko Swe Maung (Mandalay), U Zaw Win( Mandalay) and Ko Wanna Aung were sentenced to 4 years each, they have been sentenced to 4 years each on November 14th. Their case is now closed with total of 8 years each imprisoment. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years, Ko Tun Tun Naing, Ko Than Htay , Ko Nge Soe and Ko Kyaw San were sentenced to 4 years each. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years. Ko Soe Swe’s sentence is not yet known.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Burma-Myanmar-Leader-Mon-by-Ashin-Mettacara-081121-648.html

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November 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

World focus on Burma (30 October 2008)

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‘Burma Day’ not encouraging for BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
European Union Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner explained in a statement, “Burma/ Myanmar should remain in the centre of our attention as a country that is in …

Glenn Cohen: Louise Arbour got the cold shoulder she deserved
National Post, Canada –
We can only hope, therefore, that she undertook many quiet approaches to the likes of Iran, Burma and the many other international human rights abusers. …

Burmese regime plans major offensive against KNU
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htay Aung said a new offensive could lead to human rights abuses and an increased number of displaced people. “If heavy fighting breaks out, the people will …

NLD members praise Win Tin’s negotiation efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 30, 2008 (DVB)–Meikhtila National League for Democracy has praised the efforts of senior NLD member Win Tin to reconcile youth members with the NLD …

Bomb Blasts in Northeast India Kill at Least 56
FOXNews –
Dozens of militant separatist groups are active in India’s northeast, an isolated region wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar with only a …

Multiple bomb blasts rock India’s Assam state
Times Online, UK –
Ringed by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, with only a thin corridor of land connecting it to the rest of India, India’s northeast is home to more …

Jailed activists sentenced for contempt of court
First Post, UK –
All nine have been confined in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for more than a year after they were arrested at the start of the uprising that swept Burma last …

Refugees Are ‘Valued People’ After Resettling Here
Georgia Bulletin, Georgia –
Today, Nicholas and four others who are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, live together in a modest gated apartment complex in metro Atlanta and are …

Than Shwe’s Daughter Goes Shopping for Gold
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN A BBC radio report that a daughter of Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe went shopping for gold worth more than US $80000 is a hot topic of …

Aid Group Helps to Reunite Children with their Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Half a year after Cyclone Nargis hit the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3, the charity is still bringing families separated by the storm back together. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Tragedy and Farce in Burma
Independent, UK –
They take their name from Burma’s failed democracy uprising in 1988, an uprising that was brutally put down by the regime with the loss of up to 6000 lives. …

Activists Get Six Months for Contempt
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Nine Burmese activists who have been detained for more than a year received six-month prison sentences yesterday after they were found guilty of …

Burma Day Criticized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… invited NGOs, advocacy groups, international organizations and think tanks from Burma and Europe to the conference, titled “Burma/Myanmar- Prospects for …

Myanmar jails activists for “court interruption”
Reuters UK, UK –
The nine, who include Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s most high-profile political prisoner after Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, had argued that …

Thailand court ignores facts of killings
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Some of the evidence it heard but omitted from its verdict included the testimony of a national human rights commissioner. She told the judges that her …

Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
AP A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, …

Burma: Junta Continues To Hold NLD Activists
UNPO, Netherlands –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Influx of refugees strains providers of health care in Rochester
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
One of the health center’s interpreters, herself a refugee from Karen state in Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — said refugees need much help adjusting to …

Nine Myanmar activists get six months for contempt of court
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… terms for contempt of court after complaining of the lack of a free judiciary in military-run Myanmar, a non-governmental organization said Thursday. …

Burma jails pro-democracy activists
The Australian, Australia –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Gem traders to fight Burma ban
Radio Australia, Australia –
Previously the law banned gems bought directly from Burma but not those traded via other countries. Dave Mathieson from Human Rights Watch told Radio …

Ghosts of Muldoon and Reagan over Trade
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Free trade had not improved democratic rights in Burma or in China. It had merely improved cash flow for multinational corporations. …

Malaysia’s Authoritarian Resurgence
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
She blends a knack for pop polemics with a commitment to serious human rights causes. In addition to her responsibilities to her constituency, …

Greens: Human Rights Left Out Of Nat’s Foreign Policy
Voxy, New Zealand –
… nations like Burma or Fiji. “National’s motto seems to be: ‘Who cares about human rights, as long as we can get a trade agreement,” Mr Locke says. …

Prowling and Skulking
Ethiopian Review, DC –
Mynamar (Burma): In 1988, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Gandhian, founded the National League for Democracy in Mynamar and was placed under …

US Group Says Burma Detained Opposition Activists’ Lawyer
Voice of America –
… 2007 – the birthday of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The US Campaign for Burma says the activists were not given a fair trial. …

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Whitewashes Its Website of Burma
MarketWatch –
… Human Rights Abuse in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar)”: “Chevron and its consortium partners continue to rely on the Burmese army for pipeline security, …

Meeting on Post-Nargis Recovery
E-Pao.net, India –
Bangkok, October 29 2008: Six months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, key partners in the country’s recovery process gathered in Bangkok to assess how …

Don’t Forget The Lesson
Times of India, India –
… opened up to the extent that it hosted this month an Asia-Europe conference that focused in several of its sessions on democratisation and human rights. …

Thailand needs to show leadership quality
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his visit to Beijing and the Asia-Europe Meeting, he did make comments on the situation in Burma – calling for assistance to help Burma with economic …

Underdevelopment and Aid: Search for a Right Balance – Part II
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
Authoritarian China’s new superpower clout, which disregarded human rights abuses, had reached Africa, and was largely welcomed, especially by authoritarian …

Human Rights First Joins With Internet Companies in Adopting …
Human Rights First, NY –
… rallying support for human rights using the Internet, whether on online newspapers, blogs, email or websites. Just this week, the government in Burma is …

Caught in the clutches: the fight to save child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
“Though we cannot confirm it, I think the use of child soldiers by the Burmese junta has remained more or less the same,” said Mathieson, adding that the …

Saffron Revolution monks to speak today
The Jersey Journal – NJ.com, NJ –

The monks will answer questions from the audience during the free public forum, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. …



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October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Labor camp escapee tells of harrowing tale

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Interview

by Myint Maung and Haui Pi

Monday, 27 October 2008 18:38

After suffering various atrocities, including torture, and working at the hard labor Lend Tlann prison camp in Tiddim Township, Chin State, U Pyinyarthiri – a Rangoon monk originally from Pyigyitagun Township, Mandalay Division – escaped to the Indian state of Mizoram on the 18th of last month.

He took part in the monk-led Saffron Revolution last September and was arrested in Monywa by authorities on the 18th of October 2007 for his participation in the uprising, subsequently being sentenced to three years imprisonment. After spending about seven months in Monywa prison he was sent to the Lend Tlann prison labour camp in Chin State in late May 2008.

Mizzima interviewed him on his life in prison, the inhumane torture he suffered and on how he escaped.

Q: What was your role in the Saffron Revolution?

A: I took part in the Saffron Revolution by joining hands with All Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA) leading monk U Awbartha.

Q: How were you arrested?

A: All the leading monks, including myself, were on the run when the junta issued arrest warrants after the Saffron Revolution. Military Affairs Security (MAS), Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members and police came to my monastery and searched for me three times while I was on the run. Fortunately, I was out when they arrived. After that, I decided to flee to Monywa.

I was arrested on the 18th of October 2007 at about 7 p.m. at the Soft Link internet café. I think the café owner called police while I was checking my mail. As soon as I left the internet café the police arrived and arrested me.

Q: Who arrested you and where you were taken?

A: About 25-30 riot police and soldiers arrested me. They just said they had something to ask me and then I was taken to the police station. I replied to them, “You can ask me here if you want. What do you want to ask me?” But they said, “Answer at the police station, you will be questioned there.” Then I was taken to the No. 1 Monywa police station.

Q: How did they interrogate you?

A: They were not pleased with my answers, I did not tell them what they wanted to hear. The worst persons during torture were MAS officials Ko Ko Aung and U San Win. They kicked my chest with their combat boots and stomped on my face with my hands handcuffed behind me. Every question was accompanied by kicks and punches to my head and body. I was almost unconscious. I fell on the table in front of me when they kicked me from the back. At last I could not endure anymore such torture. They twisted my arms and tried to break them, which affected the nervous system in my hand.

They pressed between my rib bones. They slapped me on my temple and pulled my earlobes violently. They stepped on my shins which left me with severe pain until I was sentenced to prison term. I could not walk well. They interrogated me by all means available to them. My little toes were swollen. When I could not endure anymore torture, I head-butted the table in front of me, trying to knock myself unconscious. Police officer U Aung Win, sitting beside me, held me and said, “Please don’t do like that, my reverend. We are acting under the command of higher authority.”

After that, they eased their torture and harsh treatment directed at me. I was interrogated all day and night from the 18th to 24th of October, without even being allowed to drink water. When their higher officers came, they took me to another room for interrogation. These higher officials said to my interrogators, “Interrogate him until he breaks and get the required result.” They once even threatened me by saying, “We will light candles on your body during interrogation”.

They asked me if I knew 88 generation students, had any contact with them or with NLD party members. I replied, “I don’t know anyone you have asked about and have no contact with them.” But they said, “We already have all the facts. Are you a member of the ABFSU (Student Union) or CPB (communist party)? They accused me of things like that.”

Finding a library card of from the American Center in my wallet worsened the situation. They asked me if I attended political trainings conducted at the center. “What are the materials of these trainings? We will use harsher interrogation methods against you if you don’t cooperate with us.”

“You are in our hands now and we can do anything at our will. If you don’t answer and cooperate with us, we shall kill you without leaving any word or clue as to your fate, even at the expense of our designation and occupation, we don’t mind. We know many methods to kill you.”

Then they framed many counts of charges against me, such as ‘disaffection towards the state and government’, ‘joining an unlawful association’, ‘holding foreign currency illegally’. At last, they sentenced me to three years imprisonment under the Foreign Currency Regulation Act to maintain the myth that there are no political prisoners in Burma. Then I was sent to Monywa prison on the 24th of October.

Q: Please tell us about your prison life in Monywa?

A: There were many informers following me inside the prison. They watched me and eavesdropped on me when I talked with someone. I would then be called to the prison office and told, “What did you say to him? Our men are everywhere watching you. Don’t do anything wrongful, otherwise we shall defrock you”.

MAS officer U San Win and two Special Branch (SB) police personnel, along with head monk U Zawtika from Shweku Monastery in Monywa, later visited Monywa prison to defrock me at least three or four times.

U Zawtika told me, “If you are defrocked you cannot be ordained again even when you are released, as your monkshood registration card has been seized and cancelled. However, if you agree to be defrocked now, you might be allowed to be ordained again later.”

Similarly, the assistant jailor frequently tried to persuade me to be defrocked. He asked me many questions about the Buddhist disciplinary code of conduct, about the ABMA and about the monks who joined the Saffron Revolution – things like that. Later I found out this jailor was an informer of MAS officer U San Win.

Q: How many of the political prisoners in Monywa prison were Buddhist monks?

A: Yes, there are many political prisoners in Monywa prison, including six Buddhist monks. There are about ten political prisoners in total. I noticed an old political prisoner named U Saw Htun from Myitkyina, who was in a solitary confinement in cell.

Q: Was there any persecution and ill-treatment against you in prison?

A: Yes, they persecuted me in prison too. They came and interrogated me again when U Gambira was arrested. They asked me, “Where are the other leading monks of ABMA? Where does U Awbartha live? Whom do you know of the leading abbots who protested in the Saffron Revolution?” I replied that I didn’t join the Saffron Revolution. But they didn’t accept my answer.

Q: After being sentenced to prison on January 18th, where were you sent?

A: I was transferred to Kale prison on the 21st of May 2008. After spending about one week in Kale prison, I was sent to the Lend Tlann prison labour camp in Tiddim Township, Chin State, at the end of May.

Q: Did they interrogate you in Kale prison?

A: No, they didn’t interrogate me again in Kale prison as I was fettered and getting ready to be sent to prison labor camp. A total of 100 prisoners were sent there from Monywa prison. Some of them were escapees from prison labour camps. Some were porters used in military operations. These escapees were double fettered. Two-by-two, we were sent to Kale prison from Monywa prison with fetters attached.

Q: What work did you do in the labor camp?

A: We had to start hard labor by carrying heavy logs for firewood while fettered. In hilly Chin State, as you know, there are many ravines and steep hills. We had to carry these heavy logs from the bottom of the ravines to the hilltops, including Sundays, without holidays. When carrying logs, the man in back must keep pace with the front man, otherwise the security guards would beat him up. When someone fell to the ground from exhaustion after a long workday, a security guard would come and kick him in the chest. We had such ill-treatment and persecution in this labor camp.

Q: How about your health while in the labor camp?

A: We had our meals rationed, the notorious so-called ‘Briyani’ (Danbauk) meal. It was a mixture of small stones, un-husked paddy and even some mice feces. The work was so hard but we were poorly fed. Within two to three weeks, the prisoners became pale and lost weight due to malnutrition. Some fell ill and others got bruises and abscesses due to our fetters. Some got boils. I myself got a boil three or four times. A monk from Myitkyina died of the harsh prison environment on the last full moon day of Waso.

Q: Did you get any wage for your labor in the camp?

A: Every prisoner in the camp earned 2,000 kyat per day (less than two dollars), which went to the prison authority. If we had no work to do in the camp, we had to work outside. If we could earn over 2,000 kyat per day, the extra money would be ours and we could buy some food and snacks with this little money.

Q: Why did you flee to India?

A: Two SB (police intelligence) came to Lend Tlann prison labor camp and interrogated me again. They interrogated me continuously on the 15th of September from 9 to 6 p.m., asking, “Do you know the leading monks of ABMA?” I did not have a meal on that day. They kicked and punched me when I could not answer their questions. They asked me, “You are a member of ABMA, aren’t you? Where are the leading members of ABMA now?” And then I realized that they would take me again to Kale prison and put me on trial again with new charges. After that, I decided to try and escape from the camp on that night.

Q: How did you escape from Lend Tlann labor camp?

A: It has a double fence. The first one is a 10 foot high barbed wire one wound with logs. I had to scale over this perimeter, which hurt me much and left me with many injuries. But I had to scale over another 15 foot high barbed wire perimeter fence also. I was bloodied all over my body that night. After crossing the two barriers, I could heave sigh of relief. And then I walked all the night only with the light of a gas lighter. I ran and ran all the night without knowing my proper direction. I had to carefully go down some ravines in this hilly region for over four to five hours.

I crossed some heavy bushes on my hands and knees. I could not care about the danger of beasts but had to cover as much distance as I could. I ate only eastern gooseberries found in the wilderness when I was hungry and thirsty. I spent two days and two nights in this fashion in the wilderness.

Fortunately I found an ethnic Chin youth in the forest. He gave me his lunch box and water. I ate and drank everything with uncontrollable hunger. Then he gave me three cucumbers. I ate them all to quench my thirst. I asked him to show me the way to the Indian border. He showed me the correct way to go. I gave him 2,000 kyat as a thank you, all the money I had. At last, I reached Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram in India.

Q: Were you kept on fetters when you escaped from the camp?

A: They removed the fetters after I gave 50,000 kyat to the prison authority in mid-August, which made it easy to escape from the camp.

Q: What would you like to say concerning the junta’s arbitrary arrest of monks?

A: Even in the brutal and wicked Anglo and Japanese occupations of Burma, these war mongers and imperialists didn’t persecute the monks as the junta is doing now. I cannot find proper words to express the brutality and wickedness of the ruling junta which claims themselves as devout and venerated devotees of the Buddhist Sasana (teachings).

I wish them to stop such atrocities otherwise they will be thrown into the dustbin of history. Nowadays the strongmen and dictators around the world are falling one after another. The world can scarcely see the ruling junta in Burma. They have time to correct their erroneous views. The hatred and prejudice pierced into their hearts will create suffering for themselves and also for the entire people. As soon as they can see the truth, this hatred and prejudice can be converted then and there. Otherwise, the suffering of the people will be exacerbated. I would like to urge them to correct themselves as soon as possible.

Q: What is your future plan?

A: Though the Saffron Revolution movement was suppressed by the violent and brutal crackdown unleashed by the junta, and followed by arbitrary arrest, torture and persecution, there are still nearly 300,000-400,000 monks with ABMA leading abbot U Awbartha. I am determined to continue my struggle against this evil regime by non-violent means, along with my fellow monks and lay people, until my death.

The current situation is like the elephant taking a step backwards to deliver a heavy blow with its tusk soon after. Many brave fighters were born out of this Saffron Revolution. They are like the soccer stars. We only need teamwork with perfect and accurate passing, precise shots on goal and conviction and determination for victory. We are rebuilding these things now.

The most important thing is not to be selfish when the ball is at your feet. Every pro-democracy and democracy loving organization needs to practice democratic principles and values themselves.

Democracy cannot be given by others, it must be practiced by the self. There is no democracy in the junta’s hands, so we cannot ask for democracy from them. It is wasting time. The people must be in unity with strong conviction and determination to achieve total victory. They must join hands with monks and students. I myself, with strong commitment, am determined to join hands with them in this struggle.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

World focus on Burma (2 October 2008)

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Developing our Way out of WMD Terror
Across the Aisle, DC –
When the current nonproliferation regime was designed, the Cold War raged. Only a handful of countries had developed nuclear weapons. …

Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Central Chronicle, India –
Our small neighbours Burma and Ceylon have proudly renamed themselves by native names of Myanmar and Sri Lanka and erstwhile East Pakistan as Bangladesh. …

US must send China a clear signal
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
However, in December 2003 he somehow got weak knees and started to oppose Taiwan’s evolution toward a full democracy. He opposed a referendum held in …

Journalist and opposition member Ohn Kyaing arrested again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
A member of the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, he was freed in 2005 after spending 15 years in prison for …

Burma’s economy: Does sanctions hinder development?
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese junta is annoyed with the west because of the sanctions but are even more so on the opposition led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for urging the west …

Llyod’s writes to all agents to ‘reconsider’ business deals with Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“The British government clearly wants them to pull out, we want them to pull out,” said Chatterton adding that the Burmese regime could lose tens of …

Conflict predominant in our world
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma, or what is now called Myanmar, has been under military rule since 1962 and is one of the most undeveloped countries in Asia. …

A 15-year trial is not a fair trial
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, which deliberates on cases under the covenant, found that the trial of Lalith Rajapakse in a Sri Lankan high …

Elected MP Ohn Kyaing arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Ohn Kyaing, a National League for Democracy member and dedicated participant in cyclone relief efforts, was arrested last night at about …

Burma opposition figure arrested
BBC News, UK –
A prominent political ally of the detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested in Burma. Ohn Kyaing was taken from his home on …

Jenks missionary updates on Myanmar (Burma)
Jenks Journal, OK –
Dr. Chin Do Kham, president of Global Outreach & Community Development, Inc based in Jenks who is a native of Myanmar (Burma) recently came back from a one …

Lawyer Aung Thein withdraws representation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The lawyer was particularly dismayed by the one-sided decisions passed against political prisoners by Ahlon township judge Daw Thiri Tin in Insein prison. …

Publishing license of two Burmese weekly journals’ suspended
Mizzima.com, India –
However, it appeared in the journal as ‘Sayagyi U Win Tin’. The journal was banned for this,” an editor of a weekly journal said on condition of anonymity. …

Monk Escapes from Lantalang Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING A 28-year-old Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Pannasiri, has successfully escaped from Lantalang Prison in Chin State and arrived in Delhi, …

Myanmar, Kachin rebels oppose dams on Chinese border
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
This is revealed by sources close to the ethnic rebel group which, despite signing a peace agreement with the Burmese junta in 1994, exercises substantial …

The Strange World of Burma’s Home Affairs Minister
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to infiltrate Burma by using the UN and the “Responsibility to Protect” paradigm as part of an agenda to accuse the regime of “crimes against humanity. …

CNN- October 2, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and political ally of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition party said Thursday. Police took 64-year-old Ohn Kyaing from his home Wednesday evening, said Nyan Win, the spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy….
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Prominent former journalist detained by Burma junta
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burmese authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy opposition movement, the party said. …

Burma Stonewalls at the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Obliquely responding to the General Assembly ministers, he said only that “the international community can best assist Myanmar’s [Burma’s] democratization …

Veteran NLD MP Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
However, the Burmese military regime refused to recognize the result of the election. Ohn Kyaing was imprisoned in September 1990 and sentenced to 17 years …

US Challenges to Democratic Governance
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In this, the 60th year since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we must counter challenges to the very human rights that we as …

Junta arrests another opposition MP, Ohn Kyaing
Mizzima.com, India –
The detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party spokesperson, however, said details of the arrest of the MP are still not known. …

Elected MP’s health deteriorates in detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Separately, U Aung Thein, the lawyer who represents National League for Democracy member Ko Thein Swe, has asked the court to release his client now that …

One year later: petitioners commemorate Burma protests
Record-Harvard Law School, MA –

Imprisoned in her Yangon home, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi looked out on a nation that remained in the bloody hands of her jailers. …

Swan Ahr Shin and Police Support Sittwe Monks
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
During last year’s Saffron Revolution, members of Swan Ahr Shin along with the police and riot police attacked many democratic and human rights activists. …

Banning jade from Burma hurts monks and jewelers
Denver Post, CO –
The stated purpose of the JADE Act is to punish the repressive Burmese regime for its crackdown on the demonstrating monks, for the continued detention of …

The currency debate re-ignites? (Chinal Financial Markets)
ChinaStakes.com, China –
I have argued for a long time that as long as China maintained its currency regime it forced a trade deficit onto the rest of the world, which for the most …

Burma’s Censors Suspend Two Publications
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG and MOE MYINT YAN Two weekly publications have been suspended by Burma’s notorious censorship board, after being accused of violating rules and …

Mindanao is focus of US for Southeast Asia peace and stability
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
He cited ASEAN’s role in convincing Burma’s junta to accept much-needed international aid after a devastating cyclone and the contribution of various …

Than Shwe Delays Signing Election Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The head of the Burmese military regime, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, has still not approved the country’s election law, which authorizes an election in …

“The Voice of Art in a Battle for Freedom: International Artists … (Freedom and Art)
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid for political freedom. …

Nargis recovery proceeding, $240 million still needed
Mizzima.com, India –
In an international funding conference held in Rangoon three weeks following Nargis, Burma’s ruling junta originally appealed for international aid to the …

Breastfeeding, safest for infants
Mizzima.com, India –
The announcement of the joint action plan came a day after Burma’s military government ran a warning message on its mouth-piece newspaper on the use of …

ENSURE SAFE FEEDING FOR INFANTS AND INCREASE VIGILANCE

Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO Myanmar statement on safe feeding for infants

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Ministry of Health, Government of Myanmar is taking prompt actions in response to contaminated milk powder issue. The Government of Myanmar has …

‘The Revolving Door’: Plight of Burmese refugees in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
We feel like it is a ray of hope for Burmese in Malaysia, who are out of range of protection both from workers’ rights and human rights groups,” said Ye Min …

NLD youth member reported dead in custody
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 1, 2008 (DVB)–Aung Moe Lwin, a 36-year-old youth member of the National League for Democracy in Natmauk township, Magwe division, is said to have died …

Thursday, October 9
AP-
1983 – A powerful bomb, believed planted by North Korean agents, explodes in Rangoon, Burma, killing 18 members of South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan’s entourage.

One year on in Burma
Irish Times, Ireland –
… but has made little progress on political prisoners or human rights, including release of the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Low-key celebration for 48 years of ineptitude (Nigeria)
The Punch, Nigeria –
When Burma (Myanmar) too turned 60 recently, the citizens did not feel like celebrating either. The celebration had to be low keyed because the general mood …

‘Militant monks’ or agents of change?
Times of India, India –
In Thailand, monks led a revolt against the corrupt regime of Thaksin Shinawatra; in Myanmar, thousands of them walked the streets, challenging the brutal …

China’s Quest for Moral Authority
The Nation., NY –
China, replete with human rights abuses at home and allied with many of the world’s unsavory regimes abroad–from Gen. Than Schwe in Burma and Kim Jong Il …

UK Express, UK –
It was in conditions such as these that the men of the Third Battalion of the Sixth Gurkha Rifles fought the three-day battle for Mongaung in Northern Burma …

Escapee Describes Torture in Burma
Radio Free Asia, DC –
NEW DELHI—The only leader of Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution to escape from a junta prison camp has described torture and backbreaking hard labor in custody …

TJA all stirred up (Loud in rhetoric)
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Not the needs of the American people or American citizens, but the human conditions, rights and abuses pertaining to Burmese, Tibetans, North Koreans and …

Why India Became Free
Mainstream, India –
… Indian Army who were taken prisoner by the Japanese when the British withdrew helter-skelter from Burma (now Myanmar) and other South Asian countries. …

Should Asia brace for more mega storms?
The Japan Times, Japan –
However, Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar last May, appears to be the first high-strength storm recorded in the populous Irrawaddy River Delta in Burma, …

Burma prisoner release masks absence of legitimate legal and …
JURIST –
That to do this contradicts an article of a judiciary law that it itself introduced is no obstacle for a regime that understands legality only in terms of …

Democracies Are Driven By Positive Language Skills
Huffington Post, NY –
The Burmese generals who killed the last generation of Buddhist monks will likely kill the next generation with less fuss and muss. But in a democracy …

David Cameron’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
This attitude, this whole health and safety, human rights act culture, has infected every part of our life. If you’re a police officer you now cannot pursue …

Burma: two weeklies suspended, jailed blogger appears in court again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Only Burma’s privately-owned press has covered China’s baby formula scandal, the political crisis in Thailand or the release of journalist U Win Tin …

Rights group to probe Burma war crimes
Adelaidenow, Australia –
Burma also houses more than 2100 political prisoners, including democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 12 of …

World focus on Burma (28 September 2008)

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Correspondent visits Burma on anniversary of Saffron Revolution
ABC Online, Australia –
I also needed an interview with an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It was a tall order, but within an hour it had all been …

Transcript of Sarkozy’s interview
India Today, India –
We shall further raise regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Burma. We shall discuss Euro-Indian …

Rebuke for Burma from world powers
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The talks on Saturday underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] Government to demonstrate its stated commitment to co-operation with the good …

Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma reform
The Age, Australia –

Women in bamboo hats,  symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation's Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary.

Women in bamboo hats, symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation’s Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary. Photo: AP

… four visits to Burma since the protests a year ago but failed to restart a dialogue between detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta or …

Venezuela Doubles Up On Chinese Jets
Strategy Page –
China has exported K-8s to several other countries (often at bargain prices), including Myanmar (Burma). The K8 (also called JL-8) is a 4.3 ton, two seat, …

In Self Defense
Brussels Journal, Belgium –
You see, the picture includes a failed government that is inspired by the Burmese junta when it resorts to its riot police. Then there is an opposition with …

Burmese Muslims appreciate Turkey’s aid during Ramadan
http://www.worldbulletin.net, Turkey –

Muslim families in Myanmar, a country which lost over 150000 citizens to the Cyclone Nargis, were delivered food packages by the IHH officials. …

Sunday newspaper round-up: Bradford and Bingley, US bailout plan, WPP
ShareCast, UK –
The Foreign Office has written to Lloyd’s of London chairman Lord Levene to outline its disapproval that Lloyd’s brokers are trading with the Burmese …

France will launch nuke cooperation with India: Sarkozy
Deccan Herald, India –
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan , Pakistan , Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

In case you were on Mars the past week …
Edmonton Sun,  Canada –
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1 million to Human Rights Watch for their efforts in Burma and Zimbabwe. – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have …

Burma: Political prisoner released but thousands remain
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
This is the result of struggles by solidarity and civil society groups alongside exiled Burmese activists, responding to Aung San Suu Kyi’s call for a total …

Asean’s man of passion at the helm
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –
“He’s a very smart guy,” said Dave Mathieson, a consultant on Burma for the US-based Human Rights Watch. “He’s a good diplomat. …

Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Last year, my office dedicated the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report to a group of Burmese fishermen who were trafficked on fishing boats. …

Myanmar’s junta asked to expedite political dialogue
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Sept 28 (PTI) Members of a group of nations, including India who are aiding efforts of the UN in expediting political dialogue in Myanmar …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies in Zimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s …

US Cuba policy: Aid needed, but sanctions must remain
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL –
Similar to pressure applied to the Burmese junta after the cyclone that ravaged that country earlier this year, it is imperative for all Americans to join …

Cuba Vs. Blockade
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… its MasterCard credit cards could not be used in Cuba, North Korea, Burma, Iran or the Sudan, as part of the economic sanctions imposed by Washington. …

UK: World ready to help Zim if democracy respected
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
It is the result of mismanagement by the Mugabe regime,” Miliband told reporters after attending a ministerial session on Burma hosted by United Nations …

THE ORIGIN OF DISHES
Tampa Tribune, FL –
Orange – cultivated for more than 4000 years, the fruit probably is native to India, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Southwest China. …

Burma summit unable to
Washington Times, DC –

Saturday’s high-level meeting on Burma, also known as Myanmar, produced little agreement about the next steps beyond a wary but ill-defined engagement by …

Key nations call on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
The Associated Press –
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations concerned about Myanmar called on its military government Saturday to release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy …

Monks March in Myanmar on Anniversary of Crackdown
New York Times, United States –
By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western city in Myanmar staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of …

FO warns Lloyd’s over Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Lloyd’s has historically been involved in Burma, despite international boycotts. Its syndicates reinsure the junta’s aviation and shipping interests, …

Aggression, Retaliatory Behavior, and the Buddhist Sangha
OpEdNews, PA –
It is a great irony that while Burma sells unrefined natural gas to neighboring countries, due to lack of capacity to purify such gas domestically, …

“That degree of cooperation has not been forthcoming from the Burmese (Myanmar) regime and remains the fundamental tenet of the friends of the secretary …

UN group aims to keep world focus on Myanmar
Reuters –
… UN group on Myanmar vowed on Saturday to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Democracy more important in Sweden´s new international aid policy
Stockholm News, Sweden –
The main message in the new policy is that poverty is not only measured in money, but also in terms of basic liberties meaning human rights. …

The UN secretary-general convened the first ministerial level meeting of the so-called “Friends of Myanmar” – the other name by which Burma is known. …

Freedom of movement in Sri Lanka and registration of new residents …
Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka –
Syria and Myanmar (Burma) too have recognised the principle though cautious in the process of implementation. Article 12 of the African Charter on Human …

27 September 2008 – Members of a group of nations helping Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his efforts to spur change in Myanmar today encouraged the …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s …

New hopes for democracy in Burma?
Manila Times, Philippines –
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Monks protest in Sittwe, western Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But activists and opposition political groups said, the number of deaths following the junta’s brutal crackdown could be hundreds if not thousands.



World focus on Burma (27 September 2008)

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Monks in Myanmar mark crackdown anniversary
Hindu, India –
YANGON (AP): About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s bloody …

Junta arrests nine party members on NLD’s 20th anniversary
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burmese junta authorities on Saturday arrested nine members of the opposition party – the National League for Democracy – who were travelling to …

Suu Kyi’s party marks anniversary
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

Myanmarese commemorate ”Saffron Revolution” anniversary in New Delhi
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Myanmar or Burma’’s military regime had brutally cracked down on one of the most powerful and peaceful demonstration led by thousands of Buddhist monks and …

Nine arrested at NLD anniversary celebration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 27, 2008 (DVB)–Nine members of the National League for Democracy were arrested today at a ceremony to mark the party’s 20th anniversary, according to …


“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

One year after the massacre of the monks, the repression continues …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Last year, the ruling dictatorship in Myanmar blocked a series of revolts organized by the Burmese monks, and supported by pro-democracy activists; …

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Before U Win Tin was released last Tuesday, as part of a broad amnesty that freed 9002 prisoners, he was Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner. …

UK FCO: First anniversary of protests in Burma
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… one year on, Burma’s rulers continue to resist international efforts to support peace, prosperity and democracy in the country, despite repeated calls …

UN rejects appeal to unseat junta
Mizzima.com, India –
… they will continue exposing the appalling human rights violations in Burma under the military junta and will continue appealing to the international …

Myanmar activists rally in Tokyo
Straits Times, Singapore –
In a rare break from Western nations, Japan maintains friendly relations with the military regime in Myanmar. Activists wearing ethnic Burmese costumes …

Rise of the Xenophobic elements
KanglaOnline, India –
Our neighbour Burma (Myanmar) also was greatly influenced. Unfortunately all the development of the second millennia had diverted its route from our part of …

Exiled Burmese freedom fighter dies in Ithaca (Ko Han Lin)
Ithaca Journal, NY –
It was the first such resolution in an American city calling attention to the situation in Burma, which the regime now prefers to be called Myanmar. …

Jailed protestors transferred to more remote prisons
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Daw Khin Lay, U Thet Tun and U Thein Tun were sent to Insein prison, and then transferred on to Myingyan and Pakokku jails in upper Burma. …

Today in History – September 27
NDTV.com, India –
… led by Aung San Suu Kyi was founded. Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, …

Immigrants immersed for school system
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
All the students currently enrolled in the program are refugees from the Karen region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up in refugee camps, …

About 500 persecuted Burmese minorities resettling in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
By JIM JONES FORT WORTH — Members of Agape Baptist Church are giving a warm welcome to about 100 “Karen people” from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

Row over Giggs’ honour
Manchester Evening News, UK –
… unhappy with the decision after nominating recipient Burmese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for the honour in January. …

The Right Wing Nation
OpEdNews, PA –
That may be a bit of hyperbole, since there are absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia, theocracies like Iran, and military dictatorships like Burma/Myanmar …

Ten National Security Myths
New America Foundation, DC –
Second, a League of Democracies would be no more effective than other organizations in solving humanitarian problems like those in Burma and Darfur or in …

One Down, 2100 To Go
Voice of America –
The military junta that rules Burma has released its longest-serving political prisoner, journalist U Win Tin after 19 years in jail. …

Burma Marks Crackdown Anniversary as One of World’s Worst Regimes
NewsBlaze, CA –
The actions of Burma’s junta in the year since it lethally suppressed mass pro-democracy demonstrations have further cemented its standing as one of the …

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tun Myint, has completed …
Carleton College News, MN –
“Challenges Facing State building in Burma,” in Mark Sproule-Jones, Barbara Allen, and Filippo Sabetti (eds.), The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain …

British PM Calls for Global Action on Financial Crisis
Voice of America –
And he called for standing firm against oppression in Burma and said the international community must send a strong signal of its support for democracy and …

Burma: Inside the Saffron Revolution: After the uprising, what comes next?

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PBS –
The general, trained in psychological warfare, so reviles the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that he will not allow her name to be uttered in his …

To Implement Amendments to the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
… as amended by section 6(a) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-286) (the “JADE Act”), …

Robert Ménard stands down as Reporters Without Borders secretary …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqués de presse), Switzerland –
I cannot imagine a life that does not a involve a commitment to serving the values of democracy, freedoms and human rights, which in my view gives meaning …

UN rejects request for Myanmar junta’s seat
International Herald Tribune, France –
The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms. The current junta, which took …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies inZimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s crackdown. …

Wen Jiabao unwelcome in New York City
Phayul, Tibet –
… such as the Falun Gong group, Chinese human rights activists etc, but also supports other brutal regimes such as the ones in Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe. …

Burma Gives Amnesty to 9000 Prisoners
OneWorld US, DC –
“I will be happy only when all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi are released,” Win Tin told Burmese journalists shortly after his release. …

Rights & Wrongs: Relgious Freedom, Arms Control, Venezuela, and More
World Politics Review –
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PUSHING FOR GLOBAL ARMS TREATY — As officials from around the world prepare to meet at the United Nations in October to consider a …

Junta’s secret plan: Closer relationship with China
Mizzima.com, India –
The minutes of the meeting, dated July 6, 2008, state that in order to defend the country against US influence, Burma cannot stand alone without any …

Key political prisoners released prior to elections in Burma
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“While the release of U Win Tin and his fellow prisoners is certainly the best news to come out of Myanmar for a long time, unfortunately they represent …

‘We are still angry, but we bury it’
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The nightly performance of the Moustache Brothers, Burma’s best-known comedians and renowned opponents of the regime, is struggling. …

Myanmar dissident enjoys just 17 hours of freedom
The Associated Press –
According to the US Campaign for Burma, Win Htein was arrested briefly in early 1989 and tortured, then arrested again in 1989 and held until 1995. Myanmar …

SKN on UN Committee to review Burma’s membership
Sun St.Kitts/Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis –
St. Kitts/Nevis has been appointed to a nine-member United Nations Credentials Committee set up to review a challenge to the Burma’s membership. …

In fact Aung San Suu Kyi is said to have refused to see him in August, with her party describing the visit as a “waste of time”. “The government knows how …

International Community Should Hold Burmese Military Government …
BBSNews, NC –
BBSNews 2008-09-26 — New York (HRW) The international community should demand accountability from the Burmese military government for the brutal crackdown …

Bombs a year after Myanmar crackdown
Custer County Chief, NE –
Outside the country hundreds of monks, Burmese dissidents and human rights activists gathered in both Thailand and the Philippines to commemorate those …

YANGON (AFP) — Armed police in trucks patrolled Myanmar’s main city Friday as frightened protesters stayed home on the anniversary of last year’s brutal …

Myanmar Writhes in the Grip of Its Junta
New York Times, United States –
The generals’ domination in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been tested repeatedly over the past two decades — by the monks last September, by Daw Aung San Suu …

Trouble brewing again in Myanmar’s monasteries*
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

By our correspondent* A year after the monks’ protests were crushed it seems peaceful in Myanmar, formerly Burma. A Radio Netherlands Worldwide reporter …

Call to raise Burma issue at UN
The Press Association –
Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday. …

Unforgettable: The anniversary of the ‘Saffron Revolution’ crackdown
Mizzima.com, India –
On September 26, 2007, the Burmese military junta ordered soldiers to open fire on a protesting crowd led by Buddhist monks. According to the United Nations …

Illegal Burmese Rice Exports Boom on Thai Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s junta officially banned the border rice trade after Cyclone Nargis struck the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3. The storm devastated much of the …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 27, 2008 at 1:32 am