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Crackdown in Myanmar intensifies

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Prominent labor activits Su Su Nway, Su Su Nway, centre, has been arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Prominent labor activist Su Su Nway (center) has been arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison, her lawyer said Wednesday.  (AFP/Getty images)

AFP

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

YANGON – Myanmar’s ruling junta is stepping up efforts to curb dissent ahead of 2010 elections, rights groups said Wednesday after a labour activist became the latest dissident to receive a lengthy jail sentence.

A crackdown on people involved in protests in mid-2007 that were brutally crushed by the military has seen at least 31 activists imprisoned this week, ranging from pro-democracy veterans to a popular blogger.

The latest case saw prominent labour advocate Su Su Nway sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in jail on Tuesday for putting up anti-government posters in the wake of the demonstrations, her lawyer Khin Htay Kywe told AFP.

Her colleague Bo Bo Win Naing, who was arrested with her in November last year, received an eight-year sentence, said the lawyer, who is also a member of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.

Another 23 activists were each sentenced to 65 years in prison on Tuesday, while a leading blogger and a poet who wrote a coded criticism of junta leader Than Shwe were among six people sentenced on Monday.

Fourteen of those jailed on Tuesday are former students who were members of the “88 Generation,” which led a major uprising 20 years ago that the military regime also brutally suppressed, a western diplomat based in Yangon told AFP.

“We understand and are proud for them although we cannot do anything right now. We are not frightened,” said Amar Nyunt, 63, whose son Jimmy and daughter-in-law Nilar Thein were among those to receive 65-year jail terms.

She said she was caring for the jailed couple’s 19-month-old daughter, adding: “She is in good health. We will take good care of her while her parents are in prison.”

Sein Linn, 67, the father of Pannate Tun, another of the activists sentenced on Tuesday, said he fell sick after hearing of the punishment.

“I got high blood pressure when I heard the news yesterday,” he said. “I do not understand politics but I cannot afford to do anything apart from feeling for him.”

New York-based Human Rights Watch called the trials “unfair” and called on the Myanmar regime to free 70 activists on trial, mostly in relation to the protests in August and September 2007.

“These last few weeks show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the population,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

The military regime has promised to hold elections in 2010, and Pearson said the convictions were likely an attempt to stifle any dissent ahead of the polls, which critics say aim only to entrench the army’s power.

“Burmas leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to Myanmar by its former name, which was changed by the generals in 1989.

The Yangon-based diplomat agreed, saying on condition of anonymity that the junta “wants to give a deterrent effect by sending a signal to opponents ahead of the elections announced for 2010.”

The sentences were, however also a strong response by Myanmar to international calls for the freeing of political prisoners, the diplomat added.

Britain slammed the latest sentences, saying that until Aung San Suu Kyi was freed and restrictions on political parties were lifted “there can be nothing approaching free elections”.

Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon called in a statement for Myanmar authorities “to release all political prisoners immediately.”

Hundreds more activists remain in jail following the protests, which began as small rallies in August 2007 against the rising cost of living but escalated into huge protests led by Buddhist monks that posed the biggest challenge to junta rule in nearly two decades.

At least 31 people were killed in the crackdown, according to the United Nations.

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Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 8, 2008 (DVB)–The All Burma Federation of Student Unions called on the military regime on Monday to allow university students from cyclone-devastated …

Burma grants visas to aid workers

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that as of June 30, the regime had given 1670 visas, mainly to United Nations and other international aid …

Editorial: Bush right to attend opening ceremonies

Dallas Morning News, TX –

The opening ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympics will begin just weeks from today, and, to the chagrin of human rights protesters, President Bush will …

Cycling ride in Prague protests against China’s approach to Tibet

Prague Daily Monitor, Czech Republic –

“The goal of the relay cycling ride is to draw attention to the long-term violation of human rights in China, Tibet and Burma, and the discrepancy between …

Surin says Burma, food crises strengthen Asean

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Manila (dpa) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has emerged stronger in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis that whipped Burma and the rice crisis …

Burma junta approves visas for 1670 cyclone aid workers

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

The state media of the country, also known as Myanmar, said half of the workers were involved in relief operations in storm-hit regions. …

Regime Says It Granted Visas to 1670 Relief Workers, Officials

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

According to a report in the government mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar, 1076 UN personnel and non-governmental organization workers had entered Burma …

Asia’s angry monk syndrome

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

Monks were also in the forefront of protests in colonial Burma before the country now known as Myanmar won independence from Britain in 1948. …

3G arrives in Rangoon

TeleGeography, DC –

… Burma’s military junta authorities have begun distributing W-CDMA handsets. Citing an official at the Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) …

Why the Generals are Winning

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By KYAW ZWA MOE This year is the 20th anniversary of the democracy movement in Burma. In 1988, a few small student protests against late dictator Ne Win’s …

Burma army calls for a fresh start

Metro, UK –

Burma’s military government says that the country’s new constitution – approved in a widely criticised referendum in May – has removed the legitimacy of …

Sons of 1962 and future of Burma’s political freedom

Mizzima.com, India –

By Ma Ng- The Burmese Army grabbed political power in a coup on 2 March 1962; and Burma again lost its political freedom 14 years after independence, …

Myanmar: 1500 visas issued after cyclone

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military regime has approved visas for more than 1500 international aid workers to help victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

Myanmar promises better homes for cyclone victims

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s premier promised better housing for cyclone victims in the devastated Irrawaddy Delta, where many people have received only a plastic …

ASEAN science meet goes green

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam comprise the ASEAN.

Only One in Five Women in Developing World Receive Effective …

Voice of America –

If you look at rates in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, or Burma, Myanmar, 90 percent of women had never had a pelvic exam. And only 1 percent of women had been …

Time to play hardball with South Africa

Across the Aisle, DC –

While there have been many tragedies recently ranging from the cyclone in Burma to the earthquake in China, the fact that this disaster is entirely man made …

Burmese refugees find safety in Austin

Austin American-Statesman, TX –

Here in Austin, he wants people to know about Burma, how people are being oppressed and how innocent people are denied human rights. …

David Miliband’s lecture at Unisa

Politicsweb, South Africa –

Democracies are also more likely to respect human rights, more likely to support open trade, and less likely to go to war. The question I believe we should …

To Breathe Free: Living Up to our Promise

Human Rights First, NY –

This kind of system is inconsistent with this country’s commitments under international human rights standards, as well as its principles of justice and …

Asian empires, past and present
China Post, Taiwan –
China claims leadership in ushering in an ASEAN-plus-Three pact. Members include all states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, …

China and Thailand: Enhancing Military-Security Ties in the 21st …
Jamestown Foundation, DC –
While the United States publicly criticized the overthrow of the democratically elected government and suspended $24 million in military aid, China declared …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 8, 2008 at 3:08 am

World Focus on Burma (13-11-2007)

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  1. Redoubled Efforts Needed To Resolve Burma Crisis
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the Myanmar authorities and all relevant parties to redouble their efforts towards achieving national …
  2. Burma: Gem Trade Bolsters Military Regime, Fuels Atrocities
    Human Rights Watch (press release) –
    Burma’s military junta has organized the auction, which is scheduled to run from November 14 to 26 at the Myanmar Convention Center. …
  3. Ban urges Myanmar parties to speed up reconciliation efforts
    AFP –
    “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that the trade in these stones supports human rights abuses,” said Arvind Ganesan …
  4. Myanmar Should Agree on Timetable for Political Change, UN Says
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  5. UN Secretary-General Hopeful After Special Envoy’s Briefing on Burma
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is hopeful a process initiated by his special envoy to Burma will lead to meaningful …
  6. Myanmar gem auction to top up junta coffers despite sanctions
    AFP –
    … increasingly difficult for the Burmese generals to move their money around,” said Sean Turnell, an expert on Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma. …
  7. Gambari to brief UNSC on Myanmar
    NDTV.com, India –
    UN Special Envoy on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, would brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday morning (IST) on his five-day visits to the country last week. …
  8. Myanmar to put over $200 mln gems, jade for bidding
    Xinhua, China –
    13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will put quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry worth about 230 million US dollars at floor prices on sale at a mid-year gems emporium
  9. Military presence swept under carpet before UN rights probe
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 13, 2007 – Troops of the Burma Army were conspicuous by their absence in Rangoon on the eve of the arrival of the UN rights expert, Paulo Sergio …
  10. Myanmar Should Agree on Change Timetable, UN Says (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  11. How Myanmar spins its grip on power
    Globe and Mail, Canada –
    A recent flurry of diplomatic activity in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – including meetings between Ms. Suu Kyi and a government minister have sparked …
  12. The Lessons from Myanmar
    Just International, Malaysia –
    Suu Kyi s fight platform, in the 1990 elections, was extremely ingenious in the sense of trying to take from Myanmar s cultural tradition, the fundamental …
  13. India stands by Myanmar status quo
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    India’s relations with Myanmar are even more troubled and delicate than China’s. During the British colonial era, Myanmar, then known as Burma, …
  14. India Cuts Them Off At The Free Pass
    Strategy Page –
    Then India made deals with Bangladesh and Myanmar to shut down ULFA camps there. Inside India, life was much more dangerous for ULFA fighters, …
  15. Reporter details censorship
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    As a result of the government’s tight rein on newspapers, magazines and electronic communication, Hein said, “most people in Burma do not know what’s going …
  16. Foreigners flock to Myanmar gems auction despite calls for a boycott
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    «The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.» Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  17. Burma: Junta Diversionary Tactics?
    UNPO, Netherlands –
    Tentative talks in Myanmar between pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have raised hopes in some quarters of a possible …
  18. Assure medical care and human rights in Burma
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
    By any measure, the country called Myanmar by its military junta but Burma by the democratic party that legitimately and overwhelmingly won the 1990 …
  19. The Geopolitics and Economics of Burma’s Military Regime, 1962-2007
    ZNet, MA –
    [34] Most fundamentally, the SLORC passed the Union of Burma (Myanmar) Foreign Investment Law in November 1988 that allowed foreign companies to establish …
  20. Myanmar gems auction shrugs off Western sanctions
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Human Rights Watch has called for a total ban on precious stones from the former Burma, where state-controlled mines supply sapphires, pearls, …
  21. Fugitive Myanmar Dissident Arrested
    The Associated Press –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27 she laid lay flowers at the spot where …
  22. Myanmar activist arrested during UN envoy visit
    Reuters –
    The Brazilian law professor, on his first trip to the former Burma in four years, visited Yangon’s notorious Insein prison and other sites on Monday where
  23. Prominent Myanmar Activists Arrested
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27, she laid flowers at the spot where Japanese …
  24. Pinheiro waiting to meet generals as they keep arresting activists …
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    The 88 Generation student group confirmed that U Gambira, a leader of the Alliance of All Burma Buddhist Monks who played a key role in the anti-fuel price …
  25. Myanmar Gem Show to Draw Merchants
    Houston Chronicle, United States –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  26. Thailand: Migrant workers unprotected and uninformed
    YubaNet, CA –
    Seven years ago, in her small Myanmar hometown, Tha Zin, 30, a garment factory worker, watched as one of her closest friends – a girl just a few years
  27. Burmese Monk, Labor Activist Arrested In Burma
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The arrests come as a United Nations human rights envoy is in Burma to investigate the September crackdown by the country’s military government.
  28. Asian rly routes inspire Dhaka’s plan for highway
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    However, Dhaka joined the Trans-Asian Railway network on November 9 as it goes through India-Bangladesh-Myanmar and will not serve as a corridor for India.