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World focus on Burma (26 January 2009)

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Win Tin rejects election talks with UN envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
During his last visit, he was not able to meet with junta leader senior general Than Shwe or detained NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and was criticised for the …

Event celebrates Burmese culture
News Sentinel, IN –
The dictatorship renamed the country Myanmar. Dr. Nora E. Rowley, a member of the US Campaign for Burma, said she witnessed the abuses of the regime against …

Photos show refugees cast adrift
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE first pictures have emerged showing hundreds of refugees who had fled Burma being towed into international waters on the order of the Thai Army and …

Netaji: The Undying Legend
Mainstream, India –
He collected Rs 25 crores from Indians in Burma, now Myanmar. A Muslim businessman gave away all his worldly possessions worth over a crore of rupees. …

RIGHTS-MALAYSIA: Malaysian, Thai Officials Trafficking Burmese …
Inter Press Service, Italy –
“They are left stranded, unable to return to Myanmar (official name for Burma) where they face certain persecution by the military regime and rejected from …

More go hungry as world food prices rise
The Age, Australia –
The Humanitarian Action Report says the devastation caused by cyclone Nargis in Burma last May has meant about 20000 children still suffer food shortages. …

Soaring Kyat Means More Economic Turmoil for Burmese
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Falling world prices and slack demand are hitting Burmese rice farmers especially hard. Already struggling to cope with the effects of Cyclone Nargis, …

Sein Win Re-elected PM of Government-in-Exile
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Sein Win is a cousin of Aung San Suu Kyi, the symbolic leader of the NLD. His new term of office is four years. Bo Kyi, a leading Burmese dissident in Mae …

Obama Speech Censored in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last week, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) news agency reported that the Burmese junta hopes that the new US president will change Washington’s tough policy …

8 Bangladeshis Kidnapped by Arakanese Insurgents
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The DPA is a small armed group fighting against the Burmese military government and is a member of the Arakan National Council. The Arakan National Council …

Labour activist jailed for 10 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 26, 2009 (DVB)–Labour activist Zaw Htay, who helped farmers file a report to the International Labour Organisation on land seizure in Magwe’s Nat Mauk …

Rice Traders’ Association chair dismissed
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The remaining 18000 kyat was spent on providing aid for Cyclone Nargis victims, Win Kyaing said. “He said the association had spent 2 million kyat over the …

NCGUB appoints three new ministers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Senior National League for Democracy member Win Tin said he supported all efforts for democracy in Burma but warned that the establishment of a new …

Residents Forced to Clean Town for PM’s Trip
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Maungdaw: Residents in Maungdaw have been forced by district authorities to clean their town in advance of a visit by the Burmese military junta’s prime …

Burmese celebration ‘shows we are united’
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
Day 2, we make democracy.” With President Obama taking the reins in the United States, Soe said he hopes the end of the regime in Myanmar can happen soon. ..

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – JANUARY 2009
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… rigging the coming election as it has just done in the May 2008 referendum, perpetuating their suffering under various brutal human rights violations. …

Australia Day honours list
Brisbane Times, Australia –
For distinguished service to the community through the advancement of human rights and social justice, and by raising public awareness and understanding of …

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January 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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Rice: Under Bush, The US Has Embaced The UN ‘Maybe’ More Than Any …
Think Progress, DC –

… Council resolutions that have been passed be respected, [or] whether it is seeking to deal with human rights and tyranny cases like Zimbabwe or Burma. …

Year ahead: Increased forced migrations, continued lack of quality …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
In Myanmar (Burma), some three million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Dissident’s wife not optimistic about freedom of thought in China
CBC.ca, Canada –

It was given last year to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Previous recipients include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ECHO hosts 15th Annual International Agricultural Conference
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL –
I also do development work in Myanmar, the old Burma,” he said. “I come here to learn about crops, technology and to network with other people from around …

Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term
Mizzima.com, India –
He was arrested on 31 January and charged under section 42 of Burma’s Jail Manual (BJM), bringing unauthorized documents into the prison. …

Burmese in Singapore find it difficult to get air tickets
Mizzima.com, India –
… Peninsula Plaza in Singapore said that all ‘Myanmar Air International’ (MAI) and Singapore airline owned ‘Silk Air’ flights to Burma are fully booked. …

Thailand’s King May Play Politics (No Offense)
Newsweek –
In the age of the Internet, banning publications anywhere is a tricky – and often futile – proposition, apart from in countries like China, Burma and North …

The need to cry out
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
This does not mean that Taiwan should ignore the poor human rights conditions of Burma, Tibet and other places with human rights problems. …

Israel: Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Rapporteur
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
With this ill-considered action, Israel put itself in the company of countries like Burma and North Korea in denying entry to UN human rights experts. …

Htoo Comapny to take over Malikha Lodge
Mizzima.com, India –
… tourist spot in northern tip of Burma. The ownership of ‘Malikha Lodge’ of ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ will be transferred to ‘Myanmar Treasure Resorts’, …

Asia review of the year 2008
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The military junta caused international outrage by pressing ahead with a constitutional “referendum” on May 10 and meanwhile delaying and obstructing aid …

Mon political prisoner transferred from Insein to Tharawaddy Prison
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Prisoners in Burma are typically allowed visits from family only once every two months, but they are a crucial contact with the outside world and help …

World Press tells junta to stop repression of media
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned the Burmese military junta for cracking down on freedom of expression, called for the …

Win Tin’s sermon to youth in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
… delivered a lecture to youth members of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon, former capital of Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Kenney to meet Rohingya refugees/
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
The ‘Rohingyas’, originally displaced from Burma (also known as Myanmar), have been living in two camps in Bangladesh for 17 years. …

Australian charged with drug smuggling in Thailand: official
ABC Online, Australia –
Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest …

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy …

NLD members call for offices to reopen
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party …

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” Michele Montas, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at the UN …

How the Regime Punishes Political Prisoners’ Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… NAING The wife of imprisoned activist Pyone Cho spent about 90000 kyat (US $75) on a 10-day journey to visit him in jail in Kawthaung, southern Burma. …

Weather watch: a record year of extreme events
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

A record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) hit Cuba, while the most fatal tropical storm was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, …

A Toast to Asean
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After all, when Asean debated the new charter that also contains a human rights section, the rogue state of Burma, a full Asean member, was at the table …

Cooler Approach, but Business as Usual with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Thailand’s mid-to-long term energy needs are linked with projects now under way in Myanmar (Burma), and so I think it would be difficult for new prime …

Regime Shrugs Off Effects on Burma of Global Economic Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even Prime Minister Thein Sein admitted the scale of the disaster, saying recently: “Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, …

Desperate Decisions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On top of that, she faced three years in prison if anybody learned the cause of her condition. “Most women in Burma are poor and have little knowledge about …

Military supremo in Bagan
Mizzima.com, India –
Than Shwe, the Burmese military junta supremo is visiting Bagan on a vacation, an eyewitness and sources in Nay Pyi Taw said. Than Shwe (75) arrived in the …

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of …

Bagan authorities demand money for security measures
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities have been collecting 200 kyat each from families in Bagan and the surrounding areas to provide security for junta leader …

Report on Christians’ persecutions
Sunday – Catholic Weekly, Poland –
… Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, …

East, West merge; build bridge to the Orient
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI –
To the west, literally and figuratively, were four men who had escaped Myanmar — the country they still call Burma — and sought freedom in America. …

Border pact needed to protect Delta diversity
Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
The Greater Mekong Region comprises the six countries through which the Cuu Long (Mekong) River flows: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the …

MP attends reception to mark Burmese leader’s birthday
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… at 10 Downing Street, along with female Burmese exiles, to mark the birthday of the democratically-elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Graphic Novel Review: Burma Chronicles
Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com, OR –
For 14 months in 2005-06, Delisle hung out in Yangon, the former capital of Burma — now known as Myanmar by the counties that take the current junta …

A Gentler Hegemony
Washington Post, United States –
We might have intervened in Darfur had we not been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, our ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s …

$A172b Asian Monetary Fund ‘going ahead’
Ninemsn, Australia –
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Share, bookmark, and save your favourite …

Committe to Protect Journalits’ 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
RushPRnews.com (press release), Canada –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Myanmar journalists face intimidation, pressure from junta
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Mon Mon Myat, of the Burmese Journalist Protection Committee, said the junta had set up rules under a 2006 law on electronic media and 1996 law on film and …

Despite campaigns, battling graft remains an uphill task
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
Thailand is more or less the same, while others such as Cambodia and Burma are wallowing at the bottom of the league tables. …

Bums of the Indian Ocean
All At Sea, U.S. Virgin Islands –
Don’t go to Burma: I don’t believe in coddling religious people but using the local Buddhist monks for target practice seems, well, intolerant. …

Preliminary analysis says 2008 tenth hottest year on record
The Tech Herald, IN –

The report said the worst weather-related natural disaster experienced during 2008 was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, killing an estimated 78000 …

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, …

2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia
Village Voice, NY –
I Live Here (Pantheon, 320 pp., $29.95) details war in Chechnya, government oppression in Burma, disappearances in Juárez, and Malawi’s AIDS crisis. …

Canada Congratulates Association of Southeast Asian Nations as …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Charter will give ASEAN a legal identity, create an ASEAN human rights body, enact a dispute settlement mechanism, and formalize a system of personal …

US Restricts Aid to Nations Using Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Burma remained the most persistent government offender. OneWorld.net reports. Last month, several young people who survived war and have gone on to become …

Antony Loewenstein, author and journalist, discusses blogging and …
Harvard Law School News, MA –
In smaller states such as Burma, repressive leaders can easily catch dissident bloggers, and even shut down the entire country’s access to the web. …


World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

SEPA: Message from U Win Tin

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Message from U Win Tin
15 November 2008

The following is the transcript of a pre-recorded message by recently released Burmese journalist U Win Tin. The video was first shown during the 10th Anniversary Celebration of SEAPA on 8 November 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.

To my fellow journalists in Southeast Asia: A speech by U Win Tin

It has been a long time I was ousted from my profession as I was jailed by the military regime for my activities in the fields of press freedom, democracy and human rights. I passed through two decades of imprisonment. Those are the gloomiest days for my long professional life.

During our long struggle many of my journalist comrades also were persecuted by the military regime along with all other political dissidents all over the country. Tens of my close colleagues, including famous journalist writer Maung Thaw Ka, perished in inhumanly tormented prison-camps. Some like me were released after suffering long years of languishing in the hellish prison cells. There are still many journalists and writers suffering untold miseries in the jails. Some of them might have gone incapacitated mentally as well as physically, or few of them might have been dead. We got very scant information about our comrades scattered all over the country in far out camps.

While we were behind bars, we were prohibited to write, to read, or for some even to talk to others.

We were put out of prison, but we were not being blinded. We had seen the light, however dim and scant at the end of the tunnel all the time. We saw the light in the form of news and messages. We made out all of them into news bulletin. Political prisoners as well as ordinary convicts were informed, encouraged and enlightened. Volatile political activities and protest deliberations resulted.

On my release from jail, political persecutions, economic exploitations, social discriminations, cultural disintegrations, human rights violations are found everywhere.

In these times, power and prestige of the press grew immense around the world. But it is not a universal reality. I learn few hard facts that many members of the press in Burma are still discriminated, persecuted and imprisoned. They are being sued and suppressed and even murdered in many countries in Southeast Asia, Asia, Africa, etc. all over the world. Unlike in all other countries, press men in Burma are pressured by repressive laws, and threatened with involvement in terrorism, official secrecy or national security matters.

These are the situations we still have to face today in Burma. We have to fight for democracy and free expression very hard. We still have to struggle for freedom of press and upholding of human rights. This is the struggle, we, all the journalists in Southeast Asia still continue to strive to the end.

I greet the 10th anniversary celebrations of Southeast Asian Press Alliance. It is a great moment of joy for all the free and independent journalists, especially fettered and oppressed journalists in Burma today.

Let us never forget the oneness of our common freedom of press struggle.

Long live Southeast Asian Press Alliance.


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U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma

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U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma

Nov 13, 2008 (Democratic Voice of Burma – DVB) –

Recently released veteran journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny.

During an interview with DVB, U Win Tin said he welcomes concerns for Burma by the international community and world leaders but he insisted that state visits could end up endorsing oppression in the country.

“It is very good that world leaders are interested in our political affairs, but this kind of visit will give blessing to dire situation here. We welcome their interest but not the visit,” said U Win Tin.

“I even want to say clearly to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, don’t come (to Burma),” he said.

“In this kind of situation, world leaders need to think because while they (Burmese generals) are creating this atrocious situation and if people like Ban Ki-moon come and follow their plan, see what they show and listen to what they say, they will end up supporting, promoting and blessing the military government.”

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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World focus on Burma (14 November 2008)

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Burma, Myanmar: Young Female Journalist Jailed For 2 Years
OpEdNews, PA –

Eint Khaing Oo, 24, who had been arrested in front of the head office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP in Yangon on July 10, was sentenced to 2 years behind closed doors with no defence lawyer.

… also arrested on 5 November and are being detained in Insein prison. All news media in Burma is strictly censored and tightly controlled by the military.

14.11 – Burma : Female journalist gets two years for taking photos …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“This unjust sentence comes amid a wave of unprecedented sentences for journalists and activists,” the two organisations said. “We appeal to Burma’s …

Myanmar is also known by its former name Burma. “These peaceful activists should not be on trial in the first place, let alone thrown in prison for years …

They come here in hope of freedom
npTribune, Singapore –
The Myanmar national is one of 7000 Burmese who have come to Singapore to study, according to The Straits Times (ST) on Oct. 11. …

Spirits undeterred despite harsh punishments: NLD youth
Mizzima.com, India –
Over the last week, Burma’s military junta has sentenced numerous detained dissidents – students, activists, monks, writers, journalists and even poets – to …

At least 11 more Burmese activists have received jail sentences for taking part in anti-government protests last year. It brings the total number sentenced …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
… Burma might be mending its vicious ways was crushed this week when the regime handed out 65-year prison sentences to 14 nonviolent democracy activists, …

Paul McCartney’s Charity Work
Look To The Stars, UK –
In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
They have called on him to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners; to engage in serious dialogue with her …

Severe prison sentences for Myanmar protesters expected in coming …
International Herald Tribune, France –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is resorting to laws covering the use of personal electronics, because such infractions are easy to prove, …

More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions. …

Insein Prison Courts Sentence 17 NLD Members
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Insein Prison special courts sentenced at least 17 members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party to up to 16 years imprisonment on Friday …

Gunboat stand-off sign of tensions in Bay of Bengal
The Age, Australia –
Dhaka then turned to China, which has close links to the Burmese junta, to help resolve the row. Both countries eventually withdrew their vessels when …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 14, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… The Myanmar Times this week the South Korean deal is “an important milestone in the development of renewable energy sources in Myanmar [Burma]. …

UPDATE: 9 Monks Jailed Over Myanmar Protests – Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France –
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that recent weeks “show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the …

COLUMN – Obama represents welcome change for India
Reuters India, India –
After China torpedoed an early 2007 US-led attempt to impose a Security Council diktat on Burma to improve its human-rights record, the junta thanked …

Win Tin, NLD Executive Member, Ill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The current Burmese regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe ignored the results of the election and refused to transfer power.

Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
… confirm a fresh military crack down by Burma’s ruling junta against dissidents. According to one diplomatic source based in Myanmar, this new wave of …

US Imposes Sanctions on Burma Drug Cartel
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday named 26 individuals and 17 companies as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” and imposed …

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain …
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the US sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy. …

Burma Jails Democracy Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America –
Meanwhile Burma’s most famous political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has spent more than 13 of the …

US, EU Lawmakers Condemn Activists’ Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — US and EU lawmakers on Thursday roundly condemned the harsh sentences recently handed down to pro-democracy activists in Burma, …

9 monks sentenced to jail
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – NINE Buddhist monks were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Nine monks jailed in Myanmar: opposition
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Nine Buddhist monks were jailed for between six and eight years by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Burma’s junta shows contempt
Boston Globe, United States –
ANY HOPE that the military dictatorship in Burma might be mending its vicious ways in response to pleas from abroad was crushed this week when the regime …

‘Suspend Burma’s membership from BIMSTEC’
Newstrack India, India –

… had sent a memorandum demanding the suspension of the military junta until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy …

Laura Bush Condemns Taliban Attack on Schoolgirls
New York Times, United States –
Although she has spoken out on other foreign policy matters, notably human rights abuses in Myanmar, the former Burma, it is unusual for the first lady to …

Decisions Needed: ASEAN and Asian Regionalism
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
7) Prevent Burma/Myanmar from inhibiting deeper US-ASEAN relations by seeking an understanding with Congress to support Cyclone Nargis reconstruction, …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Boston Globe, United States –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Burma sentences dozens to lengthy prison terms
China Post, Taiwan –
After the brutal crushing of last year’s Saffron Revolution, the military rulers of Burma sought to deflect international repercussions by promising to stop …

Kingpin crackdown
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, …

Police: Neighbors didn’t call about captive girl
WSBT-TV, IN –
According to the affidavit, Soe and Sullivan sometimes spoke in a foreign language the girl believed to be Burmese. Soe was born in Myanmar but had lived …

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Announces …
RTT News, NY –
The OFAC named 26 individuals and 17 companies tied to Burma’s Wei Hsueh Kang and the United Wa State Army as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Burma Extends Crackdown on Dissidents
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of Burmese dissidents say courts in Rangoon have sentenced at least 20 more activists to prison in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. …

Shilo and Ogilvy Amsterdam Win Gold for MTV Burma PSA at …
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –

… of The Burma Arts Board, activist Sam Roddick and others has earned the 2008 London International Awards Gold Statue for Television/Cinema Animation. …

2008 Freedom Award goes to Kofi Annan [Photos]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –

Previous winners of the Freedom Award have included Winston Churchill (1958), Burmese Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995), and Liberian president …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Reuters –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government.” There’s much more to Bush’s use of executive orders than saving striped bass or promoting human rights in Burma …


Last May, Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing almost 85000 people and leaving 50000 missing. Initially, foreign aid was blocked …

Oddball summit has limits
The Japan Times, Japan –
Narrow nationalism and dictatorial tendencies run deep, evidenced by the failure to bring even minimum human rights to Darfur, Burma or Zimbabwe. …

What will Obama mean for Asia?
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada –
They point to his China-excluded campaign speech in Berlin where he asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in …

Slovakia: The Statement of Slovak MFA on political processes in Burma/Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
This action of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar demonstrates again the lack of will toward transiton to democracy and their contempt for the rule of law. …

The Burmese junta’s true color
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By The Nation When the Burmese junta decided to jail the 14 pro-democracy leaders of the 1988 generation to 65 years old each, or in other word life …

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny. …


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in Myanmar sentenced more than a dozen activists to prison Thursday in a continued judicial crackdown on the country’s …

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for …

Burma should be suspended from BIMSTEC: activists
Mizzima.com, India –
“The continued human rights violations by Burma’s military junta are a disgrace for the grouping,” Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of the BCD told Mizzima. …

UN SG concerned at ‘severe’ prison terms for Myanmar dissidents
JURIST –
Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the release [JURIST …

Everyone’s Eyes on Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –

The suffering of the people of Burma became even greater in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the lives of those living in the Irrawaddy Delta, …


World focus on Burma (6 November 2008)

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Mandalay NLD members’ appeal summarily rejected by court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 06, 2008 (DVB)-Appeal for recently sentenced Mandalay division National League for Democracy leaders and members has been rejected by the divisional …

‘Denial. History betrayed’ by Tony Taylor
MWC News, Canada –
It is public exposure of Genocide and Human Rights Abuses that will help to protect Humanity in a Rational Risk Management sense. …

Daewoo withdrawing from Bay: adviser
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (bdnews24.com) – Daewoo, the Korean construction giant that got the contract from Myanmar to explore oil and gas in the disputed waters in the …

Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poverty-stricken. Full-scale wars ended years ago in the region, but a lingering dispute …

At least the PM admits we have a problem
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We wouldn’t dare ask the Burmese junta to take action, as it would disturb the bilateral ties between the two nations – which never trusted one another in …

Barriers to collective action in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 06, 2008 (DVB)-Observers of Burma are often surprised at how much the people can endure without rising up. While junta members and cronies become …

Burmese censor board tightens grip with news directives
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nem Davies New Delhi – In a renewed effort to streamline the flow of information, Burma’s censorship board under the ministry of Information in September …

Internally displaced persons increase along Thai-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India –
“We don’t know the reason why they [Burmese soldiers] are attacking civilians but it may be possible that the junta has accused the villagers of having a …

Burma resumes exporting rice
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta had banned the export of rice after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, but six months on have now again permitted rice exports. …

Dhaka seeks China, Korea’s help over Bay dispute
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (bdnews24.com) – Bangladesh has turned to China and South Korea as Myanmar authorities have been exploring oil and gas in the disputed waters …

Joe Laliberte: For those who cannot
GW Hatchet (subscription), DC –
… of voter turnout behind countries such as Burma, Iran and Zimbabwe, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. …

China expects Bangladesh, Myanmar to properly settle sea dispute
Xinhua, China –
6 (Xinhua) — China on Thursday suggested Bangladesh and Myanmar settle their dispute in the Bay of Bengal through equal and friendly negotiations. …

Doctor visits Suu Kyi
The Standard, Hong Kong –
A doctor visited Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, witnesses said, two months after her refusal of food supplies sparked …

Is Burma Ready for Change?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even the regime—after first retaking control of the streets—conceded the need for elections. It was only when they lost by a landslide to Suu Kyi’s party in …

Why India shifts its policy on Burma
KanglaOnline, India –
This was the time when Burmese people contemplated bringing down the military regime. The failed uprising forced hundreds of refugees across the …

Life on the edge in eastern Burma
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… more than it did six months ago, and even desperately poor people there have been ordered to donate money, ostensibly for victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Burma Debate Continues Outside Brussels Conference Hall
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The organizers were accused by NGOs, trade union umbrella groups and others of inviting only Burmese regime sympathizers and excluding regime opponents. …

Win Tin Congratulates Obama, Calls for Regime Change in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The people of Burma want change. They voted in the NLD in the 1990 election.” The opposition NLD party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory in …

Thai PM Arrives in Vietnam
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Somchai also told the Europeans recently that the terrible human and economic toll of Cyclone Nargis in May had also brought some positive effects, …

Asian youth leaders call for resumption of peace talks
Davao Today, Philippines –
“Unless there is respect for human rights, there can be no peace,” he said. Among the guests of the summit were top ranking officials of the Moro Islamic …

Austrian police seize $A6.9m stolen ruby
Ninemsn, Australia –
Austria’s federal criminal investigations bureau say they have arrested three people suspected of stealing the ruby, known as the “Prince of Burma”, …

Burma’s pro-democracy movement in crisis
Mizzima.com, India –
Opposition groups label the Burmese junta as being “an old wine in a new bottle” whenever they come up with new plans in their efforts to cling to power. …

Burmese Officials Are ‘Stubborn,’ Says US Admiral
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

French and UK ships were also not allowed into Burmese waters. “At the end of the day, we were disappointed with the junta’s refusal to let us contribute in …

Measles Outbreaks Highlight Regime’s Irresponsibility
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


Burma’s once vaunted healthcare system is yet another casualty of decades of military rule. The current junta, the State Peace and Development Council …

Obama’s Jakarta ties raise expectations in South-East Asia
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
But even in Burma there is room for nuance. “There may be a change in tone,” said Win Min, a Burmese affairs expert who teaches at Thailand’s Chiang Mai …

Burma withdraws warships from Bay of Bengal
Mizzima.com, India –
“Myanmar [Burma] has withdrawn two warships,” a senior Bangladesh Navy officer was quoted as saying by the AFP. The official said, “There is now very little …

Burma: Four killed and hundreds forced to flee Karen State
Inspire Magazine, UK –
“We call on the UN Security Council to impose a universal arms embargo on the regime in Burma and to refer a case against Burma’s Army Generals to the …

UPDATE 1-Myanmar stops disputed gas exploration -Bangladesh
Reuters India, India –
DHAKA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Myanmar stopped oil and gas exploration in deep-sea blocks in disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday, …

Burma and the farce of women’s rights
Mizzima.com, India –
When committee members asked what this phrase means, Colonel Sit Aye, head of the Myanmar Human Rights Group, responded that the government could use it to …

Myanmar pulls warships from disputed waters: Bangladesh
AFP –
CHITTAGONG (AFP) — Myanmar withdrew two warships from the Bay of Bengal Thursday after a four-day standoff with neighbouring Bangladesh over mineral-rich …

Myanmar lifts rice export ban
Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON – AUTHORITIES in Myanmar have lifted a ban on rice exports imposed after Cyclone Nargis devastated swathes of crucial agricultural land in the …

Saluting McConnell
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –

It’s what he has done in some other notable instances, to help pass a tobacco buyout, support Burma’s pro-democracy movement and enact a Medicare …

PMs from SE Asia’s Mekong countries to meet in Vietnam
AFP –
Military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poor. Thailand said Frida

Voice of the Martyrs Alert
Crosswalk.com, VA –
Mizzima online reports that more than a million people are still struggling to recover from Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) six …

Heroes Of The Saffron Revolution
R-N University Observer, NJ –
100000 people protested the Burmese military junta in Rangoon, Myanmar, in August and September of 2007. Thirty thousand of those were Buddist Monks. …

Dhaka ready for any eventuality in Bay: Iftekhar
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (bdnews24.com)—The foreign adviser has said Myanmar is pulling out of disputed Bay waters, but Bangladesh remains “ready for any eventuality”. …

Myanmar pulls warships from disputed waters: Bangladesh
AFP –
CHITTAGONG (AFP) — Myanmar withdrew two warships from the Bay of Bengal Thursday after a four-day standoff with neighbouring Bangladesh over mineral-rich …

Yangon suspends Bay of Bengal exploration
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (IANS) Myanmar has suspended its explorations in the Bay of Bengal after Bangladesh sent a diplomatic mission to Yangon and also got China to …

Politics of Place: Dr. Samantha Nutt
Pulse Niagara, Canada –
Global Television, the National Post, Flare, Chatelaine and the CBC, among many other media outlets, have recognized Dr. Nutt’s devotion to human rights and …

Farmers in cyclone-hit delta face bleak future
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Six months after Cyclone Nargis slammed in the delta, killing more than 130000 people and leaving 2.4 million destitute, farmers in Asia’s one-time ‘rice …

DHAKA (AFP) — A simmering dispute between Bangladesh and neighbouring Myanmar in a hydrocarbon-rich stretch of the Bay of Bengal has highlighted Dhaka’s …

5 Asian leaders meet to boost trade
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poor. Thailand said Friday’s meeting aimed to enhance ties in seven areas …

Myanmar ‘suspends gas exploration’ after BD action
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
By Our Correspondent DHAKA, Nov 5: Myanmar on Wednesday suspended gas exploration in the disputed waters of the Bay of Bengal after Bangladesh’s diplomatic …

Dodging change
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
And scrub paranoid Burma. The rest of the world got from this poll a cyberspace tutorial on ballot power. “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy …

COMMENTARY: Wondering on the sidelines of the historical Obama win …
Minda News, Philippines –
I wonder if he will be able to get the Burmese junta to release Aung San Syu Kyi and help nudge that country into the path of democracy. …

Bangladesh turns to China in Burma dispute
Radio Australia, Australia –Bangladesh has asked China to help it resolve a territorial dispute with Burma over a potentially-resource rich area of the Bay of Bengal. …

Mavericks on a mission
The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
The Fund has spent the last 10 years improving the lives of indigent children and families in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma-Myanmar, throwing its …

Burmese fishermen detained prior to deportation
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
By T. Farook Thajudeen The Harbour police yesterday produced seven fishermen from Burma who were rescued by a German vessel from a distress situation in mid …

Students to Play Dodgeball for Charity
Gustavus Adolphus College News, MN –
… and advocacy campaigns, USCB works to empower Americans and Burmese dissidents-in-exile to promote freedom, democracy, and human rights in Burma. …

High powered delegation off to Yangon: Chinese mediation being …
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
“I will meet my Myanmar counterpart and other senior officials to convey Dhaka’s concern and demand immediate withdrawal of the vessels and infrastructures …

Chinese Envoy calls on Iftekhar
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
In response to a question, he added that they had also spoken about the current situation between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal. …

Myanmar suspends exploration in Bay
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Myanmar ships yesterday suspended oil and gas exploration activities inside Bangladesh maritime territory awaiting the outcome of a dialogue between Dhaka’s …

B’deshi delegation to talk with Burmese officials
Mizzima.com, India –
“I have explained our peaceful intentions to our Chinese counterpart and expressed the hope that Myanmar will dismantle the installations on the disputed …

WEATHERING EARLY CRITICISM, HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HAS ‘CARVED A …
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –
Special sessions held in the last year focused on the right to food, the situation in Burma, “which remains a very serious concern”, and human rights …

Detained NLD members stage protest at Rangoon court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
05 Nov, 2008 (DVB)-Eleven detained National League for Democracy members from Rangoon Hlaing Thayar township gave their back to the court yesterday to …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 5, 2008 at 11:38 pm