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World Focus on Burma (2 Feb 08)

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  1. Laura Bush pushes Security Council on Myanmar
    AFP –

    “Mrs Bush took the opportunity to remind and reinforce the importance for the UN Security Council to keep pressure on the military junta in Burma,” said …

  2. Burma has to prepare for the worst as Junta practiced deception …
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    One remarkable event was that the EU’s special envoy for Myanmar (Burma) Mr. Piero Fassino urged Burma’s military regime to free democracy leader Aung San …
  3. Myanmar: Junta pressures ethnic ceasefire groups on China border
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s regime is stepping up its efforts to persuade armed ethnic groups to become more involved in its political reform program, …
  4. Kenya: Kagame And the Military Solution
    AllAfrica.com, Washington –
    Think Burma/Myanmar. Or if the military goes back, it is after decades of pain to the country. In Pakistan it is a see-saw. In Nigeria, we are still holding …
  5. COMMENTARY: THE WEEKEND INTERVIEW
    Wall Street Journal –
    Ashin Kovida chaired the impromptu committee that organized last year’s democracy protests in Rangoon, Burma. The marches, sparked by an economic crisis, …
  6. Asia Beat: Jan 31 2008
    The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
    A prominent poet in Myanmar (Burma) has been arrested after authorities deciphered a poem that contained a hidden message criticising junta leader Than Shwe …
  7. Bush administration expected to request boost in funding for Myanmar
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    The proposal indicates the administration wants to step up funding meant to spark change in the country, also known as Burma, after its military crushed …
  8. Unlikely Thais:Group heads to Thailand to visit missionaries …
    MyWestTexas.com, TX –
    >>It’s located to the East of Indian and South of China, where it shares a border with Myanmar (formerly Burma). Tribal people in Myanmar flee ethnic …
  9. The Need for a Growth Coalition in Burma
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … as important human resources and [their role should be] enhanced in Myanmar (Burma),” said Khin Maung Nyo, a well-known economist and writer in Burma. …
  10. Myanmar’s military junta debars Internet and Blogging
    Merinews, India –
    Fight for democracy in Myanmar has become even tougher with the military junta now inflicting binds on the intellectual freedom of people. …
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February 2, 2008 at 12:13 pm

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World Focus on Burma (18 Jan 08)

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  1. Security Council laments lack of progress on Myanmar reforms
    | Myanmar nationals stage a rally with a photo of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, January 17, in support of democracy and human rights in Myanmar. The Security Counc..
  2. Security Council Shows Regret at Myanmar
    | EDITH M. LEDERER | The Associated Press | UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council expressed concern Thursday at Myanmar’s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early re…
  3. Myanmar crisis: UN expresses regret over slow progress
    | UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council expressed regret at Myanmar’s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early return of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to help promote nation…
  4. India, China Urged to Pressure Burma to Release Lawmakers
    Voice of America –
    … against the ruling junta in Myanmar unless they go back to the roadmap of democracy that should include all the key players for democratization in Burma …
  5. India and China urged to pressure Myanmar on detainees
    AFP –

    Myanmar, formerly named Burma, won independence from former colonial power Britain on January 4, 1948. The IPU is a Geneva-based forum that groups leading …

  6. UN council raps Burma for lack of reform
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    … the situation in Burma. Gambari met with the 15-nation council to discuss his diplomatic efforts, which began after the military government in Myanmar …(If the URL is not working, click here to read the full story.)
  7. UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim …
  8. Security Council press statement on Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Council members discussed the situation in Myanmar on 17 January with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari. They reiterated their full …
  9. UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim …
  10. Security Council meets to discuss lack of progress in Myanmar
    Turkish Press, MI –

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    A picture provided by Myanmar News Agency shows Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Ky during a meeting in Yangon, in 2007. The Security Council on Thursday deplored the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator Ibrahim Gambari.
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    The Security Council on Thursday deplored the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN …

  11. Security Council calls for early return to Myanmar by UN envoy
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council called on Thursday for an early visit to Myanmar by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advisor Ibrahim Gambari. …
  12. UN council upbraids Myanmar for slow reforms
    Reuters –
    By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The UN Security Council upbraided Myanmar on Thursday for slow progress on democratic reforms as the …
  13. UN Security Council Says Progress Too Slow in Burma
    Voice of America –
    The UN envoy visited Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, twice last year following the violent crackdown. The Council said Thursday that another visit …
  14. UN condemns slow reform in Burma
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    The UN Security Council has deplored the slow progress of reform in Burma and has pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator, Ibrahim Gambari. …
  15. Asian Studies Program
    The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
    The program will also include Asian cuisine demonstration of Indonesian, Japanese and Thai and a round table discussion on the Crisis in Burma (Myanmar). …
  16. British PM in China for environment, trade, investment boost
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    “Obviously, we don’t always agree with China and India on issues like Darfur and Burma but we can’t make progress without them,” he added. …
  17. Democratization takes a beating in 2007 – Report
    Spero News –
    UN and EU envoys to Myanmar (Burma) have become the butt of jokes as being ineffective. Suspicion falls on the ruling Burmese military junta for setting …
  18. Myanmar crisis: UN expresses regret over slow progress
    Times of India, India –
    “The government in Burma needs to respond to the concerns of the international community as set out” in the Oct. 11 statement, he said. Myanmar is also …
  19. UN against Myanmar: progress too “slow”
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    The regime in former Burma was heavily criticised last year for its violent repression of anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks in late September. …
  20. UNSC urges early return of Gambari to Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr. Gambari could help facilitate this.” Gambari, who visited Burma twice after the ruling junta brutally …
  21. Security Council urges more progress in Burma
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    … to Myanmar,” he said. Gambari called for all countries that had expressed support for his mission in Burma to back up their words with concrete actions. …
  22. Healing languages comfort clinic’s patients
    Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
    Spanish is just one of many languages and dialects that medical staff have encountered as they see patients from places such as Myanmar (formerly Burma), …
  23. Brown to raise Myanmar issue with PM
    Hindustan Times, India –
    … the regime in Burma to take reforms seriously.” Acknowledging the “difference of views” with India on the methodology to ensure democracy in Myanmar, …
  24. Brown to convey British concerns on Myanmar to India
    Indian Muslims, CA –
    The British high commissioner to India underscored “the greater need for international pressure to move the regime in Burma to take reforms seriously. …
  25. Snap ties with Myanmar, India urged
    Hindu, India –
    … amicable solution to the Myanmar imbroglio,” said the resolution passed at the meeting organized jointly by Mizoram Committee for Democracy in Burma and …
  26. Defense Focus: India’s T-90 deal — Part 4
    United Press International –
    Myanmar, formerly Burma, has long been unfriendly and is run by a ruthless authoritarian dictatorship backed by China to India’s east, and while relations …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 5:03 pm

UN council raps Burma for lack of reform

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Bangkok Post (17 Jan 2008)

New York (dpa) – The UN Security Council on Thursday decried Burma’s “slow rate” of progress to bring democratic reform to the country and called on the military government to hold new talks with UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari.

Gambari is set to visit China and India later this month – and also Burma, but only if its military leaders agree to receive him.

It will be Gambari’s fourth visit to Asia since last year to discuss the situation in Burma.

Gambari met with the 15-nation council to discuss his diplomatic efforts, which began after the military government in Myanmar crushed pro-democracy demonstrations in August. China had helped Gambari twice obtain visas to Burma.

The council said it “regretted the slow rate of progress so far towards meeting the objectives,” which were set out after an earlier meeting in October. The council then called for democratic reform, national reconciliation and release of political prisoners, including the head of the opposition National League of Democracy party, Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Council members underscored the importance of making further progress, noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr Gambari could help facilitate this,” the statement after Thursday’s meeting said. The UN uses the military regime’s name for Burma.

Gambari told reporters his diplomatic troubleshooting was aimed at working out a comprehensive solution to the crisis, which in addition to democratic reform, includes combatting drug trafficking, child soldiers and ethnic minorities. He said the diplomatic efforts demanded patience and perseverance.

Gambari urged council members to unite in supporting UN efforts to bring democracy to Burma, one of the world’s poorest nations. He suggested that some members showed “nuance” in their support of those efforts.

US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said following the closed-door discussion by the council that Gambari needs “help” in his efforts in order to achieve progress.

He called on governments to increase pressure on Burma, without specifying measures, while Gambari is holding talks to improve the situation in the country.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=125233

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm

World Focus on Burma (15-11-2007)

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  1. UN Envoy Reports on Extent of Myanmar Crackdown
    PBS –

    JIM LEHRER: Next, an update on the suppression of anti-government demonstrators in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The United Nations special envoy for human …

  2. UPDATE 1-EU warns may tighten Myanmar sanctions-draft
    Reuters UK, UK –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  3. UN human rights body backs new probe of Myanmar
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

    … triggered by a 500 percent oil price rise in the former Burma. The Brazilian professor, who visited Myanmar in November, said at least 31 people died …

  4. UN Human Rights Council To Send Expert To Burma
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    … 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments. …
  5. Energy for Thailand, Tragedy for Burma
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    General vulnerability in Myanmar is defined by accelerating impoverishment and the growing inability of the social service structures to address the basic …
  6. BURMA – BIRD FLU Burma reports first human case of bird flu
    France24, France –
    By Reuters The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday announced Myanmar (Burma)’s first human case of bird flu. The victim, a seven-year-old girl, …
  7. Mission of Burma Have a Burmese Mission
    Pitchforkmedia.com, IL –

    … the stage at Allston, ma’s Great Scott January 20 to benefit the politically and economically troubled southeast Asian nation of Burma (aka Myanmar). …

  8. An Adventure in Burma
    DCist.com, DC –
    … his people’s continuous fight for democracy (Burma was officially renamed Myanmar in 1989 but pro-democracy advocates refuse to acknowledge the change). …
  9. Canada enforces sanctions on Myanmar
    AFP –

    … to Burma, the Burmese regime has been completely unwilling to undertake genuine reform,” said Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier, referring to Myanmar by …

  10. Vote possible in House of Representatives to give US Congress’ top …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives could vote as early as next week on whether to present Congress’ highest civilian honor to Myanmar democracy …
  11. Spies, suspicion and empty monasteries – Burma today
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –

    Buddhist monks at the Chaukhtatgyi Paya, or reclining Buddha, monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, Burma. Photograph: Sean Smith The security policemen who …

  12. Myanmar reports its first human case of bird flu, in 7-year-old girl
    Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar has confirmed the country’s first case of a human being infected by bird flu, state media reported Saturday. …
  13. Bird flu resurfaces in Asia, deaths and poultry outbreaks reported
    USA Today –
    The World Health Organization also confirmed Burma’s first human case. A 7-year-old girl from the eastern Shan State became ill Nov. …
  14. Religion dominated the public stage in 2007
    East Valley Tribune, AZ –
    … boldly marched this fall in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to raise world awareness of the military junta, which has cracked down on dissent over its actions. …
  15. Burma’s first human case of avian flu confirmed
    Mizzima.com, India –
    The state-owned media New Light of Myanmar reported the outbreak saying the situation is under control. Earlier, the Burmese authorities concealed the …
  16. Richard Paw U, 85, helped unite Island Buddhists
    Honolulu Advertiser, HI –
    … Burma, he saw many changes in his lifetime, including the takeover of the area by a militia. The area of his birthplace is now known as Sittwe, Myanmar. …
  17. Serbia angered by EU move to send mission to Kosovo
    Serbianna.com, MI –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  18. Obama can restore global trust
    Berkshire Eagle, MA –
    In October, I was looking at curios in the lobby of a small hotel in Burma (called Myanmar by the junta that rules it), when a very well dressed and coifed …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 15, 2007 at 2:48 am

World Focus on Burma (9-12-2007)

  1. Burundi and Myanmar reported to Security Council over child …
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    New York, 08 December, (Asiantribune.com): “The issue of recruitment and use of children continues to be a problem in Myanmar both with regard to the …
  2. All The News Deemed Unfit To Print
    CBS News, NY –
    … the ruling junta and thousands were being killed, Aung Zaw, disguised as a monk, escaped through the land-mined jungles of Burma (Myanmar) to Thailand. …
  3. Marines and academics join over foreign relations
    Los Angeles Times, CA –
    asked Gourevitch, a reference to the recent deadly clash between protesters and the authoritarian government in the nation also known as Burma. …
  4. SAVE AND SHARE
    Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
    … for meetings about things we can do to alert the school and the rest of the world about Aung San Suu Kyi and the human rights crisis in Burma (Myanmar). …
  5. Exiles try to keep pressure on Burmese rulers
    Boston Globe, United States –
    … with Western countries to stiffen economic sanctions and to donate cash to support political activity inside Burma, which the generals call Myanmar. …
  6. A former rebel’s grief
    Toronto Star, Canada –
    (In the wake of the crackdown on September’s monk-led pro-democracy protests, Canada further tightened sanctions against Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
  7. Agenda of the General Affairs and External Relations Council …
    ABHaber, Belgium – GENERAL AFFAIRS and EXTERNAL RELATIONS COUNCIL
    During its external relations session, the Council will address Economic Partnership Agreements (epas) and will review the situation in Burma/Myanmar, …
  8. Merkle: Mugabe trampling human rights
    United Press International –
    Merkle singled out Zimbabwe, Sudan, Belarus, and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, as guilty of bad governance and human rights abuses, Britain’s Telegraph …

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December 9, 2007 at 1:04 am

Myanmar: Open Letter to EU Leaders

Amnesty International Press Release

Myanmar: Open Letter to EU Leaders

22/11/2007 6:00:00

 

21 November 2007

OPEN LETTER TO EU LEADERS

Major opportunities for action on Myanmar at EU-Asia summits

Amnesty International calls on the EU to make the ongoing political and human rights crisis in Myanmar a central issue on the agendas of the forthcoming EU-ASEAN summit and the subsequent summits with China and India. The situation in Myanmar calls for concerted engagement by EU and Asian leaders to develop an effective international response with a particular focus on human rights.

 

 

Notwithstanding concerns about the process for reaching agreement on the new ASEAN Charter, Amnesty International welcomes the inclusion of the commitment to promote, protect and respect human rights, and to establish a regional human rights body. ASEAN must now make good on this commitment, by addressing serious violations of human rights within ASEAN member states.

 

Seven weeks after the brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Myanmar in September, serious human rights violations continue unabated in the country. Widespread arbitrary detentions, hostage taking, beatings and torture in custody and enforced disappearances clearly disprove any claims from the Myanmar authorities that the situation in the country has returned to normal.

The EU has made a number of strong statements on the deteriorating situation in Myanmar, and has also made demarches to strategic countries in the region. The upcoming summits with ASEAN on 22 November and with China and India on 28 and 30 November, constitute three important opportunities to reaffirm with the key actors in the region that they should emphasise to Myanmar the urgent need to:

 

  • immediately and unconditionally release all those who were arrested for exercising their right to freedom or expression;
  • reveal the identity and location of all detainees, guarantee their wellbeing, and allow immediate and independent access to them; and
  • co-operate fully with the UN, including by complying with the substantive demands set out in the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 2 October 2007.

 

The government of Myanmar and its military, security and police forces have a well documented record of serious human rights violations, which the United Nations has described as widespread and systematic. However a number of states, including China, India and members of ASEAN, continue to supply military and security equipment to the Myanmar authorities, which can only serve to facilitate the ongoing abuses.

 

The arms embargoes which the EU and the US have in place regarding transfers to Myanmar are important, but insufficient. Although the EU arms embargo is legally binding, and covers indirect transfers of military components, there is currently no comprehensive EU-wide control system in place to ensure that member states can effectively implement and enforce their embargo commitments.

In addition to taking steps to ensure that implementation of its own arms embargo is watertight, the EU should call on:

 

  • the UN Security Council to impose an international arms embargo on Myanmar; and
  • Asian nations to cease all arms transfers to Myanmar.

You can download this letter at the bottom of this page in pdf format.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 22, 2007 at 6:14 am

World Focus on Burma (19-11-2007)

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  1. Junta wins by playing Suu Kyi card effectively
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By KYAW ZWA MOE Believe it or not, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has prolonged the lifespan of Burma’s repressive junta. …
  2. Toothless charter will hurt Asean credibility
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    This principle has already severely limited what Asean has been willing to do in relation to Burma. Another limitation of the charter is the fact that …
  3. WE DON’T WANT VIOLENCE
    Electric New Paper, Singapore –
    … when Burma finally achieves democracy, foreigners who come to Burma will also show respect for our country,’ he said. Another Myanmar national, mrkyaw …
  4. Activists urge Asean to tighten screws on Yangon as summit kicks …
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    In her speech, Ms Ng reiterated: “My own view is that it (Asean) should not be slow to take Myanmar to task, including suspending it, if its military rulers …
  5. Students defy Myanmar protest ban at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    “We want to say that the world is still watching and has not forgotten about Burma,” Muzaffar said. Continued…
  6. THE ASEAN DREAM: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
    Electric New Paper, Singapore –
    Nothing has done more in recent months to give a sense of relevance to Asean among ordinary Singaporeans than the situation in Myanmar, Mr Yeo pointed out. …
  7. China backs ASEAN on Myanmar
    Hindu, India –
    SINGAPORE: China on Sunday threw its weight behind the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) by taking the line that the Myanmar crisis be …
  8. ASEAN Refuses To Accept US Senate’s Resolution To Debar Myanmar
    AHN –
    … Asian countries (ASEAN) on Sunday has refused to accept the US Senate’s resolution for suspending Myanmar (also called Burma) from the regional group. …
  9. Arroyo, Burma PM meet before summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Minister Thein Sein of Burma (Myanmar) — two leaders whose governments have come under international scrutiny over allegations of human rights abuses. …
  10. Myanmar’s neighbours should play greater role
    South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
    Western nations are pressuring the leaders to impose sanctions on the nation’s military rulers or throw Myanmar out of the 10-member Association of …
  11. Southeast Asians finalize landmark constitution that will set up …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … Asian nation once known as Burma. A glimmer of hope for democracy in Myanmar has been raised by the recent efforts of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, ..
  12. ASEAN leaders to tackle Myanmar their way
    ABS CBN News, Philippines –
    … time as the government of Burma has demonstrated improved respect for and commitment to human rights.” Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. …
  13. Asean summit embarrassed by Burma’s rulers
    Financial Times (subscription), UK –
    But many suspect the real rationale is to shield Burma’s military rulers, including Thein Sein, the prime minister, from the public gaze. …
  14. Official media: More peace groups, militia object some points of …
    Xinhua, China –
    The series of statements of the peace groups and militia, carried in the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar in the last two days, include those of …
  15. China to Reject Imposing Sanctions on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    … effort to bring about change in the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. China will say it “is in favor of democratic change in Myanmar, …
  16. Myanmar says it will sign ASEAN Charter
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    SINGAPORE – Myanmar will this week sign a new charter for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which commits members to promote human rights …
  17. Southeast Asian ministers adopt landmark charter
    AFP –
    However, democracy activists have rejected it as inadequate because it does not include a mechanism to suspend or eject Myanmar from the grouping despite …
  18. SBY has chance to make history with Myanmar
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    President Yudhoyono also needs to personally tell Myanmar’s new prime minister, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, who will also attend a regional summit, to convey the …
  19. UN envoy sees “opportunity” in Myanmar
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    SINGAPORE – UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari sees “a window of opportunity” in Myanmar and hopes to return to the country before year’s end, …
  20. Junta not welcome in Singapore’s Little Burma
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein, in Singapore for the ASEAN summit, would not be too welcome at Peninsula Plaza, the hub for the …
  21. Stubborn Myanmar question looms over ASEAN signing – Feature
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Despite the international uproar over the crackdown, ASEAN has rejected calls to suspend Myanmar until the crisis is resolved. The Free Burma Coalition, …
  22. Adieu to the ‘Asean Way’
    Wall Street Journal –
    If these recommendations are adopted, Asean’s commitment to reform will immediately be tested by how it will deal with Myanmar’s generals. ..
  23. CWS Hotline 19 Nov 2007: Dominican Republic, Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is worsening. Poverty in some regions has reached critical levels, with severe food insecurity and many landless …
  24. Students defy police, march along Singapore’s premier boulevard
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘We also hope that more people will come out and show solidarity with Burma.’ Myanmar has become the focus of protests worldwide after a violent crackdown …
  25. China backs UN efforts in Myanmar, hopes for national …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … first led the peaceful demonstrations against the fuel hikes and inflation that were pummeling the impoverished people of Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
  26. Protest Singapore Style; 3 Marchers, 19 Media, 1000 Police
    Bloomberg –
    19 (Bloomberg) — A planned protest in Singapore against Asian leaders’ “tacit” approval of Myanmar’s fatal crackdown on demonstrations fizzled today when …
  27. Asian path to assistance
    Washington Times, DC –
    Following an Asian path is likely to be a more effective way of promoting positive change in Burma. The military regime that came to power in Burma/Myanmar …
  28. US says ASEAN reputation at stake over handling of Myanmar
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … ASEAN has been called into question because of the situation in Burma … It just can’t be business as usual,» she said. Myanmar is also known as Burma.
  29. Nations in need of stability
    Indianapolis Star, United States –
    Earlier this month, two leading United Nations officials seeking to bring peace and stability to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan incurred the wrath of …
  30. India’s Myanmar policy could provoke the Northeast
    Merinews, India –
    Things went well for New Delhi until the sudden uprising in adjoining Burma (also known as Myanmar). While New Delhi invited critical comments from …
  31. Shades of Tiananmen Square return
    Elmira Star-Gazette, NY –
    In Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), a small country in South Asia, civilians calling for democracy have suffered similar consequences. …
  32. ASEAN leaders to confront Myanmar
    AFP –
    … to push Myanmar’s generals towards democracy, but so far it has been reluctant to take any punitive action against the nation formerly known as Burma. …
  33. Asean under pressure over Myanmar
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    Leaders from the Association of South-East Asian Nations are facing renewed pressure to take action against Myanmar as they gather for an annual summit in …
  34. US Says Possible to Finish Trade Talks in 14 Months (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar is a member of Asean, which has rebuffed calls for sanctions against the military-ruled country, formerly known as Burma. …
  35. Myanmar supports ASEAN Charter after human rights body neutered
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    SINGAPORE (AP): Myanmar gave its full backing Monday to a landmark Southeast Asian charter that will create an agency to review the region’s human rights …
  36. Asean finalises historic charter
    BBC News, UK –
    “If you make all these fierce statements and supposing we say we expel Myanmar [Burma] from Asean, what difference does it make?” Mr Lee told the BBC. …
  37. EU, ASEAN scratch each other’s backs
    Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
    The latter is all the more imperative following the sad events in Myanmar. The EU has a strong interest that Burma/Myanmar develops into a democratic and …
  38. Burma ‘must comply’ with pact
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expects Burma to comply with a landmark charter after the military-ruled country made no objections …
  39. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Meets Liaison Minister
    The Associated Press –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  40. Myanmar’s detained Suu Kyi taken to state guesthouse
    Reuters UK, UK –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein was due later on Monday to brief his counterparts on events in the former Burma for the first time since the crackdown. …
  41. Detained Suu Kyi taken to govt guesthouse
    ABC Online, Australia –
    There are reports that Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been taken from the Rangoon villa where she has been held for the past four years to a …
  42. ASEAN urged to put rights component of new charter in separate treaty
    JURIST –
    ASEAN is facing criticism for allowing military-ruled Myanmar to sign the Charter, but a split such as described might save face by allowing Myanmar to …
  43. EU confirms tougher Myanmar sanctions
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘The EU looks forward to Mr Gambari’s return and reiterates its call on the government of Burma/Myanmar to afford him all possible assistance, …
  44. EU Tightens Sanctions as Myanmar Is Set to Sign Asian Charter
    Bloomberg –
    “Asean has special responsibility when it comes to the situation in Burma,” US Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today in Singapore. …
  45. Japan, Myanmar pms may discuss reforms, killing: aides
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    … and opponents led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ‘I cannot specifically predict what they will discuss but in recent meetings with Myanmar, …
  46. ASEAN countries oppose Singapore’s plan for UN envoy to brief …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    Myanmar objected to the briefing and other ASEAN countries, except Singapore, supported Myanmar, a senior Malaysian official told Malaysian journalists. …
  47. Myanmar crackdown tests a core value of Asean
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “The reputation and credibility of Asean as an organization has been called into question because of the situation in Burma.” Many analysts predict that …
  48. US optimistic about Doha trade talks
    BusinessWeek –
    … deal done,” said US Trade Representative Susan Schwab on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore. …
  49. US Trade Representative Says Situation in Burma Undermining …
    Voice of America –
    Ambassador Schwab told VOA that ASEAN has, in her words, a special responsibility when it comes to Burma. “I think the key is business as usual just doesn’t …
  50. Philippines Could Block New Asia Charter
    The Associated Press –
    The US and other nations have strongly criticized ASEAN for its relatively conciliatory approach toward the junta controlling Myanmar, a bloc member that …
  51. Philippines want Myanmar to restore democracy
    Pravda, Russia –
    Unless Myanmar restores democracy and frees Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader, it is unlikely to ratify a landmark Southeast Asian charter, …
  52. UN envoy Gambari briefing on Myanmar to Asian leaders cancelled …
    ABCmoney.co.uk, UK –
    By : Agencies SINGAPORE (Thomson Financial) – Southeast Asian leaders have called off a briefing by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari on the situation in Myanmar …
  53. Pressuring ASEAN on Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    The extrajudicial killings here and the slaying of pro-democracy protesters in Burma (Myanmar) have roused virulent reactions. …
  54. US envoy won’t address Asian summit as planned after Myanmar objects
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    It is a difficult problem for Myanmar,» Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the chairman of ASEAN, told reporters, after reading out the statement. …
  55. Burma: Targeted Sanctions Needed on Petroleum Industry
    Reuters AlertNet, UK –
    These entities include the Burmese government’s Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a state company under the Ministry of Energy whose earnings benefit …
  56. UPADTE 1-ASEAN calls for democracy in Myanmar, bars UN envoy
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations said on Monday that Myanmar should work with the United Nations on democracy and release political detainees, …
  57. ASEAN calls off UN envoy briefing on Myanmar at summit (Extra)
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Singapore – The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday abruptly called off a scheduled address by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari at a …
  58. UN study spotlights serious development gaps among ASEAN members
    UN News Centre –
    19 November 2007 – As the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) get set to discuss a plan for greater regional integration at …
  59. Junta seizes Chinese mobile phones in northern Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    While Burmese mobile phones (operated by the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication) cost about 3000000 kyat the Chinese mobile phones cost about 100000 kyats. …
  60. US criticises ASEAN as Myanmar overshadows new charter
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    By Neil Chatterjee SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations called on Myanmar on Monday to move towards democracy after facing criticism and …
  61. ASEAN stands ready to help Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By Valarie Tan, Channel newsasia | Posted: 20 November 2007 0247 hrs SINGAPORE : ASEAN leaders have agreed to let Myanmar deal with the United Nations on …