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US group studies potential war crimes by Myanmar military

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — An independent US group is to carry out unprecedented studies to determine whether Myanmar’s military rulers, accused of rampant human rights abuses, have committed international crimes.

The Center for Constitutional Democracy at Indiana University’s school of law said it would launch the research based on anecdotal evidence of “severe mistreatment” of marginalized ethnic groups by the junta.

“At this stage of the project, I can’t honestly say that there are international crimes,” the center’s executive director, David Williams, told AFP by telephone.

“What I can say is there may be, and part of our goal would be to gather the evidence and try to come out with some objective conclusions about whether there are or not,” he said.

The center’s goal, he said, was to make focused research “in areas where perhaps it is most likely that international crimes were committed.”

Only the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) can determine whether international crimes, such as war crimes and crimes against humanity, have been committed by any individual or group.

So far, Williams said, there has been no institutional focus on possible international crimes committed by Myanmar’s junta, which imposed a bloody crackdown of pro-democracy protests in September earning global condemnation.

The crackdown — according to United Nations figures — left 31 people dead and 74 others missing, and resulted in thousands of arrests.

The military rulers had also come under international fire and were called “heartless” by some humanitarian groups for initially not allowing foreign aid when a cyclone left 138,000 people dead or missing in May.

Myanmar also houses more than 2,100 political prisoners, including democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest.

Williams said that although the ICC had not initiated any study on the military junta’s record so far, “ours might be a good place for them to get started.

“It might help the various investigators know where to go and what allegations to examine and so forth,” he said.

When asked whether in his personal opinion some of the junta’s actions could be deemed as international crimes, Williams said: “What I might be able to say is that it looks to me, in my professional opinion, like there is a good chance that it is.

“And it makes sense therefore to bring a prosecution because there is enough evidence that a court should be able to see it.”

The university group’s staff had been for the last six years helping ethnic groups inside Myanmar — at their request — draw up constitutional reforms in their struggle to win greater freedom and rights.

Law professor Williams had smuggled himself into Myanmar on various occasions and worked on constitutional reforms with the Karen ethnic group, fighting the government since 1947 in the world’s longest running civil war.

“I am hearing endless stories about how the military government is murdering villagers, it’s blowing up rice paddies so that they dry out, it’s setting fires to villages, it’s laying mines in those villages so that when the people come back some of them get blown up,” he said.

“The result is that they have to move often to hills and find a new place to build a village and start growing rice. That means in a relatively short period of time there is famine because old rice paddies have to be abandoned.”

Williams said while he did not witness the Myanmar military units attacking the Karen guerilla resistance units, he saw “evidence of the military going after the civilian population.

“That’s just the tip of the iceberg in itself and that doesn’t constitute conclusive evidence of an international crime but it makes you think,” he said.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 1, 2008 at 10:53 am

World focus on Burma (1 October 2008)

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Bus drivers’ licences revoked by Dala authorities
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… have revoked the licences of private bus drivers whom they accuse of suspending their services to mark Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday on 19 June. …

Growing list of companies implicated in Chinese milk scandal, Italy –
The ones who are paying no attention to the scandal are the military junta leaders in Myanmar. Although the government has prohibited the importing of …

Win Tin’s Logical Principles
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win told the UN General Assembly on Monday, “Peace and stability now prevails in almost all parts of the country. …

The Freedom We Know –
Areas of the world where Christians face persecution include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), …

Reports of Rape Surface in Cyclone-devastated Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Reports of rape and other abuses of women are surfacing as communities in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta continue to recover from May’s Cyclone Nargis. …

Chinese Dam Incurs KIO Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The KIO, which signed a ceasefire with the Burmese junta in 1994, was reportedly unhappy that several projects to build dams in Kachin State in northern …

Cyber cafes ordered to close early
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Suffering from an unnamed fear on the 1st anniversary of the saffron revolution the Burmese military junta has ordered cyber cafes to close early in the …

Generals Authorized to Buy Land Cruisers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The latest perk for Burma’s senior military officials is a Toyota Land Cruiser, according to a source close to the military government. …

Elected MP Dr Myo Win dies aged 54
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He took part in the 1988 uprising and became the chairman of Kawa township National League for Democracy and won his seat in the 1990 election with 67.65 …

Journal Punished for Defying Order to Drop Win Tin Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Board ordered the suppression of a report on Win Tin’s release and a short profile of the freed political prisoner. …

Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Malaysia has joined the ranks of China, Vietnam and Burma as a leading violator of online freedom. Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, also known as RPK, …

Revolting comedy stunt
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –
“Last week we freed Burmese dissident U Win Tin because of a couple of Amnesty gigs in the Whitla Hall. If Saturday night goes well I reckon Guantanamo Bay …

Burma’s Neighbors Absorbing Cyclone Survivors
Free Speech Radio News, CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were already at their highest levels in years. To make matters worse, salt water now …

Aid and water dry up in Burma’s cyclone zone
Times Online, UK –
Lurking in the background is the deepest fear of all — another cyclone, as strong, or stronger. Nargis was unprecedented in Burmese history, …

Naypyidaw auctions seized vehicles in southern Burma
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
The junta only gave back the seized cars to DKBA. NMSP lost dozens of cars in 2003 and does not dare to buy it back afraid that regime’s law is not …

Mizzima websites hacked, India –
Mizzima, however, is still unable to confirm whether the attack is the work of the Burmese military junta, which has banned Mizzima’s websites inside the …

Media groups alarmed over murder of journalists
GMA, Philippines –
In addition, the PEC and the ICPJ feel encouraged by the liberation of Burmese journalist U Win Tin (79 years old) after 20 years of detention in Burma. …

Horrific comedy stunt
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –
“Last week we freed Burmese dissident U Win Tin because of a couple of Amnesty gigs in the Whitla Hall. If Saturday night goes well I reckon Guantanamo Bay …

WASHINGTON (AFP) — An independent US group is to carry out unprecedented studies to determine whether Myanmar’s military rulers, accused of rampant human …

NLD warned over ‘dictatorship’ remarks
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The establishment of a government that guarantees basic human rights is the NLD’s aim, and therefore stopping the re-emergence of dictatorship is also the …

Religious freedom hanging in the balance in Burma, India –
… the report calls out the generals on their attempt to “systematically restrict efforts by Buddhist clergy to promote human rights and political freedom. …

Junta claims international law on its side, condemns sanctions, India –
The tirade, on the session’s last day of debate, linked the prospects of a more economically integrated Burma to the betterment of both the region’s and…

Junta issues warning on tainted milk, India –
A report in the Burmese language newspaper Myanmar Ahlin, an official government mouth-piece, on Tuesday said with Chinese milk and milk products found to …

Burmese refugees join seasonal work force
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
This group of refugees from Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, were forced to leave their country because of war and persecution. Coming soon? …

Burma’s State Media Still Mum on Tainted Milk Powder
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the semi-official Myanmar Times weekly newspaper earlier published a story that said all imported dairy products from …

Burma Discovers Large New Coal Mine in Shan State
RedOrbit, TX –
Yangon, 1 October: Myanmar [Burma] has discovered a new large coal mine in northern part of the country’s Shan state and mining of the mineral will start …

Mon National Democratic Front Liberation Area (MNDF-LA) founded
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
… founded in Mae Sot yesterday to join hands with Mon organizations and other opposition groups in exile to continue the struggle for democracy in Burma. …

The threat of Indian globalisation
Thought Leader, South Africa –
Predictably, human rights, labour and environmental issues are some of the concerns at the heart of the Chinese dilemma. The emerging Chinese economic …

Activists Re-Assess Their “China Strategy”
UN Dispatch –
Since then, though, many human rights activists have been dismayed by China’s alliances with Zimbabwe, Burma, and Sudan–and have complained that China uses …

Cooking With the Enemy
New York Times, United States –

She thinks India, Pakistan and Israel are pretty slippery, as are Cuba, Burma (which she refuses to call Myanmar) and China. Each country gets a chapter, …

Luxury cruises on the Rajang
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
… reviving the name of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company of old Burma which in the 1920s, ran a fleet of more than 650 vessels on the rivers of Myanmar. …

Burmese ruby ban takes effect
National Jeweler Network, NY –

Gems from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) that entered the country prior to the ban can still be bought and sold in the United States, at least as long as …

Neither engagement nor sanctions
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win demanded the West to revoke the sanctions placed on Burma at the UN General …

Chandigarh Tribune, India –
35 Burma nationals nabbed: Border Security Force personnel nabbed 35 Burma (Myanmar) nationals while they were trying to sneak into the Pakistan territory …

Slow recovery for Burma’s cyclone victims
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

… Burma – The locals say things will never be the same in Mya Sein Ken, deep in the heart of the cyclone-savaged delta in southern Burma (Myanmar). …

Security Council Extends UNMIL’s Presence
The News Newspaper Online, Liberia –

The Security Council Monday extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through September 2009, and authorized Secretary-General …

Karazdic caught, attention turns to Mladic

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Ratko Mladic, pictured in 1994

Radovan Karadzic FLASH GRAPHIC

BELGRADE (AFP) — With war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic finally in custody, Serbia came under increased pressure Thursday to capture his fugitive wartime military chief Ratko Mladic, also wanted for genocide.

“The Serbs are making a step forward in closing an ugly chapter in their past, and I just hope that Mladic is next,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Singapore during an Asian tour.

Karadzic, disguised under flowing white locks of hair and thick beard, was arrested while riding a suburban bus in Belgrade on Monday night.

He is set to be moved to the UN war crimes court in the next few days despite mounting a legal challenge against the transfer from his prison cell in the Serbian capital.

The wartime Bosnian Serb leader intends to defend himself in the trial, raising concerns of a chaotic, marathon case like that of his former ally, Slobodan Milosevic, who died in detention at The Hague-based tribunal in 2006.

Karadzic, 63, had gone into hiding the year after he was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1995 together with Mladic, 65.

Both face charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, willful killing, persecutions, deportation and inhumane acts against Muslims, Croats and other non-Serb civilians during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

As more details emerged about the fake life Karadzic led as a guru healer to avoid being caught during more than a decade on the run, Rice said his arrest was a major “step forward for Serbia.”

“It showed tremendous will on the part of this new Serbian government, and I just hope there will be accelerated efforts” to help Belgrade in its bid for integration into the European Union, Rice said on a tour of Asia.

Full cooperation with the ICTY is the European Union’s main pre-condition for Serbia’s EU accession bid, and several bloc members oppose any advancement of its integration until the two remaining fugitives are caught.

The think-tank International Crisis Group on Thursday warned Brussels against rewarding Belgrade for Karadzic’s arrest until Mladic and Croatian Serb war crimes fugitive Goran Hadzic are sent to The Hague.

“The government should take advantage of the momentum and arrest the last two remaining indictees, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, by the end of this year,” the analyst James Lyon said in a commentary on the ICG website.

“Until it does so, the European Union should hold off on offering concessions or incentives.”

Meanwhile, Serbian police launched an investigation into the network that helped Karadzic remain at large for so long, thanks to his new identity as a long-haired alternative medicine practitioner.

Karadzic had assumed the identity of Dragan Dabic, an individual who was still alive in northern Serbian town Ruma, said Serbian Minister in charge of cooperation with the ICTY Rasim Ljajic.

Personal data on the identity cards of both men were the “same,” Ljajic told Beta news agency.

“The photos were the only difference between the two identity cards,” Ljajic said.

And Dabic himself told Tanjug news agency that the only similarities between him and Karadzic were that both had been born in 1942, were married and have two children.

“These are my only similarities with Karadzic, we do not even look alike,” said retired worker Dabic.

Karadzic’s lawyer Svetozar Vujacic insisted again that his client had been arrested on Friday in a local bus, confronting official statement that had put the arrest on Monday.

“Three witnesses in the bus are ready to testify,” Vujacic said, adding that he had, in the name of his client, filed a charge against unknown persons for “kidnapping Radovan Karadzic.”

For the third consecutive day, about 1,000 ultra-nationalists gathered in central Belgrade for a protest against Karadzic’s arrest.

Under heavy police scrutiny, they marched along central Belgrade avenues, chanting Karadzic’s name and shouting insults towards Serbian pro-European authorities and journalists covering the protest.

Vujacic said he would file an appeal against his client’s transfer to the ICTY at the last minute, to drag out the process.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 24, 2008 at 6:37 pm

World focus on Burma (20 June 2008)

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Cindy McCain praises UN relief for cyclone victims

The Associated Press –

… at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok where the United Nations’ World Food Program collects supplies it then airlifts to Myanmar, also called Burma. …

Event is celebration for former refugees

Akron Beacon Journal, OH –

Lwin, who fled the ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, several years ago, said his art is about standing witness to the persecution of those in …

CRWRC Historic Midwest Floods hit Denomination’s Heartland

Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –

For Press interview with Jacob Kramer about Myanmar/Burma earthquake response and international relief programs at 1-800-730-3490. …

Myanmar cyclone 2008: Work report 2

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck the South-western of Myanmar on 2 May 2008. The scale of destruction and loss is massive with government figures listing …

Arrests at Myanmar Suu Ky rally, Qatar –

Myanmar’s military government has detained 14 opposition party members after a protest in Yangon calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San …

India among 10 worst violators of refugees rights in USCRIs 2008 list, Thailand –

Washington, June 20 (ANI): India is among the ten worst violators of refugees’ rights according to the World Refugee Survey 2008, which is releasing the …

It takes courage to be a refugee

Sudbury Star, Canada –

… abroad to respond to the many needs of refuges in places like Tamil Nadu, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and on the border of Myanmar, Burma. …

Burmese exiles call for Suu Kyi’s release on her birthday

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Burmese exiles in Thailand yesterday called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma on her 63rd birthday. …

Junta continues tightening security outside NLD office, India –

We are now here discussing and reviewing the experiences of Burma’s referendum in May,” the youth leader told Mizzima over telephone. …

Birthday present for Daw Suu: Waves of ‘Saffron Revolution’, India –

It was no doubt Ko Sein Win created a remarkable opportunity for me to write a Burma related article after a three-year lull. At that time, hundreds of …

Women’s League of Burma Demonstrates for Daw Suu Kyi in Bangladesh

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: The Women’s League of Burma in Bangladesh staged a demonstration in Dhaka on the occasion of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday, calling for her …

Events calendar

Monterey County Herald, CA –

Greg Curtis to speak on his 1995 trip to Myanmar/Burma. 6p.m. optional potluck, 6:50 short meeting followed by Curtis’ presentation on Monday, June 23, …

Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis, EU Calls for Democracy in Myanmar

STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Slovenia –

The EU has called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the aftermath of the …

UN: Security Council Condemns Rape As War Crime

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –

Scotland also pointed to the case of Aung San Suu Kyi, the longtime opposition leader in Myanmar — also known as Burma — who is under house arrest. …

EU leaders to issue appeal to Myanmar regime to release pro … (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – EU leaders have appealed to Myanmar’s military leaders to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political …

Rice Discusses Burma with Ban

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Peace and stability now prevail in almost all corners of Myanmar [Burma], significantly improving the daily life of civilians, particularly women and …

Petition Filed Against Detention of Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON Claiming that the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and in violation of international law, Freedom Now, …

Exhibit reveals refugee hopes, struggles

Albany Times Union, NY –

The 69-year-old rice grower and his 66-year-old wife fled after the military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, burned their village, seized their …

Firsthand tale of Burma relief frustrations

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

By contrast, in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the governing junta, “there’s no rhyme or reason. You don’t know why you can go here today and tomorrow you can’t …

Myanmar refugees sidelined after cyclone, food price rise

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… crisis on the Thai-Myanmar border is being forgotten. Food for the refugees is provided by relief agency TBBC, the Thai Burma Border Consortium, …

Suu Kyi in good health after cyclone: party official


YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in good health when her personal doctor visited her after last month’s deadly …

Another ‘unhappy birthday’ for Aung San Suu Kyi

OpEdNews, PA –

However, in reality, she will surely have to go alone for one more year unable to contribute to the emergence of a developed and democratic Burma. …

Open Doors Works to Reach Burma, VA –

Open Doors reports that thousands of Christians are among 2.4 million still suffering unimaginable pain in parts of Burma (Myanmar). …

UN classifies rape as ‘war crime’

Economic Times, India –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Area groups ready to help foreign outcasts rebuild lives

The Patriot-News –, PA –

… to southeast Asia, where Bhutanese have spent almost two decades in refugee camps and people are fleeing the military regime in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Relief after Burma’s Cyclone Nargis

Reader’s Digest, NY –

According to the United Nations, about 1 million of the 2.4 million people affected still need help in Myanmar (the country’s name was changed from Burma to …

14 held after Suu Kyi birthday protest in Myanmar

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

YANGON – Fourteen people were arrested after a pro-junta militia broke up a protest calling for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Asia among worst refugee rights abusers

Radio Australia, Australia – 9 hours ago

The group says Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Burma to Thailand, where some of them were sold into slavery and Thailand also forced refugees to return …

12 Protesters Detained in Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities detained 12 opposition party members calling for the release of the pro-democracy leader Daw …

Five Asian nations branded ‘worst’ violators of refugees’ rights


Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Myanmar to Thailand, where “some of them were sold into slavery — men to fishing boats and women to brothels,” said …

Activists seek Suu Kyi’s freedom on her b-day

Tempo, Philippines –

… San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday yesterday, calling on the military junta to release her and other political prisoners in Burma (Myanmar) from detention. …

Spouses Launch Image Campaigns, Seek Support for Presidential …

FOXNews –

There she also criticized the military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and vowed to make human rights a priority if she is the next first lady. …

Deaths in Vietnam, other wars undercounted: study

U.S. Daily, ca –

Other countries examined in the study were Myanmar (Burma), Georgia, Guatemala, Laos, Namibia, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo. …

Special day for Nelson refugee family

Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

Four years ago, Mrs Ram Kung fled Myanmar, formerly Burma, where she worked as a singer. She still holds a deep resentment of the military junta that has …

EU denounces call to flog Burma’s Suu Kyi

Radio Australia, Australia –

Meanwhile, Canada says it will take an additional 1300 Karen refugees from the Thai-Burma border. Canadian Immigration Minister, Diane Finley, …

Burma’s military break up pro-democracy rally

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military regime and its supporters have broken up a rally to mark the 63rd birthday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

UN denounces rape as ‘war crime’


“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Rice presses the UN to act on Zimbabwe violence

The Associated Press –

Rice also admonished Myanmar, also known as Burma. She cited its soldiers, who “have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old,” and …

New Boss is Determined to Keep the Faith at Al-jazeera

Buzzle, CA –

‘Our coverage of the Chinese earthquake, Myanmar (Burma) tsunami and Zimbabwe have been extraordinary.’ That may be true, but for reporters, …

Cindy McCain blasts Myanmar junta on Asia charity trip

International Herald Tribune, France –

Current first lady Laura Bush also has been a sharp critic of human rights abuses in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Cindy McCain said she would continue that …

Word Game Saves Lives After Myanmar Cyclone, UK –

Up to 100000 are feared dead due to Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the beginning of May. Visit OneWorld’s Myanmar …

Sexual Violence Threatens Stability, UN Council Says (Update1)

Bloomberg –

Rice cited the rape of girls as young as 8 years of age by soldiers in Myanmar, also known as Burma. At the same time, she noted that Myanmar opposition …

These boots are made for walking

Cowra Guardian, Australia –

Rotary is currently trying to send more to Myanmar (Burma) since Cyclone Nargis destroyed large portions of the country. They had an inkling they might take …

Democracy activists mark Suu Kyi’s birthday

The National, United Arab Emirates –

Indeed, the fact that the pro-democracy activist has spent every birthday since 2003 under house arrest in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was not lost on …

Junta thugs break up Suu Kyi rally

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

YANGON: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, detaining several members of the crowd chanting …

Jay’s cabin fever paid off

The Province, Canada –

Vancouver’s Jay White headed off to the Yukon last year, where he rented a cabin with his savings from doing animated commercials. …

Cindy McCain: It’s not about the wives

Baltimore Sun, United States –

KING: And the whole relief effort for Myanmar or many people would say Burma. You know the controversy. KING: Is the regime letting the aid in fast enough. …

Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday : Pro-Myanmar junta gang plays party spoiler

Daily Times, Pakistan –

… breaking,” Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK said last month. Dozens of people protested outside the Myanmar embassies in Bangkok and Manila, …

In exile, each day a struggle for them

Times of India, India –

NEW DELHI: For 57-year-old Dim, who was planning to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the ‘8888 Uprising’ demanding democracy in Myanmar (Burma), …

Aung San Suu Kyi Supporters Arrested

Voice of America –

They had just held a demonstration outside the offices of the National League for Democracy in Burma’s main city Rangoon. They had shouted slogans calling …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Protests and punches over Suu Kyi at 63

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Britain and France yesterday sent an open letter to Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to mark her 63rd birthday, calling for her immediate release …

Taiwan’s “Unsettled” International Status: Preserving US Options …, DC –

In reality, China believes Burma’s human rights violations “are purely Myanmar’s internal affairs.” In fact, China “urges relevant parties,” particularly …


Twelve detained on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

Myanmar’s military junta detained 12 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she marked her 63rd …

13 detained in Myanmar after pro-democracy support

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta detained 13 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Ada Evening News, OK –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Will corruption hurt Myanmar relief effort?

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Debbie Stothard from the advocacy group Alternative Asean Network on Burma said there wasn’t any doubt Myanmar’s government had already misused aid. …

Pro-junta gang attacks Suu Kyi supporters in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs have broken up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday on Thursday. At least six truckloads of the …

Thematic Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

US Department of State, DC –

In Burma, for instance, social – soldiers have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old. And I must note that what is tragic also in …

Myanmar after the cyclone

Economist, UK –

BUSINESSES in Myanmar are not famous for their public-spiritedness. But since last month’s cyclone, several well-known companies have helped the relief …

Meg Munn on Burma

Labour Party, UK –

As well as answering your questions on the political situation in Burma Meg talks about the humanitarian situation in Burma following the devastating …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Cindy McCain criticizes Myanmar’s leaders


… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Suu Kyi marks birthday in detention

MWC News, Canada –

By Agencies Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, are marking her 63rd birthday as she remains under house arrest in Yangon. …

Seven arrested in protest on Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday


“Your release from house arrest and your freedom to participate in Burma’s political future remain essential,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President …

Cindy McCain has harsh words for Myanmar’s leaders

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Benefit screening for Myanmar

Georgia Straight, Canada –

By Jennifer Van Evra It’s been seven weeks since cyclone Nargis ravaged the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. According to government estimates, …

Security still tight at NLD headquarter, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta is not taking chances on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday. Even after the National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Brown, Sarkozy demand Suu Kyi’s release, India –

”We admire your strength in reconciling the hopes of Burma’s (Myanmar) many groups and dedication to the country’s national integrity. …

US marks Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday, deplores her arrest


… fundamental political and civil rights by Burma’s military rulers,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday, using Myanmar’s former name. …

FAO Presses for Urgent Assistance for Burmese Farmers

Voice of America –

The Food and Agriculture Organization says $83 million is needed to allow farmers in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta region to plant a vital second rice crop during …

Gang wrecks Suu Kyi birthday rally

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, detaining several members of the crowd chanting for her release on …

Thugs disperse protesters on Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, detaining several people who were …

Myanmarese students observe 63rd birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi with …, Thailand –

The members of the Women’s League of Burma pressed that the government of India should urge Myanmar junta to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as …

Supporters mark Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 19, 2008 (DVB)–Supporters of detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma made offerings and held events to mark her 63rd …

Canada to welcome 1300 more Karen refugees

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

… Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that Canada will welcome an additional 1300 Karen refugees from Burma (also known as Myanmar) …

Nargis lingers, as Suu Kyi turns 63, India –

In a statement released today, the Women’s League of Burma prospered, “In times of trouble and disaster, we all need to hear the voice and reassurance of …

William Hague: Government must redouble efforts to raise Burma at …, UK –

“Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered over a decade of unjust imprisonment because of her extraordinary personal courage in standing up for the people of Burma. …

Sex and the City premiere raises $13000 for Myanmar relief

Royal Gazette, Bermuda – o

… Cross managed to raise $13602 through a fundraiser held on June 1, with all proceeds going toward relief for the Myanmar (also known as Burma) cyclone. …

‘Charge junta in war crimes court’

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Activist monks called on Thursday on the European Union to bring Burma’s junta leader Than Shwe before an international criminal court to face …

Burmese in Thailand, refugees of the “longest civil war in the world”, Italy –

Mae Sot (AsiaNews) – There are nine refugee camps along the western border between Thailand and Myanmar, but with its 43000 “guests”, the one in Mae La is …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm