March 2005


Yangon: Myanmar’s military junta adjourned much-criticised talks to draw up a new democratic constitution on Thursday, despite growing pressure from the region to speed up political change.

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Bangkok: Her 12-day-old daughter clasped to her breast and tears rolling down her cheeks, 30-year-old Aye Aye Win signed up at a Thai police station on Thursday to be sent to an uncertain future in a Myanmar refugee border camp.

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Yangon: Singapore and Myanmar (Burmese) leaders yesterday discussed political developments in Myanmar when they met for talks in this bustling capital. Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong was briefed on Myanmar’s democratization process shortly after arriving. The subject came up when he made separate calls on Prime Minister Soe Win and State Peace and Development Council Chairman Than Shwe in the afternoon.

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Manila: Lawmakers asked President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other Southeast Asian leaders Thursday to be more aggressive in bringing Myanmar to democracy, urging them to block it from leading a regional bloc next year unless it undertakes immediate reforms.

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Phnom Penh: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong during his official visit here Thursday that Cambodia supported Myanmar’s chairing of ASEAN in 2006.

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March 30: New Delhi: Thirty-five Burmese refugees, including ten children, have started an indefinite sit-in here since yesterday protesting the slash in the UNHRC subsistence allowance which has taken off roof above them.

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Washington: The United States and the European Union should boycott all Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings if Myanmar is allowed to chair the grouping in 2006 without embarking on democratic reforms, a ranking US Senator said Wednesday.

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Just as Burma’s neighbours start attacking it over its human rights record, there are signs the European Union might stop.

Malaysia and other members of Asean, the regional grouping, are warning its military junta to democratise or lose its chairmanship of Asean next year.

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Brussels: The European Union said Thursday it wanted Myanmar to release political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, if it wanted to hold a reputable chairmanship of the 10-nation ASEAN group next year.

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What on Earth is happening in Brussels? The European Commission, or EC, has organized an annual Burma Day session there on April 5, purportedly to discuss humanitarian aid to the sad country. Fine. But look at the meeting’s agenda, and guess who’s coming to dinner.

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A media training organisation in Chiang Mai seeks a manager for its grants program to start around early May. Women and members of all ethnic communities of Burma are encouraged to apply

The job begins with 3 months of on-the-job training with the Grants Program Director with the goal of taking over these duties:

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On the eve of a European gathering on the Burma issue in Brussels next week, many pro-democracy activists are casting doubt on the meeting and its main focus, an “independent” report which proposes a lifting of EU sanctions and engagement with the military regime.

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Yangon: Myanmar’s military rulers Wednesday warned owners of unlicensed cars that they have 24 hours to hand over the vehicles or face seven years in prison, state media reported.

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Yangon: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday, amid rumblings over whether the military-ruled nation should be allowed to become chairman of ASEAN as scheduled next year.

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March 27: Rangoon: It can be a tricky task to surf the Internet in Burma. Telephone lines reach less than 1 percent of the people and the country is subject to frequent blackouts. The junta keeps a tight lid on information and only opened email service to the public a few years ago (but it still won’t allow the use of Hotmail or Yahoo!). Of 52 million people, only some 35,000 browse the web regularly.

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Burmese refugees are scrambling to meet the March 31 deadline set by Thai authorities to relocate to refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border.

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Putrajaya, Malaysia: The United Nations’ special envoy to Myanmar, who has not been allowed into the country for a year, backed Wednesday moves by ASEAN lawmakers to pressure the military junta for democratic reforms.

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Over 30 senior officials from six members of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Vietnam are gathering in Hanoi to devise a course of cooperation in anti-human trafficking for the next decade.

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Washington: An influential U.S. senator said Wednesday the United States should boycott ASEAN meetings next year if Myanmar takes over the Southeast Asian bloc’s revolving chairmanship next year.

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Brussels: The European Commission called Wednesday on Myanmar to meet key demands including freeing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi before it takes over the chairmanship of the ASEAN regional bloc next year.

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