November 2005


Published November 29, 2005

In response to a debate introduced by Lord Alton of Liverpool, the UK government has pledged its support for UN Security Council action on Burma.
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The NCGUB welcomes the latest developments at the United Nations Security Council which has been urged to have a formal briefing by a senior member of the UN Secretariat on the situation in Burma.
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The United States asked the UN Security Council to put Myanmar on its agenda for the first time, accusing its military rulers of repressing political opponents, including Aung San Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader.
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French oil giant Total announced on Tuesday that it had reached a €5.2 million (US $6.12 million) out-of-court settlement in a case centered on its alleged human rights abuses during its controversial operations in Burma.
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Bangladeshi Army Chief Staff, Lieutenant General Moeen U Ahmed, is on a goodwill visit to Burma accompanied by his wife since November 27, according to the BBC Burmese morning section reports.
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Police in Thailand’s southern Songkhla province on Wednesday arrested 46 illegal Burmese migrants after raiding the offices of a company run by a Burmese Muslim.
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Col Gaifah, deputy commander of the Shan State Army-North, has decided to return to the military-organized constitutional convention after his absence in protest of the arrests of Shan leaders in February, according to sources in the North.
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Burma’s most renowned and respected historian Dr. Than Tun who died from heart attack and breathing problems in the early hours of 30 November, was born on 6 April 1923 in Daunggyi Village, Ngathaingchaung/Yeikyi Township in the delta region of Irrawaddy Division, of father Phoe Twei and mother Daw Thin.
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Some 2,000 Karen villagers have been forced to flee five villages in Karen State after Burmese troops carried out a mortar attack and then burned them down on November 26, according to a senior official of the Karen National Union. The villagers are now living in the jungle with little food and no shelter, KNU secretary general Mahn Sha told The Irrawaddy.
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We, at the Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF), Arakan-Burma would like to express our deep concern on the extedntion of detention for another six months to the Burma’s Democracy icon and Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation in Myanmar, Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, deeply regrets the further prolongation in the house arrest of the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
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Published November 28, 2005

The United States deplores the extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention.
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Published November 28, 2005

The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed that Myanmar’s authorities have extended the detention under house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), for another six months.
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Asean, and Thailand in particular, must abandon its impotent policy of appeasement towards Burma
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“Burma needs a new leader urgently,” said a veteran diplomat who recently returned from Rangoon.
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Japan expressed deep concern on Tuesday [29 November] over the Myanmar [Burmese] junta’s decision to extend pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another year.
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The French oil company Total said on Tuesday that it had reached an out-of-court settlement with a group of villagers from Myanmar who complained they had been used as forced labour to build a gas pipeline.
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A military commander who has launched an offensive against rebels in Karen state and Mon state has directed women in the villages to mark rapist soldiers even if it means stabbing them so that they can be identified.
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The economically weaker section of the people in Chin state, North-western Burma are in dire straits with prices of essential commodities skyrocketing. Many day-to-day necessities have become beyond reach of the common man.
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Published November 27, 2005

Burmese lawyer Aung Thein was allowed to lodge appeals on behalf of one of the nine Shan leaders who were given lengthy jail terms recently.
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