April 2006


Hundreds of villagers are fleeing to the jungles of eastern Myanmar as the military intensifies its bloody crackdown on ethnic minorities, rights groups said Friday.
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Myanmar troops are hunting down some 2,000 civilians hiding out in the jungle after being driven from their homes in a brutal offensive against the Karen ethnic minority, reports from inside Myanmar said Friday.
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Due to intensive pressures from the local authorities of Burma’s military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), another aged National League for Democracy (NLD) leader, the honorary chairman of Mandalay Division, San Hla Baw quit the party on 27 April.
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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy rejected on Friday a threat by the military government to ban the party for alleged illegal activities.
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A pall of gloom and despair has descended on people in southern Chin state, Burma following rumours that the junta was gearing up to confiscate 250 acres of paddy fields for conversion into a tea plantation.
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Thai government attempts to make employers more accountable for their immigrant workers, notably from Burma, is forcing labor underground and may jeopardize their human rights, a conference of NGOs in Bangkok heard Friday.
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About one million government-employed workers-from junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe right down to the country’s road sweepers-received up to 1,000 percent increases in their pay packets today, sparking fears of a new boost to Burma’s inflationary spiral.
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The value of the Burmese currency fell on the Burma-Bangladesh border after the Burmese authorities increased its servants’ salaries this month, said a currency dealer from a border town in Bangladesh.
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Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said Friday he may visit Myanmar in June to discuss democratic reform in the military-ruled country.
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Eric John, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific has talked of the “horrific descent of the situation in Burma,” in an interview with The Irrawaddy on Friday.
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Deserted Fields: The destruction of agriculture in Mong Nai township, Shan State, a 22-page report published by Shan Relief and Development Committee on 17 January is now available in Burmese and Thai. The Shan version is expected soon, according to the authors.

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“I think that we have to explode…You can’t just despair, my sons (children). You have to do something. We have to find a way by public (movement) means to do things needed to be done. If you don’t do that nothing will happen.”

The Burmese military regime has delivered a new attack on the leading National League for Democracy party, saying it could be viewed as an unlawful association.
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U.S. lawmakers condemned a brutal offensive by Myanmar’s army against ethnic minority civilians, calling on the U.N. Security Council to take urgent action against the country’s ruling junta, statements received Thursday said.
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Reports have emerged from Karen State that the Burmese military has told civilians they had until last Tuesday to leave their homes or face being shot on sight.
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If Burma’s military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) doesn’t respond to the National League for Democracy (NLD) call for urgent actions to help the country, public movements must be carried out, the renowned Burmese author Ludhu Daw Ama said.
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Shan State Army positions held since the clash on 21 April were stormed by joint Burma Army-Wa-militia troops this morning, according to Shan and Thai sources on the border.
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Vehicle fuel is proving harder to obtain in north Thai-Burmese border areas following the closure of around 100 retail stations in recent months.
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People in parts of Three Pagoda Pass town are being displaced for implementation of town development projects. Dozens of private houses were destroyed and people relocated by local military authorities in a Thai-Burmese border town recently.
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April 10, The Central Bank of Myanmar is moving to the new administrative centre Naypyidaw City near Pyinmana in a move that follows a shift government ministries started in November. (more…)

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