July 2006


Myanmar’s National Convention, meant to lay the groundwork for the country’s new constitution, has nearly completed its task, a top member of the country’s ruling junta was quoted Sunday as saying.
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July 28, More than 20 Burmese army officers trained in Russia, who had been carrying out their duties at the ‘nuclear’ battalion of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), were dismissed from the army last week, according to sources close to military HQs.
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July 28, Local authorities at Ingapu and Laputa Townships in Burma’s delta region Irrwaddy Division have been piling all sorts of pressure on National League for Democracy (NLD) members to quit the election winning party led by detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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July 28, Burmese comedian Metta, who had been banned from making movies for nearly nine years because he ‘criticised’ the Burmese military junta, was allowed to resume his movie career again. (more…)

The commanders of the 7th Brigade of the Karen National Liberation Army and of GHQ Battalions have said they will no longer heed any “statement” or “order” coming from certain unnamed leaders of the Karen National Union.
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Thailand’s largest energy firm PTT Plc Monday said it has joined the race against China and India in a bid for exclusive rights to military-run Myanmar’s northwestern natural gas reserves.
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South Korea’s International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will develop Myanmar’s electric power network dealing with management and operation in cooperation with the Myanmar power authorities, the local weekly Myanmar Times reported Monday.
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July 29, A group of people from Myanmar calling for democracy in the country under military rule will file a petition with Japan’s immigration authorities on Monday to grant them refugee status, their supporters said Saturday.
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A deadline set by the UN’s labor agency for Myanmar to free jailed workers’ advocates and end any related prosecutions passed Monday amid confusion over how much the junta had done to comply.
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Trade counsellor Jean-Jacques Bouflet said in a telephone interview that EU members were now focusing on pushing for political reform in Burma.
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While the Burmese government’s campaigns against the remaining ethnic groups still fighting is well-documented, a more insidious, political approach seems to be reaping some dividends. In recent weeks, a split in the ranks of the Karen National Union may now be exploited by the regime, while a group of Shan State Army-South fighters has already defected to the regime.
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Next week is the anniversary of the suppression of the pro-democracy movement in Burma. On August 8, 1988, thousands of unarmed protesters took to the streets of Rangoon, the Burmese capital. By late evening, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered outside Rangoon’s city hall. Then, Burmese army armoured vehicles and soldiers made their appearance. Once the firing started, panic gripped the crowd.
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The situation in Myanmar is getting worse and the people of Myanmar are suffering for it.
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Burmese opposition groups say the junta’s announcement on Thursday of a timetable for a final schedule for drafting a new constitution will not bring a solution to the country’s political problems.
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Lawyer for two youths from Pegu in Lower Burma, Aung Than and Zeya Aung who were imprisoned for writing and distributing a political poem, is still unable to lodge appeals on their behalf because the authorities are still refusing to transfer ‘power’ letter to him.
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Two civil servants were killed and five locals injured in an attack by suspected insurgents in eastern Myanmar, state media reported Friday.
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The decision to allow the import of teak logs from Myanmar (Burma) through Chiang Rai has brought cries of alarm from conservationists, the Bangkok Post reports.
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Police in Thailand’s Tak province have discovered a new form of amphetamine pills being smuggled across the Burmese border from Karen State, according to local police officials.
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Burma and China have launched a new joint operation to crackdown on drug production and trafficking across the border between China and Kachin State.
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Myanmar Foreign Minister U Nyan Win is one of the most sought after VIPs at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
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