September 2006


Yangon: The party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday called for the immediate release of three prominent student activists arrested earlier in the week on the 18th anniversary of Suu Kyi’s movement.
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A delegation from the ethnic opposition group Karen National Union is preparing to hold talks with Burma’s military government in an attempt to reach a peace accord, a move that has sparked disputes among the group’s leadership.
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Buthidaung, Burma: With no let up in religious persecution, the commander of the Nasaka Sector No.9 visited a village in northern Buthidaung Township to relocate a mosque and a madrasa (religious school), which have become eyesores for the SPDC authorities, said a village leader, requesting anonymity.
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September 28: Southeast Asian parliamentarians today urged the United Nations Security Council to adopt a binding resolution on Burma as the junta continues to violate human rights and defy efforts by the international community for reforms in the country.
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The UN joined Burmese opposition groups, Western government officials and international rights organizations in calling for the Burmese military government’s immediate release of three prominent activists on Thursday.
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This afternoon, the United Nations Security Council will hold its first-ever meeting on Myanmar, also known as Burma. The American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has pushed hard for this meeting, arguing over Chinese and Russian objections that the situation in Myanmar constitutes a threat to international peace and security and warrants urgent attention.
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In the UK: playing on Channel 4 on Monday, October 2, 8 – 9 pm
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China, Russia Must Not Block Council Discussion
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How conservationists prop up Burma’s military regime

Last year, Sylvester Stallone was looking for just the right location to film Rambo IV. As he told Entertainment Weekly recently, ”I called Soldier of Fortune magazine and said, ‘What is the most critical man-doing-inhumanity-to-man situation right now in the world? Where is it?'” (more…)

Scheduled talks between Burma’s military government and delegates from the Karen National Union were cancelled after government officials objected to certain delegates from the KNU, according to sources close to the ethnic opposition group. (more…)

Yangon: Pro-democracy activists and family members on Thursday expressed concern for three former student leaders detained by Myanmar’s junta, and said they anxiously awaited further news of their fate.
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Burmese authorities have postponed a national measles campaign aimed at vaccinating a planned 13 million children, the UN Children’s Fund said. The campaign had been planned over two to three weeks at the end of November, allowing families to bring their children to centers across the country to receive vaccinations funded by UNICEF and delivered by Burmese authorities. (more…)

Sydney: The levels of amphetamine abuse in the Asia-Pacific region are the worst in the world, an Australian-hosted conference on drugs was told Thursday.
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Beijing: China has become the most important trafficking route for illegal drugs in the Asia-Pacific region and may have as many as 12 million drug addicts.
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Sergio Pinheiro, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma, in his first report to the new Human Rights Commission in Geneva on Wednesday said that the country’s “Roadmap to Democracy” faced too many obstacles to bring about a “genuine transition.”
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Monsoon weather and a virulent strain of pink eye will delay the arrival of 200 Burmese refugees in the Lower Mainland by at least a month.
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Washington: The number of refugees admitted to the United States fell 23 percent this year because of pro-visions in two antiterrorism laws that have sharply reduced the number of resettled refugees, State Depart-ment officials said Wednesday.
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Having placed the case of Burma’s military junta on the formal agenda of the Security Council earlier this month, the United Nations now has an opportunity to show that it can be something more than an impotent debating club. If in the waning days of his tenure UN Secretary General Kofi Annan exercises the right combination of firmness and finesse with Burma’s military dictators, he can help protect human rights, democracy, and regional security in Asia.
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The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), an organization of Parliamentarians from countries in the Southeast Asian region, welcomes the move of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to include Myanmar/Burma in its permanent agenda and calls for the timely passing of a substantial resolution that would see the restoration of democracy in the military-ruled country.
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Yangon: Myanmar’s (Burma’s) main opposition party, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, on Wednesday marked its 18th anniversary amid an outpouring of support from the international community but more detentions on the homefront.
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