December 2006


A hopeful Burmese migrant worker from Sagaing Division who paid a foreign employment agency to fly him to a job and a new life in Malaysia found himself still in Burma when he stepped from the plane. (more…)

The United States wants to cooperate closely with  Indonesia when it takes its seat on the United Nations Security Council next year, especially on international issues  like the Palestine-Israel conflict, the Iraq war, the Iranian nuclear controversy and Myanmar, an official says. (more…)

India’s Union Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil today agreed to arrange for training and capacity building of Burmese officials during Home Minister level talks in New Delhi, Indian Home Ministry sources said. (more…)

India’s Union Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil today agreed to arrange for training and capacity building of Burmese officials during Home Minister level talks in New Delhi, Indian Home Ministry sources said. (more…)

Washington: The incoming head of the US House of Representatives’ top foreign affairs panel has vowed to pursue a “more diplomatic, respectful and listening posture” with Asia in a bid to enhance ties with the region. (more…)

Washington: The new year will see a handful of seasoned Democrats championing democracy, human rights and protectionism, shaping congressional opinion on Asia. (more…)

International pressure can actually accomplish something in Burma (more…)

Indonesian Foreign minister Hassan Wirayuda was correct when he said earlier this week that the establishment of a regional human rights commission was inevitable. (more…)

Shwe Kokko village, Karen State: High ranking military and police officials attended for the first time on Tuesday Karen New Year celebrations organized in territory controlled by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army’s battalion 999. (more…)

The Kachin Independence Organization, an ethnic ceasefire group, has called on the Burmese junta to halt military exercises near its headquarters on Laisin Mountain near the China-Burma border. (more…)

Thirty law students from Rangoon have formed a ‘justice validation organisation’ with the aim of helping Burmese people understand their responsibilities and rights under the legal system. (more…)

Muse: A Myanmar-China border trade exhibition involving three other neighboring countries of Thailand, India and Bangladesh opened on Monday in Myanmar’s border trade zone of Muse linking China’s Ruili. (more…)

New Delhi: Burma’s Deputy Foreign Minister U Maung Myint asserted his country’s keenness for boosting relations with Kuwait in all fields, especially in economy and commerce. (more…)

Jakarta: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations lags behind other international regional groupings in addressing human rights issues, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said. (more…)

December 18: Bangkok: Most Thais queried in a recent  poll believe there is no need for the Kingdom to accept more  migrant workers to work in the agricultural and industrial sectors, according to a poll released to media here Monday to coincide with the International Migrants Day. (more…)

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma marked its 16th anniversary yesterday with calls for national reconciliation and increased humanitarian aid. (more…)

December 17: Thailand is making slow but steady progress towards better protection of its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers while also combating human trafficking and the worst forms of exploitation against the men, women and children who come to this country in search of economic opportunity. (more…)

The Burmese government on Sunday held a press conference at which it denied the use of forced labor in what appeared to be the latest attempt to make its case against UN Security Council intervention in the country. (more…)

Naypyidaw: Military-ruled Myanmar said Sunday that regulations on how United Nations agencies and development organisations operate were imposed to ensure no “unpleasant incidents” happen to them. (more…)

Detained 88 generation student leader Ko Ko Gyi’s 45th birthday was celebrated today by pro-democracy activists. The activists and relatives of detained student leaders got together at a Buddhist monastery near Chaukhtutgyi pagoda in Rangoon to celebrate his birthday. (more…)

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