Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Yangon: A Karen National Union (KNU) faction that entered into peace negotations with Myanmar’s junta last month denies that it has surrendered, diplomats and academic who visited the rebel faction said on Friday. (more…)

March 1: The report released on January 23, by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW): Carrying the Cross: ‘The Military Regime’s Campaign against Christians in Burma,’ like many other damning stories about the Burma Army’s excesses, does not appear to have succeeded in keeping the generals in check, according to sources in eastern Shan State. (more…)

March 1: Burmese Buddhist monks including Ashin Sopaka, were detained by Thai authorities after several requests to stop the ‘walk for peace’ campaign. (more…)

Violence, extortion and a yearning for independence Rattling around the hairpins, the six-lorry army convoy had almost descended to the safety of Bishnupur, a town in Manipur’s main valley, on February 24th, when the insurgents attacked. A thunderous volley of grenades and automatic gunfire sent the lead truck skidding into the forested verge. Sixteen of its uniformed passengers were killed. The attack sullied an election in Manipur. Voting had ended the previous day, and returned the Congress party, which leads coalition governments in Delhi and in Imphal, the state capital. (more…)

An ethnic Kachin women’s group says it is seeking to rescue numerous women it believes are victims of human trafficking who left to work in China and whose whereabouts are now unknown. (more…)

New York: A US report on Thursday credited Burma with a 50 percent decline in poppy cultivation last year, but production of illegal synthetic drugs remains high. (more…)

Yangon: Military-ruled Myanmar broke its silence Friday about an outbreak of bird flu in its biggest city Yangon, saying wild crows and sparrows may have carried the H5N1 virus to a poultry farm. (more…)

Siem Reap: Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations have reaffirmed the grouping will set up a regional mechanism to address human rights problems. (more…)

February 28: The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), has been touting at least five dam projects on the Salween River inside Burma and along the Thailand-Burma border as potentially enormous sources of “cheap” energy. (more…)

Air traffic between India and Burma’s new capital, Naypyidaw, has been increasing recently. (more…)

Whenever the United Nations weighs in on human rights, our thoughts invariably turn to Lewis Carroll. (more…)