March 2007


Mae Sot: The Karen National Union has faced several challenges to its unity in recent years, but its leaders have always believed that they were merely tests of their commitment and could be overcome if the ethnic opposition group stood firmly together.
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Lending a hand to cremate or bury the dead is not a sensitive or political issue. It is a humane matter.
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Yangon: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will close two field offices in Myanmar this week, after failing to reach an understanding with the ruling junta about its mandate to visit prisoners, its Yangon office confirmed Wednesday.
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The outside world has got its first glimpse of the secret capital Burma is building deep in the jungle.
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Grim labour camps are propping up the regime. Dan McDougall braved the junta’s sadistic police to hear the testimony of those who broke free
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India is gearing up to fence the Indo-Burma international boundary to curb the movement of insurgent outfits and smugglers along the porous border.
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The Mae Hong Son Governor vows to take legal actions against those who set fires in forest, while a negotiation with Myanmar on the smog situation still cannot be initiated due to the ongoing protest of Thai people against Myanmar.
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Beijing: Three Chinese police officers died and three were injured in a shootout with suspected drug traffickers on the Myanmar border, state media said Wednesday.
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Myanmar nationals here say embassy is double-taxing them. One is a domestic worker earning just $300 a month – too little for the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) to bother her with taxes. Another is a private student here, with no income against her name. The third is a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) who files his returns and pays his taxes here. (more…)

Rohingya refugees from western Burma’s Arakan State living in neighboring Bangladesh face abuse and the denial of essential humanitarian assistance, leading many to seek refuge in neighboring countries, a human rights group said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
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Bangkok: An internal document obtained by Jane’s shows that Myanmar army battalions are poorly managed and resourced and plagued by desertion
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Myanmar put on a show of might and defiance at its annual military parade Tuesday, with junta chief Than Shwe displaying few signs of his reported ill health in his new capital city.
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Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition Tuesday urged the ruling junta to focus on improving the nation’s crumbling economy, as the generals staged a major military parade in their new capital.
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Legal representatives for villagers of Kawa Township in Burma’s Pegu Division say residents are being exploited by local authorities through the mismanagement of land rights.
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The Burmese military junta came in for flak from the Karenni National Progressive Party after a battalion under the command of Division 55 of the Burmese Army yesterday evening opened mortar fire over the Nya Mo military camp of the Karenni Army on the Thai-Burma border. The firing occurred at a time when the KNPP and the junta are negotiating a fresh ceasefire. A KNPP spokesman said, “We don’t want to continue the talks anymore.”
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Myanmar is drafting a new anti- corruption law in a bid to help install a clean administrative machinery, a local weekly reported Tuesday.
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The Burmese Army is committing with impunity, savage and rampant sexual violence on ethnic Chin women, said a new report released today.
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The Thai Foreign Ministry has submitted an aide-memoire to Myanmar ambassador to Thailand U Ye Win, protesting the death of a Thai Army Ranger who was killed earlier this week during fighting between Myanmar government forces and anti-Myanmar government ethnic Karen fighters near the common border.
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A grassroots Karen rights group has issued a report claiming the Burma Army has begun to implement new projects to construct roads and camps using forced labor.
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A report released on Tuesday by Manila-based Asian Development Bank said Burma continues to face significant economic challenges despite a lucrative trade in natural gas exports.
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