May 2007


Several members of Burma’s film association, including chairman U Kyi Soe Tun, have reportedly resigned over the government’s draconian censorship policies.
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Excerpt from report by Norway-based Burmese Democratic Voice of Burma on 30 May (more…)

Burma’s ruling junta has clamped curfew on more major townships in Kachin State, northern Burma, according to residents.
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According to Abel Tweed, Vice Chairman of Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), one of the three major groups fighting against Burma’s military rulers, a ceasefire agreement would lead to nothing but total submission to tyranny.
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Cross-border timber business between Panghsang, the Wa capital, and China’s Meng A, known in Shan as Mong Nga, which was suspended on 26 March 2006, has returned as of yesterday, according to sources from the border.
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An Arakanese guerilla leader was arrested on Tuesday in a border village of Chittagong Hill Tract in Bangladesh, during a raid conducted by the Bangladesh army, reports an Arakanese politician from the border area.
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To upgrade its telecommunication links with Burma, India has agreed to lay fibre optic cables to Burma from the Northeastern border state of Manipur.
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Military junta supporters yesterday prevented a prayer vigil in Yangon in favour of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Some 200 people had in fact gathered in Myanmar’s former capital to commemorate the 17th anniversary since the electoral victory of Ms Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). (more…)

Washington: A UN panel has found that Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is being detained in violation of international law and called for her immediate freedom, according to the ruling released by her family’s US lawyer Thursday.
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The first time I heard Min Ko Naing’s name was in Bangkok in 2001, a few months after leaving Burma. I saw his name in an exile media report and had forgotten it a few hours later.
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The National League for Democracy, Burma’s main opposition party, successfully concluded religions ceremonies in Rangoon on Wednesday marking the four-year anniversary of the Depayin massacre, while junta authorities closely monitored the activities.
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Burma’s Committee Representing the People’s Parliament warned the military yesterday over recent crackdowns on peaceful public protests.
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A villager from Kyauktagar township in Bago division told DVB yesterday he had been harassed by local military officials after filing a forced labour claim with the International Labour Organization.
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A trade zone has been set up in Myanmar’s western border town of Maungtaw in Rakhine state linking Bangladesh to mainly export marine products to the neighbor, fishery business circle said on Wednesday.
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Mae Sot, Thailand: Simmering civil war, fake drugs and a non-existent health service in Myanmar are creating the perfect breeding ground for new, drug-resistant strains of killer diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.
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European Union and Asian nations urged Myanmar’s military government to lift restrictions on political parties and to end the five-year house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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A next round of talks on the construction of a nuclear research centre in Myanmar with Russia’s assistance will be held in this in Asian country in the second half of this year, the press service of Atomstroieksport company told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
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Burma’s political future is at the crossroads. Burma’s top generals are pre-occupied trying to decide whether to continue with their roadmap to democracy or whether to ditch it altogether. (more…)

It is an anniversary that fewer people mark each year. Thirty or so brave souls were set upon by state-sponsored thugs in Yangon (Rangoon, Myanmar’s main city) this past weekend for even trying. (more…)

Six staff members of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Chin state, Myanmar were suspended in March for being involved in corruption.
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