July 2007


The 88 Generation Students group today complained of increased harassment at the hands of the government, claiming that members were regularly followed by intelligence officials on motorbikes. 

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Former teacher Ko Min Min, who was arrested in Bago on July 10 for conducting a human rights workshop, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 30,000 kyat by a Prome court yesterday. 

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A moderate earthquake shook in central Burma on early Tuesday but no injuries or damage were reported, according to the department of meteorology and hydrology in Ministry of Transport.  (more…)

The legitimacy of the Burmese junta’s ongoing constitution drafting national convention has been questioned by the Committee Representing the Peoples’ Parliament. The Committee is an umbrella Burmese opposition group, and members of parliament elected during Burma’s last election in 1990.  (more…)

Yangon – Myanmar currently has about 1 million digital phones, half of them mobiles, for its 47 million population, the telecommunications minister disclosed on Monday.

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High-profile activist and HIV awareness campaigner Phyu Phyu Thin said yesterday that the number of people seeking antiretroviral (ARV) treatment from a small National League for Democracy clinic had doubled in the past month.

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Fingers are being pointed at Burma for the outbreak of bird flu to have crossed the border to the Indian state of Manipur.

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ASEAN sees tough times in setting up human rights body Girlie Linao, dpa Adds comments from head of task force drafting charter Manila South-East Asian nations face tough negotiations on the timeframe, scope and other details of a regional human rights body they agreed to form under a proposed charter, Malaysia’s foreign minister said Tuesday.

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Members of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar [Burma] Caucus cautiously welcomed the Asean foreign ministers’ agreement to create a regional human rights commission, but expressed doubt on Tuesday about the impact such a body might have on human rights in Burma.

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The 19th anniversary of the Burmese military’s brutal suppression of a people’s uprising on August 8, 1988, will be commemorated this Sunday by Thai academics, writers, students and artists, plus Burmese political activists, representatives of ethnic groups, artists and migrant workers, The Nation reports.
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Australia called on China and India on Tuesday to pressure Myanmar to end rights abuses and democratize faster, saying efforts by Southeast Asia and the West have failed to move Yangon’s “insensitive” leaders.

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About 60 refugees and asylum seekers from Burma’s Chin State are now behind bars in Malaysia awaiting an uncertain future after immigration raids yesterday in Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Lokeyew neighborhood. About 20 women and children and 25 UNHCR-recognized refugees are among those rounded up during the raid. 

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The Burmese military released five political activists on Friday night, including high-profile protestor Htin Kyaw, after holding them without charge for more than two months.
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Christian students from Kachin tribes – the Jinghpaw, Lisu and Rawang are being systematically forced to convert to Buddhism by the junta’s Putao District Administration, a resident told KNG today.
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The price of rice has increased recently in two western border townships of Burma, to the point that people cannot afford to buy rice from the markets, a businessman said. (more…)

Hearing of a defamation case against Weekly Eleven, a Burmese journal was postponed by the Tarmway Township court in Rangoon today. The Burmese Cultural Ministry’s historical research department has pressed charges against the weekly for publishing a report it considers defamatory.
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Burma’s government has said it cannot ensure all imported food and medicine is safe, amid growing international concerns about the safety of products from its giant neighbor, China.
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A fresh bird flu outbreak has been reported in Mon State, southeastern Burma, with authorities taking measures against the deadly virus, according to a state-run newspaper.
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Disagreements over the creation of a human rights body and decision-making by voting have hobbled the drafting of a proposed charter of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), officials said.
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Southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed Monday to set up a regional human rights commission, overcoming fierce resistance from military-ruled Burma.
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