Monday, August 13th, 2007

More than 200 Karen civilians were forcibly relocated by the Burmese army last month, bringing the number of civilians displaced by the latest military campaign in Karen State to more than 30,000, according to the Free Burma Rangers.

Thein Shwe Maung, who was arrested and detained in Rambree, Arakan State after filing a forced labour claim with the International Labour Organization last month, was given a conditional release last Friday. (more…)

Myanmar official press media Monday urged the country people to preserve natural resources and already established protected public forests, wildlife sanctuaries and forest plantations in the wake of emerging environmental deterioration which many countries in the world are facing. (more…)

The faction ridden Shan State Nationalities People’s Liberation Organization (SNPLO) has been reorganized, according to a senior officer. Over the last two months, deep fissures had surfaced in the SNPLO. (more…)

The Karen National Union marked the 57th Karen Martyr’s Day yesterday with a warning to the military government that fighting would not stop until the 58-year Karen revolution had been won. (more…)

An ardent appeal has been made to Thai authorities by Burmese traders in the border town of Myawaddy, opposite Thailand’s Mae Sot town to reduce import taxes on their goods. (more…)

Pregnant women have been giving birth to babies in the Myitkyina Government Hospital in Kachin state, northern Burma in candle light. The hospital has been without electricity for over a month, said a hospital source.

A Myanmar media delegation made up of official and private media personnel left Yangon Sunday afternoon for Beijing to start a week-long visit to China, aimed at strengthening the exchange and cooperation between the two countries in the sector of information.

The Naga International Support Center (NISC), a human rights organization has called upon the Chinese government to withdraw its support from the Burmese junta. The Amsterdam based rights body has also appealed Beijing to stop supplying weapons to the junta.

A color photograph of the Burmese artist Htein Lin on the day of his release from prison shows him stooped and wan, looking easily 20 years older than his real age. His face is scrawny, and in one of his thin hands he holds a white plastic bag filled with the remnants of more than six years in a cell. He stands next to a uniformed military man who ran the jail.

After nearly 14 years in the drafting, Burma’s ruling generals have announced that next month they will finalize a new constitution that, after a national referendum, will pave the way for a political transition from military to civilian rule. (more…)

Burma is being bogged down in a constitutional quagmire rooted in the question of equality for all nationalities or democratic rights for citizens of the nation. (more…)

A new report, “We Built this City: Refugees from Burma at Risk in Malaysia” has been released by Project Maje. (more…)