Tuesday, August 21st, 2007


An activist, who has called for a nationwide mass demonstration in Burma against the sudden fuel price hike, has gone missing. His compatriots believe he has gone underground to evade arrest and harassment by the junta. The protest demonstration is slated for Wednesday. (more…)

Hundreds of protestors marched through Rangoon and clashed with government supporters today in a series of separate demonstrations against the military’s decision to raise gas prices last week.
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Members of a pro-government organization and a paramilitary group in Rangoon on Tuesday made threats against six members of the opposition party National League for democracy, according to one of the six NLD members.
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An ethnic ceasefire group, the Kachin Independence Organization, said on Tuesday it believes Maj-Gen Ohn Myint, the Burmese junta’s northern commander, was behind an anonymous Shan letter expressing opposition to proposed KIO amendments to the constitution.
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Editors of Eleven Media, one of Burma’s leading media group, were summoned by the Special Branch of the police in Rangoon for interrogations as of last night, sources in Rangoon said.
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In the northern Karen District of Toungoo, the Burmese Army is pushing forward in its efforts to force Karen villagers into government controlled areas through a comprehensive program threatening both the food and physical security of local residents.
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Gunfire was exchanged between two Kachin armed groups the NDA-K and RRF three days ago over desertion from the NDA-K in Kachin State, Northern Burma, local sources said.
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A group of Mon refugees have been forced to leave the Umpium refugee camp near Maesot, Tak Province by Thai authorities.
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The Assam Rifles has imposed curfew restricting movement of people from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. in Moreh town, Manipur state, northeastern India on the Indo-Burma border after its arrested 15 people believed to be Rohingyas from Arakan state, Burma last week.
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A foreign affairs coordinator with the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area in India has been sacked for stealing more than US $2000 awarded to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Thousands of people from the Irrawaddy townships of Bassein, Henzada, Ma-Ubin, Panataw were left homeless last week after a dam near the swollen Irrawaddy River broke.
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Burma’s military rulers will ignore demands for restoring democracy as long as China, India and Southeast Asian countries keep supporting them, regional lawmakers said Monday.
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The effort to create a regional human rights commission under the Asean Charter is a right move towards influencing Myanmar’s military junta to advocate political and economic reforms, Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus chairman Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today.
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Imphal/Guwahati: There is no evidence to link the 15 Arakanese Muslims from Myanmar, who were arrested on Friday in Manipur’s border town of Moreh, with the Al-Qaida, a senior Assam Rifles official said.
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An ethnic Arakanese human rights activist in Bangladesh has been named the third Yayori Award recipient by Japan-based women’s rights groups.
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Myanmar wishes to increase news and information exchange and cooperation with China to boost the development of the two countries’ bilateral ties, said Myanmar Minister of Information Brigadier-General Kyaw Hsan here Monday evening.
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Today, halfway around the world, a 62-year-old woman sits alone in her home, as she has for years. Her telephone line is disconnected. Her doorbell never rings because visitors are forbidden. There is no mail. There is no news.
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The Shwe Gas Movement condemns the sudden doubling of key fuel prices in Burma while the regime is earning a record $2.16 billion from natural gas exports. Despite the growing civil discontent over the price hikes, the regime is steamrolling ahead to further export major new gas finds.
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