Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007


Human Rights Watch: Burma: Arbitrary detention of protesters
Crackdown follows government hike of fuel prices
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In a rare public demonstration in Myanmar, hundreds of people marched today in the country’s largest city to protest steep increases in fuel costs that have driven up the prices of transportation and commodities, according to witnesses and news reports.
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We condemn the Burmese regime’s arrest of Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, and several other pro-democracy activists on August 22 for organizing peaceful demonstrations to express public concern about recent increases in the price of fuel. (more…)

Indian Time – 4:50 p.m – Veteran Burmese politician U Win Naing and Myanmar Development Committee members led over 400 protestors, beginning from Hledan traffic point, on a march to Sule pagoda in downtown Rangoon today. However, at 4:00 p.m. local time, the demonstration was called-off for the day. (more…)

Myanmar’s military regime arrested at least 13 activists, including leaders of a pro-democracy group that staged a rare protest against massive fuel-price hikes, and could face up to 20 years in prison, the official media said Wednesday.
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Residents of Rangoon angry over a sharp rise in fuel and commodity prices took to the streets of the former capital on Wednesday in non-violent demonstrations of discontent that saw more than 150 people detained by authorities, according to activists and participants in the protests.
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The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been following with deep
concern and interest the tense situation in Burma since last
Wednesday, 15 August 2007, when the military government dramatically
increased the costs of all vehicle fuels by up to five times the
previous level, without prior announcement. (more…)

Urgent referral to UN Torture Body and Appeal to China (more…)

Almost 500 people have started a demonstration against the government’s decision to increase gas prices and are currently marching along Insein road towards Thamine junction in Rangoon.
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The 11th and concluding session of the Burmese military junta-organized National Convention is scheduled to wind up on Monday, September 3, according to a source close to some of the delegates.
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South Korea’s Daewoo International Corp. said Wednesday it has completed the appraisal of natural gas reserves at its Myanmar blocks.
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Burma is seen as a reclusive country whose real HIV and AIDS situation is a deep, dark secret. But top Burmese officials, independent experts and AIDS researchers here painted a picture of a country that is making progress, despite what some called its “unethical” abandonment by international AIDS organizations.
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The fuel price increase in Burma last week has been greeted by shock, amazement, and despair. The question many are asking is, how can this be?
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The Burmese generals have unlawfully arrested the leaders of the 88 Generation Students, including Min Ko Naing, as well as other leading pro-democracy activists today.  The move is apparently aimed at thwarting the peaceful demonstration called for by activists and the student leaders who wanted the military regime to reduce fuel oil prices.
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