Saturday, September 1st, 2007

HIV/AIDS education efforts face many obstacles: Gasps rippled through the group of young people gathered for a workshop on HIV/AIDS prevention and education in the former capital Rangoon. The girls covered their eyes, and the boys sent nervous glances anywhere but at the front of the room, where an instructor stood before an upright model penis. (more…)

Myanmar’s opposition party Saturday pressed the country’s junta for talks with its leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the regime was to wrap up talks on a charter, which would effectively bar her from politics. (more…)

Anti-government protesters scattered into hiding Friday to dodge arrest after a wave of protests over higher prices, as the military government wrapped up its work to draft guidelines for a new constitution. (more…)

Burma’s National Convention has finished its job of laying down the basic principles for a new constitution and the convention will probably conclude next week, according to an ethnic ceasefire group. (more…)

The Myanmar private sector is participating in playing part in production of bio-diesel fuel, planning to build a first and largest private-run bio-diesel plant in the country at the beginning of next year, private industries sources said Saturday.

The length of railroads and rail tracks in Myanmar has extended up to 5,031.29 km and 6,549.26 km now, increasing 59 percent and 46 percent respectively in the past 20 years, according to Saturday’s official newspaper The New Light of Myanmar. (more…)

Ironically at a time when the international community, including the United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon and US president George Bush have publicly condemned the Burmese military junta for its high handedness in dealing with demonstrations and called for the immediate release of the arrested, China and India, the two giant neighbours, have been conspicuous by their silence. (more…)

The Nobel Women’s Initiative condemns the Burmese government for its continued suppression of the democratic rights of its citizens and calls for the immediate release of all protestors arrested for participating in demonstrations against the regime’s exorbitant increase in fuel prices. It is unacceptable that the citizens of Burma be denied the right to free speech and peaceful protest. (more…)

The Bush administration and U.S. lawmakers from both political parties are pushing for the U.N. Security Council to condemn Myanmar’s recent crackdown on activists.

The Tokyo District Court on Friday revoked a government deportation order for a 63-year-old woman from Myanmar and confirmed her refugee status. (more…)

Our democratic icon and leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stands firmly with the people and has made tremendous sacrifices. She has been under house arrest for many years for the sake of the people and her country. She has fought silently for restoration of democracy and human rights in beleaguered Burma under a repressive and brutal military regime.

Geneva, -The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, is closely following the events in Myanmar. He believes that the future of the political transition process in the country must be directed by the people and the Government of Myanmar. (more…)

This morning, Mrs. Laura Bush called U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to
express her deep concern over the deteriorating situation in Burma.

As of today, it is estimated that over 150 protestors have been arrested by police and members of the state-sponsored Union Solidarity Development Association (USDA). Since 19 August, small groups of peaceful protesters have demonstrated almost daily in the capital Yangon and other parts of the country, in reaction to a sudden state imposed rise in fuel prices. (more…)

Since August 19, 2007, public demonstrations led by the 88-movement students and the NLD women, for reduction of fuel and commodity prices, have been spreading gradually. Regarding this matter, we, the KNU, state our position as follows. (more…)