Monday, September 3rd, 2007


For now, the milk powder her grandmother mixes for her will have to suffice. Four month old Phyu Nay Kyi Min Yu may never again lie nursing in the warmth of her mother’s arms. Her mother, activist Nilar Thein, is on the run, hiding from a Burmese military regime intent on hunting her down. (more…)

Indian Standard Time – 4:30 p.m – Demonstrations will continue in the following days, and if the junta continues to brutally crackdown on peaceful protestors, the junta will be held responsible for the consequences, said a group named ‘The best fertilizers,’ who claim to be ‘youth sacrificing for the people of Burma,’ in a statement released today. (more…)

Myanmar’s military junta halted a 170-mile (270-km) protest march in its first few steps on Monday and arrested three of its organisers as one of the harshest crackdowns on dissent in 20 years showed no signs of abating. (more…)

Myanmar wrapped up a 14-year-old national convention to write guidelines for a new constitution Monday, completing what military rulers call a first step back to democracy but what critics dismiss as a sham. (more…)

A new Burmese flag that critics say signifies a unilateral government was included in the document marking the end of the National Convention on Monday.
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Myanmar’s junta has stepped up a manhunt for pro-democracy activists after a rare string of protests, raiding homes and subjecting citizens to arbitrary searches, campaigners and residents say. (more…)

Myanmar Police Force has formed an information technology (IT) unit to combat probable cyber crime in the future along with the development of IT in the country and increased use of internet, the local Flower News quoted an anti- transnational crime official as reporting Monday.
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A Thai worker for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) at the construction site of the Hat Gyi dam in Burma died in a grenade attack on Sunday, a security source said on Monday.
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An estimated 20,000 people, mostly Burmese, in Mae Sot in northern Thailand lined up on Sunday to receive free rice from Chinese donors.
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For Burmese migrants living in Singapore, the small grocery shops in the Peninsula Plaza are the place to go for the tastes, sounds and sense of home. Shelves are laden with traditional Burmese staples such as pickled tea-leaf salad, pungent spices, felt-and-leather flip-flops and ladies’ batik sarongs. Those hankering for their military-ruled country’s tightly-controlled pop culture can buy Burmese astrology and celebrity magazines, books, movies, music CDs and – astonishingly – the privately-run but heavily-censored weekly news journals now in vogue in Rangoon. (more…)

Yangon – Myanmar’s domestic airfares for local passengers rose 30 per cent over the weekend after a doubling of local fuel prices last month, The Myanmar Times reported Monday.
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In an expression of solidarity with the peaceful protesters in Burma, 12 Burmese activists in New Delhi today walked a 25-kilometer stretch demanding that India voice its concern over the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy groups in Burma. (more…)

Singapore police said Monday that 23 Myanmar nationals were “assisting” investigations after they held a rare public protest in the city-state.
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Kavi Chongkittavorn, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) Chairman, has been named co-recipient of the 2007 Democracy Award.
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The Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh has been urged by George Fernandes, former Indian Defence Minister and Member of Parliament, to take a stronger stand in supporting the movement for democracy in Burma.
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticised Sunday the repression of demonstrations in Myanmar and called for the immediate release of all those who have been arrested. (more…)

Any constitution is, of course, better than none. The fight for democratic rights is more effective within a constitutional framework than under a military regime ruling without any such guidelines. Also, history tells us that no country can build a democracy within just a few years.
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The Burma Campaign UK today warned that the end of the National Convention, the first stage of the Burmese military dictatorship’s so-called roadmap to democracy, could lead to a human rights and humanitarian crisis in the country. One that could also have consequences for Burma’s neighbours.
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I deeply deplore the Burmese government’s violent supression of peaceful demonstrations. I call upon the Burmese authorities to release immediately all those detained merely for protesting at the hardship imposed on them by the government’s economic mismanagement and failure to uphold fundamental human rights. I also reiterate the British Government’s call for the release of all political prisoners, including Nobel Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi who has now spent almost 12 years of her life under house arrest. (more…)

Maran Zau Nan, Chairman of the Kachin Nationals Consultative Assembly (KNCA) died of cancer on Friday at a private clinic in Rangoon, former capital of Burma.
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