Monday, September 10th, 2007


Burmese monks are being urged in an anti-government pamphlet to refuse alms from members of the military regime unless an apology is given for the violent way in which protesting monks were dispersed by the authorities and pro-junta thugs in Pakokku, Upper Burma, last week. (more…)

Myanmar’s generals accused detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) yesterday of a political attack on the state through a string of protests and threatened it with unspecified action.
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The violent suppression of recent peaceful protests in Burma were commanded by at least two government ministers, according to reliable sources in Rangoon.
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The association of monks in Burma – Sangha Thanmaggi has urged all monks to step outside monasteries and stage peaceful protest walks tomorrow to show their unity and condemn the violence perpetrated by the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and Pyithu Swan Arr Shin on monks in Pakokku.
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Burmese authorities are keeping a close watch on relatives and friends of wanted pro-democracy activists in hiding, in the apparent hope that they will unwittingly disclose their whereabouts.
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Myanmar’s military government suggested Sunday that the United States was aiding a pro-democracy protest movement and had hidden one prominent activist in its embassy.
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The authorities in Myanmar, apparently bowing to bad publicity, released a political prisoner on Friday whose leg had been broken when he was arrested in the recent outbreak of antigovernment protests.
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The Burmese military government cut off service to several pro-democracy activists’ mobile phones on Monday, according to the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party. (more…)

The poster movement, by emboldened Myitkyina University students against the Burmese military junta, snowballed yesterday evening, when student activists fanned out and pasted 500 posters with a five-point charter of demand in Myitkyina capital of Kachin State, in northern Burma. (more…)

A mandatory mass meeting has been ordered by junta authorities in Myitkyina, capital of Kachin state in northern Burma to lend support to the recently concluded National Convention. Attendance from each family is compulsory, locals said. (more…)

Six Burmese labour rights activists have been sentenced to over 20 years in prison by the ruling military junta for conducting labour rights talks in the American Center Rangoon.
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Burma’s military government stepped up its propaganda campaign against the country’s pro-democracy movement Sunday, alleging top activists planned terrorist acts and received money from Western nations.
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The rumours that Ko Jimmy had died in prison are untrue,  U Myint Thein, spokesperson of the National League for Democracy told  Mizzima.
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The Burmese military junta has accused the CIA in one of its state-run newspapers of involvement in the assassination of a Karen commander of the KNU who wanted to negotiate a ceasefire with the junta. (more…)

The Thai army has found 50 opium fields, some ready for harvest, in secluded valleys between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces, according to a regimental commander.
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A senior Myanmar diplomat will visit North Korea for talks starting Tuesday, an official said Monday, in the latest sign that two of Asia’s most repressive regimes are improving ties severed for nearly two decades.
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In a unanimous vote of 66 to 0, the European Union Parliament passed a resolution calling on European Union member countries to do everything in their powers to achieve passage of a binding Security Council resolution on Burma. (more…)

U.S. President George W. Bush and Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudyohono believe China and India should do more to help convince Myanmar to improve its dismal human rights, an official said Saturday. (more…)

The local authorities under SPDC military regime brutally cracked down, arrested and tortured the monks and people demonstrators who were protesting over the current fuel price hike in Burma. They did such a brutal crackdown in Pakkoku where the peaceful monk demonstrators protested over the fuel price hike by reciting Metta Sutra, by lassoing them and tied them at the lamp post, and slap them, kicked them and beat them up in public by the SPDC thugs of USDA and Swan Ah Shin. (more…)

Burma has been governed by a military dictatorship for 45 years.  As a consequence of military rule, Burma has become one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.  The people of Burma have suffered tremendous hardships in the areas of education, health and social welfare.
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