Thursday, September 13th, 2007


Nearly four weeks of protests in Myanmar are “just the start” of a mass movement against the ruling junta and the grinding poverty endured by the former Burma’s 53 million people, a top activist said from hiding. (more…)

Nearly four weeks of protests in Myanmar are “just the start” of a mass movement against the ruling junta and the grinding poverty endured by the former Burma’s 53 million people, a top activist said from hiding. (more…)

U Myint Thein, a spokesperson of the National League for Democracy told the BBC that the telephone line has been cut at the headquarters of the NLD since yesterday. (more…)

Several high-profile Burmese writers have urged the military to find a responsible solution to the current commodity and fuel price crisis and to stop crackdowns on peaceful protests. (more…)

The telephone line has been cut at the headquarters of Myanmar’s top opposition party, the National League for Democracy, a party spokesman said Thursday. (more…)

The military government has increased its clampdown on pro-democracy activists by extending the cut off of phone service to journalists who seek interviews and information.
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The military government has increased its clampdown on pro-democracy activists by extending the cut off of phone service to journalists who seek interviews and information.
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Buthidaung, Arakan State : The situation in northern Arakan is going from bad to worse following the increase in fuel prices on August 15. The prices of essential commodities have doubled, said a trader in Buthidaung Town .
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A Burmese government minister believed to have been behind the crackdown on recent demonstrations by a large group of monks has been making high-profile donations to monasteries in what is seen as an attempt to mollify them. (more…)

The Burmese Army continues to use forcibly not only prisoners but also civilians as porters in contravention of the norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), said an official of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP). (more…)

Chaos prevailed among residents in the coastal town of Arakan state, last night as they had to hurriedly move to higher land, following a tsunami alert by local authorities. (more…)

Burma’s development of oil and gas fields and deforestation are critically endangering 156 species of flora and fauna, according to the International Union of the Conservation of Nature. (more…)

Five Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) delegates back from attending the Burmese military junta’s final round of the National Convention (NC) were welcomed home at a special ceremony on Tuesday in Laiza controlled areas on the Sino-Burma border in Kachin State, Northern Burma. Soon after their return senior KIO officials went into a huddle to formulate their next step to wards achieving autonomy for the state. (more…)

A member of an unidentified armed group from Burma was found dead following a fierce gun battle with the Thai border security force on Tuesday, a Thai security official said. The incident occurred in Mea Seriang district of Mae Hong Song province in northern Thailand. (more…)

China whole-heartedly hopes that Myanmar will push forward a democracy process that is appropriate for the country, Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan said on Thursday.
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Popular protests have spread across Myanmar, putting the authoritarian military government’s hold on power to a crucial and potentially volatile test. The demonstrations that started against the ruling junta’s fuel-price policy now threaten to become a full-blown mass political movement due to the military’s heavy-handed handling of protesters.
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Burma looks set to create a new form of authoritarian state as the National Convention has completed a marathon session, drafting guidelines for its next constitution, which will maintain the military’s central role in government with little or no checks and balances. (more…)

Geneva: The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, call on the authorities of Myanmar to immediately release the peaceful protestors who have been detained following demonstrations against the unprecedented increase in the prices of fuel. (more…)