Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007


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Excellencies,
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Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

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A United Nations envoy met with the leader of Myamar’s junta today, according to a diplomat in Yangon, as authorities continued a crackdown after crushing huge peaceful demonstrations last week.
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UN special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, today rounded off his mission to Burma after meeting the junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe. He had a second round of talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy, the UN office in Rangoon said. (more…)

Rangoon – The leader of the Burmese military junta Senior General Than Shwe, met Tuesday with visiting United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in the regime’s capital of Naypyidaw to discuss the regime’s recent crackdown on peaceful protests.
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More than ten National League for Democracy people’s parliament representatives and at least 137 party members have so far been arrested in connection with recent protests in Burma, said NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win yesterday.
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At least 1,000 people picked up when security forces in Myanmar cracked down on mass protests have been detained at a campus in Yangon, UN and regime officials told Agence France-Presse Tuesday.
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Most of the weekly journals based in Rangoon have stopped publishing due to a lack of news to attract readers, difficulties with acquiring news on the streets and limited Internet access.
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Monks currently detained at the government technical college compound in Insein township may be sent to a hard labour prison camp, according to a source at the college compound.
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Burma’s military junta eased a curfew on the main city of Rangoon on Tuesday, as the suffocating security presence was scaled back slightly following the suppression of mass anti-government protests.
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Amid increasing army attacks on their armed wing, the Karen National Union Secretary has said that any Burmese army troops who want to defect to the KNU would be welcomed.
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Myanmar democratic activist Sirajul Islam pulled out a pile of letters that describe his plight as an 18-year refugee of his country’s ruthless military regime.
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For two decades, Myanmar’s neighbors have grappled with how to respond to the unrelenting repression of the country’s people by its ruling generals. In Thailand, the answer comes each time anyone pays an electric bill.
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Myanmar’s deadly crackdown on mass protests poses a major obstacle to a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and Southeast Asian nations, a European legislator said Tuesday.
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Japan will cut aid to Myanmar following the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, although Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said a decision would not be made before the return of an envoy from the country.
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Security forces on the streets of Rangoon.
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Thousands of Indians in the northeastern state of Mizoram today hit the streets in a show of solidarity for the Burmese people’s struggle for change and freedom from bondage under the military dictatorship. They urged India to intervene in the current imbroglio.
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More than 1,500 immigrants from Myanmar’s various ethnic groups rallied in Malaysia’s biggest city Tuesday in a rare show of solidarity, urging protesters back home to not give up fighting for democracy.
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After the Congress, India’s main opposition party the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has deplored the military junta’s repressive action in Burma. The BJP has urged the United Progressive Alliance ( UPA) government at the Centre to support the pro-democracy forces in the neighbouring country.
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New York — Burma blamed “political opportunists” and “neo-colonialists” for exploiting protests by small groups to turn the situation into a political showdown.
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