Saturday, October 6th, 2007

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The party of the detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday dismissed the military junta’s purported offer of talks, claiming its pre-set conditions would force her to admit to offences of which she was not guilty.

Suu Kyi appears on state TV as under-fire Myanmar frees monks Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar’s military regime broadcast rare footage of the detained Suu Kyi on state television on Friday, in what were the first images of her to appear in at least four years. (more…)

Rangoon – The Burmese junta has released hundreds of Buddhist monks arrested in a crackdown on the largest anti-regime protests in 19 years, but few see such lenience as a sign of positive change in the brutal regime’s tactics towards dissent, diplomats and activists said Saturday. (more…)

October 5, 2007 – The ethnic Karenni armed rebel group said it attacked two Burmese Army battalions based near the Kayah State early on Thursday morning and seized arms and ammunitions after killing three Burmese soldiers. (more…)

Mae Sot – Thet Oo says his military interrogators in Myanmar kicked him in the head until he blacked out, shackled his polio-ridden legs, and then threw him in a tiny, dark cell where he spent much of the next 12 years.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Burma (Myanmar) is a member, is refusing to see eye-to-eye either with the United States or China on how the international community should deal with the ongoing crisis in the politically-troubled military-run country. (more…)

Singapore’s prime minister has defended the country against accusations that it is a money-laundering centre for members of Myanmar’s military regime in a CNN interview reported by local media on Saturday. (more…)

Human rights organizations, lawyers, students and activists across the country came together to form Burma Solidarity, a platform to show their support and solidarity for the protesting monks and civilians inside Burma. (more…)

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the use of force to put down peaceful protests in Myanmar was ”abhorrent and unacceptable,” and that the country’s government must release those it had arrested and start a dialogue with political opponents. (more…)

The United States warned it would push for UN sanctions against Burma if it fails to respond to international demands to move toward democracy, but the country’s UN ambassador strongly resisted punitive measures, saying it is not a threat to regional security and needs “patience” to promote reconciliation. (more…)

Myanmar’s junta Saturday tried to cool growing UN pressure over its deadly crackdown on peaceful protests, offering talks with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and relaxing its blockage of the Internet. (more…)

People around the world planned to march Saturday to protest Burma’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists, as the military regime admitted hundreds of Buddhist monks were detained after troops turned their guns on last week’s peaceful uprising. (more…)

New York, A leader of the Buddhist monks who have led street protests in Myanmar urged Americans on Friday to press for more international action to pressure the military junta toward dialogue with the opposition. (more…)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wants new EU sanctions to be imposed on Myanmar in the wake the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests there. (more…)

Actor Jim Carrey urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to ban all international arms shipments to Myanmar to pressure the country to end its brutal suppression of pro-democracy protesters and its detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (more…)

The Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) met from 1 to 6 October 2007 to discuss the critical situation in the Union of Burma. (more…)

The Burma Rivers Network supports the Buddhist Sangha and citizens of Burma who seek solutions to Burma’s economic problems, release of political prisoners, genuine national reconciliation and the end of brutal military rule. We condemn the use of violence against unarmed, peaceful protestors. We call on neighbouring countries to pressure the junta to forego further violence against monks and civilian protestors. (more…)

Is there anyone left to challenge the junta in Myanmar?