Wednesday, October 17th, 2007


Myanmar’s military junta said on Wednesday it was still hunting for protesters who took part in a recent pro-democracy uprising, noting that nearly 3,000 had been detained since their crackdown started and hundreds remained in custody.
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A Buddhist monk has been jailed for seven and a half years for taking part in mass protests against Myanmar’s military junta which the army put down ruthlessly, a monastic source said on Wednesday.
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Four members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison in secret trials in western Myanmar, a spokesman said Wednesday.
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The 88 Generation Students group has called for “more decisive measures” from the United Nations to counter the Burmese authorities’ continued suppression of pro-democracy protestors.
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People forced to attend state-run rallies in support of the National Convention and the proposed draft constitution openly opposed the rally organizers by shouting anti-government messages, according to sources who attended the rallies.
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Members of the National League for Democracy in Arakan state have been sentenced by the authorities for their involvement in last month’s protests, according to their colleagues.
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Burma’s military regime has apparently slapped a ban on the sale of foreign publications that carry coverage of the violent crackdown on the demonstrations by the country’s monks and other protesters.
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A member of the National League for Democracy serving a long-term sentence in Insein prison has been denied permission to attend his late wife’s funeral.
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Most of the world’s finished rubies originate in Burma, where the junta earns millions by mining them. Jewelers in Europe and Asia rake in handsome profits from the stones and believe they’re helping rebels — as long as the stones come through middlemen. They are probably wrong.
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Two of Rangoon’s biggest hotels have closed their doors in what business owners say is a drastic downturn in the tourist industry and the overall economy following the pro-democracy demonstrations.
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ASEAN will not agree to sanctions or a suspension of Myanmar from the grouping even after its violent crackdown on protesters, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister said yesterday.
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A proposed Southeast Asian human rights body is unlikely to be empowered to impose sanctions or take a tough approach to violators like Myanmar, human rights officials said Wednesday.
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Bangladesh fully backs the initiatives of the United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari to amicably resolve the current imbroglio in Burma, Foreign Adviser of Bangladesh Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said in Dhaka on Tuesday.
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A new survey says many journalists plying their craft in Asia must cope with war, coups and repressive regimes to report the news, making the region one of the toughest for reporters to work in.
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Eight men from Myanmar applied Wednesday for refugee status in Japan, saying they could not return home after the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests, officials said.
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The Canadian government on Tuesday said it will confer honorary citizenship on the Burmese democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under house for 18 of the past two decades.
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UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari said Wednesday he would visit military-run Myanmar again next month, as he attempts to halt a violent crackdown on dissent and kickstart democratic reforms.
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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has appealed to Buddhist members of the Burmese military government to act in accordance with Buddhist teachings when faced with pro-democracy protests.
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Members of Parliament in New Zealand today decided to form a parliamentary caucus on Burma to exert pressure on the military junta for a peaceful transition to democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.
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Saying the Burmese military is using rape as an instrument of systematic repression against ethnic minorities, the US on Tuesday urged the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to conduct an investigation into such cases.
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