Thursday, October 25th, 2007


n this hand-out photograph from the government of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, left, met with Aung Kyi, a minister from the government in Yangon.

The long-detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with an official of the military government in Myanmar on Thursday in the first tangible sign that the generals were responding to outside pressure after crushing a popular uprising last month. (more…)

MAE SOT, Thailand: One of the main organizers of the September protest marches in Myanmar, Ashin Kovida, a 24-year-old Buddhist monk, escaped to Thailand last week by carrying a false identification card, dying his hair blond and wearing a crucifix.
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Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi-under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years-met for about one hour with a Burmese military government official Thursday afternoon, a diplomat said.
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While the Burmese military junta claims to have release several detainees, arrested in connection with the recent protests, it has arrested eight more key activists over the week, activists said.
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Women prisoners in Burma are facing many difficulties, according to women who have been released following detention. The health conditions for those in interrogation centers are also a concern.
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The annual rice donation ceremony in Magwe division is to go ahead with some restrictions, despite local authorities’ earlier concerns that monks would boycott the event.
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The Burmese police have intensified its search for people who are believed to have been involved in the Buddhist monk-led street rally against the Burmese military junta in Kalay town in Sagaing division, northwestern Burma.
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Offices of pro-democracy Burmese opposition groups in Thailand will be searched by security personnel in the kingdom as part of an “operation”, informed sources told Mizzima.
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Air Bagan Ltd has announced it will suspend flights to Singapore, as of November 4, citing the effects of economic sanctions against the airline’s owner, businessman Tay Za.
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Authorities in Aung Lan township, Magwe division, have raised the annual tax on loudspeakers this week from 150 kyat to 15,000 kyat, according to local residents.
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Burmese activists today demanded the Thai government owned PTT exploration and production (PTTEP) stop its collaboration with the Burmese junta in exploring and drilling natural gas and oil from Burma.
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Drug addicts in Loi Kaw, De Maw So and Shar Daw, Kayah State are now more into opium than methamphetamine compared to last few years, said Karenni Anti-Drugs and Action committee (KADAC).
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Last week the UN special envoy, Mr Ibrahim Gambari, continued a six-nation tour of the region to seek support for UN efforts to promote political and economic reforms in Myanmar.
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Sonia Gandhi, the head of India’s Congress party, began a five-day visit to China on Thursday, as foreign ministers of the two nations discussed Myanmar and their long-running border disputes.
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Myanmar soldiers may have killed as many as 110 people during a crackdown on anti-government protests last month, said a United Nations official tasked with probing alleged human rights abuses by the military regime.
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China and Russia urged Myanmar’s military rulers to talk with the country’s opposition but said Wednesday that they opposed any U.N. sanctions against the junta.
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While activists focus on increasing pressure on Burma’s military leaders to open a dialogue with the country’s pro-democracy activists, diplomatic consensus is eroding on what steps to take next.
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A U.N. human rights expert says he will demand access to prisons when he visits Myanmar next month and try to determine the number of people killed and detained by the military government in last month’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.
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The 16 women members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday urging his government to press neighbour Myanmar to end its crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners.
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Former US president Jimmy Carter is offering to act as a mediator to Burma in response to the military regime’s recent crackdown on protesters.
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