Tuesday, October 30th, 2007


Oct 30, 2007 (DVB)-Burmese monks living in exile around the world have formed an organisation to raise international awareness of Burma’s situation and lobby international governments.
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Military junta authorities in the capital of Mon state, Moulmein, Burma are still cracking down on dissidents and trying to figure out how information is flowing out.
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Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, was rearrested by Burmese authorities at his home on Monday evening but released on Tuesday after receiving a warning to tone down his satire, according to sources in Rangoon.
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A schoolteacher in Tenasserim division has been sentenced to one year in prison for wearing his work uniform to a pro-government mass rally, according to local residents.
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An ethnic Karen photojournalist, who covered last month’s monk-led protests in Rangoon, has gone missing, colleagues said.
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A new radio station has been on the air very recently in Myanmar mainly broadcasting music with brief domestic and international news intercepting its program, according to Yangon audiences who came to notice Tuesday.
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Residents of Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, Rangoon, have claimed that local police have been conducting military training for township residents and offering rewards to those who attend.
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To pre-empt any kind of unrest military junta authorities in Sagaing division is imparting riot control training to the police, security personnel and soldiers, sources close to the military said.
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Arakan state, Burma: A Rohingya youth was sodomized and strangled by Burma ‘s border security force personnel in Maungdaw township on October 26, said a relative of the victim.
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At least three Burmese migrant workers in Thailand have died after consuming food which was allegedly mixed with poison by their employer in Mae Khlong, an hour’s drive from Mahachai, said U Thaung Kyaw who is investigating the deaths.
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Although the US has stepped up its sanctions on the Burmese regime by targeting business people known to have close links with the junta, several of the generals’ cronies are missing from the list.
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France’s foreign minister said Tuesday that the people of Myanmar would suffer if French oil group Total, under fire for its investments in military-ruled Myanmar, withdrew from the country.
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Myanmar’s newly appointed prime minister, Lieutenant-General Thein Sein, is likely to attend the Asean Summit here next month, said Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo.
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Burma’s political crisis should not be used an excuse to hold up a proposed free trade pact between Europe and Southeast Asian nations, Malaysia’s trade minister has said.
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While opposing sanctions against Myanmar in public, Singapore’s government and its banks in particular appear to be quietly distancing themselves from the ruling junta, analysts and bankers said on Tuesday.
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FRANCE will do all it can to help Myanmar’s neighbours push the rogue state towards free and fair elections, said French Foreign and European Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner.
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India and Germany urged Myanmar’s military rulers Tuesday to free all political prisoners and hold talks with the United Nations, following a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.
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South Africa has welcomed the recent talks between Myanmar’s military regime and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, hoping that it would bring about a solution to the “challenges” faced by the country.
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Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) joined a day of action for Burma in Parliament Square yesterday, as the first-ever full-length Government-sponsored debate on Burma took place on the floor of the House of Commons.
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We must consider improving the current situation from all angles. One of our approaches must be ‘Persuading the army to be on our side.’ It is believed that if the army stands with the people, the dictators can survive no more.
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