November 2007


Daw Mi Mi Lay (68), mother of Burma’s prominent detained activist, Htay Kywe died on Thursday evening at her residence in Rangoon , family sources said. (more…)

Two months after Myanmar’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protests in Yangon led by Buddhist monks, the former capital is noticeably short of monks, a senior US diplomat said Friday.
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The Burmese junta often claims it believes deeply in Buddhism and encourages the growth of the faith. It’s a claim that has the Burmese people shaking their heads in disbelief in view of the junta’s latest crackdown, on Rangoon’s Maggin Monastery.
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In what, is in all probability a diversionary tactics adopted by the Burmese military junta, it has effected another military reshuffle. Critics feel it is to showcase changes in the regime in the aftermath of the brutal crackdown on September’s monk-led protests, which had invited world-wide wrath.
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A Sino-Burmese border based ethnic armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), said it welcomed Burma’s pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement on national reconciliation and refused to sign the junta’s pre-written statement.
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Days after Arakan State NLD chairman U San Shwe Tun being released from Sittwe prison in Arakan, western Burma, junta authorities rearrested him.
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Two people were reportedly killed in Maung Daw, Arakan state, after government troops opened fire on a group of villagers cutting wood on 27 November, according to a local women’s organisation.
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The Burmese government has reinforced troops in Karen State in preparation for dry season military offensives against the Karen National Union, according to sources close to the Burmese military regime.
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Burmese military junta authorities are desperately seeking video footage taken during the September revolution from video shop owners in Mon State, Burma, owners told Kaowao.
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The recent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Burma has rekindled a decades-old debate: Is it morally right to do business in countries with repressive regimes?
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Five Myanmars were arrested on suspicion of operating a de facto underground bank by sending 1.5 billion yen received from their compatriots to Myanmar over a four-year period without a banking license, police said.
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The Myanmar junta has shut down a Yangon monastery which served as a hospice for HIV/AIDS patients and expelled its monks, an opposition lawyer said on Friday.
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December 1 is the 20th World AIDS Day and people around the word will be celebrating and commemorating the occasion. However, in Burma, HIV/AIDS activists and volunteers are being arrested and hunted down daily by the military authorities.
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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday urged Myanmar’s junta leaders to continue fledgling talks with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a government spokesman said.
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Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) nabbed two Myanmar nationals for attempting to smuggle out of Singapore in a truck, on Thursday evening.
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Burma’s ruling military junta must release detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi if it is serious about making the democratic reforms demanded by the international community, a UN envoy said Friday.
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Crisis provides opportunity, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, told an audience this week. It was a modestly upbeat theme in what was otherwise a sobering appraisal of his recent visit to Burma, analysis of Burma vis-à-vis the international community and what can be done to improve the situation.
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The Government of the United States issued the following statement through its State Department spokesman Sean McCormack on November 29 in Washington reiterating the U.S. position toward Burma.
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The Burmese military government’s recent move to seal off Maggin monastery in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township has proved once again that the regime lacks the will to solve the country’s current political and social crisis-while effectively declaring war on the country’s biggest, longest-established and most revered institution, the Sangha.
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Relying on regional powers to do the heavy lifting would diminish the image of the United States as a regional power with even a modicum of strategic influence.
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