July 2008

Prominent comedian and activist Zarganar and sports writer Zaw Thet Htway have appeared in court for the first time since they were arrested in June. (more…)

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions has criticised the treatment of ten Muslim student activists who have been sent to hard labour camps for their participation in demonstrations in September 2007. (more…)

Burma’s state-run press on Tuesday attacked an exile group’s campaign to have the UN declare the newly approved constitution illegal and unseat the military government from the international body. (more…)

Three months after Cyclone Nargis slammed into army-run Myanmar, people in the worst-hit Irrawaddy delta are still in dire need of food and clean water, hampering efforts to rebuild their lives, aid agencies say. (more…)

A small bomb on Wednesday night exploded at the telecommunication office in Mudon of Southern Burma’s Mon state, sources said. (more…)

50 engineers from Thailand and Myanmar held a meeting to discuss the construction of regional transport linkages, including the Thailand-Myanmar-India Highway and the route from Myawaddy in Myanmar. (more…)

Nearly the entire population of the Htoi Ra Yang village, 30 miles from the Sinbo logging fields in Kachin State, northern Burma has been afflicted by malaria and cholera, a source said. (more…)

The young business tycoon Maung Weik has been slapped with one more charge. He has been charged with violating the immigration act by the police who have accused him of allowing a Malaysian to stay in his office premises in Rangoon. (more…)

US President George W Bush will travel to South Korea, Thailand and China next week before taking part in the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics. (more…)

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Burma’s historic student uprising, Burmese activists along with Indian supporters began an awareness campaign at universities and colleges in India’s capital city, New Delhi, on Wednesday. (more…)

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar will conduct his first mission to the Asian country next week after receiving an invitation to visit from the Government. (more…)

An admission by the UN this week that it had “lost” some $10m in aid to cyclone-stricken Burma must come as a shock to the many donors who forked out substantial sums to help the people of that poor, benighted country. It’s arisen, according to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Sir John Holmes, because of an arcane system by which the UN calculates the exchange rate. But the bottom line is that money that should be going to the purchase of goods and services for the suffering is instead going into the pockets of the Burmese military administration. (more…)

It’s hard to say which is more appalling: the way Myanmar’s elite skimmed as much as $10 million from international aid money flowing into the country for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, or the way United Nations officials failed to notice the scam – or worse – for weeks on end. (more…)

Working in the NGO community in Northern Thailand, you can’t help but hear about the Burmese refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. The camps are filled with hundreds of thousands of Burmese refugees who have nowhere to go and are unable to return home. It is easy to point the finger at the Burmese government for the domestic circumstances that lead to mass numbers of refugees fleeing to Thailand and ending up in the camps, and clearly the corrupt and brutal government is at the root of the problem. But what about the corporations that cooperate with the government and supply the ruling military junta with a steady stream of revenue? What about the corporations that turn a blind eye to massive human rights violations carried out by the military in the course of the joint projects? (more…)

In democratic practices the people are the master. The desire of the people is important and their decision is final. All people have to agree to and accept the decision of the majority. It is the very basic and simple practice of democratic system. (more…)

An Act calling for strong sanctions against the military junta in the gem trade is applauded as an important step. (more…)

(1) We are encouraged by the statement issued by Members of Parliament-elect, Members of Committee Representing the Peoples’ Parliament and Members of States and Divisions Organizing Committees, dated 18 July 2008, in which they bravely declared that they would not recognize and accept the 2010 election and they would not participate in that election. We support the courageous act of Members of Parliament, elected by the people of Burma in the 1990 general elections, who deserve to hold the offices as mandated by the people. (more…)

The report filed by BBC on 29 July that the ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) “North” had decided to contest in the 2010 elections was hotly repudiated by a top officer close to the group’s chief of staff. (more…)

Authorities in Maungdaw Township seized 32.66 acres of arable land from farmers of Oo Shaikya (Buraseikdarpara) and Dou Dan (Loodaing) Villages, Northern Maungdaw on June 23. The villagers have become land less as a result, said a farmer. (more…)

The Burmese military junta officials in Kachin State in northern are accepting bribes to release prisoners. Criminals sentenced to jail can bribe the authorities to be freed. But it costs a lot of money, a source said. (more…)

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