September 2008

The National League for Democracy has confirmed that all nine party members arrested on Saturday have now been released, while a tenth political prisoner has been freed as part of the government amnesty. (more…)

Members of the Sittwe monks’ union have called for the release of U Eitthriya, who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for his involvement in public demonstrations last year. (more…)

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), a splinter group of the Karen National Union (KNU), reportedly forcibly recruited villagers to bolster its forces for a military offensive against the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). (more…)

The Burmese government’s plan to build two major hydropower dams-the Wai Gyi and Hat Gyi-on the Salween River in eastern Burma threatens the human rights of local residents and the biodiversity of the area, says an environmental organization. (more…)

Veteran Burmese politician Thakhin Thein Pe, age 93, has reportedly been admitted to ‘Asia Royal’ hospital at about 9 p.m. on Monday as he was suffering from high blood pressure, family sources said. (more…)

An elected Burmese Member of Parliament from the 1990 general elections, Dr. Myo Win, on Monday died of liver cancer on the Thai-Burmese border town of Mea Sod. (more…)

Suffering from an unnamed fear on the 1st anniversary of the saffron revolution the Burmese military junta has ordered cyber cafes to close early in the capital of Mon state, Moulmein (Mawlamyine). (more…)

Thirty five Burma National including 20 children were arrested at Indo Pak border by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) when they were trying to cross the international border from Indian side to Pakistan at Bikhiwind village. (more…)

The town of Hpakant is asleep as dawn breaks. Earthmovers slumber on huge slag heaps, guarded by fluorescent lights. Lush, dense jungle gives way to land more reminiscent of a frontier Wild West town, stripped bare by the Myanmar junta’s relentless pursuit of jade. (more…)

The Burmese military government on Monday urged the international community to lift “unjustified” economic sanctions that hurt the development and progress of its people. (more…)

For the first time Burma’s state-run newspaper has issued a warning to avoid the use of potentially tainted milk as it can cause severe health damage, particularly to children. (more…)

African Union leaders are more interested in protecting Sudan’s president than its people and Southeast Asian leaders do the same when it comes to Myanmar, a group of women Nobel Prize winners said on Monday. (more…)

Last September, peaceful demonstrations let the world know that the people of Myanmar had enough of the crushing oppression of the military junta, yet, today, exactly one year later, Myanmar still languishes in a haze of terror and deprivation. Another year goes by and those monks who are left after the military cracked down after the demonstration are contemplating huge risks once again because the world just didn’t get it last time. (more…)

Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based nongovernmental organization, released its 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on September 23. The survey ranked 180 countries around the world according to the performance of their respective governments on corruption in the public sector. (more…)

The local residents said that the students from Sittwe Technical College staged demonstration by marching in procession on Monday morning in protest of non-availability of school ferry. (more…)

Security has been tightened again in Sittwe after 150 monks staged a silent march on Saturday to commemorate last year’s Saffron Revolution, according to local residents. (more…)

Three more political prisoners have been released by the Burmese military regime, bringing the total number of political detainees freed as part of the recent government amnesty to nine. (more…)

The military government arrested at least three National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters Saturday before the opposition party celebrated its 20-year anniversary, witnesses said. (more…)

Recently freed after 19 years in prison, Win Tin, who was on Saturday reappointed secretary of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) at an event marking the party’s 20th anniversary, used the occasion to call for the NLD to cooperate with ethnic leaders and pro-democracy groups in the fight for change in Burma. (more…)

Tourists can visit the cyclone battered Irrawaddy delta and see the devastated communities firsthand starting in October. (more…)

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