February 2009


Burma’s regime deliberately blocked international aid getting to victims of last year’s cyclone, a report has claimed. (more…)

There has been no reduction in the use of forced labour in Burma despite work done by the International Labour Organisation to eradicate it, says ILO’s liasion officer in Rangoon, Steve Marshall. (more…)

Township authorities have been demanding money from farmers in Bogalay, Irrawaddy division, for fertilisers freely distributed by a charity called International Development Enterprise. (more…)

Barely two months away from the May monsoon season, at least 4,000 cyclone shelters are needed for people living in the lowlands in Myanmar, which suffered its worst cyclone last year. (more…)

Burma watchers are wondering if US oil and gas developers might return to the country after the Barack Obama government announced it is reviewing its policy towards Burma’s military regime. (more…)

A four-member mission of the Global Fund, led by William Paton, Director of Country Programs is currently visiting Myanmar to seek possibility to re-engage with its aid efforts in the country for fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. (more…)

There was exchange of gunfire on February 18 between Burmese Army troops and a drug trafficking gang operating in Meng Peng region, Shan State in the Golden Triangle. (more…)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations said on Friday it will send hundreds of Rohingya boat people back to military-ruled Myanmar, which rights groups fear gives them little in the way of protection. (more…)

Southeast Asian officials on Friday hailed the creation of a regional human rights body as a historic first step toward confronting abuses in the region, but the body will lack the power to investigate or punish violators of human rights like military-ruled Myanmar. (more…)

Democracy activists took to the streets in the Philippines on Friday to demand more action from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) against Myanmar for its poor human rights record. (more…)

SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton did well to make her first trip abroad last week to Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and China – nations vital to global security and prosperity. But Clinton made disturbing remarks about human rights in China, Tibet, and Burma. (more…)

The Burma issue is like a broken record: the same things are repeated over and over. (more…)

The Burmese junta is gearing up to hold its first military quarterly meeting for 2009 in the second week of March, where it is likely to discuss major issues including plans for the 2010 general elections, sources in the army said. (more…)

National League for Democracy elected representatives and organising committee members from 10 townships in Rangoon division met at party headquarters to discuss whether to contest the 2010 election. (more…)

Burmese government’s press censor board is planning to change from the current paper system to digital, according to the Ministry of Information’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Division director, Major Tint Swe. (more…)

About 500 Burmese migrant workers and their children were taken into custody in Mae Sot after Thai authorities raided their homes on Thursday, says a Burmese migrant rights group. (more…)

Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival for cross-border tourists entering by road from Teng Chong, southwestern Yunnan province of China, to travel deep into Myanmar’s tourist sites by air en route the border town of Myitkyina in the northernmost Kachin state, local media reported Thursday. (more…)

Two-way trade between Myanmar and Viet Nam amounted to US$108.2 million last year, up 11 per cent over 2007, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. (more…)

Businessmen of Myanmar and Indonesia are coordinating to hold a trade fair in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon in July this year to boost bilateral trade. (more…)

Most deaths of children under five are preventable or treatable in Myanmar, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (more…)

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