June 2009


The United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon was urged on Tuesday by the National League for Democracy to meet detained party leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his proposed two-day visit to Burma from July 3 to 4. (more…)

Media watchdogs have condemned the sentencing of a Burmese journalist reporting on the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, and said that coverage of the trial is “very much biased” with reporters subject to intimidation. (more…)

The Burmese military authorities have forcibly taken away most of the relief material, meant for local Chin people, who had suffered due to a fire in their village last April. The relief material had been supplied by their supporters from abroad. (more…)

Some 4,000 Burmese migrants were arrested by the Thai authorities in Thailand in June, according to a Thai Web site, www.manager.co.th. (more…)

The current Myanmar special gem emporium, being held at the Myanmar Conventional Center (MCC), has attracted more than 3,000 foreign gem traders, the highest number of visitors compared with the last few years’ events. (more…)

Prices for scarce surgical masks in impoverished Myanmar have soared more than threefold after the military-ruled nation confirmed its first case of swine flu, residents said Tuesday. (more…)

With the increase in music piracy and ineffective laws governing the illegal reproduction of music, Burma’s music industry has witnessed an 80 percent reduction in the release of new albums over the course of the last two years. (more…)

Japanese police arrested three top businessmen on Monday on suspicion of attempting to export to Burma a measuring instrument that could be used to develop long-range ballistic missile systems, Japanese newspapers reported. (more…)

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Myanmar on Tuesday to free all political prisoners, including detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, days ahead of a visit to the military-ruled country. (more…)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to arrive in Japan Tuesday for a three-day visit as he prepares to travel to Myanmar, where he aims to discuss the fate of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (more…)

For two weeks, the world has been transfixed by images of Iranians taking to the streets to demand the most basic human freedoms and rights. Watching these courageous men and women, I am reminded of a similar scene nearly two years ago in Burma, when tens of thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully marched through their nation’s streets. They, too, sought to reclaim basic human dignity for all Burmese citizens, but they were beaten back by that nation’s harsh regime. (more…)

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 30 June 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. (more…)

…. Myanmar: We are deeply concerned about the recent developments. A real process of dialogue and national reconciliation is needed, with the full participation of representatives of all political parties and ethnic groups, leading to transparent, fair and democratic multiparty elections. In this regard we call on the Government of Myanmar to release all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi whose continued detention would undermine the credibility of the elections planned for 2010. (more…)

Burma’s highest court rejected an appeal Monday by Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers to reinstate two key witnesses in a trial that could send the pro-democracy leader to prison for five years. (more…)

Several monks on Saturday refrained from going out to collect swan offering in Myingyan town in Mandalay division, following a visit and offerings made by junta’s Minister of Industries (1) Aung Thawng. (more…)

Authorities on Sunday detained a journalist who tried to take a photograph of the 13-year old girl who authorities have announced is suffering from the first detected instance of A/H1N1, or swine flu, in Burma. (more…)

Three Kachin ceasefire groups in northern Burma last week, gave into the demands of the Burmese military junta of transforming their armed-wings into the kind of forces that the regime wants, said sources close to the groups. (more…)

Russian and Italian engineering companies are reported to be involved in the development of a huge iron ore mine in Burma’s eastern Shan state that campaigners say could displace more than 7,000 homes. (more…)

Bilateral trade between Myanmar and Indonesia hit $238.69 million in the fiscal year of 2008-09 which ended in March, according to the Ministry of Commerce today. (more…)

The United Kingdom is leading among the European Union countries in importing Myanmar’s marine products, the local weekly Popular News reported on Monday. (more…)

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