July 2009

A Myanmar court Friday postponed its verdict in the case of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi until August 11, officials and diplomats said, the latest delay in her internationally condemned trial. (more…)

Rangoon The novels of John le Carré and biographies of Winston Churchill are among the books that Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Prize winner, is assembling in expectation of a long prison sentence when a court in Rangoon delivers its verdict today. (more…)

Tour agencies have been directed by Burma’s Ministry of Hotel and Tourism to check tourists applying for ‘Arrival Visa’ with the list of people banned from entering the country. (more…)

A delegation of Bangladeshi experts on border issues met with Burma’s foreign minister in Naypyidaw on Friday to discuss an territorial dispute between the two countries, according to Burma’s state-run media. (more…)

Environmental, social and human rights groups are slamming the adoption of plans for hydropower dams on the Salween River by Asean energy ministers. (more…)

Burma is ranked as one of the world’s most undeveloped countries because of intentional mismanagement by its own leaders, says a leading regional activist, Debbie Stothard, the coordinator of the Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean). (more…)

Dozens of Filipino activists protested Friday outside the Myanmar embassy in the Philippine capital and demanded the immediate release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (more…)

A collective, but all-too familiar, sigh accompanied the announcement this morning that the verdict in Burma’s trial of Aung San Suu Kyi has been postponed until mid-August. (more…)

Did astrologers advise Snr-Gen Than Shwe to postpone the verdict in the trial of opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi? Or was it a ploy by Than Shwe, a former psychological warfare officer, to buy more time? Or did Chinese leaders tell the Burmese to postpone the ruling? (more…)

During her years in detention Aung San Suu Kyi has got used to the whims of Myanmar’s junta, and the democracy icon again finds herself waiting for the military regime to make up its mind. (more…)

The verdict in the trial of Noble Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been postponed to August 11, 2009. Meanwhile, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) has learnt that the regime arrested at least 28 NLD members in the early hours of this morning, between midnight and 1 am. Two of those arrested were later released. The reason for their arrest is not clear. (more…)

“Every day I ask myself: have I done everything I can try to end the atrocities being committed in Burma? And I pray that world leaders will ask themselves the same question. For if they did, the answer would be “no”, and perhaps their conscience will finally force them to act.” – Desmond Tutu

Military-ruled Myanmar’s state media on Thursday warned citizens against inciting protests as democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began stockpiling supplies ahead of a possible five-year jail term. (more…)

The sale of a plot of land in detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house compound has been opposed by her lawyer through an official letter on Thursday. (more…)

Nyi Nyi Htwe, a lawyer belonging to the opposition camp, recently released from jail and forced out of his profession, alleged he is finding it difficult to continue with his present calling of selling government lottery tickets because he is being hounded by authorities. (more…)

A three-year-old Burmese boy has been released by immigration police after being held for a week on suspicion he was working with a gang of beggars. (more…)

China appears to be making alternative plans in case its Middle East oil transshipment port and pipeline project in Burma fails because of regime change. (more…)

The Burmese government today confirmed the tenth case of the A(H1N1) swine flu virus, that of a 57-year-old man who had recently returned from Singapore. (more…)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said the world wants Aung San Suu Kyi free and that by sentencing her to another five-year prison term, the Burmese junta would miss another opportunity to engage the international community. (more…)

In the week when Amnesty International awarded Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi its highest accolade, Ambassador of Conscience, a fellow Nobel laureate pays tribute. (more…)

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