Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Three monks and two civilians in Burma have been handed lengthy prison sentences, some as much as nine years, for their role in the September 2007 uprising, lawyers say. (more…)

The Burmese military junta continues to privatize businesses in the pre-election period as Myanmar Airways International (MAI), a state-owned joint venture, has been bought by Kanbawza Bank, owned by a close business associate of the junta. (more…)

In a surprise gesture, the Chinese Embassy in Singapore reverted to anti-Irrawaddy-Myitsone dam project activists yesterday and informed them by email that it had forwarded their appeal letter demanding a halt to the construction in Burma’s Northern Kachin State, to relevant authorities in China. (more…)

The National League for Democracy-Liberated Area (NLD-LA) Malaysia is currently in the midst of a cross-country educational campaign targeted at Burmese migrant workers living in the country, regarding the upcoming 2010 Burmese elections and the 2008 constitutional referendum. (more…)

Burma is not on the February agenda of the United Nations Security Council because no member has raised the issue, according to Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, the country holding the council’s rotating presidency this month. (more…)

Beijing – China will soon be burning oil and gas piped in through Myanmar, but putting some of its energy security in the hands of a pariah state beset by international sanctions and civil strife could be a risky gamble. (more…)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is still reportedly searching for a new special envoy to Burma to succeed the Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari. (more…)

The Burma Campaign UK today called on the government of Thailand not to go ahead with forcing around 3,000 ethnic Karen refugees back to Burma. The refugees fled into Thailand in June 2009 following a military offensive by the Burmese Army and their allies, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), in Karen State, Eastern Burma. Latest reports are that so called ‘voluntary’ repatriation will start on February 5th. (more…)

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have condemned the sentencing of two Burmese journalists to long prison terms and called on the country’s military junta to immediately release them and end its continuing attacks on the media. (more…)