Monday, February 8th, 2010

Yangon – Myanmar authorities have slowed recovery programs for areas hit by Cyclone Nargis in the Irrawaddy Delta, by delaying visas and travel permits to aid workers, media reports said Sunday. (more…)

The Thai military on Saturday warned Karen refugees at Tha Song Yang not to speak to the media or the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR––or risk arrest and deportation. (more…)

Yangon – Ghana’s rejection last month of 15,000 bags of ‘unwholesome’ rice from Myanmar has sparked calls for improved quality controls for the commodity, one of the country’s key export items, media reports said Sunday. (more…)

Myanmese activist Khin Omar said yesterday businessman Li Ka-shing should either put pressure on the Myanmar junta to democratise or get out of her country. (more…)

Burma is likely to hold elections around September but they are shaping up to be a “farce” with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi unable to run, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said Friday. (more…)

The boats that once brought Rohingya to an uncertain fate on Thai shores have stopped sailing. But the poverty and the persecution that spurred their journeys continue, reports Shaikh Azizur Rahman. (more…)

Australia is to increase humanitarian aid to Burma to help the country to be ready for political change, Australia’s foreign minister has said. (more…)

News of Nelson Mandela’s release dominated the radio broadcasts by the BBC and Voice of America on Feb. 11, 1990. I felt I understood why he had resisted so long, because in Burma, as in South Africa at the time Mr. Mandela was in jail, the majority of people were struggling to make their voices heard. Within three months, the military junta would refuse to recognize the results of our national election — and I would be locked up in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for leading a demonstration. (more…)

In the aftermath of Burma’s 2007 “Saffron Revolution” and the military’s subsequent crackdown, China has been increasingly pressured to assume a larger role in helping to resolve Burma’s crisis. (more…)

MAE SOT, Thailand – Trucks packed with goods as high as they are long line up to cross the “Friendship Bridge” between Thailand and Burma. (more…)

Democratic Voice of Burma Reports and images from the anti-government protests in Burma in 2007 brought the plight of citizens, journalists and free speech in the country to the world’s attention. (more…)

The UK Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission has today released a policy paper calling for increased action on Burma ahead of the regime’s sham elections later in the year. (more…)

The new Ambassador of Myanmar to the Maldives, U Ohn Thwin of Myanmar, presented his Credentials to President Mohamed Nasheed today. (more…)