March 2010

Chiang Mai – National League for Democracy (NLD) Central Executive Committee (CEC) member U Win Tin has warned that the military regime is likely to launch a new crackdown against the party.   (more…)

Australian and the United States’ diplomats yesterday paid a so-called ‘fact finding’ visit to the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s main office in Rangoon. (more…)

Outside Burma the reactions of the press and observers to the National League for Democracy’s (NLD’s) decision not to contest this year’s election have been numerous and varied, but inside Burma the military government’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD) is forcing newspapers and other publications to publish the official line on the NLD decision, if they publish at all. (more…)

Singapore said it would be harder for national reconciliation to be achieved in Burma because of the decision by the opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi to boycott the polls widely expected to take place later this year. (more…)

New Delhi – Indian parliamentarians have applauded the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) decision not to participate in the Burmese junta’s planned elections, which would be the first in two decades. (more…)

Washington — Nine US senators across the political spectrum are calling for tighter sanctions on Myanmar’s military regime to persuade it not to hold elections that effectively bar key opposition leaders. (more…)

Washington – The Obama administration’s new engagement strategy with Myanmar risks allowing the country’s military leaders to use direct talks to justify the flawed elections it expects to hold this year, a bipartisan report warned Wednesday. (more…)

Nearly two weeks after returning home from a political prison in Myanmar, Nyi Nyi Aung of Montgomery Village cannot stop thinking of his homeland. (more…)

The opposition’s boycott of planned elections is understandable and principled—but still regrettable. (more…)

THE only thing certain about the Myanmar elections due this year is that they will not be free and fair. (more…)

Bangkok — If Burma’s military regime goes ahead with its promised general election this year, some 27.2 million voters will be deprived of the chance to cast a ballot for the political party that has come to symbolize democratic hope in that oppressed nation. (more…)

Commenting on the results of its 13th session which ended on Friday March 26th , FIDH considers the United Nations Human Rights Council has taken positive steps to respond to the human rights violations committed in Guinea and Burma and has prevented parts of initiatives of certain countries to draft new norms on racial discriminations that may have undermined human rights standards and the fight against racism at the UN. (more…)

“I hope the international community will stand with us. The governments of the world should declare that they reject the regime’s election and prearranged outcome, and pressure the regime to make substantive and positive change for Burma, beginning with the immediate release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and the cessation of the regime’s military campaign against ethnic minorities. The regime should negotiate with Burma’s democracy forces, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, and ethnic representatives for a peaceful solution toward national reconciliation and true democracy.” – U Win Tin, member of the Central Executive Committee and co-founder of Burma’s National League for Democracy

Yangon, Myanmar – Many Myanmar residents Tuesday greeted a decision by the party of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to boycott elections with rousing approval while others called it a blunder leaving voters with little option in the military-organized balloting. (more…)

The Rohingya, the Muslim minority living primarily in Burma’s western Arakan State, will  form a political party and contest the upcoming elections although most Rohingya are not currently Burmese citizens, according to sources close to prominent members of the Rohingya community. (more…)

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa is expected to meet with Burmese generals this week, in what will be the junta’s first meeting with a top diplomat from Southeast Asia since its Political Party Registration Law was announced in early March. (more…)

Dhaka – A strong, 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the Andaman Sea off Myanmar at 10:24 pm (1654 GMT) Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. No destructive tsunami was expected. (more…)

Sydney – Australia said Tuesday that elections in Myanmar would only be fair if Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party can take part, and said meaningful change in the military-run state was now doubtful. (more…)

There is no prospect of Burma’s first elections in two decades being “free, fair or inclusive”, Downing Street said today. (more…)

New York: China has joined Australia and the US in telling Burma’s military junta to free all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and allow them to participate in upcoming elections, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said. (more…)

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