September 2010


Yangon — Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after Myanmar’s first election in two decades, officials said Thursday. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar have given long prison sentences to 13 people, including a Buddhist monk, who were accused of planning bombings and other activities to disrupt upcoming elections, lawyers said Thursday. (more…)

Junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidates are using Cyclone Nargis rehabilitation projects in the Irrawaddy delta and other state projects across the country to campaign for the election. (more…)

Rangoon — “Where’s the patient’s relative? Where is she?” (more…)

All eyes are now turned to Indonesia as one of the few countries in the region believed to be capable of taking the lead in helping bring about change in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. (more…)

New York — Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva plans to pay a one-day visit to Burma next month to confirm cooperation between the two countries. (more…)

Pye Phyo Tay Za, the son of Tay Za, a businessman with close links to Burma’s military government, is appealing a decision taken earlier this year which maintains European Union (EU) financial sanctions and travel ban against him. (more…)

London – US Congressman Christopher Smith has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling on Burma’s military regime to immediately recognize the Rohingya people “as full and equal citizens of Burma”, and to lift all restrictions on movement, marriage and access to education. The resolution also calls for an end to the regime’s campaign of religious and ethnic persecution “amounting to crimes against humanity throughout Burma”. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, recently said the world must exercise “utmost vigilance” to ensure the approaching elections in Myanmar (Burma) are free and fair. (more…)

In the run-up to Burma’s fraught polls, some of the junta’s leading cheerleaders are Western governments who are bending over backwards to justify their stance. (more…)

Websites operated by The Irrawaddy and other such independent but critical media as Mizzima and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) were shut down this week in a high volume attack which overloaded their capacity to provide service—a so-called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assault. (more…)

Why a sham election may be even better for the people of Burma than a legitimate one. (more…)

Paris – Brussels – Bangkok – The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) addressed today an open-letter to H.E. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and vice-President of the European Commission calling upon the European Union to support the establishment of a United Nations commission of inquiry in Burma/Myanmar. (more…)

“The people’s suffering is mine!”  That’s a political slogan for Thu Wai, the chairman of the Democratic Party (Myanmar), which can be seen on a yellow billboard hanging on a light truck campaigning in various constituencies. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — Myanmar’s prime minister warned citizens to protect the country’s image during November elections and to prevent anyone from derailing the first polls in 20 years, state media reported Wednesday. (more…)

Chittagong: Some 32 Burmese citizens were arrested in Bangladesh in the last two days for staying in the country illegally, according to an official report. (more…)

Yangon — Housewives huddle over jewellery counters in Yangon’s bustling Chinatown, but fashion is not foremost on their minds. This is banking in Myanmar’s dysfunctional economy. (more…)

Bangkok – Dustbins in a university toilet rarely elicit a second look, but those at one of the oldest universities in Burma’s Kachin State do offer reason to pause. The bins, after all, collect a special form of garbage disposed of by students – hypodermic needles and syringes they have used to inject themselves with heroin. (more…)

Jakarta—A Burmese opposition youth organization is in Jakarta as part of its efforts to get Asian governments to help pressure the regime in power in Burma to allow democracy into the country. (more…)

Eleven student activists were arrested last week for distributing leaflets in Rangoon urging an election boycott, according to  a leading student group. (more…)

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