Burma News

New Report Slams Junta for Nargis ‘Crimes’

A new report on the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis says the Burmese junta’s actions in the wake of the disaster could constitute crimes against humanity.

Will US Oil Companies Return to Burma?

Will a new US policy towards Burma allow the return of US oil companies as part of a “carrot and stick” approach to influence the regime?

Burma Insists Rohingyas are ‘Bengalis’

Burma is insisting at the Association of Southeast Nations summit in southern Thailand that the boatpeople now fleeing Arakan State are not Rohingyas but Bengalis.

Global Fund Discusses Possible Return to Burma

A visit to Burma this week by a Global Fund delegation could result in a resumption of the fund’s discontinued anti-AIDS program there, according to a report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Wa Receive Permanent Identity Cards

Immigration officers have been issuing permanent Burmese identity cards to ethnic Wa adults over the age of 18 since the beginning of February.

Weekly Business Roundup (February 27, 2009)

Burmese bureaucracy’s failure to act on a trade swap of stakes in oil and gas exploration sites between Thailand and China sets back plans of both countries.

Burma sets condition for accepting Rohingya migrants

The Thai Foreign Minister has said that the Burmese military regime has agreed to take back only those migrants, who have been verified as “Bengalis” from Burma, at the regional...

Army-drug gang encounter in Golden Triangle

There was exchange of gunfire on February 18 between Burmese Army troops and a drug trafficking gang operating in Meng Peng region, Shan State in the Golden Triangle.

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Challenging human rights in Burma

[Interview] The United Nations Human Rights expert Tomas Ojea Quintana, who recently concluded a six-day visit to Burma, said the ...

KNU Colonel faces trial in Thai Court

Leader of an ethnic Karen resistance group, Colonel Ner Dah Mya is facing trial in a court in Thailand, charged with illegal possession of a weapon , an official of...

Burmese junta should be referred to ICC: Report

The United Nations Security Council should refer Burma’s military rulers to the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity, by stopping relief aids in the aftermath of Cyclone

Ramos-Horta Urges Obama to Ease Stance on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine - Chiang Mai,Thailand
Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, Ramos-Horta said that the decades-long impasse in Burma would be “one of the easiest” in the world to resolve if the US ...
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RIGHTS-BURMA: Rohingya Issue Figures in Regional Summit
Inter Press Service - Rome,Italy
By Marwaan Macan-Markar CHA-AM, Thailand, Feb 26 (IPS) - Burma’s military regime has set a tough challenge for regional leaders to grapple with when they ...
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ASEAN pressed on Myanmar's abuses
International Herald Tribune - France
Although reform in Myanmar, also known as Burma, may be discussed on the sidelines of the conference, ASEAN traditionally shies away from all criticism of ...
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Human Rights in Burma Appalling: US
The Irrawaddy News Magazine - Chiang Mai,Thailand
By LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON — The human rights situation in Burma remains grim as the military government continues to ignore basic rights and continues to ...
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Burma's refugees cut from ASEAN agenda
ABC Online - Australia
In recent weeks, hundreds of Rohingya asylum seekers have left Burma. Some are being cared for in the Indonesian province of Aceh, after allegedly being ...
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Thailand: Washington Forging New Myanmar Policy
Sin Chew Jit Poh - Malaysia
The generals of Myanmar, also known as Burma, continue to crush popular protests with guns, commit atrocities against ethnic minorities and currently hold ...
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Ramos-Horta urges Obama to embrace Burma
Ninemsn - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
US President Barack Obama should seize on his global popularity and reach out to Burma and Cuba, which are ready to change if sanctions are lifted, ...
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Letter to ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش - حقوق الانسان - USA
First, ASEAN should set a new standard to address the human rights situation in Burma. Secondly the recent tragedy surrounding the perilous exodus of ...
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Rethinking Relations With Burma
Voice of America - USA
This entails a review of the way the United States deals with specific countries, and such an effort is now under way regarding the government of Burma. ...
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US Rights Report Cites Abuses in China, Russia, Iran
Voice of America - USA
Burma's military-led government was said to be continuing repressive measures including harassment and imprisonment of human rights and democracy activists. ...
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Blogs Alert for: Burma news

Burmese monks share stories of repression - News
"There were brutal crackdowns for Burma's own people, even its religious leaders, shocking the world," U Pyinya Zawta said. "The monks use nonviolent and peaceful response to the military government. We look to our own people as our own ...
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GMANews.TV - Asean pressed on Myanmar's abuses - World - Official ...
"The tragedy surrounding the Rohingyas' perilous exodus reveals glaring failures of Asean in dealing with Burma," Human Rights Watch said. "Asean's continuing failure to hold the Burmese military government accountable for abuses and ...
GMA News.tv - http://www.gmanews.tv/
Thugs and Thieves_The Burmese military junta has purchased 14 ...
By peacerunning
They increase our target every year,” said a farmer in Letpanchau village. The junta has started purchasing rice from November 2008. But there is no explanation or information to the people regarding this. - Khonumthung News ...
democracy for burma - http://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/
Color Daily World News (beta): Annual U.S. rights report cites ...
By Color Daily
"We will be conducting a review of our U.S.-Burma policy, again with the notion of looking for: are there any other ways that we haven't tried, are there more creative ways that we might add to our approach to push for greater respect ...
Color Daily World News (beta) - http://colordailyworldnews.blogspot.com/
Pastor Mark's Thailand-Burma Trip: Burma Retrospective - Part Two
By Rev. Dr. Mark S. Caruana
Burma Retrospective - Part Two. I am currently sitting in Toyko's Narita Airport with a three hour layover before the next leg of hour-long flight is behind me. The bad news is that I have another twenty-one hours in planes and airports ...
Pastor Mark's Thailand-Burma Trip - http://pastormarksthailand-burmatrip.blogspot.com/

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