Burma News

Suu Kyi’s Lawyer Appeals to PM over House Arrest

A lawyer representing Aung San Suu Kyi has asked Gen Thein Sein to hold a hearing on his client’s appeal against her continued house arrest.


In Her Father’s Footsteps

Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, the eldest daughter of Mya Aye, a leader of the 88 Generation Student Group who is detained in prison, tells The Irrawaddy about her work and life in Britain.

KNLA Leaders Still Barred from Mae Sot

The Thai army has not allowed KNLA military officials to return to Mae Sot since they were ordered to leave on February 25.

Free Political Prisoners Campaign Picks Up

It is a photograph from happier times. Nilar Thein and her husband Kyaw Min Yu look relaxed and free. They both sport warm smiles. Kyaw Min Yu, or ‘Jimmy’, is carrying the couple’s baby daughter.

Indonesian Election Campaign Season Begins

Indonesia's political campaigning season opened with a spectacle of color as thousands of flag-waving supporters rallied for candidates competing in legislative and presidential elections.

UN Right Expert: Release Political Prisoners

A UN human rights investigator has urged Burma to release its 2,100 or so political prisoners before holding next year's elections. But military authorities have arrested five members of Suu Kyi's political party.

Norway divests from Dongfeng Company

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has excluded the Chinese company Dongfeng Motor Group Co. Ltd from the Government Pension fund – Global, for selling military trucks to Burma, a statement...

Campaigners unhappy over Japan’s support to junta

The Japanese government has provided election training to Burmese officials, as the Southeast Asian Nation gears up for its general elections in 2010, sources said.

Differences among groups planning to contest election

Differences have cropped up between two groups led by Aye Lwin and Ohn Lwin, which are jointly planning to contest the 2010 general elections, according to sources.
Waiting in silence: life in a border refugee camp

Rosalie Smith

Mar 17, 2009 (DVB)–Although being in Nu Pho camp feels like being in any little village peppered with bamboo huts, no one I spoke to there seemed to feel safe. - more

Overseas activists mark anniversary of Red Bridge Day

Mar 17, 2009 (DVB)–Overseas Burmese democracy activists have staged protests over the past two days to mark the 21-year anniversary of Red Bridge Day, when nearly 100 student protesters in Rangoon were shot dead by riot police. - more

Increase in unqualified doctors performing cosmetic surgery

Mar 17, 2009 (DVB)–The number of unregistered clinics offering cheap cosmetic surgery by unqualified surgeons has increased in Burma over the last year, according to beauty stylists and government officials. - more

Fifth NLD arrest this month as junta uproots opposition activity

Mar 17, 2009 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member has been arrested in what one political prisoner expert believes is an attempt by Burmese authorities to destroy opposition activity before the 2010 elections. - more

Burmese scribes attend SAARC literature festival

Burmese poets and journalists - for the first time ever participated in a regional literature festival being held in Agra, India’s historical city, which is home to the Taj Mahal....
SBY Extends Rohingyas Stay in Aceh, Burma Shows ‘Concern’
Jakarta Globe - Jakarta,Indonesia
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the temporary solution when he met with Burmese Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein at Merdeka Palace on Monday. ...
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UN Rights Envoy Urges Burma to Free Dissidents Before Elections
Voice of America - USA
A United Nations human rights investigator says Burma's military rulers should free more than 2100 political prisoners they are holding before elections ...
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Burmese scribes attend SAARC literature festival
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) - Burmese poets and journalists - for the first time ever participated in a regional literature festival being held in ...
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BURMA: Free Political Prisoners Campaign Picks Up
Inter Press Service - Rome,Italy
But it was a brief spark of happiness for the Burmese couple. They are paying a hevy price for being in the vanguard of the country’s pro-democracy struggle ...
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Burma: Meaningful Dialogue Required
UNPO - The Hague,Netherlands
EU, ASEAN and the UN should call for concerted efforts to foster a meaningful dialogue in Burma. The EU's policy on Myanmar has not produced the results. ...
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Environmentalists demand halt to US $ 35 billion Burma dams
Mizzima.com - New Delhi,Delhi,India
by Usa Pichai Chiangmai (Mizzima) – Activists and environmentalists across the globe on Saturday urged Burma’s neighbouring countries to halt dam ...
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Narinjara News
Army Destroyed Poppy Farms on Indo-Burma Border
Narinjara News - Dhaka,Bangladesh
Pelatwa: The Burmese army recently destroyed poppy fields on the Indo-Burma border that were being cultivated by a Khami insurgent group, said one community ...
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Two Burmese Settlers Raped and Killed
Narinjara News - Dhaka,Bangladesh
Buthidaung: Two young female settlers from Burma proper were raped and killed by a group of miscreants in a model village in Buthidaung Township 80 miles ...
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Police deployed to quell activity on Burma Human Rights Day
Democratic Voice of Burma - Oslo,Norway
Mar 16, 2009 (DVB)–Security was tight in Burma’s former capital and economic hub Rangoon last Friday as overseas Burmese democracy activists marked the ...
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Another firm excluded from Government Pension Fund
Norway Post - Bærum,Norway
The company sells military trucks to Burma. The move to exclude the company is based on advice from the Council on Ethics. “We cannot finance companies that ...
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