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Zarganar's mother Kyi Oo dies

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–Kyi Oo, the mother of imprisoned variety artist Zarganar, died at her home in Rangoon this evening from cancer at the age of 81. - more

Mother-in-law of Aung San Suu Kyi dies

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–The mother-in-law of imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi died at her house in London earlier this week from natural causes, according to a family member. - more

Singapore protestors give Thein Sein a message for Daw Suu

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–Three protestors who tried to hand flowers to the Burmese Prime Minister for imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a ceremony to honour his visit to Singapore have labeled the ceremony an “insult”. - more

Campaigner urges Japan to cease support for Burmese regime

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–The director of the US Campaign for Burma met with Japanese MPs in Tokyo this week to raise concerns about Japan's perceived support for the Burmese regime in the lead-up to the 2010 elections. - more

Food shortages force Chin locals to sell opium

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–Chin state locals who suffered food shortages last year due to mass flowering of bamboo have been forced to grow and sell opium to generate income, said a researcher who visited the region recently. - more

Market vendors in Bago assaulted and sued by butchers

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–Two female stall holders at a market in Bago were assaulted by local butchers earlier this month, and one then sued by police for insulting and obstructing officials on duty, said a stall holder. - more

Beware the Ides of March: Burma's culture of violence

Pascal Khoo-Thwe

Mar 20, 2009 (DVB)–Historically, March is the month of violence in Burma. Over the course of almost half a century, March has repeatedly stood out as a bloody mark on the political calendar. - more

Regime Stops Fast-Tracking Visas for Relief Workers

Burmese authorities have ended a program to expedite visa application procedures for foreigners working on Nargis-related relief projects.

Junta Allows UN to Continue Aid to Rohingya

For now, the United Nations’ refugee agency has been given breathing room to operate in a western corner of military-ruled Burma, where humanitarian programs offer some comfort to the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Burma is an International issue: China

In an apparent change of policy, China’s representative at the UN Human Rights Council has called on the international community to address Burmese issues.

Homeless Cyclone Survivors Demonstrate

Homeless cyclone survivors demonstrate in front of a cyclone reconstruction committee office in Twante Township.

Su Su Nway in Kalay Hospital

The prominent labor rights activists, Su Su Nway, are hospitalized for a heart condition.

Alleged Khun Sa Accomplices Arrested in Thailand

Three alleged members of the network operated by late drug kingpin Khun Sa have been arrested in Thailand and assets worth more than 117 million baht (US $3.3 million) seized.

Than Shwe’s Selective Diplomacy Demands Caution

The new US administration must exercise extreme caution as well as a critical and strategic approach in dealing with a Burmese regime interested only in guarding its own interests.

Comedian Zargarnar’s mother dies

Detained prominent comedian Zargarnar’s mother expired on Friday evening. Kyi Oo (83) died of gall-bladder cancer on Friday evening at about 8:15 pm at her Rangoon residence.

Report urges more relief funds for Burma

The international community should take up the opportunity of the ongoing relief process in Burma to inject more funds needed for humanitarian assistance of the impoverished Southeast Asian...

Editorial, Opinion and Analysis

Limitations of the global human rights paradigm

(Commentary) Since the 1988 uprising, Burma campaign groups have adopted the standard approach of the transnational human rights movement everywhere, advocating...

Chinese firm to explore western offshore

A Chinese company, called Chinnery Assents Ltd., will begin off-shore exploration along Burma's western coast, on March 23 where oil and gas prospects are a plenty for the requirement of...

Political prisoners' health deteriorating: AAPP-B

Lack of proper medical treatment, is one of the major reasons for the deteriorating health conditions of political prisoners in Burma, an activists group said on Friday...
Requirements of a regional solution for the Rohingya
Aliran Monthly - Penang,Malaysia
We express our grave concern at the attitudes and actions of the government of Burma towards the Rohingya over the last few weeks, including its disavowal ...
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Nowhere to turn or hide
The Canberra Times - Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,Australia
Intercepted by the Thai navy in September, he spent a month in immigration detention before being returned to Victory Point, Burma, across the waterway. ...
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CSW backs call for freedom of Burma's political prisoners
ChristianToday - London,UK
The call for urgent action follows the significant impact of the Global Day of Prayer for Burma held in London earlier in the month. ...
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Burma is an International issue: China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine - Chiang Mai,Thailand
“We understand the difficulties and challenges that Myanmar [Burma] is confronted with in domestic development and in promoting national reconciliation, ...
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Security Boosted on Western Burmese Border
Narinjara News - Dhaka,Bangladesh
U Tun Kyaw, Maungdaw: Border security forces and police personnel deployed in the border areas of western Burma are being reinforced and security has been ...
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RIGHTS-BURMA: Junta Lets UN Continue Helping Muslim Rohingyas
Inter Press Service - Rome,Italy
The junta in the predominantly Buddhist country ‘’appeared reluctant to renew UNHCR’s contract to work in Burma,’’ a diplomatic source revealed. ...
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Online mobilisation for political prisoners in Burma
France24 - Paris,France
In this edition: online mobilisation for the freeing of political prisoners in Burma; Egyptian cyber-dissidents call for a general strike on April 6; ...
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The New Great Game
The villagers living in western Burma's remote Arakan state couldn't quite fathom what the Chinese told them, that below their rice fields might lie a vast ...
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