“Burmese urban refugees have held strike in-front of UNHCR, Cox’s Bazar branch office for World Refugee Day”
Preparatory Meeting for the Nuclear Security Summit
December 2, 2009
- A Preparatory meeting for the Nuclear Security Summit scheduled to be held in April 2010 in Washington, D.C., the United States, will be held on December 3 (Thu) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Forty-three countries, including Japan (the host country) and the United States (the chair country), and representatives from international organizations are scheduled to attend. Mr. Toshio Sano, Director-General of the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will represent Japan.
- Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Assumption of Office of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Former Ambassador in charge of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Energy as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
December 1, 2009
- On December 1, Mr. Yukiya Amano, Former Ambassador in charge of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Energy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was inaugurated as the 5th Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Amidst the current surge of momentum in the international community in the areas of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, I am both sincerely and profoundly pleased that the First ever Director General from Japan, as well as from Asia, will now lead the Agency which aims at both ensuring nuclear non-proliferation and encouraging peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
- The IAEA is faced with a variety of challenges including the nuclear issues in North Korea and Iran as well as the necessity to strengthen technical cooperation for nuclear energy in order to address global issues in fields such as medicine, food provision, and the environment. Japan expects that, as the head of the IAEA, newly-appointed Director General Amano will actively address these challenges and sufficiently fulfill his responsibilities.
- In order to support the efforts of newly-appointed Director General Amano, the Government of Japan intends to work together with other member states for the strengthening of the IAEA.
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|By AUNG ZAW|
|The Obama administration’s more conciliatory approach to Burma will be short-lived unless the country’s rulers act soon to reciprocate.|
|QUOTE OF THE DAY|
| I would like to say to the soldiers: “Look at the faces of the people! Don’t see the people as your enemies." |
— ex Brig-Gen Kyaw Zaw, a founding member of Burma’s armed forces
|By ARKAR MOE|
|Opposition leaders await the appointment of a new UN special envoy to Burma to replace Ibrahim Gambari, who has been named a special representative to work on the Darfur issue.|
|By WAI MOE|
| Former Brig-Gen Kyaw Zaw, a founding member Burma's armed forces, calls on the country's military to work for the sake of the people. |
|By SAW YAN NAING|
| The Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, is facing a 25 percent shortfall in operating costs as international donors reduce funding and distance themselves from cross-border aid projects. |
|By BA KAUNG|
| Burmese authorities deport an American English Teacher. |
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
| The Myanmar [Burma] Medical Council (MMC), a Burmese government body, has ordered a five-year suspension of the license of a surgeon who performed an operation on a 15-year-old girl who subsequently died, according to Rangoon sources. |
|By WILLIAM BOOT|
|Efforts by Burma’s military regime to improve the country’s unreliable electricity supply ahead of promised national elections next year face big hurdles.|
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced that Ibrahim Gambari would stop being the special envoy to military-ruled Burma and a replacement... British Parliamentarians on Tuesday urged the British government to support its call to the international community, particularly, the United Nations to set up a commission of...
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| Farming in delta remains underfunded|
Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Urgent agricultural aid is still needed in Burma’s cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta, with farmers complaining that government funding for the sector is far from adequate. - more
| 11,000 Burmese granted UN refugee status|
Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Refugee organisations have welcomed news that around 11,000 Burmese migrants in Malaysia have been granted refugee status by the UN, a move that significantly strengthens their security. - more
| UN aid ‘loaned’ to Chin famine victims|
Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Aid given by the United Nations to malnourished villagers in Burma’s northwestern Chin and Kachin states may be coming in the form of repayable loans, an investigation has found. - more
| HIV/AIDS rates in Burmese prisons high|
Dec 3, 2009 (DVB)–Medical negligence and lack of contraception in Burmese prisons are leading to high rates of HIV infection among inmates, a political prisoner support group has warned. - more
| ‘Prayer’ activists face sedition charges|
Dec 2, 2009 (DVB)–Four women, including an opposition party politician, have begun a trial in Rangoon in which they face charges of sedition after praying for the release of political prisoners in Burma. - more
| Tension rises as stallholders stay put|
Dec 2, 2009 (DVB)–Around 700 market vendors in southern Burma’s Irrawaddy division are defying orders from local authorities to move their market through fear of losing business in the cyclone-stricken delta. - more