Released Burmese prisoners languish in Bangladesh prison

dhkcenterjail300 Cox’s bazar: Burmese prisoners accounting for 105 people, though released have been languishing in Bangladesh prison since 2006 because the Burmese military government refuses to recognize them as Burmese citizens.
According to a prison report, 105 released Burmese prisoners were brought to Cox’s Bazaar prison located near Burma’s western border, from several prisons around Bangladesh in 2006 to be handed over to Burma.

However, the released Burmese prisoners could not be sent to Burma from Bangladesh as the Burmese authorities refused to accept them. to continue

Myanmar exports 150,000 tons of rice in first three quarters of 2008-09

Of the rice export, 101,235 tons were shipped to South Africa, 11,908 tons to Singapore, 8,007.85 tons to Sri Lanka, 2,499.7 tons to the United Arab Emirate, 1,500 tons to South Korea and 1,197.7 tons to Egypt, the state-run Myanmar Agricultural Produces Trading was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Myanmar granted free export of rice by trading companies last October and since then a total of 35,755 tons have so far been shipped by 19 companies, of which 3,055 tons were exported by 9 companies through border points, the report added. continue

Broken pumps cause water shortage in Yenangyaung

DVB Jan 1, 2009 (DVB)–Residents of Yenangyaung have been facing shortages of drinking water since the town’s three main water pumps broke down and many are worried about the risk of fires.

Locals are particularly worried about fires breaking out because of the stores of crude oil in Yenangyaung, an oil-producing town and one of the driest places in Burma.
Since the three water pumps which brought water to the town broke down, drinking water has only been available once every 10 days, according to a Yenangyaung resident.
“Water is pumped from the Ping stream and stored in a reservoir which holds a million gallons,” the resident said.
“Three of the four existing pumps have broken down and they can’t repair them,” he said. continue

leaflets in Burma? from Niknayman Blog

ယေန႔ – ႏွစ္သစ္ (၂၀၀၉) ခုႏွစ္၊ ႏွစ္ဆန္းတစ္ရက္ေန ့တြင္ ျမန္မာျပည္တြင္း လွဳပ္ရွားေဆာင္ရြက္မွဳအျဖစ္ ျဖန္ ့ေ၀ခဲ့ေသာ “ျပည္သူ ့လြတ္လပ္ေရး မရေသးသမို ့ ဆက္လက္တိုက္ပြဲ ၀င္ႀကစို ့” လက္ကမ္းစာေစာင္မ်ား ျဖန္ ့ေ၀ခဲ့ႀကသည္။
ျပည္သူ ့လြတ္လပ္ေရးအတြက္ ျပည္သူေတြ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္ႀကဖို ့ အထူး ႏွဳိးေဆာ္အပ္ပါသည္။
ျပည္သူ ့ေအာင္ပြဲကို ျပည္သူေတြကိုယ္တိုင္ ျပည္သူ ့အားနဲ ့ ဆင္ႏြဲႀက။

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in good health

Yangon – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed a New Year’s Day visit Thursday by her personal doctor and she was in good health, officials said.
Doctor Tin Myo Win visited Suu Kyi at her lakeside home – where the Nobel laureate has been kept under detention in near complete isolation since mid-2003 – briefly on Thursday afternoon, a government official confirmed.
‘This visit is just a regular visit for January. Her health is good,’ said an official who was briefed by Tin Myo Win just before the meeting.
The doctor is one of few people allowed to visit Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar independence hero Aung San, who has spent about 13 of the past 18 years under house arrest with the latest incarceration beginning in May, 2003.
Suu Kyi is allowed a visit by her doctor once a month, but has been denied visits by members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which she leads but cannot communicate with.
It has been widely speculated that Myanmar’s ruling junta will keep Suu Kyi under house arrest until after the general election scheduled for 2010.continue

FBR REPORT: Relief Continues for Hundreds of Newly Displaced as Teams Complete December Mission

Karen State, Burma
30 December, 2008

Over 200 displaced villagers fled last week in Kyauk Kyi (Ler Doh) Township, Nyaunglebin District, as Burma Army attacks yet again threatened their hiding sites.
Relief Continues for Hundreds of Newly Displaced
Images Sent by the Relief Team
Update — Burma Army Supplies Movements
Interviews with Prisoner Porters
Additional details of the latest attack
From Previous Reports

Relief Continues for Hundreds of Newly Displaced as Teams Complete December Mission.
Over 200 displaced villagers fled last week in Kyauk Kyi (Ler Doh) Township, Nyaunglebin District, as Burma Army attacks yet again threatened their hiding sites. Two Burma Army columns swept areas of central Nyaunglebin District, beginning on 21 December, 2008. Although their situation is tenuous, villagers have now been able to return to their former hiding sites as Karen Resistance soldiers have forced the attacking troops back to their camps. The area, which had just been visited by three multi-ethnic FBR relief team comprised of Arakan, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Pa’O, and Shan team members, is now being assisted by the local Karen FBR team which has been able to provide relief, medical treatment and encouragement. The teams have reported that the Burma Army plans to continue their activity in the area, and displaced villagers remain constantly ready to flee further attacks.

Note: additional details of the attack follow the report below

Throughout the month of December, Free Burma Ranger Relief Teams conducted relief missions in different ares of Burma. This report covers missions in Nyaunglebin and part of Muthraw (Papun) Districts, Karen State, Eastern Burma. The Free Burma Ranger teams have been providing medical care, tarps, clothes and blankets to families in need. The teams also provided education and encouragement via the Good Life Club program. Each team documented the humanitarian situation and human rights violations committed by the Burma Army. Relief team medics have treated 1855 patients in 11 different villages. The Good Life Club has given out over 1000 t-shirts, taught hygiene and anatomy classes as well as many songs, and built 6 toilets for 6 different villages that had none.

The diverse team of Arakan, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Pa’O, and Shan have all had the privilege of sharing this time of celebration and thanksgiving with the people here. We have seen that despite the Burma Army’s attempt to terrorize the Karen villagers, whether it be the grandfather who has fled more than 100 times or the 14 year old shot down before he had the chance, the people here remain undefeated, choosing instead to be thankful for every new day and celebrate with joy this Christmas season.

Thank you for your prayers and all that you have done to support the Internally Displaced People of Burma.

A relief team leader. maw-pu-burma-army-camp
Free Burma Rangers
Northern Karen State