UN rights body condemns Myanmar for violations, extends investigation by JURISTLAW

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday passed a resolution condemning Myanmar for human rights violations [press release] and calling on the military junta to desist from politically motivated arrests and release nearly 2,100 political prisoners, which include Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The resolution was condemned by countries in Asia and Russia as ineffective and unnecessary due to improved conditions for human rights. Under the resolution, the council reappointed Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana for one year to continue monitoring the human rights situation in the country. Continue reading “UN rights body condemns Myanmar for violations, extends investigation by JURISTLAW”

China encourages the Chinese enterprises to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation with Myanmar in energy and resources, infrastructure, agriculture, industry, mining and telecom sectors, he said.

Senior CPC official meets Myanmar top leader
Special Report: Senior CPC Offical Li Changchun Visits 4 Nations

NAY PYI TAW, March 26 (Xinhua) — Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), met with Than Shwe, chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC),here on Thursday, during which they exchanged views on developing good-neighborly and friendly ties between China and Myanmar.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, was on a visit at the invitation of the Myanmar government.

Li conveyed greeting from Chinese President Hu Jintao to Than Shew in the meeting. “China and Myanmar are good neighbors, friends and partners, and the China-Myanmar friendship, which was built on the basis of Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, has withstood the ordeal of time and the changes in the international situation,” Li said.
continue http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/26/content_11078398.htm

View Album nldlajb.blog Saturday, 28 March 2009

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ၌ ဖက္ဆစ္ေတာ္လွန္ေရးေန႔ အခမ္းအနားမ်ားကို စစ္အစိုးရအဆက္ဆက္က တပ္မေတာ္ေန႔အျဖစ္ လြဲမွားစြာ က်င္းပေနသည္ဟု အန္အယ္ဒီက ယေန႔ ေျပာသည္။

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Mr. Blake asked the group’s opinions on whether Ban Ki Moon should visit Burma. “It would be good for him to come to Burma,” Nai Ngwe Thein said he told Mr. Blake.

Mon political party optimistic, but urges caution following meeting with US official in Rangoon
Fri 27 Mar 2009, Arka , Mi Mon Son
Members of a respected Mon political group applaud a recent visit by a US State Department official after meeting with him in Rangoon on Wednesday, but urge caution as the US potentially signals a shift in its policy towards Burma.

On March 25th, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF) Nai Tun Thein and Nai Ngwe Thein met with the US official to discuss America’s policy towards Burma. U Aye Tha Aung, secretary of the Committee Representing the People of Parliament (CRPP), also attended the lunch meeting.

According to Nai Ngwe Thein, Stephen Blake, the director of the US State Department’s Office of Mainland Southeast Asia, asked the three men whether their groups would not be participating in the election. Both the MNDF and CRPP have announced that they will not be joining the 2010 polls. Continue reading “Mr. Blake asked the group’s opinions on whether Ban Ki Moon should visit Burma. “It would be good for him to come to Burma,” Nai Ngwe Thein said he told Mr. Blake.”

Key Mon political party to meet with general as pressure mounts to join election

Fri 27 Mar 2009, Mon Son, Blai Mon
The key decision making body of the primary political party representing Mon people has agreed to meet with the SPDC general charged with organizing Burma’s ethnic armed groups for the coming 2010 election. The plan for talks follow a quiet meeting between the groups following the Mon party’s announced refusal to join the election.

According to sources close to the New Mon State Party (NMSP), Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Central Committee (CC) members have decided to meet with Lieutenant General Ye Myint. The decision, which has not been officially announced, was made in a regularly scheduled 5-day CEC and CC meeting that finished yesterday at the party’s Central Headquarters in Ye Township, Mon State.

The decision follows a quiet meeting between the Lt. General and party higher-ups. In the first week of March, NMSP Chairman Nai Htaw Mon, party Vice Chairman Nai Rotsa and CEC member Nai Tala Nyi met with Lt. Gen. Ye Myint at the Southeast Command headquarters in Moulmein. According to sources with inside knowledge of the meeting, Lt. Gen. Ye Myint urged the NMSP leaders to bring the party into the election and requested a meeting with the entire body of the party’s upper leadership. Continue reading “Key Mon political party to meet with general as pressure mounts to join election”

Chinese Information Minister visits Yangon Times journal

by Mizzima News
Friday, 27 March 2009 17:58

New Delhi – Chinese Minister of Information, Warn Cheng, on Friday visited a Rangoon-based private weekly journal.

The minister, who was accompanied by Li Chang Chun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Central Committee, visited the Yangon Times weekly journal in Rangoon, on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Li Chang Chung led the Chinese delegation, which is currently visiting Burma since March 25.

Analysis of how Tatmadaw had ruined the Myanmar economy by Dr San Oo Aung

Facts on Myanmar Military leaders’ commitment to break Myanmar’s economy_

1. Lost of trust by local people and foreigners:

in government, fear of nationalization ,
in the economic laws, Investment Law etc
in banking system, local currency.
2. Corruption, selfishness, greediness and lack of integrity at all levels of military governments.

3. No good Governance and no Rule of Law.

4. No Democratic system, no respect of Human Rights.

5. Lack of skills in administration by the Military and ex-military personnel, without any industrial, economic, managing skills nor even a basic decent education. And the brain drain of professionals due to emigration.

6. The Myanmar Military’s insistence on permanent dominance in all spheres of national life, politics, economy etc.

7. Thriving black market economy.

8. Double Foreign Currency exchange rates or existence of black market FE exchange rate.

9. Incompetent Central Command system.

11. Inadequate Fiscal control leading to spiraling inflation. continue http://burmadigest.info/2007/08/29/analysis-of-how-tatmadaw-had-ruined-the-myanmar-economy/

World’s inaction in Burma a crime

A recent report into the humanitarian effort following last May’s Cyclone Nargis, which killed 140,000 people and left many hundreds of thousands homeless, accuses the Burmese government of blocking aid to the victims.

While we should not be surprised that the Burmese authorities, notoriously one of the most repressive regimes in the world, abused their position, what’s truly shocking is that the international community allowed it to happen.

This is yet another example of the utter inability of the UN Security Council in its current guise to serve the needs of those who need them most.

The UN has a responsibility to protect those who are being mistreated by their government, yet not one single UN soldier set foot on Burmese soil to ensure that the aid reached those who needed it.

The report calls for the Burmese to be brought before the International Criminal Court for their actions.

But what is truly criminal is the international community’s inaction — sitting on its hands while the world’s most vulnerable were left to fend for themselves as their government so cruelly ignored their suffering.

John O’Shea
Goal, PO Box 19 Dun Laoghaire http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/worlds-inaction-in-burma-a-crime-1688594.html?r=RSS