Pro Democracy activists inside Burma what the world and their fellow countrymen to know that May 30th is the day the Fighting Peacock will arise in a National Demonstration.

The world must know that the trial being held in Burma is a violation of Burma’s law. Than Shwe is making a mockery of his own rules in an effort to “fix” the illegal election on 2010 with his paranoid attempt to silence Aung San Suu Kyi.

Symbolically May 30 marks the 6 year anniversary of the Depaeyin Massacre when the military junta tired to assassinate Daw Aung Suu Kyi. Fortunately she survived only to be placed under arrest. But for hundreds of her followers their fate was met with bloodshed since they were beaten to death by junta thugs.

Sources within Burma request that in a show of solidarity that everyone wear white and gather at tea shops. Suggested places to gather are Shwedagon Pagoda, Hledan Junction and Insein Prison. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stands defiant and strong and has urged that the people overcome their fears. Freedom From Fear and a show of support by the people of Burma will show the world that the flame of democracy still burns brightly in the hearts of millions. The people of Burma call for Ban Ki-Moon to personally engage this growing crisis at this juncture. What is happening to Aung San Suu Kyi is a criminal offence and a violation of human rights and it is time for the UN and the world to make a stand on this issue.

The National League for Democracy clearly does not agree with the premise of this sham trial do to its unconstitutionality and blatant criminality. They urge world leaders to demand a public and open trial at the very least.

For the riot police, soldiers and generals within Burma it is time for you to stand by your people and stand for freedom against tyranny and fear. You can’t murder your own people in order to keep the peace when it is the military junta who has declared war on its own citizens. You can’t be a party to crimes against humanity any longer. The junta is moving troops into position as of this writing. The people of Burma ask their soldiers to stand with them instead of against them on this historic day or remembrance and not repeat the travesties Than Shwe perpetrated on his own people.

If a crisis arises from this peaceful demonstration it is urges that the pro democracy leaders inside of Burma assume their leadership roles that has been prescribed to them. The man of steel, U Win Tin, has been at the gates of Insein Prison from the onset in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Exercising Freedom From Fear he stands with thousands of other citizens so that Aung San Suu Kyi does not stand alone. Freedom From Fear means freedom from tyranny and repression. Continue reading “Pro Democracy activists inside Burma what the world and their fellow countrymen to know that May 30th is the day the Fighting Peacock will arise in a National Demonstration.”

Burma’s Last Chance

by Aung Din

Posted May 26, 2009
As an exile supporting the democracy movement, led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in my homeland, Burma, I have placed faith and confidence in the international community to help end the tyranny of the military regime. Many countries in the world, including the United States, the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), China, India, Japan, Canada, Australia and Korea have been involved in addressing the situation in Burma with different levels of interest, influence and responsibility. We appreciate those efforts, but the time has come to re-evaluate how best to collectively engage the international community to push for freedom in Burma.
The common belief is that nothing will change in Burma without serious action from China and India, Burma’s two most powerful neighbors, and Asean. However, we must realize that Burma is a virtual captive state of China. Beijing sells weapons to Burma’s generals and provides loans and grants that keep the regime afloat. In return, China receives concessions on gas and oil drilling and energy corridors for strategic pipelines. India, the world’s largest democracy, abandoned Burma’s democracy movement a decade ago in the hopes of cozying up to the regime’s generals to check Chinese expansionism and for help in dealing with border issues. We assume that Asean, of which Burma is a member, will act responsibly to persuade the regime to stop its brutality against its own people. However, as several members of it, namely Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei and Laos are being ruled by the authoritarian governments, similar to the regime in Burma, no meaningful action from Asean can be expected. They all cannot be depended on to facilitate negotiations between the regime and its people. Continue reading “Burma’s Last Chance”

BURMA’S POLITICAL IMPASSE-Jailing Suu Kyi again ‘not good for region’ : Thai FM

Jailing Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi again could risk regional security, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said yesterday in defending Thailand’s decision to issue an Asean chairman’s statement on the issue as made with the “best of intentions”.

“It is worrisome that the trial to extend her detention would not be a good thing for the region,” Kasit told reporters on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting in Hanoi.

Burma could not protest that Suu Kyi’s case would not affect regional security. As long as there was instability there, it could affect the whole region, he said.

Thailand as the current chair of Asean would continue to dialogue with Burma although the junta regarded the move as intervention in the country’s internal affairs, he said.

Many countries welcomed and praised Thailand’s brave decision to respond to the situation, he said.

“What we said (in the chairman’s statement) is not different from what the Asean leaders had voiced in concern during the summit in Thailand,” he said. Continue reading “BURMA’S POLITICAL IMPASSE-Jailing Suu Kyi again ‘not good for region’ : Thai FM”

Thailand continues constructive dialogue with Myanmar

BANGKOK, May 26 (TNA) – Thailand, now the rotating chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that it would “continue to pursue constructive dialogue” with the Myanmar government.

The new statement said that last week’s statement also issued by Thailand was with the “best of intentions towards Myanmar and reflects the desire for the process of national reconciliation in Myanmar to move forward on the basis of inclusiveness, with the participation of all sectors of society.”

Tuesday’s Thai statement came after the Myanmar government accused its neighbour of meddling in its internal affairs following the issuance of the May 18 statement which said ASEAN members were concerned regarding the situation in Myanmar.

In its first statement, Thailand expressed “grave concern” at the ongoing trial of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying “the honour and the credibility of the (Myanmar government) are at stake.”

Mrs. Suu Kyi, whose six-year current house arrest in Yangon is due to end Wednesday, faces up to five years in jail if convicted of breaching the state-appointed house arrest rules after an American identified as John Yettaw swam to her lakeside house. She has entered a plea of not guilty to charges.

Tuesday’s statement said the ASEAN chair statement was issued by the government which is the present chair of the regional bloc, without the need for joint drafting by ASEAN officials.

It said that ASEAN senior officials had discussed the trial issue and “expressed views on the recent developments” on May 18 and agreed that Thailand in its capacity as chair should issue the ASEAN chair’s statement on the recent developments about Mrs. Suu Kyi. The agreement reached on that day was to be given to ASEAN foreign ministers as before.

Myanmar, Thailand along with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam are ASEAN members. (TNA)

KNU Welcomes Security Council Statement on Burma




May 25, 2009

We, the Karen National Union (KNU), welcome the press statement on Burma by the United Nations Security Council issued on 22nd May 2009.

The current trial of Aung San Suu Kyi is in direct defiance of previous demands by the Security Council, and breaks international law.

It is further evidence of their lie that they are moving towards democracy with proposed elections in 2010.

The Security Council has again called for the dictatorship to enter into genuine dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic groups in Burma.

We welcome this recognition that ethnic people must be part of any negotiated settlement to solve the problems facing our country, and bring peace and democracy to our long-suffering people.

We call on the United Nations Special Advisor on Burma to meet with the KNU and other genuine ethnic representatives in order to facilitate the process of entering into genuine talks, as mandated by the Security Council.

The KNU is a democratic organization, committed to democracy and human rights in Burma. The KNU stands ready to cooperate with the United Nations, and enter into genuine negotiations, at any time.

The Executive Committee

Karen National Union

For more information, please contact – Saw David Thakabaw; 66-0872079296

Drugs and weapons seized in Chiang Rai raid

In an early morning raid in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Pa Pao district, officers from the local Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) and the Pha Muang Task Force seized 3,800 amphetamine pills and a quantity of weapons and ammunition. The haul included an AK47 rifle and ammunition, an M16 rifle and ammunition, 4 further rifles, one with ammunition, 2 hand guns and a bomb.
The deputy commander of the Pha Muang Task Force, Colonel Prakarn Chonlayut, explained that the area is a well-known route used by criminals to smuggle drugs from the border, and that emergency measures put in place at checkpoints and within the community had resulted in a number of useful sources of information. He added that violence in the area is mainly caused by drug dealers, and that all concerned authorities need to work in cooperation with each other in order to achieve their stated goals.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) Calls For Russian Government Supports To Restore Justice In Burma

26 May 2009

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) demands the Russian government for their support in achieving justice for Aung San Suu Kyi and the peaceful restoration of democracy in Burma. With a global community comes a global responsibility, the crisis in Burma falls well within the scope and responsibility if this international mutualisation.

The people of Burma call for international support in putting to an end to Burma’s long standing crisis. Russia’s role is critical in evolving positive change in Burma since it is a permanent member of United Nations Security Council.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) recollects the United Nations Security Council Presidential Statement on Burma in October 11, 2007. It called for the Burmese military regime to; “release all political prisoners and to create the necessary conditions for a genuine dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in order to achieve an inclusive national reconciliation with the direct support of the United Nations.”

The Security Council also called on Burma’s junta to; “take all necessary measures to address the political, economic, humanitarian, and human rights issues that are the concern of its people and emphasizes that the future of Myanmar lies in the hands of all of its people.”

With the collective action taken by all permanent members of United Nations Security Council, i.e. US, UK, France, Russia and China as well as other Security Council members, the presidential statement was issued on 11 October 2007 and sent a very powerful message to the junta that the world is watching and it won’t let the Burmese people to be massacred.
We want the Russian Government and its citizens to know that Burmese people have been suffering under a brutal military dictatorship for more than half century. During this time thousands of people lost their lives, thousands have been arrested and imprisoned and thousands were forced to flee for their lives while seeking refuge around the world. Continue reading “Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) Calls For Russian Government Supports To Restore Justice In Burma”

My anger on the speed of internet makes me shake my computer. I can’t sit still at my house. I can’t control my hands from reaching my mobile phone. I can’t sleep at night. There’s something in my mind. Aunty Suu…

Dear XXXX,

I hope you are not shocked to see my letter. Whenever I send my letters, you might think there is something wrong in Yangon.

There is no cyclone in Yangon this time. There is no gun fire as well. However, as the historic saying, “Is Paris Burning,” there is fire in Yangon, my friend XXXX.

We are walking on the extreme hot weather which cause by the late monsoon. We are swatting. We are suffering from shortness of breath and anxiety. My anger on the speed of internet makes me shake my computer. I can’t sit still at my house. I can’t control my hands from reaching my mobile phone. I can’t sleep at night. There’s something in my mind. Aunty Suu…

Days are very long. These are the longest days for Yangonites for those who are eagerly waiting news for Insein. In their minds, everybody is on the street protesting.

Yesterday, ambassadors and some journalists were invited to attend the trial for the first time. You might have already heard about this. I wanted to share one thing which is thrilling. One of the journalists who attended the trial was my close friend. He told me a lot of things like Daw Suu is healthy and in good shape. She is composed; however, the swimmer, Yettaw, looks panicky. Everybody including prison guards couldn’t put their eyes away from Daw Suu, etc.
I will cut short because everything else is in the news. I just want to share one bone chilling moment with you.

Thirty diplomats and 10 journalists were waiting in the court room. Soon after they heard the car approached, Daw Suu entered the court room confidently in her reddish brown dress. All diplomats stood up as she walked in the court room. She went straight to her lawyers without noticing what was happening. Diplomats were standing still until Daw Suu took her seat. They didn’t sit down even though police gestured them to. It took about 10 minutes.

The journalist voice was shaking as he told the event. He was in shock. He said he clearly saw the respect on Daw Suu in the diplomats’ eyes.

One of my friends who was listening with me said, “International community recognize her as our national leader.”

Your Friend,