Ban ‘Wants Suu Kyi Freed before Visiting Burma again’

The Burmese military junta has invited United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma next month, but UN sources say he is unlikely to accept if opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or a further term of house arrest.

The sources say said Ban wants to make sure that any visit to Burma produces tangible results and is not used for propaganda purposes by the military junta.

Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters that no decision had yet been taken on the junta’s invitation.

The UN sources said Ban would consult members of the Security Council and his Group of Friends on Burma before deciding whether to accept the invitation.

A team of UN officials is discussing with Burmese authorities details of a Ban visit to Burma. Continue reading “Ban ‘Wants Suu Kyi Freed before Visiting Burma again’”

DKBA: Burma’s Second Largest Non-state Armed Group?

Ethnic ceasefire groups were upset this year when the Burmese junta announced plans to transform them into a Border Guard Force (BGF). However, one Karen rebel splinter group, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), quickly joined, seeing it as an opportunity to expand its troops and as a road to riches.

According to a DKBA report on a meeting in May on the transformation of the Border Guard Force that was obtained by The Irrawaddy, the DKBA plans to expand its troops from 6,000 to 9,000.
dkba-kyaw-thanAt the meeting, Tun Hlaing, the DKBA commander, said that the armed group would recruit or conscript 3,000 more soldiers.
If the DKBA reaches an armed force of 9,000 troops, it would be the second largest non-state-armed group in Burma, after the United Wa State Army (UWSA). The UWSA has an estimated 25,000 troops based in northern and southern Shan State.

In 1995, Buddhist Karen rebels separated from the mainly Christian-dominated Karen National Union (KNU) that has sought Karen autonomy for more than six decades. Later, they formed the DKBA.

In 1995, the DKBA allied with the Burmese army, which eventually led to the fall of the then KNU headquarters at Manerplaw. Continue reading “DKBA: Burma’s Second Largest Non-state Armed Group?”

London-A PROTESTER has risked his life by scaling one of London’s most iconic buildings to unfurl a banner highlighting oppression in Burma.

The dramatic ascent was captured by city workers on their mobile phones who watched the man climb the 80m-high Lloyd’s Building at One Lime Street, in the City.

The protester climbed the building without using ropes and carrying a holdall and unfurled a massive banner urging the insurance firm Lloyd’s to stop dealing with companies working in Burma.

After unfurling a banner demanding “Leave Burma” he climbed down and was immediately arrested and taken away in a police van.

While the drama unfolded dozens of people watched from below, one Melissa Sharpington said: “It was incredible to see this man climbing up the side of the building.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes and the security guards were just watching and didn’t seem to know what to do.”

“It’s an iconic building and we do get protesters unveiling banners from time to time”


The Best Birthday Present For AUNG SAN SUU KYI by Burma Democratic Concern

Dear All Friends,

In honour of Burma’s Legitimate Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday, Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) will recall Aung San Suu Kyi’s dictum for 64 days.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy and human rights in Burma where everyone can enjoy freedom of speech, press, beliefs, assembly and rule of law that emphasizes the protection of individual rights.

We would like to encourage everyone to post Aung San Suu Kyi’s dictum on your profile on 19 June 2009 to honour Aung San Suu Kyi who bravely fight against injustice. You can get Aung San Suu Kyi’s dictum here
Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was born on 19 June 1945. Her father Bogyoke Aung San is the architect of Burma’s independence and her mother is (Daw) Khin Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Mohandas Gandhi of BURMA, will turn 64 on June 19, 2009 inside Burma’s notorious Insein Prison. Continue reading “The Best Birthday Present For AUNG SAN SUU KYI by Burma Democratic Concern”

Security beefed up in Taungup ahead of Suu Kyi’s birthday

Taungup: Security in Taungup, a town located in southern Arakan State, was beefed up today with the deployment of many additional police personnel at key places in the town, according to an activist.

“It is related to Daw Suu Kyi’s birthday. The security was beefed up after a rumour started circulating that the NLD Taungup Township was preparing to celebrate the 64th birthday of Suu Kyi in the town on June 19,” he said.

The local authorities deployed additional police force at some key places, including township Mayaka office, Phoundaw oo Pagoda and the main market.

In addition, some plainclothes intelligence personnel are closely watching politicians and activists, who were involved in the last anti government protests in the town.

A woman in the town said, “NLD Taungup Township celebrates Daw Suu Kyi’s birthday every year and the authority imagines this year also NLD Taungup Township will commemorate the ceremony. So the authorities have beefed up security in the town from today.” Continue reading “Security beefed up in Taungup ahead of Suu Kyi’s birthday”