Security Council Must Respond to Regime’s Snub to Ban Ki MoonShare
Sunday, 05 July 2009 at 11:32
The Burma Campaign UK today called on the United Nations Security Council to pass a binding resolution on Burma following UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon being ignored by Burma’s brutal military dictatorship.
“Ban Ki Moon did not secure a single concession from the regime,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “Not one prisoner has been released, there is no agreement for dialogue, and he wasn’t even allowed to meet Aung San Suu Kyi. The whole trip has been a total failure.”
Ban Ki Moon’s first trip to Burma focussing mainly on the political crisis could have been an opportunity to make a breakthrough. However, Ban Ki Moon failed to do proper preparation work for his visit, relying instead on his advisor Ibrahim Gambari, who is widely considered gullible and incompetent. Higher level officials should have been sent to prepare the ground for the Secretary General’s visit, and he should have set tangible targets and asked Asian countries to use their influence to support him in achieving those targets.
“For twenty years the United Nations have followed a softly softly policy with Burma’s generals, a policy verging on appeasement,” said Mark Farmaner. “This approach has completely failed, and has now resulted in humiliation for the Secretary General himself. It is time the United Nations woke up to the nature of this dictatorship. They are corrupt soldiers, guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They do not respond to soft diplomacy and polite requests to reform.”
As a first step the United Nations Security Council should pass a binding resolution requiring the regime to release all political prisoners, end military attacks on ethnic civilians, and enter into genuine tri-partite dialogue. They should also impose a global arms embargo.
Thanks to Arzarni
The NLD said they are not happy meeting with Ban Ki Moon. They also said that NLD stand can be seen in “Shwe-Gone_Dine” declaration. They re-affirmed their position to Ban Ki Moon that
1. Release of all the political prisoners
2. Review of draft 2008 Constitution
3. Recognition of the 1990 election result
4. Political dialogue
Addition, they are not happy Ban Ki-Moon as he emphasis too much on 2010 election during 10 minutes time meeting. Since it is not enough time to discuss very important issue and Burma crisis within 10 minutes.
Thanks to Ko Myo Thein BDC for short translating
Suu Kyi’s trial adjourned, next hearing on July 17
by Mizzima News
Friday, 10 July 2009 14:23
New Delhi (mizzima) – The trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was adjourned till July 17 by the special court in Rangoon’s Insein prison on Friday, even as scores of well-wishers and supporters gathered outside the prison precincts.
Together with supporters, there were scores of security personnel including riot police personnel and soldiers outside the prison, as the court resumed the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday.
During the brief court session on Friday, Aung San Suu Kyi’s second witness Daw Khin Moe Moe was produced but did not testify as the court adjourned.
Earlier, the High Court rejected an appeal by Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence team to reinstate two other witnesses – Win Tin, a veteran journalist and member of the National League for Democracy party, and Tin Oo, vice-chairman of the party.
Aung San Suu Kyi is currently facing trial on charges of violating her detention law by harbouring an American man in her lakeside home. If found guilty she could be sentenced up to five years in prison.
Karen armed group to fight ‘with guerilla warfare’
July 10, 2009 (DVB)–The Karen National Union will defend their territory “with guerrilla warfare” following rumours that the pro-junta Democratic Karen Buddhist Army is preparing to attack a strategic Karen base.
Last month Burmese troops, supported by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), took the Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 7 base, an important victory for the Burmese government in its five-week long offensive.
Rumours have surfaced in recent days that the DKBA is set to attack the KNU Brigade 6 base, home to three battalions, although permanent bases have not existed there since 1997.
“I heard that [the DKBA] are preparing to fight with 600 people, but nothing particular has come out yet,” said KNU joint secretary, Saw Maw Htoo.
“As we have more than 60 years of experience, the KNU has always been alert and prepared. Now we have to be more prepared; we are ready to resist with guerrilla warfare.”
The conflict between the KNU and the Burmese government is thought to be the world’s longest running, although observers say the weakening of the KNU and the loss of its Brigade 7 base could spell its end.
Around 80,000 Karen refugees have fled the conflict and are now holed-up in camps along the Thai border. Continue reading ““We have our people all around the area, and they don’t know where to fight. They come in, we go out; we go out and they come in.””
Friday, 10 July 2009 09:59
The SSA patrol clashed with Burmese army’ column in the central Shan State that caused 2 men dead and 3 men wounded including the column commander from Burmese side, said a local source in Shan State.
On July 8, 2009, at 18:30 pm, the battle took place between one of SSA patrols and 18 men from the column 2 of IB 64 based in Lai Kha led by Major Kyaw Swa Oo near Wan Khunt Mat Nuat village, Pan Huu tract, Panglong Township. In the battle lasted 30 minutes, Burmes Army’s column lost its 2 men, 3 seriously injured while there was no casualty from SSA side.
The dead body of Lt. Kyaw Thu and Sergeant Kyi Min were found in the battle. Major Kyaw Swa Oo with 4 shots at his body was one of 3 injured. SSA seized 1 GBS and 1 set of military map.
Some houses in Wan Khunt Mat Nuat were damaged by Burmese army’s mortar shelling. After the battle, Burmese army deployed immediately its 3 columns of IB 517 to that area.
This film is part of IDA’s DocuWeeks ’09.
“Crossing Midnight” tells the story of a remarkable community of refugees from Burma working against incredible odds to help their own. During the violent crackdown of the 1988 student uprising, Dr. Cynthia Maung and a group of fellow students fled to the border of Thailand. There, with virtually nothing in hand, they created the Mae Tao Clinic in a one-room barn. Today, in the midst of an unparalleled healthcare crisis, the clinic has grown into a community of over 500 healthcare workers, a school for refugee children and a dedicated group of cross-border backpack medics.
Detained ethnic party leader suffering from leg swelling
FRIDAY, 10 JULY 2009 12:02 HSENG KHIO FAH
The leader of Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), Burma’s second largest winning party in the 1990 elections, Khun Htun Oo, 66, has been suffering from the swelling of his legs due to lack adequate exercise and regular medical treatment, according to Sai Lake, the SNLD spokesperson.
In April, Khun Htun Oo was reported to have been suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.
Specialists, on consultation by his family, said it was also due to inadequate sunlight and ventilation.
However, he was refused to get medical checkup outside. He was only allowed to receive oral treatment. His family is allowed to visit him once a month.
But the family complains about difficulty of transportation to his place, Putao, the northern most town in Burma. “There is scarcely any plane that flies to Putao even though we are allowed to send him some medicine.”
“His family is worried if his conditions will get worse,” said Sai Lake.
Khun Htun Oo was sentenced to 93 year prison sentence in Putao on 3 November 2005 along with other Shan leaders for defamation of the state, association with illegal parties and conspiracy against the state.
Thu 09 Jul 2009, IMNA, HURFORM
A senior military leader of a Karen splinter group, was captured by forces from the largest Karen insurgent group that has continued fighting against the Burmese government.
On July 8, Karen Peace Force (KPF) battalion No. 3 commander, Lieutenant Colonel Saw Lay War, was capture, along with 3 KPF soldiers, by Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) forces yesterday at 2 pm near Zami river, Kyainnseikyi township, according to a source from the Karen National Union (KNU).
A source close to the KNU reported to IMNA that Lieutenant Colonel Saw Lay War and his soldiers were returning to Three Pagoda Pass via boat, after having met with SPDC officials in Nay Pyi Daw. He was captured while in a boat, with out any shots being fired.
He was captured by forces from the KNLA No. 2 company commanded by Saw Chat Dehtoo. The KNLA is the military wing of the KNU.
A source close to KNU officials said, “A KNLA company captured forces from the KPF yesterday, and have detained them at Regiment No.6 headquarters.” The KPF force had originally been requested by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Southeast Command to leave for Nay Pyi Daw before the 1st of July, 2009 for a discussion with SPDC officials. Lay War and his forces left on June 30th, at 11 am, beginning their trip by boat to the Burmese governments capital city. While the KNU were aware of his departure, it cannot be confirmed if his capture had been a previously planned ambush. Continue reading “KNU capture KPF Lieutenant Colonel and base”