Aung San Suu Kyi Trial Verdict Alone Should Not Dictate Burma Policy by Burma Campaign UK

The Burma Campaign UK today called on governments and the United Nations to develop policy based on what is going on in the whole of Burma, not just on what happens to Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi has herself said that the international focus should not be on her alone.

The Burma Campaign UK is concerned by recent statements from world leaders and international organisations that focus solely on whether Aung San Suu Kyi is released or able to take part in elections next year. Aung San Suu Kyi has twice been released before, largely because of international pressure, but the human rights and political situation in Burma continued to deteriorate, as the regime only released her to try to head off international pressure.

At the same time, Than Shwe’s military regime used the instance of her period of freedom in 2003 to try to assassinate her in the Depayin massacre – she narrowly escaped being beaten to death and members of her party were killed by thugs of the regime.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has even suggested that a ban on new U.S. investment could be lifted if Aung San Suu Kyi were released. It is ridiculous that any Burma policy review is dependent on the outcome of the current trial. Even if Aung San Suu Kyi were released, there would still be war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by the dictatorship in Burma. Ethnic women and girls would still be being raped and killed, there would still be more than 2,100 political prisoners. There would still be no freedoms, no rule of law and no respect for human rights. Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi Trial Verdict Alone Should Not Dictate Burma Policy by Burma Campaign UK”

LA-California Calling:Burma Buddhist Monastery-La Puente

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21 years ago, on August 8, 1988 (8888), people from all walks of life throughout Burma came out in unison to call for freedom, democracy and justice in Burma. The military regime responded to these peaceful calls by using lethal force, killing about 3000 innocent people including students and monks.

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London calling:In front of the junta’s embassy-7 August 2009 (Fri)

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21st Anniversary of 8.8.88 Burma Democracy Uprising –LONDON
Burmese democratic forces and their friends will be holding a protest in front of the junta’s embassy
Date: 7 August 2009 (Fri)
Place: In front of the junta’s embassy
Time: 12:00-14:00

21 years ago, on August 8, 1988 (8888), people from all walks of life throughout Burma came out in unison to call for freedom, democracy and justice in Burma. The military regime responded to these peaceful calls by using lethal force, killing about 3000 innocent people including students and monks.

Even to this day, the Burmese military regime continues its atrocities. They harass and arrest human rights activists including Noble Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Many activists were killed during recent peaceful demonstrations. Many more died in interrogation camps and some died while imprisoned due to systematic abuse targeted to political prisoners.

Everyone is welcome to give their respect and support to those who have sacrificed their lives for democracy.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2009

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: 10 East 77th St. (bet. Madison and 5th Ave.), New York, NY 10075

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New York calling:Burmese Permanent Mission to the UN-Saturday, 08 August 2009

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21st Anniversary of 8.8.88 Burma Democracy Uprising – New York City
In commemoration of those heroes who gave their lives for freedom, democracy and justice for Burma.

Burmese democratic forces and their friends will be holding a protest in front of the office of the Burmese Permanent Mission to the UN on August 8, 2009, a historic day for Burma, in commemoration of those heroes who gave their lives for freedom, democracy and justice for Burma.

21 years ago, on August 8, 1988 (8888), people from all walks of life throughout Burma came out in unison to call for freedom, democracy and justice in Burma. The military regime responded to these peaceful calls by using lethal force, killing about 3000 innocent people including students and monks.

Even to this day, the Burmese military regime continues its atrocities. They harass and arrest human rights activists including Noble Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Many activists were killed during recent peaceful demonstrations. Many more died in interrogation camps and some died while imprisoned due to systematic abuse targeted to political prisoners.

Everyone is welcome to give their respect and support to those who have sacrificed their lives for democracy.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2009

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: 10 East 77th St. (bet. Madison and 5th Ave.), New York, NY 10075

*note*
Download Aung San Suu Kyi mask here: http://www.u2.com/stream/article/display/id/4770
Print it. Bring it. Ware it.

Reject Burma fuel exports, Asean urged

Written by Estrella Torres / Reporter
WEDNESDAY, 29 JULY 2009 23:31
CIVIL-SOCIETY groups in Burma and Southeast Asia are urging energy ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meeting in Mandalay to oppose new oil investments in Burma because they will only benefit the military junta and exclude the general population.

Burma is hosting the 27th Asean Ministers of Energy Meeting (Amem) in Mandalay that started on Monday, and the citizen groups criticized the unprecedented access to electricity of the meeting while the rest of the country continued to have serious
and chronic power shortages.

Wong Aung from the Shwe Gas Movement said electricity consumption rates per capita in Burma are less than 5 percent of Thailand, but the military junta is still aiming to export even more energy resources to Burma’s neighbor countries.

“These include plans for over 20 large hydroelectric dams to power Thailand, China and Asean power grid, and trans-Burma oil and gas pipelines to China set to begin in September this year. The revenue from the energy sector is the main source of income for the Burmese generals,” said Aung in a statement issued by the Burma Partnership, a coalition of civil-society groups in the region pushing for democratization in Burma.

The international community has strongly condemned the continuing violations of the human rights of Burmese (renamed Myanmar by the generals) and the continued detention and new charges filed against Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Her trial court is set to issue a verdict on the new charges against the Nobel peace laureate on Friday in relation to alleged breach of rules of her detention after an unidentified American swam to her detention house uninvited.

The rights groups also said energy projects have caused environmental devastation and violations of human rights throughout the country. Continue reading “Reject Burma fuel exports, Asean urged”

A spokesperson for the Thai energy ministry, speaking to The Irrawaddy on Wednesday, said that the Thai delegation would raise the subject of the dams with the junta because of concerns that China will take over both projects if work on them does not resume soon.

Hydropower Projects on Agenda at Mandalay Meeting

Thailand plans to discuss the progress of the Hat Gyi and Tasang hydropower dams with Burma’s military regime at the Asean+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting, to be held in Mandalay on Wednesday and Thursday, according to Thai officials.

A spokesperson for the Thai energy ministry, speaking to The Irrawaddy on Wednesday, said that the Thai delegation would raise the subject of the dams with the junta because of concerns that China will take over both projects if work on them does not resume soon.

“We are worried that if we don’t get back to work on the Hat Gyi project with Burma, China will take over. This is why we have set up a subcommittee to consider and study the effects from building the Hat Gyi hydropower dam,” said the spokesperson.

Thailand is a major investor in Burma’s energy sector, and is planning to spend about US $1 billion on the Hat Gyi project. It also has a major stake in the Tasang dam.

However, efforts to address concerns about the environmental impact of the projects have caused delays in construction. Environmental activists say that the dams will displace thousands of local people and adversely the affect the livelihoods of many more.

Meanwhile, Burmese human rights groups released a statement on Tuesday urging an end to investment in Burma’s oil and gas sector, which they said was helping to keep the ruling junta in power by providing it with a long-term source of income. Continue reading “A spokesperson for the Thai energy ministry, speaking to The Irrawaddy on Wednesday, said that the Thai delegation would raise the subject of the dams with the junta because of concerns that China will take over both projects if work on them does not resume soon.”

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ဗမာ့တပ္မေတာ္ရဲ့အတြင္းေရးေတြကုိ အျမဲတမ္းတင္ဆက္ေနတဲ့ ကုိဖုိးတရုတ္ ဘေလာ့မွ သတင္းေတြဟာ စိတ္၀င္စားစရာ အရမ္းေကာင္းပါတယ္။ အခါအားေလ်ာ္စြာ ေသာသီခုိမွ ျပန္လည္ေဖါက္သည္ ခ်ေပးလုိက္ပါတယ္။
ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္ေျခလ်င္တပ္မွာ တပ္ခဲြမွဴး တာ၀န္ထမ္းေဆာင္ခဲ့ေသာ DSA ေက်ာင္းဆင္း အရာရွိ တစ္ေယာက္ေရးသားေသာ ေဆာင္းပါးတပုဒ္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ continue

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Burmese exile: Myanmar’s military junta survives thanks to world’s hypocrisy

by Tint Swe
The ambiguous and conniving policies of India and the West. The extreme poverty of the population and the overwhelming power of the military junta. Tint Swe, a member of the government in exile formed by refugees from Myanmar after the elections of 1990, describes the situation of his country on the eve of the verdict in the trial against Aung San Suu Kyi, with an eye on the elections in 2010.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) – We publish an analysis on the situation in Myanmar by Tint Swe (see photo), a member of the Council of Ministers of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) composed of refugees from Myanmar, in exile since the 1990 elections, won by the National League for Democracy but never recognized by the military junta. Tint Swe campaigns in the party of Aung San Suu Kyi and participated with her during the last election campaign, that took place 19 years ago. On the eve of the verdict in the trial against the “Lady”, due Friday 31, and in view of forthcoming elections set for 2010, he speaks of the situation in Myanmar, which he calls Burma “in a symbolic sign of protest against the regime that changed the name of the country”. Tint Swe fled to India in 1990, and since December 21 1991he lives in New Delhi. He is a member of the NCGUB covering the post of information Officer for South Asia and East Timor

The situation in Burma goes from bad to worse. The free market economy, foreign investment and trade with China, India and the countries of South Asia cannot bring Burma out of the least developed country (LDC) status even after over 20 years. The military is prepared for the next phases, which is to legalize their grip on power by holding a new election in 2010. Ethnic groups are subjected to tremendous pressure to be transformed into border guards. This process is being done by hook or by crook. UN Secretary General’s two-day visit to Burma last month could bring only a lip-service that said the regime would grant so-called amnesty before the election i.e. more criminal and less political prisoners will be released. Continue reading “Burmese exile: Myanmar’s military junta survives thanks to world’s hypocrisy”