NLD Leader Wants More Security

A lawyer for Burma’s opposition leader says she never discussed anything sensitive with the American whose unwanted visit brought her 18 more months under house arrest.
BANGKOK—Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants more security around her home, after she was sentenced to 18 more months under house arrest for letting an unwanted visitor into the lakeside compound, her lawyer said.
Nyan Win, who represented the Nobel peace laureate at her trial for allowing an American, John Yettaw, into her home, also expressed puzzlement at Yettaw’s statement that he and Aung San Suu Kyi had held confidential discussions and that she was “ecstatic” to see him.
“Aung San Suu Kyi never discussed anything with Yettaw except to repeatedly urge him to return home to his family,” Nyan Win said in a telephone interview, adding that he had discussed the issue with Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of her trial and that no such conversation with Yettaw had occurred.
Yettaw’s comments in a broadcast interview with CNN were “out of sync” with statements he made during his testimony, Nyan Win said, calling them “false” and saying that they created “a lot of
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“Aung San Suu Kyi has requested security upgrades to her compound to protect it from unwanted entry,” he said. “Her concern was brought on by Yettaw’s visit.”
In his CNN interview, Yettaw—who was sentenced to seven years’ hard labor but released and sent home last week—said Aung San Suu Kyi was “ecstatic that I was there, but at the same time extremely frightened.”
He went on to call the situation “delicate” and said he didn’t want to “share details because by virtue of confidentiality and out of respect, I told her I would never discuss what we discussed.”
Nyan Win also said Aung San Suu Kyi was “wrongly sentenced” and her legal team would appeal. “The draft is nearly done. We will meet with her [Thursday], perhaps in the afternoon, to discuss the draft,” he said. Continue reading “NLD Leader Wants More Security”

US House delegation arrives in Burma

Thursday, 27 August 2009 22:50

Chaing Mai (Mizzima) – A three-member United States delegation arrived in Burma today as part of Washington’s ongoing review of its public diplomacy and assistance program, according to diplomatic sources.

The delegation of staff members from the House Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to visit Cyclone Nargis-affected areas as well as meet with non-governmental organizations, prior to their departure on Sunday.

The US officials, noted one source, have also visited other regional countries during their trip.

One day old baby girl sold to child trafficker

According to the local Thai newspaper published on the 22nd of August 2009, a mother sold her day old baby daughter to a child trafficker.
Nan Long Kan, a female Burmese passport holder gave birth to a baby girl on 9th of August in Hat Yai hospital in Songkhla province, but made a deal to sell her day old daughter for 50,000 baht to a female Thai child trafficker named Nanlitmon.
Nanlongkan had borrowed 37,000 Baht from Nanlitmon, 37, since her 7th month of pregnancy and had borrowed a further 10,400 Baht to cover the cost of giving birth. Being 47,400 Baht in debt and facing great difficulties in earning a living, she agreed to sell her daughter for the amount of 50,000 baht.
Nanlongkan, the mother of the baby, was arrested by the special unit “Women’s and Child Protection” in front of the Hopin hotel in Kanphephit city, Songkhla province after she had handed over her daughter to Nanlitmon the child trafficker.
Nanlitmon had also been arrested when she handed over a baby for 80,000 baht to a known female child trafficker from Malaysia.
Nanlitmon who lived on Moo 14/37, Kanphephit city, Songkhla province was often involved in child trafficking cases but had never been convicted. The last time she drew attention from police she was suspected of selling a baby boy. However, they were unable to convict her due to there being no witnesses or evidence. Nanlitmon had been under close watch by the Thai authorities ever since.
The news about Nanlongkan selling her one day old daughter to Nanlitmon, the female Thai child trafficker, has been shown repeatedly in both Thai national newspapers and on Thai TV channels over two days on the 22nd and 23rd August.
One day old baby girl sold to child trafficker

– Long-awaited elections are set for next year, the final destination on Myanmar’s “road map” to democracy, but it is far from clear what civilian rule will look like after almost 50 years of army rule.

Will polls bring change to army-ruled Myanmar?

The junta has promised the vote will be free, fair and inclusive. But with no date set, electoral laws yet to be drafted and opposition politicians still in jail, more questions than answers surround the first elections in the resource-rich Southeast Asian nation in 20 years.

What is not in doubt, analysts say, is that the junta will do whatever it takes to ensure that real control over the former British colony will remain with the military or its proxies.

“Future governments might be civilianized, but they certainly won’t be civilian,” said David Steinberg, a veteran Myanmar analyst at Georgetown University in Washington.

“The military will still have ultimate control. They believe that in the long term, they are the only institution capable of keeping the country together.”

A glance at the new constitution leaves little doubt the military will run the show in the former Burma, and few expect the Burmese people will get much say.

The military has reserved 25 percent of house seats for itself, as well as control over key ministries and appointments. The chief of the armed forces will outrank the elected president and be able to assume power “in times of emergency.”

Critics have therefore derided the seven-stage “road map” as a blueprint to legitimize military rule and ensure it retains a strong grip on power. continue

Will polls bring change to army-ruled Myanmar?

Burmese Army troops and ethnic Kokang soldiers were at each other’s throat today, three days after the headquarters of the rebels in Laogai was overrun by Burmese soldiers, said the rebel’s headquarter sources.

The fighting started today at about 8 a.m. when Kokang troops loyal to the supreme leader Peng Jiasheng opened fire and recaptured the Nansan border gate, the key route to China’s Yunnan province from Burmese soldiers, said the sources.

More than a dozen Burmese soldiers wearing police uniforms were detained by rebel fighters and several Burmese soldiers fled to Chinese territory by crossing the border, the sources added.
082709-kokang-burma Since 4 p.m. today the clashes started again when Burmese troops marched to the Nansan border gate, said sources close to rebel fighters.

At the same time, sporadic clashes have been occurring in different areas in the rebel capital or the headquarters in Laogai. The road between Kokang territory and Kunlong has been blocked by Burmese troops, said Nansan border sources.

Thousands of people in Laogai fled to Nansan, the border city of China’s Yunnan province, which is close to Kokang territory, said border sources.

Col. Hkun Okker, Joint Secretary (3) of the Thailand-based National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) told KNG, “The Kokang opening fire at the Burmese troops is politically correct and is a part of ethnic rights”.

“It’s the best time to counter the junta together for all ethnic ceasefire groups, without waiting for the junta to shoot first because the regime is in the midst of a political crisis, ” he said.

Today, the NCUB also released a statement related to Kokang. It strongly condemned the intrusion of Burmese troops into Kokang territories for converting Kokang to a Border Guard Force under the control of the Burmese Army.

Officials of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in Laiza headquarters on the Sino-Burma border in Kachin State, one of the military allies, confirmed to KNG today that war has started in Kokang territories from today and the KIO is closely watching the situation. Continue reading “Burmese Army troops and ethnic Kokang soldiers were at each other’s throat today, three days after the headquarters of the rebels in Laogai was overrun by Burmese soldiers, said the rebel’s headquarter sources.”