This picture is drawn by 14 years old girl from Mae Sod.
At UN, ICC’s Map of Crimes Includes Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Zimbabwe, Unacted On by Victors’ Justice
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, September 9 — The talk was of war crimes at the UN on September 9, and those of Sri Lanka came up in discussion and on a color map. The President of the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of State Parties noted that the UN Security Council has not referred Sri Lanka to the ICC.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has acknowledged receiving communications about Sri Lanka, spoke afterwards to the Press. On top of his file folder was a map, depicting by colors which countries have joined the ICC, which countries are being looked at (yellow dots), where prosecutions are ongoing (four red dots, all in Africa) and where Crimes Have Been Committed, noted with a green dot.
There was a green dot on Sri Lanka, another on Zimbabwe and one on Myanmar.
International Criminal Court
11 September (1943), DOB, U Hkun Htun Oo, MP, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, Committee
Representing People’s Parliament, Hsipaw (1), Shan, political prisoner 93-year imprisonment (2005)
Junta insists KIA be transformed to BGF PDF | Print | E-mail
News – Kachin News Group
FRIDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2009 11:36
The Burmese junta is insistent that the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the largest ethnic Kachin armed group, transform to the Burmese Army controlled Border Guard Force (BGF), said KIA officers.
Lt-Gen Ye Myint, head of the executive committee of transition and junta’s Chief of Military Affairs Security (MAS), reiterated the regime’s demand of transforming KIA to the BGF to delegates of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), the political-wing of the KIA during the meeting in Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina on September 9, said KIO delegates.
During the meeting, KIO delegates led by Vice-president No. 1 Lt-Gen Gauri Zau Seng brought up other issues not related to the BGF. However, the delegates were confined to the issue of transformation by Lt-Gen Ye Myint, also Naypyitaw negotiator for all ethnic ceasefire groups in the country, KIO delegates said.
In principle, the KIO has accepted the transformation of its armed wing, the KIA but not to the junta-proposed Border Guard Force. It wants to change KIA to a self controlled Kachin Regional Guard Force (KRGF).
A KIO delegate told KNG today, no decision was arrived at or any positive result surfaced in the negotiation. However, both sides agreed to meet next time after inter-organizational discussions over the latest negotiation process.
On the other hand, the junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe has rejected KIO’s demands and has refused to meet KIO’s civilian peace mediators led by Rev. Dr. Lahtaw Saboi Jum twice. This is because the KIO had approved the junta-drafted new constitution in May, 2008, said Naypyitaw sources.
Lt-Gen Ye Myint and Maj-Gen Soe Win, commander of Myitkyina-based Northern Command repeatedly told KIO delegates that the junta is negotiating with the KIO because of the goodwill of Snr-Gen Than Shwe and the military government, when it is really not needed because the KIO approved the new constitution, said sources close to KIO delegates. Continue reading “During the meeting, KIO delegates led by Vice-president No. 1 Lt-Gen Gauri Zau Seng brought up other issues not related to the BGF. However, the delegates were confined to the issue of transformation by Lt-Gen Ye Myint, also Naypyitaw negotiator for all ethnic ceasefire groups in the country, KIO delegates said.”
News – Shan Herald Agency for News
FRIDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2009 10:35
The deadline set by Chinese authorities for all Chinese citizens to leave ceasefire areas in Burma ended yesterday.
In the aftermath of the armed conflict between the Burmese Army and the Kokan Army in northern Shan State at the end of August, Chinese authorities fixed a deadline for September 8 for all Chinese to leave the UWSA and NDAA controlled areas.
In terms of topography, the armed conflict area was in territories controlled by these two ceasefire groups.
A source close to Chinese authorities said that “China had set a deadline for September 8 for all Chinese citizens to leave Wa and Mongla areas. The deadline is over but we have to wait and see what happens in this area.”
On September 5, UWSA released a statement relating to the people who live in their controlled areas. The statement declared that they would continue to allow people on duty from international organizations to stay. But Chinese people, who had set up business ventures in their areas, would have to go back to China.
“Chinese businessmen and state employees have left Pang Sang, controlled by UWSA, Mongla, and NDAA,” a source close to ceasefire groups said.
“Chinese businessmen left Mongla and Pang Sang. They took their belongings in cars. Casinos have been closed in Mongla.” Continue reading “Deadline for Chinese to leave ceasefire areas over”
Graduates of team training, Southern Karen Aug 09
Thank you for all you do to support, encourage and help us. Your prayers, love, advice, and partnership are great gifts. (We have included a few photos from different multi-ethnic FBR trainings this year and from two relief missions.)
I am constantly amazed and filled with gratitude that people would help others so far away. All of us Free Burma Rangers thank you and each of the 52 FBR relief teams passes on their thanks. Also, the displaced people we serve with you thank you and are always telling us, “Please thank the people who are sending this help and tell them that we pray for them too. Encourage them to trust in God and let them know we love them and are able to give them only prayer in return, but we do pray for them and are thankful for these friends we have never met.”
To receive is a blessing when you are in need and to give is also a blessing. To be able to give makes us all feel useful. You give us what we need and you enable us to give to others what they need,and when they have they can also give. We in FBR are people of different faiths working closely together on the FBR teams, and as one of the leaders who is a Chrisitian I want to pray that God will give you what you need.
We all suffer in this life but this suffering draws us closer together and helps us know what the important things of life are. Among these are friends like you. continue
Chinese officials visit Panghsan
The delegation was made up of representatives from various government agencies: military, police, border security, crossborder trade and agriculture, among others. Identities of participants were not disclosed, apart from saying that most of the top Wa leaders are now in Hsaopha to attend the funeral of the Wa State founder Chao Ngi-lai, who died on 8 September.
Yesterday’s meeting where host officials were being questioned about the current stormy relations with Naypyitaw lasted 09:00-11:00. “It ended with a closing speech by a visiting official that China would be happy to see Burma resolve its problems in a peaceful manner,” said a source.
The speech echoed what Jiang Yu, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said yesterday, according to Xinhua, in response to a question whether or not China had provided information that had led to the Burma Army’s recent crackdown on the Wa’s northern ally Kokang: “China never interferes in Myanmar’s internal affairs and would like to see Myanmar resolve its issues though peaceful consultations.”
The Wa territory on the Sino-Burma is now besieged by the Burma Army in the north and southwest. The Salween forms a natural barrier in the west and China a political barrier in the east. Only a small corridor exists between it and its southeastern ally, Mongla-based National Democracy Alliance Army (NDAA).