BREAKING NEWS:Burma announces amnesty for 7114 prisoners

by Mizzima News
Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:43

New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta on Thursday announced amnesty for 7114 prisoners, saying it was on humanitarian grounds and to enable the prisoners to serve national interest.

The announcement, which will be publicly made in the evening news cast, was flashed on the Myawaddy Television on the scroll bar.

“On humanitarian grounds and in order to serve the interest of the nation and their region, 7114 prisoners on September 17, 2009 are given amnesty,” a local resident of Rangoon read out the news flash being scrolled on the Myawaddy TV to Mizzima.

Ohn Kyaing, spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD) said, since the amnesty was announced today, the prisoners are likely to be released on Friday.

“I am not sure if the amnesty will include political prisoners. We are hoping against all odds,” he added.

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ဂ်ပန္ႏိုင္ငံ တိုကိ်ဳၿမိဳ ့ ကုလသမဂၢ ရွံးေရွ႕ ့တြင္ဂ်ပန္ႏိုင္ငံေရာက္မွ ၿမန္မာဒီမိုကေရစီ လွဳပ္ရွားသူမ်ား၏
ဆႏၵၿပပြဲ ဓါတ္ပံုမွတ္တမ္း။

Political change in Naypyidaw is in China’s best interest

Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2009

Ms. Clapp was Charge d’Affairs for the U.S. embassy in Rangoon from 1999 to 2002.
s the People’s Republic of China approaches the 60th anniversary of its founding, Beijing has been unpleasantly surprised by the sudden outbreak of unrest on its long border with Burma. It’s a lesson to China about the tenuous nature of its friendship with the junta, and a reminder that political change in Burma is in Beijing’s best interests.

The flare up began last month when Burmese forces attacked a recalcitrant militia in Kokang, near the Chinese border, forcing tens of thousands of refugees to flee into China’s Yunnan province. A diplomatic battle soon ensued. China issued an uncharacteristically stern warning that Burma should “properly deal with its domestic issue to safeguard regional stability.” Burmese military leaders hinted at Beijing support for their move against Kokang. And for the first time in history, the official Burmese press published a news item about the Dalai Lama visiting Taiwan.

The public bickering is noteworthy because China has invested heavily in its relationship with the junta. Beijing has given Burma decades of generous military assistance, built factories and infrastructure and mined Burma’s wealth of resources. China is Burma’s largest trading partner. On the political front, Beijing has acted as the Burmese regime’s primary protector in the United Nations Security Council and other international fora to blunt the impact of Western sanctions and hostility against the military government.

The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Burma’s military leaders are determined to clear away the remaining vestiges of their long-running insurgencies before heading into multi-party elections next year as part of the country’s transition to “disciplined democracy.” According to local reports, Burmese army units have already begun to move into Mongla, another autonomous former insurgent area, as well as the heavily armed and fortified northern and southern Wa areas along the Chinese and Thai borders. Tens of thousands of refugees from the northern Wa area have reportedly already fled into China, even as Kokang refugees return home.

The Burmese regime may also be egged on by its own citizens, many of whom harbor strong anti-Chinese sentiment. The junta’s move against the ethnic Chinese border groups, long notorious for drug dealing and other criminal activities, has been quietly cheered by many Burmese. Chinese investment has done little to improve the lives of average Burmese and they view Beijing as propping up a hugely unpopular government. Continue reading “Political change in Naypyidaw is in China’s best interest”

Resettlement—the Black Market

MAE SOT — Since 2005, when resettlement began, a network of brokers has evolved to assist individuals from Burma who wish to enter the refugee camps and resettle in a third country.

The black market business has helped many to escape Burma— but not always the people who fit the criteria and need resettlement the most.

Residents at the three main camps around Mae Sot, who are waiting for resettlement, blame the influx of “fake applicants” for the long delays they endure. Many claim that the “pseudo-refugees” leave the camps first, deferring the resettlement of real applicants.“I see many fake refugees coming into the camp. They pay the brokers and the camp authorities. Then they get resettled first,” said Bo Bo, a resident at Nu Po camp.

He explained how he came to the camp in a large group from Mon State where their land was stolen by Burmese government forces. As farmers, they had been stripped of their entire livelihood. So, with nothing left, they fled to the border. Continue reading “Resettlement—the Black Market”

17 September (2002), death in custody at Insein prison, U Aung May Thu, All Burma Federation of Students Union, NLD Minhla, Tharawaddy, Pegu

17 September (2002), death in custody at Insein prison, U Aung May Thu, All Burma Federation of
Students Union, NLD Minhla, Tharawaddy, Pegu
18 September (1988), killed in front of the USA embassy, Ko Soe Kyaw Phone Maung, student from
Rangoon Art and Science University (Hlaing campus)
19 September (1929), on the 166th day of hunger strike in Rangoon Central Prison, Sayadaw U Wisara died
for the freedom of Burma.
19 September (1988), Moulmein Massacre, seven students were killed
19 September (1988), shot to death by fascist Burmese soldiers, Ma Win Maw Oo, Hlaing Thayar, Rangoon
21 September, International Day of Peace
22 September (1992), Founding Day of National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB = DAB + NDF +
Win Maw Oo (September 19 1988)
Sep 18 & 19 1988

Funds Collected for People’s Militia

Rathidaung: The Burmese army has been collecting funds from locals for the recently formed people’s militias in villages throughout Rathidaung Township, 20 miles north of Sittwe, said a village who was selected to join the militia.

“The army authority has collected 3,000 kyats from individual members of the people’s militia. At the same time, the authority has collected 3,000 or 4,000 kyats from each household in the whole township for formation of the people’s militias,” he said.

The funds are for purchasing equipment for the militias, including uniforms, hats, and badges, as well as for paying for the travel of army officials who came to the villages to form the militia.

“In our village, Ku Daung, the army authority formed the people’s militia with 30 villagers and all members were forced by the authority to pay 3,000 kyats each for the militia fund,” he added.

All households from several villages – Ku Daung, Oo Ga, Shwe Long Din, Kan Byin, Zee Gin, and Nyung Bin Lay – in southern Rathidaung Township had to pay 3,000 kyat for each poor family and 4,000 kyats for each rich family for the militia fund.

The Burmese military authority has been forming many government-backed organizations like the people’s militia and village-level fire brigades in Arakan, in order to support the 2010 election.
Continue reading “Funds Collected for People’s Militia”

Eight democracy activists including one Buddhist monk arrested

Eight democracy activists including one Buddhist monk in Myingyan Township in Mandalay were detained by Burmese military authorities on Wednesday, according to local sources.

A friend of a detainee said that the authorities appeared at the homes of those arrested about 3 am and took them into custody.

The source said Myo Han, Wint Thu, Hla Myo Kyaw, Aung Myo Lat, Soe Ya Zar Phyo, Kyi Soe, one unidentified civilian and one unidentified monk were arrested.

The mother of Wint Thu said, “They came and searched our home about 2:30 am. My son wasn’t here, but later I heard he had been arrested.”

The detainees were taken to Mandalay, sources said. Sources believe the authorities made the arrests in an effort to disrupt planned demonstrations.

Special Police have been mobilized at various Myingyan monasteries and at youth gatherings in the township in recent days, sources said.

Burmese authorities have also increased security in Mandalay and Rangoon, and several other cities, as the Saffron Revolution’s two-year anniversary nears in September. Security forces have been deployed at strategic road locations and near monasteries and pagodas. Continue reading “Eight democracy activists including one Buddhist monk arrested”

Press meet on Shan seminar on 30 September-Program on

THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2009 11:50 S.H.A.N.
The organizers of the International Conference on Shan Studies (ICSS) is to hold a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, 30 September.

Renowned scholars Dr Sunait Chutintaranond, Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, and Dr Monthira Rato, Faculty of Arts, are to be the main speakers at the meeting to be held at 14:30 at Room 105, Maha Chulalongkorn Building, Chulalongkorn University.

The 3 day International Conference on Shan Studies, 15-17 October, will include research paper reading, exhibition and performing arts.

The conference seeks to bring together scholars of Shan studies all over the world to share their knowledge and discoveries as well as to meet and promote their cooperation, according to the Institute’s handout.

It had already successfully held conferences on Arakan and Mon.

The upcoming conference is supported by the Shan community in Thailand.

မႏၱေလးတုိငး္၊ by Yoma News

THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2009 10:56 ၿဖဳိးႀကီး
မႏၱေလးတုိငး္၊ ေညာင္ဦးၿမဳိ႕နယ္အတြငး္ရွိ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ားကို ၿမိဳ႕နယ္(မယက)က ပငေ့္ဆာငေ္ခၚယူၿပီး ႏိုင္ငံေရး မလုပ္ရန္ သတိေပးေျပာဆိုမႈမ်ား ျပဳလုပေ္နလ်က္ရွိသည္။

ယခုလ ဒုတိယအပတ္အတြငး္မွစတင္က ေက်းရြာအုပ္စုအသီးသီးရွိ နာယကဆရာေတာ္မ်ားႏွင့္ ၿမိဳ႕ေပၚစာသင္တိုက္မ်ားမွ နာယကဆရာေတာ္မ်ားပါ ေခၚယူသတိေပး ေျပာဆုိခဲ့ျခငး္ျဖစေ္ၾကာငး္ အမည္မေဖာ္လိုသူ သံဃာတပါးက မိန္႔သည္။

“မယက႐ံုးကို (၆) နာရီခြဲ အေရာကေ္ခၚၿပီး ႏိုင္ငံေရးမလုပ္ဖို႔ ေျပာတာေပါ့။ ဦးပဥၨငး္ပ်ဳိေတြေတာ့ မပါဘူး။ ဆရာေတာေ္တြ ေက်ာငး္ထိုငေ္တြခ်ညး္ပဲ ေခၚတာ။ (၈) နာရီခြဲေလာက္မွ ၿပီးသြားတယ္” ဟု အဆိုပါသံဃာက ဆက္လက္မိန္႔သည္။

ေညာင္ဦးၿမဳိ႕ေပၚရွိ မဟာ၀ီသုတာရာမတိုက္၊ ျမစ္ၾကည့္တိုက္၊ ေဇယ်၀တီစာသင္တိုက္၊ အလို၀ေ္တာ္ျပည့္ စာသင္တိုက္၊ ရွစ္မ်က္ႏွာေက်ာငး္တိုက္၊ ေရႊေစတီေက်ာငး္တိုက္တို႔မွ တိုက္အုပ္ဆရာေတာ္မ်ားလညး္ ပါဝငေ္ၾကာငး္ ဆက္လက္ မိန္႔ၾကားသည္။ continue