Thai PM to confer with UN chief on Myanmar

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (TNA) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, now attending the 64th United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, said Saturday that he would discuss with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon problems prevailing in Myanmar and the overall situation on climate change.

In a web conference with Government House in Bangkok, Mr. Abhisit said he would meet the world body chief Saturday night (New York time) before he addresses the UN General Assembly.

Major issues which he will focus on during his speech, he said, are the economic crisis, conflicts taking place in the world and climate change.

Thailand will host the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) at the UN Conference Centre in the Thai capital from Monday (September 28) through October 9.

Mr. Abhisit earlier expressed hope that the climate change meetings in Bangkok will give fruitful results before the Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December.

refugeesinternational:Burma Policy Review Makes Major Shift Towards Humanitarian Aid

Fri, 09/25/2009 – 10:56
Washington, D.C. – Refugees International applauds the State Department for fully supporting the provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of Burma as part of its policy review released soon. While the review endorses keeping the major components of long-standing policy in place, the support for humanitarian aid is an important shift. Refugees International encourages the U.S. Congress to provide adequate funding for a humanitarian assistance program that meets the needs of the Burmese people.

“Allowing desperately needed assistance to reach the Burmese people corrects a long-standing flaw in U.S. policy towards Burma,” said Joel Charny, Acting President of Refugees International. “For years, the policy has doubly punished the Burmese people: they have suffered under a regime that directly contributes to their daily hardships, while being denied life-saving assistance by the U.S. government. This new policy will increase desperately needed assistance to the Burmese people through independent channels.”
International humanitarian aid for the Burmese people has not kept pace with their needs. The United Nations Development Program estimates that GDP per capita in Burma is the 13th lowest in the world. An average Burmese family spends 75% of its income on securing food. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Burma receives less overseas development assistance, $4.08 per person (2007), than any of the poorest 55 countries. The average assistance in this group of countries is more than $42 per person. Continue reading “refugeesinternational:Burma Policy Review Makes Major Shift Towards Humanitarian Aid”

26 September (2007), By the order of Sr-Gen Than Shwe (Butcher of Burma 2007), Aung Thaung, U Thaung, Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan, Brig-Gen Win Myint, Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung, Col Than Han, Lt-Col Aung Kyaw Zaw; Fascist Burman soldiers shot and killed approximately 31-200 protesters,

ransacked Buddhist monasteries, beaten monks and dissidents and arrested an estimated 3,000-6000
people. The Burma army, Light Infantry Division 66, burned an undetermined number of bodies,
some still alive, at the Ye Way crematorium sealed off by armed guards northeast of Rangoon.

Shin U Thilawuntha, professor of sacred Buddhist scripture of the Yuzana Monastery in Myitkyina,
was beaten to death in detention. Maj-Gen Ohn Myint ordered the arrest and personally involved in
the brutal torture.

read the truth

27 September (1942), DOB, Pyapon Ni Lon Oo (a) Aung Myint, highly respected poet, political prisoner,
gagged by Censorship Board.
28 September (1982), Maj Mahn Ngwe Aung and Myo Aung, Karen National Union, were killed during a
shootout with soldiers guarding the building while attempting to seize control of the Burmese
broadcasting building in Rangoon
28 September (2005), death in custody at Insein prison, Nai Aung Loon (a) Ong Lorn, New Mon State

Weekly Business Roundup (September 26, 2009)

New US Policy ‘Still Needs to Stop Junta Income from Gas’

The change of US government policy to permit talks with the Burmese government while maintaining economic sanctions could be a “positive step forward,” says the human rights group that recently exposed how the regime siphons off billions of dollars from gas income.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this week that Washington will reverse a Bush presidency policy of totally ostracizing the regime to “engage” with the junta generals in a bid to promote change.

EarthRights International (ERI) has produced a detailed report revealing how, despite sanctions, the junta leadership has siphoned off as much US $4.83 billion from the national budget in revenues from industrial giants Chevron and Total’s operation of the Yadana gas field. Continue reading “Weekly Business Roundup (September 26, 2009)”

The Long March and Hunger Strike for Free Burma and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be outside the UN everyday till September 27th from


The Long March and Hunger Strike for Free Burma and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be outside the UN everyday till September 27th from 9AM – 6PM.
Our 9 day hunger strike will begin on September 18th, the 21st anniversary of the bloody military coup in Burma.
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Give minorities a chance in life

By now few people can be unaware of the plight of 12-year-old paper airplane champ Mong Thongdee, who this month travelled around the only two countries he knows in the world but cannot call either his legal home because he does not have one.
Although stateless, Mong, who won two medals in the contest in Japan, is still better off than an estimated half a million other children born on Thai soil to migrant parents, because he has been promised a scholarship by an influential and caring cabinet minister.

So perhaps the red tape might someday unravel enough for him to be granted Thai citizenship, which would ensure his story has a happy ending. Getting that citizenship will not be easy and nor should it be. Thai nationality is a cherished possession that must be earned, but it should not be an unreachable goal for someone like Mong who was born and raised in Thailand, even though his parents are Burmese.

It is no secret that government authorities have been responsible for much of the persecution of ethnic minorities. Ranking Interior Ministry officials quietly admit that many of their bureaucrats hinder rather than help those who apply for citizenship. This is not entirely due to prejudice and attitude problems on their part. Some civil servants routinely block applications from stateless minorities seeking naturalisation simply because they do not understand the complexities and legalities of the whole time-consuming process. They need to return to the classroom for mature training and then undergo on-the-job supervision. Continue reading “Give minorities a chance in life”

Kao wao News 26.september LPN ( Labour Rights Promotion Network)

ကန္ခ်နပူရီ(စက္တင္ဘာ-၂၆) ။ ။ ယာယီႏုိင္ငံကူး လက္မွတ္ျပဳလုပ္ရန္ ျမန္မာစစ္အစုိးရမွထုတ္ျပန္ခဲေ့သာ စညး္ကမး္ခ်က္ အျပည့္အစုံကုိ မိမိသတငး္ဌာနမွ လက္ခံရ႐ွိခဲ့သည္။

ထုိငး္-ျမန္မာႏွစ္ႏုိင္ငံသေဘာတူညီခ်က္အရ အေျခခံအလုပ္သမား အခြင့္အေရးမ်ားရ႐ွိရန္ႏွင့္ လူကုန္ကူးျခငး္၊ လူေမွာင္ခုိျခငး္ႏွင့္ တရားမဝင္နယ္စပ္ျဖတေ္က်ာ္ျခငး္တုိ႔ကုိ ကာကြယ္ရန္ရည္ရြယ္သည္ဟု အဆုိပါေၾကျငာစာ႐ြက္ တြငေ္ဖၚျပထားပါသည္။

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ၏ ေကၽြးေက်ာ္ခ်က္မွာ ဖမး္ဆီးျခငး္မ႐ွိ၊ တားဆီးစစေ္ဆးျခငး္မ႐ွိ၊ အခြနေ္ကာက္ျခငး္မ႐ွိဟု ေရးသား ထားပါသည္။ Continue reading “Kao wao News 26.september LPN ( Labour Rights Promotion Network)”