London calling : Invitation Letter “Campaign For Burma Solidarity”

“Campaign For Burma Solidarity”

“We Fight We Win” will globally launch a political campaign, which is called “Burma Solidarity”. Burma Solidarity aims to bring together activists and organizations from across the political spectrum to build a bridge between groups working outside Burma and those working inside. You can keep your political identity and your political philosophy, but stand together as we support the social and professional movements inside Burma.

We are now to London to build broad popular and international support for the struggle of Burma’s Democracy Movement and bring together all Burmese citizens who opposed to SPDC military regime.

We would like to invite all of you and especially our readers to attend to our campaign program and show your solidarity in our movement and concerns.

We are calling our movement “Burma Solidarity”. If you are interested in our campaign program, please join with us.

Program: Burma Solidarity
Place: Room # G- 50 . Russel Square Campus, SOAS ( School of Oriental and African Study) University. WC1H 0XG
Topic for Discussion: Human Rights, Politics, Economics and Democracy Movement
Facilitators: WFWW Strategic Team Members and Organizers from Host Countries
Language: Burmese & English
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contacts: Ko Aung (077-6209-4562) ၊ Ko Thant Zin ( 077-2724-8755)
Date : October 31, 2009
Ko Moethee Zun and Zaw Win at London (Photo Taken @ Oct 28 2009 )

ASEAN leaders allow Burma to get off scot-free by Larry Jagan

Thursday, 29 October 2009 17:34

Mizzima – A smug Burmese delegation, led by Prime Minister and General Thein Sein, are back home after attending the 15th annual ASEAN summit in Thailand, where they successfully accomplished their main mission – to deflect international criticism and pressure, reveal nothing about the forthcoming elections and keep a very low-profile.

For the first time in years, the issue of Burma did not dominate the proceedings of the regional summit. In fact, the presidential statement on Burma was the mildest it has been for nearly a decade. All the leaders could agree on was to say that the regional organization hoped Burma’s national reconciliation process would be inclusive.

“We underscored the importance of achieving national reconciliation and that the general elections to be held in Myanmar [Burma] in 2010 must be conducted in a fair, free, inclusive and transparent manner in order to be credible to the international community,” read the president’s statement at the end of the summit.

Instead of being grilled by fellow Asian leaders at the various meetings – bilateral encounters, formal sessions, retreats and dinners – the Burmese leaders could sit quietly at their tables and keep mum. This was a result in no small way determined by the simmering dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, which dominated the meeting. Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen took the limelight when he told journalists as soon as he arrived at the summit on Friday that the self-exiled former Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, was just like Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Continue reading “ASEAN leaders allow Burma to get off scot-free by Larry Jagan”

Special report: Thai-Cambodia in the midst of relationship crisis.

The provocative remarks made by Cambodia’s Prime Minister Mr Hun Sen during his face-off with the media upon arrival at the ASEAN venue was deemed unethical diplomacy towards Thailand, as the Chair of the 15th ASEAN Summit and related summits.

Regarding his unprecedented press interview, the Cambodia’s Prime Minister adamantly stated he would provide refuge to his so-called friend, self-exiled Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and appoint him as an economic adviser for Cambodian government. Mr Hun Sen obviously intervened in Thailand’s internal affairs with his confirmation that he would not comply with the extradition treaty agreement with Thailand to bring Mr Thaksin back to serve prison term in Thailand.

The Cambodia’s Prime Minister’s remarks received a quick response from Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who mentioned that Mr Hun Sen might have some misunderstandings concerning the convicted ex-prime minister which made him plan to offer a home in Cambodia and appoint Mr Thaksin as an economic advisor. He also suggested that his Cambodian counterpart reconsider his stance and balance between the national interest of both countries and an individual. Furthermore, the Prime Minister instructed Mr Hun Sen not to allow anybody to use him as a tool in the matter. Continue reading “Special report: Thai-Cambodia in the midst of relationship crisis.”

Suu Kyi ‘Keenly Monitoring’ Campbell Visit

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that she is keenly monitoring the planned visit to Burma of a US delegation to be led by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, according to a lawyer who met with Suu Kyi on Thursday.

“She told us during the meeting today that she is keenly monitoring Mr Campbell’s upcoming visit and is interested in when he will come and what he will do in Burma,” Nyan Win, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.

Campbell said last week that a US delegation will visit Burma in the coming weeks. The US State Department announced that Campbell will lead the delegation, which intends to open a new round of talks with Burma’s military leaders.

However, Suu Kyi did not make further comment on Campbell’s trip, Nyan Win said.

Nyan Win and another lawyer, Kyi Wynn, were permitted by Burmese authorities to meet Suu Kyi for about 90 minutes on Thursday afternoon. Nyan Win said Suu Kyi discussed the appeal pending over her current term of house arrest.

Campbell is expected to meet with Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders and government officials, including U Thaung, the minister of science and technology and former Burmese ambassador to Washington who met with the assistant US foreign secretary in September in New York. Continue reading “Suu Kyi ‘Keenly Monitoring’ Campbell Visit”