U Win Tin: Junta’s priority is elections, not easing sanctions

by Salai Han Thar San
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 21:49

New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta’s priority is to get on with its planned 2010 elections rather than looking at easing western sanctions, leaving little chance of the junta supremo Snr Gen Than Shwe responding to detained opposition leader’s latest proposal, a senior member of her party said.

Win Tin, a Central Executive Committee (CEC) member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), on Tuesday told Mizzima that the chances of Than Shwe responding to the Nobel Peace Laureate’s letter, requesting a meeting with him, is slim as the military clique seems to be far too preoccupied with its planned elections.

On November 11, the detained Burmese democracy icon, through her party spokesperson Nyan Win, sent her second letter to Than Shwe requesting a face to face meeting to follow up on the work to help ease western sanctions.

Nyan Win on Tuesday told Mizzima that Than Shwe has not responded to the letter, which also requested permission to allow the pro-democracy leader to pay her respects to aging party leaders and to allow her a meeting at her home with the party CEC.

The senior opposition leader on Tuesday said, Burma’s military supremo Snr Gen Than Shwe is unlikely to respond to the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s proposal sent earlier this month, as the junta’s priority is its elections rather than easing sanctions.

Win Tin said, the military clique is unlikely to responds to the proposal as the 2010 elections are on the top of its agenda, compared to looking at easing western sanctions and engaging with the United States. Continue reading “U Win Tin: Junta’s priority is elections, not easing sanctions”

In Exile – Poem by Feraya 24.11.09

Here I sit in my small damp room
Looking at the grey buildings outside;
People rushing to their work;
Everything moves so fast here,
In this city, of this foreign land.
People catching trains,
Waiting for red buses,
People going somewhere,
Not wanting to waste any time…

As I sit here I dream of my homeland
The land that I will never see again.

It is safer in this foreign land,
I dream of the past and how things were
Before the soldiers came…

The misty mountains and the cool clear air,
The sound of wind chimes from faraway temples,
The smell of a wood smoke in the neighbouring field,
The stream nearby where we bathed and swam,
The cocks crowing just before dawn,
The evening butterflies that flew around me
As I helped to round up my father’s buffaloes.

And then, home was somewhere we had to run from
Just to survive
When the soldiers came…

၀ ႏွင့္ နအဖ ဆက္ဆံေရးေနာက္ကြယ္၌ ၿပိဳင္တူ စစ္ေရးထပ္ျပင္ဆင္

ကိုးကန္႕အေရးအခင္းၿပီးသကာလ ၀ ႏွင့္ နအဖ ေတြ႕ဆံုေဆြးေႏြးျခင္းမ႐ွိရာမွ ေအာက္တိုဘာလမွစ၍ ျပန္လည္ဆက္ဆံမႈ ျပဳလာခဲ့ေသာ္လည္း သေဘာတူညီမႈမရၾကဘဲႏွစ္ဘက္ စစ္အင္အားျဖည့္တင္းမႈ ျပင္ဆင္မႈမ်ားလုပ္လာသည္ဟုမ်က္ျမင္ မ်ား က ဆို၏။
“၁၉ ရက္ေန႕က စစ္ကားႀကီးေတြ ဘူဒိုဇာ/ဘက္႐ုိး နဲ႕ ေျမထိုးစက္ေတြတင္ၿပီး တာခ်ီလိတ္ကေန ၿမိဳ႕အေနာက္ဘက္ ေတာင္ပိုင္း ၀ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ နယ္ေျမဘက္ တက္သြားတယ္” – ဟု တာခ်ီလိတ္ လန္မအိုးဂိတ္ေစာင့္ မ်ားႏွင့္နီးစပ္သည့္ ၀န္ထမ္းတဦးက ေျပာပါသည္။ Continue reading “၀ ႏွင့္ နအဖ ဆက္ဆံေရးေနာက္ကြယ္၌ ၿပိဳင္တူ စစ္ေရးထပ္ျပင္ဆင္”

Hundred Elephants To Pull Logs For The Irrawaddy Dam Contractor

Written by KNG
Friday, 20 November 2009

A hundred elephants have been requisitioned to pull logs from the forests near the hydropower project site on the Irrawaddy River to the log camps, by Burma-Asia World Company in northern Kachin State, said company’s sources.

Owners of the pachyderms in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State said, they were summoned by the company. The deal involves pulling timber from the forests, about three miles north of Tang Hpre village in the Irrawaddy dam project site, 27 miles north of Myitkyina, said villagers.

Tang Hpre is where Burma’s longest Irrawaddy River joins Mali Hka River and N’Mai Hka River. The confluence is called Mali-N’Mai Zup or Myitsone in Burmese.
Local elephant owners said they were called by the company and were told that the payment for drawing logs from the forest to the log camp would be 8,000 Kyat per ton. Groups of 10 elephants need to be mobilized and each group has to have ten animals, they added. Continue reading “Hundred Elephants To Pull Logs For The Irrawaddy Dam Contractor”

Peace through Justice in Burma by Zaw Win

Dear friends of Burma,
Please see attached important document URL are ongoing legal struggle for the part of Burma Democracy and Peace in Burma.

I would like to share the current international pressure actions and movement are so much important of international community to withhold support for Burma’s 2010 elections until the constitution is amended and human rights abuses perpetrated by the government end.

I believe that international pressure can have an effect on the regime in Burma.

I really recommended to all of my friends to read all of reports and reiterates that the global community cannot support a criminal constitution or the ongoing elections, and that the only justice for the people of Burma is a referral to the International Criminal Court.

Best Regards,
Zaw Win

“There can be no global justice unless the worst of crimes against humanity are subject to the law.
In this age more than ever, we recognize that the crime of genocide against one people truly is an assault on us all –a crime against humanity. The establishment of an International Criminal Court
will ensure that humanity’s response will be swift and will be just.”

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
Call President Obama to sign into law

Call for the President Obama Administration to support United Nations Security Council Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Burmese regime’s war crimes, crimes against humanity, and system of impunity (US Policy toward Burma and House Resolution 898, calling for the Obama Administration to support a UNSC Commission of Inquiry)


Fifty four Burmese workers believed to be victims of human traffickers were rescued after Thai officials raided a frozen seafood factory in Trang Province, southern Thailand.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009 19:38

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Fifty four Burmese workers believed to be victims of human traffickers were rescued after Thai officials raided a frozen seafood factory in Trang Province, southern Thailand.

On Monday, Thai officials from Bangkok and Trang province, led by Pol Lt Col Taweep Changtor, from Thai Immigration Police Office, raided a factory of the J.D.P Co. Ltd. a big dried fish producer and ice distributer in Kantang district of Trang Province.

The raid followed information that Burmese workers were detained and face threats in the factory and were believed to have been trafficked. The police found 32 Burmese workers in a house in the factory compound. Another 24 were found in boats anchored near the area. Some of the workers had work documents while most did not.

“Immigration police were tipped off by Burmese workers who fled from the factory. They said that there were workers, who were being forced to work and some are beaten up by the head worker of the factory. The workers are taken to work by a fishery boat captain who acted as an agent searching for migrant workers. Some of them want to return to their country but are forced to work and are detained,” Pol Lt Col Taweep was quoted in a report in the Thai newspaper Manager.

The police said that the owner of the factory denied the accusation and claimed that the workers had work documents in keeping with the law. Some of them who did not have documents are fishermen, who worked for others boats and had no links with the factory.

The officials found out that the factory applied to the Ministry of Labour to hire more than 600 migrant workers. Continue reading “Fifty four Burmese workers believed to be victims of human traffickers were rescued after Thai officials raided a frozen seafood factory in Trang Province, southern Thailand.”