Joint statement on 62nd Anniversary of Burma ’s Independence Jan 5th, 2010

Press Release

Date: January 4, 2010

Joint statement on 62nd Anniversary of Burma ’s Independence

Today, January 4, 2010 is denoted as Burma’s 62nd Independent Anniversary where almost entire Burmese people are being kept in to the pot of colonialism with extreme poverty, political instability and threats to lives of humanity, while they were never given chance to enjoy the spirits of independent and freedom since 1962 military coup;
It is well known to everyone that Burma gained independence from British colony in the year 1948 under the spirits of Penglong Agreement which is clearly directed to a federated state and thus given chance to everybody regardless of race, religion, color and etc to enjoy almost equal rights in every process;
Based on this, during the period of Parliamentary Democracy from between 1948 to 1962, the rights of ethnic Rohingya of Arakan State were respected as indigenous ethnic minority and allowed to serve Burma from various sectors including Health Minister Post, Parliamentary Secretaries, Members of Parliament, country’s Defense Forces, Special Branches and etc.
But, now, the ruling regime is restlessly engaging its forces for extreme impunity over minorities people with a view to dispersing national solidarity and peaceful atmosphere among the people of Burma and that bring opportunity for regime to be in controlling illegitimate power;
So far, we are dedicated to bring an end of military dictatorship in Burma, to have real changes to Genuine Federal Democratic Union and to fulfill the Burmese peoples’ democratic and human rights aspirations with inclusive national reconciliation, showing strong solidarity with all Burmese people regardless of race, religion, color, culture and etc; and in collaboration with democratic, human rights, peace and just movements of the world.
National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR), exile HQ , USA
Arakan Rohingya Organization- Japan (JARO)
Arakan Rohingya Refugee Committee (ARRC), Malaysia
Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF), Arakan-Burma
Arakan Rohingya Ulama Council (ARUC), Malaysia
Burmese Rohingya Association in UAE
Myanmar Muslim Council (MMC), KSA
World Rohingya Congress (WRC), USA
National Council for Rohingya (NCR), Malaysia
Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization (CBRO), Canada
For further information, please contact:-

(1) Aung Naing (Tel: + 60 163094599)

(2) Kyaw Soe Aung (Tel: + 1-414-736 4273)

Sanctions warning over radio sales

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT sanctions against Burma ban the export of sophisticated Australian radio sets reported to be in use by the Burmese army, officials said.

The company involved, Barrett Communications of Perth, said that none of its advanced 2050 mobile transceivers included a frequency-hopping option that would allow the Burmese to avoid eavesdropping by foreign agencies.

The company said transceivers could be exported with the frequency-hopping feature only with a Department of Defence licence.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it understood no radios supplied by Barrett to Burma had frequency-hopping or encryption options, which would be included in Australia’s ban on export of military goods to the army-ruled nation.

But an Australian National University intelligence expert, Desmond Ball, stood by his claim that Barrett 2050 radios had recently been deployed at high-level Burmese Army commands and they had both encryption and frequency-hopping functions. Continue reading “Sanctions warning over radio sales”

Opposition to 2010 election, the writing is on the road

News – Independent Mon News Agency
TUESDAY, 05 JANUARY 2010 15:07

In a deliberate display of protest on New Years Day, and on the politically significant Burmese Independence Day, Mon youth carried out varied acts of defiance, most prominently spray paining roads with slogans, condemning the election plans slated for 2010.

On the morning of January 1st, 2010, slogans opposing the 2010 election were found spray painted onto the asphalt along the highway from Moulmein to Ye town, area residents reported to IMNA.

According to one Mon youth from Moulmein, they wrote “2010” in the western Latin script, and a large ‘X’ through the date, meaning that they opposed the current plans for the 2010 election. The youth explained they wrote these words on the road early on New Years Day, 2010.

He reported also hearing that a hot air balloon had been made and recently launched on Burma’s Independence Day, January 4th, painted with slogans condemning the election.

“They made a hot air balloon on Burma’s Independence Day. On that balloon they wrote that they oppose the 2010 election,” he explained. As previously reported by IMNA on September 8th, 2009, 2 Mon youth groups launched a large traditional hot air balloon, also bearing a statement, voicing solidarity with the New Mon State Party’s (NMSP) refusal to join the Border Guard Force proposed by the Burmese military government.

According to a Moulmein university student, the youth from the Moulmein area also conducted activities to oppose to the 2010 election. Specifically Moulimein youth organized celebratory games, a common occurrence on Burma’s Independence Day, on arterial roads off the main highway. There, youth spoke individually with spectators about human rights, and how, according to one youth, “All people have rights.”

“Now the youth are very active. They are making more [political] activities. But I have not heard about anyone being arrested,” he added. Continue reading “Opposition to 2010 election, the writing is on the road”

Recruitment of Arakanese Rohingya teachers in north Arakan

News – Kaladan Press
MONDAY, 04 JANUARY 2010 12:54

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Burmese military junta is recruiting Arakanese Rohingya teachers for primary schools following the visit of the Western Command Commander and Education officer of Arakan State to north Arakan, said a schoolteacher on condition of anonymity.

The Western Commander Gen Thaung Aye along with the education officer of Arakan state recently went to north Arakan and visited many primary schools and surveyed primary level education. The authorities came to know that there is a shortage of teachers.

For instance, in a primary school, there are over 500 students with only two school teachers. There is also a language problem between students and teachers. After the military assumed power in 1988, the authorities appointed many Rakhine teachers in north Arakan who were mostly from Sandoway, Kyaukpru, Taunggup and Goa townships of Arakan south. They did not appoint local Arakanese Rohingya teachers, the teacher added. Continue reading “Recruitment of Arakanese Rohingya teachers in north Arakan”

Shan State Army-SSA North- continues debate over BGF

The Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ is reported to have reconvened its meeting to consider Naypyidaw’s demand that requires 900-1,000 strength quota to form 3 homeguard battalions, at its 1st Brigade base in Wanhai, Kehsi township, Shan State South, according to sources from Sino-Burma border.

The meeting has been held since 28 December coinciding with religious a festival in Kenglern, north of the base. However, it has yet to conclude even though the festival ended on 31 December, said an officer from the base who requested anonymity.

The earlier meeting lasted for 12 days, from 7 to 18 December 2009, held at its Hsengkeow HQ, Hsipaw township, Shan State North, but was unable to reach any decision acceptable to the leadership.

“The Wanhai meeting has yet to produce any acceptable decision either,” he said.

At the same time, the deadline for the group also expired at the end of the month. In early November, the junta military extended the deadline from October to December for the ceasefire groups which still opposed the BGF program.

The ceasefire armies that remain defiant to the BGF program are United Wa State Army (UWSA), National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS), Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Kayan New Land Party (KNLP), New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Shan State Army. Continue reading “Shan State Army-SSA North- continues debate over BGF”