ASEM 8 Summit 04 Oct 2010 Brüssel

Brussels, Belgium

Since the inception of the ASEM process in 1996, Asia and Europe have kept their biennial appointment with remarkable regularity. It must be taken as a sign of the depth of commonality between them. Indeed, both regions have grown out of a long and turbulent history, both pride themselves of age old traditions and both present a wealth in cultural diversity. They have a common predilection for organized and structured relationships between nations which by experience foster security and stability. They both strive for an economic model that is balanced between consumption, saving and investment and that can prove sustainable over the long term. They similarly place human development at the center of their policies. They both favor multilateral and equitable governance of the world rather than zones of influence and relationships based on power.

The ASEM Summit in Brussels on October 4th and 5th this year will be the eighth privileged occasion to give expression to the common views of Asia and Europe. Representing 58 % of global population, 50 % of global GDP and over 60% of global trade, this gathering will hopefully inspire the world community. Indeed, a month later, the first G-20 meeting to take place in a non G-8 country will gather in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to shape the policies that are required in the face of the financial and economic crisis. A few weeks thereafter, the 16th Conference of the Parties of the Climate Change Convention will meet in Cancun, Mexico, to pursue the efforts started at the Copenhagen Summit of December last year.

ASEM Leaders will address these and other global challenges but they will naturally also focus on the relationship between the two regions. They will seek to strengthen their political dialogue, enhance their trade and investment relationship, expand people to people and cultural exchanges and further develop ASEM as their common strategic asset. The process of collectively defining the agenda has begun, in all transparency and through an inclusive process of consultation involving every ASEM partner. That process will continue until the very day of the Summit. ASEM 8 must truly be the Summit of each European and each Asian partner.

In addition, it will be the summit of the other constituent parts of the ASEM process. A People’s Forum, a Business Forum and a Parliamentary Forum will be held in parallel to the gathering of the Heads of States and of Governments. Also ASEM’s only institution, the Asia Europe Foundation, will organize a ‘Connecting Civil Society’ Conference on the margins of the Summit.

In the run up, preparations will be intensive. Under the principle of ‘issue based leadership’, one of the most dynamic features of ASEM, Asian and European partners will organize a dozen of events of high relevance to the evolving Summit agenda. Independent centers and institutions likewise will program discussions on the issues at stake. Host country Belgium will certainly play its part. Actually, it is enthusiastic about all these initiatives. They are evidence of the spirit of dialogue and of cooperation that makes ASEM so worthwhile.

Finally, as a testimony of ASEM’s unrelenting success (and as if it were becoming a habit), also the upcoming ASEM Summit of Brussels will admit new members. Russia and Australia will join in the proceedings for the first time. They are very much welcome!

Local education staff are forced to attend USDP polling training

HURFOM: Local teachers from Beelin Township government schools have been ordered to attend polling booth trainings conducted by senior members of the USDP. Teachers have expressed concern and disinterest in the election as a result of the USDP’s key position in conducting election preparations.Beginning during the 1st week of August, education staff from schools in Thaton district, Beelin Township, were ordered to participate in trainings to organize and operate polling booths for the upcoming election on November 7th. According to school staff interviewed, the orders have been issued by the Beelin Township Education Department secretary U Myo Winn. The training has so far been conducted by senior regional members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the predominant government backed party contesting the election[1]. Participating teachers expressed a desire to not participate in training, and a general disappointment, frustration, and residing lack of interest in the election as a result of the perceived close relationship between a contesting party and the current regime

The goal of the polling training is to train three Mae Yone Hmue (section/booth officers) and polling team members, for each polling booth. According to one a middle school teacher who participated in the training on during the 3rd week of August, the training focuses on forming teams to take responsibility for respective regional polling booths, assist voters who are unfamiliar with election, and assist those unable to read or write in filing out their ballot. The middle school teacher, 38, from Beelin Township, was highlighted that he was forced to participate, but that none the less people may still ostracize him:

[After] being ordered by Township education secretary, although we do not want to attend the training, we could not complaint about it and we have to attend. So, obviously we are kind of forced to attend the training. Honestly, I do not want to participate in any political activities. Also I do not understand about the forthcoming election completely. I am not interested in it either. However, as I am kind of forced to attend the training, it is certain that I [will] have to take responsibility for this upcoming election as [a] polling booth team co-officer/sub-officer or a member of polling booth supervision team. As I cannot reject taking this kind of responsibility, I will be hated by everyone. But I am not willing to do like that nor am I interested since the beginning.

According a Shwe Yaung Pya village middle school teacher, because of the order letter sent from Beelin Township education secretary U Myo Winn, the teachers from Shwe Yaung Pya village-tract, Htal Yar village-tract, Ka Dee Buu village-tract, and Kow Tha Nay village-tract, in Beelin township, will be required to attend the polling booth training. According to teachers who will be required to attend, they have expressed disappointment at being order to attend the training rather then perform their normal jobs.  One teacher also commented on the sense of frustration felt by some of the area teachers due to the training being given by USDP permanent members to government staff:

According to the order of [the] education secretary, we have to attend the training at Beelin High school and arrive there at 8 AM on, Sept. 18th, 2010. I do not want to either attend the training or participate in it. I work as a teacher because I have sympathy for the lives of kids in my village. For me, I have never wanted to [be] involved in anything that  [is] conducted by the government. Even though they [the government ] firstly said no service personal will be assigned to participate in political activities, they now force us to attend. Also for me, I have already decided that if possible, I will not vote. Now, however, we are forced to attend the polling booth team training, and I am getting really disappointed with it. Also what I am getting more frustrated is that the training is led by leaders of [the] USDP, and I have no idea why they the leaders of USDP come to give the training by themselves, as they are also contesting for their individual candidates [seats]. I have to participate in that training otherwise I will be fired and there will be a big problem, due to [this] township education order.

Sources from Beelin Township have noted that the two strongest political parties are both government back parties, the USDP and the National Unity Party (NUP), and have appeared to dominate campaigning at the local level in Beelin Township[2]. Only one other political party in Beelin Towsnhip, the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), has been able to successfully register, submit a candidate list, and campaign. Continue reading “Local education staff are forced to attend USDP polling training”

KA banns election campaigns in villages

The Karenni Army (KA)  in front-line (Photo: KT)

The Karenni Army (KA) in front-line (Photo: KT)

The Karenni Army (KA) in front-line made the announcement that they banned the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) campaigning in several villages under its control, in Karenni state, according to the local residents sources.

A Loikaw resident said “I heard that shooting will be occurred if the USDP campaigning to the forbidding areas. All Kayah villagers in the Eastern were announced but in Western is still cool. And they (Karenni Army) planned to officially announce with letter, but have not seen it yet.

The Karenni Army announced that campaign would not allow take place in Dawtama Gyi, Dawtachar, Dawnyekhu, Dawphu, Dawpet, Taneelaleh, Dawtangu, Dawse, Kaylyar, Dawbyarku, Dawtada, Hteephoekaloe, Hteesehkaloe, Dawkulee, Lawplyarleh and Dawlyarkhu, which known as frobidden villages.

However, Be Htoo, a general of KA said, “There is no giving instructions to shoot. Especially their branch offices in villages we first though to shoot but calm it down because they are our national. We better admit the residents of the election processes, not to shoot.”

Despite the USDP banned to campaign in villages, they invited village’s chefs to come to the town then incentive that awards will be gave for mobilizing voters for the USDP in the ensuing general election.

A source with close connections to USDP party said, “They have campaigned in the main town sites. They promise the villager’s chiefs that the roads will be constructed and school will be built.”


ထုိင္းႏိုင္ငံ လုံၿခံဳေရး ရဲကားကုိ ၀င္တုိက္သည့္ ကားေပၚမွ ျမန္မာအလုပ္သမား (၁၀၀)ဖမ္းမိ

ယမန္ေန႔ ညေနပိုင္းက ျမန္မာေရႊ႕ေျပာင္း အလုပ္သမား (၁၀၀)ကို တင္ေဆာင္ၿပီး ေမာင္းႏွင္လာသည့္ ကားသည္ ထုိင္းႏိုင္ငံ၊ လံုၿခံဳေရး ကင္းလွည့္ကားအား ၀င္တုိက္ခဲ့ရာမွ ျမန္မာအလုပ္သမားမ်ား ဖမ္းဆီးခံခဲ့ရျခင္းျဖစ္သည္ဟု သိရသည္။
အလုပ္သမားမ်ာကို တင္ေဆာင္လာသည့္ ကားသည္ ထုိင္းႏိုင္ငံ၊ ခြၽန္ဖြန္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ လန္စြန္းအနီး၊ အာရွအေ၀းေျပး လမ္းမႀကီး၏ မိုင္တိုင္အမွတ္ (၄၁) အနီးရွိ စစ္ေဆးေရး ရဲကင္းမွ ရပ္နားခုိင္းစဥ္ မရပ္ေပးဘဲ ေမာင္းေျပးရာမွ ကင္းလွည့္ကားအား ၀င္တုိက္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။
ကားတုိက္မႈေၾကာင့္ ကင္းလွည့္ကားမွာ ရစရာမရွိေအာင္ ပ်က္စီးသြားခဲ့သည္ဟု ထုိင္းႏိုင္ငံထုတ္ ခံုခ်လစ္ သတင္းစာတြင္ ေရးသားေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။


မၾကာခင္ ျဖန္႔ေ၀ေတာ့မည့္ “သံလြင့္အားမာန္ ေရစီးသံ” ဗီဒီယိုဇာတ္လမ္းေခြ ပိုစတာေၾကာ္ျငာ

မၾကာခင္ ျဖန္႔ေ၀ေတာ့မည့္ “သံလြင့္အားမာန္ ေရစီးသံ” ဗီဒီယိုဇာတ္လမ္းေခြ ပိုစတာေၾကာ္ျငာ
ကရင္လူထုအေပၚ သမိုင္းအဆက္ဆက္ အာဏာရွင္ အဆက္ဆက္၏ မတရား ဖိႏွိပ္ရက္စက္မႈေၾကာင့္ ကရင့္ေတာ္လွန္ေရးျဖစ္ေပၚလာရျခင္းႏွင့္အတူ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း (၆၀)ေက်ာ္ၾကာ တိုက္ပြဲ၀င္ေနေသာ ကရင့္ ေတာ္လွန္ေရးကို အေျခခံၿပီး ျဖစ္ရပ္မွန္ အေထာက္အထားမ်ားႏွင့္ ကရင့္အမ်ဳိးသား ေသြးစည္းညီညြတ္ ေရးကို ဦးတည္၍ တိုင္းရင္းသားေပါင္းစံု ပါ၀င္သ႐ုပ္ေဆာင္ကာ ဇာတ္အိမ္ဖြဲ႔႐ုိက္ကူးထားသည္။