9 Burmese soldiers killed on Myitkyina-Sumprabum Road


putao-postA KIA post based in Putao district, northern Kachin State.

Nine government soldiers, including military post Commander Captain Zaw Zaw, were killed on Wednesday during an attack by the Kachin Independence Army, at a frontline post on the Myitkyina-Sumprabum Road, near Sumprabum, according to sources at the frontline.

Only a sergeant escaped, according to witnesses in the attack.

It’s was highest number of casualties for the Burma Army in the war in northern Kachin State against KIA troops from the N’Gumla-based 1st Brigade since June, KIA officers in the brigade said.

Those soldiers, based near Daru Hka River, secured the river bridge. They were from the Mung Lang Shidi (Putao)-based Infantry Battalion No. 138, said local residents.

A KIA soldier was killed during the fighting, added KIA sources.

The KIA seized one soldier, 3 guns, 3 Kenwood R/T, one wireless transmitter and over 1,000 bullets after the fighting, said KIA officers from the KIA’s Laiza headquarters. kng news

SSA outlines peace proposal: Maj Lao Hseng, spokesman for the movement, said there were 3 main points to present:

THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2011 11:42 S.H.A.N.
Maj Lao Hseng

Prior to the expected talks with Naypyitaw, the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), better known as the SSA South, says the core of its planned proposition would be “political problems should be resolved by political means.”

Speaking to SHAN yesterday, Maj Lao Hseng, spokesman for the movement, said there were 3 main points to present:

  • The resolution of all political issues in the Union by political means (as opposed to military means)
  • Having fought each other for so long, a certain period for confidence building is necessary
  • The RCSS/SSA will also like to know what role Naypyitaw has in mind for the RCSS/SSA to play in the resolution of political issues by political means

“We will then discuss and decide how best to go about it,” he explained.

Asked whether the Shan State Progress Party / Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA), better known as the SSA North, will take part in the talks together with the SSA South, with which it had reached an agreement in May for a merger, he replied:

“It will of course produce the best results, if we do it together. But it is entirely up to Wanhai (SSA North base) decision. We’ve been waiting since May for it to ratify the agreement. However, whether we are doing it together or separately, we will keep each other informed and will present same propositions.”

The SSA North is reportedly preparing to hold its annual conference to decide on the agreement soon, though no date and venue have been disclosed.

Thailand and the local People’s Militia Forces (PMFs), particularly the Markkieng and Homong PMFs, have been liasing between the two sides since August, according to SSA sources.

The new government issued an announcement on 18 August inviting all armed movements fighting against it for peace talks. So far, it has signed ceasefire agreements with the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), two groups that are non-members of the 12 party United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC). The alliance, formed in February, has rejected Naypyitaw’s proposed “group wise” negotiations and instead demanded that Naypyitaw deals with it directly.

The SSA North is a member of the UNFC, while the SSA South is not.

RCSS Statement Seeking Opinion and Suggestions possibility of peace talks -engl

Burma VJ Media Network:” Ko Chit Ko Lin say about Hunger strike in Insein prison” audio

အင္းစိန္ေထာင္ထဲမွာ အက်ဥ္းသားရပုိင္ခြင့္အတြက္ ႏုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသား ၁၅ ေယာက္က ၂၆/၁၀/၂၀၁၁ ရက္ေန႔မွစတင္၍ အစာငတ္ခံဆႏၵျပ ေတာင္းဆုိေနႀကတဲ့အေပၚ လြတ္ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းသာခြင့္ေၾကာင့္ ပခုကၠဴေထာင္က လြတ္ေျမာက္လာတဲ့ ကိုခ်စ္ကုိလင္းရဲ ႔ အၿမင္သေဘာထား


Freedom House Honors Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, at 70th Anniversary Gala

October 26, 2011


To commemorate its 70th anniversary, Freedom House this evening will honor democracy activist and leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, with its Freedom Award for her decades-long struggle to bring democratic rule to Burma at a gala at the Newseum.
Also being honored at the event are Google, which will receive the Corporate Leadership Award for promotion of global freedom of expression; The Washington Post Editorial Board, which will receive the Raising Awareness Award for its outstanding editorials and columns on global human rights and democracy issues; and Max Kampelman, Freedom House board member and former ambassador to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his long career dedicated to peace, security and diplomacy.
“Aung San Suu Kyi is truly one of the most inspiring leaders of the global struggle for democracy,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “Her valiant efforts to bring freedom to the people of Burma, in the face of continuous harassment and imprisonment, make her undeniably deserving of the Freedom Award.”
One of the world’s oldest human rights organizations, Freedom House is an independent watchdog that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.
Freedom House was founded in 1941, amid U.S. isolationism and general reluctance to become embroiled in World War II, by a bipartisan group of influential Americans who came together to urge assistance to those democracies under siege and to mobilize public and political support for intervention overseas. The original co-chairs of Freedom House were first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and 1940 republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie.
Over the past 70 years, through its advocacy, publications and programs, Freedom House has been faithful to the vision of its founders by continuing to be one of the leading bi-partisan voices pressing for global freedom, speaking for those whose voices are stifled, and supporting those fighting oppression and unjust governments.
“Today, the world is freer than in 1941, when Freedom House was founded.  But dictatorships persist and their methods have become much more sophisticated,” continued Kramer. “Democracy and the democratic idea are under renewed pressure from freedom’s adversaries. As in 1941, people question whether the protection of freedom is America’s responsibility. Freedom House’s mission remains as vital as ever.”
Learn more about the history of Freedom House here.
Tonight’s gala will be webcast. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To watch the event, click here.
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Aung San Suu Kyi Film “The Lady” Reportedly Banned in China-TV NEWS

It’s about the life of a woman who championed democracy in Burma. For viewers in China, though, the movie about Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi may not be showing anytime soon. On popular video sharing sites like this one, pages with previews of the movie, titled “The Lady” have been removed. Some believe it’s because the film centers on democracy—a subject the Chinese regime would rather avoid.

Last Thursday, a blogger by the name of “Koara” said the Chinese regime’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television has banned all news, promos and footage on Aung San Suu Kyi’s film—apparently because the movie contains materials that “violated regulations.” That ban appears to now be in place, with netizens saying they can no longer find trailers for the film on video sharing sites. Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi Film “The Lady” Reportedly Banned in China-TV NEWS”

Misappropriation of Democratic Voice of Burma

The management of radio and TV station Democratic Voice of Burma suspect three people at the Thailand office of having embezzled 1.7 million. Foreign Ministry stopped funding until further notice.

Radio and TV station is based in Oslo, and send uncensored news via satellite and shortwave to an approx. five million Burmese. The radio station has an office in Thailand that provide audio and images from journalists working inside Burma. Now three executives at the office on suspicion of embezzlement, type NTB.
Under Made According to the channel have been committed in 2010. All three are exempt from its obligations denies having done anything wrong.
– The matter will be reported to the police in Norway. So we’ll see what the investigation brings, says Boeckman said.
Expect clean-up
The station receives financial support from the Norwegian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).Communications Kjetil Elsebutangen confirms that they are notified of the team.
– We are looking very seriously into the matter and expects the Democratic Voice of Burma provides a full cleanup. We will not disburse new aid until this is done, says Elsebutangen said.