Retired Burmese Sen-Gen Than Shwe donates jewels to Buddha’s tooth relic

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Former Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe disappeared from public view after the opening of Parliament in March, but his name was mentioned in state-run newspapers on Thursday for the first time.

Than Shwe and his family on Wednesday evening went to the Maha Pathana Cave in Gaba Aye Hill in Rangoon, to pay homage to a tooth relic of the Buddha that is on display for public worship, according to reports in The New Light of Myanmar and The Mirror. The relic was sent to Burma from China for public display.

The retired general his wife, Kyaing Kyaing, and their family donated US $1,300 (about 1 million kyat), 11 rubies, Myeik pearl, and a golden ring [value 488,000 kyat], said reports on the newspapers’ inside pages.

The chairman of the now-defunct State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Than Shwe dissolved the SPDC on March 30 2011, and transferred power to the civilian government led by President Thein Sein.

Donation or not you going to hell

BURMA: UN body rules imprisonment of Thagyi Maung Zeya and Sithu Zeya “arbitrary”-AHRC



BURMA: UN body rules imprisonment of two men “arbitrary”

(Hong Kong, November 24, 2011) The Asian Human Rights Commission today welcomed a finding from a United Nations body that the imprisonment of two men in Burma is arbitrary, and iterated calls for their immediate release.

In a five-page opinion adopted on August 30, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that the imprisonment of Thagyi Maung Zeya and Sithu Zeya is in violation of articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The group requested the government to “take the necessary steps to remedy the situation” and said that “taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the adequate remedy would be to release of Mr. Thagyi Maung Zeya and Mr. Sithu Zeya and accord them an enforceable right to compensation”.

The Working Group has forwarded its opinion to the government. Full text of the opinion follows, below.

Thagyi Maung Zeya and Sithu Zeya are a father and son who were arrested after a bombing in 2010. Although the men were initially accused of involvement over the bombing, later the police brought charges against them of having contact with antigovernment groups in Thailand.

The government confirmed in its communications with the Working Group that this was the reason for their imprisonment.

“It is apparent…that the two men were detained and convicted for peaceful exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, and to freedom of peaceful association provided for in Articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the group found.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has issued a number of appeals on the cases of the two detainees. See:

The director of the Hong Kong-based regional group welcomed the opinion of the Working Group and again called for the men’s release.

“At a time that the government of Burma is attempting to make good on its commitments to political reforms through the release of political detainees, it is under obligation to take this call from a UN human rights expert body very seriously,” Wong Kai Shing said.  Continue reading “BURMA: UN body rules imprisonment of Thagyi Maung Zeya and Sithu Zeya “arbitrary”-AHRC”

WAR: Updated News_arrested Kachin Villagers tortured to death -KachinLand News

One of the five detainees from Nawng Zang Kung village, Nam Hkan, northern Shan State, Mr.Lamau Dut, was tortured to death and send his death body to Nam Hkan Hospital on 21/11/11 at 23:00 p.m. 

Yaw Ting managed to escape now in the Kachin IDP camp. His elderly mother escape too on different date but still hiding the Burmese government controlled village. 

The remaining three detainees, 1). Zahkun Yaw Zung (aka. Naw Mai), (2). Yaw Sau, (3). Lamai Awng Mai were send to Nam Hkam Police station on 22/11/11 at 24:00 a.m.

This atrocity was carried out by Myo-Ma People’s militia under Nam Hkam Burmese military command, northern Shan State.


Namhkam Township

Burmese Army soldiers who were making their way from Northern Shan State to Kachin areas to reinforce their troops, arrested and interrogated civilians for no credible reasons, local sources reported. Continue reading “WAR: Updated News_arrested Kachin Villagers tortured to death -KachinLand News”

London Calling: Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Demonstration & Discussion (2 Dec 2011)




2 December · 13:00 – 21:00

London, UK

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Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): We support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, peace and national reconciliation in Burma

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) will be holding the protest on 2nd October 2011 (Fri) in London, UK to show our support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, peace and national reconciliation in Burma.

In the evening on 2nd December 2011 from 18:00-21:00, Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) will be holding the Burma briefing regarding current situation of Burma, evaluation on past events and future plans. You all are cordially invited to join with us and if you want more information, please fell free to contact the following members of Burma Democratic Concern (BDC). Continue reading “London Calling: Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Demonstration & Discussion (2 Dec 2011)”

Thailand: Floods hit southern provinces

    • PHATTHALUNG, Nov 24 – Thailand’s southern provinces have been deluged with continued heavy rain, and Phatthalung declared the whole province a disaster zone.

      Phatthalung’s 11 districts were declared disaster zones after nearly half the province went under water, said Thanakorn Tabanphruk, head of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office.

      Continued rain triggered flooding in the province and the announcement of the disaster zones will allow local authorities to offer assistance quickly under official regulations, he added.

      In Surat Thani, forest runoff from Krangkrung National Park flooded Chaiya’s Pakmak subdistrict.

      One bridge over a canal is damaged, cutting off about 100 families from the outside world and attempts to assist them have not succeeded. Ongoing rain and forest runoff led to floods spreading into to other sub-districts in Chaiya and Tha Chang districts. Some areas are under 1.5 metres of floodwater.

      In Narathiwat, the Sungai Kolok River overflowed its banks, flooding a riverside community. About 120 local residents have been evacuated to a temporary shelter. A number of low-lying communities in three sub-districts were flooded.

      Moreover, the Bangnara River has flooded low-lying areas in the provincial seat and Rangae district, while Narathiwat municipality was hit by a heavy downpour, triggering floods in eight communities. About 100 houses were damaged, with local authorities already providing initial help.

      In Songkhla, Khlong U-tapao flooded houses and rubber plantations in Khlonghoikong district. The floodwater is 0.50-1 metre deep and resident must travel by boat.  (MCOT online news)


Burma: Monk-leader Ashin Gambira has mental problems: prison doctor

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 22:44 Te Te
New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese Buddhist monk activist Ashin Gambira’s sister says a prison doctor said he should live with his family because of his mental health problems.

Recently, the monk, who was a leader in the 2007 “Saffron Revolution,” was transferred from Kalay Prison to Myaungmya Prison.

The prison doctor said that if the authorities continue to detain Ashin Gambira, his state of mind would be difficult to return to a healthy condition, according to his sister, Khin Htay, who visited the prison on Monday.

Meanwhile, Gambira’s family said they believe that he has suffered mental problems because he was tortured in prison.

“Both hands and ankles of prisoners are bound for a month and they have to empty their bodies of urine or excrement on a chair,” said Khin Thu Htay. “They had to wear black hoods and were beaten. They have had too much physical pain. When they had pain, they were injected with sleeping medicine, according to former prisoners,” she said.

Khin Thu Htay said that the family would send an appeal letter to President Thein Sein to release the monk because of his health condition.

Talking about the NLD decision to re-register, Ashin Gambira reportedly said that he would not object against the decision because he is not an NLD member, but he would not support the decision, Khin Thu Htay told Mizzima.

On November 16, he was sent from Kalay Prison in Sagaing Region to Insein Prison in Rangoon and the next day he was transferred to Myaungmya Prison in Irrawaddy Region. Gambira was 29 when he headed the monk-led protest popularly known as the “Saffron Revolution” in September 2007 while he was pursuing Buddhist studies. He was arrested by the authorities and charged with 13 acts including the Electronics Act and sentenced to 63 years in prison in December 2008.