Shan State Army (SSA) turned over precursor chemicals and refining paraphernalia belonging to Wanpang militia chief Kaling Htoi to the Burma Army on 24 December

26 December 2011
Shan State Army (SSA) turned over precursor chemicals and refining paraphernalia belonging to Wanpang militia chief Kaling Htoi to the Burma Army on 24 December. His followers had joined the SSA following the execution of family members, including children and women, 13 in all, of 4 deserters last month. Kaling Htoi himself is said to be in Thailand for medical treatment. Wanpang is located in Laikha township, Shan State South. (SHAN)

AAPP Information Release 23.December 2011: Political Prisoners location of 918 confirmed and documented-list is now 1,572

Political prisoner  – location of 918 confirmed and documented

 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), AAPP has been verifying the political prisoner database in attempts to publicly account for each individual who has been unjustly detained and arrested for exercising their fundamental freedoms. AAPP can now verify there are at least 1,572 individuals in Burma who have been arrested and sentenced on political grounds and are believed to currently be in prison.
There is an ongoing secondary verification process to confirm their current whereabouts, for example, whether they are in prison or have been released. The verification process is currently underway,

UN Member States Denounce Burma Rights Record – With Exceptions

Twenty countries voted with Burma Dec. 24 in opposing the UN General Assembly’s majority support for a resolution denouncing the  human rights record of the Burmese government. The resolution, titled Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar (Burma), expresses the assembly’s “grave concern about the ongoing systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Myanmar.”

As 83 countries endorsed the measure, 39 abstained from the vote, and 50 were absent, the 20 backing Burma’s opposition were:

Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nicaragua, Oman, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (A/66/365)

Italian-Thai Seeks Japanese Loans for Myanmar Dawei Deepsea Port

By Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Daniel Ten Kate

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Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) — Italian-Thai Development Pcl expects to sign loan agreements next year valued at $12.5 billion to develop a deepsea port, industrial complex and power plants in Myanmar, Chairman Premchai Karnasuta said.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation will likely provide most of the funding for the port, road and railway links in Dawei, less than 300 kilometers (186 miles) west of Bangkok, Premchai told reporters. Officials at the Tokyo-based JBIC office were not immediately available to comment, said a spokeswoman who declined to give her name.

“We expect to get partners and funding for the project next year,” Premchai said in Bangkok today. “It will help reduce logistics costs and relieve congestion in the Malacca Straits.”

Thailand’s government has backed the project in Dawei to provide an alternative route for exporters, including Japanese companies that use the country as a manufacturing base, to ship goods to Europe and the Middle East. Italian-Thai, the nation’s biggest construction company which won a contract from Myanmar to develop the port last year, has emphasized the port’s potential to connect land routes throughout the region. continue