Myanmar readmitted to EU trade scheme -ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံအား အီးယူမွ အခြန္ကင္းလြတ္ခြင့္ ျပန္ေပးရန္ တရားဝင္ဆုံးျဖတ္

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံအား အီးယူမွ အခြန္ကင္းလြတ္ခြင့္ ျပန္ေပးရန္ တရားဝင္ဆုံးျဖတ္
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အီးယူသည္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ၏ စီးပြားေရးတိုးတက္မႈမွတစ္ဆင့္ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ားကို အေထာက္ အကူျပဳေစရန္ ရည္ရြယ္၍ ကုန္သြယ္မႈအထူးအခြင့္အေရး ေပးအပ္ရန္ ဗုဒၶဟူးေန႕က ဆုံးျဖတ္လိုက္ ေၾကာင္း သိရွိရသည္။

ယခင္က တပ္မေတာ္အစိုးရလက္ထက္တြင္ အဓမၼခိုင္းေစမႈမ်ားေၾကာင့္ ၁၉၉၇ ခုႏွစ္မွစ၍ အဆိုပါ အခြင့္အေရးအား ပိတ္ပင္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္ျပီး ဆယ္စုႏွစ္ေက်ာ္ၾကာျမင့္ခဲ့ျပီးေနာက္ ယခုအစိုးရသစ္၏ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ားအရ ျပန္လည္ေပးအပ္ရန္ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။

အီးယူဥကၠဌ တာဝန္ရယူထားေသာ အိုင္ယာလန္ႏုိင္ငံ ဝန္ႀကီး Richard Bruton ႏွင့္ ဥေရာပပါလီမန္ဥကၠဌတို႕ ယမန္ေန႕က ပူးတြဲလက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးခဲ့ေသာ အဆိုပါ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္တြင္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံအား ပိတ္ပင္ထားေသာ အခြင့္အေရးမ်ား ျပန္လည္ေပးအပ္ရန္ တရားဝင္ ေဖာ္ျပပါရွိသည္။

မၾကာေသးတဲ့ ႏွစ္မ်ားအတြင္း ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံရဲ႕ အျပဳသေဘာ ျဖစ္ေပၚတိုးတက္မႈေတြအရ ျမန္မာ ႏုိင္ငံကို စီးပြားေရးတိုးတက္မႈေတြ၊ ဖြံ႕ျဖဳိးေရး အခြင့္အလမ္းေတြ ေပးအပ္ျခင္းျဖင့္ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈေတြအေပၚ အီးယူအေနနဲ႕ ေထာက္ခံသြား ဖို႕ အေရးႀကီးေၾကာင္းလည္း အိုင္ယာလန္ Jobs and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton က ထုတ္ေဖာ္ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့သည္။

အီးယူ၏ ၄င္းကုန္သြယ္မႈအထူးအခြင့္အေရးကို ဖြံ႕ျဖဳိးဆဲႏိုင္ငံ(၂၇)ႏိုင္ငံကို အခြန္ေလွ်ာ့ေပါ့ခြင့္၊ ကိုတာသတ္မွတ္ တင္ပို႕ခြင့္မ်ား ေပးအပ္ထားျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။

ျဗိတိန္အစိုးရ International Development ဝန္ႀကီးျဖစ္သူ Justine Greening ကလည္း အဆိုပါ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္ကို ႀကဳိဆိုေၾကာင္း ထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာၾကားခဲ့သည္။

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံရဲ႕ စံႏႈန္းေတြ တိုးတက္လာျပီဆိုတာကို အသိအမွတ္ျပဳရန္ မိမိတို႕အေနျဖင့္ အီးယူကို ေတာင္းဆိုခဲ့ေၾကာင္း၊ ယခုလို ဆုံးျဖတ္လိုက္ျခင္းမွာ သတင္းေကာင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံအေနနဲ႕ စီးပြားေရးတိုးတက္ဖို႕၊ ႏွစ္မ်ားစြာ ဆင္းရဲႏြမ္းပါးမႈ ႏြံအတြင္းက ရုန္းထြက္ႏုိင္ဖို႕ ကုန္သြယ္မႈနဲ႕ ျပည္ပပို႕ကုန္တိုးျမွင့္ႏုိင္ဖို႕ လြန္စြာမွပင္ အေရးပါေၾကာင္း ၄င္းက ေျပာၾကားခဲ့သည္။

အီးယူသည္ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္သမၼတႀကီး ဥေရာပ(၅)ႏိုင္ငံသြားေရာက္ခဲ့သည့္ ခရီးစဥ္အျပီး ျပီးခဲ့သည့္ ဧျပီလကလည္း လက္နက္ေရာင္းဝယ္မႈမွလြဲ၍ က်န္ပိတ္ဆို႕အေရးယူမႈမ်ားအားလုံး ဖယ္ရွားေပး ရန္ သေဘာတူညီခဲ့သည္။

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[The EU’s “Generalised Scheme of Preferences” (GSP) allows developing country exporters to pay lower duties on their exports to the EU. This gives them vital access to EU markets and contributes to their economic growth. The reformed GSP, which will apply as from 2014, will further focus support on countries most in need. ]
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Myanmar readmitted to EU trade scheme
12 June 2013, 22:05 CET

(BRUSSELS) – The European Union on Wednesday readmitted Myanmar to its trade preference scheme, saying it wanted to support reform in the once pariah state through economic development.

Myanmar’s membership of the scheme was withdrawn in 1997 due to concerns over the use of forced labour under the then-military junta.

But the EU said the International Labour Organisation had last year reported “necessary improvements” to labour practices in Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma.

The Irish presidency of the EU and the president of the European parliament signed legislation on Wednesday confirming Myanmar’s readmission.

“Given the positive developments in Myanmar/Burma in the recent past, it is important that the EU supports this by facilitating economic growth and development opportunities,” said Irish jobs and enterprise minister Richard Bruton.

The EU scheme grants developing nations preferential access to the 27-nation bloc for several products in the form of lower tariffs.

In London, Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, welcomed the news.

“We have been calling for the EU to recognise that Burma’s standards are improving and this is great news,” she said.

“Boosting trade and exports is vital if Burma is to develop its economy and escape years of poverty.”

The EU in April agreed to lift the last of the bloc’s trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar in response to the military’s progressive ceding of power to civilians.
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Burma: From Dictatorship to Democracy and now is the time for Democracy to Development

22 April 2013

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) warmly welcomes EU lifting sanction on Burma. Since the reform process taking shape in Burma, Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) has been calling for international community to remove sanction on Burma given that sanction inevitably infringe Burmese people right to development due to the spillover effect and reputation risk. Development is the Human Rights and belongs to everyone. In 1986, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Right to Development which defines right to development as economic, social, cultural and political development.

Burma in transition from Dictatorship to Democracy is facing challenges ahead to tackle such as poverty, diseases, hunger, deforestation, resource exploitation, militarisation of economy, market monopolisation and conflicts which all hold back development. Burma needs to provide her citizens with quality education, affordable health and accessible energy especially electricity which are the important factors working for development of a nation and the best ways to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity. Well being of the Burmese people should be the centre of development and we must work promoting women participation in every aspect of Burma’s road toward Democracy to Development.

While we enjoy celebrating EU removing sanction on Burma, we are very saddened to learn that New York based (so-called) Human Rights Watch (HRW) is promoting biased and unreliable fabricated stories on its 2013 Human Rights report regarding Arakan (Rakhine) conflict. Continue reading “Burma: From Dictatorship to Democracy and now is the time for Democracy to Development”

Myo Yan Naung Thein Letter: Voter Education and Electoral Cycle Management.

Myo Yan Naung Thein’s Letter

Dear colleague,

I will attend the roundtable discussion with EU , UEC and stakeholders of Election .

I will attend representing Myanmar Network for Free Election , the only group who do election watch in 2010 election , facing risk.

I will discuss on the electoral frauds made by UEC in 2010 election and what to be prepared in order to prevent frauds in 2015 election and how to make 2015 election free and fair . And ways on which we can work together on Voter Education and Electoral Cycle Management.

I am happy to answer any question concerning with MYNFREL and its works

Best regards,

Myo Yan Naung Thein

09 4211 58936

09 730 21874

09 731 66269

GLOBAL:UPDATE NEWS FOR ANDY HALL SUPPORTERS

SOURCE ANDY HALL

  • 3rd hearing in malicious criminal defamation case against me by Natural Fruit is 9am on May 7th 2013. All welcome to observe the show:)

update court 11 april by andy hall:

Stating again on the record, I will not attend court to defend a malicious criminal defamation case until I am legally obliged to do so.

Imp: informed by senior diplomat investigation Thai violating UN Principles on Civil Human Rights applying criminal penalties for defamation

My Local MP requests Foreign Office for UK government position on Natural Fruit criminal/civil prosecution against me http://t.co/Ei1R58VHz0

11th april 1pm bkk south criminal court 2nd hearing into natural fruit criminal defamation/computer crimes act prosecution against me

PLEASE SIGN PETITION FOR HIM THANK YOU

http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/uni.nsf/pages/reg_asiaEn?Opendocument&exURL=http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/UNINews.nsf/vwLkpById/F5AE6D80F1D00DDCC1257B42001476D1?OpenDocument

ANDY HALL with Ambassador Mark Kent at the UK Embassy in BKK
ANDY HALL with Ambassador Mark Kent at the UK Embassy in BKK

Just finished productive meeting with British Ambassador Mark Kent @ british embassy bangkok regarding natural fruit prosecution against me. In meeting with British Ambassador, made clear I will not negotiate with Natural Fruit until they drop the malicious law suits against me. Also requested UK Embassy through EU FTA to urgently review trade relations with Thailand given systematic abuse/trafficking of migrants. Finally, made clear suspicions despite Thai gov apparent position prosecution more than private suit by private company against an individual. It is also politically motivated involving one or more prominent politician in Thailand and the government are not doing enough to improve standards at natural fruit and get the malicious case dropped. British Ambassador made clear the Embassy and wider EU’s support and commitment to my personal safety and my decade’s work for migrants in Thailand.

HRW on Andy Hall’s case “The Thai government should welcome efforts to protect migrant worker’s rights, not penalize them.”

(New York) – Criminal defamation charges against a prominent labor activist violate his right to free speech and will have a chilling effect on investigations of alleged rights abuses by companies in Thailand. Proceedings in the case, brought by a fruit processing company before the South Bangkok criminal court, are scheduled for April 11, 2013.

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http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/04/09/thailand-defamation-charges-chill-labor-rights-inquiries

European Commission questioned on Free trade agreement with Thailand and child labour in the canning industry

Subject:  Free trade agreement with Thailand and child labour in the canning industry
Negotiations have recently begun for a free trade agreement between the EU and Thailand, the third largest EU trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with bilateral trade of more than EUR 30 billion (EU exports of EUR 14.8 billion and imports of EUR 16.9 billion). The EU is the main international investor in this country.Several weeks ago, the Finnish organisation Finnwatch reported on the practice of child labour and labour abuses in two of the main tinned tuna factories in Thailand that supply the EU and US markets (Unicord and Thai Union Manufacturing).1. Can the Commission state whether it is aware of these reports of child labour and labour abuses in the Thai canning industry?2. What controls are there to prevent products produced without respecting the fundamental rights from gaining access to the European and international market?3. What new guarantees does the Commission plan to introduce in the new free trade agreement to ensure fair competition and prevent unfair competition?

With regard to the strictly trade-related content of the agreement, will the Commission prevent tariff and non-tariff conditions for the tinned tuna trade from unjustifiably damaging the European sector?

ဥေရာပသမဂၢအေနနဲ႕ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံအေပၚ ခ်မွတ္ ထားတဲ့ပိတ္ဆုိ႕မႈမ်ား ရုပ္သိမ္းရန္အခ်ိန္တန္ျပီးျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေရးသားထားတဲဲ့ Financial Time သတင္းစာက ေဆာင္းပါး

Myanmar’s return , EU should end sanctions and deepen ties with Naypyidaw

These have not been the best few weeks in Myanmar’s short, post-junta
history. Members of the country’s Muslim minority, roughly 4 per cent of the
60m population, have
come under vicious attack from some in the Buddhist majority.

In Meiktila,
central Myanmar, nearly 50 Muslims were killed in an orgy of violence. Some,
including children, were set on fire or hacked to death with swords. Local
police were accused of standing by while the violence unfolded. Ironically,
it took the arrival of the army – in the recent past, more often the villain
of the piece – to restore calm.

VIOLENCE
This may not, then, seem the best time to reward Naypyidaw by further
weakening the sanctions regime that was once the west’s main – if largely
ineffective – tool for trying to influence events on the ground. Yet the
time for sanctions is over. Even Aung San Suu Kyi, once their most stalwart
proponent, says as much. Continue reading “ဥေရာပသမဂၢအေနနဲ႕ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံအေပၚ ခ်မွတ္ ထားတဲ့ပိတ္ဆုိ႕မႈမ်ား ရုပ္သိမ္းရန္အခ်ိန္တန္ျပီးျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေရးသားထားတဲဲ့ Financial Time သတင္းစာက ေဆာင္းပါး”

Myanmar Peace Center urged to disclose finances following Facebook rumour

“I think it is especially important to have transparency in financial matters. The money coming from Norway, the EU and other countries is not for the Myanmar Peace Committee as well as for the government’s peace committee, it is for the country and the people,” Yan Myo Thein said. “A certain body formed by the government or other organisations has to spend that money on behalf of the nation and people. So, it is necessary to keep clear accounts for income and expenses, which need to be made public. Otherwise, there will be confusion,” he said.

The Myanmar Peace Center is facing mounting calls for it to publicly release its financial records, following a rumour that a center director receives an annual salary of US$120,000, but center staff said they have no authority to do so.

“We are mainly responsible for office work,” Kyaw Soe Hlaing, an administrative worker at the peace center told Eleven Media, directing further questions to presidential spokesman Ye Htut. “We have no authority to [release financial information]. We individual staff don’t have the authority as peace processes are arranged by the President’s Office,” he said.

Staff at Ye Htut’s office said they could not reply to questions from Eleven Media because he was accompanying President Thein Sein on a foreign trip.

Calls for financial transparency were sparked by a rumour on social media that a director at the center earns US$120,000 a year.

Although the director flatly denied the Facebook rumour, several leaders of armed ethnic groups as well as political analysts subsequently called on the center to disclose how much funding it receives and how this money is spent.

HOW MUCH MONEY?
EU President José Manuel Barroso announced US$900,000 in initial funding and $38.5million more this year for the Myanmar Peace Center at its opening last November. The center, which was established by an order of the president, also receives funding from Norway.

Myanmar’s peace process is, for the most part, funded by international donors. Two main donor groups, the Peace Donor Support Group and the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative, channel funds from western and international agencies into the peace process. Both are led by the Norwegian government, with the Peace Support Initiative focused on coordinating aid. Japan’s Nippon Foundation also funds the peace process.
The Peace Donor Support Group comprises Australia, Britain, the EU, the United Nations and the World Bank. It pledged $30 million in aid for Myanmar’s peace efforts last June. The Myanmar Peace Support Initiative will reportedly provide more than $70 million.

The Nippon Foundation contributed more than $300 million to refugees in Kachin and Kayin states through the Myanmar Peace Center last year. It also provides funds to the United Nationalities Federal Council, a coalition of ethnic parties and armed ethnic groups.

Council spokesman Colonel Khun Okka said it had signed a cooperation agreement with the Nippon Foundation. The foundation gives money to help “arrange meetings, tours and consultations”, said Khun Okka who is also chairman of the Pao National Liberation Organisation. “The foundation usually holds meetings in Japan. The assistance from Norway and the EU mainly goes to the Myanmar Peace Center. The Nay Pyi Taw government spends no money. Its budget does not describe how much will be spent on the ongoing peace efforts. The government itself admits to that,” he said.

KIA's Maj-Gen Gwan Maw and MPC members at Ruili talks on March 11
KIA’s Maj-Gen Gwan Maw and MPC members at Ruili talks on March 11

Colonel Khun Oakka said that the Myanmar Peace Center’s quasi-governmental status raised concerns. “The actions of the Myanmar Peace Center are semi-official. Actually, these matters should be dealt with in Parliament. A committee or an investigation body, after it has been formed by the government, must forward any important issue to Parliament in accord with the law. It is better to seek approval of Parliament. But the Myanmar Peace Center was formed with a special order from the president,” he said.

Khun Oakka also said the peace center had lost its neutrality. “In the beginning, it defended its role without showing bias, but now it has swayed to one side. It has become a member of the government’s Union Level Peace Working committee,” he said.

http://elevenmyanmar.com/politics/2846-myanmar-peace-center-urged-to-disclose-finances-following-facebook-rumour

Swedish arms in Burma ‘arrived via India’

The Swedish anti-tank rifles that ended up in the hands of Burmese soldiers in breach of European Union sanctions were originally exported to India, Sweden’s trade minister said on Thursday.

 

WITH LOVE FROM SWEDISH
WITH LOVE FROM SWEDISH

 

“The Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för Strategiska Produkter, has requested an expedited answer from India and my state secretary has been in touch with India’s ambassador,” Trade Minister Ewa Björling said on the floor of the Swedish parliament on Thursday.

She added that ISP’s ability to trace the weapon, a Carl Gustav M3 anti-tank rifle, was evidence that Sweden’s export controls work.

According to Björling, India’s ambassador in Stockholm has confirmed information that the weapon in question is the same as the rifles in Burma,myanmar that the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper first reported about.

She added that the ambassador has promised that India will cooperate with Sweden to investigate how the weapon ended up in Burma, which borders India’s restive north-eastern regions.

“There has been a weapons embargo in place against Burma for a very long time and Sweden hasn’t exported any weapons there since,” Björling said on the Riksdag floor.

According to SvD, the Burmese army used a new model of the Carl Gustav in combat with local rebels and against civilian targets in Burma in October.

When the army withdrew, they left the weapons behind.

Pictures taken by a Burmese freelance photographer and published in the Swedish media this week show a Carl Gustav M3 anti-tank rifle and ammunition left behind by Burmese government soldiers. They were recovered by Kachin rebels after recent clashes.

The weapon’s serial number is clearly visible in one of the photographs.

The Swedish defence group Saab, which manufactures the weapon, has previously said it did not sell the rifle to Burma and suggested its military must have obtained it from a third party.

While Saab is not involved in the current investigation about how the weapon made its way to Burma, representatives have said the company will do whatever necessary to help move the inquest forward

http://www.thelocal.se/45056/20121213/#.UMoVFxwU7HG

https://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/sweden-probes-how-its-arms-ended-up-in-myanmar-burma/