BBC Burmese News Tuesday Evening

Tuesday Evening

It has been one month since Daw Aung San Su Kyi last met with the Minister of Relation.
It has been one month since Daw Aung San Su Kyi last met with the Minister of Relation.

NLD: “no sign of dialogue”

The Burmese opposition, the National League for Democracy, says that for one month there’s been no sign of any dialogue with the military government.

The spokesman for the League, Nyan Win, said he’d not been allowed to speak to the detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, since before her last meeting with a government minister on the nineteenth of November.

The United Nations said there had been progress towards a dialogue after a mission to Burma by a senior envoy.

BBC coverage includes

EU envoy to Burma, Pierro Fasino, has started his three day mission in China to discuss Burma issue with the Chinese government.

He wants China to help the dialogue process between Daw Aung San Su Kyi and the military regime mediated by the UN special envoy Mr Gambari.

Congressional medal for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Su Kyi has spent most of the past eighteen years under house arrest.
Daw Aung San Su Kyi has spent most of the past eighteen years under house arrest.

The United States House of Representatives has voted unanimously to award the Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, its highest civilian honour — the Congressional Gold Medal.

Members of the House made clear the award was intended to send a message to the Burmese military leadership that the US would continue to press for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release.

She has spent most of the past eighteen years under house arrest.

Many western countries repeated their calls for her release following the pro-democracy marches in Burma in September.

Also in the news

-KNU attacked a DKBA convoy near Kawkayeik in Karen State, killing five.

-Ko Htin Kyaw has appeared before the special court inside Insein Prison.

On International Immigrant Workers’ Day , the Burmese Women Union has pointed out the migrant women’s problems including discrimination and sexual abuse.


BBC Burmese News Thursday Evening

Thursday Evening

EU treaty signed
The treaty was signed at Lisbon’s historic Jeronimo monastery

EU leaders sign landmark treaty

European Union leaders have signed a reform treaty that will substantially change the way the twenty-seven nation body operates.

The treaty of Lisbon creates the post of EU president, and a more powerful foreign policy chief, as well as scrapping veto powers in many areas.

It replaces a proposed EU constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

The British prime minister, Gordon Brown, was the only EU leader not to attend the ceremony in the Portuguese capital, but will sign the document later.

The new treaty has been controversial among those who oppose any further transfer of power to Brussels.

A Human Rights organization reports hundreds killed in Burma protests

Monks are among those who killed in crackdown

Christian Solidarity Worldwide; CSW reports the number of people killed by the Burma Army in the crackdown on peaceful protests in September was far higher than official figures.

It said hundreds thought to have been killed.

Some members of CSW returned from Thailand-Burma border where they met with monks and civilians who fled Burma crackdown and made this report.

BBC Burmese News Wednesday Evening

Bush threatens to impose new sanctions on Burma
Bush threatens to impose new sanctions on Burma

Bush slams Burmese regime after rights report

U.S. President George W. Bush condemned Burma and threatened new sanctions after a U.N. report said its military rulers had used excessive force to crush a Buddhist monk-led revolt in September.

Bush said he was “deeply disturbed” by U.N. human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro’s report describing how the military government in Burma harassed, detained, and killed peaceful demonstrators.

Cambodia criticizes UN report on Burma

Cambodia hosts Burmese PM on a recent state visit
Cambodia PM welcomes Burmese PM on a state visit

The U.N. should leave Burma alone and stop disrupting the junta’s progress toward democracy by issuing critical reports on human rights abuses, Cambodia’s leader said Wednesday.

Hun Sen, whose government is regularly criticized for human rights abuses, lashed out at a report released Friday by U.N. human rights investigator Paulo Sergio Pinheiro.

The report found that at least 31 people were killed during the crackdown, twice the toll acknowledged by the junta. It also said that 650 people remained in custody and another 74 people were missing.

Hun Sen said the report did nothing but «disturb» Burma’s efforts toward reform.

BBC Burmese News Tuesday Evening

UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro
UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

UN’s human rights rapporteur said Burma underestimating dead and detained

A United Nations investigator will present evidence later today that Burma’s military rulers have not told the truth about the number of people who died and were detained during the suppression of anti-government protests in September.

The UN’s human rights rapporteur, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, is presenting his long-awaited findings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

He told the BBC that at least thirty-one people died — not fifteen as Burma’s military leaders suggest — and that up to one thousand people are still being detained.

Mr Pinheiro says he wants an unconditional amnesty for all those held, and an independent investigation into what he said were killings, beatings, hostage-taking and torture.

His report follows his recent visit to Burma — the first time for four years that he was allowed in.

Also in the news

-According to Ko Tate Naing, the secretary of AAPP (Burma), 22 people died, all are men including 2 monks.

-U Min Htet interviewed the mother of The Monks Alliance spokesperson Sayadaw U Gambira.

– U Min Htet also interviewed one of the Ba-Ka-Tha student leaders in hiding, Ko Kyaw Ko Ko on the set-up of Students’ Rights Committee.

US navy monitoring hijacked ship

Piracy is a major problem for shipping off Somalia

United States navy officials based in Bahrain say they’re closely monitoring a hijacked tanker off the Somali port of Bossaso.

US navy ships have surrounded the vessel — the Golden Nori — to prevent the pirates from receiving supplies.

Officials told the BBC that the ship is carrying potentially dangerous chemicals.

The US navy says it’ll allow the pirates to leave the ship, and take no further action, so long as the pirates take nothing from it.

The Golden Nori, carrying crew from Burma, the Philippines and South Korea, was seized in late October off the east coast of Somalia.

The Golden Nori was sailing from Singapore to Israel when pirates seized it in October.

There have been reports that pirates asked for a ransom of one million dollars.

BBC Burmese News Friday Evening

Burma's peaceful protests are crushed by military
Burma’s peaceful protests are crushed by military

Report details Burma violence

The New York-based group Human Rights Watch has published a detailed account of the suppression of anti-government protests in Burma earlier this year.

The report says it knows of at least twenty killings by the security forces, five more than the official total.

But Human Rights Watch estimates that the true number of dead must be far higher.

Based on interviews with more than one-hundred witnesses, the report describes beatings, mass arbitrary arrests and torture of detainees.

It also says many more people were detained than the Burmese government admits.

Our coverage includes :

-Interview with Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch on how the report was compiled and how realistic to do arms embargo by UNSC.

IMF sees limited sanctions impact on Burma

Logo of IMF based in Washington
Logo of IMF based in Washington

Tighter Western sanctions imposed on army-ruled Burma after its bloody crackdown on democracy protests will have little direct impact on the economy, the International Monetary Fund said in a report.

“The overall impact is limited because of restrictions already in place and because the new sanctions cover only a small proportion of trade,” the IMF said in its annual review of the former Burma’s economy.

Professor Sean Turnell says he agrees with the assessment that social upheavals could occur if the current ecnomic crisis cannot be tackled by the authorities.

BBC Burmese News Thursday Evening

Rebel soldiers and their supporters are handcuffed and led on to a police bus

Curfew after soldiers mutiny in Manila

The President of the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo, has imposed a night-time curfew in the capital Manila after a group of renegade soldiers called for her to be removed from power.

The soldiers and their supporters, who have now been arrested, barricaded themselves into a luxury hotel after breaking out of a nearby courthouse where they were standing trial over a mutiny attempt in 2003.

Government troops surrounded the hotel before an armoured personnel carrier smashed through the main entrance. Teargas and shots were fired, but there are no reports of casualties.

Burma closes HIV/AIDS sanctary, evicts monks

Maggin manastery
Burmese government closes the Maggin monastery (photo from Ko Htike Blog)

The Burmese military has closed a monastery in Rangoon which had been a centre for the treatment of AIDS patients.

Officials evicted the few remaining monks at the Maggin monastery, which has been raided a number of times since the pro-democracy protests in September.

It’s thought the abbott and a number of the monks from the monastery remain in detention. The monastery was part of an AIDS programme run by the opposition National League for Democracy.

Also in the news

Ludu Daw Ahmar
Ludu Daw Ahmar said unity and solidarity of the people is important for Burma

The ninety second birth day ceremony of Ludu Daw Ahmar has celebrated at Mahagandaryone monastery in Amarapura township.

Daw Ahmar and her family offer food and alms for one thousand and two hundreds monks.

In the interview with BBC, Daw Ahmar said the unity and solidarity of the people is the most important thing for Burma’s future.

BBC Burmese News Wednesday Evening

More detainees than Burma said: Mr Pinheiro

Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the human rights investigator for Burma, has said he believes there are more political prisoners detained in the country than the government says.

Burmese regime has said it has released most of the detainees, but Pinheiro said yesterday that the government’s claim that only 93 people remain in detention is most likely not true.

Mr Pinheiro told an audience at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies that he did not think the number corresponded to reality.

But he did not estimate how many people still remain in detention.

BBC covers: Interview with Mr Pinheiro

In the interview with BBC, Mr Pinheiro said that he noticed there were new detentions after his return from Burma and commented it was not a positive result. He also said he will follow up those cases and deal with them in his report.

Musharraf stands down as army chief

General Musharraf
Musharraf gives up army uniform

President Musharraf of Pakistan has stood down as head of the army as he prepares for a five-year term as civilian head of state.

In a ceremony in Rawalpindi, he transferred command of the military to General Ashfaq Kiyani. Mr Musharraf described the military as the saviours of Pakistan.

The former prime minister and opposition politician, Benazir Bhutto, welcomed the move. But she said she was in no hurry to recognise Mr Musharraf as president.

The United States said it was a good first step, but it urged Mr Musharraf to lift emergency rule.

Our coverage includes :
-Burmese authorities try to seal off the Maggin monastery which was a shelter for AIDS patients and was raided by security forces during September demonstrations

-The release and arrest of politicians in Burma