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Title: ALTSEAN-Burma website
Description/subject: Has the more recent ALTSEAN Bulletins and thematic reports
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2003


Title: PARLIAMENT WATCH
Description/subject: PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY * Overview * Sessions - 1st Session (Jan-Mar 2011) - 2nd Session (Aug-Nov 2011) - 3rd Session (Jan-May 2012) o Bills o MPs o Committees NATIONAL ASSEMBLY o Overview o Sessions - 1st Session (Jan-Mar 2011) - 2nd Session (Aug-Nov 2011) - 3d Session (Jan-May 2012) o Bills o MPs o Committees NATIONAL PARLIAMENT o Overview o Sessions - 1st Session (Jan-Mar 2011) - 2nd Session (Aug-Nov 2011) - 3rd Session (Jan-Apr 2012) o Bills o Committees DIVISION AND STATE PARLIAMENTS o Overview o Sessions - 1st Session (Jan-Mar 2011) - 1st Special Session (Jun-Jul 2011) - 2nd Session (Oct-Nov 2011) - 3rd Session (Feb-Mar 2012) - 3rd Special Session (Mar-Apr 2012) o Committees 2012 BY-ELECTIONS o By-elections special BACKGROUND o Political parties RELATED REPORTS Burma’s Parliament - A tool for institutionalized oppression 100 Days of Burmas Parliament - Strengthening the Status Quo Issues & Concerns Vol. 7 - Locked in, tied up: Burma’s disciplined democracy
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 09 June 2012


Title: REGIME WATCH
Description/subject: LEGISLATIVE has moved to "PARLIAMENT WATCH" athttp://www.altsean.org/Research/Regime%20Watch/Home.php .... EXECUTIVE:- President; Advisory Board; Vice-Presidents; National Defense and Security Council; Cabinet; Financial Commission; Division and State Administrations... Military: Tatmadaw Regional Commanders..... JUDICIAL: Supreme Court; Constitutional Tribunal; Election Commission... Anatomy of the regime..... RELATED REPORTS: Issues & Concerns Vol. 7 - Locked in, tied up: Burma’s disciplined democracy; 100 Days of Burmas Parliament - Strengthening the Status Quo; Thein Sein's first 100 days: Words not matched by actions.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 12 July 2011


Individual Documents

Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 90 - JUNE 2014
Date of publication: June 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Tatmadaw attacks increase; • Tatmadaw civilian abuse; • Peace agreement violated; • IDP camps "appalling"; • 'Citizenship assessment'; • Rohingya persecution... INSIDE BURMA: • Monastery raided; • Parliament's 10th session; • Article 59(f) kept; • NLD, 88 Gen reform rallies; • Drug production increases... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Activists charged, sentenced; • NLD member killed; • Ending sexual violence... DISPLACEMENT: • Migrant workers; • Trafficking in Burma; • 6th largest source of refugees... INTERNATIONAL: • Daw Suu travels to Nepal; • Burma-Bangladesh relations; • Religious Conversion bill... ECONOMY: • Thilawa SEZ development; • Kyaukpyu SEZ development; • Factory workers strike... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (247K)
Date of entry/update: 02 July 2014


Title: LAND CONFISCATION IN BURMA: A THREAT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES & RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT
Date of publication: 05 May 2014
Description/subject: "Land confiscation is one of the leading causes of protest and unrest in Burma, having led to the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in recent years. It also undermines Burma’s fragile peace processes... •The 2008 constitution and subsequent laws are used to legitimize arbitrary land confiscation, deny access to justice, and perpetuate an environment of impunity... • Land confiscation for profitable large-scale development and commercial projects enrich the military, state- owned enterprises, and regime cronies, but result in the loss of livelihood and human rights abuses for local communities... • Land confiscation often involves violence, resulting in grievous injury, to force people off their land, or to suppress resistance to land confiscation... • Benefiting from land grabs, linked in some cases to ethnic cleansing or war atrocities, poses a risk to foreign investors and increases their exposure to judicial claims... • Prevailing censorship and other institutional obstr uctions hinder access to accurate information required for due diligence processes. • It is in the interests of the international corpora te community to ensure that legislative and institution reforms include equitable and transpare nt land acquisition procedures and measures to protect communities from impunity... Since President Thein Sein took office in 2011, the regime has allowed unbridled land confiscation for infrastructure, commercial and military development projects... The 2008 constitution identifies the state as being the ultimate owner of all land in Burma. Antiquated laws such as the 1894 Lan d Acquisition Act give the regime the right to take o ver any land, making local people extremely vulnerable to forced displacement without any recourse to remedy. Given that an estimated 70% of the population depend on small- and medium-scale agriculture for their livelihoods, land confiscation has had a devastating impact."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (337K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 89 - MAY 2014 (English)
Date of publication: May 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: NLD, 88 Gen reform rallies; Constitutional review committee... INSIDE BURMA: Burma hosts ASEAN Summit; ASEAN civil society conference; New election campaign rules; Religious Conversion bill draft; Aid restrictions in Arakan; Fighting in Kachin, Shan States; Tatmadaw civilian abuse; Ceasefire talks held; Census collection extended... HUMAN RIGHTS: Burma’s press “Not Free”; Activists arrested for protests... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya arreste... INTERNATIONAL: US renews sanctions; 9 Bangladesh border clashes... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (177K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 88 (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: April 2014
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (276K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 88 (English)
Date of publication: April 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY • UN concerns over Arakan State; • Situation in Arakan State dire; • US, UK, UN urge return of aid; • MSF, Malteser Int'l still barred; • Anti-Muslim violence continues... INSIDE BURMA: • Census used to justify conflict; • Conflict a risk to ceasefire draft; • War intensifies in Kachin, Shan; • Regime takes census by force; • Civilians still under attack; • Raw timber ban provides excuse for militarization; • Rohingya harassed in census; • U Win Tin's death mourned... HUMAN RIGHTS: • UN Sec-Gen urges investigation into sexual violence; • Another journalist jailed; • More protestors targeted... INTERNATIONAL: • Daw Suu visits Europe; • North Korean delegation visits; • Burma-China relations... ECONOMY: • Inflation continues to rise; • Resource wars deter business... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS,
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (212K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 87 - MARCH 2014 (English)
Date of publication: March 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Anti-Muslim, anti-Rohingya agenda; • Mobs attack foreign aid workers; • Int’l community concerned... INSIDE BURMA: • Parliament concludes; • Limitations on journalists continue; • Rohingya in need of healthcare; • Investigatory commission holds double standard; • Shan, Kachin civilians targeted; • Fighting in Shan State; • Slow progress on ceasefire... HUMAN RIGHTS: • New repressive media laws; • Ojea Quintana report; • UNHRC resolution; • ACSC/APF calls for human rights protection; • Former General apologizes... ECONOMY: • Oil blocks awarded; • Investment environment high-risk; • Unsteady progress on SEZ developments... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (293K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 87, MARCH 2014 (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: March 2014
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (398K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 86 - FEBRUARY 2014 (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: February 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Four journalists arrested; • Restrictions imposed on media, public speech; • Press reforms "out of steam"... INSIDE BURMA: • Regime investigation into Du Chee Yar Tan inadequate; • Rohingya MP interrogated for defamation; • Regime suspends MSF; • Parliament session continues; • Marriage restrictions expedited; • New constitutional committee; • Fighting in Kachin and Shan States; • Opposition to census; • More land confiscation protestors arrested... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana's final visit... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya exploited, rejected... ECONOMY: • EITI oversight group appointed... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (292K)
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 86 - FEBRUARY 2014 (English)
Date of publication: February 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Four journalists arrested; • Restrictions imposed on media, public speech; • Press reforms "out of steam"... INSIDE BURMA: • Regime investigation into Du Chee Yar Tan inadequate; • Rohingya MP interrogated for defamation; • Regime suspends MSF; • Parliament session continues; • Marriage restrictions expedited; • New constitutional committee; • Fighting in Kachin and Shan States; • Opposition to census; • More land confiscation protestors arrested... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana's final visit... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya exploited, rejected... ECONOMY: • EITI oversight group appointed... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (186K)
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 86 - FEBRUARY 2014 (Thai))
Date of publication: February 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Four journalists arrested; • Restrictions imposed on media, public speech; • Press reforms "out of steam"... INSIDE BURMA: • Regime investigation into Du Chee Yar Tan inadequate; • Rohingya MP interrogated for defamation; • Regime suspends MSF; • Parliament session continues; • Marriage restrictions expedited; • New constitutional committee; • Fighting in Kachin and Shan States; • Opposition to census; • More land confiscation protestors arrested... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana's final visit... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya exploited, rejected... ECONOMY: • EITI oversight group appointed... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (341K)
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 85 - JANUARY 2014 (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: January 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Violence erupts in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, leaving 48 Rohingya dead, says the UN; • International community condemns acts of violence... INSIDE BURMA: • Military to get more in the 2014-15 proposed budget; • Tatmadaw troops continue aggression against ethnic armed. groups in Kachin, Northern Shan, and Karen States; • Political prisoners remain imprisoned... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Peaceful protestors charged; • WLB documents over 100 cases of rape... DISPLACEMENT: • More Rohingya pushed back to Burma... INTERNATIONAL: • Regime abuses its power as ASEAN chair... ECONOMY: • Burma still "repressed" and "extreme risk"... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (286K)
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 85 - JANUARY 2014 (English)
Date of publication: January 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Violence erupts in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, leaving 48 Rohingya dead, says the UN; • International community condemns acts of violence... INSIDE BURMA: • Military to get more in the 2014-15 proposed budget; • Tatmadaw troops continue aggression against ethnic armed. groups in Kachin, Northern Shan, and Karen States; • Political prisoners remain imprisoned... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Peaceful protestors charged; • WLB documents over 100 cases of rape... DISPLACEMENT: • More Rohingya pushed back to Burma... INTERNATIONAL: • Regime abuses its power as ASEAN chair... ECONOMY: • Burma still "repressed" and "extreme risk"... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (186K)
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 85 - JANUARY 2014 (Thai)
Date of publication: January 2014
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Violence erupts in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, leaving 48 Rohingya dead, says the UN; • International community condemns acts of violence... INSIDE BURMA: • Military to get more in the 2014-15 proposed budget; • Tatmadaw troops continue aggression against ethnic armed. groups in Kachin, Northern Shan, and Karen States; • Political prisoners remain imprisoned... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Peaceful protestors charged; • WLB documents over 100 cases of rape... DISPLACEMENT: • More Rohingya pushed back to Burma... INTERNATIONAL: • Regime abuses its power as ASEAN chair... ECONOMY: • Burma still "repressed" and "extreme risk"... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (262K)
Date of entry/update: 06 June 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 84 - DECEMBER 2013 (English, Burmese, Thai)
Date of publication: December 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Scores still detained despite year-end amnesty; • ‘Released’ prisoners and other activists continue to be arrested... INSIDE BURMA: • No ceasefire, more fighting in Kachin and Shan States; • Opium cultivation increases for seventh consecutive year... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Crackdown on peaceful protestors; • Weekly journal targeted, reporter jailed... DISPLACEMENT: • Thai officials implicated in trafficking of Rohingya; exodus continues... INTERNATIONAL: • US blacklists regime official and three Burmese firms; • Burma and Japan strengthen aid, investment ties... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (123K-English; 276K-Burmese; 302K-Thai
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Burmese/December%202013%20Burma%20Bulleti...
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/December%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin%2...
Date of entry/update: 24 January 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 83 - NOVEMBER 2013
Date of publication: November 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Tatmadaw offensives continue; • No nationwide ceasefire... INSIDE BURMA: • Parliament session concludes; • Constitutional reform delayed; • Crackdown on Monywa protest; • INGOs suspend operations; • Burma still top drug producer; • Landmines still used in Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: • More arbitrary imprisonment; • Political prisoners released... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya exodus continues... INTERNATIONAL: • UNGA adopts Burma resolution; • EU-Burma meetings; • OIC delegation visits Burma... ECONOMY: • Electricity price hike delayed; • Tavoy SEZ update... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (English, 173K; Burmese-299K; Thai-321K) )
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Burmese/November%202013%20Burma%20Bulleti...
Date of entry/update: 02 December 2013


Title: NEW ARRESTS AND IMPRISONMENT OF ACTIVISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN BURMA
Date of publication: 25 October 2013
Description/subject: "A total of 63 activists and human rights defenders were documented as arrested or prosecuted in the past five months (i.e. since May 2013). Of this number, 33 were confirmed as sentenced to jail (between three months and two and a half years), while many others await trial or sentencing. At least three of those detained are former political prisoners: Htin Kyaw, Naw Ohn Hla, and Phyu Phyu Win."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (108K)
Date of entry/update: 02 December 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 82 - OCTOBER 2013
Date of publication: October 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Religious violence continues; • ‘969’ & Rakhine party involved; • More Muslims jailed; • Thein Sein blames “outsiders”; • UN, US, & ASEAN reactions... INSIDE BURMA: • Bomb blasts across Burma; • No ceasefire in Kachin State; • Tatmadaw attacks & abuses; • Regime-KNPP agreement; • Opposition to Monywa mine; • Concern grows over SEZs; • Parliament reconvenes... HUMAN RIGHTS: • 72 Rohingya jailed; • More protestors jailed; • 56 political prisoners freed; • Ojea Quintana’s report... INTERNATIONAL: • Daw Suu’s European tour; • Burma assumes ASEAN chair... ECONOMY: • Energy blocks contracts... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (English, 207K; Burmese, 332K; Thai, 371K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/October%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin.pdf
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Burmese/October%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin...
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/October%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin%20...
Date of entry/update: 02 December 2013


Title: BURMA UPDATE: SERIOUS CRIMES CONTINUE
Date of publication: 28 September 2013
Description/subject: REGIME’S PERSECUTION AND DISCRIMINATION OF ROHINGYA CONTINUES: One year on, Rohingya IDPs face ongoing hardship; Extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrest, and other abuses against Rohingya continue; Regime fuels anti-Rohingya discrimination; UN slams Naypyidaw over human rights violations against Rohingya... ANTI-MUSLIM VIOLENCE SPREADS UNCHECKED: Regime idle as Anti-Muslim violence spreads; U Wirathu proposes restrictions on interfaith marriages; Regime backs U Wirathu; Muslims, Buddhists jailed over religious violence... TATMADAW FLOUTS AGREEMENTS, TARGETS KIA, SSA-N, TNLA, AND NMSP: Tatmadaw offensives damage peace prospects in Kachin conflict; Limited aid for 100,000 IDPs;p Despite agreements, Tatmadaw attacks against ethnic armed groups continue... FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY DENIED; ARBITRARY ARRESTS & IMPRISONMENT ON THE RISE: Peaceful Gathering Law enables ongoing suppression of activists; Arbitrary arrests and imprisonment under repressive laws continue; Women human rights defenders targeted; Proposed new laws to introduce more restrictions.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (232K)
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 81-SEPTEMBER 2013
Date of publication: September 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Tatmadaw offensives continue; Kachin civilians detained, killed; UN aid reaches Laiza; Ethnics reject regime’s offer... INSIDE BURMA: More abuses in Arakan State; Anti-Muslim attacks continue; ‘969’ organizations banned; Saffron Revolution anniversary; Regime signs IAEA protocol... HUMAN RIGHTS: 18 peaceful protestors jailed... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya boat people... INTERNATIONAL: Rohingya protection urged; Thai-regime talks; Daw Suu’s overseas trips... ECONOMY: Regime’s offshore funds; FDI soars... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (158K)
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 80 - AUGUST 2013 (English, Burmese, Thai)
Date of publication: August 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Ojea Quintana’s visit; • Human rights challenges... INSIDE BURMA: • Abuses against Rohingya; • Aid workers resign; • More anti-Muslim attacks; • 7th Parliamentary session; • 8888 anniversary marked; • Conflict in ethnic areas; • Regime-ABSDF agreements; • Monywa copper mine update; • Floods hit Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Arbitrary arrests continue... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya refugees in Thailand... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English, Burmese, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (English-174K; Burmese-318K; Thai-199K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Burmese/August%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin%...
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/August%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin%20-...
Date of entry/update: 24 January 2014


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 79 - JULY 2013
Date of publication: July 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Arbitrary arrests/imprisonment; Political prisoners released... INSIDE BURMA: 7th parliamentary session; Na Sa Ka disbanded; Regime denies abuses Buddhists, Muslims jailed; More anti-Muslim attacks; U Wirathu’s campaign; Tatmadaw targets ethnics; Regime-UWSA agreement; Land confiscation protests; Thein Sein reshuffles cabinet; Monywa copper mine update... HUMAN RIGHTS: Draft press law criticized... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya exodus continues... INTERNATIONAL: Thein Sein visits UK & France. US blacklists regime official. Int’l concern over Rohingya... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (180K)
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 78 - JUNE 2013
Date of publication: June 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Rohingya IDPs one year on; • Rohingya discriminated against; • UN slams Naypyidaw; • More Muslims attacked, jailed; • Regime backs U Wirathu; • U Wirathu proposes restrictions... INSIDE BURMA: • Kachin conflict rages on; • Limited aid for Kachin IDPs; • Shan State clashes continue; • Regime-KNPP agreement; • Land confiscation protests... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Arrests and imprisonment... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya push backs continue; • Rohingya refugees in Thailand; • Mass arrests in Malaysia; • Trafficking in Burma; • 7th largest source of refugees... INTERNATIONAL: • EU Parliament resolution... ECONOMY: • Workers protest low wages; • Telecoms licenses awarded; • Burma-China pipelines... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (189K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Reports/Burma%20Bulletin/BBJune13.php
Date of entry/update: 01 July 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 77 - MAY 2013
Date of publication: May 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Anti-Muslim violence spreads • Martial law extended • Muslims prosecuted • Rohingya discriminated against • UN slams regime... INSIDE BURMA: • Still no Kachin State ceasefire • Shan State attacks continue • Pipeline faces uncertainty • Farmers detained, charged • Cyclone Mahasen... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Political prisoners released • Child soldiers still recruited • Press and religious freedoms... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya boat people... INTERNATIONAL: • Thein Sein goes to Washington • US sanctions • Japanese PM visits Burma... ECONOMY: • Poor resource governance • Barriers to investment • Strikes in Rangoon • SIM card lottery... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (184K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2013


Title: ANTI-MUSLIM VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL BURMA
Date of publication: 17 April 2013
Description/subject: Anti-Muslim violence hits Meikhtila... Attacks spread to Pegu Division... Rangoon tense... Thein Sein warns of “use of force”... Regime authorities fail to intervene... UN cites possible regime complicity... Int’l community expresses concern, calls for regime to take action... Buddhist Monk U Wirathu and ‘969’ spearhead anti-Muslim campaign... Chronology of events.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (384K)
Date of entry/update: 17 April 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 76 - April 2013
Date of publication: April 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Evidence of killings emerges • Muslims prosecuted, jailed • Rangoon remains tense • Campaign for tolerance • Int’l concern over violence... INSIDE BURMA: • Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya • Crackdowns on protesters • Tatmadaw’s Shan State attacks • Kachin State fighting... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Political prisoners released... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya boat people & IDPs... INTERNATIONAL: • Daw Suu goes to Japan • EU lifts Burma sanctions • Thein Sein’s business trip • Burma-Indonesia relations... ECONOMY: • SIM card lottery flops • Race for telecom licenses • Oil and gas investment... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (197K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2013


Title: BURMA’S FACADE: AN UPDATE ON CONFLICTS, DISPLACEMENT & HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Date of publication: 12 March 2013
Description/subject: "This briefer, which covers the period from October 2012 to March 2013, includes the following developments: • The authorities continue to commit serious human rights violations against Rohingya in Arakan State, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, torture, the rape of women, and restrictions on religious freedom. The regime also tightens restrictions on freedom of movement, and refuses to consider citizenship rights for Rohingya. • From December, the regime dramatically intensifies military offensives against the Kachin Independence Army. The Tatmadaw uses fighter jets, helicopters, artillery, mortars, and cluster bombs during military operations. Tatmadaw attacks claim several civilian lives. • Over 115,000 predominately Rohingya IDPs remain displaced in Arakan State. Rohingya IDPs continue to endure terrible conditions in camps. Thousands of Rohingya boat people die during perilous journeys in search of safety in Southern Thailand or Malaysia. • Regime’s determination to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of assembly persists. In numerous cases, the authorities respond to peaceful protests with arrests and excessive use of force. • Severe restrictions continue to characterize Burma’s media environment, with the regime replacing its notorious Censorship Board with a similar body tasked with monitoring publications and suspending/revoking publishing licenses. • The USDP-dominated Parliament approves massive military spending, with over 20% of the total budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year allocated to military expenditure and only 4.4% and 3.9% to education and healthcare respectively. • Burma continues to rank poorly on international surveys measuring perceived corruption, risks posed to investors, and transparency in the financial sector. The regime’s push for the development of Special Economic Zones continues to adversely impact local communities.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (153K)
Date of entry/update: 22 March 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 75 - MARCH 2013
Date of publication: March 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Anti-Muslim violence; Attacks spread; Int’l community concerned... INSIDE BURMA: Monywa copper mine; Military spending increases; Parliamentary session ends; NLD congress held; Fighting in Kachin State; Fighting in Shan State; Dam protests... HUMAN RIGHTS: New press law slammed; Ojea Quintana report; UNHRC resolution; Land confiscation documented... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya boat people flee; Migrant workers face abuses... INTERNATIONAL: Thein Sein’s overseas trips... ECONOMY: Oil & gas fuel investment... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (211K)
Date of entry/update: 02 April 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 74 - FEBRUARY 2013
Date of publication: February 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Ojea Quintana slams regime; • Aid to Rohingya hampered; • Discrimination and abuses; • Rohingya exodus continues... INSIDE BURMA: • Military spending proposed; • Clashes in Kachin State; • Aid to Kachin IDPs obstructed; • Clashes in Shan State; • Cabinet reshuffle; • Land confiscation protests; • Monywa copper mine opposed... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana visits Burma; • Political prisoners reviewed... INTERNATIONAL: • Nambiar visits Kachin State... ECONOMY: • Tavoy project; • Burma’s financial sector... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English, Burmese, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (180K-English; 259K-Burmese; 209K-Thaqi)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Burmese/February%202013%20Burma%20Bulleti...
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/February%202013%20Burma%20Bulletin%2...
Date of entry/update: 22 March 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 73 - JANUARY 2013
Date of publication: January 2013
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Tatmadaw attacks KIA; • Attacks against civilians; • Tatmadaw breaks ceasefire; • Domestic reactions; • International reactions; • China complains... INSIDE BURMA: • Constitutional Tribunal row; • Obsolete laws repealed; • Land confiscation protests; • Monywa copper mine protest; • ICRC President visits Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Human rights issues remain; • Freedom of assembly restricted... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya exodus intensifies; • NVP deadline extended... INTERNATIONAL: • Daw Suu visits US, S. Korea; • Military ties with India & China... ECONOMY: • Foreign debt clearance; • Oil and gas tender; • Corruption & liberalization... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS...
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (184K)
Date of entry/update: 05 February 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 72 – DECEMBER 2012
Date of publication: December 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Monywa copper mine; Commission appointed; China defends Monywa project... INSIDE BURMA: Rohingya IDPs’ condition “dire”; Fighting & IDPs in Kachin State; Arms from Sweden via India; Regime, CNF sign agreement; Methamphetamine production... HUMAN RIGHTS: Arbitrary detention continues... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya continue to flee; Migrant workers in Thailand... INTERNATIONAL: UNGA adopts Burma resolution... ECONOMY: Burma’s corruption; Uncertainty over Tavoy SEZ; Foreign financial investment... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (162K)
Date of entry/update: 03 January 2013


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 71 – NOVEMBER 2012
Date of publication: November 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 115,000 IDPs in Arakan State; Regime tracks down Rohingya; Muslims kicked off commission; Boat people exodus continues; Int’l community voices concern; ASEAN muted on Arakan State... INSIDE BURMA: Protests intensify across Burma; Fighting in Kachin State; Landmine casualties rising; Regime corruption; Parliament session concludes; Earthquake hits Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: Prisoner releases; Forced labor, child soldiers; UN, EU resolutions... INTERNATIONAL: More arms from North Korea; US President visits Rangoon; US lifts ban on Burma imports; Daw Suu visits India... ECONOMY: Foreign Investment Law; World Bank & IMF activities; Tavoy Special Economic Zone... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (230K)
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 70 – OCTOBER 2012
Date of publication: October 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Arakan State unrest spreads • More than 100,000 IDPs • Bangladesh push-backs • Protests fuel hatred • UN slams regime • Int’l community calls for action • ASEAN Sec-Gen’s warning ... INSIDE BURMA: • Kachin State fighting & talks • Opium poppy cultivation up • Copper mine project proceeds • Exiles’ conditional return • Parliament reconvenes • USDP leadership unchanged ... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana’s report • Peaceful assembly restricted ... INTERNATIONAL: • US steps up engagement ... ECONOMY: • Int’l donors support Burma • Rumors trigger bank run ... OTHER BURMA NEWS ... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (181K)
Date of entry/update: 02 November 2012


Title: NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD: BURMA’S FACADE OF REFORM
Date of publication: October 2012
Description/subject: "When President Thein Sein took office on 30 March 2011, Burma ranked near the bottom of virtually all international indexes that measured adherence to civil and political rights, press freedom, corruption, and economic freedom. With a baseline so low, Thein Sein was able to undertake a series of initiatives that gave the appearance of reform but which, in fact, brought very limited benefits for the overwhelming majority of Burmese people. Thein Sein’s failure to stop human rights violations and to initiate fundamental legislative and institutional reforms effectively blocks Burma’s progress towards genuine democracy and national reconciliation. The regime has so far failed to meet the minimum benchmarks that the UN established to measure Burma’s progress toward democratization, national reconciliation, and respect for human rights. It is time for the international community to shape their policies vis-à-vis Burma based on the regime’s concrete progress (or lack thereof) towards implementing genuine reforms, without being swayed by Naypyidaw’s well-orchestrated public relations campaign. Truly democratic reforms must focus on halting impunity and implementing measures to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations. They must include: the unconditional release of ALL political prisoners; amendments to the 2008 constitution and laws not in line with international standards; the end of all military offensives in ethnic areas as well as the holding of time-bound genuine political dialogue with ethnic armed groups; and tangible steps towards the respect and promotion of human rights."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma (Issues & Concerns Vol. 8):
Format/size: pdf (604K)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2012


Title: BURMA’S PARLIAMENT: FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS STILL BLOCKED
Date of publication: 21 September 2012
Description/subject: 1..No progress on the repeal of oppressive laws 2..Important proposals rejected 3..Parliament accepts new VP with eyes closed, boosts presidential powers 3..Local Parliaments shut 3..Military MPs inactive 4..Regime lies in Parliament 4..MPs wrangle over Foreign Investment Law 4..Green light to land confiscation commission, improved legislation 5..NLD makes parliamentary debut 6..Recap of parliamentary sessions 6..List of new laws
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (99K)
Date of entry/update: 24 September 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 69 –SEPTEMBER 2012
Date of publication: September 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Daw Suu’s tour de force; Thein Sein goes to New York... INSIDE BURMA: Conflict in Kachin State; Tatmadaw and SSA-S clash; Regime-KNU talks; Arakan State situation; Cabinet reshuffle; Parliament’s fourth session... HUMAN RIGHTS: Dissidents still behind bars; Former dissidents denied rights; Peaceful assembly restrictions; Land confiscation protest... DISPLACEMENT: Refugee repatriation; Rohingya push-backs... INTERNATIONAL: OIC, US, UN on Rohingya; US further eases sanctions. China pushes for mega-projects... ECONOMY: Foreign Investment Law; World Bank prepares grants; SIM cards unaffordable... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (210K)
Date of entry/update: 02 October 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 68 – AUGUST 2012
Date of publication: August 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Arakan State situation tense; • Aid workers still detained; • Human rights abuses continue; • Regime fact-finding commission; • Int’l concern over unrest; • Bangladesh blocks aid effort... INSIDE BURMA: • New VP elected; • Conflict in Kachin State; • KNU & regime talk amid conflict; • Unhappiness over ceasefires; • Parliamentary session; • Severe floods hit Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana’s visit to Burma; • Arbitrary arrest & imprisonment; • Prior censorship ends... DISPLACEMENT: • China sends back refugees... INTERNATIONAL: • US extends import ban; • India’s military assistance... ECONOMY: • World Bank returns to Burma; • ADB highlights challenges... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (212K)
Date of entry/update: 02 September 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 67 - JULY 2012
Date of publication: July 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Abuses against Rohingya; Regime fuels discrimination; 104,000 displaced; Rohingya pushed back; Int’l community concerned... INSIDE BURMA: NLD’s impact on Parliament; Vice-President saga continues; Conflict in Kachin State; Offensives in Shan State; Land confiscation protests; Martyrs’ Day restrictions; Deputy ministers reassigned... HUMAN RIGHTS: Crackdown on student activists; More political prisoners freed; Media restrictions continue; Religious freedom situation; Ojea Quintana visits Burma... DISPLACEMENT: IDP and refugee situation dire;... INTERNATIONAL: US sanctions eased; Thein Sein visits Thailand; Burma off ASEAN’s radar... ECONOMY: ADB paints grim picture; UK, US business delegations... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (192K)
Date of entry/update: 02 August 2012


Title: UNREST IN BURMA’S ARAKAN STATE: A CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS (UPDATED)
Date of publication: 26 June 2012
Description/subject: • The rape and murder of a 27-year-old Buddhist Rakhine woman and the murder of 10 Muslim pilgrims trigger deadly sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan State starting on 8 June. • According to the regime, as of 21 June, 62 people had died and over 2,000 buildings, including seven mosques and nine Buddhist monasteries, had been destroyed as a result of the unrest. However, various organizations say that the death toll might be much higher as a result of escalating attacks and reprisals affecting Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine. • Regime imposes a curfew and a ban on public gatherings of more than five people in six of 17 townships in Arakan State. President Thein Sein declares an indefinite state of emergency which allows the military to take over administrative control of Arakan State. • World Food Program estimates that 90,000 people have been displaced due to the unrest. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warns of a risk of a severe humanitarian crisis due to ongoing violence and poor conditions in IDP camps. • Bangladeshi authorities push back more than 2,000 Rohingya fleeing violence in Arakan State. Bangladeshi FM Dipu Moni says Bangladesh is already “overburdened” with Rohingya refugees and cannot take any more “under any circumstances.” • Regime warns journalists that they could be charged under existing laws, including the Emergency Provisions Act, if they publish inflammatory reports on the ongoing violence in Arakan State. • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expresses concern over the handling of the situation by local Rakhine authorities, in particular their failure to dampen anti-Muslim sentiment. Daw Suu also calls on Buddhists to “have sympathy for minorities.” • International reactions: UN warns that discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities poses a threat to Burma’s democratic transition; US, UK are “deeply concerned” over the ongoing violence; EU welcomes the regime’s “measured response” to the crisis; OIC “condemns systematic acts of violence and intimidation against the peaceful Rohingya population.” • The authorities’ decades-long discriminatory policies and practices targeting Rohingya have reinforced the racial and religious animosity between the two communities in Arakan State. Rohingya have suffered restrictions on marriage, freedom of movement, and religious practice. In addition, the regime has routinely subjected Rohingya to forced labor, extortion, land confiscation, and other human rights abuses.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (103K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Unrest%20in%20Burmas%20Arakan%20State%... (13 June)
Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


Title: THE WAR IN KACHIN STATE: A YEAR OF MORE DISPLACEMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Date of publication: 08 June 2012
Description/subject: • In the past year, the Tatmadaw has deployed nearly 25% of its battalions to Kachin State, escalating its war with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and bringing further suffering to civilian populations in Kachin State and Northern Shan State. • Tatmadaw soldiers have constantly targeted civilians in Kachin State and Northern Shan States as part of their military operations against the KIA. Human rights abuses have included extrajudicial killings, rape of women, arbitrary arrests, torture, forced displacement, the use of human shields, forced labor, and the confiscation and destruction of property. All of these systematic abuses would be considered war crimes and/or crimes against humanity under international law. • The ongoing conflict has displaced about 75,000 people, including at least 10,000 refugees who crossed the border into China. Despite the severity of the situation, the regime has frustrated relief efforts, severely restricting humanitarian access to local and international organizations. • The KIA’s political leadership, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), has made repeated attempts to negotiate a lasting peace in Kachin State. However, the regime has rejected the KIO’s request to discuss long-term political solutions prior to a ceasefire agreement. BACKGROUND: 2008 constitution, 2010 elections, BGF, energy projects, and human rights abuses
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (139K)
Date of entry/update: 09 June 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 66 -JUNE 2012
Date of publication: June 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Daw Suu’s travels; Thailand; Switzerland; Norway; UK... INSIDE BURMA: Unrest in Arakan State; Up to 90,000 displaced; Aid effort hampered; Daw Suu on unrest; Kachin State conflict; Fighting in Shan State; KNPP-regime agreement; Drug production increases... HUMAN RIGHTS: Restrictions on media; Child soldiers recruited... DISPLACEMENT: Migrant workers in Thailand; Significant trafficking problem; UNHCR annual report... INTERNATIONAL: Int’l reaction to unrest in Burma; Australian FM visits Burma; ILO lifts restrictions on Burma; US lawmakers and sanctions... ECONOMY: Foreign investment & cronies; Investment in oil & gas sector... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS .....• After a trip to Thailand in late May, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi continues her overseas tour with visits to Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, the UK, and France. • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi calls for “healthy skepticism” over Burma’s reform process and proposes guidelines for foreign investment in the country in several speeches. • Deadly sectarian clashes erupt between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan State. Despite declaring a state of emergency in Arakan State, the regime fails to stop the violence. • Unconfirmed reports surface of regime security forces committing serious human rights abuses against Rohingya (Arakan State’s Muslim minority). • The unrest displaces up to 90,000 people. The regime hampers aid efforts and Bangladesh pushes back more than 2,000 Rohingya refugees. • Restrictions increase on independent media but hate speech and incitement to violence targeting Muslims and Rohingya spread unchecked on the internet. • Conflict in Kachin State enters its second year as more rounds of informal talks produce no results. • Renewed fighting in Shan State threatens to undermine the peace agreements signed by the regime with both the SSA-S and the SSA-N. • The UN documents the Tatmadaw’s ongoing recruitment and use of child soldiers. The US says that Burma’s trafficking problem remains significant. • The oil and gas industry continues to attract foreign investors. New investment in Burma is also linked to regime cronies.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (234K)
Date of entry/update: 02 July 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 65 - MAY 2012
Date of publication: May 2012
Description/subject: • The Tatmadaw intensifies war in Kachin and Northern Shan States, tripling the number of battalions stationed in Kachin State... • Tatmadaw soldiers continue to rape and torture civilians as part of their military offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). IDPs lack sufficient food and adequate shelter... • Chronic power shortages trigger peaceful protests across Burma. The regime responds to the protests by blaming KIA and insufficient conservation efforts by Burma’s people... • Vice-President Tin Aung Myint Oo resigns amid increasing speculation over a cabinet reshuffle... • President Thein Sein reorganizes the regime’s team responsible for negotiating with ethnic armed groups... • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi takes her seat in Burma’s Parliament and makes her first overseas visit in 24 years... • US President Barack Obama suspends a ban on US investment and financial services in Burma, while maintaining the legal framework underpinning US sanctions... • Statements by President Thein Sein and a report by a UN panel cast doubts over the regime’s claim that it severed military ties with North Korea... • Delhi and Naypyidaw strengthen business ties during Indian PM Manmohan Singh’s visit to Burma. • Workers in Rangoon’s industrial zones strike to demand better pay and benefits... • Migrant workers from Burma rescued from slavery in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon while Thai authorities arrest and deport undocumented migrants.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (195K)
Date of entry/update: 09 June 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 64 - APRIL 2012
Date of publication: April 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: NLD wins by-elections; Minor irregularities on voting day; NLD hails new era; Oath of office compromise... INSIDE BURMA: Offensive against KIA; KNU-regime talks; Mon, Rakhine sign agreements; Shan State fighting... HUMAN RIGHTS: Censorship continues... DISPLACEMENT: Refugees repatriated? Migrant workers exploited, killed... INTERNATIONAL: Thein Sein visits Japan; UK urges progress on reforms; EU calls for irreversible reforms; UN Sec-Gen visits Burma; Sanctions eased... ECONOMY: Gas revenues up 22%; ADB on Burma’s economy... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (166K)
Date of entry/update: 06 May 2012


Title: BURMA’S BY-ELECTIONS: STILL SHORT OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
Date of publication: 27 March 2012
Description/subject: The trouble with the by-elections; Electoral framework not in line with int’l standards; Election laws limit political participation; Election Commission lacks independence and impartiality; Campaign restrictions still in place; Complaint process ineffective and inaccessible; Restrictions, irregularities, harassment, and vote-buying mar pre-election period; Restrictions on NLD activities; Widespread irregularities; Threats, harassment, and vote buying; More voters disenfranchised; Censorship still in place; Election observation falls short of international standards; By-elections who’s who
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (147K)
Date of entry/update: 27 March 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 63 -MARCH 2012
Date of publication: March 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Violations of election laws; Irregularities; NLD activities obstructed; Daw Suu campaigns; Ethnic voters disenfranchised; Election monitoring... INSIDE BURMA: Parliament fails to review laws; Talks with KNPP and KIO; Tatmadaw violates agreements; UN aid to 6% of Kachin IDPs... HUMAN RIGHTS: Ojea Quintana’s report; HRC resolution; Still no religious freedom; Media censored and intimidated; Burma remains ‘Internet enemy’; Karen leader released; Forced labor ok until 2015; Land confiscation victims... INTERNATIONAL: US: More reforms needed; Malaysia: Let’s do business; Canadian FM’s visit... ECONOMY: Myitsone dam project active; Infrastructure projects; Gem sales plummet; Regime to float the kya...t OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (206K)
Date of entry/update: 31 March 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 62 - FEBRUARY 2012
Date of publication: February 2012
Description/subject: KEY STORY: NLD campaign obstructed; Campaign messages restricted; Campaign marred by threats; Daw Suu draws huge crowds... INSIDE BURMA: KIA-Tatmadaw conflict rages on; Peace agreements in jeopardy; Military spending hike proposed... HUMAN RIGHTS: Human rights probe rejected; UN: Serious challenges remain; Monks still harassed; Harassment of activists; Censorship alive and well... DISPLACEMENT: Number of IDPs grows... Rohingya flee... INTERNATIONAL: China calls for stability; Nambiar urges development; ASEAN Sec-Gen visits Burma; EU delivers aid package; EU lifts travel ban... ECONOMY: Investors flock to Burma; Rangoon strike; World Bank to return to Burma... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (205K)
Date of entry/update: 05 March 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 61 -JANUARY 2012
Date of publication: January 2012
Description/subject: Over 300 dissidents released... INSIDE BURMA: ‘Peace agreements’ signed; Military operations continue; NLD prepares for by-elections; Parliament reconvenes... HUMAN RIGHTS: Regime tightens censorship; Burma in int’l indexes; Regime violates children rights... DISPLACEMENT: Refugees pour into China... INTERNATIONAL: UK sets benchmarks; EU to respond to ‘reforms’; US: More needs to be done; US envoy exposes trafficking; Sanctions eased; Thailand & Burma cement ties... ECONOMY: Electricity & gas prices rise; 24-hour electricity campaign; Uncertain foreign investments; Cronies to profit from migrants; IMF, Daw Suu highlight reforms; International aid upped... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (194K)
Date of entry/update: 02 February 2012


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 60 - DECEMBER 2011
Date of publication: December 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Hostilities in Kachin State; IDPs and refugees on the edge; Ceasefire meetings... INSIDE BURMA: Burma’s opium production up; NLD re-registers; Daw Suu meets Chinese envoy... HUMAN RIGHTS: Karen leader sentenced; Monk harassed; Union denied registration... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya repatriation; Rohingya exodus continues... INTERNATIONAL: Clinton visits Burma; China welcomes engagement; UNGA condemns regime... ECONOMY: Burma at the bottom of indices... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS ____________________
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (152K)
Date of entry/update: 02 January 2012


Title: BURMA’S PARLIAMENT: A TOOL FOR INSTITUTIONALIZED OPPRESSION
Date of publication: 28 November 2011
Description/subject: • Despite the regime’s claim that an elected legislature was a crucial step towards the emergence of its “discipline-flourishing democracy,” the Parliament is turning out to be the regime’s key tool for institutionalizing oppression. • The pro-regime Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)-dominated Parliament refuses to repeal the draconian laws that provided the basis for the imprisonment of several thousand political prisoners in recent years. • The refusal makes the adoption of the much-publicized “Labor Organizations Law” and “Peaceful Gathering and Demonstration Law” irrelevant as the regime is still able to invoke the blanket “security” provisions of draconian laws. • The Parliament’s second session repeats the sham parliamentary debates witnessed during the January- March first session. Important issues, such as national reconciliation and the ongoing conflict in ethnic areas are only marginally discussed. • During question time, regime ministers and officials go to great lengths to categorically deny human rights abuses and to justify repressive measures. • Ruling party and military MPs oppose the adoption of important proposals on the release of political prisoners and the improvement of detention conditions in jails across the country. Instead, they introduce new restrictive laws designed to limit political participation. • Debate and approval of the national budget remain off-limits to MPs because State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe approved the budget for the 2011-2012 financial year before Parliament convened on 31 January. • The laws that govern parliamentary proceedings, enacted by Than Shwe in October 2010, continue to severely restrict parliamentary debate and participation. • Censorship and lack of access continue to characterize the media environment during the Parliament’s second session. • Despite the regime’s claim that local Parliaments would provide some degree of legislative decentralization, most of the Division and State Parliaments fail to introduce or debate any legislation. • In a bogus attempt to show its commitment to reach a ceasefire with ethnic armed groups, the regime forms two parliamentary ‘peace-making’ committees. However, the committees fail to adopt any initiatives aimed at facilitating peace talks.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (152K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Burmas%20Parliament%20-%20A%20tool%20f...
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2011


Title: BURMA’S ECONOMY: MISMANAGEMENT AS USUAL
Date of publication: 04 November 2011
Description/subject: "• Following the nominal transition to civilian rule, the regime maintains the State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC’s) oppressive economic policies. • The military continues to control the bulk of the budget, with no improvement in transparency. One quarter of the 2011-2012 budget is designated for the military. Additionally, the “Special Fund” law grants the Commander in Chief of the military access to unlimited discretionary funds without having to be accountable. • The regime maintains a dual exchange rate system in order to siphon off funds into private accounts, starving the national budget of official revenue and inflating the fiscal deficit. • A process of privatization that began in late 2009 has facilitated the transfer of key economic assets in the hands of cronies while lining the pockets of regime officials. The privatization has resembled a “fire sale” to cronies that include those blacklisted by various governments. Meanwhile, economic competition remains severely constricted. • Despite the suspension of the Myitsone dam project, numerous large scale infrastructure projects continue to spur tensions in ethnic areas, cause massive displacement, and threaten the environment. The projects are not subject to public oversight and provide little benefit to local communities or the economy as a whole. • As a result of increased foreign investment through large scale infrastructure projects, the fall of the US dollar, and the dual exchange rate system, the kyat has inflated in value, hurting export-oriented sectors. • The regime continues to confiscate land and ignore the property rights of Burmese citizens in favor of foreign investors and cronies..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Altsean-Burma
Format/size: pdf (92K)
Date of entry/update: 18 November 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 59 - NOVEMBER 2011
Date of publication: November 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: US steps up engagement... INSIDE BURMA: Fighting in Northeastern Burma; More crimes in Kachin State; Peace talks with ethnic groups; More regime lies; Parliament’s repressive laws; NLD re-enters political fray; Monks protest; Regime still uses landmines... HUMAN RIGHTS: More arrests and imprisonment; NDSC blocks amnesty; Detention conditions Censorship continues unabated... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya flee Burma... INTERNATIONAL: UNGA Burma resolution; ASEAN gives Chair to Burma; China strengthens cooperation; Nambiar visits Burma... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (187K)
Date of entry/update: 02 December 2011


Title: SERIOUS INTERNATIONAL CRIMES CONTINUE IN BURMA UNDER ‘NEW’ REGIME
Date of publication: 13 October 2011
Description/subject: "Since Thein Sein took office as Burma’s President on 30 March, the regime has continued to perpetrate crimes against humanity and war crimes with total impunity. Reports of serious international crimes have increased significantly in line with the escalation of the ongoing Tatmadaw offensives in Kachin, Shan, and Karen States. Women and children have been particularly vulnerable. Tatmadaw soldiers raped and killed women during their offensive in Kachin and Shan States. The regime also continued to recruit children into the military in order to offset the steady increase in desertions. In the past six months, the following crimes against humanity and war crimes have been documented: • At least 30 cases of rape and sexual violence perpetrated by military personnel. • Over 400 complaints of children recruited as child soldiers. • At least 35 civilians killed. • Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas. • Forced displacement during military attacks that targeted civilians. • At least 11 activists and media persons arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. • Over 100 villagers arbitrarily detained in Kachin and Shan State during “counter-insurgency” operations. • Continued use of torture. • Systematic persecution of Muslim Rohingya in Northern Arakan State..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (114K)
Date of entry/update: 13 October 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 58 - OCTOBER 2011
Date of publication: October 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Regime uses political prisoners; • Int’l community call for release; • Ojea Quintana report... INSIDE BURMA: • Crimes, conflict in NE Burma; • Peace talks with ethnics groups; • Opium production increases; • Regime’s slow flood response; • Daw Suu, Aung Kyi meet; • Political parties law amended... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Regime detains protesters; • Forced labor continues... DISPLACEMENT: • Regime displaces 112,000; • Burmese refugees in Malaysia... INTERNATIONAL: • India-regime cooperation; • ASEAN 2014 Chair; • Yingluck courts regime; • Mitchell visits Burma... ECONOMY: • Regime angers China... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (226K - English; 198K - Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/October%202011%20Burma%20Bulletin%20...
Date of entry/update: 18 November 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 57 - SEPTEMBER 2011
Date of publication: September 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Tatmadaw-KIA fighting; Shan State: Civilians targeted; Talks with UWSA, NDAA... INSIDE BURMA: Saffron Revolution 4 years on; Parliament avoids key issues; Burma still top ATS producer; Myitsone dam suspended? Daw Suu and Aung Kyi meet... HUMAN RIGHTS: Arrests and imprisonment; Media freedom restricted; Religious persecution; Political prisoners’ health; Pro-regime HRC commission... DISPLACEMENT: IDP situation worsens... INTERNATIONAL: US steps up engagement; AIPA yes, ASEAN Chair maybe; UN calls for reforms; EU calls for more access... ECONOMY: Regime token measures... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS _________________
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (207K - English; 206K - Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/September%202011%20Burma%20Bulletin%...
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs12/September_2011-Burma_Bulletin.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 October 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 56 - AUGUST 2011
Date of publication: August 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Kachin State: Civilians targeted; • Shan State: Fighting continues; • Karen State: More desertions... INSIDE BURMAp: • Parliamentary 2nd sessions; • Reshuffles and purges; • 8888 commemorated; • Daw Suu on Myitsone dam; • Daw Suu steps up activities... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Arbitrary imprisonment; • Ojea Quintana’s visit; • Regime denies HR abuses... DISPLACEMENT: • Regime blocks aid to IDPs... INTERNATIONAL: • US concerned over rapes; • Int’l cautious optimism. ECONOMY: • Regime tax cuts insufficient... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: Altsean-Burma
Format/size: pdf (180K - English, Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/August%202011%20Burma%20Bulletin%20-...
Date of entry/update: 01 September 2011


Title: POST-ELECTION BURMA: IMPUNITY STILL REIGNS, WOMEN & CHILDREN MORE VULNERABLE TO CRIMES
Date of publication: 19 July 2011
Description/subject: "• Since the 7 November elections, Burma’s regime has continued to perpetrate crimes against humanity and war crimes with total impunity. Reports of serious international crimes have increased significantly in line with the escalation of the ongoing Tatmadaw offensives in Kachin, Shan, and Karen States. • Women and children have been particularly vulnerable. Tatmadaw soldiers raped and killed women during their offensive in Kachin and Shan States. The regime also continued to recruit children into the military in order to offset the steady increase in desertions. • Between November 2010 and June 2011, the following crimes against humanity and war crimes were documented:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (124K)
Date of entry/update: 20 July 2011


Title: THEIN SEIN’S FIRST 100 DAYS: WORDS NOT MATCHED BY ACTIONS
Date of publication: 08 July 2011
Description/subject: "• One hundred days after assuming the presidency, former General Thein Sein has failed to take any meaningful steps towards political, legal, and economic reforms. Thein Sein’s policies have been a continuation of the State Peace and Development Council’s programs. • Militarization, fighting, and displacement increased in ethnic areas, where Tatmadaw troops continued to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes with impunity, including the rape of women and the killing of civilians. • Despite being promoted internationally as a “softliner” Thein Sein ensured that over 2,000 political prisoners remained behind bars while his regime continued to arbitrarily arrest and imprison citizens. • The regime ignored the National League for Democracy’s repeated calls for dialogue and stepped up harassment and threats against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party. • Thein Sein’s regime prioritized political and economic cooperation with China, India, and Russia. Concerns remained about the regime’s military cooperation with North Korea..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (106K)
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 55 - JULY 2011
Date of publication: July 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Kachin State: 20,000 IDPs; Shan State: SSA-N targeted; Karen State: conflict continues... INSIDE BURMA: Regime reshuffles; Diplomats defect; Daw Suu draws crowds; Martyr’s Day demonstration; Daw Suu meets Aung Kyi... HUMAN RIGHTS: Reports of crimes continue; NLD member arrested; Political prisoners denied rights... DISPLACEMENT: Migrant workers strike; Migrant registration in Thailand; Malaysia postpones amnesty... INTERNATIONAL: Burma a thorn in ASEAN’s side; Clinton presses Delhi on Burma; UN urges release of dissidents; Australian FM visits Burma... ECONOMY: Gem sale revenues fall by 46%; Construction projects halted; Oil and gas bids... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (166K)
Date of entry/update: 02 August 2011


Title: ETHNIC AREAS UPDATE: BURMA HEADS TOWARD CIVIL WAR
Date of publication: 29 June 2011
Description/subject: • Despite the 7 November election’s illusory promise of an inclusive democratic system, the situation in ethnic nationality areas continues to deteriorate... • In addition to the ongoing offensives against ethnic non-ceasefire groups, the Tatmadaw increasingly targeted ceasefire groups who rejected the regime’s Border Guard Force (BGF) scheme... • In Shan and Kachin States, the Tatmadaw broke ceasefire agreements signed in 1989 and 1994 respectively... • Ongoing fighting between the Tatmadaw and ethnic ceasefire and non-ceasefire groups displaced about 13,000 civilians in Kachin State, at least 700 in Northern Shan State, and forced over 1,800 to flee from Karen State into Thailand... • Civilians bore the brunt of the Tatmadaw’s military operations, which resulted in the death of 15 civilians in Northern Shan State and five in Karen State... Tatmadaw troops gang-raped at least 18 women and girls in Southern Kachin State... • Desertion continues to hit Tatmadaw battalions, including BGF units, engaged in military operations in ethnic areas... • Reports on the alleged use of chemical weapons by Tatmadaw troops surfaced during offensives against Shan State Army-North forces... • In February, in response to the Tatmadaw’s ongoing attacks in ethnic areas, 12 ethnic armed opposition groups, ceasefire groups, and political organizations agreed to form a new coalition - the Union Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)... • The situation for residents living in conflict zones of ethnic States remains grim as the regime re-launched its ‘four cuts’ policy which targets civilians... • The situation is likely to continue due to Burma’s constitution and the recently enacted laws, including the national conscription law.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (116K)
Date of entry/update: 30 June 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 54 - JUNE 2011
Date of publication: June 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Kachin State: 13,000 displaced; Shan State: 8 civilians killed; Karen State: Fighting goes on... INSIDE BURMA: Daw Suu turns 66; Daw Suu supports CoI; Regime attacks Daw Suu, NLD; UNODC’s World Drug Report... HUMAN RIGHTS: Freedom of expression; Forced labor continues; Abysmal human trafficking... DISPLACEMENT: UNHCR’s Global Trends 2010... INTERNATIONAL: Regime-North Korea ties; US calls for “concrete action”; EU: Actions not promises; Ban Ki-moon “committed”; India-regime cooperation... ECONOMY: Kyat appreciates; India deals; FDI nears US$20 billions... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (159K)
Date of entry/update: 01 July 2011


Title: 100 DAYS OF BURMA’S PARLIAMENT: STRENGTHENING THE STATUS QUO
Date of publication: 11 May 2011
Description/subject: • In the months leading up to the convening of the Parliament, SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe issues a series of laws designed to maintain the military’s grip on power. • On 31 January, the People’s Assembly and the National Assembly convene amid tight security in Naypyidaw for Burma’s first parliamentary session in 22 years. Many MPs complain about being subjected to detention-like living conditions. • The laws governing parliamentary proceedings gag MPs and restrict civilian access to the Parliament. The regime also bars domestic journalists and foreign correspondents from covering parliamentary proceedings. • Lack of genuine debate characterizes the proceedings. In the parliamentary question time, ministers brush off questions that deal with important issues and refuse to address the substantive issues raised by the MPs. • USDP and military-appointed MPs and the Speakers in both Houses of Parliament blocked 87% of the proposals submitted, including a proposal on national reconciliation. • USDP and military-appointed MPs prioritize the regime’s political agenda above the critical political and socio-economic issues that affect the daily life of the Burmese people. The Parliament approves resolutions to oppose economic sanctions and express gratitude to the SPDC. • After convening the Parliament, the regime continues to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes. Tatmadaw troops attack and forcibly displace hundred of civilians as part of their military offensives in ethnic areas. The regime also continues to arbitrarily detain and imprison dissidents.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (155K)
Date of entry/update: 13 May 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 53 - MAY 2011
Date of publication: May 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Bogus amnesty program; Political prisoners protest; Ojea Quintana slams regime... INSIDE BURMA: Conflict and displacement; Pro-democracy activities; NLD on tourism; Military strikes back; Food insecurity in Karen State; Regime neglects aid... HUMAN RIGHTS: Regime jails farmers; Burma’s press “Not Free”... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya pushed back... INTERNATIONAL: ASEAN defers regime’s bid; ASEAN civil society hijacked; Nambiar visits Burma; US sanctions & engagement; China-Burma relations; North Korea-Burma relations... ECONOMY: Regime’s Illicit financial outflow... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (167K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 52 - APRIL 2011
Date of publication: April 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: China, EU, US and the regime; China: Money & good relations; US: Sanctions & engagement; EU: Sanctions extended... INSIDE BURMA: Conflict in ethnic areas; Tatmadaw hit by desertions; Than Shwe still in the loop; Thein Sein’s Advisory Board; Pro-democracy campaigns;... Cyclone Giri six months on HUMAN RIGHTS: New regime’s first arrest; Internet freedom curtailed; US human rights reports... DISPLACEMENT: Refugees detained, deported; Migrant workers abused... INTERNATIONAL: Regime wants ASEAN Chair... ECONOMY: Gas rationing tightened... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (141K)
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2011


Title: LOCKED IN,TIED UP: BURMA’S DISCIPLINED DEMOCRACY
Date of publication: April 2011
Description/subject: CONTENTS:- WARDROBE CHANGE DOES NOT BRING DEMOCRACY... SPDC STILL IN POWER: Than Shwe calls the shots; New laws stregthen military power; New Parliament: MPs under “house arrest”; Restrictions dominate parliamentary proceedings; Political Parties Registration Law still threatens parties and MPs; Parliamentary debate a sham; Parliamentary committees to control legislative activity... THEIN SEIN: THAN SHWE’S “YES MAN” BECOMES PRESIDENT: Vice-President # 1: Tin Aungmyint Oo; Vice-President # 2: Mauk Kham aka Maung Ohn... THE CABINET: 100% ARE MEN, 86% ARE MILITARY MEN... AT THE LOCAL LEVEL: ETHNIC NATIONALITIES UNDERREPRESENTED: Key Positions at Division and State Level... PARLIAMENT WHO’S WHO: STRONGMEN, DRUG LORDS, AND CRONIES: The generals’ new clothes; Drug lords and regime cronies elected... ETHNIC NATIONALITY AREAS - CONFLICT ESCALATES: Karen State: Conflict rages; Shan State: Attacks on multiple fronts; Kachin State: Ceasefire broken, militarization increased; Chin State: Hostilities flare up; Mon State: Ceasefire on shaky ground; New ethnic military alliance formed... FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: THE CRACKDOWN CONTINUES: Media persons face harassment and imprisonment; Internet monitoring, phone bugging stepped up; Censorship intensifies... POLITICAL PRISONERS - MORE THAN 2,000 STILL DETAINED: No amnesty for political prisoners; Detention conditions remain abysmal... FLEEING BURMA’S ‘DEMOCRACY’- MORE REFUGEES AND IDPS UN says Burma is a regional burden; More Rohingya take to the sea; New arrivals at Thai-Burma border camps; SPDC Army offensives fuel internal displacement... BURMA’S ECONOMY - A BOON FOR MILITARY, CRONIES, & FOREIGN INVESTORS: Prices rise on political uncertainty; Military spending still top priority; Thousands strike in Rangoon; Students protest; Burma has the world’s sixth least free economy; Regime cronies acquire state properties; SEZs line the cronies’ pockets; Tavoy projects threaten local livelihoods and exploit workers; China’s looting of Burma continues... NLD & DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI - STILL KEY POLITICAL PLAYERS: NLD, Daw Suu step up political activities; NLD outlines economic policy; Daw Suu - selection of policy-oriented statements... ANATOMY OF THE NEW REGIME
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma (BURMA ISSUES & CONCERNS VOL.7)
Format/size: pdf (547K- OBL version; 1MB - original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Issues%20and%20Concerns/Issues%20and%20Concerns%20Vol%207....
Date of entry/update: 26 April 2011


Title: BURMA 2011: STILL A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP
Date of publication: 24 March 2011
Description/subject: • Despite the convening of the newly elected Parliament, Burma’s ‘democratically-elected’ regime is nothing more than a disguised version of the military dictatorship that has ruled Burma for the past five decades... • The military-dominated Parliament has placed high-ranking SPDC officials at the top of the country’s political system... o SPDC PM Thein Sein is the President... o SPDC’s former third-in-command Shwe Mann and the junta’s Minister of Culture Khin Aung Myint are the Speakers of the People’s Assembly and National Assembly respectively... o Twenty-six of the 30 newly appointed cabinet Ministers (all men) are either retired military officials or outgoing SPDC Ministers... o All State and Division Chief Ministers are MPs from the USDP or the appointed military bloc... • SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe ensures he will continue to “guide” Burma’s politics by naming himself the leader of a newly created State Supreme Council... • Than Shwe bypasses Parliament and issues a series of laws that are designed to maintain the military’s grip on power... • Parliamentary proceedings take place in a tightly controlled environment. SPDC-imposed procedures for MPs stifle genuine political debate and severely restrict media coverage. MPs denounce detention-like conditions in Naypyidaw... • The NLD steps up its activities in order to promote broad political participation across Burma. The pro-democracy party remains Burma’s best hope for genuine dialogue and national reconciliation... • The situation in ethnic nationality areas continues to deteriorate. The SPDC is targeting ceasefire groups that have rejected the junta’s Border Guard Force (BGF) scheme. Armed conflict between the SPDC Army and these groups has already displaced tens of thousands of civilians... • The situation for communities living in conflict zones is grim as the SPDC prepares to re-launch its inhumane ‘four cuts’ campaign... • The legal, constitutional, and ground realities of the post-election scenario do not offer evidence that justifies any softening of the existing EU Common Position. Measures must be taken to ensure there is no deterioration in the ethnic areas, particularly where ethnic opposition parties won seats... • The establishment of a CoI is extremely urgent. The creation of a CoI has a strong preventive value because it can hold the regime accountable for human rights abuses, deter future violations, promote respect for the rule of law, and obtain justice for the victims of these crimes.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (120K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 51 - MARCH 2011
Date of publication: March 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: New regime takes office; Parliamentary debate a sham; NLD still key political player... INSIDE BURMA: SPDC offensives in Shan State; Fighting in Karen & Chin States; SPDC hinders aid delivery; SPDC profiting from drugs... HUMAN RIGHTS: UN: HR situation “serious”; HRC condemns SPDC; SPDC outlaws internet calls; Ethnic persecution... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya in Bangladesh... INTERNATIONAL: Int’l community urges reforms; Denmark & Latvia support CoI... ECONOMY: Price hikes hit consumers; Strikes in Rangoon; Gem sales rake in US$2.8 bln... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (146K)
Date of entry/update: 02 April 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 50 - FEBRUARY 2011
Date of publication: February 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: SPDC clique still in power; No debate, no media coverage... INSIDE BURMA: NLD on sanctions; SPDC-ethnic groups tensions; New ethnic alliance formed; Union Day events... UN: Burma is regional burden; More Rohingya boatpeople... INTERNATIONAL: US: Sanctions stay... ECONOMY: Prices rise on uncertainty; China is Burma’s top investor; Natural resources up for grabs; Workers strike in Tavoy... OTHER BURMA NEWS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (151K)
Date of entry/update: 03 March 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 49 - JANUARY 2011
Date of publication: January 2011
Description/subject: KEY STORY: The SPDC’s new toy; Parliamentary restrictions; Military MPs appointed... INSIDE BURMA: NLD on foreign investment; NLD marks Independence Day; New military draft law; Fighting in Karen State; NLD delivers aid... HUMAN RIGHTS: Crimes in Chin State; Phone bugs and censorship; SPDC under fire in Geneva; Farmers resist confiscation; SPDC forced labor; Political prisoner tortured; Religious persecution continues... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya boat people; Refugees in Thailand... INTERNATIONAL: ASEAN calls for more dialogue... ECONOMY: Index of Economic Freedom; Students protest bus fares; Chinese investment increases... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (153K)
Date of entry/update: 02 February 2011


Title: THE 2010 GENERALS’ ELECTION
Date of publication: January 2011
Description/subject: CONTENTS: BURMA’S ELECTIONS: MORE THREATS, MORE REPRESSION, LESS DEMOCRACY... ELECTION TIMELINE... ELECTION IN NUMBERS... THE PARLIAMENT: MORE RESTRICTIONS USHER IN NEW REGIME: USDP elects Burma’s President; Impeachment impossible; Constitutional amendments monopolized; Parliamentary procedures controlled; Parliamentarians gagged; Public barred from Parliament... LAWMAKERS’ WHO’S WHO: SOLDIERS, DRUG LORDS, AND CRONIES: The generals’ new clothes; Drug lords and regime cronies elected to office... INSTABILITY INCREASES AFTER POLLS... LEGAL FRAMEWORK: UNFAIR ELECTION LAWS AGAINST INT’L STANDARDS... ELECTION ADMINISTRATION: PARTIES EXCLUDED, VOTERS DISENFRANCHISED: Election Commission ensures SPDC control over elections; Ethnic parties excluded, candidates rejected; Party and candidate registration hindered; Ethnic voters disenfranchised... ELECTION CAMPAIGN: RESTRICTIONS, THREATS, AND INTIMIDATION: Freedom of expression, assembly, and movement heavily restricted; Harassment, coercion, and vote buying; Unfair allocation of state resources... MEDIA: CENSORSHIP, HARASSMENT, AND PROPAGANDA: Private media silenced; Foreign journalists barred, domestic reporters harassed; State-run media: Censorship, threats, and 15 minutes of fame; Propaganda and threats “yes”; information “no”... VOTING AND POST ELECTION: FRAUD, IRREGULARITIES, AND RETALIATION: Fraud, irregularities, threats, and harassment; Political parties slam polls; Post-election retaliation... ELECTION COMPLAINTS: NO REDRESS FOR ELECTION VIOLATIONS... ELECTION RESULTS: A VICTORY FORETOLD FOR THE USDP... INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS: POLLS MET BY WIDESPREAD CONDEMNATION: ASEAN welcomes the election; Manila and Jakarta note concerns; UN: Election not free, fair, or transparent; US: Election “unacceptable”; EU: Election in a “climate of fear” and results “a forgone conclusion”; Japan: SPDC fails to fulfill “expectations”; Rest of the ‘West’ slams the polls; China: Polls a “critical step”.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma (BURMA ISSUES & CONCERNS VOL. 6)
Format/size: pdf (1.113MB)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2011


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 48 - DECEMBER 2010
Date of publication: December 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY:- WikiLeaks and the junta: China fed up; India screwed on gas; S’pore talking to dead people; North Korean connection... INSIDE BURMA: War crimes in Eastern Burma; SPDC rejects dialogue; Drug production increases; HIV/AIDS and malaria in Burma; Giri survivors still neglected... HUMAN RIGHTS: Freedom of information; Political prisoners... DISPLACEMENT: Refugee “ping-pong” criticized; Rohingya push-backs... INTERNATIONAL: UN urges reforms in Burma; US assess Burma situation... ECONOMY: Chinese dam slammed; Deals inked, implemented; Gem sales... OTHER BURMA NEWS REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (142K)
Date of entry/update: 04 January 2011


Title: BURMA 2010 ELECTION RECAP
Date of publication: 26 November 2010
Description/subject: Election Day; Reactions; Results; Final results; People’s Assembly results; National Assembly results..... Widespread evidence of electoral fraud, irregularities, threats, harassment, and lack of independent monitoring characterized Election Day and the days leading up to it... The election process was met by widespread condemnation inside and outside Burma, with the significant exception of ASEAN and China... In total, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won 883 (or 76.52%) of the 1,154 seats at stake in the election... The USDP’s overwhelming majority in both houses of Parliament, coupled with the 25% of the seats occupied by the military, means that the USDP/military bloc can unilaterally amend the 2008 constitution (which, for ordinary matters, requires the approval of over 75% of the representatives of both houses of Parliament). In addition, the USDP/military bloc can unilaterally elect Burma’s next President.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (320K)
Date of entry/update: 25 November 2010


Title: BEFORE AND AFTER THE ELECTIONS: THE CRIMES CONTINUE
Date of publication: 16 November 2010
Description/subject: "In the 48 hours after the SPDC’s rigged elections, over 25,000 civilians fled to Thailand after fighting broke out between the SPDC Army and a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army along a 150km stretch of the Thai-Burmese border. The fighting displaced thousands more on the Burmese side of the border. These incidents add to concerns that the regime will expand its offensive against ethnic nationality groups in Northern and Eastern Burma, and lead to even more crimes against humanity and war crimes. The regime may be relying on the sham elections and the “release” of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to distract international attention from the border situation and buy it time to launch more strikes against ethnic communities. Calling for the SPDC to act with restraint is ineffective, because the perpetration of serious international crimes is a fundamental part of its military strategy. In addition, the 2008 constitution, which will come into effect when the National Parliament convenes, guarantees the military immunity for its past misdeeds. While the international community took a “wait-and-see” position with regard to the junta’s planned elections, in the two months prior to the 7 November election, the following crimes were documented: * At least six extrajudicial killings. * Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas. * At least nine people, including two monks, were subjected to arbitrary imprisonment. * Systematic persecution of Rohingya communities. * At least three cases of rape and sexual violence. A UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma is the most practical step forward to prevent more crimes, obtain justice for victims, and provide the basis for national reconciliation and sustainable peace in the country..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (173K)
Date of entry/update: 16 November 2010


Title: QUOTABLE DAW SUU
Date of publication: 15 November 2010
Description/subject: After her release from seven years under house arrest, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken on a wide range of issues concerning the past, present, and future of Burma. What follows is a summary of the statements she made in the 48 hours that followed her 13 November release....On the 2010 elections...On the NLD...On cooperation with other pro-democracy forces...On ethnic issues...On dialogue and national reconciliation...On talks with SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe...On the military...On people’s participation...On her detention...On political prisoners...On democracy, rule of law, and human rights...On politics...On economic sanctions...On the management of Burma’s natural resources...On China
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (75K)
Date of entry/update: 16 November 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 47 - NOVEMBER 2010
Date of publication: November 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Election fraud & irregularities; Political parties slam polls; Election results; Int’l community rebukes polls; Parliamentary restrictions... INSIDE BURMA: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi freed; Leaders hail Daw Suu’s release; SPDC harasses HIV patients; UNODC report on ATS; Aid needed in Arakan State; SPDC still uses landmines; IAEA visit urged... HUMAN RIGHTS: Freedom of information; Religious freedom... DISPLACEMENT: 27,000 flee to Thailand... INTERNATIONAL: UNGA resolution on Burma; Nambiar meets Daw Suu... ECONOMY: New deals; Fuel rationing returns... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS _____________________________________
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (224K)
Date of entry/update: 02 December 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 46 - OCTOBER 2010
Date of publication: October 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: UN slams election process; Independent monitors banned; Mass release of prisoners?; NLD boycott campaign; Anti-election protests intensify; SPDC pressures ethnic groups; New flag unfurled; Int’l criticism of election process... INSIDE BURMA: Cyclone Giri strikes Burma; Health emergency in E. Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: Ojea Quintana calls for CoI; Freedom of information; Detention conditions; Forced labor... DISPLACEMENT: SPDC displaces 73,000 people; Migrant workers in Thailand; Thailand and repatriation... INTERNATIONAL: RP and RI criticize SPDC polls; Daw Suu’s release uncertain; Ban Ki-moon “frustrated”; Relations with Laos & Thailand... ECONOMY: Tavoy deep-sea port; Burma’s corruption; Toyota pulls out of Burma; Explosion at oil pipeline... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (226K)
Date of entry/update: 02 November 2010


Title: BURMA’S 2010 ELECTIONS: THE STORY SO FAR
Date of publication: October 2010
Description/subject: "This briefer shows that despite the SPDC’s repeated pledges for “free and fair” elections, indicators for election monitoring based on EU, UN, and OSCE guidelines point to the contrary. The SPDC election laws and conduct of the SPDC Election Commission have caused the dissolution of parties that won 84% of seats in the last election, and disenfranchised at least 1.5 million voters. LEGAL FRAMEWORK • The SPDC election laws are not in accordance with international standards and prevent the exercise of fundamental freedoms and political rights. • Election laws bar over 2,000 political prisoners from being members of political parties. The NLD and other parties would have had to expel their imprisoned leaders, such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to be eligible to participate. ELECTION ADMINISTRATION • The SPDC Election Commission has not acted in an independent, impartial, and transparent manner. • A number of political parties and candidates have been barred by the Election Commission’s discriminatory restrictions. • The Election Commission financial requirements and tight deadlines for candidate registration hindered the political parties’ ability to field candidates. • The Election Commission has canceled the polls in more than 3,400 villages in ethnic areas, disenfranchising around 1.5 million voters. ELECTION CAMPAIGN • The SPDC has limited the ability of political parties, candidates, and their supporters to campaign. Regime authorities have detained those who have spoken out against the polls. • Regime officials have harassed, intimidated, and coerced party candidates and their supporters and engaged in vote buying schemes. • The junta-proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has liberally used state resources and relied on state institutions, civil servants, and SPDC officials for the party’s campaign activities. MEDIA • The SPDC Censorship Board has unjustifiably limited the ability of independent media to report on election issues and developments. • State-owned media has tightly restricted media access of candidates and political parties. • State-run media have failed to provide sufficient information to enable voters to make an informed voting decision."
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (447K - English; 482K - Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Thai/Burma%202010%20elections%20-%20Th...
Date of entry/update: 27 October 2010


Title: THE SPDC’S CRIMES CONTINUE: A UN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY IS STILL NEEDED TO PROTECT BURMA’S PEOPLE
Date of publication: 28 September 2010
Description/subject: • In March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma Tomás Ojea Quintana said that the “gross and systematic” human rights abuses in Burma “were the result of state policy” and recommended that the UN consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry. • Following Ojea Quintana’s recommendation, Australia, the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the US, Canada, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, and Ireland endorsed the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry on crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma. EU and Indonesian MPs also have endorsed the creation of a Commission of Inquiry as well. • Since the publication of the SPDC election laws in March, the regime continued to perpetrate crimes against humanity and war crimes with total impunity. These grave human rights violations underscore the urgent need for a Commission of Inquiry. • A Commission of Inquiry, in addition to opening a door for victims’ rights to truth and justice, also has a preventive value to discourage more crimes from being perpetrated. • In the six-month period between March and August 2010, the following SPDC war crimes/crimes against humanity were documented: **At least 15 extrajudicial killings. **Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas. ** Six hundred people were forcibly displaced in military attacks that targeted civilians. ** At least 14 people subjected to arbitrary imprisonment. ** At least eight cases of rape and sexual violence. ** Systematic persecution of Rohingya communities. ** At least two children were recruited as child soldiers, and another child was killed for resisting. • Ongoing military tensions with armed groups, including anger over disenfranchisement of some ethnic groups over the election, has increased the likelihood of escalated armed conflict and related serious crimes after the 7 November polls.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (96K)
Date of entry/update: 29 September 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 45 - SEPTEMBER 2010
Date of publication: September 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Ethnics excluded; Activists arrested; Media restrictions and threats; Boycotts and protests; Daw Suu allowed to vote?... INSIDE BURMA: Ethnic groups clash with SPDC; NLD activities continue; SPDC Army woes; SPDC buys helicopters; Nuclear program goes on; Burma behind on MDGs; Militias and drug production... HUMAN RIGHTS: Pegu killing; Monks still monitored; Arrest and prison sentences... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya still pushed back; Burmese migrants protest... INTERNATIONAL: Support for CoI grows; NLD dissolution condemned; Burma-related meetings in NY; SPDC and China cozy-up... ECONOMY: SPDC arbitrary taxation; More privatizations; New deals... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (166K- English; 216K - Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/Thai/September%202010%20Burma%20Bulletin%...
Date of entry/update: 27 October 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 44 -- AUGUST 2010
Date of publication: August 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY; Election timeline; Threats and harassment; Additional restrictions; More censorship; Discontent grows; Protests; Pre-election military reshuffle... INSIDE BURMA: NLD boycott campaign; Junta stops aid visas; DKBA splits over BGF... HUMAN RIGHTS: Arrest and prison sentences; Religious freedom; Detention conditions; Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya woes in Bangladesh... INTERNATIONAL: US endorses CoI on Burma; Int’l concerns over elections... ECONOMY: Thailand hedges on gas; US fines Barclays bank; China investment; SPDC suspends visa-on-arrival; SPDC threatens workers... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (145K)
Date of entry/update: 01 September 2010


Title: SPDC ELECTION LAWS STRANGLE DEMOCRACY
Date of publication: 15 July 2010
Description/subject: "Despite the SPDC’s repeated pledges for “free and fair” elections, the junta’s legal framework for the polls, including five laws issued in March and Directive 2/2010 issued in June, is repressive and undemocratic. The Election Commission Law empowers the SPDC to handpick the Election Commission, which presides over all aspects of the electoral process. Led by a former military judge, it is authorized to cancel elections in some areas. The Political Parties Registration Law effectively bans political prisoners (leaders of NLD, ethnic nationality parties and 88-Generation Students) from membership of political parties. The Assembly laws reiterate the ban on political prisoners, members of religious orders, and civil servants from standing for election, either as members of political parties or as independent candidates. The laws also ban members of religious orders and those serving prison sentences from voting. Directive 2/2010 imposes severe restrictions on political parties’ activities, including gatherings held at their own headquarters or branches"
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (127K - English; 133K - Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Thai/SPDC%20Election%20Laws%20Strangle...
Date of entry/update: 27 October 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 43 -- JULY 2010
Date of publication: July 2010
Description/subject: IN THIS ISSUE:- KEY STORY: 2 Unfair resource allocation; 2 Unfair registration process; 2 Censorship intensifies; 3 Coercion and bribes; 3 Acts of defiance continue... INSIDE BURMA: 3 Military offensive continues; 3 Junta and ceasefire groups; 4 NLD marks Martyrs’ Day; 4 More restrictions on Daw Suu; 4 Aid still needed in the delta; 4 Dengue spreads and kills... HUMAN RIGHTS: 5 Monks targeted; 5 Arrest and prison sentence; 5 Win Htein released... DISPLACEMENT: 5 Deported migrants in jeopardy... INTERNATIONAL: 5 SPDC in the hot seat at AMM; 6 US turns up the heat on SPDC; 6 SPDC nuclear program; 7 North Korean FM visits Burma; 7 Than Shwe goes to India... ECONOMY: 7 Economic mismanagement; 8 New deals for cronies; 8 SPDC shuts Thai border; 9 Thailand signs new gas deal... 9 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 10 REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (148K)
Date of entry/update: 02 August 2010


Title: BURMA~ WOMEN’S VOICES FOR PEACE "မြန်မာနိုင်ငံငြိမ်း ချမ်းရေးအတွက် အမျိုးသမီးများ၏ အသံများ"
Date of publication: 10 June 2010
Description/subject: CONTENTS: MAP OF BURMA; FOREWORD Debbie Stothard; INTRODUCTION Janie Conway-Herron; HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Pan Yein Nge; A JOURNEY FOR CHANGE Kham Lay; WAR Mi Nyo; RUNNING TO SURVIVE Preh Mo; AYESHA The Arakan Project; MY EXPERIENCE OF A DIFFICULT LIFE Nay Chi; UNFORGETTABLE LIFE Shar; QUALITY AND STANDARD A Phoo; FORCED TO CHOOSE Laminlay; MY MOTHERLAND AND ME Kay Zin Lin; WAITING TO ESCAPE THE “GOD OF THE HOUSEHOLD” Lway Shwe Kyae; THE DESERTED DINNER TABLE Kon Chan Gakao; THE RAINY SEASONS THAT PASSED Saung; THE LIFE OF KYAT TU RWAY Kyat Tu Rway; FUTURE RAY OF HOPE Yu Ka Lit; MY SUCCESS The Arakan Project; RESILIENCE Nay Jar Yine; SILENT TEARS, BLEEDING HEART Lack Son Pop Htaw; FROM LADY TO ACTIVIST Yaung Pyan; FOLLOWING MY MOTHER'S FOOTSTEPS Rakhaing Thu; DIARY OF A SUPPORTIVE WIFE Khayay Phyu; BROKEN BOWL Lae Lae; A PLACE CALLED “BURMA” Han Thu Lwin; PEACE IN BURMA Parrot; THE DISPERSION OF A PEOPLE Sayblumoo; LIFE = CREDIT + DEBT Ki Ki; RAISING THE DRAGON'S HEAD Ki Ki; WOMEN'S HOPE Soe Meh "မြန်မာနိုင်ငံ ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးအတွက်အမျိုးသမီးများအသံ" စာအုပ်ဟာသနပ်ခါးအဖွဲ့ရဲ့ (၇) ကြိမ်မြောက်စုစည်းမှုဖြစ်ပြီး မြန်မာနိုင်ငံက အမျိုးသမီးတွေကနေ ရေးသားထားတဲ့ စာအုပ်ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။ "
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Thanakha Team (ed)
Format/size: pdf (682 - English; 1.2MB - Burmese)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/Womens_Voices_For_Peace(bu)-red.pdf
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Womens%20Voices/Womens%20Voices%20For%20Peace%20-%20Englis...
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Womens%20Voices/Womens%20Voices%20For%20Peace%20-%20Burmes...
Date of entry/update: 27 October 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 42 -- JUNE 2010
Date of publication: June 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: More election restrictions; Forced recruitment of party members; Parties’ financial woes; Registration still delayed... INSIDE BURMA: Nuclear program revealed; Junta rattled by leaks; New arms procurement; Junta shelves BGF issue; Daw Suu’s 65th birthday; Daw Suu detention arbitrary; Floods hit Arakan State; Forced relocation continues; Drug production increases... HUMAN RIGHTS: “Worst of the worst”; Prison sentence; No unions in the Union; ILO says forced labor continues... DISPLACEMENT: Burma on US trafficking list; Rohingya in Bangladesh; Int’l concern over refugees; Thailand migrant crackdown... INTERNATIONAL: Visits to Naypyidaw; US concerned by NK ties; EU initiatives... ECONOMY: Petrol stations open; New deals with China... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (166K)
Date of entry/update: 04 July 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 41 -- MAY 2010
Date of publication: May 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • 2010 elections; • Opposition to election; • NDF applies for registration; • International concern over elections... INSIDE BURMA: • NLD activities; • Cracks in the regime; • New anti-terrorism law; • Dam project fuels abuses; • SPDC recruits local militias; • Aid still needed in the delta; • Child soldiers; • Water shortages hit Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Freedom of information; • Detention conditions; • Prison sentences;... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya flee to Bangladesh... INTERNATIONAL: • Campbell meets Daw Suu; • US renews Burma sanctions; • NK supplies technology... ECONOMY: • SPDC issues bank licenses... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (209K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2010


Title: SPDC ELECTION LAWS SET THE STAGE FOR SHAM ELECTIONS
Date of publication: 26 April 2010
Description/subject: "The following paper gives a concrete update since the last report ALTSEAN published on the electoral process in Burma [See ALTSEAN - Burma report on 2010 Elections : a recipe for continued conflict on: www.altsean.org/Reports/2010Electionsbis. php. ] It also explains how the regime is preparing itself for the day after the elections which are organized with only one aim: to ensure that the country will remain still hostage of the military for many more years to come.... Highlights: • The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) issues five repressive election laws that will ensure that the polls held in Burma later this year will be neither free nor fair. • Some of the repressive provisions include: – Giving the Election Commission the authority to deny or delay elections in ethnic nationality areas for “security reasons”. – Excluding those who convicted of a crime and serving a jail term from being a member of a political party. – Forbidding those associated with armed opposition groups - and potentially including those associated with ceasefire groups that reject the SPDC’s Border Guard Force (BGR) ultimatum - from taking part in the elections. • The SPDC continues to place severe restrictions on freedom and expression and assembly. • In response to the unfair and undemocratic election laws, the National League for Democracy (NLD) announces that it will boycott the SPDC’s elections. • In the meantime, the SPDC prepares to transfer its authority to junta-backed political parties and sell state assets to its loyal cronies. • On the border, ethnic tensions escalate as ceasefire groups refuse to accept the SPDC’s ultimatum that their militaries become BGFs. • In early 2010, SPDC military offensives in Eastern Burma displace more than 4,100 villagers. • UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma recommends the UN consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the SPDC. 4 / • Regardless of how the elections are conducted, the SPDC’s constitution will perpetuate military rule, because it stipulates that: – The military occupies 25% of the seats in Parliament and controls 3 key Ministries; – The military has effective veto power over constitutional amendments; – The National Defense and Security Council further entrenches the military; – Basic human rights are still threatened..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Format/size: pdf (718K)
Date of entry/update: 01 May 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 40 -- APRIL 2010
Date of publication: April 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Generals in suits and ties; Restrictions on media intensify; Ethnics oppose elections; Election laws condemned... INSIDE BURMA: Fifth BGF ultimatum rejected; NLD to continue its activities; Daw Suu health concerns; Explosive April; SPDC-Belarus cooperation; SPDC still restricts aid... HUMAN RIGHTS: Arrests; Press and religious freedoms... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya in Bangladesh... INTERNATIONAL: ASEAN calls for free & fair polls; EU extends sanctions... ECONOMY: New deals... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (204K)
Date of entry/update: 01 May 2010


Title: THE SPDC’S CRIMES CONTINUE IN 2010: A UNSC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY IS NEEDED TO PROTECT BURMA’S PEOPLE
Date of publication: April 2010
Description/subject: • Since the publication of our briefer “International crimes in Burma: the urgent need for a Commission of Inquiry,” in October 2009 the SPDC has continued to commit crimes against its own people. • In March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma Tomás Ojea Quintana said that the “gross and systematic” human rights abuses in Burma “were the result of state policy” and recommended that the UN consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry. • In the first three months of 2010, the SPDC continued to perpetrate crimes against humanity and war crimes with total impunity, highlighting the urgent need for a UN Security Council-mandated Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma. • In the three-month period, the following SPDC war crimes/crimes against humanity were documented: *At least nine victims of extrajudicial killings. * At least four instances of forced labor. * An additional 4,100 people were forcibly displaced in military attacks that targeted civilians. * At least 11 people subjected to arbitrary imprisonment. * The continued use of torture. * At least one case of rape and sexual violence. * Systematic and widespread persecution of Muslim Rohingya communities. * At least two children were recruited as child soldiers.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (126K)
Date of entry/update: 21 April 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 39 -- MARCH 2010
Date of publication: March 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: NLD boycotts elections; SPDC unfair election laws; Restrictions continue; Other election news in brief; Groups condemns SPDC laws; International reactions.... INSIDE BURMA: Ethnic tension escalates; Villagers flee forced recruitment; More Chinese trucks; SPDC still behind drug trade.... HUMAN RIGHTS: Ojea Quintana calls for CoI; UN HRC condemns SPDC; UK & US human rights reports; In and out of jail; Freedom of information.... DISPLACEMENT: Rohingya humanitarian crisis; Migrant workers in Thailand.... INTERNATIONAL: UNSC discusses SPDC laws.... ECONOMY: Strikes continue; Alcatel-Lucent helps SPDC.... OTHER BURMA NEWS.... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (231K)
Date of entry/update: 21 April 2010


Title: EASTERN BURMA: 118,800 DISPLACED IN 18 MONTHS
Date of publication: 03 February 2010
Description/subject: * In the 18 months spanning July 2008-December 2009, SPDC military operations displaced at least 118,800 (43,800 refugees and 75,000 internally displaced persons) people in Eastern Burma alone. * Of this figure, at least 16,800 were victims of crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined under international law. * Much of the displacement was the result of the junta's program to secure military and political control over ethnic areas in the lead-up to the SPDC's planned elections this year. * Displacement is expected to increase as the regime intensifies pressure on ethnic groups resisting the elections that are predicated on a constitution designed to legitimize the military regime's political and economic subjugation of ethnic nationalities. * At the start of 2010, SPDC Army crimes against humanity and war crimes in Eastern Burma pushed 2,000 Karen into the jungles.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (119K)
Date of entry/update: 04 February 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 38 – FEBRUARY 2010
Date of publication: February 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Displaced people threatened; • 2,100 driven into the jungle; • Thailand repatriates Karen; • Crackdown on Rohingya... INSIDE BURMA: • SPDC releases Tin Oo; • Daw Suu appeal rejected; • NLD activities; • 2010 election news; • BGF talks at an impasse; • 500,000 homeless in the delta... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Junta snubs Ojea Quintana; • Detention conditions; • Prison sentences; • Releases; • Torture and death... DISPLACEMENT: • Migrants threatened... INTERNATIONAL: • Calls for free and fair elections... ECONOMY: • More “privatizations”; • Strikes in Rangoon... OTHER BURMA NEWS.. REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (221K)
Date of entry/update: 07 March 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 37 - JANUARY 2010
Date of publication: January 2010
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Economic mismanagement... 2 SPDC way to privatization... 2 Corruption cripples Burma..... INSIDE BURMA: 3 Election promises... 3 Protests, boycotts, campaigns... 4 NLD marks Independence Day... 4 NLD re-organizes CEC... 5 SPDC toys with Daw Suu... 5 SPDC Army gets new radios... 5 Military reshuffles... 5 Death sentences for officials... 6 Opium cultivation increased... 6 SPDC presses on BGF..... HUMAN RIGHTS: 7 Reports blasts SPDC... 7 Arrests and prison sentences... 7 SPDC-ILO agreement extended..... DISPLACEMENT: 8 Two thousand Karen flee... 8 Rohingya plight worsens... 8 Thailand extends deadline..... INTERNATIONAL: 9 Int’l concerns over elections... 9 US: No progress in Burma... 9 SPDC acts on anti-India groups..... ECONOMY: 9 Civil servants pay hikes..... 10 OTHER BURMA NEWS..... 11 REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (173K)
Date of entry/update: 01 February 2010


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 36 - DECEMBER 2009
Date of publication: December 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 China presses SPDC; 2 China & SPDC sign key deals... INSIDE BURMA: 3 Ethnics prepare for conflict; 3 Opium cultivation increases; 3 SPDC snubs Daw Suu; 4 2010 elections news; 4 Officials charged with spying; 4 SPDC dooms Burma’s children... HUMAN RIGHTS: 5 Detention conditions; 5 In and out of prison; 5 Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: 5 Rohingya pushed back; 6 Burmese migrants strike... INTERNATIONAL: 6 MPs call for COI; 7 UNGA condemns SPDC; 7 Goodbye Gambari; 7 US sees no progress in Burma; 7 EU engages SPDC... ECONOMY: 8 Stiglitz offers advice to SPDC; 8 From Russia with love; 8 Power to China; 9 Credit Suisse sanctioned... 9 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 10 REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (189K)
Date of entry/update: 04 January 2010


Title: NEW US POLICY: AN ALIBI FOR REGIONAL COMPLACENCY
Date of publication: 05 November 2009
Description/subject: BURMA’S NEIGHBORS MISINTERPRETING US POLICY REVIEW... WHAT IS THE NEW US POLICY?... SPDC PLACATES NEIGHBORS... COMPLACENCY FUELS SPDC ABUSES: Political prisoners; Displacement; BGF ultimatum has fueled instability in border areas... SPDC THREATENS REGIONAL STABILITY: China; Bangladesh... OPPOSITION TO THE 2010 ELECTIONS GROWS... DAW SUU REACHES OUT TO THE SPDC... RECOMMENDATIONS..... • The new US policy on Burma, combining long-standing sanctions with high-level engagement, has been deliberately misread by Burma’s neighbors and used to justify greater tolerance of the regime’s escalating crimes against humanity and war crimes. The misrepresentation has: o Emboldened the SPDC’s sense that it can placate its neighbors through rhetoric instead of genuine reform; o Created a sense of complacency in the region that conditions in Burma are actually improving; and o Tacitly encouraged the SPDC to jail opposition leaders and persecute ethnic nationalities. • Essentially, the new US policy means: o “Pragmatic engagement”, aimed at achieving meaningful reforms, will supplement and not replace sanctions; o Discussions on easing sanctions will be possible only if significant advances on core human rights and democracy issues occur; and o The option remains of tightening sanctions on the regime and its supporters if the situation worsens. • Despite the hype over improvements in Burma, the facts reveal the opposite: o As of September, there was a record high of 2,211 political prisoners as a result of the SPDC’s intensified crackdown on political dissidents. The crackdown, coupled with the bogus trial of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ensures that viable opposition candidates in the 2010 elections are locked up. o Escalating crimes against humanity and war crimes against ethnic communities have led to a sharp spike in displacement. • President Obama must use the ASEAN-US Summit in mid-November in Singapore to reinforce the key elements of the US policy on Burma. President Obama should utilize his Asia trip to draw in governments in the region, in particular China, onto the same page as the US and not the other way around. • In the wake of some governments’ rejection of human rights groups at the recent ASEAN Summit, President Obama must speak up forcefully in favor of human rights defenders and the vital role of an independent civil society. • US officials need to clearly articulate a set of benchmarks hinged on human rights and democracy to measure progress in Burma in the run-up to the 2010 elections. It is also critical to ensure: o The election law guarantees participation of all people, including political activists, as voters and candidates; o Changes to the constitutional article on amendments to remove an effective military veto and reflect common practice
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (106K)
Date of entry/update: 06 November 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 35 - NOVEMBER 2009
Date of publication: November 2009
Description/subject: IN THIS ISSUE:- KEY STORY: 1 US presses SPDC on reforms 2 Obama defies ASEAN 2 Clinton holds the line 2 Campbell & Marciel to Burma... INSIDE BURMA: 3 Daw Suu reaches out 4 SPDC reshuffles 4 SPDC extends BGF deadline 4 Drug exports increase 5 New aid initiatives 5 Landmine casualties increase 6 SPDC recruits child soldiers... HUMAN RIGHTS: 6 Arrests and prison sentences 6 Detention conditions 7 Forced labor complaints soar... DISPLACEMENT: 7 Rohingya pushed back... INTERNATIONAL: 7 UN Committee slams SPDC 8 Japan ties aid to reforms... ECONOMY: 8 Constitution’s economic impact 8 Corruption Perception Index 8 Pipeline construction begins 9 Gas sales and revenues grow... 9 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 11 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (165K)
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2009


Title: GUILTY AS PLANNED
Date of publication: 07 October 2009
Description/subject: The SPDC’s sentence that extended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another 18 months further demonstrates the military regime's ambitions to silence Burma’s greatest hope for peace and national reconciliation. The sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a vicious part of the SPDC’s “roadmap” to ensure that the most viable pro-democracy candidates will be unable to run in the 2010 elections..... “Guilty as planned” covers the trial and sentencing of Daw Aung Suu Kyi, the recent SPDC crackdown on pro-democracy advocates, as well as the broad condemnation of the SPDC’s actions from the international community."• On 11 August 2009, following an 86-day sham trial, the military regime sentences Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in prison with hard labor for allegedly violating the conditions of her house arrest. Shortly after the verdict’s announcement, SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe commutes the sentence to 18 months to be served under house arrest. • On 2 October, the regime denies Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal on her conviction, which effectively bars her from participating in the SPDC’s planned 2010 elections. • The sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a vicious part of the SPDC’s “roadmap” to ensure that the most viable pro-democracy candidates will be unable to run in the elections. • UN Special Rapporteur on human right in Burma Tomás Ojea Quintana says that the continuation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest was a “blow” to the SPDC’s roadmap. • In September, the number of political prisoners reaches a record high 2,211. Over the past 12 months, Burma’s military regime has sentenced 351 dissidents to prison terms, including 86 NLD members, 50 members of the 88 Generation Students group, and 25 Buddhist monks. • With a few exceptions, the the international community broadly condemns the trial and conviction of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.".... 1 DAW SUU CONVICTED; 2 Baseless trial, scripted verdict; 3 SPDC divided under pressure; 4 Climate of fear; 4 Roadmap to prison... 5 INT’L REACTIONS: 5 ASEAN; 6 Thailand; 6 Indonesia; 6 Malaysia; 6 Philippines; 7 Singapore; 7 Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam; 7 China; 7 India; 8 UN; 8 US; 9 EU... 9 THE LADY SPEAKS: 9 Dialogue; 10 Constructive engagement; 11 Sanctions, investment, tourism; 11 Humanitarian aid; 11 Role of the military... 12 TRIAL TIMELINE... 17 INT’L REACTIONS... 22 LEGISLATORS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (281K)
Date of entry/update: 07 October 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 34 - OCTOBER 2009
Date of publication: October 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: ASEAN backs off on Burma; ASEAN: No civil rights for civil society; Human Rights Commission inaugurated... INSIDE BURMA: Daw Suu’s appeal rejected; Sanctions talks; Ethnic groups oppose 2010 elections; Ceasefire groups resist BGF ultimatum; Pro-junta groups incorporated into BGFs; ASEAN, US, and EU pledge new aid; Rats reach Kachin and Arakan States; Burmese heroin still a threat to the region... HUMAN RIGHTS: Human rights situation “alarming”; Arrests; Prison sentences; Custodial death; Freedom of information; Religious freedom; Forced labor... DISPLACEMENT: Number of IDPs rising; Rohingya used as pawns; Burmese migrants in Thailand... INTERNATIONAL: Burma-Bangladesh crisis; Switzerland, East Timor call for arms embargo... ECONOMY: Burmese timber exports to China; Mobile phones in Naypyidaw; SPDC gem sales; Trade with Bangladesh, Thailand, and Sudan... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (200K)
Date of entry/update: 06 November 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 33 - SEPTEMBER 2009
Date of publication: September 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Mass release of prisoners 2 Arrests and imprisonment 3 Crackdown on monks... INSIDE BURMA: 4 Daw Suu reaches out to SPDC 5 New parties galore 5 Kokang offensive ends 5 Conflict between SPDC and Wa 6 BGF talks go nowhere 6 SPDC Army desertions 7 Bombs 7 Food insecurity continues... HUMAN RIGHTS: 7 Detention conditions... DISPLACEMENT: 7 Refugees remain in China... INTERNATIONAL: 8 US unveils new Burma policy 8 SPDC moans about sanctions 8 UNSG: Free ALL dissidents 9 Thailand crackdown... ECONOMY: 9 Gas deals increase instability 10 Daewoo/CNPC/GAIL deal 10 New 5,000 kyat note 10 Jetstar propping up SPDC?... 10 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 12 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (184K)
Date of entry/update: 02 October 2009


Title: BURMESE UPRISING REDUX
Date of publication: 07 August 2009
Description/subject: August 8 marks the anniversary of the 1988 nationwide popular uprising against Burma’s military regime. The 1988 uprising represents the Burmese people’s ongoing struggle against the regime’s protracted economic mismanagement and political oppression... Twenty-one years later, the military regime’s misrule has turned Burma into: - One the world’s Least Developed Countries; - The world’s third most economically repressed country, and the second most corrupt; - The world’s third largest source of refugees and asylum seekers; - The worst internal displacement situation in Southeast Asia, and the fourth worst in Asia; - The country with the highest number of child soldiers; and - The top producer of opium and amphetamines in Southeast Asia and the second largest opium producer in the world... The SPDC’s promise of democratic reform, embodied in its “seven-step roadmap to democracy”, has translated into greater oppression of the regime’s opponents, with the number of political prisoners reaching a record high of 2,160... The expected outcome of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial could trigger a new wave of protests across the country, as she commands great trust and respect among the all of Burma’s people... The regime’s backlash against ethnic ceasefire groups’ refusal to surrender control of their armies and participate in the bogus 2010 elections has the potential to plunge Burma into renewed conflict.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 07 August 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 32 - AUGUST 2009
Date of publication: August 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Guilty as planned; • Baseless trial, scripted verdict; • International reactions... INSIDE BURMA: • Onslaught in Shan State; • SPDC attacks spill into China; • SPDC targets women; • BGF inflames border areas; • Transitional package; • Pro-democracy campaigns; • Monks harassed; • SPDC dams future... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Arrests and imprisonment; • Prison transfers... DISPLACEMENT: • More Karen refugees; • Malaysia mistreats migrants; • Rohingya die in Thai detention... INTERNATIONAL: • China rebukes the SPDC... ECONOMY: • Trade hits record high; • Burma’s gas balloons; • Korean deals... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (175 K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/August%202009%20Burma%20Bulletin.pdf
http://www.altsean.org/Docs/DOC%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/August%202009%20Burma%20Bulletin.doc
Date of entry/update: 02 September 2009


Title: ACTION NEEDED: BURMESE JUNTA THREATENS COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL SECURITY
Date of publication: 18 July 2009
Description/subject: "Disturbing recent developments concerning evidence of the Burmese military regime’s close cooperation with the North Korean regime, including acquisition of long-range ballistic missile technology, must serve as an urgent wake-up call to members of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). It is time for the ARF, which brings together ASEAN member states and regional dialogue partners, to move beyond unconditional diplomacy and reduce the Burmese military regime’s capability to threaten the comprehensive security of the region. Action must include restrictions and greater regulation of transactions and entities implicated in weapons deals with the regime and its proxies. It is particularly crucial that those implicated, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and China, take effective steps to stem the flow of funds and technology needed for such deals. These sanctions are less likely to hurt ordinary Burmese who do not use the formal banking system because of prohibitive commissions and rules on retail customers..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 20 July 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 31 - JULY 2009
Date of publication: July 2009
Description/subject: • The SPDC’s trial of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi continues. Facing intense international pressure and fearing a new wave of anti-junta street protests, the regime postpones the verdict to 11 August... • SPDC uses UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Burma as a public relations ploy. SPDC Chairman denies Ban’s request to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi... • ASEAN FM meeting in Phuket issues statement calling on the SPDC to release all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Meanwhile, the regime jails 87-year old NLD elected MP Kyaw Khaing... • Newly established ASEAN human rights body fails to provide protection and enforcement mechanisms... • US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expresses concern over possible nuclear ties between the North Korean and Burmese regimes at the ARF. • US President Barack Obama extends economic sanctions on the SPDC... • Two-hundred more Karen refugees flee to Thailand, seeking protection from DKBA abuses... • Kachin Independence Organization delegates fail to reach agreement with SPDC on transforming KIA into border guard force. In response, the regime sends reinforcements and more armaments to its military forces in Kachin State... • Rohingya flee SPDC harassment and oppression in Arakan State, only to face violence and expulsion from Bangladesh... • For the first time, Malaysian authorities confirm that government officials were involved in the exploitation of Burmese migrants at its border... • SPDC obstructs aid to the survivors of Chin famine, Kachin landslides, and cyclone Nargis.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (172K)
Date of entry/update: 03 August 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 30 - JUNE 2009
Date of publication: June 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi trial • International condemnation • Solidarity with Daw Suu • Daw Suu’s birthday... INSIDE BURMA: • Karen State offensive • Ceasefire groups tensions • Child soldiers • SPDC soldiers rape women • Monks harassed • North Korean connection • Aid hard to give • Education out of reach • Diarrhea, cholera, dengue • Heroin use in Kachin State • World Drug Report... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Arrests and prison sentences • Detention conditions • Freedom of information • ILO hammers SPDC • Indexes on Burma • Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: • Karen State exodus • No home for Rohingya • Malaysia pays for abuse • Free to work, not to travel... INTERNATIONAL: • Asian leaders push SPDC • Gambari’s trip to Burma • SPDC strains relations... ECONOMY: • Trade hits record high... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS...
Language: English, Burmese, Shan, Karen
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (197K)
Date of entry/update: 08 July 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 29 - MAY 2009
Date of publication: May 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Daw Suu’s show trial; Timeline; Solidarity with Daw Suu; International outrage; ASEAN turns up the heat; ASEM & ASEAN-EU meetings; UNSG and UNSC; ASEAN MPs slam SPDC... INSIDE BURMA: A rock and a hard place; Escalating violence; Nargis one year on; War on children... HUMAN RIGHTS: ICC campaign; Freedom of information; Detention conditions; Forced labor... DISPLACEMENT: Chasing the tail; BDR push back; Death in Malaysian camps... INTERNATIONAL: US and EU sanctions... ECONOMY: Empty baskets; Full of gas; Corporate social responsibility... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (200K)
Date of entry/update: 07 June 2009


Title: THE 14th ASEAN SUMMIT: LITTLE CHANGE DESPITE CHARTER
Date of publication: 10 April 2009
Description/subject: "ASEAN leaders’ promotion of the newly enacted ASEAN Charter as an instrument of change rang hollow at the 14th ASEAN summit because of the organization’s failure to effectively deal with the problems created by the Burmese military regime. The failure was glaring. In the weeks before the ASEAN summit, ASEAN Sec-Gen Surin Pitsuwan delivered promising statements and speeches that indicated significant change for the organization. Surin’s speeches were peppered with the terms “people-centered” and “people-caring” to describe the “reinvented” ASEAN – an ASEAN with a new guiding charter. Surin said that the Charter made “all issues relevant”, and “all issues were on the table” and “nothing could be hidden”. Of all the provisions in the charter, the most widely heralded was the call for the establishment of the ASEAN Human Rights Body (AHRB). The ASEAN Secretariat’s public relations hype over the summit would have been much easier had it not been for the Rohingya boat people. The plight of the Rohingya fleeing Burma because of religious persecution represented the first test of the ASEAN Charter’s promise to make human rights and the rule of law common currency throughout the region. The test fell flat. Surin was undermined by the Terms of Reference for the ASEAN Human Rights Body and by the inability of ASEAN to unite to confront and resolve the Rohingya problem. .ASEAN leaders have not caught up with the rights and entitlements implemented in the Charter. ASEAN’s failure to address the Rohingya issue and other pressing regional problems caused by the SPDC seriously undermines authority and effectiveness of the ASEAN Charter, and ASEAN itself. ASEAN leaders must realize that the current situation threatens the credibility and the integrity of the organization..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (148K)
Date of entry/update: 11 April 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 28 - APRIL 2009
Date of publication: April 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: NLD sets elections conditions..... INSIDE BURMA: 2010 elections... Ceasefire talks amid attacks... 88 Generation Students... Thingyan ban... Diarrhea outbreak... Global Fund returns?... SPDC upsets donors... UN report on child soldiers..... HUMAN RIGHTS: Arrests... Prison sentences... Rohingya persecuted... Worst place for bloggers..... DISPLACEMENT: Bali Process fizzles... US report slams Malaysia... Migrant workers in Thailand Chin abandoned in India... Oil exploitation & displacement..... INTERNATIONAL: Calls for Daw Suu’s releases... US sanctions to stay...EU extends sanctions... Frictions with Bangladesh..... ECONOMY: Investment... Economic reality check..... OTHER BURMA NEWS..... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: PDF (138K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 27 - MARCH 2009
Date of publication: March 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: * HRC condemns SPDC... * Ojea Quintana report... * Daw Suu's detention... * Political prisoners... * Arrests... * Prison sentences..... INSIDE BURMA: * 2010 elections..... HUMAN RIGHTS: * Rohingya and Muslims... * SPDC "internet enemy"... * Detention conditions... * Forced labor...... DISPLACEMENT: * ASEAN and Rohingya... * Migrant crackdown... * More IDPs... * Extra-judicial killing..... INTERNATIONAL: * ASEAN after the Summit... * EU/US..... ECONOMY: * Gems sale... * Sharing the spoils... * Deals with China... * Divestment... * Going, going, gone..... OTHER BURMA NEWS..... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 02 April 2009


Title: BURMA IS STILL ASEAN’S SHAME
Date of publication: 17 February 2009
Description/subject: The Burmese military regime has not improved its behavior since the ASEAN Charter came into force on December 15, 2008. By intensifying repression in the past two months, the regime has directly attacked the integrity and credibility of ASEAN and its Charter. ASEAN is undermining itself by refusing to act against such serious violations.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (84K)
Date of entry/update: 19 February 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 26 -February 2009
Date of publication: February 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: SPDC sabotages Summit... Rohingya to be deported... Human rights "paper tiger"... Dialogue with civil society..... INSIDE BURMA: SPDC aid obstruction... New democracy campaigns... 2010 election boycott... SPDC reshuffle... Opium poppy cultivation up... UWSA-SPDC relations... Youth denied..... HUMAN RIGHTS: Ojea Quintana's visit... Arrests... New prison sentences... Prison sentence reductions... Mass release of prisoners Forced labor getting worse..... DISPLACEMENT: Burmese migrant workers..... INTERNATIONAL: Gambari returns to Burma... US to review Burma policy... Chinese flee Burma..... ECONOMY: Layoffs in Burma...• “Booming” kyat... International trade... Questionable tourism..... OTHER BURMA NEWS..... REPORTS.....
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 02 April 2009


Title: ROHINGYA, ASYLUM SEEKERS & MIGRANTS FROM BURMA: A HUMAN SECURITY PRIORITY FOR ASEAN
Date of publication: 30 January 2009
Description/subject: Since October 2006, about 10,000 Rohingya have boarded boats in Bangladesh and Burma and headed for Thailand and Malaysia. The thousands of Rohingya boat people are only the tip of the iceberg. Millions of Burmese have fled the country in the past decade, with two million in Thailand alone... ASEAN must be proactive in pressuring Burma’s military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to cease perpetuating the severe persecution and economic mismanagement that has been forcing millions of people to flee to neighboring countries.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (124K)
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 25 -January 2009
Date of publication: January 2009
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Rohingya boat people..... INSIDE BURMA: • Ethnic groups boycott elections/ • SPDC for Obama? • SPDC Army in disarray; • Trucks from China; • Child mortality; • HIV/AIDS patients; • Five million need food; • Nargis survivors struggling; • Drug smuggling/trafficking..... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Custodial deaths; • Detention conditions; • Arrests; • Prison sentences; • Forced labor..... INTERNATIONAL: • UNGA resolution; • Abhisit’s “flexible engagement”..... ECONOMY: • Sanctions update; • The squeeze is on..... OTHER BURMA NEWS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (125K)
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2009


Title: ISSUES & CONCERNS VOLUME 5: BURMA DEFILES THE ASEAN CHARTER
Date of publication: 10 December 2008
Description/subject: In the year following ASEAN’s member states signing the Charter on 20 November 2007, Burma’s military regime has openly trampled on the values and rights enumerated in the document. The regime has used the “grace” period for the formal enactment of the Charter as a politically expedient way of engaging in further rights violations and oppression. The briefer summarizes the military regime’s actions in the year since it signed the Charter...... CONTENTS: 2 SPDC DEFILES ASEAN CHARTER... 3 ASEAN says, SPDC does... 4 Burma in numbers... 4 ASEAN still lacks political will on Burma..... INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: 7 ASEAN from revulsion to rescue... 9 UN frustration, more sanctions, and more condemnation... 10 Cyclone Nargis..... DEMOCRACY: 11 SPDC imposes constitution..... HUMAN RIGHTS: 13 Crackdown on dissidents... 14 Detention conditions... 14 Forced labor practices – no end in sight... 15 Freedom of information..... MILITARY: 17 SPDC offensive intensifies in Eastern Burma... 17 Arms flow into Burma..... DISPLACEMENT: 18 Migrant workers from Burma in the region..... AID: 19 Restrictions on humanitarian aid... 19 Cyclone Nargis... 20 Disaster mismanagement..... WOMEN & CHILDREN: 22 Women – violence continues with impunity... 22 Children – the most vulnerable..... HEALTH: 24 Curable diseases turn deadly... 24 Food security – hungrier than ever... 25 SPDC – Still Asia’s chief supplier of amphetamines, world’s #2 source of heroin...... ECONOMY: 27 Trade and investment goes forward... 27 Sanctions... 28 Reconstruction... 28 Dams... 30 The year of shame in review.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (304K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Reports/Volume5.php
Date of entry/update: 23 December 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 24 – DECEMBER 2008
Date of publication: December 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Ban says ‘no’... INSIDE BURMA: • Daw Suu watch... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Prison sentences; • Prison transfers; • Detention conditions... DISPLACEMENT: • Migrant workers hit; • Deaths, detention, deportation; • Exodus from Arakan State... ECONOMY: • Rice trade and shortages; • Financial crisis; • New deals, more shame... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS......• The SPDC continues to sentence activists to lengthy prison terms and to transfer political prisoners to Burma’s most remote prisons. Approximately 276 activists have been sentenced so far in this year, some with multiple jail terms. • Ban says ‘no’ to calls to return to Burma. • Ethnic nationalities continue to flee to neighboring countries to escape persecution and crippling poverty. • As a consequence of the global financial crisis, migrant workers are fired and deported to Burma. • Farmers report failing harvests. Despite this, the regime continues to increase rice exports. • The SPDC says that Burma’s economy will not be affected by the global financial crisis and that the agricultural sector can employ “millions” more. • SPDC refuses to let Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meet her lawyer.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (107K)
Date of entry/update: 03 February 2009


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 23 - November 2008
Date of publication: November 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 SPDC jails 186 dissidents... INSIDE BURMA: 4 Landmines casualties rising... HUMAN RIGHTS: 4 More arrests; 4 Detention conditions; 5 Forced labor increases; 5 CEDAW conclusions... DISPLACEMENT: 6 Exodus from Arakan State... INTERNATIONAL: 6 UNGA condemns SPDC; 6 SPDC-Bangladesh face-off... ECONOMY: 7 Sanctions; 7 Business with China... 8 ANNEX - 1... 10 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 11 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (198K)
Date of entry/update: 12 December 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 22 - October 2008
Date of publication: October 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Cyclone Nargis cleanup... INSIDE BURMA: • Daw Suu: deained 13 years... • SPDC Army killings... • Offensive in Karen State... • Bombs... • At the monasteries... • Chin food crisis... • Melamine still on sale..... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Arrests... • Prison sentences... • Releases... • Detention conditions... • Freedom of information... • Ojea Quintana’s report..... DISPLACEMENT: • 66,000 new IDPs in 2008..... INTERNATIONAL: • Ban dissatisfed with SPDC..... ECONOMY: • Energy deals... • India deals... • Bangladesh trip... • Rice trade and prices... • Sanctions and boycotts... • Gem Sale..... OTHER BURMA NEWS..... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (166K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs5/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-22.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2008


Title: SAFFRON REVOLUTION A YEAR LATER: IT’S NOT OVER
Date of publication: 22 September 2008
Description/subject: "On 26 September, one year will have passed since Burma’s military regime began its bloody crackdown on the Saffron Revolution. The spirit of the monk-led Saffron Revolution that moved hundreds of thousands of people to hold protests throughout Burma and inspired hundreds of solidarity events around the globe lives on. This briefer details what has happened in Burma since: repression has intensified, the SPDC has exacerbated another humanitarian crisis, persisted with its gross economic mismanagement and refused to deliver the actual reforms it has been promising for years. Despite this, monks and ordinary people have persevered in their defiance of the SPDC."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (264K), Word (204K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/DOC%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Saffron%20Revolution%20A%20Year%20Late...
Date of entry/update: 26 September 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 21 - September 2008
Date of publication: September 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Saffron Revolution one year on..... INSIDE BURMA: 3 Daw Suu appeals detention... 3 Anti-junta protests... 4 SPDC Army... 4 Explosive September... 5 Cyclone recovery... 5 SPDC fails to control drugs..... HUMAN RIGHTS: 5 Arrests intensify... 6 Prison sentences... 6 Mass release of prisoners... 7 Detention conditions... 7 Freedom of information..... DISPLACEMENT: 8 Rohingya..... INTERNATIONAL: 8 SPDC credentials challenged... 8 Gambari briefs UN bodies... 9 “Group of Friends” meeting... 9 ASEAN and UN on elections..... 9 OTHER BURMA NEWS..... 11 REPORTS. ________________
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (266K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs5/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-21.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 November 2008


Title: Campaign Kit for 8-8-88 20th anniversary: (1) BURMA 20 YEARS ON: HUNGRY AS EVER FOR DEMOCRACY
Date of publication: 02 August 2008
Description/subject: "Twenty years after brutally suppressing the inspiring 8888 uprising, Burma’s military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has run the country’s infrastructure into the ground and squandered its natural resources. Instead of investing in the development of Burma, the regime has focused national resources almost entirely on the military, doubling the size of the army and undertaking a spending spree on weapons. Even while the regime pursued its fake “roadmap to democracy”, it oversaw sharp increases in drug production, displacement, disease, and other threats to human security in Burma and Asia... In September 2007, the people of Burma took to the streets to call for the end of brutal repression, economic exploitation, and the impoverishment of a country gifted with natural wealth and talented peoples. The regime’s sham constitutional referendum, meant to consolidate its hold on power, cannot camouflage the steep decline in economic and social conditions... Burma’s neighbors, and the international community, must work with genuine commitment to support concrete solutions that involve all key stakeholders. Governments of Asia and the world must no longer allow their goodwill to be manipulated by the regime. Burma’s descent into greater instability must no longer be tolerated, for the sake of its people and the people of this region..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (114K)
Date of entry/update: 08 August 2008


Title: Campaign Kit for 8-8-88 20th anniversary: (2) “WE WON'T FORGET, WE WON'T GIVE UP!"
Date of publication: 02 August 2008
Description/subject: AUGUST 8, 1988: Young people in Burma launched massive nationwide rallies, calling for an end to military rule and the establishment of a democratic government... Military response : 3,000 people killed, mostly students and monks. Thousands jailed... The “8888 generation” has bravely continued work - from prison, in exile, and “inside”. Since 1988, the movement has grown & diversified. Groups work together across sectors to” * improve situation of communities, * foster reconciliation, and * develop capacity & common frameworks for Burma’s future..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (689K)
Date of entry/update: 08 August 2008


Title: Campaign Kit for 8-8-88 20th anniversary: (3) AUGUST 8, 2008: WHAT CAN THE WORLD DO?
Date of publication: 02 August 2008
Description/subject: "Twenty years after the 8888 national uprising, the international community must realize that unconditional engagement, discreet diplomacy, and ASEAN’s so-called constructive engagement has failed. While sanctions are a useful source of pressure and an effective signal to the regime that it will not be rewarded for brutality, these strategies have been undermined by governments that refuse to be pro-active. Such apathy and lack of political will has enabled the regime to perpetuate conditions that harm the people of Burma and intensify threats to regional security. The international community must stand united and deny the regime the means – weapons, money, and diplomatic protection - to continue oppressing and killing civilians, and causing increasing threats to human security. A strong, united position will ensure that the regime has no choice but to engage in genuine political and economic reforms. Such reforms must begin with: 1. The unconditional release all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. 2. The cessation of repression and hostilities against ethnic groups. 3. The commencement of tripartite dialogue..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (58K)
Date of entry/update: 08 August 2008


Title: Campaign Kit for 8-8-88 20th anniversary:: (4) UPDATE: BURMA’S POLITICAL PRISONERS
Date of publication: 02 August 2008
Description/subject: • 267 - Number of arbitrary arrests in 2008... • 107 - NLD members arrested... • 127 - Individuals arrested for opposing the constitutional referendum... • 17 - Activists arrested for delivering aid to cyclone Nargis survivors... • 12 - Journalist, writers, and artists arrested... • 11 - Monks arrested... • 2 - Political prisoners who died in custody... • 55 - Dissidents sentenced to jail since the “Saffron Revolution”... • 1,900 - Current number of political prisoners in Burma... • 65.2% - Increase in political prisoners over the past year..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (115K)
Date of entry/update: 08 August 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 20 - August 2008
Date of publication: August 2008
Description/subject: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 20 – AUGUST 2008... KEY STORY: • August crackdown... • Activists arrested... • Prison sentences... • Monks targeted..... INSIDE BURMA: • 8-8-8 Demonstrations... • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi... • Cyclone Nargis aid... • Cyclone camps close... • SPDC aid windfall... • Floods... • More trucks from China..... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Ojea Quintana goes to Burma... • Rape of ethnic women..... DISPLACEMENT: • Trafficking report..... INTERNATIONAL: • Gambari’s latest visit... • Bush meets activists..... ECONOMY: • Price increases... • Natural gas... • Food shortages..... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (253K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs5/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-20.pdf
Date of entry/update: 07 September 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 19 - JULY 2008
Date of publication: July 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Cyclone Nargis... INSIDE BURMA: 4 Martyrs’ Day; 4 At the monasteries; 4 Bombs; 5 Food shortages... HUMAN RIGHTS: 5 Arrests and sentencing; 5 Detention conditions; 6 Forced labor continues... DISPLACEMENT: 6 New Rohingya camps; 6 Karen offensive; 6 Safety in Thailand?... INTERNATIONAL: 7 ASEAN “disappointed”; 7 SPDC ratifies charter; 7 US sanctions; 7 Gambari to visit Burma... ECONOMY: 8 Foreign investment falls; 8 SPDC fundraisers... 8 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 10 REPORTS..... • ASEAN/UN/SPDC Nargis assessment complete: 138,366 dead or missing (61% female); 89% of survivors have less than a week’s food; 800,000 homes damaged; GDP growth projected to lose 2.7%; US$1 billion needed for recovery. • SPDC steals US$10 million in humanitarian aid funds. • Cyclone survivors face eviction and disease. • Seventy percent of farmland in the Irrawaddy delta misses the planting season because of cyclone damage and shortages. • SPDC arrests eight NLD members, nine monks and sentences ten students to jail terms. • Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh relocated, four die. Five-hundred Karen villagers flee to Thailand. Thailand deports 35 others. • ASEAN expresses disappointment over the extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest and calls for the release of all political prisoners in Burma. • SPDC ratifies ASEAN Charter but objects to human rights monitoring body. • UN Special Advisor on Burma Ibrahim Gambari briefs Security Council members and announces he will return to Burma in August. • Foreign investment in Burma falls 77% over the past year.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (235K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs5/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-19.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 18 - JUNE 2008
Date of publication: June 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Survivors held ransom; 2 Relief workers arrested; 3 ASEAN assesses needs; 3 Conditions for survivors... INSIDE BURMA: 5 Daw Suu’s birthday; 5 Offensive in Karen State; 6 SPDC reshuffles; 6 Opium cultivation... HUMAN RIGHTS: 7 Ojea: No improvement; 7 HRC condemns SPDC; 7 UNSC Resolution 1820; 8 Forced labor widespread; 8 Arrests and releases; 8 Detention conditions; 9 Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: 9 Nargis survivors in Thailand... ECONOMY: 10 Business as usual. 10 Hunger spreads... 10 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 12 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (312K)
Date of entry/update: 08 July 2008


Title: UPDATE: SPDC TURNS CYCLONE SURVIVORS INTO HOSTAGES
Date of publication: June 2008
Description/subject: • Update... • ASEAN assesses needs... • Human Rights Council condemns SPDC... • Conditions for survivors.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (82K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/SPDC%20turns%20cyclone%20survivors%20i...
Date of entry/update: 01 August 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 17 - MAY 2008
Date of publication: 31 May 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Cyclone Nargis hits 2 SPDC downplays death toll 3 Situation "normal" 3 SPDC blocks, steals, sells aid 5 Monks shelter, SPDC evicts 5 Aid trickles in 6 Help us help you 7 ASEAN to the rescue 7 Ban breaks through 8 Food security 8 Children at risk... INSIDE BURMA: 8 Referendum in the rubble 9 Democracy forces reject results 10 Orchestrating a farce 11 Arrests of "No" supporters 11 Daw Suu's detention extended 12 NLD arrests... HUMAN RIGHTS: 12 Custodial deaths 13 Forced labor... DISPLACEMENT: 13 Refugees struggle to survive... ECONOMY: 14 Business as usual... 14 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 15 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (360K)
Date of entry/update: 02 June 2008


Title: THE SPDC CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM: A DEAD END FOR DEMOCRACY IN BURMA
Date of publication: 02 May 2008
Description/subject: On 10 May 2008, the people of Burma will vote in an SPDC-manipulated referendum on a draft constitution that is designed to entrench military rule. The likely consequences of a forced "Yes" vote or a majority "No" vote will have serious regional repercussions. A forced "yes" vote will likely intensify unrest in Burma among a population increasingly dissatisfied with the entrenchment of a regime notorious for its abuses and economic mismanagement. A majority "no" vote despite the regime's threats, intimidation, and fraudulent practices would result in a deeper political crisis, since the regime has repeatedly made it clear that it intends to remain in power if the constitution is rejected.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (139K)
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 16 - APRIL 2008
Date of publication: April 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Referendum; 2 "No" vote campaign; 3 SPDC campaign; 4 Rigging the vote; 5 Atmosphere of oppression; 6 International reactions... INSIDE BURMA: 6 Arms flowing into Burma... HUMAN RIGHTS: 7 Prison sentences; 7 Detention conditions... DISPLACEMENT: 7 Fifty-four die in Thailand; 8 Rohingya flee; 8 Riot in Bangladesh; 8 Riot in Malaysia... INTERNATIONAL: 8 UNSC presidential statement; 9 Pinheiro's remarks; 9 EU sanctions; 9 Thai PM backs SPDC... ECONOMY: 9 India deal; 10 Rice exports and shortages; 10 Gas pipeline leaking... 10 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 12 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (288K)
Date of entry/update: 03 May 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 15 – March 2008
Date of publication: March 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 SPDC constitutional referendum 2 “No” vote gains momentum 3 Monks outside Burma say “No” 4 International reactions... INSIDE BURMA: 4 Resistance days 4 Monks continue boycott 5 Humanitarian aid restrictions... HUMAN RIGHTS: 5 More arrests 5 Death and suffering in prisons 6 Pinheiro and HRC slam SPDC 7 ILO: Forced labor still a problem 7 Human rights record: US report 7 Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: 8 More boat people 8 Malaysia arrests 8 Displacement along Thai border... INTERNATIONAL: 9 SPDC spurns Gambari - again 9 Thai PM and SPDC cozy up... ECONOMY: 10 Economic failure continues 10 Gems auction 11 Restrictions hit farmers 11 Thailand deals with junta... 11 OTHER BURMA NEWS... 12 REPORTS. _____________________________________
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (329K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/March%202008%20Burma%20Bulletin.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 April 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 14 – FEBRUARY 2008
Date of publication: February 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Referendum, elections; • SPDC’s plan rejected; • Int’l community critical... INSIDE BURMA: • NLD harassment; • Pro-democracy activities; • Anti-junta protests; • Olympics boycott; • Exiles’ draft constitution; • KNU leader assassinated; • Bombs... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Monks still targeted; • Detention conditions; • Freedom of information; • Rohingya targeted; • ILO MoU extended... INTERNATIONAL: • Gambari’s latest gambit; • Thailand’s approach... ECONOMY: • New banking sanction; • Rice to Bangladesh; • Russian gold... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (274K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-14.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 13 – JANUARY 2008
Date of publication: January 2008
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Daw Suu slams SPDC; • Persecution of NLD; • NLD activities; • Spain honors Daw Suu... INSIDE BURMA: • Child mortality worse than in Sudan; • Further restrictions on aid; • Anti-junta protests continue; • Monks go global; • Explosive month; • SPDC to step up Karen Offensive; • Chinese trucks delivered... HUMAN RIGHTS: • More arrests; • Detention conditions; • Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: • Arakan State exodus... INTERNATIONAL: • SPDC stalls Gambari’s return; • SPDC in international spotlight... ECONOMY: • Food shortages; • Almost the most corrupt; • Gem show... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (245K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-13.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2008


Title: BURMA AT 60: TIME FOR CHANGE!
Date of publication: December 2007
Description/subject: "The briefer is released ahead of Burma’s 60th anniversary of independence on 4 January 2008. 2008 also marks 20 years since the 8888 uprising. The brief socio-economic overview of Burma’s past 60 years presents the grim realization that the past two years have witnessed a sharp decline in Burma on all fronts. Despite public relations efforts aimed at staving off both external and internal pressure, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has perpetrated such serious mismanagement, repression and corruption that the consequences are not only threatening Burma’s stability but that of its immediate region as well."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (160K)
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2008


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 12 – DECEMBER 2007
Date of publication: December 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • SPDC ends year with new repression... INSIDE BURMA: • SPDC’s roadmap; • NLD frustrated; • Daw Suu’s honors; • Pro-democracy activities; • Monks strike back; • Military offensive intensifies; • Tension in Kachin State; • SPDC: Dissent from within; • Bird flu... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Releases... DISPLACEMENT: • Boat people; • Monks flee; • Refugee shot in camp... INTERNATIONAL: • UN initiatives on Burma; • US: More sanctions... ECONOMY: • Nothing to harvest; • Inflation rises... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (216K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-12.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 March 2008


Title: BURMA: TIME FOR ASEAN TO BITE THE BULLET
Date of publication: 18 November 2007
Description/subject: • ASEAN and its dialogue partners must adopt a common position to ensure that the Burmese military regime delivers genuine reforms within a clearlystated timeframe to strengthen and complement UN efforts. • The common position must guarantee an inclusive process that allows key stakeholders such as the National League for Democracy (NLD) and ethnic nationality leadership to work freely as genuine partners with the military regime. • ASEAN and its dialogue partners must publicly support the solutions proposed by the democracy movement that focus on a transitional powersharing formula, and encourage the Burmese junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), to be part of the solution. • The Burmese regime’s oppressive roadmap should be abandoned in its current state - it has intensified the problems besieging Burma, which in turn threaten regional human and economic security. • The roadmap has been a disaster for Burma. Since its introduction in 2003: o Military offensives against civilians in Eastern Burma have intensified and increased crackdowns on ethnic groups have threatened resurgence of warfare in other areas. o Economic mismanagement and rampant corruption have worsened, driving a possible 50% of the population below the poverty line. o Decaying morale, diversion of resources to the army and oppressive interference has gravely damaged public institutions and the rule of law.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (122K)
Date of entry/update: 29 December 2007


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 11 – NOVEMBER 2007
Date of publication: November 2007
Description/subject: IN THIS ISSUE:- KEY STORY: 1 SPDC rejects dialogue; 2 Daw Suu speaks; 3 SPDC muscles ethnic groups... INSIDE BURMA: 3 Protests continue; 4 Monks still targeted; 5 SPDC reshuffles and defections; 6 Child soldiers; 6 Bird flu... HUMAN RIGHTS: 6 UNGA condemns SPDC; 7 Pinheiro’s visit; 8 Arrests; 8 Releases; 9 Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: 9 New arrivals in Thailand; 9 Crackdown in Thailand; 10 More cross into Bangladesh... INTERNATIONAL: 11 UNSC briefing; 11 EU envoy appointed; 11 India: no more arms? 11 ASEAN Charter; 11 China: Envoy briefed; 12 Japan-SPDC relations... ECONOMY: 12 Sanctions; 12 Tay Za; 13 Gem sale; 13 Energy crisis continues; 13 Rice harvest down... 13 CHRONOLOGY... 16 REPORTS. ______________________
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (384K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-11.pdf
Date of entry/update: 29 December 2007


Title: ASEAN SHOULD STOP “PASSING THE BUCK” ON BURMA
Date of publication: 25 October 2007
Description/subject: • Instead of using China as an excuse for inaction, ASEAN members must exercise their substantial influence on Burma’s military leaders to secure the delivery of genuine political and economic reforms. • ASEAN’s collective leverage on Burma’s junta, known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) stems from the SPDC’s reliance on: • Petrol and diesel supplies from Malaysia and Singapore to keep business running and military vehicles on the road. • Trade with ASEAN which accounts for 51.3% of its total foreign exchange revenue. Gas sales to Thailand, alone, accounts for 43%. • Thailand and Singapore as their biggest sources of new Foreign Direct Investment, constituting 98.61% in the past 2 years. • Singapore’s financial services that the SPDC and their cronies utilize to store and move their ill-gotten wealth away from Burma. • In addition, Indonesia can take the lead for ASEAN in the UN Security Council, the body most feared and respected by the SPDC. Indonesia is set to chair the UNSC in November 2007. • An ASEAN freeze - or even a slowdown on economic, material, and diplomatic support - will shepherd the regime to political dialogue and the achievement of genuine reforms. Actions should include a temporary freeze on all Burmese-held bank accounts and assets in Singapore as part of a money-laundering review. • Such actions will be an incentive for other ASEAN partners, such as China, to actively cooperate with efforts to achieve a durable solution on Burma. “Passing the buck” to China undermines ASEAN’s credibility and standing. • Despite sitting on immense natural resources, Burma’s military regime is in a vulnerable position. Oil and gas revenue from many long-term projects will not be forthcoming until their completion and actual delivery. Meanwhile, the regime faces financial shortages due to its own mismanagement and irresponsible spending priorities. • The ASEAN status quo (unconditional economic engagement, statements without action) directly benefits the regime, and reduces any incentive for it to implement urgently-needed reforms. It emboldens the regime to further perpetrate economic mismanagement, crackdowns, and offensives that will affect regional stability. • All ASEAN members, as well as India and China, are negatively affected by Burma’s economic instability, drug production, high numbers of refugees, and the transmittal of diseases across borders – all of which stem from the junta’s misrule and mismanagement.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (128K)
Date of entry/update: 28 October 2007


Title: SAFFRON REVOLUTION: UPDATE
Date of publication: 15 October 2007
Description/subject: In the "Saffron Revolution," tens of thousands of Buddhist monks led massive anti-junta demonstrations. It was the largest show of peaceful protests against the military regime since 1988. Between 19 August and 2 October, 227 rallies defied military rule in 66 cities across all of Burma's States and Divisions. The SPDC arrested up to 6,000 people, including at least 1,400 monks, since the beginning of the crackdown on 26 September. This briefer contains the latest accounts of resistance and documentation of human rights abuses perpetrated during crackdowns.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (80K)
Date of entry/update: 28 October 2007


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 10 - OCTOBER 2007
Date of publication: October 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: "Situation of fear"... INSIDE BURMA: * Peaceful resistance continues * SPDC propaganda rallies *Daw Suu:12 years of detention *Talks with Daw Suu *Roadmap to nowhere *Arms shopping in Moscow *Drug production up... HUMAN RIGHTS: *Detention conditions *Freedom of information... DISPLACEMENT: *Safety outside Burma? *Displacement in Eastern Burma... INTERNATIONAL: *Global response to brutality *UNSC action on Burma *UNHRC resolution *Gambari on tour * New sanctions... ECONOMY: * Hunger increases * Flights cut * Deals postponed * Money transfers affected... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (245K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-10.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 November 2007


Title: FACE OFF IN BURMA: MONKS vs SPDC
Date of publication: 25 September 2007
Description/subject: "Between 18 and 24 September, tens of thousands of Buddhist monks led massive anti-junta demonstrations across most of Burma’s States and Divisions. In the largest show of peaceful protests against the military regime since 1988, thousands of Burmese civilians joined the rallies. The military junta faces a “lose-lose” situation. If they crack down harshly against the monks, they will inflame an already angry population into a sustained uprising. If the army remains passive, it will embolden the population to take a stronger stand for their rights. The mounting protest revived calls for the UN Security Council to increase pressure on the military regime. The current vulnerability of the SPDC will ensure that any positive international intervention is more likely to have an impact. China, India, Bangladesh, as well as ASEAN countries, should be gravely concerned by the regional repercussion of instability inside Burma and work together to pressure the regime for genuine reforms."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (304K)
Date of entry/update: 28 October 2007


Title: FUEL PRICE HIKES INFLAME BURMESE PEOPLE
Date of publication: 14 September 2007
Description/subject: "On August 15, the SPDC increased fuel prices by up to 500% overnight, affecting the cost of essential commodities and transport. Burmese people from all walks of life participated in nationwide protests, showing their anger and courage in the face of the intolerable burden of the SPDC’s long-term economic mismanagement. The SPDC reacted by attacking and arresting over 150 peaceful demonstrators and key activists. The SPDC’s inflexibility is likely to prolong the economic crisis, worsening domestic instability and having negative implications in neighboring countries. The international community condemned the arrests of activists and protesters calling for their immediate release, and for the junta to engage in genuine dialogue. But more pressure is needed to resolve the root causes of Burma’s protracted political and economic crisis. We call on India, China and ASEAN to revive and step up their advocacy to ensure that the crisis is eased through dialogue, and to push further for a sustainable solution that involves all key stakeholders in Burma. We call on the UN Security Council to pass a resolution calling upon the SPDC to actively cooperate with the UN in delivering on promises for genuine political and economic reform."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (134K)
Date of entry/update: 28 October 2007


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 9 - SEPTEMBER 2007
Date of publication: September 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: * Saffron revolution; * Bloggers vs junta; * The crackdown; * Death toll... INSIDE BURMA: * Emergency aid supply blocked; * SPDC Army weak; * Ethnic groups support protests... DISPLACEMENT: * Refugees expected in Thailand; * Migrant workers in Thailand; * Rohingya relocation continues... INTERNATIONAL: * 11 UNSC ready to act: * China's shift; * ASEAN expresses revulsion; * More sanctions... ECONOMY: * Prices; * Food shortages; * Dam project suspended; * Sell-off of resources continues... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (198K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-09.pdf
Date of entry/update: 28 October 2007


Title: 8888 SPIRIT STILL STRONG AS JUNTA WEAKENS
Date of publication: August 2007
Description/subject: "Even 19 years after Burma’s national uprising, the spirit and goals of the 8888 movement remain relevant and alive through the peaceful resistance of diverse people. 88 generation students, the NLD, ethnic opposition groups, political prisoners and other pro-democracy activists continue to carry out campaigns and initiatives, defying threats, attacks, and arrests.The latest wave of resistance centres on the the junta’s economic mismanagement that is affecting their lives at a very fundamental level. The worsening economic conditions that is causing widespread human suffering in Burma have inspired citizens to protest in public, despite arrests and harassment... We support the common aspiration of the diverse ethnic groups for peace, justice and development and renew our determination to see the achievement of political reforms in Burma in the near future. We call upon the international community, in particular, the governments of ASEAN, India, China and East Asia, to actively support political and economic reforms in Burma..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (113K)
Date of entry/update: 13 September 2007


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 8 – AUGUST 2007
Date of publication: August 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Fuel price hike • Protests and crackdowns • International reactions... INSIDE BURMA: • MPs roadmap • National Convention • 8888 anniversary • NLD • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi honor • SPDC Army • Ethnic groups under pressure • Floods • SPDC hinders assistance • Bird flu • Killer fever... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Custodial deaths... DISPLACEMENT: • Border health threat • Malaysia crackdown • IDPs under attack... ECONOMY: • More gas... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (192K)
Alternate URLs: http://burmalibrary.org/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-08.pdf
Date of entry/update: 13 September 2007


Title: NATIONAL CONVENTION: ROADMAP TO INSTABILITY
Date of publication: 17 July 2007
Description/subject: "• The National Convention is part of the problem and not the solution to Burma’s troubles. The results will intensify the root causes of the ethnicbased conflicts perpetuated by Burma’s successive military regimes. • The National Convention, which is tasked with producing detailed principles for a new constitution, remains a fundamentally flawed and inherently illegitimate process aimed at formalizing and prolonging military rule in Burma. • Ethnic groups and the National League for Democracy have consistently proposed steps to salvage the National Convention and transform it into a venue for dialogue; however these recommendations have been rejected. • Originally devised by the military regime as a tactic to avoid convening Parliament after it lost the 1990 elections, the National Convention was mothballed in March 1996, and then revived in 2004 as part of the “7-point roadmap to democracy”. The roadmap was a response to heightened regional and international pressure following the Depayin Massacre..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (138K), Word (177K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/DOC%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/National%20Convention%20-%20Roadmap%20...
Date of entry/update: 17 July 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 7 - July 2007
Date of publication: July 2007
Description/subject: IN THIS ISSUE - NATIONAL CONVENTION: 1 New session, old story; 2 Ethnic groups unhappy... INSIDE BURMA: 3 NLD ignored; 4 KIO under pressure; 4 SSNPLO ends ceasefire; 5 ICRC under attack; 5 Bird flu more widespread; 5 Dengue fever... HUMAN RIGHTS: 6 Arrests and imprisonments; 6 Releases... DISPLACEMENT: 7 Migrant workers in Thailand; 7 Refugees turned away... INTERNATIONAL: 7 ASEAN Charter; 8 Gambari’s travels; 8 US: sanctions extended; 8 Bangladesh and the SPDC; 9 India and the arms embargo... ECONOMY: 9 SPDC corruption; 9 Food shortages; 10 Gem sale... 10 CHRONOLOGY... 12 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (150K), Word (186K via ALTSEAN page)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-07.pdf
http://www.altsean.org/Reports/Burma%20Bulletin/BBJuly07.php
Date of entry/update: 02 August 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 6 - June 2007
Date of publication: June 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Health Crisis; Bird flu... INSIDE BURMA: Daw Suu’s Birthday; NLD and 88 Gen persecution; Resignations: NLD vs USDA; National Convention; Militarization in Karen State; Militarization of public service... HUMAN RIGHTS: ICRC, ILO and UN speak out; Arrests and releases; Drug cultivation reports; Karen State clashes; Attacks in Karenni State; Mon cultural groups banned... DISPLACEMENT: Thailand: Refugees unwelcome; Malaysia crackdowns... INTERNATIONAL: India-SPDC relations; Changes at ASEAN; EU resolution condemns SPDC; UN... ECONOMY: Shwe gas goes to China... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (158K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-06.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 July 2007


Title: SHE MUST BE FREE
Date of publication: 23 May 2007
Description/subject: "On 27 May, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest term of house arrest comes up for review. On that day, Daw Suu will have spent approximately 11 years and 7 months under house arrest since she was initially detained on July 20, 1989. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has never been charged with a crime.1 Burma’s military regime continues to detain Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of fear. Fear of her ability to mobilize Burma’s people to peacefully work for democratic reform. And fear of her as the symbol for the irresistible will of Burma’s people who yearn for a free and democratic society. In one of her notable speeches, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said, “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Despite the junta’s efforts to silence Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters, peaceful acts of resistance continue to grow. Most recently: “Open Heart”, Tuesday prayer campaign, “White Sunday” and “White Expression”... The Lady Speaks; Quick Biography; What they say; Awards/honors..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (204K)
Date of entry/update: 28 October 2007


Title: Burma - Women's Voices for Hope
Date of publication: May 2007
Description/subject: “Burma Women’s Voices for Hope” is the sixth edition of the Women’s Voices series. This book is a collection of stories and poems about the diverse experiences of women refugees, exiles and women activists from inside Burma. The contributors, many of who are first time writers, have shared their experiences of conflict and human rights abuses under the Burma military regime. At the same time they speak with determination and hope of the type of future they envisage for Burma – a future of democracy, freedom and human rights for all. Stories Include: • “To Save Our People” & “In The Dam’s Path” – stories by 2 Yintalai women, sharing their concerns about the future of the remaining 1,000 Yintalai people of Burma and their struggle to stop the Salween dam project that threatens to wash their communities away. • “With My Own Two Eyes”- tells the story of a Karen woman activist’s journeys inside Karen State to help raise human rights and environmental awareness among her people. • “Speaking Out Can Make A Difference” and “Not the Lord of the Rings” - focus on the effects of sexual violence by the military regime, through the eyes of women responsible for documenting cases of sexual violence. • “Why?” - is one of several stories exploring different situations of women migrant workers in Thailand. “This new, sixth collection of, “Women’s Voices” are the voices of women shouting out to the world for an audience. We must open our ears to these voices who courageously dare to speak out. We must open our hearts to the vision that these women tenaciously work for. We must act to support them, as they refuse to give up in the face of danger.” - Excerpt from Foreword by Ms Nursyahbani Katjasungkana - Indonesian parliamentarian and a well known feminist lawyer and activist.
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Thanaka Team, ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (1MB - English; 2.66MB - Burmese)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Womens%20Voices/Womens%20Voices%20For%20Hope%20-%20Burmese...
Date of entry/update: 29 October 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 5 - May 2007
Date of publication: May 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi... INSIDE BURMA: Soe Win’s adieu; NGO closures; Offensive in Karen State; Polio outbreak; Ethnic affairs... HUMAN RIGHTS: New wave of arrests; Detention conditions Freedom of information;... DISPLACEMENT: Migrant workers in Thailand; Protests against new law.. INTERNATIONAL: Russia: the nuclear deal; India: more arms; South Korea: Daewoo upset; North Korea: one more ship; US: sanctions extended; UN: Gambari returns... ECONOMY: Trade hits record high... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (314K, 228K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-05.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 June 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 4 - April 2007
Date of publication: April 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: 1 Humanitarian aid restricted... INSIDE BURMA: 2 Economic crisis fuels protests; 3 Political activism; 4 SPDC Army in disarray; 4 SPDC Army offensives; 5 Bird flu lingers; 5 Opium in Shan State... HUMAN RIGHTS: 5 Imprisonments; 6 Misrule of law... DISPLACEMENT: 6 Rohingya departures continue; 6 Arrests in Malaysia; 7 Migrant workers in Thailand... INTERNATIONAL: 7 EU renews sanctions 7 Renewal of N Korea relations; 7 India military deals... ECONOMY: 7 Salween dams; 8 Gas pipeline; 8 More Gas... 8 CHRONOLOGY... 10 REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (214K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-04.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Burma Issues & Concerns Vol. 4: The Security Dimensions - April 2007
Date of publication: April 2007
Description/subject: "Issues and Concerns Vol. 4 analyzes the internal situation in Burma and presents compelling reasons as to why Burma should be considered a threat to ASEAN’s comprehensive regional security and why this threat is of such a serious nature to warrant action by the UN Security Council. Topics covered in the book include: • The World’s Longest-Running War: Whose Problem Is It? • Why ASEAN/Why the UNSC • Drug Production in Burma and the Trafficking of Drugs from Burma in Asia • The Social Impact of Burma’s Drug Production and Trafficking in Asia • Burma as a Vector for the Spread of Serious Diseases in Asia o HIV/AIDS o Malaria o TB o Filariasis o Avian Influenza • Refugees o Internally Displaced Persons (“IDPs”) o Thailand o Bangladesh o Malaysia o India • Civilians, Women and Children o Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts o Children and Armed Conflict o Women, Peace and Security"
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (1.835MB)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 3 - March 2007
Date of publication: March 2007
Description/subject: " Inside: SPDC Army's weakness; Arrests merry go round; Karen offensive; Bird Flu; Refugees' plight; ASEAN charter; Chronology of events; List of Reports"...KEY STORY: SPDC Army’s weakness... INSIDE BURMA: Harassment of activists; New arrests, releases; National Convention; Junta calls on the doctor; Attacks on the Karen continue; Ceasefire talks; Bird flu again... HUMAN RIGHTS: Situation worsening; More arrests; Custodial death; Birthday behind bars; Teenage rape victims jailed; More forced labor... DISPLACEMENT: Malaysia crackdowns; Bangladesh bulldozes camps; Rohingya boat people... INTERNATIONAL: AIPMC: stronger stand; ASEAN: no sanctions; ASEAN: no EU trade agreement; Thai-Burma border tension... ECONOMY: China gets the gas? More gas... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (206K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-03.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: The KNU 7th Brigade defection: SPDC’s propaganda over substance - February 2007
Date of publication: 23 February 2007
Description/subject: "Instead of pursuing genuine reconciliation with the recognized leaders of ethnic groups, the State Peace and Development Council continues to engineer splits and factions in opposition groups. In its latest move, on 11 February, the SPDC announced in its own media a “peace” deal with the newly formed splinter group Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army Peace Council (KNU/KNLAPC) headed up by disaffected former Karen National Union (KNU) Commander Htain Maung. The deal has provided Htain Maung and his small band of followers with supplies and televisions, but no promise of peace or the end of the military violence which forced 27,000 people to leave their homes in 2006 in Eastern Burma. Karen grassroots and civil society organizations have responded to the attempt to cause division by rallying around the KNU, confirming their place as the legitimate leaders of the community."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (98K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 2 - February 2007
Date of publication: February 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • India’s quid pro quo... INSIDE BURMA: • Poor SPDC Army • SPDC Master Plan • Freedom of Assembly • Crackdown on opposition • New Karen splinter group... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Karen offensive • Prison conditions • Freedom of information • Child soldiers... DISPLACEMENT: • Migrant worker arrests • Trafficking... INTERNATIONAL: • Indonesia cooperation... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (160K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-02.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 1 - January 2007
Date of publication: January 2007
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • China and Russia veto... INSIDE BURMA: • Student leaders • NLD activities • SPDC attacks Daw Suu • Than Shwe health • SPDC Corruption • Bombs • KNU and the “ceasefire” • KIO and drugs • Infectious diseases threat... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Prisoner releases, detentions... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya Exodus • Migrant workers in Thailand... INTERNATIONAL: • ASEAN Summit • ASEAN Charter • India military ties... ECONOMY: • Rice Harvest • Energy Deals... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSESAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (132k, 198K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-01.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Forced labor in Burma: time for action - November 2006
Date of publication: 10 November 2006
Description/subject: "The forced labor situation in Burma has not improved in the six years since the ILO first addressed the issue in November 2000. While the regime has responded to ILO pressure with positive measures, any gains have been lost as soon as pressure is eased. Most recently, the SPDC failed to comply with the ILO recommendations on forced labor issues made in June 2006. The SPDC’s recent release of activists Su Su Nway and Aye Myint in June have not been followed with any genuine moves by the SPDC to end forced labor. Forced labor involving portering, sentry/patrol duty, military and SPDC infrastructure projects, and commercial agriculture activities are still prevalent throughout Burma."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (46.3K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Burma Bulletin - Issue 0 - November 2006
Date of publication: November 2006
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Gambari Returns to Burma... INSIDE BURMA: • Daw Suu meets with Gambari, receives medical checkup • NLD activities continue • Student leaders jailed • New administrative system • Corruption among SPDC • Karen State offensive continues... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Prison visits: ICRC out • ILO Considers ICJ option... DISPLACEMENT: • Burmese work permits under new Thai leadership... INTERNATIONAL: • Bush Tells ASEAN Leaders to Pressure Burma • US to Pursue UNSC Resolution • Thai PM Visits Burma... ECONOMY: • Thailand to reduce energy dependence on Burma • Burma not meeting its own energy needs • SPDC unpaid debts • Sale of Gold Mine... CHRONOLOGY... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (215K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs4/ALTSEAN-Bulletin-00.pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: China gambles on Burma at its own peril - October 2006
Date of publication: 05 October 2006
Description/subject: "The briefer examines the negative impact on China’s society that is the result of China’s cozy economic and political ties with the SPDC. The serious implications of China’s economic and political ties with the SPDC include: 1. Considerable harm to China because of illegal drugs entering China from Burma and because China’s HIV/AIDS epidemic can be traced to injecting drug users in cities bordering Burma. 2. Increased tension between the SPDC and Burma’s ethnic groups who have previously depended on direct trade with China. This will destabilize China’s border regions with Burma. Instability in Burma will further frustrate efforts by China to address its serious drug problems, HIV/AIDS epidemic and other problems related to migration, human trafficking, social ills and organized crime. 3. Assuming China’s blind support, the SPDC has intensified its crackdown on dissent by re-arresting student leaders and former political prisoners, and implying that harsher persecutions are on the way."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (290K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: Rohingya and Muslims in Arakan State: slow-burning genocide - August 2006
Date of publication: August 2006
Description/subject: "Almost 14 years have passed since the UN General Assembly recognized the suffering the Rohingya experienced at the hands of Burma’s military regime. Yet, Rohingya and Muslims from Burma continue to be subjected to a widespread and systematic campaign of persecution and discrimination at home and the denial of basic protection and fundamental rights in neighboring countries. Often overlooked in global media coverage, the plight of more than 1 million Rohingya and Muslims from Burma should be more closely watched by the international community, to prevent what increasingly appears to be another genocide in the making"
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (102K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: THE SPIRIT OF 8888 LIVES ON - August 2006
Date of publication: August 2006
Description/subject: "The courageous actions of ordinary people and political leaders alike to stand up for the principles of human rights and democracy in the past 3 years prove that the spirit of 8888 is alive and well in Burma. That these actions are being done despite threats of death, detention or persecution, show that the peoples of Burma refuse to give up on their vision of a free and democratic Burma.Altsean-Burma salutes the courage of the peoples of Burma, both in and outside the country, in their struggle. We support the common aspiration of the diverse ethnic groups for peace, justice and development and renew our determination to see the achievement of political reforms in Burma in the near future. We call upon the international community, in particular, the governments of ASEAN, India, China and East Asia, to actively support political and economic reforms in Burma. We urge them to support initiatives to bring Burma before the UN Security Council as a means to hasten reforms. 8888 - Don't Forget, Don't Give Up!"
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (274K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: ATS Briefer, July 2006
Date of publication: July 2006
Description/subject: " The briefer examines the global and regional impact of amphetamine production and use. With the increased use of amphetamines, there are almost twice as many users of amphetamines in the world than of opiates. The bulk of amphetamine production and trafficking in the world occurs in Southeast Asia. Burma is a primary source of amphetamines to the world market. Amphetamine production and trafficking has given the SPDC an alternative source of revenue that has allowed the SPDC to reduce opium and heroin production in response to international pressure. Regional governments need to seriously assess the health, social, and human security threats linked to increased amphetamine production and use. Injected and tablet forms of amphetamines are directly linked to the spread of HIV/AIDS from Burma to India and China. Every country neighboring Burma is negatively impacted by amphetamine use."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (275K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: BURMA BRIEFING: ISSUES AND CONCERNS VOL. 3 - July 2006
Date of publication: July 2006
Description/subject: "Issues and Concerns Vol. 3 contains a selection of articles covering developments in Burma and in the ASEAN community. Topics covered in the book include: • ASEAN’s increased frustrations in dealing with Burma’s junta. • The regime’s decision to move the capital to Naypyidaw. • Shake-ups and reshuffles in the SPDC. • Possible UNSC action on Burma. • Bomb blasts and instability within Burma • The SPDC’s continued mismanagement of Burma’s economy • India and China’s continued competition over Burma’s gas and oil reserves • Increased military aid from Russia • SPDC rejects NLD offer for dialogue • SPDC intensifies crackdown on NLD • Update on conditions of political prisoners and new arrests • Update on Ethnic relations and SPDC attacks on armed ethnic groups and SPDC Army offensive in Karen State • Update on SPDC interference in the delivery of humanitarian aid • SPDC ability to respond to bird flu • Update of forced labor"
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (928K)
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2007


Title: NATIONAL CONVENTION: THE SPDC DELUSION OF DEMOCRATIC REFORM
Date of publication: 01 February 2006
Description/subject: The briefer examines the December 2005 – January 2006 convening of the ongoing SPDC National Convention (NC). The constitution drafting process continues to be illegitimate, unrepresentative, and an exercise in futility. Despite the junta’s repeated claims that the National Convention is nearing an end, the SPDC tells foreign diplomats that the latest session of the NC will not complete new constitution. The slow pace of democratic reform draws criticism from the international community. While the USDA was active in organizing “forced” rallies in support of the NC process, the NMSP and KNPP pull their delegates from the NC as tensions mount between SPDC and other ceasefire groups. Convention delegates who attend the NC proceedings meet in a climate of fear and intimidation.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (226K)
Date of entry/update: 29 October 2007


Title: BURMA’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ASEAN CHAIR – RETREAT OR DEFEAT?
Date of publication: 13 September 2005
Description/subject: On 26 July 2005, the SPDC withdrew its claim to the ASEAN chair, causing a massive loss of face for Snr Gen Than Shwe and his cronies. The move has been followed by intense speculation – that Than Shwe has been ousted, and that the military leadership will become further isolated from the concerns of the international community. With the military regime in a weakened state, now is the time for ASEAN and the international community to push the junta towards genuine and comprehensive reforms for democratization in Burma. Also in the lead up to the decision, over 200 prisoners were released, apparently in an attempt to appease international opinion. Crackdowns on political dissent continue, and the situation remains tense between the SPDC Army and ethnic groups as the SPDC reinforces its military presence in several territories, and opposition groups resist committing to the junta’s “road map”. Pressure on the junta leadership has been exacerbated by the humanitarian crisis and failing economy. The delivery of humanitarian aid is severely frustrated by junta restrictions, while widespread food shortages continue.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (108K)
Date of entry/update: 29 October 2007


Title: PRESSURE WORKS: BURMA BACKS OFF FROM ASEAN CHAIR
Date of publication: 06 August 2005
Description/subject: "Unprecedented pressure from ASEAN has forced the Burmese regime to back off from claiming the coveted chair for 2006. Although billed as “Burma’s own decision”, the move – affecting the regime’s credibility and prestige – was a defeat for regime head Senior-General Than Shwe. Burma’s decision to relinquish its turn at the ASEAN chairmanship shows that persistent pressure works, and it works most effectively when applied from within ASEAN. Although being forced to relinquish the chairmanship was undoubtedly a success for ASEAN and the Burma democracy movement, it was only one of many steps towards the country achieving a genuine democracy. Moving beyond the chairmanship, ASEAN should now insist the junta set a clear timetable in fulfilling its long-standing pledge to ASEAN and the international community to commence a genuine and inclusive process towards democratization in Burma. In this process, ASEAN should engage with China and India – both countries which have significant influence and business ties with the regime – to convince them that a free, democratic and prosperous Burma presents a better business case and strategic partner than the bankrupt, pariah state it is now...Page 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Page 3 MOVING ON: BEYOND THE CHAIRMANSHIP Asean’s Continuing Leverage Page 4 THAN SHWE BACKS DOWN The Official Announcement Asean’s New Reality: Pressure Works! Asean, US, EU elated Burma, China, Rangoon diplomats upset ARF hits out at Burma News Blackout in Rangoon Page 6 THE ROAD TO VIENTIANE Asean Parliamentarians Lead the Charge Asean Ministers Follow Suit Page 8 THE CHAIR WAS IMPORTANT TO THAN SHWE He wanted it – bad Why did he need it? SPDC Rank and File Demoralized Evaporating Ethnic Trust Economy in the Doldrums No Face, No Money Page 13 WHAT THEY SAID: STATEMENTS ON BURMA’S ASEAN CHAIRMANSHIP NCGUB Asean Press International Press Asean Leaders Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus Other International Leaders & Commentators
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (164K)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2006


Title: WAITING TO EXPLODE?
Date of publication: 01 June 2005
Description/subject: Three bombs detonated in central Rangoon on 7 May 2005. The SPDC has been accused of having had foreknowledge of the bombings, but only organizing protection of military buildings. The bombings have been commonly assumed to be an “inside job” to justify increased military actions against dissident groups, or as an expression of tensions between Vice-Sr Gen Maung Aye and “young guns” aligned with Sr Gen Than Shwe. The reshuffle of half of the country’s regional commanders and the recall of many Burmese ambassadors, reported two weeks after the bombings, heighten speculation about the internal integrity of the regime post-Khin Nyunt ouster.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (86K)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2006


Title: CALL FOR FATF TO MAINTAIN BURMA’S NCCT STATUS
Date of publication: 31 May 2005
Description/subject: In 2001, Burma was designated Non-Cooperative Country or Territory (NCCT) by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), indicating major deficiencies in a country’s anti-money laundering regime, and cautioning financial institutions to pay special attention to their business relations and transactions. In November 2004, the FATF removed extra measures against the regime as a result of ‘improvements’ in the SPDC’s money laundering standards. This action overlooked flaws in the SPDC’s anti-money laundering mechanisms, as well as failings in newly enacted laws. Despite the regime’s recent showcase closing of two banks, the SPDC has not taken significant action against money laundering. Closing the banks was merely an attempt to convince the international community that the SPDC is “tough on money laundering” in the lead up to the next meeting of the FATF in June... The SPDC’s approach to money laundering remains sub-par and a threat to regional economies and global efforts to combat money laundering. "The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) must renew Burma’s placement on the Non- Cooperative Country or Territory (NCCT) list. Despite the regime’s recent showcase closing of two banks, the SPDC has not taken significant action against money laundering..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (98K)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2006


Title: "Show Some Self-respect!" - An Interview with Debbie Stothard
Date of publication: 26 April 2005
Description/subject: Burma activist group leader speaks out on Asean dilemma... "As the 2006 date for Burma’s assumption of the Asean chairmanship draws ever closer, the organization’s policy towards Rangoon comes under increasingly close scrutiny from the Alternative Asean Network on Burma. Formed in 1996, ALTSEAN is a network of Southeast Asia activists, NGOs, academics and politicians who are working for democracy and respect for human rights in Burma. The Irrawaddy recently talked to Altsean’s co-ordinator, Debbie Stothard, about her movement’s approach to the thorny question of Burma’s suitability for chairing Asean..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 April 2006


Title: "Blurred Vision" -- Report Card, January - March 2004
Date of publication: March 2005
Description/subject: Inside: Ethnics Draft Alternative Roadmap , NLD’s 4 Minimal Demands, Resource Diplomacy Bails Out Regime, A New Narcotic Drink Called ASEAN... CONTENTS 3 BLURRED VISION... 4 DEMOCRACY & DIALOGUE: * National Convention to Restart; * Myanmar Road to Democracy”: The Way Backward; * Making & Believing Promises; * Reactions to the Roadmap: 4 Minimal Demands, Tripartite Dialogue First, Alt. Roadmap; * International Community: Looking For a Timeframe; * Repression Continues: Criticizing Roadmap gets 17 Years Jail; * Razali Leads Choir of Optimists... 17 MILITARY THREAT: * Going Nowhere; * Command & Control; * Procurement & Recruitment: Upgrading the Airforce, Ethnic Recruitment, Forced Portering; * International Military Ties; * Breaching the Ceasefires: Karenni, Karen, Shan, Mon; * Security Tightened; * Army in Short Supply? 25 DRUGS: * Counter Narcotics: Thailand; Orders Friendly Ties, China Getting Fed-Up, India to Intensify Cooperation; * US Report: Small Concession; * Opium Production: Rising Or Falling? Crop Substitution Fails, Villagers Forced To Pay; * Junta & Police Clash At SPDC Poppy Plantation; * “Asean”: The New Narcotic Drink; * New Trade Route? * Wa Ecstasy? Wa Refineries Move, ATS Factories At Panghsang, Wa Take Ruby Hill; * Seizures; 35 ECONOMY: * Natural Resources: Regime’s Redemption * A Golden Land: Diamond And Gold Mining At Set Ga Done * Change To Euro Confirmed * India: New Official Trade Point * No Go Area: Bangladesh Shipping Route Suspended * BIMSTEC Free Trade Area * Domestic Economy: More Contradictions: Rice Export Ban, Raw Goods Liberalization, Three Banks Reopen * Foreign Trade: Buy Less, Export More, No More Prawns, China- Burma Trade US$1 Billion in 2003, East-West Corridor * Quick Money Makers: A Guide For Dictators: Japan Tax, Foreign Investment For Tourism, Concessions In Exclusive Economic Zone, Sell Some Gems * Mekong Power Grid: Questionable Policies * ICFTU Updates Shame List 47 AID * Japan Resumes Aid * EU To Offer Border Assistance * US Supports Aids Projects * FAO * UN Rice To Ex-Poppy Farmers 50 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS * United Nations: No One Happy * India: Looking East? * China * Bangladesh * ASEAN: Easily Intimidated? * ASEM * Bangkok Process * European Union: A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action * United States * Australia 59 THAI-BURMA RELATIONS * Enduring Faith…. * Understanding Is The Key * Bangkok Process: Yes, No, No…..Yes * Economics * Tavoy Port * Thaksin Defensive Over McConnell Accusations... * Human Rights Watch, Another Damning Report * Bo Mya Thanks Thais 65 ETHNIC RELATIONS * KNU Ceasefire: No Formal Agreement * New Hopes For KNPP Ceasefire * KIO: Failed Coup * Shan State Army-South: Committed To Peace * Salone/Moken Forced On Land For Tourism * Arakan National Council: A Source of Concern For Rohingyas * Chin National Front: Ready For Ceasefire Talks * Ethnic Council Formed 73 HUMAN RIGHTS * Political Prisoners: New Arrests, Political Prisoner Dies One Month Before Completing Sentence, Deteriorating Health Condition Of Political Prisoners, 15 Years Jail For Sports * Total In Burma: French Activist Denies Wrongdoing * Freedom Of Movement * Forced Labor: Junta Agrees To An Independent Mediator, Junta Will Review Death Sentences Of “ILO 3”, Forced Labor, Extortion, Confiscation Continues * Burma: High Risk Of Genocide * Burmese In Bangladesh Prison Despite End Of Sentence * Freedom Of Information: More Press Freedom In China Than In Burma * The US On Burma: Worsening Human Rights Record * Pinheiro: Caution & Despair * Min Ko Naing: 15 Years in Jail 82 WOMEN & CHILDREN * Junta Continues To Rape Women Despite Ceasefire Talks * Lack Of Attention To Women’s Rights Fuels HIV/AIDS Epidemic * Burmese Women’s Reproductive Health At The Thai-Burma Border * NLD Women Demand Releases * Forced Recruitment For Junta Org * Child Soldiers, Girl Soldiers * Child Prisoners: Judges Ignorant Of The Country’s Laws 87 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM * Junta Tightens Its Grip On Buddhist Clergy: Monks Arrested, Disrobed And Imprisoned, Jailed for Refusing SPDC Donations * Buddhist-Muslim Clashes In Arakan State * Christians Persecuted In Chin State * Activist Monk Passes Away * Inter-Faith Prayer Amidst Repression At Thai-Burma Border 91 DISPLACEMENT * IDPs: 3,500 Displaced In Karenni & Karen States, Asian Highway Forces Relocation In Sagaing Divn * Refugees: Japan, Bangladesh, Malaysia * UNHCR Plans Repatriation While Displacement Continues * Thailand: UNHCR Suspends Refugee Status Determination For Burmese, No More Persons Of Concern (POC) Status For Refugees, Hunger Strike In Bangkok Prison * Migrant Workers: Thousands Flee Ahead of Thai Crackdown, Repression of Labor Activists * Human Smuggling 98 HEALTH * Bird Flu Stories * HIV/AIDS Joint Proposal 100 ENVIRONMENT * Chinese Dams On The Nu/Salween River * Thai-Burma Projects For The Salween River * Mangrove Reforestation * A Tiger Reserve For The SPDC * Wildlife Trade Thriving 103 CHRONOLOGY: JAN ~ MAR 2004 119 MEDIA ABBREVIATIONS
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (453K)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2006


Title: INTERIM REPORT CARD: JULY 2004 – FEBRUARY 2005
Date of publication: March 2005
Description/subject: A Summary of Political and Human Rights Developments in Burma Prepared for the 61st Session on the UN Commission on Human Rights, March 2005... CONTENTS: 2 DEMOCRACY BLUES 3 MILITARY PURGES: INHERENT INSTABILITY The Fate of Gen Khin Nyunt The New MI Corruption Continues Unabated Continuing Instability Mass Prisoner Releases 9 THE NATIONAL CONVENTION Illegitimate, Unrepresentative, Militaristic Tightening Control of Ceasefire Grps Entrenching Military Rule Order 5/96: 20 Years’ Jail for Criticism Democratic Forces Reject Roadmap Not Representative of Burma’s People Divide and Rule Tactics USDA: The SPDC’s New Party 17 DEMOCRACY, SPDC-STYLE: NO POLITICAL PARTICIPATION Continued Arrests & Detentions NLD Calls for Dialogue Rejected CRPP Head Threatened by Junta NLD Petition Campaign 22 ETHNIC RELATIONS Shan Leaders Arrested Battles Ahead 26 DISREGARD FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ILO – No Intention to Change Bangkok Process: Thailand holding on UN Envoys 28 OVERVIEW: HUMAN RIGHTS 29 ABUSES OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS 30 EXTORTION & LAND CONFISCATION 32 FORCED LABOR 34 TORTURE 35 ARBITRARY DETENTION Detained Beyond the their Sentences Prisoner Deaths Life-Threatening Health Conditions 39 SUMMARY EXECUTIONS & EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS 41 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION 43 RULE OF LAW Junta Cracks Down On Romance Miscarriages of Justice Complainants Sent To Jail, Killed 46 RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE 46 FORCED RELOCATION & DISPLACEMENT 48 VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 49 HUMAN TRAFFICKING 50 RIGHTS OF THE CHILD 51 IGNORING TSUNAMI-AFFECTED BURMESE 52 LANDMINES
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (266K)
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2006


Title: BURMA BRIEFING - BURMA’S NATIONAL CONVENTION: ILLEGITIMATE, UNREPRESENTATIVE & OPPRESSIVE
Date of publication: 16 February 2005
Description/subject: On 17 February 2005, Burma’s ongoing National Convention was scheduled to reconvene. The briefer examines the National Convention including information on structure, process, reasons why it is illegitimate, democratic alternatives, and international responses... FEBRUARY 2005 UPDATE:- NO CHANGES IN SIGHT: Tightening Control of Ceasefire Groups; National Convention Process Unchanged; Crackdown On Shan Leaders Ahead Of National Convention; Discontent Brewing Amongst Ceasefire Groups; CRPP Rejects National Convention... CONCLUSION... RECOMMENDATIONS... BACKGROUND INFORMATION:- AN EXCUSE NOT TO CONVENE PARLIAMENT... ENTRENCHING MILITARY RULE: The Military Junta Does Not Want Democracy; Six “Objectives”; Chapter Headings; 104 “Principles”... FIRST STEP IN A ROADMAP TO DEMOCRACY? The 7-Point Roadmap; Fundamentally Flawed; Continuation of a Previous Failure; No End in Sight; Who Will Draft the Constitution?; 1990 Election Results Must Be Upheld; Democratic Forces Reject the Roadmap... NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF BURMA’S PEOPLE: Worse Than the 1993 Convention; Thugs and Drug Lords at the NC... THE REGIME’S DESPERATION: NC Structure; SLORC Order 5/96: Freedom of Expression Criminalized; 1,076 Handpicked Political Prisoners; Bizarre Regulations; Strict Script Supervision; Media Gagged, Blindfolded, Deaf; Divide-and-Rule: Joint Proposal Refused... ALTERNATIVES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION: Ceasefire Groups Also Want Democratic Process; Ethnic Groups Draft an Alternative Roadmap; Eight New Basic Principles from Democracy Movement... INTERNATIONAL RESPONSES: Exclusion of the International Community; ASEAN: The Failure Of Unconditional Engagement; UN Consensus; Western Condemnation.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (159K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: TSUNAMI IMPACT ON BURMA - Update 28 January 2005
Date of publication: 28 January 2005
Description/subject: Note: This briefing note is an update of a previous Altsean-Burma paper entitled “Tsunami Impact on Burma – Update as of 4 January 2005”. It covers tsunami-related developments affecting the Burmese population inside Burma and in Thailand from 4 to 28 January 2005...In December of 2004, an undersea earthquake near Indonesia triggered a tsunami that caused widespread destruction in Indonesia, Thailand, India and, most likely, Burma. Because of Burma’s secretive military regime, it has been had to assess the full extent of the tsunami’s damage to Burma. The briefer examines the probable damage caused by the tsunami to Burma, the SPDC’s reporting and response to the event, as well as the impact of the tsunami on migrant workers from Burma working in Thailand and the Thai government’s treatment of the migrant workers. Note: This briefing note is an update of a previous Altsean-Burma paper entitled “Tsunami Impact on Burma – Update as of 4 January 2005”. It covers tsunami-related developments affecting the Burmese population inside Burma and in Thailand from 4 to 28 January 2005.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (101K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: TSUNAMI IMPACT ON BURMA – Update as of 4 January 2005
Date of publication: 04 January 2005
Description/subject: "The tsunami has highlighted the reality that Burma is a failed state that has been slow to recognise the seriousness of the situation. The military authorities have denied the severity of the effects of the tsunami and associated earthquakes. Besides being slow to act to support its own citizens, the regime has also hindered aid agencies and concerned people from providing direct assistance. The impacts on Burmese have not just been felt in the country, but also amongst thousands of migrant workers and asylum-seekers in Thailand. However, the Burmese authorities has not moved to provide support to their citizens overseas, neither has it been committed to helping account for foreigners who may have been present in coastal areas affected by the tsunami..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (90K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: A Failing Grade - Burma's drug eradication efforts
Date of publication: November 2004
Description/subject: "...Since the assumption of power of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) in September 1988, Burma has experienced a dramatic rise in the production and export of illegal narcotics. Since 1996, opium and heroin production doubled. In the years since there has been a steady decline in opium production and the export of heroin. Far from being the result of government and international efforts, this has been largely the cause of a production and market shift, from opiates to amphetamine type stimulants (ATS). The drug trade in Burma is conducted predominantly by Chinese criminal organizations, protected at every step by ethnic militia armies with links to transnational criminal networks. They are routinely and systematically assisted by members of the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) in a network that has no official approval, but which is so widespread and deep as to be systemic and multi-layered, from the troops on the ground to the generals in Rangoon....The SPDC has failed to resolutely interdict the narcotics trade in Burma. Efforts so far to accord with its stated aims and international obligations have been insufficient to increase the current level of United Nations funding, or for the United States Government to certify the regime as cooperating fully on stopping the drug trade. Narcotics eradication efforts cannot be depoliticized or sequestered from the SPDC's wider aims, which includes the pacification of ethnic people. The humanitarian crisis facing opium farming communities in the Shan State must be urgently addressed by the international community. This should entail greater lobbying of the SPDC to slow down their eradication drive and take a more gradual, sustainable approach to eradication. The regime must demonstrate that their war on drugs is one conducted with greater respect for human rights, providing sustainable alternative incomes and more positive development for the communities. Other communities affected by drug eradication projects, such as Shan displaced by UWSA and UNODC sponsored forced relocations should also be recognized and assisted..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Altsean-Burma
Format/size: html, pdf (7.18MB - 250 pages)
Date of entry/update: 14 December 2004


Title: BURMA BRIEFING: ISSUES & CONCERNS VOLUME 1
Date of publication: November 2004
Description/subject: Issues and Concerns Vol. 1 contains a selection of articles covering background information on a wide range of Burma-related issues. Topics covered in the book include: • Basic Facts on Burma • A Brief History • Reshuffling the SPDC Deck • The National League for Democracy (NLD) • Who’s Who • Burma’s Economy: Soldiers Are Not Economists • Ethnic Diversity: No Barrier to Unity • Federalism & The Union of Burma • The 8888 General Strike • The 1990 General Elections in Burma • The Depayin Massacre • Roadmap To Democracy: Buying Time Burma’s National Convention: Illegitimate, Unrepresentative & Oppressive • Undermining Regional Security • Burma & The International Community • Advancing Regional Interests • Burma: ASEAN’s Shame • The Un Secretary-General & His Special Envoy • Civil Society’s Response to the Crisis In Burma • International Initiatives: Strength Elicits Results • Economic Sanctions: A Consequence of the Regime’s Inflexibility Who Needs the Rule of Law? • Repression of Pro-Democracy Activists • Abuses Against Ethnic Nationalities • Press Freedom Denied • Human Trafficking • Military Rule Is Bad for Your Health • Violence Against Women • Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (1.694MB)
Date of entry/update: 29 October 2007


Title: BURMA BRIEFING: ISSUES AND CONCERNS VOL. 2 - Nov 2004
Date of publication: November 2004
Description/subject: UPDATE: THE KHIN NYUNT OUSTER: It’s Not Over, Yet; Another Generation of Political Prisoners?... MILITARY RESTRUCTURING... BORDER ISSUES: Border Trade; Confiscations, Arrests; Thailand... ECONOMY AND BUSINESS: Closures; Kyat; Trade & Investment... DRUGS... ETHNIC NATIONALITIES: National Convention... THE NLD & DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI... NCGUB... INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS: ASEAN Turns Up the Heat? Thailand: Soe Win ‘A Nice Guy’; Malaysia: Why Weren’t We Told? Philippines: More of ‘The Usual’ Indonesia: Surprise Visit; China: Quietly Concerned; India: Friendly Overtures; EU: Asians Should Help; US: More Pressure, Please; UN... WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT... WHO’S WHO: SPDC LEADERS’ BIOGRAPHIES... PRISONER RELEASES: EASING THE PRESSURE VALVE? Who Was Released? Some Still Waiting; What About Aung San Suu Kyi; No Signs of Change; A Response to Pressure; Not the First Time; Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma’s Most Famous Political Prisoner... WHY THE RELEASES? International Pressure; Internal Pressure; What Next?; Conclusion... LOTS OF NOISE, LITTLE CHANGE: HUMAN RIGHTS POST KHIN NYUNT... LEGISLATORS ACTING ON BURMA: Inter-Parliamentary Union; 3,285 Parliamentarians Sign Solidarity Declaration; European Parliament Calls for Increased Pressure on Burma; Parliamentarians Support the CRPP; US Congress: United on Burma; Other Recent Parliamentarian Initiatives; ASEAN: Parliamentary Caucuses Emerge: Malaysia; Thailand... RECENT CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVES ON BURMA: Nobel Laureates; Regional Activists; Labor Groups... RESPONSES FROM INTERNATIONAL BODIES: UNGA’s Annual Resolutions; ILO: Pressure Triggers Response; FATF: Money Laundering Concerns... LEGAL PROOF OF A DICTATORSHIP: Emergency Provisions Act (1950); State Protection Law (1975); Television & Video Law (1996); 21 Unlawful Associations Act (1908); Interpretation of Expressions Law (1973); Printers & Publishers Registration Law (1962); The Official Secrets Act (1923); Habitual Offenders Act (1961); The Burma Wireless Telegraphy Act (1933); The “National Convention” Law 5/96 (1996); 22 Uses & Abuses of the Law; But Sometimes the Law isn’t so Important… Further Deficiencies; Guilty Until Proven Innocent; Inaccessible Laws; Legal Bid to Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Fails; More Sackings... THE LAST WORD - QUOTES FROM AUNG SAN SUU KYI on: Burma & ASEAN; ASEAN’s Constructive Engagement; Refugees; Democracy; 25 Human Rights & Asian Values; The UN Special Envoy Razali Ismail; The 1990 Election; Power-Sharing? On the NLD’s “Inflexibility”; Some Resources from Altsean-Burma.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (491K)
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


Title: DECLARATION OF THE REGIONAL STRATEGY MEETING ON BURMA
Date of publication: 08 June 2004
Description/subject: "We, the participants of the Regional Strategy Meeting on Burma, from 40 organisations in 10 countries, met for 2 days in June in Thailand, AFFIRM THAT: * The democratisation of Burma is integral to freedom and democracy in the entire region. * Tripartite dialogue premised on observance of human rights and democratic principles is essential to genuine National Reconciliation. * Free and fair elections are a cornerstone to any democratic state, therefore the outcome of the 1990 multi-party elections organised by the military regime must be acknowledged. * Asean is a key actor in determining the future of Burma, and therefore the future of this region. * Asean and the international community need to focus more effort and resources to advocate effectively for genuine reforms in Burma. * Sanctions, particularly economic sanctions, are vital non-military options to support the democracy movement in Burma. Hence, the continuation and expansion of such sanctions are needed. RECOGNISE THAT:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Regional Strategy Meeting on Burma
Format/size: html (19K)
Date of entry/update: 08 June 2004


Title: ON THE ROAD TO DEPAYIN:
Date of publication: 04 June 2004
Description/subject: "The following excerpts have been translated from footage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's tour of Mandalay Division, Kachin, State, Shan State and Sagaing Division in the weeks leading up to the murderous attack on her entourage on May 30, 2003. She made these impromptu speeches at rallies that attracted thousands of people who traveled great distances to see her despite harassment and severe warnings by the authorities. Several isolated protests organized by the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) acting under the direction of Burma's military leaders. These went relatively unheeded until the USDA stepped up their campaign of threats and intimidation, which culminated in the Depayin attack which resulted in scores killed, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD Deputy Chair U Tin Oo detained..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Altsean-Burma
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 08 June 2004


Title: BRIEFING NOTE: IT IS TIME TO ACT ON BURMA,
Date of publication: 01 June 2004
Description/subject: SHOULD THE SPDC BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH LIES? Patience & Flexibility... WHY ACT NOW?-- SPDC's Broken Promises; Lack of Democratic Progress; Continuing Human Rights Abuses; Releases from international pressure; Security Concerns, Military Threat... PRESSURE WORKS:-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; U Lwin, NLD Spokesman; Asian Activists; Malaysian Parliamentarians; Sen. John McCain & HE Madeline Albright; Sanctions Take Time; Engagement is not working... WHAT THE REGIME IS BEING URGED TO DO... WHAT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN DO... A BAN ON FINANCIAL REMITTANCES – THE PRACTICAL OPTION... A LIFELINE FOR THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT... A NON-VIOLENT BARGAINING CHIP... TAKING AIM AT SPDC'S ECONOMIC LIFELINES... CREATING DOMESTIC PRESSURE FOR CHANGE:-- Undermining Moderates?... INSTIGATING REGIONAL ACTION... SPDC – FEIGNING REFORM & ROLLING OUT THE CHARM... DAMPENING EFFORTS: Relabeling; Enabling Remittances; Business Diplomacy... SANCTIONS & SEX WORK:-- Burma's biggest pimp; Increasing since 1988; Jumping the Gun; Low Factory Wages; Insufficient evidence; Numbers of job losses disputed; Job losses from capital flight; Reforms needed... PEOPLE OF BURMA SUPPORT SANCTIONS... PREDICTIONS: Brief Chronology of �Predictions' by the Thai Government... RECENT ARMS& DEFENSE EQUIPMENT ACQUISITIONS... ROGUE REGIMES – Pyongyang & the SPDC... GOING NUCLEAR!... REGIONAL THREAT... THE WORST SANCTION: The Ongoing Banking Crisis; Investor-Unfriendly Climate... APPENDIXES: Burma: An Albatross for Both Asean & Europe, By Kavi Chongkittavorn. The Nation, Jun 14 04... Non Interference In Burma Is Not An Option, By Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein. The Asian Wall Street Journal, Jun 14 04... Declaration of the Regional Strategy Meeting on Burma, Jun 8 04.... Press Statement by the Pro-Democracy Myanmar MPs' Caucus of The Malaysian Parliament, Jun 8 04... Envoy: Assembly a "Mass House Arrestâ€�. The Nation, Jun 2 04... Now is the time for action on Burma, By Tashika Elbegdorj. The Nation, May 10 04... �Window Dressing,' Baltimore Sun, May 12 04... Don't Help Burma's Generals, by Zaw Oo, Far Eastern Economic Review, May 6 04... Imposition of Special Measures against Burma, Myanmar Mayflower Bank, and Asia Wealth Bank, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, May 3 04... A Need to Act on Burma, by John McCain & Madeleine Albright, Washington Post, Apr 27 04... No Excuse for Inaction on Burma, Fred Hiatt, Washington Post, Apr 5 04... Press Release: FATF Strengthens Global Anti- Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Campaign, Feb 27 04... Foreword to Ready, Aim, Sanction: Non-Military Options to Support Burma's Democratization, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nov 03... Press Release: FATF decides to impose counter-measures on Myanmar, Nov 3 03.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (207K) 39 pages
Date of entry/update: 06 July 2004


Title: SPECIAL REPORT: ON THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY?
Date of publication: 29 February 2004
Description/subject: A Summary of Political & Human Rights Developments in Burma September 1 2003 - February 29, 2004... Prepared for the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, March 2004... CONTENTS: 2 ON THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY? 4 Context of the Roadmap; 5 Nation-Wide Crackdown; 5 No Justice - No Accountability; 6 Rise of the Hardliners; 6 Forced Military Training; 8 Dissecting the Roadmap; 9 'Moderate' vs 'Hardline'? 10 Democratisation or Delay Tactic? 13 Broken Promises; 15 Lessons from the National Convention 1990-1996; 16 SPDC Actions Thus Far to Implement the Roadmap; 17 Bangkok Process - Dialogue with One Side; 17 USDA PIan to Destroy Democratic Movement; 19 Ethnic & Pro-Democracy Groups Reject Roadmap; 20 NLD: Dialogue or Detente; 21 Ethnic Nationalities Seminar's Common Position; 22 Ceasefire Groups: Conditional Support, Misrepresentation; 23 Pushed to the Ceasefire Table at Gunpoint; 26 Rethinking the Roadmap; 26 A Starting Point, Not a Fait Accompli; 28 OVERVIEW: HUMAN RIGHTS: 29 Arbitrary Detention; 31 Miscarriage Of Justice; 32 Update on Depayin Victims; 32 Arbitrary Detentions May 31 -Aug 31, 2003; 34 Torture; 36 Exlrajudicial Killings & Summary Executions; 37 Freedom of Expression; 37 Religious Intolerance; 38 Update on Ethnic Nationality Relations; 39 Forced Labor; 41 Forced Relocation & Displacemt; 42 Landmines; 44 Violence Against Women; 45 Child Soldiers; 47 Abuse of Economic Rights.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Altsean-Burma
Format/size: pdf (371K), html (341K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/roadmap-SR.htm
http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/OnThe%20Road2DemocracyA4.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2004


Title: Under Pressure: Report Card July-September 2003
Date of publication: January 2004
Description/subject: UNDER PRESSURE: DEMOCRACY AND DIALOGUE:- * No Justice For Black Friday Victims * Depayin Victims Missing / Detained * U Tin Oo & Other NLD Leaders * Daw Aung San Suu Kyi * ICRC Visits * More Eyewitness Accounts * Ethnic Groups Warned Not To Speak Out About Black Friday * The Big Picture - Nationwide Crackdown & �Clean Up' * Ongoing Arrests, Sentencing, And Harassment Of Opposition Members * NLD MPs Flee To Thailand * Authorities Shoot Hunger Strike Prisoners * Activist Dies After Depayin Attack * Releases * SPDC Propaganda Offensive * Bomb Blasts - SPDC Points Finger At Opposition Groups * Anti-SPDC Leaflets * Asean Interventions-Little Attempted, Little Gained * Thai �Road Map' * Indonesian Envoy * Razali's Visit - No High Hopes * Regime Roadmap-Another �Road To Nowhere' * The Perfect Stalling Tactic * National Convention Background * What's Missing From �Road Map' * What The Convention Does Offer * Play By Our Rules Or Stay Out * Who's On Board * SPDC Rallies And Prayers To Support Road Map And Ward Off Sanctions * Reactions To The Roadmap * Ethnic & Political Groups' Rejection * Ceasefire Groups' Conditional Support * International Community: Wait & See� MILITARY THREAT:- * SPDC Reshuffle Rise Of The Hardliners * General Khin Nyunt-Promoted Or Demoted? * Forced Conscription * New Bases, Battalions & Tanks * Military Border Buildup * ABSDF Forced Out Of KIO Territory * Tatmadaw Goes International * China - Military Visit * Thailand - More Naval Cooperation * India - Quid Pro Quo * Bangladesh - Shopping For Arms & Intelligence * Bombs * Attack On SPDC Warship * Students Clash With Police * MI Sergeant Arrested For Corruption� 33 DRUGS:- * Thaksin Gets Tough * Wa * Goodbye Opium, Hello Amphetamines * Newer, Stronger Yaba Pill * Burma Destroys Poppy Crops * France Funds Drug Monitoring Project * Militia Leader Top Drug Producer * US Burma �Failed Demonstrably' * Regional Meetings * Regional Threat ECONOMY:- * Sanctions Begin To Bite * Eating Lobster In Rangoon * More Cash, Less Credit * Fecs On The Way Out? * Changing To Euros * Effects On Border Trade * Job Losses * Wobbly Kyat * Bank Crisis Continues To Bite * Root Cause * Arakan State - Govt Control & Private Monopolies * New Agriculture Policies Amid Shortages * New Agricultural Census * IT Workshop * Regional Economic Integration * GMS, Regnl Routes = $$ For Junta * Foreign Trade & Investement * Regional Imports Up, Exports Down * Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam * Pressure & Divestment * More Companies Jump Ship * Premier's Long Goodbye * ITF Calls For Boycott * BAT - Fishy Business * Unocal Trial Moves Forward * SPDC Launches New Airline * Tourism - Still Bringing In $$ For The Junta * Britain Tells Travel Companies To Pull Out� AID:- * China funds power projects * Australia funds ICRC in Burma * Backdoor funding via ADB & GMS * ERI's Needs Assessment On Aid * UN FAO� INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:- * Actions Speak Louder Than Words * Junk Salesman * United Nations * United States Applies Sanctions * Sanctions "Badâ€� * Sanctions "Goodâ€� * Effects of Sanctions * Canada * Asean – What Would You Like To Hear? * No Parliament, MPs Not Welcome * Malaysia – Hard & Soft * Indonesia – Patience Thins * Philippines Maintains Position * Singapore: No Comment * Vietnam Silent * Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) * India, China, Bangladesh – Courting the SPDC * India 's New Best Friend * China – Maung Aye Sent to Grovel * Bangladesh - Buying Friends * Japan Takes A Stand * South Korea At Odds * Pakistan Warming * Australia's Mixed Message * European Union – Big Bark, No Bite� THAI-BURMA RELATIONS:- * Thai Roadmap * Thaksin's Response To Black Friday * Thai – US Relations * Sanctions * Economic Links * Crackdown On Refugees * Migrant Workers * Thai-Based Dissidents * Arrested For Murder And Released * Military Relations� ETHNIC RELATIONS:- * Junta Tells Ceasefire Groups To Keep Quiet * Ethnics Welcome US Sanctions * Arakanese Tell ASEM: More Pressure Needed * Wa Want Political Recognition * ALD Leader Dies * KNLA: 66 Battles In 64 Days * Naga Rebel Base Destroyed * Ceasefire Groups Invited To China HUMAN RIGHTS:- * ICRC Visits Shan State * Human Trafficking – Failure To Comply * KHRG Report Exposes Military Violations * Political Prisoners * Violence Against IDPs In Eastern Shan State * Forced Labor * Forced Fire Safety Training * Extortion * Freedom Of Information * Freedom Of Movement * Human Rights Training For Youth In Bangladesh� WOMEN AND CHILDREN:- * More Women Leaders * Sanctions = Sex Slavery? * SPDC Pays Parents For Child Soldiers� RELIGIOUS FREEDOM:- * Forced Religious Conversion * USDA's Anti-Muslim Pamphlets * Anti-Muslim Riot In Mandalay * Authorities Ban Muslim Prayers * Mosque Demolished - PM Loses Face * Forced Mantra Chanting * Revered Monk Dies Suddenly * Buddhist Monks Warned To Stay Away From Politics� DISPLACEMENT:- * INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPs) * REFUGEES * Thailand Tightens Up * India: Thousands Of Chin Refugees Expelled * Bangladesh Repatriation Continues * Malaysia Gets Hostile * Japan Reprieve * MIGRANT WORKERS * Thai Authorities Fail To Protect Workers In Mae Sot * Japan: SPDC Denies Passports To Burmese� LANDMINES� EDUCATION:- * SPDC Claims * Reality For Mandalay Students� HEALTH:- * Still Waiting For Water * "Condomâ€� Word Used For First Time� ENVIRONMENT:- * Tigers Face Extinction� CHRONOLOGY: 1 JUL ~ 30 SEP 2003� APPENDIX I: RECOMMENDATIONS: "SHAN REFUGEES: DISPELLING THE MYTHS"... APPENDIX II: INTERVIEWS ON FORCED MILITARY CONSCRIPTION
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: pdf (657K) 120 pages
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2004


Title: Ready, Aim, Sanction!
Date of publication: 20 November 2003
Description/subject: 1 FOREWORD BY ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU; INTRODUCTION:- 3 FLAWED IMPLEMENTATION; 3 MOVING AHEAD; 4 RESISTANCE; 4 BROKEN PROMISES; 5 NO DELAY; 6 SMART SANCTIONS... PART 2: THE STORY SO FAR:- 7 CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS; 9 ROADMAPS LEADING NOWHERE: * Thai �road map' _ Much Ado About Nothing; * The SPDC Roadmap_ the Perfect Stalling Tactic; * National Convention background; * What's missing from the �road map'; * What the convention does offer; * NLD & ethnic nationality participation not required; 12 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; 14 BROADER INDIRECT IMPACT OF SANCTIONS; 17 LIMITATIONS OF SANCTIONS: * �Carroty Sticks'; 18 SANCTIONS & THE ECONOMY... PART 3: CURRENT SANCTIONS:- 21 CANADA'S SANCTIONS ON BURMA; 22 EUROPEAN UNION SANCTIONS ON BURMA; 23 JAPAN'S POLICY ON BURMA; 24 UNITED STATES SANCTIONS ON BURMA; 25 SANCTIONS & ACTIONS: AN ASSESSMENT; 25 IMPORT BAN: * Direct Impacts; * Room For Improvement; 26 BAN ON REMITTANCES TO BURMA: * Direct Impacts; * Room For Improvement; 28 FOREIGN INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS: * Direct Impacts; * Room For Improvement; 30 ARMS EMBARGO / NON-PROVISION OF ARTICLES/SERVICES THAT COULD BE USED FOR REPRESSION * Direct Impacts: * Room For Improvement; 33 ASSETS FREEZE: * Direct Impacts & Room For Improvement; 34 TRAVEL/VISA BAN: * Direct Impacts; * Room For Improvement; 35 BAN ON DIRECT FOREIGN ASSISTANCE: * Direct Impacts & Room For Improvement; * Japan Suspends Aid to Burma; * Drug Eradication Assistance; * Direct Impacts & Room For Improvement; 37 SUSPENSION OF MDB & IFI ASSISTANCE: * Direct Impacts & Room For Improvement; 38 TRADE PREFERENCE SUSPENSIONS: * Direct Impacts; * Room For Improvement; 40 DIPLOMATIC DOWNGRADES; 40 INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION (ILO): * A Model For Sanctions; 43 UNITED NATIONS: * SPDC Thumbing Their Nose At The UN; * UN Interventions; * Extreme Violations; * Broad Based Support; 46 WHAT ABOUT THE UNSC? 47 UN SECRETARY GENERAL'S SPECIAL ENVOY TO BURMA: * Turning of the Tide; * A New Strategy; * UN Special Envoy's Mandate; 49 THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR'S OBLIGATION: * A Different Tune; 50 UNDERMINING ITSELF; PART 4: RECOMMENDED ACTIONS & SANCTIONS:- 51 �RECIPE FOR RECONCILIATION'; 51 PRINCIPLED ENGAGEMENT: * Nominations for the Burma Diplomatic Squad; * Components of the Recipe; * Reconstruction of Burma; 54 NO MORE TOYS FOR THE BAD BOYS; 54 WIDEN BAN ON REMITTANCES TO BURMA; 55 IMPORT BAN ON GOODS FROM BURMA: * 10% of Exports Profits Directly Fund the Regime; 58 BAN ON CONFLICT RESOURCES: * SPDC Involvement; * Examples of SPDC �unofficial' involvement in logging; * Local Communities – Logging often hurts more than it helps; * Gems; * Environmental Destruction; * Employment; * Forced Labor; * Ethnic Nationalities – Between A Rock & A Hard Place; * Drugs, HIV/AIDS & Money Laundering; * Resource Diplomacy; * Who's Operating? * Some of the Big Boys... 70 BAN ON NATURAL GAS IMPORTS FROM BURMA; 71 RESTRICTION ON FUEL SALES TO BURMA; 72 BAN ON OIL & GAS FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI): * Oil & Gas; * New Pipeline Proposal; * Yadana Partners Strike Again; * Greater Mekong Subregion Project; 74 FULL INVESTMENT BAN: * Major FDI Players; * FDI 2001-2002; * Trade Fairs; * FDI Exposure to Money Laundering; * What About the Workers? 79 SPECIAL FOCUS: TENTACLES 'S HOLD ON THE FORMAL ECONOMY: * The BIG Tentacles – A Snapshot! * Ministry of Defense; * DDP: Directorate of Defense Procurement; * DDI: Directorate of Defense Industries; * MEC: Myanmar Economic Corporation; * UMEH (UMEHL): Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings; * MOGE/MPE/MPPE; * Ministry of Industry I; * Ministry of Industry II; * Myanmar Agricultural Produce Trading (MAPT); * Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE); * Myanmar Export-Import Services (MEIS); * Ministry of Post and Telegraphs (MPT); * Ministry of Hotels & Tourism; * Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE); * Directorate of Ordnance; * State-Owned/Controlled Banks; 86 A CLOSER LOOK: UNION OF MYANMAR ECONOMIC HOLDINGS LTD (UMEH/UMEHL/UMEHI): * Gems; * Jade; * UMEH Business Ventures; * Keeping It In The Family: Industrial Estates; * It Gets Worse; * Six Degrees Of Separation; * Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA); * Na Sa Ka: Making Human Rights Violations Profitable... 95 WIDEN THE ASSETS FREEZE; 95 IMPLEMENT FINANCIAL ACTION TASK FORCE (FATF) RECOMMENDATIONS; 98 WITHHOLD ASSISTANCE FROM IFI/MDBS: * Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS); * East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC); * Power Trade Operating Agreement (PTOA); * Technical Assistance; * Withhold GMS Funding For Projects In Burma... 102 SUSPEND JAPAN'S OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (ODA) TO BURMA: * Options; 105 PRESSURE ON JAPAN; 105 BOYCOTT AND DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGNS; 108 DELAY TOURISM: * Benefiting Whom? 109 ASEAN TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: * The Reality; * Credibility on the Line; 111 INCREASE PRESSURE ON THE REGIME'S KEY PARTNERS; 112 SPORTS EMBARGO; 113 OFFICIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE CRPP; 113 INCREASE CAPACITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT; 114 PUT SPDC ON PROBATION; 114 TAKE BURMA TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL (UNSC): * Rampant Military Growth; * Known weapons procurement during 2001-July 2003; * Civilian Military Porters; * Child Soldiers; * Drugs; * Civil War; * Displacement of People; * Systematic human rights abuses; * Failure to recognize democratic elections; * Regional Implications... PART 5: MYTHS & REALITIES:- 132 MYTH 1: Sanctions on Burma have not worked.; 133 MYTH 2: The effectiveness of sanctions is too limited to beconstructive; 134 MYTH 3: The SPDC is not influenced by international pressure; 135 MYTH 4: Sanctions can be used as a scapegoat by the SPDC for internal policy failures; 136 MYTH 5: Sanctions will alienate the �moderates' in the regime; 137 MYTH 6: Sanctions take away incentives for the regime to make progress; 138 MYTH 7: Constructive engagement would be successful in bringing reforms in Burma; 139 MYTH 8: Sanctions and principled engagement cannot work as complementary approaches; 141 MYTH 9: Western nations' economic stake in Burma is not large enough for sanctions to be effective; 142 MYTH 10: Sanctions will not impact the regime but will mostly hurt civilians: * Formal and Informal Economy; * Reality Check; * Jobs Lost? 146 MYTH 11: Sanctions are starving the population: * Very Low Nutrition and Life Expectancy Rates; * More Displacement in Ethnic and Central Areas; * Logging and Increased Poverty; * Military Forces and Arms Procurement Have Increased; * More Oppression; * Four-Cuts Program; * Mawchi Township: Impoverished by the SPDC; 151 MYTH 12: Investment and trade has brought better working conditions; 153 MYTH 13: Sanctions destroyed Burma's investment climate: * Mandalay Brewery: A Cautionary Tale; 156 MYTH 14: Sanctions created Burma's current financial crisis; * Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs); 158 MYTH 15: Burmese people do not want sanctions; 159 MYTH 16: International pressure & sanctions will isolate the regime, push it closer to China; PART 6: IRREVERSIBLE STEPS FORWARD:- 162 LESSONS FROM AFGHANISTAN: * A Few Steps Behind; * Engagement & Reward – A Dangerous Game; * Transformation; 164 SANCTIONS FOR CHANGE: * Clear Recipe; * Period of Leverage & Enforcement Actions; * Timing & Strength; * Committee oversight; * Communication; * Moderates?; * Lose-Lose Situation; * Premature Action; 172 EU'S NEW STRATEGY APRIL 2003 – WHY IT DIDN'T MEASURE UP; 174 LESSONS FROM HAITI, NIGERIA, AND SOUTH AFRICA: * Haiti; * Nigeria; * South Africa; 179 RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: * A Non-Zero Sum View of the Conflict; * Sticks as Well as Carrots; * Asymmetry of Motivation Favoring the State Employing Coercive Diplomacy; * Opponent's Fear of Unacceptable Punishment for Noncompliance; * No Significant Misperceptions or Miscalculations; * Democracy Movement's Support For Sanctions; * Support on the Thailand-Burma Border; * What Armed Resistance & Ethnic Nationality Groups Think; * NCGUB; 184 CHECKLIST FOR THE UNITED NATIONS; 184 CHECKLIST FOR THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL; 184 CHECKLIST FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION & OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES; 185 CHECKLIST FOR ASEAN; 185 CHECKLIST FOR CHINA; 185 CHECKLIST FOR JAPAN; 186 CHECKLIST FOR INDIA; 186 CHECKLIST FOR AUSTRALIA; 186 CHECKLIST FOR CANADA; 187 CHECKLIST FOR THE UNITED STATES; 187 CONCLUSION; 188 INDEX.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: pdf (1.2MB) 212 pages
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2003


Title: ARRESTED: Report Card: 1 April ~ 30 June 2003 1
Date of publication: November 2003
Description/subject: 3 BLACK FRIDAY: A SLAP IN THE FACE OF ASEAN: Asean – Paying the Price of Constructive Engagement; Plans for the Future - Another �Road to Nowhere'; SPDC Reshuffle – Rise of the Hardliners; The Big Picture – Nationwide Crackdown & Military Buildup; Attack was Premeditated; Chronology - the Attack & its Aftermath; SPDC Cover-up & Damage Control; Partial List: Dead, Arrested, Detained, Releases; International Response; Rogues Gallery for Black Friday... 36 DEMOCRACY AND DIALOGUE: Razali Locked Out; NLD Trip to Chin State – SPDC Turns Up the Heat; Tissue of Lies; 38 MILITARY THREAT: Building Capacity; Good Friends & Neighbors; Forced Conscription On Rise; Bomb Blasts; Navy Extortion... 41 DRUGS: WA; US Report: SPDC Link to Drugs; EU & Japan: More Money for Drug Aid, Boycott; Regional Threat... 46 ECONOMY: Funny Numbers; Bank Crisis Continues; SPDC Ends Rice Procurement Policy; Petroleum & Hydro – Yet Another Plan; Foreign Trade; Foreign Investment Figures on Decline; Pressure and Divestment; Tourism: Mixed News... 54 AID: Japan: Aid Suspended; Australian Ambivalence; ICRC Pushes for Greater Access; Britain, Sweden, and Norway to Support AIDS Program; UK Wildlife Aid; Aid for UN Drug Reduction Program; UN Development Gap Plan... 56 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Unhappy With Empty Promises; Asean; China – Friendship First; India: Engagement for Security; Bangladesh: Warming Up; Japan Delicately Pushing; US Complains Dialogue Has �Ground to a Halt'; EU: Dashed Hopes; UN: Human Rights Resolution... 62 THAI-BURMA RELATIONS: Economic Links; Border: Murder, Porn, Intrusion; Crackdown Against Thai-Based Dissidents. Refugees... 67 ETHNIC RELATIONS: KNU Protests International Support for Junta; ICG Report: Ethnics Need More Political Influence; KNU Attacks SPDC to Incite Talks; Ethnics: Black Friday Will Bring �Catastrophe'... 68 HUMAN RIGHTS: Forced Labor; Political Prisoners; New Arrests; Student Fracas in Mon State; Right to Food; Freedom of Information... 72 WOMEN AND CHILDREN: Rape; Trafficked Woman Granted Asylum in Australia... 73 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: 6 Muslims Arrested, Madrassa Destroyed; Burmese Muslim Supplying Weapons to Al-Qaeda? Muslim Leader Calls on Neighboring Countries to Help... 74 DISPLACEMENT: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); Refugees; Bangladesh: Rohingya Repatriation Continues; Migrant Workers; Trafficking... 80 EDUCATION: South Korea to Cooperate in Maritime Training; ABSFU Releases Education Report; 80 HEALTH: Repression & Disease... 81 ENVIRONMENT: New Construction in Pagan; Logging; 82 CHRONOLOGY: 1 APR ~ 30 JUN 2003 96 APPENDIX I: RECOMMENDATIONS & EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "NO SAFE PLACEâ€� 99 APPENDIX II: AUNG SAN SUU KYI'S TRAVELS BEYOND RANGOON.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: pdf (1.76MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2003


Title: CHARM OFFENSIVE: Report Card March 2003
Date of publication: November 2003
Description/subject: 3 DEMOCRACY & DIALOGUE: Inviting the US, Keeping the UN Out; SPDC Lashes Out at Opposition; Harassment of Daw Suu; CRPP, SPDC Refuses to; Recognize Ethnic Parties,,, 7 MILITARY THREAT: Reshuffle; Ne Win Family Appeal Rejected; Explosion on Gas Pipeline; 18 Villagers Killed in Crossfire; Bombs; Army vs NaSaKa; New Equipment & Infrastructure; Upgrading NaSaKa... 12 DRUGS: Thaksin's War on Drugs; UWSA Deny Putting Contract on Thaksin; Wa Continue Production; SSA Joins War on Drugs; Less Opium, More Meth; US Fails to Certify Burma; US Not Invited to Opium Survey; India & China; Aid for Crop Substitution... 16 ECONOMY: Price Hikes; Pay Rise for Civil Servants; Forced Sale of Crops; Oil & Gas; Bank Crisis; Foreign Trade & Investmen; Tourism, Pressure and Divestment... 30 AID: United Nations, Japan, Israel; Helen Keller Intl/ TotalFinaElf; FIFA... 32 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: US-Running Out of Patience; Vietnam – Strengthening Close Friendship; Russia, Malaysia China - Exchanging Goodwill Visits; UK - Growing Criticism; Asean, Asean – EU Meeting; Bangladesh –Trading Ties; Japan Defends Policy; India, Australia... 38 THAI-BURMA RELATIONS: High Level Visits to Burma; Princess Smoothening Relations; Thaksin, the Great Mediator? Border... 43 ETHNIC RELATIONS: 5 Armies Establish Joint Command; Defections, Divide and Rule; Ceasefire Groups Strengthen Ties; Arakan State – Rangoon Tightens its Grip; Shan, Karen, Mon... 48 HUMAN RIGHTS: Amnesty Intl Inside for 1st Time; SPDC Threatens Villagers before ICRC Missions, Villagers Trained to Lie to Intl Monitors; Political Prisoners, New Arrests; Pinheiro's 5th Mission, "the Bug"; US Country Report on HR; Forced Labour, Extortion; Land Confiscation, Shoot Order; Freedom of Press & Expression... 55 WOMEN & CHILDREN: Rape, Child Soldiers... 57 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Blacklist; WCC Chair Meets Khin Nyunt; Discrimination Against Muslims; Discrimination Against Christians; Forced Conversion... 59 DISPLACEMENT: IDPs; Refugees & Asylum-seekers; Migrants... 64 LANDMINES... 65 HEALTH... 66 ENVIRONMENT... 67 CHRONOLOGY: 1 JANUARY ~ 31 MARCH 2003... 72 APPENDIX I: Current Composition of the CRPP... 73 APPENDIX 2: SWAN Recommendation to UNHRC... 74 APPENDIX 3: Diplomatic Visits/
Language: English
Format/size: pdf (1.2MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 November 2003


Title: BRIEFING: BLACK FRIDAY & THE CRACKDOWN ON THE NLD (update)
Date of publication: 24 June 2003
Description/subject: â€¢ Sr-Gen Than Shwe is responsible for the murderous ambush on NLD leaders Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin U, and their entourage and the ensuing crackdown on the democratic movement in Burma. Than Shwe perpetrated such criminal behavior because he was confident that Asean, India and China would help his regime weather criticism, and continue to supply him with weapons. • Black Friday May 30 and the ensuing crackdown has been the most ruthless and bloodiest attack on the democracy movement in Burma since the 1988 massacre. 's nationwide high alert a week before the attack, and a high-level meeting on the eve of Black Friday (see section below). • 500-1,000 of USDA members, police, men dressed as monks, armed soldiers, and prisoners ambushed hundreds of unarmed NLD supporters, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the NLD team with lethal weapons: guns, sharpened bamboo stakes, catapults, and steel and iron pipes. • Hundreds have been arrested, killed, and are missing. Reportedly, 65 bodies were secretly cremated in the Northwest Military Command compound. Scores of people, including NLD Deputy Chairman U Tin U, are missing. • Universities are closed, NLD offices are padlocked and the SPDC is trying to terrorize the population to suffocate the widespread support for democracy by the people of Burma. ||| This briefing is divided into the following sections: Pg 2 Premeditated – summary of developments indicating that the Black Friday ambush and subsequent crackdown was planned. Pg 3 A List of Travels out of Rangoon made by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the past year. Pg 3 The Lead-Up – key events prior to May 6, 2003. Pg 4 The Kachin Tour & Related Events (May 6-30,2003) Pg 9 Map of locations visited by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Pg 9 Anatomy of the Attack – details from eyewitnesses. Pg 11 The Aftermath: The Investigation – U.S. Embassy officials visit the scene, Damage Control Pg 12 Casualties, Missing, Arrested, Detained, Released, ICRC, Ensuing Crackdown Pg 17 Razali Visit Pg 18 The Initial International Outcry – response from governments, organizations, and key individuals. Pg 27 3 Weeks after Black Friday – A Time to Stand and Be Counted – AMM & ARF, sanctions Pg 33 Global Day of Action June 19 & Beyond Pg 34 A Time for Serious Action - No More Business As Usual, Upcoming Events, ASEAN, Sanctions, Boycotts, United Nations, UN Security Council, International Labor Organization, Methods to Increase Pressure on the SPDC.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: pdf (410K), Word (428K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/BlkFriupdatejun24.doc
Date of entry/update: 02 July 2003


Title: Abused Bargaining Chips (Women's Report Card on Burma, July 2001-January 2003).
Date of publication: March 2003
Description/subject: WOMEN AND POLITICS: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Women�s Participation; Women in Opposition; Recommendations... RAPE: No More Shame & Silence; SPDC Response; Smokescreen; International Outcry; Endemic; Not Safe Anywhere; Recommendations... VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: UN Rapporteur on VAW; Violence for Silence; Women Outside of Burma; Domestic Violence; Recommendations... TRAFFICKING: SPDC Angle; Recommendations... 19 Forced Labor; HIV/AIDS: Prevalence; High Mobility; Sex Work; Education & Cultural Restrictions; SPDC Manipulation; Recommendations... HEALTH: Access to Health Care; The Result; Birth Spacing & Contraception; Maternal Health in Thailand; Funding; Migrants & Displaced Persons; Recommendations... DISPLACEMENT Unwelcome; Justice; Recommendations... EDUCATION: Recommendations... NON-BURMAN ETHNIC NATIONALITIES: Recommendations... APPENDICES: Licence To Rape; UDHR Article; Abbreviations; Women and Solidarity Group Contacts; Urgent Action Contact Information... Resources from Altsean.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: pdf (549K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Balancing Act (Report Card, Burma, 1 October-31 December 2002)
Date of publication: March 2003
Description/subject: DEMOCRACY & DIALOGUE: Razali�s Waning Influence;; Daw Suu�s Trips; CRPP; Political Prisoners; New Arrests; Watchdog; Letter Bombs To Embassies; Ethnic Parties... MILITARY THREAT: New Equipment and Infrastructure; Military Training and forced conscription; Reshuffle; Ne Win�s Death; Coup Plot Trial � Round 2... DRUGS: Uwsa Threat; Wa Versus Shan; Neighbours Get Their Share; Us Drug Certification: A Close Call; Aid For Crop Substitution... ECONOMY: Crisis & Rampant Inflation; Rice Shortage & Ban On; Commodities; Fuel Crisis; Border Trade With Thailand; Trade; Pressure & Divestment; Investment; Petroleum & Hydro Infrastructure Projects; Air Links; Tourism... AID: United Nations, Australia, Britain, China, Japan... INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Asean, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Japan, Israel, Ukraine, Serb Republic, Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Union, United Nations, International Labour Organisation, International Committee of The Red Cross... THAI-BURMA RELATIONS: Border Reopens; Drugs; Goodbye Task-Force 399; Critical General Removed; �Peace Dividend�; Crackdown And Arrests... ETHNIC RELATIONS: Rohingya� Highly Vulnerable!; Shan � Highly Vulnerable!; Karenni; Karen; Mon... HUMAN RIGHTS: Pinheiro, UNGA & UNCHR; ILO Mission; Extortion; Land Confiscation; Child Soldiers; Human Trafficking; Freedom of Press & Expression... WOMEN & CHILDREN: Multilingual Poster; Children... RELIGIOUS FREEDOM... DISPLACEMENT: IDPs; Refugees; Repatriation & Deportation; Migrants... LANDMINES... EDUCATION... HEALTH... ENVIRONMENT... CHRONOLOGY: 1 SEPT ~ 31 DECEMBER 2002... APPENDIX I: THE NEW CHAIN OF COMMAND... APPENDIX II: ICFTU DATABASE OF FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH BUSINESS LINKS TO BURMA... APPENDIX III: RECOMMENDATIONS: �MY GUN WAS AS TALL AS ME�... APPENDIX IV: DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI'S ITINERARIES... ALTSEAN PUBLICATIONS ON THE INTERNET... ALTSEAN LIST OF RESOURCES...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: pdf (1MB)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Photos of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on tour
Date of publication: 2003
Description/subject: Photos of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on tour -- in Arakan, in Chin State, in Magwe and in Mandalay. More on the ALTSEAN website (click on Alternate URL)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN)
Format/size: html (5K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Photogalleries/RoadtoDepayin.htm
http://www.google.co.th/images?hl=en&q=Photos+of+Daw+Aung+San+Suu+Kyi+on+tour%E1%81%8A/altsean&um=1...
Date of entry/update: 04 July 2010


Title: Smokescreen (Report Card, Burma, 1 July-30 Sept 2002)
Date of publication: December 2002
Description/subject: Contents: Smokescreen; Democracy & Dialogue: Stonewall; Razali; Tripartite; National Reconciliation; Political Freedoms; Political Activity Resurfacing; PR Exercise; New Arrests... Military Threat: Growing Military Power; Coup Plot Trial; Reshuffle; Backstabber; Na Sa Ka Border Security Forces... Thai-Burma Relations: Pushing The Limits; Making Friends; All About The Money; Playing Hardball; Crackdown & Arrests; �Business Diplomacy�; Drugs; Thaksin�s Profit; Wa Threat; Thai Solidarity... Drugs: Opium Survey 2002; Structural Problems; Focus On The Wa; Drug Decline?; The New Drug Front; Degrees Of Separatn(?) Drug Clinics... Ethnic Relations: Shan; Karen; Mon; Kachin; Rohingya & Rakhine; Wa; Chin; Amnesty Report... Religion... Economy: The Crisis & The Kyat; Econ. Devt. Outlook; Trade; Imports & Exports; Divestment; Investment; Malaysia �Big Winner; Tourism; Petroleum & Hydro... Aid: Transparency & Accountability; Japan; China; European Union; United Nations; ADB... International Relations: United States; Malaysia; India; European Union; Japan; China; Vietnam; Bangladesh; South Korea; Israel; Singapore; Bhutan; United Arab Emirates; Greece; International Actions; Asean... Human Rights: Lack Of Security; Pinheiro & UNGA; ILO; Forced Labor; Forced Portering; Freedom Of Expression & Info; Extortion; Forced Relocation; Trafficking; Political Prisoners; Health & Death In Custody; International Concern; Watchdog... Women: No More Shame & Silence; Smokescreen; International Outcry; Endemic; Not Safe Anywhere... Displacement: Refugees & Asylum Seekers; Migrants; IDPs; Repatriation & Deportation... Education... Health... Landmines: Victims... Enviroment; Cchronology: 1 July-30 Sep 2002... List Of Abbreviations... Appendis 1: Japanese Foreign Minister's Visit... Appendix 2: Recommendations fr �License To Rape�... Appendix 3: Recommendations fr Amnesty Security Report.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (808K) Conversion to html a bit scrambled -- Works better with Internet Explorer. than Netscape
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: A Peace of Pie? - Burma's Humanitarian Aid Debate
Date of publication: 13 October 2002
Description/subject: A PEACE OF THE PIE? AID & POLITICS: PEACEBUILDING & NATIONAL RECONCILIATION: National Reconciliation, Humanitarian Aid & �Neutrality�, From �Secret Talks� To Tripartite Dialogue; THE HUMANITARIAN 'CRISIS': Taking The Politics Out Of Aid, Leaked UN Memo; �BETTER GOVERNANCE IS THE ANSWER� - Transcript Of Interview With Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, August 2002; THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT; THE ETHNIC NATIONALITIES: The �No AID� Position; THE SPDC; WHOSE RESONSIBILITY?: Causes Of Humanitarian problems in Burma, Oppression Of Civil Society, SPDC Society, Armed Conflict, Human Rights Violations, Killings, Forced Labour, Rape, Food Security, Forced Relocation & Dislocation, Economic Mismanagement, The Way Forward; ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT AID: Building Civil Society And Pluralism, Gongos, Independence Of Ingos, Reducing Conflict, Assistance To The Most Needy, Strengthening State Capacity For Responsibility, Lack Of Expertise, Aid Cannot Wait, Witnessing Human Rights, Corruption, Complementary Work, Bums-On-Seats; �THE RIGHT WAY�: Transparency, Accountability, Monitoring, The Role Of Aid Agencies, Donors and The International Community; CHRONOLOGY; APPENDIX 1: NGOS & DONORS IN BURMA: International Ngos In Burma, Donors, Donor/Government Policies, Multilateral Organisations, Corporate; APPENDIX II: POLITICAL & NATIONAL RECONCILIATION by Dr. Chao-Tzang Yawnghwe; APPENDIX III: Myanmar: a silent humanitarian crisis in the making; APPENDIX IV: DCI � SPDC�s newest weapon; BIBLIOGRAPHY; RESOURCES FROM ALTSEAN-BURMA.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (928); Word (394K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/peaceofpie.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: New Page, Old Story (Report Card, Burma: 1 April - 30 June 2002)
Date of publication: September 2002
Description/subject: DEMOCRACY: The Talks, The "Big" Development, SPDC Word Games, Tripartite, Working for National Reconciliation, International Response, Sanctions, Razali, Political Prisoners, That's All Folks. MILITARY THREAT: The "Coup Plot" Trial, Power Struggle, Weapons, Restructuring. THAI-BURMA RELATIONS: Bordering on Disaster, Let the Games Begin, Thaksin Appeases, Drugs. DRUGS: Production, Eradication & Prevention, A New Way to Play the Same Card, UNCDP, Regional Problem, US Position Shift. ETHNIC RELATIONS: Shan, Kachin, Karen, Rakhine & Rohingya, Chin, Mon. RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. HUMAN RIGHTS: Extortion, Forced Labour, Political Freedoms, Death Sentences, Arbitrary Arrests, Forced Relocation, Village Destruction, UNCHR, ILO, International Actions, Legalizing Abuse of Power. WOMEN: License to Rape, Trafficking. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Asean, EU, US, DCI Associates, China, India, Japan, Russia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, East Timor, Australia. ECONOMY: The Crisis, The Kyat, Gold Rush, 2001-2002 Fiscal Year, Jan-Feb 2002, Investment, Pressure & Divestment, Import/Export Bans, Watchdog, Expensive Lobbyist, Aid Update, International Crisis Group, The Money Move, Sanctions Remain but HIV/AIDS Planned. DISPLACEMENT: Repatriation & Deportation, Migrant Workers, Refugees, IDPs. EDUCATION. CHRONOLOGY: 1 April ~ 30 June 2002. APPENDIX i: AN INTERVIEW WITH DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI. APPENDIX II: Executive Summary: We are Not Free to Work for Ourselves.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (798K); Word (366K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/New_Page.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Rangoon Suspense (Report Card Burma: 1 Dec '01-31 March '02)
Date of publication: July 2002
Description/subject: Includes "coup plot" & chronology. DEMOCRACY: The Talks, Political Prisoners, Political Freedom. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Theme: "Democracy", China v. India. INTERNATIONAL AID, UPDATE: Japan, South Korea. ECONOMIC SITUATION: Heading for Economic Collapse, The Kyat: Downhill all the way, International Trade, Pressure, Foreign Direct Investment. DRUGS: Production, UWSA, Eradication & Prevention, Regional Problem, UNDCP & Funds. THAI-BURMESE RELATIONS: Drugs, Fighting on the Border, Aiding Rebels, People from Burma in Thailand. MILITARY REGIME: The 'Coup Plot', USDA, Police, T he Weapons Keep Coming, Regional Security, The Nuclear Reactor. WOMEN & CHILDREN: Women award, violence, Children sex work, violence. HUMAN RIGHTS: Prof. Pinheiro's 2nd Trip to Burma, Forced Labour, Extortion, Freedom of Expression, Labour Rights. ETHNIC: Chavalit's Intervention, Karen, Shan, Karenni, Lahu, Mon. RELIGION. HEALTH: Prosthesis, HIV/AIDS, Thailand & the Health of People from Burma. EDUCATION: Monastic Education, Study Abroad, Closure. DISPLACEMENT: IDPs. REFUGEES - Thailand, Rohingya; MIGRANT WORKERS - THAILAND highl y vulnerable, registration. ENVIRONMENT: Ivory, Logging & Furniture Smuggling. CHRONOLOGY. APPENDIX 1: INTERVIEW WITH DR. CHAO TZANG YANGHWE. BIBLIOGRAPHY. ERRATA.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: HTML (987K) 60 pages; Word doc. (823K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Rangoon_Suspense.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's Secret Talks: Some Talk, Little Action
Date of publication: April 2002
Description/subject: Talks Checklist; Uneasy Dance - Confidence Building or Confidence Trick? Dashed Hopes; Razali Backstep; Concrete Signs; Sshhh! Mid-Term Developments That Signal Imminent Reforms - tripartitie talks, Release of political prisoners, political freedom; Ethnic Nationalities; The Wider Picture. Factors in the Dynamic - Military consolidation - March 2002 "coup plot", refashioning of khin nyunt, the army's party, Leverage - Forced Labor, Pinheiro, Drugs; CRPP; National Convention. What Do They Say? - NLD - ethnic politics; Ethnic Groups; SPDC - talk on ethnic groups; Pro-Democracy Allies; International Community - west, east. 39 Who's Who - Aung San Suu Kyi; Than Shwe; Khin Nyunt; Maung Aye; Razali; Kyaw WIn; Than Tun; U Lwin; Other Players. Chronology
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (705K) 60 pages; Word (638K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Burma's_Secret_Talks_%20apr_02.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma: Tentative Steps
Date of publication: March 2002
Description/subject: Report Card Sept.�00 ~ Jan.�01. Bumper Issue �Talks� Special. Inside: 5 parter on the Rangoon Talks, Landmines, ILO, Drugs, Women & the Usual Topics; Chronology 1st Sept.�00 ~ 31st Jan.�01. Printed in Bangkok, March 2001 ISBN 974 88306 � 4. TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARDS DIALOGUE: � Expectations; � Outcomes; � The SPDC; � The NLD; � The Ethnic Nationalities; � �Concessions� to Asean; � Public Relations Rhetoric; � Role of Sanctions; � Where Do We Go From Here? WOMEN & HEALTH: � 2nd Myanmar Women�s Conf.; � Rohingya Women: Double Burden; � Women�s Reproductive Rights Infringed in Thailand; HIV/AIDS: � A Tragedy Unfolding; � Denial & Ignorance; � The Reality; � Geographical Mobility. � HIV Prevention; � Declining Health & Education Standards; DRUGS: � Drug Production; � Transmigration of the Wa Cont.; � UWSA & SSA (South); � SPDC & Drugs; � Drug Eradication Measures; ECONOMIC SITUATION: � SPDC Growth Fantasies; � Foreign Investment Collapse; � Prices of Basic Items Will Rise Again; � Japan; EDUCATION: � New Education Plan from SPDC; � Revolving Door of Closures; HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION: � The ILO Resolution; � Landmine Monitor Report 2000; � US Court Case against Unocal; RELATIONS WITH RELIGIOUS & ETHNIC GROUPS: � God�s Army Surrenders; RELATIONS WITH THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT: � Traveling in Burma With the NLD; � The Revolving Door of Arrests; � Homeless in Rangoon; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: � �Mediation� by Asean; � Mahathir Visits Burma; � EU-Asean Meeting; � The Off/On EU Troika; � Changes in Foreign Policy: Thailand & The United States; � U N Special Rapporteur Resigns; REFUGEES & MIGRANT WORKERS: � Repatriation of Karen; � Repatriation of Rohingya; � Burmese Refugees in Guam; � Migrant Labour in Thailand; CHRONOLOGY: September 1st 2000 - January 31st 2001. Appendix 1: Leadership Calls for NTl Reconciliation; Appendix 2: Intl Strategy Meeting on Burma statement; Appendix 3: Burma At The Crossroads; Appendix 4: The Coming Transition & The Ntl. Reconciliation Program; Appendix 5: ICFTU: Election of Burmese Official TO chair major U N C�tee; Appendix 6: Index of Economic Freedom for Burma 2001.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: html (632K), Word (572K) 80 pages
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Tentative%20Steps-2.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Report Card Burma: Labour Pains
Date of publication: March 2002
Description/subject: Report Card Burma: 1 Sept- 30 Nov '01 Introduction; Dialogue & Democracy: What are concrete steps? 1. Tripartite Dialogue 2. Release of political prisoners 3. Political freedom; International Relations: The Military Red Carpet, Than Shwe in Malaysia; Humanitarian Assistance: Spdc Plea Continues, European Union (eu), Who, Australia, Japan, Baluchaung Dam; Economic Situation: Economic Delusions, A not so merry go-round, Currency & the Kyat, Rampant Inflation, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Thailand & Border Trade; Drugs: United WA State Army (UWSA)- Not in my backyard, Spdc and Drugs, Drug Eradication sham, Money Laundering; Thai-Burma Relations: Drugs, Tensions; The Military: Effects of Militarisation, Reshuffles; Health: HIV/AIDS; Human Rights: Forced Labour, Extortion, IDPs, Landmines, Freedom of Expression, Pinhero's first report; Women: Thailand, Violence; Refugees & Migrants: Refugees, Migrant Worker Registration - Thailand, Repatriation from Thailand; Ethnic Relations; Religious Persecution; Chronology; Appendix 1: Military Structure; Appendix 2: RTM Statement, 15-16 November; Bibliography.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: HTML (790K) 64 pages; Word (432K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Labour%20Pains%20Sep-Nov%202001.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Report Card Burma: Burma's Plea
Date of publication: October 2001
Description/subject: Report Card Burma: 1 May-31 Aug '01 In memory of Daw Kyi Kyi (18 May 1920-15 June 2001). Introduction; Democracy: Progress? Open & Tripartite, Response, Humanitarian assistance; International Relations: "Pat on the back", Keeping a distance, Japan; Drugs : SPDC involvement, Thailand, Anti-Drugs; Thai-Burma Relations : Drugs & Armed Conflict, Social Relations, Prime Minister's visit; The Military: Internal turmoil, New weapons, Ramifications; Economic Situation: Growth & GDP, Mismanagement, Private sector, Agriculture, Kyat & Inflation, Border Trade, Foreign trade & investment, Textiles, Quotas, Tourism, ILO & Safety, Appeal for aid; Health : HIV/AIDS, Thai-Burma Health Initiative, Humanitarian assistance; Human Rights : Forced labour, Human rights Training, Pipeline investment, Freedom of information; Education : Funding, NHEC Education seminar, It's political; Displacement: IDPs, Refugees & Migrants : Shan-Wa, Hunger strike, Thai Refugee camps, Registration, Repatriation, Xenophobia, Asylum & HIV; Ethnic & Religious Relations: Ethnic relations, Religion; Environment: : Salween dam, Logging, Refugees & Deforestation; Landmines : Victims, SPDC, Others use, Medical treatment; Chronology ; Appendix A: Mobility & HIV ; Appendix B: Prisoner Releases ; Bibliography.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: HTML (1.7MB) 80 pages; Word (944K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Burma's%20Plea%20May-Aug%202001.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Report Card, Burma: Still Waiting
Date of publication: September 2001
Description/subject: Report Card, Burma: 1st Feb - 30 April '01 Democracy : Dialogue, Calls for Caution; Thai-Burma Relations : Armed Conflict, Border Trade, Blockade, Drugs, Espionage, Making Amends; Military Consolidation : Myanmar Armed Forces Day, Military Strength, Power Struggle; Economic Situation : SPDC Reports, Industries of Interest, Non-SPDC Reports, Inflation, Currency Exchange, Free Market & Private Enterprise, Border Trade, International Trade & Tourism, Thailand, Japan & Baluchaung; Drugs : Heroin, Methamphetamines, SPDC: a main player?, UWSA, Shan State; Health : Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Japan's Role; Human Rights : Forced labour, Taxation, Responses to the ILO Call for Sanctions, Procurement Policy, Land Confiscation, Torture, Freedom of Information, Political Prisoners, Human rights Training, UN Special expert on human rights situation in Myanmar; Women : Rape, Women from Burma in 2nd Countries, Health; Children : Health, Child Soldiers, Trafficking Ethnic & Religious Relations : Peace v. Armed Conflict, Kachin Coup, Religious Relations, Chinese; Forced Relocation & IDPs ; Refugees & Migrant Workers : Bangladesh, Guam, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Repatriated Refugees; Chronology ; Bibliography .
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: HTML (1.1MB) 66 pages; Word (531K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/STILLWAITING%20Feb-Apr01.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Women's Report Card on Burma 2001
Date of publication: June 2001
Description/subject: WOMEN AND POLITICS: The Democracy Movement, "Dialogue", Women's Organisations, Inside Burma, Outside Burma; WOMEN, POVERTY & THE ECONOMY: Living in Poverty; SPDC and Poverty; WOMEN AND EDUCATION: Access to Basic Education, Education and Politics; "Relevant History", The Re-Opening of Universities; WOMEN AND HEALTH: Access to basic health standards and facilities, Demographics; HIV/AIDS: Women, Children & HIV, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Family Planning, Refugees & Migrant Workers; VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Rape, Women outside Burma, Commercial Sex Workers (CSW); RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SPDC: BIBLIOGRAPHY; WHAT YOU CAN DO; CONTACTS: Women of Burma Groups, Groups Working with Women of Burma, Burma on the Internet; RESOURCES FROM ALTSEAN-BURMA.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Format/size: HTML (286K) 36 pages; Word (158K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/WRC2001.doc
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003