Burma’s military leaders have been trying to persuade monks in Mandalay not to take part in protests that began last week in response to a sharp rise in fuel and commodity prices, according to local monks.
The heavy-handed political crackdown and brutal physical attacks on democracy groups in Burma have drawn headlines in the international media, prompting the EU, individual Western governments and the UN to respond with statements of censure and demands for detainees to be released.
A wave of more than 1,000 Burmese internally displaced persons (IDP) from Eastern Burma fled to the Thailand-Burma border in August following attacks by the Burmese army, according to a relief team in the area.
Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, Thailand’s army commander-in-chief, is expected to discuss border policy with Burma’s top generals during a state visit to Naypyidaw that also marks part of the outgoing army chief’s farewell tour of the region.
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named an Egyptian blogger, Wael Abbas, and a Burmese investigative reporter, May Thingyan Hein, the winners of the 2007 Knight International Journalism Award.
Some 60 endangered tortoises smuggled via airmail to Malaysia two months ago cannot be returned yet to their native Tanzania because the two countries are still haggling over details of the handover, a wildlife official said Monday.