Thursday, August 30, 2007

August 30, 2007 - The Irrawaddy Online News Alert:


The Irrawaddy Online Newsletter for August 30, 2007

Burma Protest Continue [Update]

Burmese Protests to Take on a New Sound

By Yeni

Burmese households are being urged in an anti-regime pamphlet campaign to protest noisily on three evenings in September by banging pots and pans.

The Regime’s Violent Path to a “Flourishing Democracy”

By Aung Zaw
The rare demonstrations in Rangoon and beyond are persistent and are likely to continue for some time. But since the regime has arrested and detained several key activists and prominent former student leaders

Burmese Hotels Asked to Help in Search for Activists

By The Associated Press

Burma's military government has ordered local officials and hotels to be on the look-out for key pro-democracy activists as it tries to squash unusually persistent protests sparked by fuel price hikes, an official said on Thursday.

Bird Flu Tests Underway in Karenni Refugee Camp

By Violet Cho

More than 200 poultry died early this week in Mae Surin, a Karenni temporary refugee camp in Mae Hong Son, causing officials to suspect a bird flu outbreak and cull other birds, according to the camp's health department.

Petition Opposes Provincial Decrees Aimed at Migrant Workers

By Sai Silp

A group of Thai and international labor and human rights activists have called for the revocation of provincial decrees which they say deny basic human rights to migrant workers.

US to Work with UN, Asean to Aid Burmese People

By Lalit K Jha/Ottawa

A day after the popular Hollywood actor Jim Carrey went on YouTube calling for people to support the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the US said Tuesday it will continue its effort for political change in Burma through the United Nations and Asean.

Burmese Pro-democracy 'Working Group' Created to Approach China

By Lalit K Jha/Ottawa

Eminent Burmese intellectuals, academicians and political activists in exile have formed a 16-member "Working Group on China" to seek Chinese government help in shaping the future of Burma.

Thai PM Rejects EU's Proposal to Monitor Elections

By Ambika Ahuja/AP Writer/Bangkok

Thailand's military-appointed prime minister said on Wednesday he opposed a proposal by the European Union to monitor the upcoming general election, the first since a coup ousted disgraced Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra last year.

Defense Challenges Cambodia Genocide Tribunal Ruling

By Ker Munthit/AP Writer/Phnom Penh

Defense lawyers have mounted their first legal challenge against a ruling by the Cambodia genocide tribunal, arguing against the detention of a former Khmer Rouge prison chief, officials said on Wednesday.



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