International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Apr 04, 2013 (English Version)

 

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Letpadaung Farmers Reject Compensation

While hundreds have taken money for land lost to a controversial mining project, others are refusing to leave their homes. Read More

 

Student Activist on Trial for Alleged Role in Anti-Muslim Riots

A 26-year-old is accused of encouraging famous nationalist monks to organize mob violence in central Burma, but his family says the charges are ludicrous. Read More

 

In Unprecedented Move, Burma Authorities Donate to Thailand Refugee Camp

The Karenni State government and Myanmar Peace Center representatives donated money to relief efforts at the fire-ravaged Ban Mae Surin. Read More

 

Cheap SIM Cards Will Be Out Later This Month: Govt

Cheap cellphone SIM cards will be available from April 24, starting with 350,000 cards to be distributed throughout the country. Read More

 

Uncertainty Surrounds Burma Gas Auction, Pipelines and Transparency

Burma’s Ministry of Energy is expected to kick-start an international scramble for the country’s offshore oil and gas reserves, but questions remain about transparency. Read More

 

‘We only shot with rubber bullets to scare them’

The police said the recent violence against Muslims was orchestrated and was conducting an investigation into the events. Read More

 

Running Out Of Gas? Thailand Struggles to Avert Energy Crunch

The yearly shutdown at gas fields in Burma has Thai energy officials fearing ‘chaos’ in efforts to keep up with demand. Read More

 

High-Profile Rapes Threaten India Tourism

Foreign visitors, especially women, are staying away since a 23-year-old Indian student was raped on a New Delhi bus and later died from her injuries. Read More

 

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Expect Peace Pact Soon

In one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies, negotiators on both sides say a peace accord could be reached as early as next month. Read More

 

Ethnic Leaders Say Govt Minorities List Attempt at Divide and Rule

Ethnic minority political parties dismissed the Burmese government’s recently published official list of “recognized ethnic groups” in the country as an attempt at divide and rule, Eleven Media reported on Wednesday. The National Brotherhood Federation said the government was inflating the number of ethnic groups to make it harder for them to exercise their rights. [...] Read More

 
 

Thailand Court to Review Constitution Blocking Thaksin’s Return

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has agreed to examine whether an attempt to amend an article in the country’s constitution is legal. The judges, however, refused to issue an injunction suspending parliamentary debate on the proposed change, one of three amendments currently being considered. Lawmakers from Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party hope to amend the 2007 constitution, [...] Read More

 
 

Indonesia, Burma Increase Cooperation in Forestry

Environment Minister U Win Tun met his Indonesian counterpart, Zulkifli Hasan, to discuss cooperation in the forestry sector on Wednesday in Naypyidaw, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday. But rather than discuss forest preservation or environmental issues, the pair talked about how best to let Indonesian firms create teak plantations. Land rights [...] Read More

 
 

Washington Post Editorial Talks of ‘Dark Side’ to Reforms

An editorial in the Washington Post on Thursday said that Burma’s reforms are far from finished, and already they are “displaying a dark side.” The editorial criticized the Burmese government’s response to the recent anti-Muslim violence, which has killed at least 40 people since late March. The article also criticized the National League for Democracy, [...] Read More

 
 

Australia Advising Burma on Mining Law

Burma’s Mining Minister Myint Aung met Australian Ambassador to Burma Bronte Nadine on Wednesday in Naypyidaw, according to MNA News. The report revealed Australia is drafting Burma’s mining law, and the two countries are forming agreements in the mining sector. At another meeting on the same day, The New Light of Myanmar reported Nadine met [...] Read More

 
 

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As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,

As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed,
"Justice is a dream. But it is a dream we are determined to realize."