Friday, April 19, 2013

Apr 19, 2013 (English Version)


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A Sad State of Affairs as Asean AWOL Over Rohingya Issue

Despite launching a new human rights body at the most recent Asean summit in Phnom Penh, the group has stayed largely quiet on anti-Muslim violence. Read More


Suu Kyi Scores Spot on Time’s Top 100 List

For the fourth time, the Nobel laureate and democracy icon earns a place on the magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Read More


A Road in Burma Paved with Hope

For some in Shan State who have spent decades in isolation, one road is a potential path from their impoverished hinterland to a better future. Read More


The Dictators: Part 7—Than Shwe’s Reign Begins

The deteriorating health of SLORC Chairman Saw Maung and a successful campaign against ethnic insurgents sees Ne Win install Than Shwe as junta chief. Read More


Victims of Aceh Conflict Await Justice in Indonesia

Authorities are urged to acknowledge and apologize for widespread rights abuses in a separatist conflict that ended nearly eight years ago. Read More


China Angered by Japan’s Increased Jet Scrambles

China accuses Japan of raising regional tensions with its increased use of fighter jets to monitor Chinese aircraft that approach islands claimed by both countries. Read More


N Korea Sets Preconditions for Talks’ Restart

North Korea demands the lifting of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks. Read More


Pipeline in Arakan Draws Protests

Residents in Arakan State protested a China-backed pipeline project on Thursday, accusing developers of failing to provide adequate compensation, infrastructure and salaries, Radio Free Asia reported. About 400 people marched to the headquarters of Beijing’s state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, one of the primary developers of the Shwe gas project. The pipeline is a joint [...] Read More


Artillery Shell Injures Toddler, One Other in Shan State

An artillery shell injured two people in northern Shan State earlier this week, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported on Thursday, citing local sources. The casualties – a 17-year-old and a toddler of just 18 months – came on Monday amid fighting between the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) and government troops over a planned relocation [...] Read More


Draft Press Law Up for Revision

A controversial draft of Burma’s new press law is up for revision, according to Unesco. The Printing and Publishing Bill was submitted by the Ministry of Information to Parliament on Feb. 27, with no input from local media groups. Critics have since said the bill’s restrictions threatened to roll back press freedoms only recently reinstated [...] Read More


Kachin, Government Peace Talks Likely by End of April

Postponed peace talks between the government and Kachin rebels are likely to take place before the end of the month, reported Eleven News. Aung Naing Oo, a representative from the Myanmar Peace Center in Rangoon, was quoted as saying relations between the two sides had improved markedly, allowing the Kachin Independence Organization and United Nationalities [...] Read More


Pakistan Police Arrest Former President Musharraf

Pakistani police arrested former President Pervez Musharraf at his residence on the outskirts of Islamabad on Friday and presented him in court in connection with allegations he committed treason while in office, television stations reported. Television footage showed Musharraf being escorted by uniformed police officers to an Islamabad court. A judge issued an arrest order [...] Read More


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