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UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:39 pm
by CielOnTap
UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar
The Associated Press
Published: December 6, 2008

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday there is "growing frustration" around the world with Myanmar's ruling generals.

He spoke to reporters after emerging from a closed-door meeting during which he spent more than an hour trying to get 14 nations to exert more influence on Myanmar, formerly called Burma.

The so-called "Group of Friends on Myanmar," which Ban created a year ago, includes both Western nations pushing for human rights reforms and Southeast Asian trading partners, chiefly China, with different priorities.

I did read in another paper about how the house-arrested democratically-elected party leader seems to be left by the world, as though allowing the junta just to wait out her mortality.

The surprising matter of the UN Chief taking an interest in Myanmar-his UN organizations that did get permission to bring aid into Myanmar earlier this year after a natural weather disaster (though it took a very long time to get in) lost some of their funds due to the foreign exchange rate set by the military. The ruling party made money on those transactions--see Inner City Press for coverage on the money.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 4:20 pm
by CielOnTap
Detained Myanmar opposition leader on IV drip
Sunday, May 10, 2009
(05-10) 06:19 PDT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) --

Myanmar's detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has difficulty eating and has been taking fluids intravenously, her party said Sunday, calling for the military government to allow a doctor to see the Nobel laureate.

Suu Kyi's primary physician was detained for questioning by the authorities Thursday after an American was arrested after allegedly sneaking into her closely guarded home and staying there for more than two days. Another doctor was permitted Friday to see the 63-year-old Suu Kyi, who is rarely allowed to leave the compound where she is under house arrest. IV drip

Suu Kyi, whose nonviolent advocacy for democracy won her the Nobel Peace Prize, is one of the world's most prominent political prisoners, and her release has long been sought by the United Nations and many Western nations.

If Ms. Aung had been acknowledged and given her rank as democratically-elected leader, she would not have let the Cyclone Nargis survivors to wait for international aid as long as they did last year under the current government. She also could have ASEAN leaders consider economic development plans for her country that would create jobs while conserving natural resources.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
by CielOnTap
The story about the intruder has taken a turn for the worse: Ms. Suu Kyi and her two companions are jailed until her trial on Monday. Expected outcome is guilty.

The lady and the lake
May 14th 2009

A new excuse to lock up Myanmar’s opposition leader

FOR an illegitimate, high-handed and thuggish regime, Myanmar’s junta sometimes displays a bizarre respect for legal niceties. To most observers there never seemed any doubt that, when the current term of house arrest endured by the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, came to an end later this month, the generals would extend it. However, they seem to have been bothered about possible reaction to this, and to have wanted a pretext. They have come up with one so preposterous they might have been better off simply issuing a decree.

Miss Suu Kyi was charged on Thursday May 14th with having violated the terms of her house arrest by having abetted an uninvited intruder, John Yettaw, an American man. Earlier this month Mr Yettaw swam across the lake by Miss Suu Kyi’s house, using plastic containers as floats. Far from abetting him, Miss Suu Kyi reportedly told him to go away, but let him spend the night on her floor when he complained of exhaustion from his aquatic endeavours. He is said to have spent a lot of time at the house praying. He is a Mormon; Miss Suu Kyi is a devout Buddhist.Lake

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 1:15 pm
by CielOnTap
Title: Aung San Suu Kyi Is Not Well

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 2:46 pm
by alohasand
The "Lady Liberty" metaphor suits this situation for Suu Kyi represents democracy to her tired, her hungry, and her struggling citizens. Junta must be using Mugabe as a role model for its roadmap to democracy plan.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 3:32 pm
by smitty
The UN leader is lost when up against a stubborn leader of that country for so darn long. Basically impossible to get him to think any way other then his way & this has been showen for a maze of years.

I would have to say this is pretty well a lost cause upon the UN leader.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 9:25 pm
by CielOnTap
May 16, 2009
The Fool and The Lady of the lakeBy Brian McCartan

CHIANG MAI - Last week, Myanmar pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi received an unusual visit from an American man who swam across a lake to visit her tightly guarded residence. The bizarre incident could be viewed as a well-intentioned, but misguided, do-gooder trying to make contact with one of the world's top icons for non-violent struggle.

Instead, it has played into the hands of Myanmar's military rulers, who were arguably already looking for a reason to keep Suu Kyi under house arrest, where she has been held since 2003. The hardline regime, rather than simply arrest the trespasser and charge him with violating a secure area, has used the incident to arrest Suu Kyi on charges of receiving guests overnight without informing local authorities, a criminal offense in military-run Myanmar.

Khin Khin Win and Win Ma Ma, Suu Kyi's two female assistants, were also arrested by authorities under the same charges. All three are being detained in Yangon's notorious Insein prison, where they were charged on Wednesday under Article 22 of the State Protection Law and scheduled to appear in court on May 18. Suu Kyi could face three to five years in prison if found guilty. Lake pt. 2

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:43 pm
by CielOnTap
Suu Kyi blames Burma's military government for 'security breach'
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | 10:59 AM ET
CBC News
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been in detention for 13 of the past 19 years. (AP File photo)Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi implied in a statement released Wednesday that the country's military government was to blame for a "security breach" related to an American intruder that has landed her in court.

"The fact that I am the only party being prosecuted shows the partiality of the prosecution," the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said in the statement, which was submitted to the court in Rangoon Tuesday and released by her political party Wednesday.

"This incident occurred because of a security breach (by authorities). However, until now no action has been taken on security," Suu Kyi said in the statement.

This woman is nothing less than a living light for democracy in her country. To hope that she has freedom soon, from the onerous jail life that is imposed upon her by the military government, is my wish.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:18 pm
by CielOnTap
Jun 13, 2009
Moral authority in Myanmar
By Charles McDermid

HUA HIN, Thailand - When pro-democracy stalwart U Win Tin was unexpectedly freed after 19 years in Yangon's Insein Prison in September 2008, he was then Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner. Just hours after his release, he was still wearing his blue prison overalls and had already resumed speaking out against the military run government.

"I did not accept the terms of your amnesty," he said at the time, referring to the ruling junta's alleged publicity stunt of releasing 9,002 prisoners. "I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country."

The poet and former journalist began his jail term in 1989 for activities linked to his senior role in Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, where he was one of the Nobel Peace Prize winner's closest advisers. While in detention, he managed to have a memo smuggled out to a United Nations official about torture and other human-rights violations rampant in Myanmar's sprawling penal system - earning him awards such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Press Freedom Prize and the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:25 pm
by CielOnTap
Supposedly, the world has not understood Myanmar at all and is actually making life more difficult. Open your mind to this perspective:

Jul 4, 2009
Missing the point on Myanmar
By Charles McDermid

HUA HIN, Thailand - Burmese writer and historian Thant Myint-U's first trip to Myanmar (in this interview referred to as Burma) was in 1974, for the funeral of his much-revered grandfather U Thant, former two-term United Nations secretary general from 1961 to 1971. It was an experience that shaped his understanding of the brutality of the military regime that rules the country to this day.

As John Lancaster of the New Yorker recounted:
When U Thant died, his body, accompanied by the family, was flown to Burma for burial. [Former dictator] Ne Win wanted U Thant buried in a private ceremony; but a convoy of students interrupted the funeral procession, and demanded that U Thant be buried at the site of the former Students' Union, which had been blown up by the military during the 1962 coup. The family was moved by the intensity of feeling but was not sure that a state funeral awarded by the dictatorship would have been appropriate; the Army lost its patience; monks and students were shot; and U Thant was laid to rest in the Cantonment Garden, near the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma's most important Buddhist site.

This episode gave Thant an early education in the vileness and stupidity of the military dictatorship, and in the strength of feeling against the regime among ordinary Burmese.