An Interview with Bo Kyi, joint Secretary General of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma (AAPPB), a Mae Sot-based NGO which has provided financial, medical and social assistance to political prisoners in Burma since 2000. It is one of the first organizations to keep records of Burma’s political prisoners and has used the information for advocacy and international campaigns to call for the release of remaining political prisoners.
Reporters Without Borders, with help from its Partner organization Burma Media Association, is distributing video interviews with the journalists U Zeya and Sithu Zeya of the exile radio and TV station Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and the blogger Nay Phone Latt, all of whom were released from prison on 13 January.
New report highlights need for sound environment and development policy framework in post-election Burma Bangkok, Thailand: A new report highlights how Burma lacks any meaningful frameworks on environmental protection and sustainable development that would enable citizens to take part in decision-making about their country’s development, despite a recent transition to a military-dominated parliamentary political system. Land tenure remains weak and there are no safeguards in place to protect farmers, according to the groundbreaking report by the Burma Environment Working Group (BEWG), which is the first ever to take aim at Burma’s environment as a whole.
On 12 April 2011, European Union Member States will renew the European policy on Burma. ALTSEAN Burma, the International Federation for Human Rights, Info Birmanie and the French League for Human Rights are deeply concerned by the continued failure of the European Union to publicly support a UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into credible and serious allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma. The establishment of a CoI must be included in the Council Conclusions.
Mr. Chalermchai Sri-on, the Minister of Labour, on 26 Jan commented on the results of his trip to Myanmar between 22nd to 24th January 2010 to meet Mr Mong Min, the Deputy Minister ofForeign Affairs for Myanmar. The Minister said the trip was intended to discuss the existing nationality verification process (NV) for alien workers that has been proceeding slowly,particularly as a result of border closures.
The Mae Sot Immigration office in Thailand freed John San Lin, a Burmese freelance journalist, and his colleague Pascal Schatterman, a Belgian national, on the evening of 24 January 201, after they paid a fine of THB500 (US$16).
Burma’s largest coal mine and coal-fired power plant, located thirteen miles from Burma’s famous Inle Lake in Shan State, are polluting waterways, threatening the health of local populations, and displacing villages, according to a report released on 20 Jan.
What one of the world's most repressive dictatorships could not silence, the global recession and shifting donor policies finally did. The Irrawaddy, considered the most influential English-language magazine covering events in military-ruled Burma, indefinitely suspended publication of its print edition this month because of financial difficulties. "It is a sad and painful decision, but we must be realistic," Aung Zaw, the founder and editor, tells TIME.
Photojournalist Sithu Zeya was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment on 21 December for taking photos of the scene of an explosion at a traditional water festival pavilion near a Rangoon lake in April this year, his lawyer said.
Despite many difficulties, Burmese journalists inside Burma and abroad have in recent weeks covered two events of great importance for the country: the 7 November general elections and Aung San Suu Kyi’s release six days later. The military authorities sent contradictory signals about their intentions as regards media freedom. The undemocratic elections were marked by censorship, arrests of journalists and other obstacles, but Burmese newspapers were able to interview the various candidates during the campaign.