Rumours of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release spreads in Rangoon

Rumours of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release spreads in Rangoon

Mizzima News  Saturday, 24 May 2008  

New Delhi – Rumours are doing the rounds in Rangoon that Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released today from house arrest.

Nyan Win, spokesperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, said, “We also heard that she [Aung San Suu Kyi] has been released, but we cannot confirm the information as yet.” Continue reading

Burma aid: Conference pledges millions of pounds

Burma aid: Conference pledges millions of pounds

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, said today he hoped Burma had reached “a turning point” in getting help to its cyclone survivors after an international aid conference pledged million of pounds in assistance.

The meeting came as supporters of the democratically elected leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, have been speculating that the ruling junta is planning an easing of her house arrest conditions or even a release, as part of its concessions to huge international pressure.

Three weeks after Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma killing an estimated 134,000 people and leaving millions homeless, Ban struck a hopeful note at the start of the one-day meeting in the Burmese capital, Rangoon, attended by representatives from more than 50 nations. Continue reading

At Last, Burma Opens Doors to Aid

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Saturday, May. 24, 2008       

(AP / YANGON, Burma) — Aid agencies geared up Saturday to go into Burma’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta after the country’s ruling junta vowed to open its doors to help ahead of an international donors meeting. 

After weeks of stubbornly refusing assistance, Burma’s ruling generals have told the United Nations they are now willing to allow workers of all nationalities to help survivors of the storm that left about 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing. Continue reading

Burma needs humanitarian intervention: NCGUB

May 21, 2008 (DVB)–Humanitarian intervention is needed if the Burmese regime continues to obstruct the delivery of international aid to cyclone victims, the prime minister of the Burmese government-in-exile told DVB. 

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma prime minister Dr Sein Win criticised the Burmese junta’s response to the disaster and failure to provide timely assistance to victims. Continue reading

Cyclone Survivors Forcibly Evicted

By SAW YAN NAING Saturday, May 24, 2008

Myanmar cyclone survivors grab a free banana from a local donor ...

                                                                                                                       photo:AP

Thousands of homeless cyclone survivors from rural areas who sought shelter and aid in Bogalay and Mawlamyinegyun have been forcibly expelled from the towns by local government officials over the last five to six days, said sources in Rangoon and Bogalay.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy by telephone, a resident in Bogalay said, “The authorities won’t allow refugees to stay in town. They are sending them back where they came from. Continue reading