UK insurance companies helping Myanmar’s brutal regime

UK underwriters ‘helping Myanmar’s brutal regime’

Teak Door, Burmese weekly

Monday July 28, 2008
By Nick Mathiason

The London insurance connection propping up the murderous Myanmar military dictatorship can be revealed in a development that will acutely embarrass leading City of London figures.

Three Lloyd’s of London operators will be named as helping to insure the junta’s state-owned airline Myanma Airways this year. They are Kiln, Atrium and Catlin. All were contacted by the Observer and asked to explain their involvement but refused to comment.

Other Lloyd’s syndicates have shared the risk of insuring the junta’s shipping interests. Without shipping and aviation insurance, the Myanmar Government would not be able to export gems, timber, clothing, oil and gas, which would lead to economic ruin for the generals running the oppressed southeast Asian nation.

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Call to Charge Burma Junta with War Crimes of Rape


Posted on Jun 24, 2008

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) welcomes the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1820 on sexual violence during the Council’s debate on 19 June 2008. WLB believes that this historic resolution gives hope to women around the world and in Burma in particular for justice.


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Human rights laws tied to domestic governance, says Najib


KUALA LUMPUR: Government officials who lack understanding of Malaysia’s regional and international human rights obligations must attend human rights training, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.

“There is an erroneous perception on the part of some administration officials that international human rights laws have no relation to domestic governance,” said Najib.

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Saffron Revolution Muslim students sent to labor camps

Saffron Revolution Muslim students sent to labor camps


This week 10 young students were each sentenced to 2 years imprisonment at Kyauktada Township Court. They had participated in last September’s Saffron Revolution and were arrested in October due to their involvement.
AAPP has learned that after they were sentenced, they were placed in iron shackles and sent to forced labor camps, by order of the Minister for Home Affairs. The majority of the students are Muslims.

As they were detained and sentenced under political charges, they are political prisoners. There have been very few cases of political prisoners being sent to forced labor camps like this before. Some monks who participated in the 1990 Monastic Boycott (Pattamni Kujjana) and were subsequently imprisoned for their involvement were sent to forced labor camps. 19 monks passed away in the camps due to hard labor and malnutrition.

Tate Naing, Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, said, “The transferal of those Muslim students to forced labor camps is religious persecution. Those young students are now facing a life-threatening situation.”