Human Rights Watch to Australia: Drop asylum deal with M’sia

NEW YORK: Australia risks reneging on its international legal obligations if it forcibly transfers 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

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The Irrawaddy:Seven Hunger Strikers Sent to ‘Dog Cells’

By SAW YAN NAING Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Seven of the 22 political prisoners who have been on a hunger strike at Rangoon’s Insein Prison since last week have been placed in special punishment cells for demanding better conditions, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

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DVB:UN says Australia refugee swap illegal

By JOSEPH ALLCHIN
Published: 25 May 2011

Canberra’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers detained on Australian soil to Malaysia as part of a “refugee swap” is illegal, according to the head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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UN envoy: Myanmar does little to stop rights abuse

BANGKOK (AP) – The United Nations’ human rights envoy to Myanmar said the country’s nascent civilian government has done little to address widespread abuses, including forced labor and extrajudicial killings, since replacing the ruling junta in March.

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Thestar:What now for boat people?

The asylum seeker-refugee swap Australia has proposed with Malaysia has raised concerns about the fate of those who are coming here.

FREEDOM from persecution and war is a powerful motivator that makes thousands uproot loved ones or break up their families to leave their home countries in search of asylum every year.

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It’s a constant battle for refugees

MUHAMMAD Kamal* wakes up each day with a heavy heart. The Rohingya refugee lives from day to day, hoping someone will give him a job so he can feed his young family.

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UN report: Myanmar second largest producer of opium

Opium – a weapon that has fueled warfare between the Myanmar military and ethnic minority armed groups over the last few decades.

These particular poppy fields are situated in Shan State where according to experts, a majority of towns are involved in opium production due to a combination of food insecurity, poverty and ongoing conflict.

thejakartapost:Myanmar to get RI rifles

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says the government hopes to sell Indonesian-made SS-2 assault rifles to Myanmar.

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imd.org:IMD announces the 2011 World Competitiveness Rankings

Towards World Competitiveness 2.0

IMD announces data from the 2011 World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), which places the US and Hong Kong as the most competitive countries, both slightly ahead of last year’s winner, Singapore. In 2010, the US ranked third, losing the top ranking for the first time in decades.

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The World Competitiveness Rankings 2011

AFP:Myanmar frees thousands in ‘pathetic’ jail-term cut

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar began releasing 17,000 prisoners on Tuesday, an official said, in a limited jail-term reduction slammed by critics as it leaves more than 2,000 political prisoners still languishing behind bars.

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Singapore: Survey shows nearly 8 in 10 public transport commuters dissatisfied

SINGAPORE, May 16 — When it comes to getting around the island, Singaporeans apparently have a worse journey experience than do commuters in New Delhi or Kuala Lumpur.

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Atimes.com:Man in the mirror in Myanmar

By Clifford McCoy

In his public speeches and early policy signals, newly appointed President Thein Sein has raised questions about Myanmar’s political direction after last year’s democratic election.

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