US backs UN rights expert’s report on Myanmar

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States gave its backing Tuesday to a UN expert’s report raising concerns about Myanmar’s recent referendum and called on the military rulers to release all political prisoners.

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also called on the country’s military rulers to uphold their pledge to give international aid access to victims of last month’s ,,, which left 133,000 dead or missing.

“The US shares the conclusions of the UN human rights monitor in his sobering report that the referendum on the regime’s draft constitution was far from credible,” McCormack said in a statement.

Washington also agrees that the continuing detention of political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, and the condition under which they are held is “appalling,” he said. Continue reading

Monks and students reject junta’s constitution

Jun 5, 2008 (DVB)–The All-Burmese Monks’ Alliance, 88 Generation Students and All Burma Federation of Student Unions issued a joint statement yesterday rejecting the state constitution adopted by the military regime last week. 

The organisations also urged the people of Burma and the international community not to accept the constitution that formally creates a repressive military class and legalises prolonged military rule in Burma. Continue reading

Myanmar criminals are taking a leaf out of SPDC Referendum

Myanmar criminals are taking a leaf out of SPDC Referendum

 

Global oil price hike, increase in rice price is leading to Global economic slump and recession in many countries. SPDC mismanagement of economy, Cyclone Nargis after effects and mismanagements compounded the ever rising inflation and economic downturn. 

 

The present crime rate in Myanmar increases rapidly in tandem with the Tsunami Inflation. Myanmar Inflation is worse because known Tsunamis strikes rarely and reached the peak rapidly and used to recede very rapidly. But Myanmar’s Inflation is rises endlessly without going down as if given overdose of Viagra given every day.

 

 

Modas operandi of criminals, robbers, muggers and dacoits now a day is to bring some legal documents along with them and forcing the victims to sign while committing the crimes in Myanmar. The various legal documents they brought are:

  1. Granting immunity or pardon for their crime of robbing, raping, torturing and killing while committing the crimes.
  2. Sales and Purchase agreements for houses, shop-lots, lands, cars e.t.c.

 

They threatened, torture or even kill the victims so the robbery victims at last give up and signed the legal documents under duress.

 

  1. Are those documents legal?
  2. Could stand the scrutiny of Local and International Courts of LAWS?
  3. Could UN, UNSC, The Hague or any sound minded fair, impertial and just institutions could accept those documents of criminals to be legally acceptable documents?

 

We don’t think so.

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Meikhtila NLD denounces referendum result

Jun 3, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy in Meikhtila township strongly denounced the results of the government’s constitutional referendum in their monthly meeting yesterday, according to the Meikhtila party chairman. 

The Burmese military regime claimed the constitution was approved by 92 percent of voters in a national referendum held on 10 and 24 May, but the vote was marred by reports of intimidation and vote-rigging. Continue reading

Picture/Poster of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi voting NO

Picture/Poster of

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

voting NO

A poster of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi stands ...

A poster of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi stands outside the head quarters of the National League for Democracy in Yangon(AFP/Khin Maung Win)

NLD rejects Burma referendum result

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NLD rejects Burma referendum result

Posted Sat May 17

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party has rejected the Burma junta’s claim that more than 92 per cent of voters approved a military-backed constitution in the first round of a referendum last week.

“This result is completely incorrect,” said Nyan Win, spokesman for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

“They forced the people to vote Yes – and did not allow ballots to be cast in secret,” he said.

Burma held the referendum across most of the country on May 10, even though huge swathes of land were still underwater from a cyclone that has left 133,000 people dead or missing.

The junta, which says the new constitution will pave the way to democratic elections in two years, announced on Thursday that 92.4 per cent of voters had approved the charter, with a 99 per cent turnout.

Nyan Win also said that the Government should not have announced the results until the second round of voting on May 24, when the regime plans to hold the balloting in areas devastated by the cyclone.

“This referendum result is not in accordance with the law. They should only announce the results after everyone finishes voting,” he said.

The NLD has denounced the regime for holding the referendum while 2.5 million people still need food, shelter and medicine.

The party says the constitution will enshrine the power of the generals, who have ruled the country for nearly half a century.

The last time there was a national ballot, in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi won in a landslide. She was never allowed to rule, and instead has been under house arrest for much of the time since.

Among its provisions, the constitution would make it illegal for her to ever hold office.

 

Doctors allowed in

 

Meanwhile, dozens of Asian doctors have headed into Burma to treat survivors of the cyclone.

They are the biggest group of foreigners so far allowed in to help cyclone victims but international aid agencies say that, with 2.5 million needy survivors, a greater and faster relief effort is desperately needed.

Burma officials also took a group of foreign diplomats to tour the Irrawaddy delta, the hardest-hit region in the impoverished country’s rice-growing south, where the junta has blocked outsiders from entering.

But diplomats held little hope they would see the most devastated regions, where reporters say corpses still lie in rice fields, while thousands of people huddle in schools and Buddhist temples, still waiting for help.

France’s ambassador to the United Nations, Jean-Maurice Ripert, warned that the tragedy was turning “slowly from a situation of not helping people in danger to a real risk of crimes against humanity, and we cannot accept that.”

He told reporters he made the warning during a closed-door session of the UN General Assembly.

“I said that what is going on is unacceptable, that the aid was not getting there, and that people were dying today not just because of the cyclone anymore, but also because Burma authorities refuse to authorise international aid,” Ripert said.

State television on Friday put the latest toll at 77,738 dead and 55,917 missing from cyclone Nargis, which barrelled into the country on May 2-3, wiping away entire villages and submerging swathes of land under flood waters.

The figures were nearly double those of the previous day. The announcement said the scale of the devastation and heavy rains since the storm hit had slowed down confirmation of the tally.

The United States, a fierce critic of alleged human rights abuses in Burma, said the Government had shown signs it was willing to allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) handle some aid for storm victims.

Two shipments of US aid were for the first time given directly to relief groups rather than handled by the military regime, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, adding that nine more flights were set for this weekend.

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Burma referendum begins while aid trickles in

Burma referendum begins while aid trickles in

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  • Saturday May 10 2008
  • Article history
  • An unidentified man votes in Burma's controversial referendum on a new military-drafted constitution

    An unidentified man votes in Burma’s controversial referendum

     on a new military-drafted constitution at a polling station at

    Hlaeuk township near Rangoon.

    Photograph: AP

     

    Voting on a controversial constitution began in Burma today while aid for people left starving and homeless by the cyclone was still only trickling through.

    Burma’s military government pushed ahead with the vote but postponed polling in the areas hardest hit by last week’s cyclone, including the largest city, Rangoon.

    UN aid flights resumed this morning, with three planes flying, as well as delivery by trucks. On Friday the organisation had halted aid flights after an initial delivery of high-energy biscuits and relief equipment was seized by the Burmese regime.

    Today one International Red Cross plane also landed, carrying 35 tonnes of equipment intended to provide prisoners in Burma’s labour camps with clean drinking water. It also carried medical supplies for treating 10,000 people. In addition, a plane with 18 tonnes of aid from the Thai royal family has arrived in Burma.

    On arrival of the aid, Burma’s military government were seen taking charge of its distribution, removing it from boxes that had been plastered with names of top generals in an apparent effort to turn the relief effort for last week’s cyclone into a propaganda exercise.

    Burma’s state-run TV broadcast images of senior generals – including the junta leader, General Than Shwe – handing out aid packages to survivors at elaborate ceremonies.

    However, foreign disaster experts were still being barred from entry to the country. Aid agencies have accused Burma’s leaders of delaying crucial relief work needed to help the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which struck last Saturday and is thought to have killed some 100,000 people. One million of Burma’s 51 million population are estimated to be homeless.

    Speaking at a press conference in London yesterday, Tim Costello, chief executive of World Vision Australia, said he thought things might improve after today’s vote.

    He said the Burmese government suspected aid personnel of actually being foreign observers reporting on today’s constitution referendum and he said he hoped such suspicion would relax after the vote.

    The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal by British aid agencies and charities has raised £4m in two days. The DEC said it “could do more” were it not for opposition from the Burmese government.

    Yesterday, at a press conference, the prime minister, Gordon Brown, echoed aid agencies’ fears, saying it was “unacceptable” that restrictions had been placed on aid and that the Burmese government “must take responsibility” for the situation in the country.

    Speaking in Atlanta, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said his staff were negotiating with officials in Burma to break the deadlock, but that Burmese leaders had “regrettably” not yet made direct contact with him.

    At the London press conference, Costello described the affected area as containing 19 million people, of whom around two-thirds were children. He raised the possibility that the scale of damage wrought by Cyclone Nargis in Burma could exceed the impact of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

    “The size of this is simply extraordinary and, in terms of its impact, much greater than the tsunami impact in Sri Lanka or Indonesia.”

    If passed, the constitution on which the Burmese are being asked to vote today would hand more power over to the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1962 and that last held elections in 1990.

    State TV broadcast a video showing two women singing a pop-style song with the lyrics: “Let’s go vote … with sincere thoughts for happy days”.

    The referendum seeks public approval of a new military-backed constitution, which the generals say will be followed in 2010 by general elections.

    However the proposed constitution guarantees 25% of parliamentary seats to the military and allows the president to hand over all power to the military in a state of emergency. It would also bar the Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained leader of the country’s pro-democracy movement, from public office.

    The military have refused to honour the results of the 1990 general election won by her National League for Democracy party.