Why Democracy Is Struggling in Asia

By Hannah Beech

from:TIME

They called themselves the people’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), but their aims were hardly democratic. During their 192-day protest campaign, the PAD paralyzed Thailand, blockading the capital’s two airports for eight days and besieging the Prime Minister’s office complex for months. By the time the opposition alliance withdrew on Dec.

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7 Myanmar migrant workers, Thai driver die in road crash

KANCHANABURI, Dec 15 (TNA) – Seven Myanmar illegal migrant workers were killed in a car accident in the Thai-Myanmar border province of Kanchanaburi while being smuggled to Thailand on Monday, police said.

According to the preliminary investigation, a pick-up truck carrying 15 illegal Myanmar workers tried to break
through a police checkpoint at high speed and elude the authorities.

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AFP:Indonesia to ratify ASEAN charter: foreign ministry

JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia is to sign up to a regional charter committing Southeast Asian nations to the principles of democracy and human rights despite doubts over its implementation, an official said Wednesday.

After lengthy debate the ASEAN charter should be ratified next week, foreign ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said.

Indonesia is the last member of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that has not ratified the charter, after the Philippines signed up on Tuesday.

ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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NEWSWEEK:Crackdown

Thailand’s emergency rule may play into the hands of rebels who want to bring the democratically elected government down.

By Jaimie Seaton and George Wehrfritz | Newsweek Web Exclusive

They’ve occupied the prime minister’s office, stormed airports near popular beach resorts and crippled national railway service across Thailand. Next up, the coalition of antigovernment agitators calling itself the People’s Alliance for Democracy vows to cut power, water and telephone service in the capital, Bangkok, then incite labor unions to declare a general strike. Though such tactics echo past “people power” uprisings in neighboring Indonesia and the Philippines, they’re means to a very different end in Thai politics today: the People’s Alliance campaign, launched back in May, aims to unseat a government put into power just seven months ago in elections widely hailed as free and fair.

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DVB:What do the Thai demonstrations mean for Burma?

Sep 5, 2008 (DVB)–Political tensions are running high in Thailand, with demonstrators from the People’s Alliance for Democracy calling for the resignation of the government led by Samak Sundaravej. 

While the likely outcome of the protests is not yet clear, any new developments could have a significant impact on Thai-Burmese relations and on the political situation in Burma.

 

Kavi Chongkittavorn, editor of the Nation, said he did not expect the demonstrations to lead to another coup.

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Thai king Adulyadej should be put under house-arrest, his wealth should be confiscated, nationalized and distributed to poor Thais

Thai king Adulyadej should be put under house-arrest,

his wealth should be confiscated, nationalized and

distributed to poor Thais.

Not very smart but rather quite stupid, Thai PM Samak  Sundaravej’s insulting of our beloved Daw Suu is worse for us than this topic. 

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s richest monarch with a personal fortune worth $ 35 billion, according to the Forbes magazine.

Forbes said that the 80-year-old Thai King’s estimated net worth increased sevenfold during the past year because of the transparency of his riches which include over 3,000 acres of prime real estate land in Bangkok, a stake in a major bank and huge holdings in the Siam Cement company.

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Thaksin flees to Britain amid court case

BANGKOK, Aug 11 — Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his family have fled to the United Kingdom, the former leader said today after he and his wife skipped a hearing on corruption charges in a Thai court.

A handwritten statement from Thaksin issued today said he fled because he could not expect justice in Thai courts. It came amid newspaper reports that he would seek asylum in Britain.

“My wife and I have travelled to reside in England,” Thaksin said in the statement. “If I still have luck, I would come back and die on Thai soil like every other Thai person.

Thaksin’s statement, which did not mention asking for asylum, was read this afternoon on state-run television.

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Why US president met the Burmese at envoy’s house

THANIDA TANSUBHAPOL

It was no secret that US President George Bush wanted to meet Burmese dissidents during his stay in Bangkok. The process was secretly and carefully arranged, given the sensitivity of the issue, which could have affected Thailand’s relations with Burma.

 

After delivering his speech at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre and visiting the Mercy Centre in nearby Klong Toey, Mr Bush rushed back to the residence of US ambassador to Thailand Eric John on Wireless road. The ambassador’s house had been chosen as the venue for his meeting with 11 Burmese dissidents, where they discussed the political situation in their country and what role Washington should play in ending the Burmese military’s rule.

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Dreaded Thai and Malaysian Cyber cops are going to terrorize the Internet

Dreaded Thai and Malaysian Cyber cops

are going to terrorize the Internet

Malaysian Insider

CHIANGMAI, Aug 5 — With Internet-related crimes like the Nigerian scam and credit card fraud on the rise and losses amounting to millions, Malaysian and Thailand police are stepping up efforts to wipe out cyber theft.

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Malaysian Immigration Giving Refugees to Traffickers, Say Activists

By Vivian Chong

Vivian Chong is the information and communication officer at Kuala Lumpur-based CARAM Asia.

source:Irrawaddy

Wednesday ,July 30,2008

KUALA LUMPUR—Activists working on migrant issues here claim that corruption is deeply rooted among some Malaysian immigration officers who are handing over Burmese asylum seekers and refugees to human traffickers.

A former Immigration Department director-general was recently detained by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) for alleged graft in connection with the issuance of visas to foreign workers.

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Answer ASEAN leaders, which of the following points you do not agree?

Answer ASEAN leaders,

which of the following points you do not agree?

 

What Western values are you afraid of ASEAN DICTATORS?

 

SPDC FM said that Daw Suu could be kept in detention because their law says the limit is six years.

Don’t forget that Myanmar SPDC law for MURDER, corruption and RAPE etc included jail and death sentences. So why the Depayin MASSACRE MASTERMIND Than Shwe was not arrested or jailed or punished to death.

 

The selective persecution is the problem. According to the ASEAN VALUES, not all the citizens are equal under the law. May be I am wrong. All the citizens are equal under the law but Military Junta and Dictators are above the law.

 

The main problem of the ASEAN is they have no respect for the Human Rights and also there is no RULE OF LAW. They all RULE BY LAW, of course with their own interpretation.

 

In conclusion there is usually NO GOOD GOVERNANCE in most of the ASEAN countries.

 

Answer ASEAN leaders, which of the following points you do not agree?

 

 

CHAPTER I. DIGNITY

Article 1 Human dignity

 

Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected.

 

Article 2 Right to life

 

1. Everyone has the right to life.

2. No one shall be condemned to the death penalty, or executed.

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Dear YAB Najib, do not blindly deny the truth about the unfair discriminations on migrants

Dear YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak,

Thank Your Honour for the interest in replying the unfair migrant treatment allegation of your country. No one is not asking your country to open the flood gates for us like your collegues had done in Sabah, we all are merely requesting  a kind favour from your government to just ajar the closely-tight water tap to let the hungry refugees to let us drink a few drops of water.

Why did your government could go and bring in the Bosnias with airplanes and provided free flats and fully support them? 

No need to give the Burmese Refugees even a cent. We are not beggars. Just stop Rela raids and allow them to stay, work or study for a limited time in your country. You can charge an appropriate visa fees like Thailand is doing now on Burmese refugees. 

And kindly facilitate the legal migration process by granting the citizenship to all the Burmese who are holding Red ICs for more then FIVE years.

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Blogging gets more dangerous as worldwide arrests triple

Report says Iran, China and Egypt account for more than half of all arrests over five years

By Heather Havenstein

June 17, 2008 (Computerworld) It’s becoming increasingly dangerous to post blogs in some parts of the world. Various governments continue to step up efforts to crack down on bloggers who expose public corruption and human rights violations, according to a research study released earlier this month.

Documented arrests of citizen bloggers — those not associated with official news organizations — tripled from 2006 to 2007, according to the World Information Access 2008 Report compiled by the University Of Washington. Iran, China and Egypt accounted for more than half of all the arrests since 2003, according to the report.

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Cyclone Survivors Arrive in Thai Cities

Cyclone Survivors

Arrive in Thai Cities

By YENI / MAE SOT in Irrawaddy

June 17, 2008

Sitting in a house where she is temporarily staying in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border, Ma Gyee, a 28-year-old Burmese cyclone survivor, speaks in a low, heartrending voice:

“The aid sits at the compounds of the local township authorities,” she said. “We, the survivors, have received just a drop.”

A local pick-up truck overflowing with commuters. Observers say refugees from the Irrawaddy delta seeking a better life in Thailand are likely to continue arriving in Thai border towns in the coming months. (Photo: AP)
Ma Gyee is among some 100 Burmese cyclone refugees from the Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon Division who recently arrived in Mae Sot, located opposite the Burmese town of Myawaddy.