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Volume 5, Issue 8

07:14 AEST Sun Aug 24 2008

Suu Kyi refuses to meet UN envoy

In This Issue

1. Suu Kyi refuses to meet UN envoy

2. Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi refused food packages

3. Angry Reaction to Samak’s ‘Suu

Kyi is a Tool’ Remark

4. Bush: Burma’s Neighbors Not Interested in Sanctions

5. Burmese activists and supporters remember ‘8.8.88’ protests

6. 88 Student leader appear in court

7. Bush,First lady’s Busy days in


8. Rangoon authorities collect monk’s personal data

9. Ten jailed for Setember 2007 protests

10. Rohingya refugee situation in Bangladesh highlighted in seminar

11. Three Muslim Leaders Relaesed in Arakan

12. Peaceful demonstrations in Arakan

13. Nasaka extorts money on false Allegations

14. Rohingya shot dead in Maungdaw, Arakan

15. Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise

Burma's detained democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, refused to meet with visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, state television says, leaving him little to show for his six-day mission.

24 August, AFP: Gambari flew to Rangoon hoping to revive talks between the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the military regime, but he was shunned by her and by the junta's senior leadership.

Aung San Suu Kyi ignored pleas by two of Gambari's aides for her to speak with him, state TV said, showing images of the pair waiting in vain outside the gate to her house, where she has been confined for most of the last 19 years.

"Although plans were made during Mr Gambari's visit for him to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi on August 20, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi refused to meet him," it said, using an honorific before her name.

meet him," it said, using an honorific before her name. The broadcast also showed Burma officials

The broadcast also showed Burma officials shouting into a megaphone, saying, "Mr Gambari wants to meet you".But the report said Aung San Suu Kyi never acknowledged any of their efforts to speak with her.

Her apparent rejection of Gambari's mediation highlights the political stalemate in Burma, which has been ruled by the military since 1962.Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide in 1990 elections, but was never allowed to


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The regime instead unveiled its own "road map" to democracy, and after more than a decade of delays, has drafted a new constitution that was approved in a referendum in May. The junta says the charter will set the stage for new polls in 2010.

But the NLD has derided the process as meaningless, accusing the regime of rigging its 92 per cent victory in the referendum and demanding the generals open talks with Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's many ethnic minorities.

Gambari had initially made some progress in the wake of Burma's deadly crackdown on pro- democracy protests led by Buddhist monks in September. Seeking to soothe international

outrage at the bloodshed, the generals appointed a liaison to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.

But the two have not met since January, when the opposition leader complained about the slow pace of their talks.

On Gambari's last visit in March, the junta openly rebuffed all of his calls for political reform, while junta leader Than Shwe refused to see him.

This trip was even worse, analysts said.Gambari did meet early on Saturday with Prime Minister Thein Sein, only after he extended his trip by a day. But Thein Sein is not a senior member of the junta and has little influence over decision-making.

"It's a failure. The prime minister is not a powerful person who can make a decision to revive the talks. The worst thing is not being able to see Aung San Suu Kyi," said Thailand-based Burma analyst Win Min.

"For Gambari, this time he will be

I think it will

be very difficult for him to continue the mission," Win Min said.

very disappointed

The UN envoy held two meetings with NLD leaders during his stay in Burma.

"Last time, she met him, but there has been no progress

since then

be used for Gambari to say his mission is working," Win Min told AFP.

She won't want to

Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi refused food packages

The Associated Press,

Aug 26 :

Myanmar's detained democracy

leader Aung San Suu Kyi has

started refusing food deliveries,

her party said Tuesday, but the

ruling junta denied rumours she

Peace Prize winner last accept-

ed fresh food supplies on August

15 but her National League for





circumstances remained unclear.

"I cannot confirm whether she is

had launch- ed a hunger strike.

on hunger strike, but we heard






Thailand reported that the Nobel

she didn't collect her food since


weeks ago. We are very

worried about this situation as

we have no direct contact with

her at all," said NLD spokesman

Nyan Win.






demands to the authorities two

weeks ago. We don't know what

her demands were but it is likely





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detention. "A Myanmar govern-

supplies were last accepted on














away on August 22.

hunger strike."It is just rumours,


it is not true," he said, refusing





63, has

to be named. "We have not got











persistent enough to spread to

Western diplomatic circles, with

spent most of the past 19 years









detention began more than five





allowed little contact with the

outside world -- she met her

the country on Saturday with









after a violent crackdown on











minister Aung Kyi, to negotiate

with Aung San Suu Kyi.

But they have not met since

January, when the opposition





anony- mity telling AFP: "We






August but that was their first





slow pace of their talks.

are trying to know more. The

only person who has seen her

is the doctor." Aung San Suu

Kyi's doctor and lawyer were

meeting since 2004.

Last week the junta said Aung

San Suu Kyi

had refused to

Aung San Suu Kyi remains a

powerfully potent symbol of the

struggle to end military rule in

permitted to visit her on August







medical checkup, her first since


meet visiting UN special envoy





television aired images of his






outside her compound waiting

Myanmar despite being largely

silenced by the generals.





elections in 1990 but the junta





for a response.





-- which has ruled Myanmar

with an iron grip since 1962 --

border said it had heard Aung






Gambari also failed to meet






junta head Than Shwe, and left


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Marie Okabe, said in New York

on Monday: “One should not

make a judgment on the

process based on each

individual visit.”

During his Bangkok stopover,

Gambari urged Samak to

continue his support for the

UN mission to break the

political deadlock in Burma.

Gambari is scheduled to visit

Indonesia before returning to

New York, where Okabe said

he would report to Ban

Burma. Ki-moon on his latest visit to


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Angry Reaction to Samak’s 'Suu Kyi is a Tool' Remark

Tuesday,August 28: Burmese opposition politicians and some political observers and commentators have strongly rejected Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s descrip- tion of Aung San Suu Kyi as a “political tool” of the West.

Samak made the controversial comment to UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari when the two met in Bangkok as the Nigerian diplomat was returning from his latest failed mission to Burma.

“Europe uses Aung San Suu Kyi as a political tool,” Samak told Gambari. “If it's not related to Aung San Suu Kyi, you can have deeper discus- sions with Myanmar [Burma].”

Samak also told reporters after meeting Gambari: “Efforts to engage the military regime would be more productive if Aung San Suu Kyi was left off the agenda.”

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD)

rejected the Thai premier’s comments as inappropriate.

“As the leader of a country, he should not give such comments about the political affairs of other countries,” said NLD Spokesman Nyan Win.

attitude in attacking whoever disagrees with him. Look at the manner he attacks the Thai media everyday.”

A Burmese ethnic leader, Cin Sian Thang, chairman of the Zomi National Congress in Rangoon, accused Samak of “insulting Burmese people.”

Cin Sian Thang charged that Samak “doesn’t support the formation of democracy in Burma.”

A well-known Burmese politician and former ambassador to China in the 1970s, Thakin Chan Htun, said in Rangoon that Samak’s remarks were based on Thailand’s business interests in Burma, which were more important to him than democratic reform.

Although Gambari failed to meet any top Burmese leader or Aung San Suu Kyi on his latest visit, the UN denied the mission was a failure. UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon’s deputy spokeswoman,

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General Ban Ki- moon’s deputy spokeswoman, Cont. Page-3 Nyan Win accused Samak of favoring the Burmese

Nyan Win accused Samak of favoring the Burmese regime and ignoring the Burmese people.

Kavi Chongkittavorn, senior editor of the Bangkok English- language daily newspaper The Nation said, “I think Samak’s comment is ridiculous. And he has tarnished Thailand’s reputation as the chairman of the Asean (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

“He [Samak] doesn’t even understand the situation in Burma. He has a very sadistic



Bush: Burma’s Neighbors Not Interested in Sanctions

WASHINGTON, August 1: — US President George W Bush said on Thursday that neighboring countries do not favor economic sanctions against Burma, and this is one of the reasons US sanctions have not been as successful as he would have liked.

"There are some countries in the neighborhood that are not interested in joining," Bush told Suthichai Yoon of the National Media Group of Thailand in an interview, the transcript of which was released by the White House.

Bush said sanctions are not working more effectively because many neighboring countries do not apply them. Observing that unilateral sanctions are effective only to a certain extent, he urged other countries to join the US which has slapped the Burmese junta with a series of sanctions, the last round early this week.

Praising the Burmese democracy advocate, Aung San Suu Kyi, for her courage, Bush said: "Here is a very heroic woman that was elected overwhelmingly by her people and has now been under house

arrest by a group of military guys that just simply won't allow the will of the people to flourish."

The US president, who will meet with several Burmese dissidents while in Bangkok, in another roundtable interview with foreign print media, acknowledged there is a dif- ference of opinion within the Association of Southeast Asia Nations about how hard to push Burma to move toward democracy. "I'm at one end of the ledger,” he said. “And we'll continue to press hard."

On meeting with Burmese dissidents in Bangkok, Bush said: "My message is going to be one directed to the people in Burma when I meet with some of the activists, and Laura is going to be meeting with some of the people that she got to know."

Bush thanked the people of Thailand and its government for their humanitarian help to the people of Burma in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

"I think it's very constructive and very helpful,” he said. “And I will be speaking to activists to

let them know that the United States of America hears their voices. You know, it's a tough issue for some countries.

"I do want to thank the Thai government for its understanding of the refugee issue, particularly as relates to the border policy,” he said. “I think it's been very wise and very humane."

Meanwhile, three leading Burmese dissident groups—the All Burma Monk's Alliance, the 88 Generation Students and the All Burma Federation of Student Union—urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to review the mission of the United Nations in Burma.

The statement said: "The United Nations is stepping back from its benchmarks, which is the realization of an all party-inclusive, democratic, participatory and transparent process of national reconci- liation."

Instead of working toward these benchmarks, the UN has allowed the Burmese military regime to embark on a unilateral

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Burmese activists and supporters remember '8.8.88' protests

August 08: - Burmese activists and international supporters across the globe on Friday held commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the popular '8.8.88' uprising, which its military rulers brutally crushed, killing at least 3000 protestors. While in many parts of the world Burmese activists and their supporters held protests,

some held commemorative functions, as well as photo exhibitions on last years September protests and impacts of Cyclone Nargis that hit Burma in early May. Activists urged international community to escalate pressure on the Burmese junta, which ruled the country since 1962 and demanded the release of

political prisoners including pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The twentieth anniversary of the August 8, 1988 democracy protests, were observed with demonstrations by activists in several countries including Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan, Thailand and United States.

Tokyo, Japan In Tokyo, more than 1,000 Burmese nationals from several exiled political parties marched around the city for over an hour walking and held a brief demonstration in front of the Burmese embassy. Myat Thu, an activist who

involved in organizing the program said, "We held a brief demonstration in front of the Burmese embassy and demanded for the release of all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to begin dialogue and to immediately

convene the peoples parliament." Demonstrators also shouted slogans that call on Burma's

military rulers 'to stop killing and abusing the Burmese people' and urged the international community to intervene and







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88 Student leaders appear in court

Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)– Min Ko Naing, Ko Mya Aye and other 88 generation student leaders appeared yesterday for the first time at a court hearing at Insein prison's special court where they have been charged with several offences.

Central court lawyer U Aung Thein and two other lawyers, U

Kyi Win and U Nyaung, will act as defence lawyers for the student leaders, but have not yet been able to meet their clients. However, Aung Thein observed the proceedings as he happened to be in the court at the same time for a court hearing for his other clients, prominent monk U Gambira and 10 others charged alongside him.

"[The student leaders] have not yet been allowed to meet their lawyers as not all of those involved in the case were present at the time," Aung Thein said. "The prosecutors have just opened the cases against them so no one yet knows the details, such as in which courts their trials will be held."



Bush, First Lady’s Busy Days in Thailand


Security is tight in Bangkok and Tak Province as the US President and first lady are scheduled to arrive in Thailand on Wednesday.


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US President George W Bush, accompanied by his wife, Laura Bush, is making his third visit to Thailand since he assumed office in 2000.

Bush and his Thai hosts mark 175 years of relations, which began with an 1833 treaty and gifts of a ceremonial sword, gold watch and silver basket from President Andrew Jackson to King Rama III.

Bush attends an honorary dinner at Government House on Wednesday after private discussions with Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

Bush is to deliver the address in a convention center on Thursday morning to a crowd


government leaders and business officials.

foreign diplomats, Thai

The president will visit Mercy Center, which serves children who live in Bangkok slums, while his wife Laura will travel to a refugee center in Mae Sot in Tak Province on the border with Burma.

Ten exiled Burmese, including The Irrawaddy editor, Aung Zaw, will have a private lunch with Bush and discuss a wide range of issues regarding Burma.

Laura Bush will meet with refugees at the Mae La Refugee Camp and also visit Dr Cynthia Maung at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot. The first lady has waged a vigorous campaign for human rights in Burma.

Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag said Bush is expected to deliver a statement on the

US stance regarding the political situation in Burma.

The Thai foreign minister reiterated that “the Thai government still maintains its policy of non-intervention in Burma's internal affairs,” according to a report on the Thai News Agency Web site on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, he said Thailand will cooperate in seeking a way out of the political conflicts in the neighboring country in a constructive manner under the framework set forth by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional grouping of countries. Thailand has assumed the chairmanship this year.

Thai officials have increased security in Bangkok and Mae Sot. About 200 US security officials have been in Mae Sot since early this week.

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and brutal path, forcing democracy groups to live in a repressive, untenable position, it said."If the secretary-general openly and strongly asks the Security Council take action on

Burma, we believe that China and Russia might change their position," the statement said.

The statement expressed disappointment with the role played by UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari, who

will visit Burma in August:

"Instead of convincing the regime with a forceful voice and the strength of moral authority, it seems that he was convinced by the regime that there was no other way [but] to accept their unilateral actions."

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Rangoon authorities collect monks’ personal data

Aug 29, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities in the four Dagon townships in Rangoon have begun collecting the full personal details of monks staying in local monasteries, according to residents.

There are hundreds of monasteries in the four townships, including Myin Chan and Ywar Ma lecturing monasteries, each of which houses hundreds of monks. A local resident said it was usual for the authorities to collect the monks' personal details every year, but this year

they have been collecting more detailed information from each monk. "Normally, a [government- nominated] Sangha leader would just sign a notification of the monks staying in the monastery for Buddhist lent and that would be it – but this year, they are collecting more thorough personal infor- mation," said the resident. "They are making profiles of each monk with details such as where their families live and what they do and if they have any political background." He claimed the process is also

taking place in many townships across Rangoon including South Okkalapa, Tharkayta, Daw Pon and Shwe Pyi Thar. Meanwhile, security has been tightened in Rangoon with military units circling the city in trucks late at night and troops patrolling the streets. Rangoon residents have speculated that the increase in security is to prevent public demonstrations commemorat- ing the one-year anniversary of last year's September protests which ended in a violent crackdown.

Ten jailed for September 2007 protests

Aug 29, 2008 (DVB)–Ten people, including Bogalay township National League for Democracy chairman U Aung Khin Bo, have been sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment for their involvement in public protests last September.

Aung Khin Bo was sentenced by Pyapon township court along with Bogalay NLD secretary U Maung Maung Chit, joint secretary Daw Mi Mi Sein, treasurer Daw Khin Lay, and organising committee members

U Thet Tun and U Thein Tun, according to lawyer U Aung Thein. The six were arrested after Bogalay township NLD members led by Aung Khin Bo held mass demonstrations last September against the rise in fuel and commodity prices. They were charged with unlawful assembly and disturbing the public order under sections 143 and 505(b) of the penal code, and have been held in Pyapon prison since their detention.

Aung Thein said he would be working on an appeal against the judgment. Four other activists, including one from Hinthada township, were also jailed for 30 months yesterday for their involvement in last September’s demon- strations. The other three, Ko Aung Moe Win, Ko Htay Win and Ko Kyi Then, were arrested after leading a demonstration in Laputta township on 3 September which was joined by more than 1000 people.



Rohingya refugee situation in Bangladesh highlighted in seminar

August 26, Chittagong, Bangladesh: A seminar, which brought to light the situation of unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, was held at Chittagong Press Club yesterday evening. It was organized by a local NGO, Neeti Gobeshona Kendro. There were around 60 participants including two monks from Sasana Moli of Bangladesh, journalists, professors from Chittagong University and students from different universities in Chittagong. The Director of Neeti Gobeshona Kendro, Mahbubul Haque delivered the key note address and released a survey report. Later, U Thawara, General Secretary of All Burma Monks' Representative Committee (ABMRC), journalists from Chittagong and some professors of Chittagong University also spoke. The NGO survey report was read out on the estimated 250,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees living in the areas around Chittagong, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's

Bazaar and Teknaf. But some reports said it would be around 500,000 refugees. Mostly, the NGO survey was on unregistered Rohingya refugees on the border areas of Bangladesh and Burma. The Rohingya refugees are living in huts which are built with polythene, tin, jute stalk, dry

cough, dysentery, asthma and jaundice. About 72.72 percent

of refugees are illiterate and only 4.23 percent have studied up to Classes 6 to 10 and 23 percent have had primary education," the director said. Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh following extreme repression by the Burmese


employed them in laborious jobs without any wages, forced labour, imposed high rate of taxation, restricted their movement and marriage, and imposed all kinds of


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stalk of grain and hemp. The refugees use dry leaves, branches and firewood to cook their food. About 16 percent Rohingyas have food only once a day. Among them 46 percent eat chilli paste and green leaves. It is very significant that they only eat meat only during religious festivals like (Eid-ul-Azha). "The health situation of Rohingya is serious and they mostly suffer from fever, pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria,


religious, educational, economical, political, social among others. Refugees wish to go back to their homeland if Burma becomes stable and equal rights are given to ethnic people. All the speakers highlighted that the Rohingya refugee problem can't be solved only at Bangladesh's initiative. Bangladesh, the Burmese government and the international community should take the initiative to resolve the problem.


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Three Muslim Leaders Released in Arakan

August 29: Narinjara news:

Three Muslim leaders who were arrested by Burmese military authorities in March last year were released Thursday on bail in the border town Maungdaw, said a close friend of the three. He said, "They were released yesterday from Maungdaw jail, but the release is on bail."

The released leaders were

identified as Dr. Hla Myint, Dr. Anna Wa, and Nokur Bi, who was a UNHCR driver. All are residents of Maungdaw.

They were arrested by Sarafa, the Burmese military intel- ligence unit, on 30 March 2007 along with nine other Muslim leaders in Maungdaw on accusations they had formed an organization without govern-

ment permission. Maungdaw


Section 17 (1) and 17 (2), for the illegal formation of an organization.

charged them under

The other nine Muslim leaders, including lawyer U Than Tun and Dr. Tun Aung, remain in prison and are expected to be sentenced to imprisonment by the authority.

Peaceful demonstrations in Arakan

Kyaukpyu, Arakan. Aug 11:

Silent protest marches marked the 20th anniversary of the brutally crushed '8-8-88' democracy uprising in most towns of Arakan State in Taunggup, Kyaukpyu, Rambree and Akyab on August 8, said a local elder from Kyaukpyu. Burma's military regime arrested 21 activists near Nackmoaw village some distance from Taungup, when they were coming peacefully to the main town of Taungup for a silent protest march, he added. Thein Naing, a senior member of the opposition National League for Demo- cracy, (NLD) in northwest state of Arakan, said they were released after question- ing and had to sign

an undertaking. He also confirmed that five men who played a leading role are still in custody and their fate is unknown. Similarly, in Kyaukpyu, two army trucks with army personnel from the light Infantry Battalion, (LIB) 34 foiled and dispersed those who are in a silent protest march near the fire bridge junction at about 8 am. No body was arrested, said an activist, who was in the group. In Rambree, Maung Aye Thein, a teacher of a State Middle School No. 1 and U Thumana, an abbot from Rambree Taung Kyaunn monastery were detained, said a student from Rambree. About 40 activists demonst- rateed

against the Burmese military junta on the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 nationwide uprising in Burma, he added. Arm personnel dispersed activists who were gathering to demonstrate on the 20th anniversary at Paragyi, the largest temple in Akyab, said an eyewitness. Monks from several monasteries gathered in the morning inside Paragyi temple to march along the streets against the junta, but they were unable to carry out their plan after army personnel moved in to the temple. There is no information on whether it is taking action against the monks who were preparing to stage the demonstration in Sittwe on August 8, sources


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. Nasaka extorts money on false allegations

05 Aug, Buthidaung, Arkan State: Burma's border security force, or Nasaka extorted Kyat 160,000 from four Rohingya villagers on fabricated allegations on July 20, said a relative of the victims. On July 20, at about midnight, Nasaka personnel from Nasaka area No. 9 of Buthidaung Township went to Ngaran Chaung Village in Taung Bazaar village tract of Buthidaung Township, and were checking the family lists of the village. But they did not find any extra people in the houses.

However, they (Nasaka) found that four people were missing from the houses because they

were sleeping in their farm huts. The Nasaka not being to fault

the villagers, alleged that they

were absent from the houses while they were checking the family list. They (Nasaka) demanded Kyat 40,000 from each if they wanted to remain in the family lists, said another relative of the victims. The victims were identified as Shikander (40), son of Kala Meah, Ahmed Hussain( 50), son of Amir Hussain,

Abusiddique (50), son of Abdu Suban, Abdu Khalek (40), son of Abul Khasim. The next day the victims were called to the Nasaka camp and arrested and detained in the camp. But, they were released in the evening after they paid Kyat 40,000 each, otherwise, they would have been tortured until Nasaka got the money. A local trader adked," Is it illegal that the victims were sleeping in their huts? Or it is a crime. They are conspiring against the Rohingya community, because

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Rohingya shot dead in Maungdaw, Arakan

18 Aug, Maungdaw, Arakan State: A Rohingya was shot dead by a gang of unidentified miscreants when he was sleeping athome on August 11, at about 1:30 pm. The gang fired on him from a window. The victim was identified as Hafez Ahmed (42), son of Ali Ahmed from Mizzali Para of Fokira Bazaar in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State. He was an informer of Nasaka, Burma's border security force.

Bazaar clinic for autopsy. In the evening, the body was buried in

being detained and interrog- ated. Some people from the village said that he was a good man while some said that he was notorious who harassed villagers. On August 16, some policemen went to the village from the Bawli Bazaar police station to search for the killers and arrested some villagers on suspicion but later released them after taking money. Similarly, an informer Murtaza of Maung Nama village of


local grave yard. That day,


Ayas (35), son of Mohamu-

dur Rahaman includeing two others from the same village were arrested by Nasaka personnel of Nasaka area No.2 in Maungdaw Town- ship. Some villagers said that he was killed by his rival because he was jealous of his wealth while some said he was killed for his proximity to Nasaka.

After the incident, the police brought the body to Bawli

The arrested were sent to the Nasaka camp where they are


Nasaka Director of Kawarbill was killed in June.

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Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise

27 August - A Cambodian Parliamentarian on Wednes- day called on the Secretary Generals of the United Nations and Association of Southeast Asian Nations to fulfill their promise on Burma by initiating a new approach to finding a political solution for the country. Son Chhay, Chairperson of Committee on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Media of the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia, in separate letters on Wednesday reminded both the Secretary Generals of UN and ASEAN the need for them to abide by their promises on Burma. "They have both promised to look into the sufferings of the Burmese people and find a solution to the crisis. But till date there is no solid evidence that the promise has been kept or put into practice," Son Chhay told Mizzima over telephone. Son Chhay, who is also the Chairperson of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) Cambodia Chapter, said it is a matter of deep concern for the international community to

hear reports about detained Burmese democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi living without food.

"I believe that she [Aung

San Suu Kyi] is on hunger

strike… I think it is the right time to remind them [UN and ASEAN General Secretaries], that they must abide to their promise," Son Chhay. Reports said Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under detention for the last 12 of 18 years, has refused to accept food supplies since mid- August, though the reason for her refusal is still not known.

A Burmese political party

in exile told Mizzima earlier that Aung San Suu Kyi might be on hunger strike demanding direct talks with the ruling generals with regard to the ensuing 2010 general elections. But spokesperson of her party – the National League for Democracy – Nyan Win said they could not confirm the information as they lack communication with their detained leader. Son Chhay said Ban Ki-moon should realize that the current process of interaction with the Burmese

military junta is not leading to a solution but is strengthening their rule. Though Gambari had

visited military-ruled country several times, there has been no productive outcome, Son Chhay said, adding that he agrees with Aung San Suu Kyi's decision not to meet the UN envoy during his last visit. "We want a more serious action. Perhaps, the UN Secretary General should appoint somebody else," he added. He said, Gambari had not been very effective or capable

of producing any positive solution to the problems of Burma."I think it is about time that we find someone who is more capable," Son Chhay added. And similarly, Son Chhay urged the ASEAN Secretary General, Surin Pitsuwan, to pay a personal visit to Burma and find a realistic solution to the political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), in a press statement released on Wednesday expressed its

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concern over reports of Aung San Suu Kyi refusing food. The AIPMC called on the UN and ASEAN to intervene and to ensure that Aung San Suu Kyi is given necessary attention. The group urged the ASEAN Secretary-

General to personally visit Aung San Suu Kyi and conduct a comprehensive assessment on her health. "The Secretary General should also look into the reasons as to why she is refusing her food supply," the

statement said. The group also said Aung San Suu Kyi's refusal to meet visiting UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari last week is "an indication that his mandate is failing."

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Lack of medical facility claims two refugee lives

11 August, Teknaf, Bangladesh: A Rohingya refugee woman and her baby died yesterday during delivery because of lack of properhealth care facilities in the Leda undocumented Rohingya refugee camp. The woman, Sawlayma Khatun ( 22) from F block was sent to the camp clinic run by the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO) but the clinic did not provide

treatment and referred Khatun to the Teknaf Health Centre without any recommendation, said a relative of Khatun. Khatun's family did not have the means to go to the Teknaf Health Centre because of the money required. They failed to collect money and admit her to he health centre when she was about to deliver, he added. Khatun who was carrying twins, gave birth to a

child. She was unable to deliver the other child as she was weak. She died along with the second child during delivery, said a health worker from the camp. "The clinic is fully responsible for the health of the refugee as the organization has an agreement with other concerned parties, but the clinic gave her pain killer tablets," said a


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Eighty houses built on Rohingya land

19 August, Buthidaung, Arakan:

Eighty houses of Mro, Kumi and Chakma communities were set up in Pan Zee village tract of Buthidaung Township after seizing over 80 acres of paddy fields of Rohingyas as of July 20, said a retired school teacher on condition of anonymity. The villagers of Pan Zee complained to the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman in Buthidaung.

The authorities promised villag- ers that they would look into the matter, he added. Recently, the TPDC Chairman accompanied by the commander of Nasaka area No 9, the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Buthidaung police station and some other officials went to the spot to see for themselves. On the site the authorities met Mro, Kumi and Chakma commu- nities and delivered encourage speeches promising help in

future, but the Rohingyas were not allowed to join the meeting, said a village elder. But, the TPDC Chairman told Rohingya villagers on their way to Buthidaung that the houses will be pulled down soon. A village elder said, "Their plan is to seize land from Rohingyas and invite local non-Rohingya communities from Arakan State and Burmans from Burma proper for settlement on the confiscated land.

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26 August, Maungdaw, Arakan State: The police of Bawli Bazaar, Maungdaw Township arrested a Rohingya villager alleging that he has connections with Bangla- desh. He was in the market in Bawli Bazar on August 21, said a relative of the victim. The victim was taken away by police officer San Min and policemen Kyaw Htwe of Bawli Bazaar police station at about 8 pm and was detained. The victim was identified as Noor Bosher (34), son of Sirazul Komor from Taung Ywar village of Bawli Baz-

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aar village Tract. Police demand- ed Kyat 200,000 for his release but his relatives were able to pay Kyat 100,000. The police agreed but the victim was unable to pay the amount at a time. His relat- ives managed Kyat 50,000 and are trying to procure another Kyat 50,000. He will be released after all money has been paid. Meanwhile, the victim has been working in the police station. The victim is a simple man and has no connection with Bangladesh. Earlier, he had a small shop in the market, but now he is into

business between villages and Maungdaw Town. The police realized if he is arrested and threatened, they will get money, said a village elder on condition of anonymity. Police illegally arrests Rohingya community people when they think they will get money by arresting and threatening. They can level any allegation as there is no justice and there is no action against the culprits, the elder added.

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15-Burmese nationals pushed back to Burma

27 Aug, Teknaf, Bangladesh:

Fifteen Burmese nationals were pushed back to Burma by Bang- ladesh Rifles (BDR) recently, according to our correspondent. 15 Burmese nationals in a row-boat were trying to enter Shapuri Dip through Gola, the southern side of Shapuri Dip (Island) while BDR of Shapuri

Dip were patrolling the stretch. The BDR seized the boat and arrested the people.They were pushed back soon after arresting by BDR to Burma from where they entered. On the other hand, the BDR also seized smuggled goods worth Taka 100,000 from various points of the Bangladesh- Burma border on

that day. The seized goods are fuel, edible oil, which were being taken to Burma and seeds of opium, wood and aluminum, which came from Burma. The BDR push back Burmese nationals whenever they see Burmese on the Burma-Bangla- desh border without any delay, said a local from Teknaf. (KPN)

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