Burma

Preview to Burma’s election

MELBOURNE — On May 25, about 50 people attended a forum on Burma's election, which is due to occur this year.

The forum was addressed by Debbie Stothard, coordinator of Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, who noted the many undemocratic structures set up by the military junta.

She said: “The 2008 constitution will guarantee military control over the election and resulting parliament. Election commissioners are handpicked by the regime, political parties must exclude ‘convicted persons’ such as Aung San Suu Kyi and there is severe censorship and restrictions on campaigning.

Burma: Political prisoner released but thousands remain

On September 23, one of Burma’s longest-serving political prisoners, 78-year-old progressive journalist U Win Tin, was released from Insein Prison after more than 19 years. He was one of six political prisoners included in an amnesty of 9002 prisoners declared by the military junta.

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Burma: Waiting for Suu Kyi

The last time I saw Aung San Suu Kyi, general secretary of Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), was in 1996.

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Burma chronology

1942: Japanese invade Burma. The Burma Independence Army is under the command of Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi's (ASSK) father.

1943: Aung San is Minister of War in formally independent but Japanese-occupied Burma.

1945: Burmese army, lead by Aung

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Corporations doing business with Burma\'s generals.

These are some of the corporations currently doing business with the Burmese military junta. For a full list, see the Burma Campaign UK’s “Dirty List” of corporations in Burma, http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk.

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John Pilger: The West betrays Burma

The voices of those who know how to help Burma are all but extinguished by a virus called the “war on terror”.

Burmese junta gets in some violin practice while death toll climbs

“Ten days after Cyclone Nargis, Burma faces further crisis as its military regime refuses to acknowledge the plight of its people”, according to a statement released by seven pro-democracy groups in Burma on May 14.

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Burma: Regime worsens suffering from cyclone

Below is an abridged May 7 statement from the Burma Partnership Secretariat.

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Burmese protesters imprisoned

According to an April 2 AFP article, Amnesty International have reported that at least 40 protesters in Burma, including seven Buddhist monks, have been jailed after secret trials over last year's pro-democracy marches. Officially, more than 3000

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Burma: 'Heading for a new crisis'

Since the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in October, there has been little in the mainstream media coverage of events in Burma. During the crackdown, many people were killed or disappeared by the military as society was placed under curfew.

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