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14 Mar 2008 description
report BioMed Central


Decades of neglect and abuses by the Burmese government have decimated the health of the peoples of Burma, particularly along her eastern frontiers, overwhelmingly populated by ethnic minorities such as the Shan. Vast areas of traditional Shan homelands have been systematically depopulated by the Burmese military regime as part of its counter-insurgency policy, which also employs widespread abuses of civilians by Burmese soldiers, including rape, torture, and extrajudicial executions.

13 Mar 2008 description

Human Rights Council

Starts General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Council's Attention

The Human Rights Council this afternoon discussed the reports presented by the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Myanmar before starting a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council's attention.

12 Mar 2008 description
report Mizzima News

New Delhi - At least 2,100 people are homeless as a result of a new Burmese Army offensive this month in Burma's Karen State, a new report divulges.

The Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian group operating in eastern Burma, said the Burmese Army's Military Operation Commands 4 and 16 in March launched a fresh offensive in northern Karen State.

"This most recent attack is the largest against civilians in northern Karen State since the Burma Army completed the re-supply of its camps and the construction of roads at the end of 2007," the report chronicles.

As a …

11 Mar 2008 description

Over the last two years AAI has conducted medical training for Burmese medics working in refugee communities in Thailand, and is currently expanding the type and areas of operations to help more affected people. Over the border in Myanmar, the government is carrying out a viscous war against these political opponents. It is civilians that bare the brunt of these attacks, and are barred from accessing the meagre health infrastructure in Myanmar.

This training is provided to Burmese refugees who live in exile in Thailand.

11 Mar 2008 description
report Mizzima News

Larry Jagan

The United Nations Special Advisor to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, has left Rangoon empty-handed after a five-day visit.

He is now on his way to Senegal in Africa to brief the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"There has been no progress on any of the substantive issues raised by the envoy," a Western diplomat in Rangoon told Mizzima.

According to an Asian diplomat who closely follows Burmese affairs, "There is no other interpretation possible. This visit was an abject failure."

"This probably means the end of Mr Gambari's efforts to …

11 Mar 2008 description
report Mizzima News

Making use of extensive interviews with witnesses to last year's unrest, a new study details events leading to September's Saffron Revolution and the subsequent military crackdown.

The Human Rights Documentation Unite (HRDU), on Monday, released a nearly 200-page account entitled Bullets in the Alms Bowl, recalling last year's protests against Burma's military junta and the often violent reaction of the authorities.

Attempting to connect the myriad of factors contributing toward 2007's widespread protests, the report's authors write: "The existing …

10 Mar 2008 description

The Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Myanmar , Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, briefed the diplomatic corps today, on the outcome of his mission to Myanmar from 6 to 10 March. Mr. Gambari also met with the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar .

Later, he met with the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, for the second time during this visit. He also met again with the Spokes Authoritative Team. Mr. Gambari has left Myanmar and will be reporting to the Secretary General on his mission.

10 Mar 2008 description

Refugees International is assessing the humanitarian situation in Burma through a mission involving travel inside the country as well as to the Thai-Burma border.

09 Mar 2008 description

Yangon, 9 March 2008 - Special Advisor to the Secretary General, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, met with H.E. U Soe Tha, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, H.E. Dr. Kyaw Myint, Minister for Health, H.E. Dr. Than Nyun, Chairman of Civil Service Selection and Training Board and H.E. U Kyaw Thu, Deputy Foreign Minister, at the National Defence College Guest House.ENDS

08 Mar 2008 description

Yangon, 8 March 2008. On the third day of his visit to Myanmar , The Secretary General's Special Adviser, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, at the Sein Le Kantha State House. The meeting lasted for an hour and a half. Mr. Gambari also met separately with representatives of the of the National League for Democracy, the Pa-O National Organization, the National Unity Party and the Union Solidarity Development Association (USDA).

07 Mar 2008 description

Rome, 7 March 2008 - The award-winning Internet word game FreeRice has revealed a surprising staying power as a web phenomenon and six months after its birth has now generated 21 billion grains of rice for the world's hungry.

'I never imagined that things would move this fast or that it would be such a success,' said FreeRice creator John Breen, who says between 300,000 and 500,000 people are currently playing the game every day.

'Quite apart from the actual amount of rice generated, FreeRice is a fantastic way of spreading the message about world hunger,' he …

07 Mar 2008 description

Dulci Donata opened Home of Joy to serve ethnic minorities fleeing violence.

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand - In a whitewashed office, a young Burmese mother cradles a sleeping baby. Ni Lar Win is waiting to hear if she can leave her 2-month-old son at the "House on the Hill" in this Thai border town.

Her husband left six months into her pregnancy, she says, and now she wants to move to the city for work, so she can repay some debts and help her sick mother. That means finding someone to take in her newborn.

07 Mar 2008 description

Yangon 07 March - On the second day of his visit to Myanmar, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, met with the Government Authoritative Team, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Information and Culture. They held candid discussions on present and future cooperation between Myanmar and the United Nations in the context of the Secretary-General's good offices mandate.


06 Mar 2008 description

Yangon 6 March 2006. The Special Advisor of the Secretary-General, Mr. Gambari, arrived today in Yangon, where he held talks with H.E. U Nyan Win, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

He also met with the UN Country Team in Myanmar, the Diplomatic Corps and the Representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In the next few days, Mr. Gambari expects to continue consultations with a broad range of representatives of Myanmar society, including groups which he was not able to see during his last visit.

05 Mar 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

Time for Action, Not More Empty Promises From Military Rulers

(New York, March 5, 2008) - The Burmese military government should adopt expected calls from UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari to allow an open and inclusive political process ahead of a planned constitutional referendum in May, Human Rights Watch said today. Gambari arrives in Burma on March 6, 2008.

On February 19, Burma's ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) announced  that a referendum on a new constitution would be held in May 2008, with multiparty elections following in 2010.

05 Mar 2008 description
report The Irrawaddy


The closure of a border crossing in the Thai province of Mae Hong Son has left more than 3,900 internally displaced persons in Burma without access to food or medicine, say sources in the area.

The border checkpoint at the village of Mae Sam Laep has been closed since Karen rebels attacked Burmese soldiers on the Salween River on February 24.

Nearly four thousand ethnic Karen IDPs sheltering in the Ei Tu Hta camp, located about two hours by boat from the border crossing, are facing an uncertain future, as Thai authorities have given no indication when they will …

04 Mar 2008 description
report The Irrawaddy

By: Lawi Weng / Sangkhlaburi

Sixty-one Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Mon ethnicity have contracted cholera in Ananbon village in eastern Burma, an area controlled by the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

According to an NMSP health program coordinator in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand, 45 Mon persons were diagnosed with cholera this morning, while the other 16 contracted the virus over the past two days. Two cholera patients died last week in the village, according to a local resident.

The clinic in Ananbon village has been so overcrowded that patients have had to be moved to Jagatrao …

03 Mar 2008 description
report UN News Service

The Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Myanmar is set to depart tomorrow for his third visit to the troubled South-East Asian nation since the Government forcefully cracked down on peaceful protesters last year.

Ibrahim Gambari, who will arrive in the country on 6 March, 'hopes to stay as long as necessary and to consult with a broad range of representatives of Myanmar society, including all the groups which he was not able to see during his last visit,' UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York today.


03 Mar 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

Put Spotlight on Burma, Eastern Congo, and Sri Lanka

(Geneva, March 3, 2008) - The UN Human Rights Council should draw attention to the neglected human rights crisis in Somalia, Human Rights Watch said today as the council began its first session of this year. The council, meeting in Geneva, should also intensify its engagement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka and Burma, Human Rights Watch said.

'Crises like those in Somalia and Burma quickly fall off the front pages,' said Juliette de Rivero, Geneva advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

01 Mar 2008 description

Brussels - What continues to make the International Crisis Group unique among organisations active in conflict prevention and resolution is our highly distinctive methodology: a combination of field-based research, sharply practical policy recommendations, and high-level advocacy. In January 2008 we were named by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, after an international peer survey, as one of the "Top Ten Think Tanks in the World".