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Aung San Suu Kyi,Tin Oo detention extended for one year

Burma government on Friday extended the house arrest of the deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party, despite recent calls from the United Nations for the release of political prisoners.Policemen were seen visiting Tin Oo's house to inform him that the restrictions had been extended, according to a neighbor who asked not to be named for fear of government reprisal.The extension was for one year, said a government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release such information. Burma's junta tightly controls the release of all news.

Tin Oo was released under general amnesty in 1980, after which he studied and received a degree in Law. On 2 September, 1988, he became the Vice Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and on December 20, the Chairman of NLD. From 20 July 1989 he was put under house arrest and from 22 December 1989, he was imprisoned for three years.On 30 May 2003, Tin Oo, travelling with the carav…

Myanmar's junta release prisoners in amnesty

2009-02-23 03:45:42 - Junta regime holds about 2,100 political detainees, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi prisoner for 13 years of the past 19 years still in detention without trial.Burmese military junta released 12 political prisoners from among over 6,000 prisoners languishing in jails around Burma, away from their families meant to be granted amnesty on Saturday.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, a Member of Parliament elected in the 1990 elections from Mandalay division's Amarapura township, and Phe Sein from the Moe Nyin township of Kachin state, were released on Saturday from Myitkyina prison in Kachin state, family members said.Thet Wai, chairman of San Chuang township NLD, was also released from Insein prison on Saturday, eyewitness said."They were
released at about 3:45 p.m. (local time). The prison authorities escorted them up to a guest house. Authorities said they are both physically fine, but Dr. Zaw Myint Maung…

Myanmar's junta release prisoners in amnesty

Burmese military junta released 12 political prisoners from among over 6,000 prisoners meant to be granted amnesty on Saturday
Myanmar military rulers on Saturday has started the process of release prisoners across the country, to prove its amnesty to 6,313 prisoners, who the junta said had shown 'Good Conduct and Discipline'.

Junta, on Friday announced that the prisoners would be released "on humanitarian grounds and as a gesture of showing sympathy towards their family," and "to enable them to serve the interests of the nation and to participate in the fair elections to be held in the year 2010."

However, the junta, who has persistently denied the presence of political prisoners in the country, did not mention whether the release would include any of the estimated 2000 political prisoners, who were languishing in prisons across the country.

Besides, the junta's announcement carried by state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, justified its decisions for …

UNHR expert Quintana meets Myanmar prisoners

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN rights expert on Saturday arrived in Rangoon, a six-day mission to take stock of situation in Burma's human rights situation.He last visited the country in August last year.He visited Karen state, where UN and human rights groups say the Myanmar junta committed atrocities against rebels and minorities. He intends to visit Rakhine state - home to the Rohingya Muslim minority, Burma's military government will let him see the detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the UN said.

United Nations Human Rights expert Tomas Ojea Quintana on Monday met five political prisoners in Rangoon's notorious Insein prison as part of his second trip to assess the situation of human rights in military-ruled Burma."He met five political prisoners, but we still don't know who they are," said the source, who is close to Insein prison.Quintana on Monday was escorted to the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon by a convoy of security personnel and security…

Bring back democracy in Myanmar

2009-02-07 07:39:09 - Today Vice President Hamid Ansari on the second day of his four-day visit to Myanmar drove around the huge complex of the the under-constructed Parliament building with a pagoda-type roof yesterday, he joined a growing list of foreign dignitaries to be shown the structure, that is set to be the temple of democracy in this country, on their visit here.But when shall Burmese have right to have government of the people,for the people,by the people is question haunting the world leaders.Vice-President Mohd. Hamid Ansari paid homage at the historic Bahardur Shah Zafar mazar at Yangon in Myanmar on Saturday.Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-President said that Bahadur Shah Jafar occupies a special place in history. Describing him as a saintly figure, Mohd Ansari said that Jafar will remain in our hearts forever.

Global diplomacy has failed in Burma to bring back democracy and envoy of Ban Ki-moon recent visit has not proved fruitful for restoration of democracy themoot…

Insurgency free NE border:Myanmar

Insurgency free NE border:Myanmar
2009-02-07 05:09:50 - Myanmar which shares border with the north-eastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland,visiting Vice President of India Hamid raised security issue due to increased insurgency during a meeting with Gen Maung Aye, the number two in ruling military regime on Thursday.Aye said Myanmar not to allow its soil to be used by NE insurgents.

On the second day of his four-day visit to Myanmar, Ansari held "extremely comprehensive" talks with the head of military junta Gen Than Shwe at Nay Pyi Taw on Friday after which the two countries took "concrete decisions" to enhance cooperation in security, hydrocarbon and power sectors and agreed to widen its ambit to agriculture and railways.

At the delegation-level talks
between the two sides, which followed a brief one-to-one meeting between Ansari and Gen Aye on Thursday, the Myanmarese side acknowledged India's security concerns but conveyed that the n…

Hamid Ansari VP India on four-day visit to Burma

Vice-President of India M. Hamid Ansari will begin a four-day official visit to military-ruled Burma on Thursday in a bid to give a leg up to bilateral relations between the two countries."He will begin the four-day trip Thursday," an official at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs told media on Wednesday.
According to a document at the MEA, during his visit Ansari will inaugurate the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) in Rangoon. India and Burma in July 2004 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set-up the India-Myanmar EDC (MIEDC).

Ansari in Mandalay, will inaugurate the Optical Fibre Link between India's border town of Moreh in Manipur state, northeast India and the ancient capital city of Mandalay in central Burma, set-up by the Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL).

India under, the project, has sanctioned US $ 7 million through its Export and Import (EXIM) Bank to Burma. With the Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) acting as the exe…

UN efforts in Myanmar fail for democracy

2009-02-05 04:35:21 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on a visit to Pakistan and India. Gambari arrived in Yangon over the weekend for a four-day visit, his fifth in the past year and a half but has made little headway in getting a dialogue for reconciliation started and persuade the military government to move towards democracy.

UN's inability to prevail upon the ruling military junta to expedite democratic reforms in the country.During an hour long meeting with a top UN official, Ibrahim Gambari, Suu Kyi said that despite his efforts he failed to get pro-democracy leaders released or even convince the junta to put the country on the path of democracy.A spokesman for National League for
Democracy (NLD) was quoted as saying, that 63 year old, Suu Kyi is prepared to meet anyone but there has to be some outcome.During Gambari's last visit also, Suu Kyi had expressed displeasure with the efforts of the UN official and refused to meet him. The military Junta had come to power in 19…