Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ban Ki-moon ask PM Thein Sien release San Suu Kyi

Ban Ki-moon has demanded the release of detained pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his meeting with the Myanmarese Prime Minister Thein Sien who is attending the opening session of the General Assembly.

Ban Ki-moon has demanded the release of detained pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his meeting with the Myanmarese Prime Minister Thein Sien who is attending the opening session of the General Assembly.

"The Secretary General made clear that the onus was on the government to create the necessary conditions for credible and inclusive elections, including the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners, as well dialogue with all stakeholders," Michele Montas, the spokesperson for Ban said.

"The Secretary General reiterated his clear expectation that Myanmar will respond in a timely manner to the proposals he left with the senior leadership of Myanmar during his visit," she said.

During Ban Ki-moom two-day visit to Myanmar in July, the UN Chief made three demands on Myanmar leadership - to release 2,200 political prisoners, hold free and fair elections in 2010, and resume a dialogue between the government and opposition.

Following Ban's visit, Myanmar ambassador to the UN, Than Swe, told the Council, "At the request of the Secretary General Myanmar is processing to grant amnesty to prisoners on humanitarian grounds and with a view to enabling them to participate in the 2010 general elections."But these assurances have not been followed up.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, 64, has been under detention for most of the past two past decades. She is the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), which won the national elections in 1990.

US and other Western nations have been imposing sanctions because of Myanmar's refusal to release Suu Kyi, and the military junta is accused of human rights violations in the country.

China and Russia have vetoed Security Council resolutions against Myanmar. "Sanctions are being employed as a political tool against Myanmar and we consider them unjust. I would like to state that such acts must be stopped,"

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Debate on stateless children in Thailand

Mong unqualify for Thai nationality inspite of his natural cause of birthin Thailand.Nationality by birth in not applicable in Thailand hence tens of thousand workers may not have the chance to get Thai nationality and therefore children born in Thai of Mayanmar parentswill be living with stateless nationality.Mong was born, lives and goes to school because he was born to Burmese migrant workers. Federal Minister Chaovarat Chanvirakul, Minister of Interior said that he congratulated Mong Thongdee (12),who is back from the Origami Airplane Contest in Japan, after he won the third prize for Thailand in the individual category but bagged first prize in the team competition.“However, to grant him Thai citizenship we have to consider other things too, because in the future it will be difficult if tens of thousands of stateless people in Thailand also ask for nationality,” he said, according to a Thai newspaper Komchadluek.

Further Interior Ministry Minister Chaovarat Chanvirakul faced the wrath of civil society lawyer on charges of human rights violation were filed by the Thai Lawyer Council after the Ministry refused to issue travel documents to the boy.

Mong now a celbrity, a role model for stateless children, particularly in his hometown Chiang Mai Northern Thailand.
Mong Thongdee was born of Burmese migrant workers working in Chiang Mai. With his parents are ethnic Shan his winning the first prize in a paper aeroplane making competition held in Bangkok last year is joy of Mayanmar community living in Thailand.Following the competition he was entitled to join the Origami Airplane competition held in Japan on September 19 and 20 where he got the prizes.

Thailand Science Ministry will appoint Mong Thongdee, a Thai born but stateless boy, as its youth ambassador. “We will offer him scholarships too,” Science Minister Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich said on Monday.She said the scholarships would enable Mong to get a degree and even a doctorate if he wanted.”He deserves the scholarships because he bolstered the country’s reputation and has become an inspiration for other children to learn more about science,” Kalaya said.

NLD asks to free Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy ,NLD warmly welcomes the release of 7,114 national prisoners that included some 100 political prisoners from prisons on September 17," the statement said.

NLD reiterated calls for the ruling junta to free Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees.Maynamar court will give its verdict on Ms Suu Kyi's appeal against her extended house arrest next month.Her most of years have passed in prisons of Maynmar junta rule and extension of her jail term for another eighteen months is an intent of Junta
rule to keep her off the ensuing General elections.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) issued a statement almost one week after the military regime announced that it was freeing the prisoners so they could vote in elections due next year."However we also call for the unconditional and immediate release of all political prisoners including the NLD vice chairman Tin Oo and general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi," it said.

Suu Kyi had her house arrest extended by 18 months in August after she was convicted over an incident in which an American man swam uninvited to the lakeside house where she is detained in May.Tin Oo has also been under house arrest since 2003.

NLD official press release said Suu Kyi and Tin Oo "have been always trying for dialogue and national reconciliation", as had jailed members of ethnic minority groups and students who led mass pro-democracy protests in 1988.

NLD Myanmar's opposition party on Wednesday welcomed the release of 7,000 prisoners.US sanctions against Burmese leaders would remain in place, Mrs Clinton said, but could be eased if "the core human rights and democracy issues that are inhibiting Burma's progress" were addressed.

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