Saturday, February 24

Myanmar

The Death Toll in Myanmar is Over Five Hundred
Myanmar, News

The Death Toll in Myanmar is Over Five Hundred

More than 500 people have died due to the actions of security forces during protests against military rulers in Myanmar, the Association for Aid to Political Prisoners (AAPP) reports Tuesday.   According to AAPP, the deaths of 510 civilians have been confirmed, but the actual death toll is probably much higher. On Monday, the United States announced that it would suspend the trade agreement with the country due to the violent crackdown by the security forces. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement that the 2013 Trade and Investment Agreement would not return into force until the country has a democratically elected government. The US and other Western countries have already introduced a series of sanctions against military junta members and their entourage. Saturda...
BBC Journalist Taken Off the Street and Disappeared in Myanmar
Myanmar, News, UK

BBC Journalist Taken Off the Street and Disappeared in Myanmar

A BBC journalist has disappeared in Myanmar, where there has been significant unrest after a coup.   The British broadcaster says reporter Aung Thura was taken by "unidentified men" in the capital, Naypyidaw. The BBC says it is very concerned about the journalist and has asked the authorities for help. The country has been in chaos for weeks because of the coup by the armed forces. Security forces have shot at civilians demonstrating for the restoration of democracy and the release of the arrested head of government Aung San Suu Kyi. Local and foreign journalists are also not spared. Earlier this month, the authorities arrested Polish journalist Robert Bociaga, who works for the German news agency DPA. He was allegedly detained in the city of Taunggyi. The German embassy has cal...
Junta Myanmar Loses Battle Over UN Mission in New York
Myanmar, News

Junta Myanmar Loses Battle Over UN Mission in New York

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations will remain in office for the time being. The diplomat Kyaw Moe Tun had turned against the military who have seized power in his home country. They then tried to fire him for "high treason".   Kyaw Moe Tun's resignation had created confusion about who represents Myanmar at the UN in New York. The new military regime is not recognized internationally. The UN ambassador had condemned the coup in an emotional speech and then raised three fingers. Protesters use that gesture. The junta reacted furiously to the speech and ordered Kyaw Moe Tun to be replaced by his second man, who then resigned. Myanmar's UN mission has now announced that Kyaw Moe Tun will continue to represent his country. The coup also puts other Myanmar diplomats in a diffic...
Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi Without A Lawyer to Court
Myanmar, News

Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi Without A Lawyer to Court

The arrested Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court via a video connection on Tuesday. That happened a day ahead of schedule, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.   He himself was not allowed to be present at the hearing. Khin Maung Zaw said the court has not yet recognized him as a lawyer for the Nobel laureate. He has also not however been able to visit his client. The military arrested 75-year-old Suu Kyi when it staged a coup in early February. She is suspected of two criminal offences and faces years of imprisonment. Authorities are prosecuting Suu Kyi for violating a law related to import and export of products and a natural disaster emergency law. A spokesman for the new military regime said that an investigation into money laundering practices at an organi...
Hundreds of Thousands of Protesters Take to the Streets After Myanmar Coup
Myanmar, News

Hundreds of Thousands of Protesters Take to the Streets After Myanmar Coup

Hundreds of thousands of Myanmar residents demonstrated on Friday against the military coup in their country.   At least three people were injured when police began firing rubber bullets at a crowd in Mawlamyine, according to one witness. These are the largest demonstrations since the military took power a week and a half ago as far as is known. Video footage shows police in Mawlamyine clashing with protesters. They threw stones and then shots sounded. "Three people have been shot," said a Red Cross employee who witnessed the violence. "The crowd is still growing." Supporters of the arrested leader Aung San Suu Kyi also took to the streets in other countries. Protests were held in the capital Naypyidaw, the city of Dawei and the provincial capital Myitkyina in Kachin, among other...