Burma – Five monastries raided last night
Many reports inform you more arrests of activists inside Burma right after the UN Special envoy Mr. Gambari left. Actually, number of arrests had been made even while he was in the country for four days. The military trucks going around some parts of Rangoon City and dragged away some people last night as well (3/10/07) when threats were made to those who involved in the peaceful protests. So far, we only know that Mr. Gambari delivered a strong message to military regime's top leaders but no substance of what they discussed has yet been released or revealed.
The UN Human Rights Council has passed resolution on Burma which calls Burma authority to allow the Special Rapporteur Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro to “access the current human rights situation and to monitor the implementation of this resolution”.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister has urged neighboring countries of Burma to work as a group to find a democratic solution to political crisis of the country.
The nearest neighbor, Thailand, however shows its concern over affect on their Business if the protests prolong and the US and EU imposed sanctions against Burma. What we are very sure of is that Thailand will be the first and foremost country to feel the affect of ‘spillover’ from extreme crackdowns by the military regime in Burma as we’d seen in 1988 right after the military coup in September.
However, we are dismayed that the government of Japan still mulling over its decision over whether to stop overseas development aid to Burma or not while the slain body of Japanese journalist flied back home. We would like to see Japan’s decisiveness in this scenario since Japan is one of the main donors to Burma. Mr. Min Zaw, a Burmese national who works for a Japanese newspaper, is released after six days of detention ‘for questioning’ by the military regime in Rangoon today.
In Australia, as four Burmese continue their hunger strike in front of the Burmese embassy other activities and actions take place in other parts of the country to show their support for the people of Burma. Today, Free Burma rally and hunger strike organized by the ACDB take place in Sydney. We learn that Australian Sangha Association has also put out a statement in support of the peaceful protests in Burma.
In Canada, a Press Conference was held in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Hon. David Kilgour had addressed to attending activists and crowd and had called everyone attention on whether to go to the Olympics would be held the government of China in 2008.
The European Union has also stepped up their pressure on Burma with tougher sanctions while urging India and China to take a more robust stance against the military regime. In the US, the Congress has overwhelmingly voiced their support to Burmese democracy protesters and condemned the military regime in Burma. The US House of Representatives voted a resolution calling for the release of opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi.
US senators also demanded that the US put its pressure on China and India to sever their ties with Burmese regime. Solidarity and Support around the World
We also get news and emails that campaigners around the world will wear red headbands in solidarity with the monks who are now under arrest and tie these onto government buildings, religious shrines or key landmarks to signify the thousands of lives currently hanging in the balance and some even languishing as we speak.
It seems people are trying to find ways to regain their ground to continue with the peaceful
movement. Days ahead we are going to need your supports so badly.