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Aung San Suu Kyi meets Vijay Nambiar


Recently released Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes Vijay Nambiar (left), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy to Burma, at the front door of the home where the junta kept her for the past seven years under house arrest, in Rangoon on Saturday, November 27, 2010, Nambiar, who is also Ban’s chief of staff, started a two-day trip to Burma today, during which he is also to meet members of Burma’s ruling military junta. Video: Mizzima

Monday, 15 November 2010 12:12

00:25
Thoughts of Australians with Suu Kyi, PM says
Prime Minister Julia Gillard read out to the Australian Parliament her letter to Aung San Suu Kyi, passed on by the country’s ambassador to Burma, Michelle Chan, the Australian Associated Press reported. “The Australian people and government share a deep and abiding admiration for you," she said. “Your steadfast commitment to democracy and to the welfare of the Burmese people is a source of inspiration for Australians.”

“Many here will be happy at the news of your release from house arrest but we are fully conscious that the struggle for true democracy in Burma is not at an end. The Australian people and government fervently hope that you and the Burmese people will one day see realised the democracy and justice for which you have fought so hard,” Gillard said.
22:00
Party puts Suu Kyi under tight security
National League for Democracy (NLD) has set up three teams to ensure the security of Aung San Suu Kyi amid concerns for her safety, an NLD youth wing member and member of one of the teams, says. “One security team must guard the party headquarters’ entrance. The remaining two … are in charge of close protection. Some people may have been aware of this yesterday. We are trying to provide her with maximum security,” Nyi Nyi Aung, one of the 14 security guards, told Mizzima. The guards said they were willing to sacrifice their lives for Suu Kyi.
19:15
Bay of Bengal storm may move towards Arakan: retired meteorologist
Former Burma weather bureau chief Dr. Tun Lwin published a warning today on his website for a storm in the Bay of Bengal. It was … moving westwards, but if it made a turn, it might hit Arakan State in Burma and Bangladesh, he said. “We must watch whether it will make a turn or not. If it makes a turn, we need to prepare with caution. … we have three or four days to prepare. We need to monitor the weather conditions with caution this November as eight per cent of storms can hit Burma … The speed of the storm [travelling speed not wind speed] may reach about 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), but if it makes a turn, the speed may reach more than 100 miles per hour,” he added.
16:55
Queen Rania of Jordan Tweets on Suu Kyi's release
HRH Queen Rania al-Abdullah’s Twitter page says: “The gentle flame of justice flickers in Burma. Thank God Aung San Suu Kyi is free." Queen Rania al-Abdullah is the current queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II. She is considered one of the world’s most powerful women. Her work focuses on the quality of education for Jordanian children, and abroad, on advocating global education standards and for world leaders to fulfil their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goal, universal primary education.
15:50
United Nations Burma rights envoy hails Suu Kyi's release
Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, in a statement yesterday welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and expressed hope that her release would constitute a significant first step towards real change in the country. "The release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is not only important because of her own destiny, but also because it could symbolise a real start for the improvement of the human rights situation, and provides an opportunity for genuine national reconciliation and democractic transition in Myanmar [Burma]," Quintana said. He urged the government to follow this with the release of the remaining prisoners of conscience.

He recommended in a report in March that the UN should consider establishing a commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Burmese junta government. The recommendation was included in an advance, unedited version of his report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, which published it on its web site. The report said the “gross and systematic” nature of the abuses and the lack of action to stop them indicated “a state policy that involves authorities in the executive, military and judiciary at all levels". It said; “According to consistent reports, the possibility exists that some of these human rights violations may entail categories of crimes against humanity or war crimes under the terms of the statute of the International Criminal Court [known as the Rome Statute]."
13:50
12:45
Suu Kyi leads NLD intra-party meetings
National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi met around 100 NLD central committee members and representatives from Burma’s states and divisions and NLD legal-aid committee members at NLD headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, at 10 a.m. today. She held separate meetings with NLD vice-chairman Tin Oo and central executive committee member Win Tin. Ohn Kyaing, a spokesman of NLD, said she would also greet foreign diplomats and journalists today.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

17:45
16:41
Convicted fugitive Thaksin again uses Suu Kyi’s image
The beginning of national reconciliation and social justice will happen when political detainees are released, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in a statement in response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release.

The press statement today was released by Thaksin’s legal adviser Noppadon Pattama after the Burmese junta released pro-democracy icon Suu Kyi from house arrest late yesterday.

Thaksin is on the run after being sentenced to two years in jail for corruption. During his tenure, he was also accused of electoral fraud, authoritarianism, conflicts of interest and abuse of freedom of speech by muzzling the media. Independent bodies, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have criticised Thaksin’s human rights record, which included his war against drugs that featured more than 2,500 extrajudicial killings by police. He was also charged with concealing his wealth during his premiership, against laws on holders of political office.

While in power and after visiting Burmese junta generals, Thaksin pushed to arrange low-interest loans from Thailand’s Export and Import Bank to Burma so the military junta could spend the money on his Shin Corp telecoms business, owned by his immediate family. The charge forms one of the many corruption cases against him pending in Thailand’s Supreme Court.

See the full Mizzima story here:

http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/3198-thaksin-wanted-leniency-towards-burmese-junta.html

To fierce criticism, Thaksin has compared his plight since he was deposed in a military coup for corruption to that of Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Mohandas “Mahatma” Ghandi. During Suu Kyi’s time under house arrest, he has travelled the globe, bought houses in London, where his daughter attends university, and gone shopping with her at Louis Vuitton in Paris.
15:50
Suu Kyi address to public at NLD office
15:40
Suu Kyi holds first press conference since release
15:25
The Indian government welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest, NDTV Hindu reported Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna as saying.
15:20
Singapore welcomes release of Suu Kyi
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, says the city state welcomes the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, Channel News Asia has reported. The ministry said her release was a positive step for Burma. It said Singapore and Asean had consistently called on Burma to release Suu Kyi and engage in a meaningful dialogue with her and all political groups, in an open and inclusive process of national reconciliation. It said this would lay the foundation for the country’s long-term political stability and development. The ministry also urged all parties to make a new beginning and work together for the good of the country and the region.

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima

NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses  a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy  headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from  house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years.  Photo: Mizzima

14:20
From Suu Kyi’s speech to supporters outside NLD headquarters
NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi  addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for  Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her  release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in  seven years. Photo:  Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi  addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for  Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her  release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in  seven years. Photo:  Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima
14:00
From Suu Kyi’s speech to supporters outside NLD headquarters
“I don’t hate the people who detained me. I have no personal grudge or hatred against anyone else. I believe in the rule of law. I place a high value on apology. My thanks go to thanks due. In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every paragraph starts with the word ‘everyone’. We must respect that concept. Everyone must fulfil their responsibilities and everyone must be duty-conscious. Only through following these principles will our country progress and develop. The people know well whether our country is progressing and developing. The blame game among us for not progressing is useless. I’d like to say please give us authority to do this job. I know well our people will not beg for this right. We demand our just rights. I’d like to honour my colleagues and my colleagues from the democratic struggle who remain languishing in prisons. I wish their immediate release.”

“I’ve always believed in national reconciliation. I’ve said time and again that I’ve worked by depending on the strength of the people. But that will be effective only when we can use this strength systematically. Please let me say to the people again: We cannot achieve victory by merely hoping for it. We can achieve victory if and only if we work with courage and determination for what we want. We also need to explore the best path to achieve victory too.

NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of about 40,000 people outside National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, a day after her release from house arrest. It was her first organised public speech in seven years. Photo: Mizzima

13:29
From Suu Kyi’s speech to supporters outside NLD headquarters
"Those who took my security [detail] treated me well. I would like to thank them well for their kind treatment. I think it would be better if they treated all the people well too. But I don’t want them to put the entire nation under house arrest as they have done to me. Please don’t put the people under house arrest. I’d like to see them treat the people well.”

“If [the authorities] don’t want to be blamed for bad things, they shouldn’t do bad things. I put high values on good acts and am also thankful for these things. My thanks to those that do good will be endless if they do good things all the time. The people must do what they have to do. Everyone must fulfil their responsibility.”
12:15
From Suu Kyi’s speech to supporters outside NLD headquarters
"I want to work alongside the people. I don’t want to work alone. A one-woman show is not a democracy.”

"What is courage? Courage is working with a determined spirit and doing the right work. We ought to work and dare to work.”
12:12
Suu Kyi addresses supporters outside party headquarters
Aung San Suu Kyi is addressing at least 40,000 supporters at her party headquarters in Rangoon.

“Nothing can be achieved without the people’s participation. Without it, we can do nothing" she said. “I’m not afraid of responsibility. I’m afraid of only not be able to fulfill this responsibility.”

Saturday, 13 November 2010

22:49
Aung San Suu Kyi release
22:48
Burmese activists in India celebrate Suu Kyi freedom
22:40
Supporters at NLD Office


When barricades were removed


22:02
NLD breakaway faction pleased over Suu Kyi’s freedom
Khin Maung Swe, leader of the National Democratic Force, told Mizzima he was delighted pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been released and that the NDF was ready to co-operate with her. “We are ready to meet her, if she desires. We want to co-operate with her in the struggle for democracy,” he said, adding that he was without concern that junta authorities would harass his party surrounding such a meeting. “She’s our leader. So, whatever happens, we will meet her. We will tell her why we’ve formed a political party. We’ll explain what we are doing for the people,” he said. While the NLD boycotted the junta’s recent election over its serious legal and ethical flaws, some senior NLD members left to form the NDF, and contested in the election, amid numerous of their own complaints over such flaws.
21:57
‘88 students’ leader embraces Suu Kyi’s liberty, but ‘struggle not over’
The 88 Generation Student Youths (Union of Myanmar) chairman Ye Tun was delighted at the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and said it would usher in many benefits for Burma. “But the struggle for democracy is not over. She has been released at the right time for her to participate in the struggle for democracy. If all parties can co-operate to establish democracy, the pro-democracy alliance will become stronger,” he added.
21:56
Tutu ‘absolutely delighted’ about fellow Nobel Peace laureate’s release
Archibishop Desmond Tutu, chairman of The Elders group of emminent world leaders who support peace worldwide, said in response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release today that “it offers hope to the people of Burma, who face uncertain times following the November 7 elections. She is a global symbol of moral courage and we wish her strength and health as she makes her own transition from such a long period under house arrest".

The Elders also encouraged a further release of all other political prisoners in Burma, and asked the regime to ensure that the terms of Suu Kyi’s release were unconditional and that her political rights as a citizen were defended. “We are of course absolutely delighted that she is free, and stand ready to assist her and the people of Burma in any way that we can.”
20:27
18:58
During her first appearance after release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi greets thousands of cheering, chanting, happy supporters in front of her house on University Avenue in Rangoon, this evening, November 13, 2010. She is flanked by National League for Democracy leaders, lawyer Nyan Win (far right), and party spokesman Ohn Kyaing (second right). The crowd reportedly did not settle for half an hour upon her release and chanted ‘Long Live Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’. Photo: Mizzima Aung San Suu Kyi, upon release from house arrest, greets throngs of cheering, happy crowds in front of her house on University Avenue in Rangoon, this evening, November 13, 2010. She is flanked by National League for Democracy leader and party spokesman Nyan Win (right). The crowd reportedly did not settle for half an hour upon her release and chanted ‘Long Live Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’. Photo: Mizzima Aung San Suu Kyi, upon release from house arrest, greets throngs of cheering, happy crowds in front of her house on University Avenue in Rangoon, this evening, November 13, 2010. She is flanked by National League for Democracy leaders. The crowd did not settle for half an hour upon her release and chanted ‘Long Live Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’. Photo: Mizzima
18:40
Obama ‘delighted’ at release of ‘heroine’
Speaking from the White House today, United States President Barack Obama said he was delighted at the release of “heroine” Aung San Suu Kyi.
18:24
Dalai Lama: Suu Kyi release also a symbolic freedom for many Burmese
Exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, told ITV ahead of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s release: “This is not only just freedom of one individual, but I think freedom of a lot of people in Burma who are really dedicated to democracy. Then, also I think the image of the Burmese government will improve, so many benefits.”

The spiritual leader was speaking from Hiroshima, Japan, where he was attending the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
18:11
Aung San Suu Kyi goes back into her home
National League for Democracy party vice-chairman Tin Oo and his wife Ohn Kyaing and other senior leaders followed Aung San Suu Kyi back into her home, after Suu Kyi told the crowds that they can meet her at NLD party headquarters in Bahan Township at noon tomorrow.
18:05
Suu Kyi speaks to jubilant crowd
Aung San Suu Kyi is speaking to throngs of cheering, chanting, happy crowds in front of her house on University Avenue in Rangoon. She is inside the compound, with crowds swelling outside. She’s wearing a water-hyacinth-coloured blouse and longyi, with single white and red flowers in her hair. People were so excited at seeing her the first time that it took about 30 minutes to quieten them down, the BBC reports.

She said, "We must work in unison to achieve our goals," and appeared very happy, the BBC reports.
17:55
Crowd ecstatic as Suu Kyi appears at her front gate after being released from house arrest
Aung San Suu Kyi released from house arrest and appears at the front gate of her University Avenue home, to cheers and overwhelmed cries from thousands of supporters and well-wishers, fellow National League for Democracy leaders standing beside her. Suu Kyi and the other leaders have trouble quietening down the thrilled crowd to allow her to speak. The crowd is chanting her name.
17:23
What senior NLD member Win Tin will say to Suu Kyi on her release
"I met her for the last time on the fourth of July, 1989, at her house … I’ve never seen her since then. So, there is only one thing I’d like to tell her when she is released. ‘Daw Suu, you should carry on doing the same thing you’ve always done i.e., politics with the support of people.’ I will tell her to do that with determination and distinction.”

He was arrested soon after the meeting in 1989 and was jailed until 2008.

From an interview with the National League for Democracy central executive committee member and former political prisoner, Win Tin, outside the home of Aung San Suu Kyi today.
14:08
NLD youth members return to near Suu Kyi's home
About 100 members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) youth wing have been waiting for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release near her home since 7.30am this morning.

“One stretch of the two-way Hledan Road has been blocked and authorities have cordoned off Sayar San Road. Many people, including journalists, have assembled in the area,” a NLD youth wing member said.

Members were also standing at Kokaine junction, near Suu Kyi’s home yesterday until after midnight but returned home when she was not released. Some NLD youth members were back in the area as early as 4:30am this morning.
13:40
Activists assemble at junction of University Avenue and Inya Road
About 50 young people, many who protested against Burma's controversial fuel price hike in August 2007, are waiting for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release at the corner of University Avenue Road and Inya Road, wearing white shirts and traditional black longyis, according to activist Thein Aung Myint.

“We have been waiting for the release of our national leader Aung San Suu Kyi since 7am" he said.
12:38
Suu Kyi’s release would be advantageous: NMSP
General Secretary of the New Mon State Party Naing Hantha spoke out today on the potential release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“If she is released, she will be critical about the recent election. And I believe that she would support calls for a second Panlong Conference for national reconciliation, in accordance with the Kalay Declaration".

"In the past, she has urged people to build a strong sense of unity. She may comment on the fighting between junta troops and the DKBA at Myawaddy and Three Pagodas Pass. Her comments will greatly impact Burma’s politics, and I think people will cherish her leadership. So, I’m certain her release will be advantageous", he said.
12:17
NLD Leaders, supporters arrive at party headquarters
Around 1,000 Aung San Suu Kyi supporters wait outside of the National League for Democracy headquarters in Bahan township, Rangoon and expect to be able to greet their leader later in the day, party spokesperson Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima.

“We are planning to do as we did yesterday sitting, waiting for her, holding photos and wearing t-shirts” a NLD youth member stated.

The party’s vice chairman Tin Oo, executive committee member Win Tin and other State and Division leaders had already arrived.

Friday, 12 November 2010

23:38
Indian lawmaker also denounces Burma polls
Another Indian political party has joined in condemning the Burmese election. Lawmaker Sharad Yadav, president of the Janata Dal (United) party, has called for a new election in Burma under United Nations supervision. He is also convener of the National Democratic Alliance, an opposition centre-right coalition. Video: Mizzima

21:16
Suu Kyi’s release will ease tension in Burma: Thai PM
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has expressed the belief that if Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is freed, tensions in Burma will eventually ease, according to state new website MCOT. The report said however he had not yet received any details from Burmese authorities on her release. The international community wanted her freed, MCOT quoted the PM as saying.
20:18
Suu Kyi supporters disperse
National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters waiting for general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi’s release outside party headquarters in Rangoon started dispersing at about 6:30 p.m., an NLD youth-wing member said. Party members and supporters will return tomorrow harbouring fresh hopes of her release, the member said. Journalists and well-wishers who had gathered near Suu Kyi’s home on University Avenue, Rangoon also left the area, witnesses said.
17:18
Tweets on Suu Kyi rank fourth worldwide
One of the most discussed worldwide topics on the social-networking site Twitter in the last two hours is Aung San Suu Kyi. Her name features fourth in the top-10 subjects listed. Lawyer Nyan Win said last month she had expressed the wish to set up a Twitter account on her release. Her only current connection with world media is through BBC and Voice of America radio broadcasts.
16:33
NLD supporters await Suu Kyi's release
At least 500 supporters of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi await her release outside her National League for Democracy party's headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, today, November 12, 2010, wearing T-shirts and bearing banners with her portrait. Video: Mizzima

16:30
Diplomats enter Aung San Suu Kyi’s compound
A few diplomats were seen entering the compound of Aung San Suu Kyi’s home on University Avenue, Rangoon, witnesses say. About 80 people, journalists among them, have gathered in the vicinity of Kokaine junction, the reporters added.
14:10
Indian Marxists repeat call for Suu Kyi’s, political prisoners’ release
“We reiterate our demand for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma. We believe that democracy can be ensured in Burma only through the active participation of all its citizens and the political parties representing their aspirations.”

Fraternal greetings,

Sitaram Yechury
Member Polit Bureau
Head International Department
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
14:02
Crowd outside NLD head office builds to 500
Nearly 500 members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) youth wing, in T-shirts bearing Aung San Suu Kyi’s portrait and holding aloft her pictures, have gathered in front of NLD headquarters on Shwegondine Road in Bahan Township, Rangoon, awaiting her release, Mizzima reporters say.
14:00
Supporters keep vigil outside Suu Kyi’s home
A National League for Democracy (NLD) youth wing member keeping vigil near the compound of Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside home in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon today said: “Our members went near her compound and found everything remains the same. We were not allowed to enter the area because it is still an exclusive zone. So we are not sure she will be released.”
11:43
Suu Kyi may be released this afternoon
Speculation is mounting among Burmese political circles that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released from house arrest this afternoon in Rangoon, a day before her 18-month sentence expires. According to Mizzima sources, a number of key supporters are waiting in the National League for Democracy headquarters office in the former capital this afternoon.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 November 2010 23:56 )  

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