Inteltrends: Burma Report 05-OCT-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Suu Kyi files lawsuit against Burmese junta
DVB, 05 Oct 2010
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has filed a lawsuit against the Burmese government over its dissolution of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
Naypyitaw sets 6 month state of emergency
S.H.A.N., 05 Oct 2010
Naypyitaw has set three months before the elections and three months after the elections as state of emergency period, according to informed sources from the border. No officer or enlisted man is allowed to resign and retire during the period.
Military junta conducts military training to safeguard polling booths
S.H.A.N., 05 Oct 2010
Ruling military junta in Shan State North has reportedly been giving military training to local militia men to assist in safeguarding of polling stations during the upcoming elections, local sources reported… According to sources close to junta, security service for each polling station will reportedly be three tiered: the first by the Elections Commission and Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC), the second by the police, Red Cross and fire brigades and the last by militia units and the Burma Army.
How Will Post-election Burma Look?
The Irrawaddy, 05 Oct 2010
The run-up to Burma’s Nov. 7 election has left observers and policy wonks wondering whether the vote will facilitate some opening-up inside the military-ruled country, despite the seemingly overwhelming bias in favor of the army and its allies. Some clues, it could be argued, might be found in the experiences of other countries in the Southeast Asia region. (Opinion by Simon Roughneen)
Three regime-backed Kachin armed groups to contest elections
Kachin, 05 Oct 2010
Leaders of three Kachin armed groups backed by the military regime will contest next month’s elections as proxy party and independents, in Kachin State, Northern Burma, according to local sources. The junta’s Election Commission (EC) approved the three regime-backed Kachin armed groups to run, but rejected other Kachin parties and independent candidates.
Burmese in India denounce Military Election
Narinjara, 05 Oct 2010
Burmese people living in India, irrespective of their ethnicities, have denounced the forthcoming general election on November 7, 2010 arguing that the exercise “will not bring any freedom to the people of Burma”. The exile Burmese came out with a strong statement that the proposed election would only legitimize the military rule, which has already earned a notorious name for human rights violation.
Monastery Refuses Space for USDP Rally
Narinjara, 04 Oct 2010
An abbot from Ma Kyi Myint Monastery in Sittwe refused on Sunday to provide space for the government-backed Union Solidarity and Development (USDP) to hold a political rally, said a monk in Sittwe.
Junta’s northern commander woos Christian leaders
Kachin, 02 Oct 2010
To garner maximum support during the elections in the pre-dominantly Christian Kachin State, the Burmese military junta is attempting to mobilize and woo Christian leaders. On September 24 the regime’s newly appointed Northern Regional Commander Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung held a meeting with Christian church leaders at St. Columban’s Catholic Cathedral in Aung Nan Yint Ta in Myitkyina the capital of Kachin State.
Border residents ordered to vote for junta party
S.H.A.N., 01 Oct 2010
Local residents in Shan State North’s Muse Township, located opposite China’s Yunnan province, are saying that they are under pressure and threats by local authorities to cast votes for junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) due to its ‘must win’ policy. The USDP is using local militia groups to push people to vote for the party saying people who cast vote for other parties would be imprisoned, a local resident told SHAN. On 27 September, U Kengmai, 50, chief of 200-strong Mongpaw militia unit, was said to have told villagers in its controlled areas to vote for the USDP or their lives would be in danger.
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