Inteltrends: Burma Report 16-NOV-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Suu Kyi Willing to Work with ruling junta-backed USDP
The Irrawaddy, 16 Nov 2010
Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi told party colleagues she is even ready to work for democracy with the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) though the party was allegedly involved in an attempt on her life seven years ago.
Karen refugees flee further clashes
DVB, 16 Nov 2010
Hundreds of refugees have fled a second wave of fighting along Burma’s border with Thailand close to Waw Lay, a former stronghold of a breakaway Karen army faction. Estimates of the number of people sheltering in Thailand’s Phop Phra district, in Tak province, vary: a source on the border told DVB that 350 refugees fled, while the Bangkok Post put the figure at 600.
Parties decry cost to lay electoral fraud charges
Mizzima, 16 Nov 2010
Political parties are making efforts to expose the junta’s electoral fraud since its watchdog, the Union Election Commission, announced its list of successful members of parliament. They are however running into yet another structural obstacle to fairness: to charge a local or national election commission with electoral fraud requires they must submit a one million kyat (US$1,000) deposit.
Taang party demands Union Election Commission to act on polls frauds
S.H.A.N., 16 Nov 2010
Taang (Palaung) National Party (TNP) members in Northern Shan State’s Namkham township sent a submission to Union Election Commissions (UEC) to revise the 7 November elections results to be “free and fair”… According to the party, many voters in Man Pu village tract were denied the right to vote on the elections day because officers in charge of the polling station said that their votes had already been cast and counted in advance voting events without their knowledge.
Kachins express their hopes and opinions on Suu Kyi release
Kachin, 16 Nov 2010
Kachin ethnic people hope for a resolution of the ethnic issues after the recent release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is calling for national reconciliation after being freed after fifteen years under house arrest.
Army Uses Cyclone Victims for Forced Labor
Narinjara, 16 Nov 2010
Army officials have forced cyclone victims in Kyunt Thaya Village in Mray Bone Township in Arakan State to work at many renovation sites without payment after Cyclone Giri struck the area, report villagers.
Two Army Defectors Arrive at Bangladesh Border
Narinjara, 15 Nov 2010
Two Burmese army defectors arrived at the Bangladesh-Burma border on 12 November after hiding out for a few months inside Burma out fear of arrest by army authorities. The two defectors were identified as Corporal Kyaw Soe Lin, Private No.346789, and Khin Maung Tun, Private No.495647, from Artillery Battalion 270 based in Kyunt Thaya Village in Mray Bon Township.
Leaders of Armed Ethnic Groups Support Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy, 15 Nov 2010
Leaders of several of Burma’s armed ethnic groups voiced support for freed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying she is the appropriate person to lead an attempt at national reconciliation.
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