Burma

Burma’s largest opposition party to boycott 2010 election

The National League for Democracy (NLD) has announced that they will not register for Burma’s elections to be held in 2010. The declaration follows a series of recent changes to political party registration laws by the country’s military junta, in which they warned the NLD to expel its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, or lose their eligibility to register, changes she has labelled “unjust and unfair.”

Film Review: Burma VJ

There are very few movies or documentaries that show just how severe life is for civilians in Burma. It is only fitting that a group of committed local Burmese reporters from the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) fill this void by capturing the footage of the 2007 uprising led by monks, otherwise known as the Saffron Revolution.

“We do not understand why the military is doing this to us”

“We do not understand why the military is doing this to us”

A prominent Burmese chief monk in exile agreed to share his thoughts with me in writing. To protect his identity, the monk’s name and location are being withheld. He has chosen not to be politically active while in hiding, so that the identities of individuals still wanted by the Burmese military junta over the 1988 Uprising can remain protected. Unfortunately, the junta is oblivious to the concept of forgiveness, and don’t forget anybody who dares to challenge their authority.

Burma: How a Political Prisoner Survived Insein Prison

Burma: How a Political Prisoner Survived Insein Prison

In Burma, few words strike terror into the heart of a human bring like the words Insein Prison, a destination that can only be described as hell on earth. This is where the leader of Burma’s military regime, Senior General Than Shwe, intends to place Nobel Peace Prize recipient and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.