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Burma's by-elections still short of international standards

~ From ALTSEAN-Burma ~ On 1 April, more than six million Burmese are eligible to go to the polls to elect less than 7% of the total number of seats in the National Parliament. While the by-elections have limited political significance, they are important because they are being championed as an indicator of progress by the international community after the …

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UPR of Burma to military regime: Halt all Human Rights Violations!

Press Release: Universal Periodic Review of Burma: Total Denial in the Face of Widespread and Systematic Human Rights Violations Burma Forum on the Universal Periodic Review (BF-UPR) Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma (AAPP-B), Arakan Rivers Network (ARN), Burma Fund UN Office, Burma Lawyers’ Council (BLC), Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), Emergency Act Team vs Backpack Health Worker Team, Federation …

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Polls open in Burma’s first election in 2 decades

Report from Irrawaddy: Burma’s controversial first election in twenty years, already marred by claims of widespread abuse of the advance voting process by the military junta, began when the polls opened across the country at 6 a.m. on Sunday in a relatively calm atmosphere marked by heightened security in targeted locations. “Everything is still quiet. It seems as if nothing …

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AIPMC to Asean leaders: Burma elections are a farce

The following is an open letter from The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) to ASEAN Leaders, calling on the leaders to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into international crimes in Myanmar, and urges ASEAN not to support next weekend’s general election in Myanmar. Mr Charles Chong, Singapore Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, is one of the AIPMC’s  vice …

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George Yeo says Burma election is a “major step forward”

Ravi Philemon – The Philippine Foreign Secretary has already blasted the elections in Myanmar as “a farce to democratic values of transparency, fairness, provision for ‘level playing field’, credibility and all-inclusiveness[i]”. On that note, I wrote to the Foreign Minister of Singapore, Mr George Yeo, and asked him if he has a view on the upcoming elections in Burma, considering …

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Burma elections – a campaign and a demonstration at Speakers’ Corner

MARUAH (Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, Singapore) had on 8th September 2010 raised our concerns over the upcoming multi-party elections called by the Union Election Commission in Myanmar/Burma, with the Representative of Singapore to the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights Mr R Richard Magnus. We raised the following concerns about the elections, which are scheduled to …

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S’poreans to speak up against Burma’s sham elections

As Burma prepares itself for its General Elections, which have been criticized worldwide for being neither free nor fair, the Free Burma Campaign (Singapore) is lending its voice to the criticism with an event at Speakers’ Corner on 30 October. From the Free Burma Campaign: Join us at Speakers’ Corner on Saturday, 30 October 2010 from 4pm to 4.45pm to say …

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Burma’s election and ASEAN’s inaction

Ravi Philemon – Any election has to adhere to the norms of international principles guiding an election process. But a number of developments in Burma before and after the announcement of the election date are cause for concern.  As Burma (like Singapore) is part of ASEAN, Singaporeans have to make our position clear on the “multi-party elections” called by the …

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ASEAN urged to support call for UN COI into Burma

For Immediate Release: 20 August 2010 From Altsean Burma: ASEAN/REGIONAL COUNTRIES URGED TO SUPPORT A UN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY The Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma), a regional network of human rights groups, reiterates its call for ASEAN members and other governments in the region to support moves to convene a UN Commission of Inquiry into war crimes and crimes …

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Singapore mentors Burma in sham elections

Seelan Palay – As preparations for the sham elections in Burma get into full swing, it is not difficult to notice similarities in electoral practices between the Burmese generals in uniform and Singapore’s leaders in civilian clothes. [Picture left: Burma Prime Minister Thein Sein claps as Singapore names an orchid after him at the Botanic Gardens.] The Burmese regime is …

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