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Jose Ramos-Horta on my mind

There was a time that His Excellency, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste and Nobel laureate– was simply Jose to me.

I first met him over breakfast at a quaint hotel in Bangkok sometime in 1992. We were both attending a conference called “Peoples Plan for the 21st Century” that, well, wanted to chart a common framework for the broad social movement in the region at the dawn of the new millennium . He was there to speak on behalf of his forgotten people- some 600,000 East Timorese who were under the yoke of a then occupying force- Indonesia. A third of his people – around 200,000 – had been slaughtered, starved, killed or impaled by the military and police of the dictator Suharto who in 1975 sent in a Catholic army general to lead the invasion of this puny, gentle, territory.

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On with the Saffron Revolution! End the Crackdown! Stop the Killings, Massive Arrests and Political

The Burmese military regime may have killed, maimed, or impoverished the bodies of the peoples of Burma—but the spirit of the Saffron Revolution and the peoples’ aspiration for genuine democracy are very much alive.

With the crackdown of the thousands of people who participated in the historic Saffron Revolution a year ago, the notoriety of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) was further revealed. The junta’s casual disregard to human rights has reached a level where all international laws were ignored in the name of power. And all in the mighty name of power, a monk must be killed, a media man’s life must be sacrificed and hundreds must be detained.

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Burma watchers to Burmese junta: Democratize or face more protest

“There is no way the military regime can hide the continuing denial of human rights in Burma and its deplorable management of the country. It is therefore urgent for the international community to take stronger and more comprehensive action against the kind of government that turned its country into a garrison state.”

Thus said Free Burma Coalition-Philippines spokesperson Egoy Bans on the 20th anniversary of the bloody coup d’etat staged by the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), now known as State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the official name of Burma’s military junta.

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“IRRESPONSIBLE AND BASELESS”: Burma watchers hit Thai PM on Aung San Suu Kyi

Appalled by Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s recent remark that democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is being used as a political tool by the West and that she should be left off the agenda in engaging Burma’s military regime, Philippine democracy supporters of Burma today lambasted the Thai PM and dismissed the comment as an utter”display of ignorance”.

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In time for the Beijing Olympics

“Part of the goals of the Olympics as stated in its charter is to place sports at the service of the harmonious development of people, promotion of a peaceful society, and preservation of human dignity; we urge the Chinese government to now replicate that in their policy on Burma.”

Thus said activists from the Free Burma Coalition-Philippines as the group today challenged the Chinese government to withdraw its support from the military regime in Burma. The group added that *”China’s pledge to improve its own human rights record should extend to its foreign policy especially on Burma, where human rights abuses are rampant.”

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