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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2343

Monthly archive

Cambodia: Government intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders

London, Jan. 24: Amnesty International is concerned at a recent reported decision by the Cambodian authorities to sue Eva Galabru, local representative for the environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Global Witness, for "disinformation", a charge that carries a maximum three year prison sentence.

Saudi Arabia prepares to receive 2.5 million pilgrims

Saudi Arabia, Jan. 24: Saudi officials said that more than 300,000 Muslims have so far arrived in Saudi Arabia, most of them arrived by air in order to perform al-Haj religious rituals.

Border visitors from China, Thailand help boost tourism: Windfall as 500,000 people visited Myanmar

Myanmar is poised to realize a long-held ambition for its tourism industry with news last week that almost half a million people visited the country in 2002 generating US$100 million in foreign revenue.

Lifeline for Asian and African Sea Turtles: First meeting of new multilateral environment agreement

Bangkok, January 25: - Marine turtles in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean stand to benefit from a new international agreement designed to ensure their long-term survival.

My boyfriend goes here

Compiled by - V. Rajeny

I went with my daughter to visit a prestigious university.
Our student guide pointed out the nationally ranked library
and state-of-the-art science facilities. She told us that
the professors were the best in the country, and she re-
commended my daughter apply early to improve her chances
for admission. "We get so many applicants," she boasted,
"because of the stature of the school."

Protecting Burmese Refugees in Thailand – Refugees International

Each month an estimated two to three thousand Burmese enter Thailand, adding to the approximately two million already living there. While many of them are seeking economic opportunity in the Thai economy, many are fleeing gross human rights abuses, including rape, torture, extrajudicial execution, forced labor, and forced relocations, committed by the army of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Burmese seeking refuge in Thailand, primarily ethnic minority peoples from eastern Burma, have had limited or no access to a status determination process for the past year, and thus no legal access to refugee status or protection. The Royal Thai Government classifies all Burmese newly entering Thailand as "illegal migrants," leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and forced relocation back to Burma.

Berlin new venue for Sri Lanka peace talks

Colombo, Jan. 25: Sri Lanka's fifth round of peace talks will shift to Germany from Thailand and be shortened to two days because of the poor health of the Tamil Tigers' London-based chief negotiator, mediator Norway said yesterday.

Myanmar to attend high-level talks in Europe despite sanctions

Manila, (AFP) Jan. 25: Myanmar will for the first time be allowed to participate in an Asean-EU foreign ministers meeting in Europe next week despite sanctions imposed on the military-ruled state, Asean and Myanmar officials said yesterday.

Sammanthurai Muslim businessmen complain to SLMM about LTTE tax

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The Island: Muslim businessmen in the Sammanthurai area in the Ampara district have complained about LTTE taxations forced on them. The complaints have been made to the Sri Lanka Monitory Mission (SLMM) in Ampara recently.

Lanka help sought for Saarc summit

Colombo, (PTI), Jan. 24: The top official of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation has asked Sri Lanka to help bring India and Pakistan to an agreement over the holding of the stalled summit of the regional grouping, Foreign Ministry sources said here on Monday.

Thaksin makes plans to visit China

Bangkok, Jan 24, (TNA): – Prime MinisterThaksin Shinawatra will visit China before the third generation of Chinese leaders step down from their posts, while China has pledged continuing cooperation in terms of trade and narcotics suppression, the government announced today.

Burmese Border: Thai, Karen villagers flee fighting

Bangkok, Jan. 25: Burmese troops seized two base camps from the rebel Karen National Union near the Thai border following two days of heavy fighting that resulted in the death of at least 15 soldiers and displaced about 700 Burmese and 600 Thai villagers.

Cambodia: Government intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders

London, Jan. 24: Amnesty International is concerned at a recent reported decision by the Cambodian authorities to sue Eva Galabru, local representative for the environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Global Witness, for "disinformation", a charge that carries a maximum three year prison sentence.

40-50 Indian sites hacked by Pak cyber criminals monthly

Hyderabad, (PTI), Jan. 24: About 40 to 50 Indian websites, including those belonging to sensitive government agencies and corporate bodies, are being hacked or defaced by Pakistani cyber criminals every month, according to the prodigious 18-year-old `ethical hacker' Ankit Fadia.

Saudi Arabia prepares to receive 2.5 million pilgrims

Saudi Arabia, Jan. 24: Saudi officials said that more than 300,000 Muslims have so far arrived in Saudi Arabia, most of them arrived by air in order to perform al-Haj religious rituals.

Border visitors from China, Thailand help boost tourism: Windfall as 500,000 people visited Myanmar

Myanmar is poised to realize a long-held ambition for its tourism industry with news last week that almost half a million people visited the country in 2002 generating US$100 million in foreign revenue.

Lifeline for Asian and African Sea Turtles: First meeting of new multilateral environment agreement

Bangkok, January 25: - Marine turtles in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean stand to benefit from a new international agreement designed to ensure their long-term survival.

My boyfriend goes here

Compiled by - V. Rajeny

I went with my daughter to visit a prestigious university.
Our student guide pointed out the nationally ranked library
and state-of-the-art science facilities. She told us that
the professors were the best in the country, and she re-
commended my daughter apply early to improve her chances
for admission. "We get so many applicants," she boasted,
"because of the stature of the school."

Protecting Burmese Refugees in Thailand – Refugees International

Each month an estimated two to three thousand Burmese enter Thailand, adding to the approximately two million already living there. While many of them are seeking economic opportunity in the Thai economy, many are fleeing gross human rights abuses, including rape, torture, extrajudicial execution, forced labor, and forced relocations, committed by the army of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Burmese seeking refuge in Thailand, primarily ethnic minority peoples from eastern Burma, have had limited or no access to a status determination process for the past year, and thus no legal access to refugee status or protection. The Royal Thai Government classifies all Burmese newly entering Thailand as "illegal migrants," leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and forced relocation back to Burma.

Berlin new venue for Sri Lanka peace talks

Colombo, Jan. 25: Sri Lanka's fifth round of peace talks will shift to Germany from Thailand and be shortened to two days because of the poor health of the Tamil Tigers' London-based chief negotiator, mediator Norway said yesterday.


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