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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2786

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Rumsfeld Wrong to Attack Belgian Human Rights Law

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was wrong to attack Belgium's "anti-atrocity" law, Human Rights Watch said today.

Tokyo donor conference: Govt. misleading people — Sihala Urumaya

The Sihala Urumaya on Thursday charged that the government was misleading the people on the outcome of the Tokyo donor conference and said that the net foreign aid received for an year was a mere 425 million dollars.

Govt, LTTE at crossroads on ‘Peace Process’ — Amunugama

by Rohan Mathes

PA spokesman Sarath Amunugama at a press briefing yesterday declared that the LTTE and the government did not share a common perception pertaining to the future of the peace process as the LTTE has categorically rejected the Tokyo declaration on which the donor support and linkage of funds is based, followed by monitoring and review on a step by step basis.

Burmese ethnic groups openly espress their continued unflinching support to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burmese ethnic and other liberation groups have come forward to espress their continued support openly to the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Palaung and Wa have expressed their solidarity and trust with the pro-democracy leader who is now being held captive under the guise of “protective Custody” by the Burmese junta.

Sri Lankan navy sinks rebel ship, 12 feared dead

The Sri Lankan navy sank a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel ship early on Saturday morning, and truce monitors said all 12 on board were feared dead, in what could be a blow to the island's fragile peace process.

Thailand says attacks planned for APEC summit

Muslim militants were planning attacks on embassies in Thailand to coincide with a summit of Asia-Pacific heads of state later this year, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Saturday.

Indian troops would operate under their own flag: U S

The U S on Friday said cross-border terrorism against India emanating from Pakistan has not stopped and declared that Indian troops in Iraq would operate under their own flag and not be used for combat purposes.

Bangkok Agreement could push India-Pakistan trade

Trade links between India and Pakistan could be revived after Islamabad joins the Bangkok Agreement, a regional economic grouping, media reports said.

Early Lok Sabha polls if BJP has its way

India may be heading for an early general election with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) firmly believing the sooner the polls come, the better its chances of winning would be.

Sealing of Government Press: TUs granted leave to proceed in FR violation plea case

by Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with Fundamental Rights violation plea, filed by the trade union "Rajaye Mudranalaya Surakeeme Sangamaya" and two other trade unions, challenging the sealing of the Government Press, on May 9, 2003.

NCGUB Lauds Passage of Burma Bill in U.S. Senate

In a statement expressing appreciation on the passage of the “Burmese Freedom Democracy Act” in the United State Senate, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), had also singled out its expression of thanks and praises to “Senators Mitch McConnell and Dianne Feinstein who have steadfastly stood by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma throughout the years, championing the cause of the Burmese democracy movement in times of urgent need.”

China: Stop Supporting Burma

On Friday the 13th day of Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention by the military junta of Burma, human rights activists seek the support of the Chinese government in the campaign to release the General Secretary of the opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD), and other NLD leaders.

Nine out of 44 Iraqi diplomatic mission refuse to return home

The chairman of the committee in charge of following up works of the Iraqi foreign ministry, assigned by the Americans, Ghassan Hussein announced yesterday that nine heads of the 44 Iraqi diplomatic missions abroad, who were summoned by the ministry refused to return back to the country.

India, Brazil, South Africa: Creating a poor man's G8

Last week, India, Brazil and South Africa - key regional leaders in South Asia, South America and Africa respectively - created a sort of poor-man's G8, a G3 charged to increase the bargaining power of developing countries vis-à-vis the U.S. and the European Union.

Jaya rules out aligning with Congress

AIADMK will have a "decisive role" in the national politics after next year's Lok Sabha polls and there was no question of aligning with Congress as long as Sonia Gandhi was projected for prime ministership, party supremo and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa said here today.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi may be released this month-report

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained by the ruling military for the past two weeks, may be released later this month, an official in Myanmar's Foreign Ministry told Japanese media on Friday.

Saddam letter threatens attacks

Saddam Hussein has called on foreigners to leave Iraq and threatened attacks in countries with troops occupying his former stronghold, according to a letter he purportedly faxed to an Arabic newspaper.

Anti-terror Sting: Lethal Material Seized

US tip-off leads to capture of man with makings of a 'dirty bomb'. A man was caught yesterday in a Bangkok sting operation trying to sell 30 kilograms of a highly radioactive material that could be used to make "dirty bombs" for terrorist attacks.

Airline mulls Burma move

By Choosak Jirasakunthai

Privately run Bangkok Airways is looking at the possibility of setting up a new airline in Burma, the airline's president and chief executive officer, Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, said following this week's conference on the Mekong sub-region.

Gunmen assassinate top Tamil politician

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a senior Tamil politician in Sri Lanka's northern town of Jaffna, military officials said.