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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1312


ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus Wants Member Nations to Intervene in Burmese Disaster

The Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in an appeal to Heads of State of ASEAN member nations to intervene to redress the misery visited to the millions of people of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) following the deadly Cyclone that killed an estimated 100,000. ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has also urged that as regional leaders, ASEAN Head of States must take a principal role in sharing experiences and advice to its member state and look out for the welfare of the people in its neighboring country, especially when its own government seems unwilling to do so. We, members of AIPMC comprising of Parliamentarians from the region, appeal to you to immediately act on the situation in Myanmar.

Myanmar: Constitutional referendum flouts human rights, says Amnesty International

By A Special Correspondent for Asian Tribune

“Amnesty International is gravely concerned by the deeply inadequate or total absence of provisions for the protection of many human rights within the (Myanmar/Burmese) draft constitution and by numerous provisions which may facilitate impunity for violations of human rights. In light of the fact that the Burmese army has been responsible for widespread and systematic human rights violations spanning decades, some of which amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International is particularly concerned by the powers granted to the army in the draft constitution, which may prolong impunity for human rights violations.”

A boquet of thanks for regaining Madhu shrine - SPUR

Ranjit Soysa, Spokesperson of the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka has congratulated and thanked the ”Ladies and Gentlemen of the Armed Forces” for regaining the Madhu shrine from the Tamil Tigers and for showing great restraint by not firing their big guns although Tigers used the Church precincts to launch their attack on the Army with field artillery.

Health Ministry on strike of Ratnapura Hospital

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Ministry of Health has focused its attention on the ongoing strike action at the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital. After initial investigations the Ministry transferred the nursing official concerned. As a result of the strike action three patients at the hospital have died so far. Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva gave directions today to the Director General of Health Services Dr. Ajith Mendis to provide an investigation report into the deaths.

Government supports displaced persons in Myanmar

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says the Sri Lankan government has contributed towards relief measures for persons displaced by the recent cyclone in Myanmar. President Mahinda Rajapakse as the Chairman of the National Council for Disaster Management has provided 25 thousand US dollars to Myanmar. In addition the Ministry of Disaster Managing has made preparations to send drinking water bottles to the displaced. Minister Samarasinghe stated this yesterday at the inauguration of the 7th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management in Colombo.

Musharraf as a civilian president

President Gen retired Musharraf started his rule on 12 October 1999 with a big bang. After ridiculing the politicians for their corrupt and inept practices and justifying his takeover to put the country back on the rails, he took the judiciary in confidence to legalise all his illegal acts. After initiating his accountability drive and oiling the administrative machinery, he undertook reforms in all the sectors with emphasis on improving the economic health of the country. He promised to rebuild national confidence, strengthen federation, remove inter provincial disharmony and restore national cohesion, revive economy, ensure law and order, dispense speedy justice, depoliticise state institutions, devolve power to grass roots and ensure swift accountability across the board.

Officials deployed for Eastern Provincial Council polling - says Election Commission

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Election General Secretariat says that all the arrangements have been finalized for the upcoming Eastern Provincial Council. Officers who have been deployed for the election are due to report to their centres form today. The Election officers have been deployed from Colombo and several other areas. Assistant Election Commissioner of Batticaloa S.Sudakaran said several officers who have been deployed for duties in the province have already reported in their respective districts.

We will give back to Muslims Land Confiscated by Tigers - Ameer Ali Sihabdeen

Ameer Ali Sihabdeen Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, welcomed the proposal by Pillaiyan that lands belonging to the Muslims confiscated by the LTTE should be given back. I whole-heartedly support this. We can appoint a bi-partisan committee and go into this matter. This is crucial to bring about closure to the land problem affecting the Muslims. He also said that leaflets with the Tiger emblem were being distributed as Rauaf Hakeem was seen as an outsider here in the East. They are using the LTTE, even though the Tigers have shunned the elections officially, he added.

EU wants Sri Lanka to receive again GSP+ - Julian Wilson

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

European Union wants Sri Lanka to receive GSP+ again for coming three years. Sri Lanka will get GSP + again if it meets the eligibility criteria .The government can meet criteria if it wants to and the EU is working closely with Sri Lankan government to that end, said Julian Wilson, EU Charge de Affairs in Colombo. Speaking at the EU's 51 birthday held on Thursday in Colombo he said that he is not going to bore with Sri Lanka further detail on GSP+.

CMEV monitors EP election and Launches a blog

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) will monitor the Eastern Provincial Council Election on 10 May 2008. CMEV is currently constituted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) the Free Media Movement (FMM) and INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre. Set up in 1997, CMEV has monitored every election since then. It observed the elections to local government authorities in the Batticaloa District in April 2008. CMEV will deploy 330 stationary monitors within selected polling centres across the Eastern Province and an additional 49 Mobile Teams.

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