Even as special rapporteur Pinheiro visits (recent itinerary)-
He met Tuesday with the religious affairs and national planning and economic development ministers in the isolated capital Naypyidaw,
…police arrested prominent labour rights activist Su Su Nway as she distributed anti-government leaflets, a source with knowledge of the matter told AFP.
And monk’s leader is caught after the junta held his family hostage-
U Gambira, the leader of the All-Burmese Monks Alliance and one of the organizers of the public protests in September, has been arrested in Singaing township in Mandalay division, according to a family member. He was arrested on 4 November in Singaing, having been on the government’s most wanted list for his part in instigating the demonstrations. U Gambira is 27 years old and is also a spokesperson for the People’s Movement Leader Committee. Burmese authorities have detained U Gambira’s mother, sister and two of his brothers in the past month when they were unable to arrest him.
They are doing their utmost to present a Potemkin nation-
The Burmese authorities had swept under the carpet its military presence in Rangoon prior to the arrival of the UN rights expert so as to show case the situation in Rangoon as normal, said the source, who wished to remain unidentified. About 20 truck loads of soldiers were seen leaving Rangoon on Sunday morning before the UN envoy’s arrival in the former capital, the source said…the UN envoy is being closely watched by plainclothes police, junta-backed civilian organization Swan Are Shin and USDA, and Township chairmen, added the source.
Which perhaps explains this recent film making-
Around 200 members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, Swan Arr Shin and township police have taken part in the filming in the grounds of Prome airport in Bago division, according to a source who had access to those involved in the shoot. A number of people posing as monks have also been involved in the filming.
“The film looks like it’s about the monk protests, but it shows the township police trying to suppress the violence initiated by monks. Then they have to call in the military when they can’t overpower the monks,” the source said. “So the military arrive, and first they fire rubber bullets into the crowd and some people get hit, but they made it look as though they had not choice but to fire as the monks were really getting out of hand,”
Jotman is doing some on the ground citizen journalism talking to Zawn Yein Latt, Burma Political Prisoner’s Union (BPPU) and Myint Oo, member of the Central Executive Committee of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF). The official 2007 mid-year gem and jewelry show will be held tomorrow-
The gem show is the third to be offered this year. The government fist scheduled the gem and jewelry show in October but postponed it because of the September pro-democracy demonstrations. According to Myanmar Gems Enterprise, the government receives about US $300 million from the sale of gems in fiscal year 2006-2007. Burma jade sales alone is one of the country’s major sources of foreign exchange ranking fourth in exports in fiscal year 2005-2006, with sales of US $205million.
“Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty, but the ugly truth is that the trade in these stones supports human rights abuses,” Arvind Ganesan, the director of the business and human rights program at HRW, said in a statement. “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.”
So that ruby necklace you were thinking of buying me? Think again.