According to a new report released this week by the Free Burma Rangers, 900 residents of northwestern Burma have been forced into hiding due to a brutal military campaign in the area that indiscriminately targets civilians. These villagers are experiencing food and water shortages, and cannot return to their homes.
Burma Soldier is a documentary about Myo Myint, an engineer in the Burmese Army who became a pro-democracy activist. Myint, who was eventually imprisoned for his views, articulates a story that is common among the members of the democracy movement: serving and fighting in the army, attending and speaking at rallies for democracy in Rangoon, suffering in Burmese prisons and living in the camps in Thailand.
Burmese President Thein Sein announced yesterday that "Prisoners will get amnesty on humanitarian grounds and through sympathy for their families."
Aung San Suu Kyi has seen "no meaningful change" in the Burmese government since the elections last year, she said in a recent interview with the German news media.
Last Friday, Burma applied for the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The chairmanship rotates between member countries, and as a military dictatorship, Burma has been prohibited from holding the position in the past.