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noviembre 20, 2007

Birmania: siguen deteniendo monjes mientras las organizaciones internacionales siguen tocando la balalaika

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nora @ 10:02 pm

Entre los que han muerto y han sido incinerados en crematorios, aquellos cuya muerte ha sido calificada de causa natural, cuando habían sido asesinados a golpes y aquellos que fueron asesinados mientras eran torturados y los desaparecidos, nunca sabremos cuál fue el verdadero número de muertos como consecuencia de la represión posterior a la Revolución Azafrán.

A pesar de que a muchos les molesta, la represión ha sido fundamentalmente religiosa en un país tremendamente creyente en el budismo. La persecución a los monjes y a aquellos que los apoyan ha sido y es brutal.

La muerte del Venerable U Thilabantha del Monasterio Yuzana Kyaungtai, segun su certificado de defunción, se debió a una parada cardíaca. La realidad es que murió por las heridas que le produjeron los guardias que lo molieron a golpes en la calle cuando se manifestaba.

Hace pocos días era condenado el monje U Gambira, un chico de 29 años, por traición por haber dirigido las revueltas. También era arrestado otro monje U Sandawara, golpeado y trasladado a otro monasterio para después arrasar y robar el suyo propio: no sólo se llevaron el dinero, cogieron también otras propiedades religiosas…

The death of an abbot, the Ven. U Thilavantha of Yuzana Kyaunghtai Monastery in Myitkyina, is the most recent evidence of monks who sacrificed their lives for the pro-democracy uprising, renewing the question: How many monks died as a result of the demonstrations?

A Sri Lanka-educated Buddhist scholar, U Thilavantha who served as teacher to about 200 student monks, was arrested on September 25. He died in Myitkyina Hospital on September 26 from injuries he received when he was beaten by soldiers and security forces, according to Thailand’s Mae Sot-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma).

However, authorities forced a pathologist to record the cause of death as heart disease, said the AAPP.

The regime’s newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, earlier reported that 10 protesters were killed in the demonstrations and that no monks were hurt.

However, the generals recently told UN human rights investigator, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, that 15 demonstrators were killed during the September crackdown.

The AAPP says that so far it has confirmed 18 protesters died during the crackdown, based on information it has recorded, including names, age, parent’s names, arrest dates, date of death and addresses.

Aung Kyaw Oo of the AAPP said, “In our confirmed list, about 70 monks are now being detained, one is missing and one has died so far. But, we estimate that around 100 protestors, including about 10 monks, were killed.”

Aung Kyaw Oo said information about the number of monks killed in Rangoon and elsewhere is sketchy and usually impossible to confirm with Burmese authorities.
We have information, but it is hard if we ask for confirmation. Witnesses saw three dead bodies of monks floating in a river in Rangoon that were secretly taken away by authorities,” said Aung Kyaw Oo.

According to sources contacted by him, he said at least three monks from monasteries in Rangoon’s Thaketa Township were killed when authorities raided the monasteries on September 30.

Recently, an Arakanese monk, U Sandawara of Aung Dhamma Pala Monastery in New Dagon Township, was beaten and taken away by military-backed thugs, members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, on November 15 when they raided the monastery.

However, despite the continuing crackdown on monks, the All Burma Monks Alliance released a statement on Sunday saying it will continue its alms boycott against the military government.

The Irrawaddy News Magazine Online Edition

Otras noticias relacionadas:

Ahora bien, el título más idiota del mes se lleva ese periódico tannnnn objetivo, llamado Público: Birmania defiende antes sus vecinos los Derechos Humanos. Rolling on the floor

La Junta Militar que gobierna Birmania con mano de hierro y detiene a los opositores (lo de que los mata, los tortura, no informa a sus familiares de dónde están o los somete a arrestos domiciliarios eso no lo decimos que queda feo,¿no?) firmó ayer un borrador que promueve la protección de los derechos humanos y la democracia.

Se trata de la nueva Carta de la Asociación de Naciones del Sur Este Asiático (ASEAN), que firmaran hoy en Singapur los ministros de Exteriores de sus diez países miembros.

La Carta dotará a la organización de poderes legales para intervenir en determinados asuntos internos de los estados miembros e implica la creación de una agencia de derechos humanos.

[…] El primer ministro birmano Thein Sein confirmó ayer en Singapur que su país no opondrá resistencia a la firma de la Carta, que implica un mayor control de los derechos humanos, pero no permite sancionar a los gobiernos que cometan abusos. Además, la Carta debe ser ratificada por los parlamentos de los países miembros.

Pero vamos a ver, Nachete Escolar ¿alguien se cree que los de la Junta Militar quieren realmente que alguien se meta en sus asuntos internos? Que nadie creemos que los burros vuelan a estas alturas. Además de que el titular no tiene nada que ver con la noticia (Birmania no ha defendido los Derechos Humanos para nada), es que encima ni siquiera va a poder ser sancionada si comete violaciones graves de los Derechos Humanos. O sea, es un papel mojado.

Pero Nachete Escolar súper-contento, o sea tío. No es Bush, osea, luego es bueno. Y quiero la paz en el mundo. Big Hug

De verdad, algunos no son más tontos porque tienen que dormir y durante esas horas no se entrenan.

Related news in English:

US Trade Representative Says Situation in Burma Undermining ASEAN’s Credibility.
Voice of America – 41 minutes ago
By Luis Ramirez

US Trade Representative Susan Schwab says Southeast Asian nations cannot go on with business as usual as long as Burma fails to enact reforms.

[…] ASEAN officials have rejected calls by the United States for tougher action by Burma’s neighbors for reforms in the impoverished country, which has been under harsh military rule since 1962. In remarks this week, the organization’s secretary-general rejected U.S. calls for ASEAN to threaten Burma with expulsion, indicating the decision on that should be left to nations in the region.

US Says Possible to Finish Trade Talks in 14 Months (Update2) Bloomberg
US to Discuss Trade, Myanmar With ASEAN Forbes
Stratfor (subscription)PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
all 15 news articles

From Bloggers: To Al Burmese people @ Ho-Htike. SPDC, ASEAN and CHINA are always trying to cheat to the world’s leaders, and Burmese people.

Posts anteriores sobre Birmania y la Revolución Azafrán:

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Otro Jémer rojo arrestado

Se trata del confidente de Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan.

Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan has been arrested by Cambodia’s UN-backed genocide tribunal. A close confidante of Pol Pot, Samphan has denied any knowledge of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. Last week two former Khmer Rouge ministers, Ieng Sary and his wife, Ieng Thirith, were arrested by the tribunal and charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity for their alleged role in Cambodia’s 1970s genocide. An estimated 1.7 million people were killed under the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-79.

Khmer Rouge leader arrested | At a Glance | Deutsche Welle | 19.11.2007

Kieu Samphan arrivant à Pékin, en août 1975, pour une visite d'Etat. | AFP/AFP

AFP/AFP

Kieu Samphan arrivant à Pékin, en août 1975, pour une visite d’Etat.

Es el último miembro del entorno cercano de Pol Pot

Ex líder de los Jemeres Rojos de Camboya oficialmente acusado de crímenes contra la humanidad



Jieu Samphan fue acusado de crímenes contra la humanidad por el tribunal que juzga los “campos de la muerte” del país asiático, dijo un portavoz. Samphan, de 78 años, fue arrestado por la mañana por agentes armados tras ser dado de alta de un hospital de la capital, Phnom Penh. 

Wikipedia: Khieu Samphan:

Khieu Samphan (born July 27, 1931) was the president of the state presidium of Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) from 1976 until 1979. As such, he served as the country’s head of state and was one of the most powerful officials in the Khmer Rouge movement, though Pol Pot was the group’s true political leader and held the most extensive power. He is of ChineseKhmer ancestry.[1]

[…] During the years of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979), Khieu remained near the top of the movement, assuming the post of president of the central presidium in 1976. His loyalty and closeness to Pol Pot and apparent dedication to the former’s harshly doctrinaire vision of the revolution meant that Khieu survived the bloody purges of the last few years of Khmer Rouge rule.

El artículo en español:

Khieu Samphan hizo parte del selectivo grupo de intelectuales izquierdistas jemer que estudiaron en París en la década de los 50 junto a Salot Sar (Pol Pot) y su Grupo de Estudio de París. Obtuvo en 1959 el doctorado con la tesis “desarrollo industrial y económico de Camboya” en donde advoca por una autonomía nacional de acuerdo con las teorías de la dependencia que critican a los estados ricos e industrializados y les acusan de ser la principal razón de la pobreza del llamado Tercer Mundo. Fue uno de los fundadores de la “asociación de estudiantes jemer” del cual se generaría el Grupo de Estudio de París, célula que daría origen al movimiento de los jemeres rojos y que cambiaría la historia de la Camboya contemporánea. Dicha asociación fue prohibida por las autoridades francesas en 1956 y entonces Samphan fundaría la llamada Unión de Estudiantes Jemer. Las relaciones con sus compañeros revolucionarios Pol Pot e Ieng Sary se estrecharía aún más cuando ellos dos se casarían con miembros de la familia de Samphan.

El ideólogo. Un hombre peligroso. Me imagino su defensa: yo no sabía que esto estaba ocurriendo…

La BBC informa de que hoy ha comenzado el proceso con la primera sesión de la vista oral en la que ha prestado declaración Kang Kek Ieu, o Duch, que supervisaba la cárcel de Sleng, conocida como “la máquina de matar”.

POsts anteriores:

Persecución cristiana: semana del 19 de noviembre

A partir de ahora reproduciré aquí la newsletter de International Christian Concern en la que se señalan los lugares en las que los cristianos (de cualquier denominación) son perseguidos en el mundo. Curiosamente uno de los lugares en los que más se persigue a los cristianos de cualquier denominación es la India, por parte de grupos extremistas Hindúes, con 190 casos de ataques graves a cristianos católicos en lo que va de año:

These assaults include homicide, armed assault, sexual mole station and lynching, All India Catholic Union (Aicu), an association grouping together lay Catholics warned in a document published November 17th last.

Como de estos casos, no se habla nada en los medios españoles, he decidido cada lunes (o martes) copiar la newsletter con un link a su web.

Esta semana se pide una oración por los siguientes casos.

Prayer Point 1:

INDIA

The Global Council of Indian Christians reported that Pastor Bakhthula Anand,  pastor of the Bethesda Prayer House consisting of about 200 members in Ambojipeta village, Andhra Pradesh, was attacked by a group of Hindu radicals on the morning of the of March 11th. Fifteen to twenty men  along with two policemen came to his home and demanded that he follow them to the police station. When he went with them, the officers left and he was left alone with the Hindu extremists, who took him deep into the forest and beat him on his face and his legs. The attack was well-planned since the pastor saw that they had bags with ropes and weapons, and the “leader” of the group had attended his church  on occasion for the past 6 months. He was beaten and threatened until 3 AM in the morning, and when he was finally released. Pastor Andhra was just able to walk home with his injuries.
PRAY for the recovery of Pastor  Anand from the severe beating.
PRAY for God’s divine protection on the pastor and his congregation.
PRAY that Hindus in India and all over the world will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Prayer Point 2:

SRI LANKA
Pastor Victor Emmanuel Yogarajan, pastor of the Gospel Missionary Church in Vavuniya,  his two sons, and another young man have been reported missing since March 2nd according to a report from Compass Direct News.  The pastor’s family reported that they were last seen leaving a house in which they stayed overnight in Negombo, getting ready to travel to Colombo by bus.  The family has reported the incident to the police but there was no report of the whereabouts of the four. The incident is one among many alarming disappearances in the area.  The family is very concerned about the well-being of the pastor and the three young men.
PRAY for the safety of the four and for their family in this difficult time, and that they will soon be found  unharmed.
PRAY for the Christians in Sri Lanka who experience persecution and hardship daily.

Prayer Point 3:

PAKISTAN
Asia News has reported that
the pastor of Good Shepherd  Community Church was recently attacked and beaten  with iron rods by militants in the western state of Rajasthan. Pastor Reginald Howell was praying with a group of sick people when armed militants showed up at the meeting and beat him on the back with iron rods. Following the attack, the pastor went to a hospital to seek treatment but the doctors refused to treat him for fear of reprisal attacks by Hindu militants. At the same time, the police refused to file a report about the incident and instead told the pastor to leave the state and return to his home city. Rajasthan is known for its intolerance towards non-Hindus. Christians represent only 0.11% of the population in Rajasthan, where the majority is Hindu.
PRAY that the Lord will strengthen Pastor Reginald and his congregation as a result of this attack.
PRAY that the Christian minority in Rajasthan will be protected from militant groups who are trying to restrict religious freedom.
PRAY for those who would commit violence against one of God’s servants.

Prayer Point 4

INDIA

Two Christian youths were beaten up while distributing religious tracts to drug addicts in Mumbai. Bobby D’Souza and Sandip Mohite were injured from the attack. The attackers were Hindu militants  who have been hostile to Christian activities in the past.    On a separate incident, in Nagpur, three Church of the Nazarene pastors were beaten up by radical elements while showing the Jesus film. They were severely injured and their teeth were broken. Their equipment was damaged, and their costly projector was stolen. The police did not register a complaint but accused the Christians of wrongdoing, although this finding was overturned by higher authority.
PRAY for Bobby and Sandip who were injured and are in need of encouragement.
PRAY that the three pastors will recover from their injuries quickly, that the attackers will be arrested, and brought to justice.
PRAY that despite hostility, the gospel will be preached all over India, and more Hindus will come to know salvation through Jesus Christ. [yo me conformo con que dejen rezar tranquilamente a los de otras religiones].

Noticias relacionadas: El Parlamento Europeo condena la persecución a los cristianos.

Iraq, China, Vietnam, Turkey, Pakistan, Gaza and the Philippines have placed Asia in the unenviable position of being the continent with the most numerous violations to religious freedom. Condemnation for such violations came this time from the European parliament which adopted a resolution by a margin of 57 to 2 with one abstention with regards to “serious events which compromise Christian communities’ existence and those of other religious communities.”

Referring to various international agreements and conventions that protect human rights and religious freedom and citing a list of violations of violations of religious freedom, the resolution strongly condemns a plethora of acts of violence.

In the text, the European parliament “[u]rges the governments of the countries concerned to improve the security situation of the Christian communities; stresses therefore that the public authorities have a duty to protect all religious communities, including Christian communities, from discrimination and repression;” and calls on European Union institutions to raise the issue at a political level with the countries where violations occur.

La resolución fue adoptada por 57 votos a favor, 2 en contra y 1 abstención y en ella se “urge a los países que se mencionan a incrementar la seguridad de las comunidades cristianas; hace hincapié en que las autoridades públicas tienen el deber de proteger todas las comunidades religiosas, incluidas las comunidades cristianas, de la discriminación y la represión“, y llama a las autoridades europeas a convertirlo en una cuestión política con dichos países (Irak, China, Vietnam, Turquía, Paquistán, Gaza y las Filipinas). EL problema es que la resolución no incluye muchos países que deberían haber sido considerados:

For instance, India is not mentioned despite the frequent acts of violence and intimidations visited upon Christians; nor are Central Asian republics, which keep religious groups under very tight control and jail believers, included. Neither North Korea, where the Church has been literally wiped out, nor Russia, which approved a bill discriminating against ‘non-national religious groups, are on the list.

Ni la India, ni las repúblicas de Asia Central ni Corea del Norte ni Rusia, que acaba de aprobar una ley discriminando a todos los grupos no nacionales.

Mientras en Indonesia, una turba de musulmanes atacó un edificio porque sospechaban que era una iglesia.

David "Pepiño" Miliband

Filed under: blogosphere,Mentecatos,Russia,UE,UK — Nora @ 8:31 am

David Milliband es el Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores inglés, y con estas declaraciones podemos directamente considerarle una mezcla entre Pepiño Blanco y Miguel Ángel Moratinos en sus mejores (peores, según se vea) días:

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has suggested the European Union should work towards including Russia, Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband

He said enlargement was “our most powerful tool” for extending stability.

In his first major speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe, he said the EU would not become a “superpower” but should be a “role model” for the world.

It could be a “model power of regional co-operation” dedicated to free trade, the environment and tackling extremism.

He said the EU must “keep our promises to Turkey”, adding: “If we fail…. it will signal a deep and dangerous divide between east and west.

“Beyond that we must keep the door open, retaining the incentive for change and the prospect of membership provides.”

Mr Miliband made his address at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where Baroness Thatcher delivered her famous warning against “some sort of identikit European personality” almost exactly two decades ago in September 1988.

Como veis, también hay idiotas que spikinglish. ¿Ha previsto este inglishPepiñation el flujo de inmigrantes que van a entrar en Europa? ¿Ha previsto este inglishMoratination el choque cultural/económico/político… y criminal que esto puede suponer? No esperen que van a cruzar las inexistentes fronteras, sólo almas cándidas. NO, la mafia rusa, los terroristas palestinos o los terroristas de la rama de Al Qaeda que ahora se haca llamar “Al Qaeda para el Islamic Maghreb” también van a cruzarlas. Y luego, ¿qué?

Oye, Miliband, ¿y qué tal si invitamos a los plutonianos o a todos los de la Vía Láctea (excluyendo claro a los americanos)? Una ex-Ministra española, la ínclita Carmen Calvo, dijo que “la ONU tenía que legislar para todos los planetas“.  Pues nada, tú igual: a incluir a todos los planetas en la Unión Europea.

h/t Gateway Pundit. David Vance, Aurora y Reliapundit también se echan las manos a la cabeza ante esta medida. We are in deep shit! con estos mentecatos.

Pero es que el padre de este payoranger era Ralph Miliband:

Ralph Miliband (January 7, 1924May 21, 1994), was a notable Marxist political theorist. He was the father of two British MPs, David and Ed Miliband, who are both members of the British Cabinet under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

[…] Miliband was on the critical British New Left during the 1950s, alongside the likes of E.P. Thompson and John Saville, with whom he launched the New Reasoner and the New Left Review. He also set up the Socialist Register with Saville in 1964 and was influenced by the American sociologist C. Wright Mills, of whom he was a friend. He left the LSE in 1972, having found himself torn by the controversies which had beleagued the institution over the preceding few years, to take up the post of Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds. His time at Leeds was an unhappy period for Miliband, and he subsequently chose to assume several posts in Canada and the US.

Miliband was passionately opposed to the American war in Vietnam. In 1967 he wrote in the Socialist Register that “the US has over…a period of years been engaged…in the wholesale slaughter of men, women and children, the maiming of many more” and that the United States’ “catalogue of horrors” against the Vietnamese people was being done “in the name of an enormous lie”.

Hehehe.

Su abuelete era otro pacífico Comunista:

his grandfather, Samuel “Sam” Miliband, joined the Red Army in the Polish-Soviet War. Samuel, then Shimon, fought under the command of Trotsky, ‘eliminating'(murdering) white Russians, Ukranians and Poles opposed to Communism.[2]

Fue uno de los primeros en abrir un blog y una wiki, pero el blogger inglés Guido Fawkes se burló de él repetidamente y al final prohibió modificarla a personas anónimas. El pique fue tan grande que Milliband le retiró el link de su blog después de que Guido publicase una entrada en la que decía que, “mientras que el blog de Miliband le cuesta 50 peniques diarios al contribuyente, el mío contribuye a los cofres de Gordon“. Rolling on the floor

Pero la ironía del blogger inglés llega más allá:

Miliband is the intellectual future of the Labour party and their next leader after Gordon? God help ‘em…

Hee hee

Guido tiene una categoría del blog dedicada al político. Por si os quereis pasar a reiros…

Podeis leer lo que piensa sobre el futuro el inglishPepiñoMoratinos aquí: primero, claro el cambio climático…:

In the battle against climate change, an “I can” society enables citizens to become producers as well as consumers of energy. Within ten years, all new homes will need to sell energy back to the national grid, with citizens getting a fair price for their electricity. The power stations of the future will draw energy from a million roofs, rather than just a central generator.

“I can” must be combined with a sense of “we can” – the belief that there is a shared willingness within each community that individuals’ actions will be reciprocated by others. The best way of getting citizens to invest in energy-efficiency measures is not just to appeal on the basis of individual self-interest, but to target a whole street or ward and make citizens feel part of a wider drive to tackle climate change. That is why energy policy in future must be a matter for local government as well as national government.

Y lo mejor:

The concentration of power in Westminster is as antithetical to our ambitions of a more equal society as is the concentration of power in the private sector.

Creating institutions closer to citizens, open and accountable to their communities, able to reconcile conflicts and competing demands, is the way to tackle the sense of powerlessness that can seem pervasive.

Claro, claro. Otros que vienen con el cuento de la descentralización. Oye, chaaato, y cuando haya esa súper estructura con Rusia, el Oriente Próximo y tó hijo de vecino más que se os ocurra, hmm, ¿la descentralización como va a ser?

Other statements by David Miliband:

  • Did you read Milliband’s pronouncement that there was “never a military solution” to international conflicts and a political settlement was always essential for long-term stability? Tell it to the Japanese, Dave Boy. @ David Vance.
  • We have this about David Milliband apparently being blamed for a campaign to destabilise the PM.  @ A Conservative’s Blog.
  • David Milliband, a rising politician in British Labour (the socialist party of Britain), has demanded Turkish entry into the European Union.   Turkish entry means free and unbounded immigration rights for 70 million Turkish Muslims into any EU member country. Since income per capita for Turkey is less than $10,000, the incentive for an enormous wave of Muslim migration will be unstoppable. It is civilizational suicide for Europe. @ Up Pompeii. Bueno, ahora pide que entre todo el Norte de África y Palestina… Vamos de mal en peor…

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