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Lau Wee feels lucky to be alive after a bloody month of clashes in Myanmar's long-running ethnic wars.
Two armed ethnic groups who fought Myanmar's military junta for five decades have formed an alliance and vowed to intensify their struggle for an independent state.
Another Asean Peoples' Assembly has come andgone, with the latest one concluding recentlyin Manila. Several unresolved issues addmomentum for the next assembly, probablynext year, but there are also better ways toensure the dialogue series continues writes BUNN NAGARA.
A former Philippine defence minister yesterday called for a civilian-military junta to replace President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Congress because a 'crisis in leadership' was hampering the fight against poverty and injustice.
The United Nations will take note of calls by parliamentarians in Malaysia and other Asean countries to stop Myanmar from taking over the chair of the 10-nation regional grouping next year.
Lawmakers from South-East Asia will meet this week to build a common stand on Myanmar, bringing more pressure on the military junta to restore democracy and free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official said Tuesday.
Asean cannot ignore the issue of democratic reform - or its absence - in Myanmar, Thailand said yesterday after some members showed signs of losing patience with Yangon's ruling generals.
South-East Asian and European foreign ministers renewed pressure on Myanmar's military junta over democratic reforms on Thursday, urging it to grant access to a United Nations (UN) envoy and release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar's junta risks reviving dormant conflicts with ethnic guerillas if it gives them a raw deal in a constitution being drafted at its much-criticised National Convention, rebel leaders and diplomats say.
Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy, on the run after losing his parliamentary privileges, said on Friday his country has become repressive like neighbouring Myanmar and sought punitive US sanctions to restore democratic rights.