Sunday, March 30, 2008

Event this Wednesday

Amnesty International NYU and Amnesty International Brooklyn present:


Featuring: Khin Phyu Htway (Burmese activist) & Myra Dahgaypaw (Karen activist)

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Kimmel Center for University Life
New York University
60 Washington Square South, room 804
New York, New York

Despite a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi in 1990 the military junta of Myanmar (Burma) has maintained a stranglehold over government, suspending the constitution, persecuting ethnic minorities, imprisoning and torturing peaceful protesters and worse. Come and learn how the people of Myanmar are struggling for change in one of the most repressive regimes in the world, and how you too can help them.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Non-NYU visitors must present a valid photo ID upon entering the Kimmel Center for University Life.

Contact Amnesty International @ NYU for more info: @

Food will be served.

Note: The Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU is walking distance from the W. 4th Street subway station (A,C,E,B,D,F,V trains), 8th Street subway station (R,W trains), and Astor Place subway station (6 train).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Panel Discussion on March 25, 2008

The Asia Society and Open Society Institute invites you to a panel discussion:

The Crisis in Burma:

In Search of a Unified International Response

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Registration

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion / Q & A

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Reception

$5 members, NGOs, seniors, students (w/ID)

$7 non-members

Asia Society

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

New York, NY

Six months have passed since the Burmese military government’s violent crackdown on thousands of monks who took to the streets of Rangoon in peaceful, pro-democracy demonstrations. While the brutality of the assault, subsequent mass arrests and heightened repression received an immediate burst of attention and media coverage around the world, the focus on Burma has waned steadily in recent months. After making a few initial concessions to the international community, such as allowing in a UN human rights investigator and permitting a government meeting with pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese junta continues to stand firm and political activists continue to be imprisoned.

Join us as the Asia Society and Open Society Institute convene a panel discussion to revisit the situation in Burma in light of the military government’s recently announced “roadmap to democracy,” including its intention to conduct a national referendum to approve a new constitution in May, followed by a multiparty general election in 2010. How credible is this development given that the new constitution would effectively bar independent political leaders from participating in the process? The panel will also assess recent efforts at the international and regional levels to advance national reconciliation in Burma. What role can and should international actors such as the United Nations and the United States play together with ASEAN and Burma’s influential neighbors?


Scot Marciel, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Thaung Htun, Representative for UN Affairs, National Coalition

Government of the Union of Burma

Asia Society will stream a live webcast of this event starting at 6:30pm EST

E-mail your questions to

As seating is limited, advance registration is suggested.

To register, call 212-517-2742 or online at:

For more information, visit our website at

Monday, March 17, 2008

Open invite to the ....first NY Burma Roundtable meeting on March 28, 2008!

Hello all,

First, and most importantly, hope you are well!

Geoff, co-administrator on this mailing list, and I met the other day, and we realized how helpful it would be to NY Burma activism to begin holding meetings of all interested persons and organizations. We are all doing (and have done) such notable actions throughout the city, and it would be great to meet face-to-face to announce upcoming events and see how we can help each other!

In due course, a monthly meeting would be perfect for this forum. We would like to hold the first meeting on...

Friday, March 28, 2008, 5:30pm. Location TBA - but most likely near or at The New School
(Refreshments will be served!)

The agenda will include personal/organization introductions (which will be formed in part by the questions below), Burma situation updates, upcoming events from each of our organizations, and next steps for NYBRT.

In preparation for this meeting, we'd like to know the following from you and/or your organization:

(regarding meetings)
1. Are you interested in attending monthly NYBRT meetings? I.e. do you and/or your organization want to take a more active role in connecting the Burma activism within New York?
2. Can you attend the first meeting on March 28? (We hope to hold the 2nd meeting on April 25 -- thoughts?)
3. Do you have any additional agenda suggestions (whether or not you can attend on March 28)?

(regarding you and/or your organization)
4. What is your organization's most important objective, and how can NYBRT help you realize it?

5. With what in the past has NYBRT helped you and/or your organization, if anything?

6. In your current Burma work, what gives you and/or your organization the most energy?

7. What interests you and/or your organization most about the situation in Burma?

8. What do you feel needs more attention within NY Burma activism?

9. What are your and/or your organization's future plans for Burma activism? (include specific dates, campaign names, etc.)

10. What would be the practical next steps for NYBRT?

We would very much appreciate your response by Friday, March 21, 2008, 9pm. Please send the 10 questions to others in your organization as well! Hopefully, if you cannot attend meetings, someone else in your organization or network can help connect you and/or your organization to the care and concern of other NY Burma activists! It's so important that we network so our message for change in Burma is so much more effective and powerful!

Simply send your responses to Geoff and me -

I very much look forward to hearing from you!

In solidarity,

Farheen Malik

Action this week!

>>>>> DATE: Wednesday, March 19, TIME: still TBA
Contact, 917.488.0302

Dear all,

As you probably know, UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is supposed to be briefing the United Nations Security Council this coming week on how he's coming back from Burma empty-handed, without even having been granted a meeting with General Than Shwe. This is our chance to capitalize on what could be one of the last discussions on Burma at the UN before the May referendum - Gambari's trip MUST be highlighted as a major failure, rather than being swept under the rug.

Individuals from the New York Burma activist community consulted on a direct action strategy to highlight Gambari's failure and call for UN Secretary General Ban to go to Burma himself to accomplish what he's called for in past statements - to have a genuine and inclusive political dialog - and came up with the following:

A demonstration outside the UN, including:
>>>>>18 people dressed in white longyi and shirts, with the number 100 on the shirts, representing 1800 political prisoners who must be freed, and
>>>>> as many people as possible dresssed in ethnic or Burmese dress (Karen and Shan dress would be best) to represent the need for an end to attacks in eastern Burma in order for there to be a genuine and inclusive dialog.

The Gambari briefing is going to be on Wednesday afternoon, and will be a closed briefing. We will protest with the costumes outside the UN so long as we don't use any sound devices (since there was insufficient time to get a permit), and release a statement to the UN Press Corps.

Other things needed for the demo:
-- sponsoring organizations
-- protesters
-- help publicizing the protest to NY activist groups, online Burma groups, Buddhist groups in NY-area, communities from Burma in the NY area
-- signs for protest outside the UN

Many thanks,

Cristina Moon

8-8-08 for Burma
PO Box 20025
New York, NY 10001-0001