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VOA Burmese Service Chief testifies before the Human Rights Commission of Congress

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2007 - Speaking at a Congressional Human Rights Committee meeting this evening, Voice of America (VOA) said that the Burmese human rights community was "anything but normal". "Just this morning," he went on, "the people of Mandalay, Burma's second biggest town, said to us that many street protesters were taken from their convents at nocturnal.

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cWe are proud to provide the Burmese nation with precise information on how the global reaction to the Burmese outbreak. Burmese-speaking The Voice of America has raised Burmese programming from one and a half hour to three per hour a days in reaction to the Burmese government's actions.

Every week, VOA sends more than 1,000 hrs of news, information, education and culture programmes to an appreciated global public of more than 115 million and more. Mr President, thank you for having invited me here today to talk about the present state of affairs in Burma. Mr President, I appreciate that you want me to focus on what is going on today and how I see the picture in the coming few coming months and years.

I would also like to say that the commentaries I am going to make today are a reflection of my own opinions and not necessarily those of the US administration. The Burmese Foreign Minister at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday said: "Normality has back in Burma". I' m sure he doesn't want to say that Burma is "quiet".

Let's take a brief look at the roads in Rangoon and other towns to see if normality is there. A number of VOA correspondents in the area and other news organisations have reported that the picture is anything but sane. The people of Mandalay, Burma's second biggest town, just this mornin', said that many street protesters were taken from their convents at nigh.

One Burmese news journalist said many reporters were arrested on the street and their cell phone and digicams were sifted. Again this mornings Mr Paul Paisley, an officer of the World Nutrition Programme in Bangkok, said to us that rural traders cannot carry rural rices and other basic foodstuffs to the towns, as the cost of transporting them is soaring.

Only ten men are dead, the military regime says (including a Japan report.) However, my Yangon "88 generation" resources have already released the name of 138 men who were murdered by the military last weekend. This all reminded me of my 1988 period when I was still a Burmese students' militant and the Burmese authorities said that only about 200 so-called "looters" were slaughtered, but my co-workers and I knew for sure that over 3000 peace protesters had passed away.

This is where many Burmese friars and commoners were beat up or shot down during last week's outreach. Are situations "normal" when barbwire fencing is everywhere? Are all crossroads blocked and all those who leave and enter the town raided and mobbed?

Rangoon's top U.S. diplomatic said to us in a Burmese Service VOA statement last morning: "It's calm here; there' s too much anxiety to take to the streets. "To sum up, the only true statement made by the Foreign Minister is that Burma is back to normality as a land of awe.

Too many years, anxiety has been the "normal" state in Burma. Secondly, I would like to raise whether all disagreements and the wish to turn Burma into a democratic country have come to an end. Understandably, with such excessive use of force, individuals could be afraid to pursue their fight so overtly.

Human dissatisfaction is more deeply rooted than ever. Allow me to say this important point: the Burmese armed forces are mighty; the powers of Burmese friars lie in their contribution to the faith. Most of the 400,000 Burmese troops are Buddhists.

To put it another way, to put Burma in the context of what the West says, they are "shunned" or "excommunicated" by the ecclesiastical world. Aim of the mission is to penalize the military for their deeds. However, I believe that the embargo could cause the division of the armed forces, perhaps even at the head.

There could be a division in the military as a consequence of the boycott. During the peak of the suspense in the first weeks, near military intelligence said the second general, General Maung Aye, had told his closest minions to be forbearing. Wellsources also indicate that several military commander were imprisoned for being too indulgent or for not following General Than Shwe's orders.

President Tom Lantos added to this point by urging the Burmese army leadership, who want to side with the democratic movements, to take this moment to take their step. Burma's Foreign Minister's address to the United Nations affirmed that Burma will not obey the multinational fellowship and will keep seeking its own way no matter what.

That is what is referred to as the "roadmap to democracy". Even the United Nations does not make a distinction or even a small dip in the Burmese generals' resolve to disregard the worldview. That is why the US administration has declared that it will tighten penalties and urged other major actors - the EU, ASEAN, China and India - to join in the efforts to democratise Burma.

In the meantime, Burma cannot reasonably be expected to see China defending it as consistently as it usually does against growing global pressures. Although the Burmese incidents were so nasty, they have attracted great interest and affection at the grassroots for them. It was a shock to the whole worid. Luckily, the world's mass press has been able to convey this affection and sense of community to the Burmese population.

Last weekend, not only major radio stations, but also renowned papers, weblogs, prominent personalities, religion guides and thousands of commoners around the globe found ways to get to and affect the Burmese population. We' re telling the whole Burmese community what's going on. We are doing our best to ensure that all Burmese residents know that they are not alone.

cWe are proud to provide the Burmese nation with precise information on how the global response to what is happening in Burma.

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