Burma Human Rights

(Friday March 5th 2010) site to ban to effect change in Burma with a focus on Australian consumers also please see Basement Bookshop in Sydney ( i get no commission for this just a great place ) all protest books at bargain prices. Oh well used to be nows its a bit more ordinary still i nice place to browse though 
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This is a page about the book Little Daughter a book about the Karen people and their struggle for human rights in Burma.  Two years ago i was near the Burmese border and had a chance to do a visa run (go to the border to update my passports visa) i was in the south of Thailand so had the opportunity to visit either Malaysia or Burma for the visa I chose Malaysia as it doesn't have such a poor rights record as Burma this is a example of  'off the cuff'  protests you can do while travelling.

Please visiit this site for a list of companies to boycott that deal with the dictatorship http://www.ituc-csi.org/ and subscribe to the mailing list. http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk for the dirty/clean list of companies that have business with the government of Burma.

Here is some text from the ituc website detailing the murder of Zoya Phan's (writer of Little Daughter) father.

Brussels, 15 February 2008: As evidence mounts of the Burmese junta’s involvement in last night’s murder of a top Karen political leader on the Thai-Burma border, the ITUC today expressed its horror and disgust at the assassination of Phado Mahn Sha, General Secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), representing Burma’s second-largest ethnic nationality group. Mahn Sha, aged 64, was killed last night, 14 February, by two Karen-speaking assailants who entered his house in Maesod, a town situated inside Thailand on the Burmese border. According to the Federation of Trade Unions – Burma (FTUB, an ITUC associate organisation), the 4x4 vehicle used by the assassins belongs to a Thai business partner of the DKBA, a proxy Karen militia controlled by Burma’s military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The attackers reportedly climbed the stairs to Mahn Shar’s flat while he was finishing his meal, greeted him in the Karen language, then drew their guns and shot him twice in the chest. The victim died on the spot.

Companies to ban in Australia

Jetstar Asia

Jetstar Asia promotes Burma as a tourist destination and flies to the country in partnership with regime owned Myanmar Airways International. Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the country’s democracy movement asks tourists not to visit Burma because it helps fund the regime and gives it legitimacy. Forced and child labour was used to develop many tourist facilities. Jetstar Asia is based in Singapore and is a partnership between Qantas, who hold the controlling 49% share, Tony Chew, FF Wong and Temasek Holdings.

Managing Director
Jetstar Asia
Qantas Centre
203 Coward Street
Mascot NSW 2020
Australia

Alternative arrangements for flight (use Thai Airlines) note you can also ban Qantas for your flight plans and accomodation in Burma/Thailand/Malaysia or any other country for that matter if you are comming to or going from Australia as part of your protest.

Other compaines that produce Teak and deal in Australia

Andaman Teak Supplies Pty Ltd

Andaman is an Australian teak supplier to the marine sector, which uses Burmese teak. The company works on the ground in Burma and owns a timber mill in Rangoon. The Burmese regime owns all teak plantations in Burma and teak sales earn the regime millions of pounds every year.

The Chief Executive
Andaman Teak Supplies Pty Ltd
59 Magnesium Drive
Crestmead Qld 4132
Australia

Alternative source of wood (local sustainable timbers but not from Tasmainia see below article snip)

Tasmanians, through the sheer ignorance, arrogance & neglect combined with acts of omission and commission by the Minister for water and chemical regulation in Tasmania, David Llewellyn have been chronically poisoned with a range of potent biocides. I urge all Tasmanian’s to read Warning! - Poisoned Water? brochure prepared by Pollution Information Tasmania:

Tasmania has just recorded the worst cancer incidence and the worst cancer death rate in the Australian Commonwealth. [Sunday Tasmanian newspaper, 7 February 2010]

This may be due to potential tampering of tree DNA by the logging companies to make the wood less palatable to insects.


Peregrine Adventures

Peregrine Adventures is an Australian travel company with an office in London. Peregrine offers 12 day tours of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi has asked tourists not to visit Burma because it helps fund the regime and gives it legitimacy. Forced and child labour was used to develop many tourist facilities.

Managing Director
Peregrine Tours
First Floor, 8 Clerewater Place,
Lower Way, Thatcham
Berkshire RG19 3RF
Email: sales@peregrineadventures.com

Managing Director
Peregrine Adventures
258 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
Email: websales@peregrineadventures.com

Alternative once again use Thai Air and make your own arrangements.

Siemens

Siemens are a German engineering and technology company operating all over the world. Siemens are supplying gas turbines to Total for a new platform in the Yadana gas field.

Chairman
Siemens
Wittelsbacher Platz 2
D-80333 Munchen
Germany
Email: info.cc.uk@siemens.com

Alternative is to ban use of mobile phones or other equipment made by Siemens

BBC Worldwide

On October 1st 2007 the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, bought a 75% stake in Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet is an Australian multinational publishing company specialising in travel guides. Lonely Planet publishes a guide to Burma, which encourages tourists to visit the country. Lonely Planet vigorously defends tourism to Burma, attempting to undermine calls by Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s democracy movement for tourists to stay away. The BBC charter states that the activities of BBC Worldwide must not “jeopardise the reputation of the BBC or the value of the BBC brand”. BBC Worldwide maintains that Lonely Planet will continue to publish its Burma guidebook; even though the book fails to warn readers which hotels are regime owned or highlight which tourists facilities were built or prepared for tourism with forced labour (such as the “ huge gleaming” airport in Mandalay and Mrauk U in Rakhaing State). The Burmese regime has identified tourism as a vital source of income.

John Smith
BBC Worldwide
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London W12 0TT
UK

also to ban for people in Australia use alternative products for your tour guides. (none that have a tour guide to Burma)

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet is an Australian multinational publishing company specialising in travel guides. Lonely Planet publishes a guide to Burma, which encourages tourists to visit the country. On October 1st 2007 the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, bought a 75% stake in Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet vigorously defends tourism to Burma, attempting to undermine calls by Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s democracy movement for tourists to stay away. The BBC charter states that the activities of BBC Worldwide must not “jeopardise the reputation of the BBC or the value of the BBC brand”. BBC Worldwide maintains that Lonely Planet will continue to publish its Burma guidebook; even though the book fails to warn readers which hotels are regime owned or highlight which tourists facilities were built or prepared for tourism with forced labour (such as the “ huge gleaming” airport in Mandalay and Mrauk U in Rakhaing State). The Burmese regime has identified tourism as a vital source of income.

Judy Slatyer
Lonely Planet
90 Maribyrnong Street
Footscray
Victoria 3011
Australia
Fax: + 61 3 8379 8111
Email: talk2us@lonelyplanet.com.au


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