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The BurmaNet News: May 10, 1996
Issue #404

Noted in Passing:	

			As long as Pepsi makes a penny out of Burma, 
			we're going to continue to fight. - Zarni, Free
			Burma Coalition


May 10, 1996

(Below is the full text of the letter sent to the Asia Times on May 10th.
We hope they will print it next week.)

Letter to the Editor of the Asia Times: Re: Burmanet
from the Editor of the BurmaNet News
May 10, 1996

Thank you for addressing burmanet both in in an open letter from Stephen 
Brookes and in an editorial on May 6, 1996.  We at the BurmaNet News 
are delighted to learn that the postings on burmanet are so avidly read by 
the staff of the Asia Times.   

Nevertheless, we feel that we must clarify a few points.  

First, the technicalities. The BurmaNet News is an electronic newspaper 
which goes to two lists of subscribers, burmanet-l and burmanews-l, as 
well as to other locations on the internet, namely the newsgroup 
soc.culture.burma and Burma web pages.  The BurmaNet News includes
articles, reports, announcements, independent commentaries and editorials
put together by the BurmaNet staff.   We do not know how many
people read the BurmaNet News, but we would be overjoyed if Stephen
Brookes' estimate of 50,000 were accurate.

Burmanet-l is a discussion group with approximately 500 subscribers.  All 
subscribers are free to post whatever messages they like, and there is no 
way for the list moderator to control what is posted except by 
unsubscribing a user (something we have never done).  

In "An Open Letter to Burmanet" Brookes' states "I found myself under 
attack by Burmanet".  This is completely inaccurate.  Certain individuals 
on burmanet-l did post critiques of Brookes' analysis of the current 
political situation in Burma, but those individuals do not necessarily 
represent everyone on burmanet-l.

It is true that the editorial slant of the BurmaNet News is pro-democracy 
and that most of the people posting articles and ideas on burmanet believe
that the will of the Burmese people, as expressed in the 1990 election, 
should be respected.  Nevertheless, we also post articles from the SLORC
newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar, as well as articles by foreign
journalists like Brookes who apparently are not disturbed by the oppressive
policies of the military regime.

Perhaps Brookes has spent too much time in Burma and has forgotten
that in a democracy there are many voices and criticism from all perspectives 
is allowed and even encouraged.  Burmanet-l and other lists are democratic
institutions in which everyone has the right to express their opinions.  
Brookes is equally welcome to post his rebuttal and we look forward to 
continuing this discussion on burmanet-l.

The May 6, 1996 editorial, "Burmanet warriors", offers bizarre advice.  After
suggesting that armed resistance by students to the military dictatorship in 
Thailand in the 1970s achieved nothing, the editor urges burmanet subscribers
to join ethnic insurgencies in Burma.  

Then, the editor accuses burmanet subscribers of prompting "naive and 
idealistic young people" in Burma to take up arms.  Burmanet subscribers 
have done nothing of the sort.  What would be the point anyway since
no Burmese in Burma have access to burmanet-l.

The editor's accusation of burmanet's "Hemingwayesque romanticism"
belittles the widescale and systematic abuses that so many residents
of Burma are presently experiencing under the SLORC.  While the 
junta's appalling mistreatment of its population may not be visible to 
the casual visitor to Rangoon, frequent verified reports from all over the
country indicate that forced labor, forced relocation, forced conscriptions,
expropriation of land, and extortion are rampant.  These reports can be
found on burmanet-l, and we would encourage all readers of the Asia Times
to look for themselves.  And in case you were wondering, burmanet is free, 
in both senses of the word.

BurmaNet Editor


 May 6, 1996 

MANILA -- Chinese and Malaysian protests over a new policy
linking loans to good governance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual
meeting here have highlighted an ideological rift  between Asia and the
West, analysts said.

Delegates from the bank's industrialised member countries
praised the policy -- approved last year -- which aims to instil.
responsibility in borrowers by wrapping accountability into lending
programmes and consultation with those affected by ADB-funded projects.

A senior Asian delegate said the dispute stemmed largely from
a "distrust" by Western democracies of strong, central Asian leaderships
credited for the region's economic boom and blamed for dispensing with
civil liberties. A European delegate to the three-day meeting that ended on
Thursday said: "China is setting a bad example that does not augur well for
closer co-operation." He noted that many Asian nations had publicly
endorsed the policy. Bank of Japan governor Yasuo Matsushita said:  "Good
governance and sound development management in developing member countries
must accompany development assistance from the bank in order to ensure its

US Treasury Department under-secretary Jeffrey Shafer said Washington 
would continue opposing  Myanmar's access to ADB loans unless
the government there undertook "very serious reforms".

The ADB has 56 members -- 40 from the region and 16 from Western Europe 
and North America. -- AFP.


May 3, 1996 by Julie Nicklin

Student groups nationwide that advocate socially responsible investing have
boycotted Pepsi products in recent months, urging their colleges to stop
investing in Pepsico because it does business in Burma, which has been
accused of human rights violations.

Pressured by such protests, Pepsico last week announced that it would sell
its 40-per-cent stake in a bottling operation in that country.  But it
would supply franschisers in Burma with cola syrup, and allow them to use
the Pepsi trademark.

Zarni, a Burmese student who belongs to the Free Burma Coalition at the
University of Wisconsin at Madison, said Pepsico's [artial pullout was a
positive step, but one that didn't go far enough.  "As long as Pepsi makes
a penny out of Burma, we're going to continue to fight."

Two weeks before Pepsico's announcement, student activits at Madison staged
a symbolic "Pepsi dump" to illustrate what they believed the system's Board
of Regents should do with investments in that company.

Members poured water out of Pepsi cans onto sidewalk, and handed out other
brands of soda.


April 1996
Compiled by N. Chan

Since the popular uprising in 1988,  the Burmese military has been 
pushing hard to modernize and to expand its strength to 500,000 soldiers. 
Reports suggest that, in order to reach this strength. the military is 
recruiting a growing number of young, poor and poorly educated 
men and sending them to the frontline with very little training or 

The success of this strategy relies on the military's ability to maintain a 
very large pool of people with little or no chance for paying jobs and 
no other potential source of income. Desperately in need of money for 
survival these young men often carry out duties, not because they 
respect and support the military, but because they fear losing the only
paying job available to them 

Win Zaw, an 18 - year - old Burmese soldier from Mandalay, places the 
situation in a fairly clear context. "As the economic situation in Burma
continued to deteriorate, my high school education came to an abrupt end. 
My family's economic situation was extremely serious and I feared that my
younger siblings would also have to drop out of school because of the 
lack of money. The rumour around our community was that if we joined the
military we would receive our food rations, a place to live, plus 600 kyats 
per month (approximately US$4 50). I thought that if I could save that 600
kyats each month I could send it to my family and my younger brothers 
and sisters would be able to continue their schooling. So I joined the army.
There were no other jobs to select from. I was 16 at the time." 

The promise of even 600 kyats a month is rarely reality. According to some 
of these young recruits, who have deserted their units and fled to the border
areas, officers continually deduct items from their pay, leaving them with 
barely enough for their own survival at the end of the month. Win Zaw 
recounts his experience while serving with the Burmese military in Chin 
State. "Every month the officers would deduct 1 kyat as a donation of some 
kind, 5 kyats for the Buddhist religious fund, 100 kyats for a savings 
program, 10 kyats for social welfare, and 40 kyats for the Battalion 
Commander's birthday gift. With the remainder of the money, we had to
purchase our own uniforms. We would have to save for three months to 
purchase either a shirt or a pair of pants. Because of living in the jungle, 
our shirts and pants would usually only last about 3 months ...
we never had anything left to send home to our families.'' 

The military provides alternatives for the young soldiers to earn extra cash. 
Recruits sent to Chin State are generally young and unmarried. According
Win Zaw, the soldiers are urged to marry young Chin women (most of 
whom are Christian) and convert them to Buddhism. If they are successful in
this, they can receive promotions and other privileges. If they fail in this 
task, and themselves convert to Christianity, they would be given an
unlimited prison sentence. Another young defector, Kyaw Han, confirms 
this and says that this policy is an attempt by the military to Burmanize and
assimilate the Chin ethnic group. 

Other recent defectors verify other kinds of military abuses which villagers 
have commonly claimed the military regularly carries out against them. San 
Lin, a 22 year - old soldier described how civilians were always taken along 
with military columns as porters and as human shields. "Whenever we went 
on operations, each soldier took one civilian as a porter. As we walked, our 
column would consist of one soldier, one porter, one soldier, one porter, and
so on. Then, if the insurgents were to attack, the porters would also be killed."
Military units rarely worry about receiving supplies from the rear.  Food 
is taken directly from the people and young recruits are often encouraged to 
take whatever they want from the villagers. When officers order the recruits
to torture and beat the villagers, the recruits obey out of fear of their superiors. 
"For example, when our platoon was in the Hai Mual village, one of the
forced laborers was sick. My platoon commander ordered me to beat him up. 
I hit him four times on his chest with my gun. He no longer had the
strength to stand up by himself. I still feel terrible about hitting him like that, 
but in the army an order is an order and we have to obey." (Win Zaw) 

A military regime, such as the one in Burma, depends to a large extent for 
its survival on being able to prevent the poorest people within its control
(usually the majority) from uniting. One way to do this is to create an 
economic crisis, so the poor end up joining the very military system which is
harassing and oppressing their families and communities. Through such a 
system the military leaders can sit back and watch the oppressed abuse
each other. The Burmese call this "Using fish oil to fry fish."
Military life is extremely difficult for these new recruits. It is only out of 
serious necessity that they will risk this kind of life for a meagre 600 kyats 
per month. If the military were to release its hold over the economy of the 
country and allow some of the profits gained from foreign investments to 
trickle down to the poor, they would not be able to recruit the numbers they 
need to reach their target. 
Source: Chin National Front 


May 9,1996
Aye Aye Win, Associated Press

Surrendered opium warlord Khun Sa is in a military camp 
awaiting a decision on his fate, and the government has not 
helped him set up any business, a senior military officer said yesterday.

Khun Sa surrendered to Burmese authorities in early January 
after leading an opium-funded insurgency against the 
government in Rangoon for nearly 20 years.

Nearly 12,000 of Khun Sa's soldiers also laid down their 
arms, but reports received in Bangkok say 2,000 or more of 
his former troops are still fighting the government from the 
hills of the isolated and opium-rich Shan state.

Khun Sa has rarely been seen since his surrender and his 
whereabouts remain a source of speculation. The officer said 
Khun Sa will still being held in a military security camp in 
Rangoon, and that media reports that he is engaged in the 
transportation and mining business were untrue.

"How can he do business while he is in military security 
camp?" said the officer, who demanded anonymity. "Rumours 
that he is living in a lakeside villa are not true."

The officer scoffed at reports that Khun Sa paid Bt5 trillion to Burmese 
authorities to be allowed to surrender and live in peaceful retirement.

"It was absolute nonsense," the officer said. "It was an 
unconditional surrender. He is in the process of being 
debriefed. The government, is yet to decide about his future, 
though it had decided against extraditing him to any country."

The United States has offered a reward of Bt50 million (Bt 
1.25 billion) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 
Khun Sa. About 60 per cent of the heroin sold on the streets of 
America is believed to come from his former area of operations.

Khun Sa has been indicted in a New York court on 10 counts 
relating to heroin trafficking. Last week, US Ambassador to 
Thailand William Itoh said Khun  Sa "should be held 
responsible for the lives he's ruined."

Itoh added that the Burmese government's treatment of the 
opium warlord would be a "critical test" of that government's 
professed commitment to fighting the drug trade.

There have been few official statements from the Burmese 
government about Khun Sa since his surrender. Foreign Minister 
Ohn Gyaw said in February that Khun Sa would not be extradited to 
the United States and would be dealt with according to Burmese law.

In February, Khin Nyunt, head of Burma's secret police, 
referred to Khun Sa and his followers as "our own blood 
brethren", and pledged to "look after them well on 
humanitarian grounds for the sake of national spirit."

In official state media, where was routinely called a narco-
terrorist and a traitor, Khun Sa is now referred to as U Khun Sa. 


May 9, 1996, Reuter

A Burmese government minister said yesterday he was confident 
that narcotics production and trafficking can gradually be 
eradicated in his country.

Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Mya Thin told an 
international conference on drug control that narcotics 
production and smuggling had in the past thrived in Burma due 
to insurgent control of opium-growing regions.

"In the past, due to the presence of insurgents, the illicit 
production and trafficking of narcotic drugs thrived in our 
country," Mya Thin, who is also chairman of Burma's central 
committee for drug abuse control said.

But the surrender of opium warlord Khun Sa and his rebel army 
earlier this year had changed that situation, he added. "We 
are confident that we will definitely be able to gradually 
eradicate drug production and trafficking," he said.

Burma is the world's largest producer of opium and its 
refined form, heroin. International narcotics suppression 
officials estimated that Khun Sa, who surrendered to the 
government in January, was responsible for approximately half 
of Burma's annual crop of more than 2,000 tonnes of opium, 
enough to produce more than 200 tonnes of heroin.

US government officials have said it is too early to see what 
impact Khun Sa's surrender will have on Burma's drug output 
but it had given Rangoon the opportunity to prove its 
professed commitment to eradication.

"This is an opportunity to see whether or not the rhetoric is 
matched by action," US Ambassador to Thailand William Itoh 
said in Bangkok last week.

"The fact that the Burmese military now controls that section 
of the [Thai-Burmese] border previously controlled by [Khun 
Sa] will be an interesting test in the future to see whether 
the Burmese government will live up to its professed 
declarations," Itoh said. US officials have doubted Rangoon's 
commitment to drug suppression.

"Burma lacks the resources and commitment for effective drug 
control and is likely to remain one of the world's major 
sources of drugs for many years to come," the US State 
Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law 
Enforcement Affairs said in a report in March. (TN)


May 9,1996
Jeerawat Na Thalang

The European Commission and Asean plan to replace the existing 
cooperation treaty between the two regions with a new one which 
will establish the direction to be taken to ensure closer relations.

According to Michael Caillouet, the new ambassador to the Delegation 
of the European Commission in Thailand, the new agreement will partly 
be responsible for the changing relationship between the EU and the 
Association of Southeast Asian Nations following the inaugural Asia-Europe 
Meeting (Asem) held in March in Bangkok.

"It was very clear during Asem that we are looking for an 
equal partnership between Asia and Europe. We would like to 
work towards this," he said earlier this week.

The existing cooperation agreement was signed in 1980 when 
Asean was only comprised of five members. Bilateral relations 
have expanded considerably, except for a stumble in 1991 when 
both sides were at loggerheads over approaches on human rights issues.

Since 1994, the strained relations have taken a new direction 
as the European partners agreed to separate human rights 
issues from trade. The EU is also engaged in a security 
dialogue under the Asean Regional Forum (ARF).

Asean last year accepted Vietnam into its grouping and hopes 
to also include Laos, Cambodia and Burma by the turn of the century.

Caillouet, who, was born in Paris, said the content of the 
existing agreement is outdated and that the EU has realised 
they have to deal with Asean in a different context then previously.

Caillouet, who will also look after Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia 
and Burma, declined to give more details on the new treaty 
but added that at the moment the European Commission was 
drafting the treaty which should be approved by the European 
Council of Ministers in the near future.

The commission hopes to begin negotiations on the new 
agreement before the end of the year. The substance of the 
new treaty is a strategy to promote cooperation between Asean 
and the EU. "There are a lot of areas ready for action, for 
example, customs and the environment, which are global 
problems," he said.

Caillouet also implied the European Commission will follow 
Asean's lead on regional forum membership. Observers said the 
EU has recently toned down its criticism against certain 
Asian countries on, for example, human rights issues.

Thai Foreign Minister Kasem S Kasemsri said earlier that the 
Kingdom would agree to accept Burma as a member of ARF.

Asked if the EU has any objection, Caillouet said, "The 
European Commission is a part of the ARF process. But it's up 
to Asean. It is their right to accept or take note of potential new 
members. We have no major difficulties when it comes to seeing 
what the most convenient composition of the ARF is."

Apart from an emphasis on an equal partnership, he said the 
EU strategy towards Asean has to change from the concept of a 
seven-state Asean to accept and determine what the approach 
should be in the future when Asean membership rises to 10 as 
Cambodia, Laos and Burma join.

Asean will face a big challenge when embracing all the 
countries in Indochina because of their differences in 
development. Nonetheless, he noted that the Mekong will 
become the "region of the future".

Caillouet said the EU, however, has already prepared itself 
to participate in the development of the Mekong region. For 
instance, half of the funding for the development of the 
Mekong, under the supervision of the United Nations Development 
Programme, is financed by the EU, especially France.

Although some critics said the first Asem meeting 
concentrated too much on from rather than substance, 
Caillouet said that a series of follow-up activities are 
already under way. "There is a political will on both sides 
to produce concrete results before the second Asem takes 
place in Britain in 1997," he said.

To meet this goal, the finance and foreign ministers of Asia 
and the EU will have their first meetings organised 
separately next year. Before that, senior officials from both 
regions will meet to promote two-way trade and investment at 
the end of July. A forum for highlevel Asia-EU businessmen 
will be held in Paris this October.

Today is also Europe Day, falling on the anniversary of the 
famous "Schuman Declaration" which was the inspiration for 
the origins of the EU, whose ultimate goal is to have common 
policy on politics and security. It succeeded in creating a 
blueprint for a single market in 1992.

The process has yet to finish. The next stage of the 
integration will be worked out at an upcoming inter-
governmental conference.

According to Caillouet, the challenges facing the EU are 
first increasing its membership to include the Czech 
Republic, Poland, Hungary and Rumania and second, how the EU 
will develop its internal functioning to include majority voting, or 
"voting quality", to create a better consensus among members.

In addition, EU members have an objective to ensure common 
and security policies have only once voice in the EU. On the economic 
front, EU members are working to create a common currency by 2002.

Although critics question the ability of some EU member 
countries especially France and Germany, to meet the criteria 
to create a common currency, Caillouet said that the plan 
must continue as EU-member leaders agreed to create the 
political will to create such a currency. 

He admitted that some member countries might face certain 
difficulties. "We are facing a big challenge on this issue," he said. 


May 9, 1996

(Burmanet Editor: We are awaiting a confirmation of this report from the

Burma's ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council has 
agreed to give the Karen National Union full autonomy in the 
areas it controls, according to a KNU official.

However, the Burmese government wants to survey the areas and 
population before taking any such step, said the source. He 
said Slorc also agreed to halt its offensive against the KNU.

The agreement was reached during ceasefire talks between both 
sides late last month in Rangoon. The third official round of 
talks were attended by four representatives of Slorc led by First 
General-Secretary of Slorc Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt and six KNU officials led 
by Fourth Army Division senior officer Lt-Col Saw Nay Soe.

The signing of the agreement is expected after the next round 
of talks, the source quoted the Rangoon side as saying. In the next 
meeting for which a date has yet to be set, KNU President Gen Bo 
Mya is expected to confer with Slorc Chairman Gen Than Shwe.

Earlier last year Slorc representatives including Lt Khun 
Mya, Saw Tun Aung Chaing, Saw Aye Soe Myint, Saw Henson 
Tardaw, Rev Saw May Gay Gyi and Saw Richard met unofficially 
with KNU officials several times.

The last of the unofficial meetings took place at Ban Mae Klong in 
Tak's Umphang District in mid-August last year, said the source.

Since then Slorc and the KNU have held two rounds of official 
truce talks, the first in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, 
during December 13-23 last year, and the other in Rangoon in 
mid-February this year. (BP)


May 8, 1996

BANGKOK (AP-Dow Jones)--Thai entrepreneur Vikhom Aisiri is paying the 
Burmese government more than $1 million per year to rent an island in the 
Andaman Sea, where he has built a new resort hotel, the Andaman Club, the 
Far Eastern Economic Review reports in the Intelligence section of its latest 
edition Thursday. 
Vikhom has signed a 35-year lease for Thahtay Kyun Island, which he 
hopes will become a popular tourist destination. The Thai businessman plans 
to add an 18-hole golf course and facilities for boating and other water sports. 

In the meantime, guests at the 205-room hotel can entertain themselves by
playing the slot machines in two floors of game rooms or shopping in a
well-stocked duty-free shop. 


May 7, 1996
from information provided by mbeer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


J. Ray McDermott  recently announced that it has accepted a letter of award, 
valued at about $ 180 million, from Total Myanmar Exploration and 
Production for theYadana Development Project.  

The contract is for the management, engineering, supply, construction,
installation, hook-up and commissioning of two wellhead platforms, and 
quarters, flare and production platform facilities to produce about 900 million 
cubic feet of gas a day.  Work is expected to be completed by May 1998.


Burma will export 20,000 tons of beans and pulses during the month
of May. The Ministry of Agriculture has signed contracts with foreign 
countries for the exports and plans touse the returns from this transaction 
to import chemical fertilizer. The export of beans and pulses was recorded 
at 260,300 tons in 1995 according to the official statistics.  Burma's agriculture
contributes 35 percent to exports, 40 percent to foreign exchange earnings and
40 percent to the gdp.  The annual growth rate of agriculture in the last four years
(1992-93 to 1995-96) ending on march 31 stood at 8.8 percent and it is targeted
at 5.4 percent in the next five years (1996-97 to 2000-2001).


Japan's newjee consultant group of Kajima Corporation has signed a contract
with Myanmar to build two diversion tunnels of the 280-megawatt hydropower
station in Paunglaung.  The contract was signed between the state-run Myanmar 
Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE) of the Ministry of Energy and the Japanese 
firm.  Myanmar is also speeding up construction of gas power stations including 
one that will be operating with gas from the yadana gas field, the minister 
disclosed, adding that plans are under way to build more large-scale hydropower 
stations in Yeywa and Bilin areas to meet further demand.  A memorandum of 
understanding has also been signed between the Myanmar Ministry of Energy 
and Unocal Corp of the United States, Total Co of France and Mitsui of Japan to 
build a 200-megawatt natural gas power station in Yangon and a urea fertilizer 


Malaysia will hold a five day exhibition of Malaysian products.  The exhibition 
will display automobiles, components, parts and accessories, building materials 
and supplies, electronic and electrical items, furniture and fittings, garments, 
houseware, oil and lubricants, office automation, pharmaceuticals, rubber and 
plastic products, and food products.


May 5, 1996

Burmese Relief Center--Japan follows closely the progress of the boycotts
and campaigns of Free Burma Coalition and all groups involved with the
restoration of Democracy in Burma.

Two of the campaigns that we have been very much involved with are "Stop the
Gas Pipeline" (Unocal and Total) and "Boycott Visit Myanmar Year 1996."

Regarding these two campaigns, BRC-J has created postcards and T-shirts with
striking graphics.  We feel they would be effective for all groups and
individuals promoting these campaigns.  The postcards can be used as picture
postcards and sent to friends, or they can be sent as protest messages to
the companies involved.  The T-shirt can be worn as a protest of its own, as
a uniform for a group organizing a rally, or simply as a great shirt in its
own right.

To anyone who in interested we can send these graphics as a simple
attachment to an e-mail message, which the receiver can view in a graphics
program or as a graphic in a word-processing program such as WordPerfect or
Word.  If you would like to view the cartoons (all drawn by the talented
ABSDF artist Saw Ngo), please send us a message, and we will send the images
in TIFF format.  We will not post them on BurmaNet because they are very big
files which take a bit of time to download, so that any who have to pay for
online time would not appreciate receiving them if they have not asked for
them and cannot use them.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, we have them for
sale and would be happy to mail them to you or your group.  Please e-mail
your order to us.  We will immediately ship the goods and send information
for the remittance of the cost. (All proceeds from the sale of these goods
go to support the students and refugees on the Thai/Burma border.)

Prices include AirMail  postage

Postcard (Set if 10, 5 of each design, US$8.00 )
          Stop the Pipeline (Red lettering on Black and White drawing)
          Boycott Visit Myanmar Year 1996 (Black and White drawing)

T-shirt  ($25 each, special discount on orders of ten or more)
Don't Visit Myanmar Year 1996 (Full-color cartoon on front, plain back)

Support Democracy, Support the Campaigns, Support the Refugees, Support
those fighting for Democracy!


May 8, 1996

Dear Friends of Burma,

BurmaArtNet is up on the Web!!!
(Its URL is: http://members.aol.com/freeburma/)

The BurmaArtNet gallery is dedicated to the people of Burma, 
especially to those who gave their lives for peace and freedom, 
and those who are still struggling for the cause. With the aspiration 
to preserve and promote our culture, heritage, paintings, cartoons, 
music, and other art works, this web page, created by distinguished 
Burmese artists, musicians, and cartoonists, is open for the enjoyment 
of all. 

Aside from exhibiting works of established artists, another function of 
the page is to provide exposure for little known but very talanted 
artists. Because of the country's isolation under the military 
dictatorship, artists remained unknown and could not have their work 
enjoyed nor the chance to participate in the world's artistic community. 
This is an ongoing effort and acknowledgement of ever-growing prominence 
of artists in Burmese national life. The presentation shown in this 
page shall seek constant revision and the best coverage of all important 
artworks of Burma across the board. Please enjoy your visit to BurmaArtNet. 

In peace and justice,
Free Burma



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