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5/11/98:THE AAP NEWS
THE AAP NEWS.
05/11/98: AP-STRIKING DOWN MASS.BURMA LAW COULD HAVE WIDE IMPACT
06/11/98: AFP-BURMESE MILITARY JUNTA OPPRESS OPPSN.MEMBERS TO RESIGN
06/11/98: DPA-BURMESE JUNTA ALLOWS CHINESE LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER
US-BURMA US: DECISION STRIKING DOWN BURMA LAW COULD HAVE WIDE IMPACT
DATE: 16:02 06-Nov-98
US: Decision striking down Burma law could have wide impact US BURMA
By Leslie Miller
BOSTON, Nov 5 AP - A US judge's decision to strike down a
Massachusetts law preventing the state government from
dealing with companies doing business in Burma could
affect the purchasing laws of 44 states.
The state expects to decide by tomorrow whether to appeal
the decision handed down by US District Court Judge Joseph
Tauro on Wednesday.
"If this ruling stands, taxpayers and local governments
around the country will lose the right to decide whether to do business
that supports brutal regimes like Burma," said Byron Rushing,
the Boston state representative who wrote the law.
"If selective purchasing had been banned 10 years ago,
Nelson Mandela might still be in prison today," Rushing said.
Tauro ruled that Massachusetts' Burma law "impermissibly
infringes on the federal government's power to regulate foreign
The lawsuit was brought by the National Foreign Trade
Council, which represents major US corporations that it won't name
for fear consumers will boycott them.
The legal challenge has been called the first salvo in an
international battle to eliminate local sanction laws.
According to Robert Stumberg, law professor at Georgetown
University, 44 states that have laws for domestic,
environmental and minority purchasing would be affected if
the US Supreme Court ultimately upheld Tauro's decision.
In the United States, 23 cities - including New York, San
Francisco and Portland, Oregon - have laws prohibiting municipal
governments from dealing with companies doing business in Burma.
Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nebraska and New
Hampshire don't have statewide selective purchasing laws.
Frank Kittredge, NFTC director, said he shares concerns
about reported human rights abuses in Burma.
"However, our system of government was not designed to allow
the 50 states and hundreds of municipalities to conduct their
own individual foreign policies," he said.
Burma's military regime has been accused of drug trafficking,
torture and using slave labor.
BURMA-PARTY ASIA: BURMA REPORTS OPPOSITION MEMBERS GIVING UP POLITICS
DATE: 17:31 06-Nov-98
ASIA: Burma reports opposition members giving up politics BURMA PARTY
RANGOON, Nov 6 AFP - Sixteen members of Aung San Suu Kyi's
National League for Democracy (NLD) have resigned
and closed down a party branch office, Burma's official
media has reported.
The NLD members in southern Thanbyuzayat township were
reportedly giving up politics on their own will and closed
down a party office on October 27, TV Burma and the
state-run Mirror newspaper reported.
The politicians informed the government's general election
commission of their resignations, the reports late yesterday and
early today said.
"We give up because we have no desire to continue with the
NLD's politics," the opposition members said in a statement to
the official commission, according to the television report.
The NLD members handed over documents, party noticeboards
and rubber stamps to the authorities, the report said, adding
the NLD office in Thanbyuzayat was set up in November 1988.
The NLD won a sweeping victory in 1990 elections but the
ruling military council ignored the result and refused to hand
The resignation report comes amid intensifying pressure on
the NLD and its secretary general Aung San Suu Kyi.
Hundreds of party members have been detained in recent
months. About 100 lower-ranking NLD members have been
released only on condition they renounce their party
affiliations, according to opposition groups and foreign
diplomats in Rangoon.
The detentions began after the NLD issued an ultimatum for
the junta to convene the parliament elected in 1990 by late
August. The deadline was ignored and the ruling military
council branded the move illegal.
The junta has been holding mass meetings throughout the
country in recent weeks, gathering state employees and members of
public associations to hear speakers repeat anti-opposition tirades.
The rallies routinely condemn the NLD for demanding the
convening of the parliament and encouraging economic sanctions
They also demand the deportation of Aung San Suu Kyi, who
returned to Burma in 1988 after living in Britain with her
English husband and two children, and the deregistration of
The apparent hardening of the junta's propaganda drive
against the opposition follows harsh criticism from the international
community of human rights violations in the country and
calls for genuine political dialogue.
RANGOON, Nov 6 DPA - Burma, in an apparent bid to enhance
Sino-Burmese relations, this week launched the first
Chinese-language newspaper to be published locally in
more than three decades, news reports said.
Advertisements for the Burma Morning Post began to
appear in the local Rangoon media last Sunday, and the
first edition of the newspaper was available yesterday,
residents in the capital said.
According to Bangkok's The Nation newspaper the Chinese-
language weekly was spear-headed by prominent Chinese
residents in Rangoon who saw the paper as an instrument
to strengthen relations between Burma and China.
All newspapers in Burma are government-owned and
tightly controlled by the military regime that has ruled
the country since 1962.
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