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August 19th, 2009
Eyes of the Storm
Resources

BURMA (MYANMAR)

The CIA World Factbook – Burma
Information about the country’s geography, population, government and economy.

BBC News Country Profile – Burma
Information on Burma’s politics and history, with links to the BBC archive of stories on the country.

The New York Times – Myanmar
A brief historical overview and compilation of articles on Myanmar by The New York Times.

Council on Foreign Relations – Myanmar
The Council on Foreign Relations. a nonpartisan organization, gives a comprehensive overview of Burma’s political history, culture and their take on its possible future steps in their document, “Understanding Myanmar. ”

Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
This constitution was most recently updated during the junta’s 2008 referendum, and gives the ruling junta 25% of the seats in both houses of parliament.

United States Government Overview of Sanctions on Burma
This document offers the history and details of U.S. sanctions on Burma from 1997 through to the present day.

ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus
The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, made up of ASEAN legislators, has worked to convince the junta to bring about democratic reforms since 2004. This website has an archive of their resolutions and press statements.

Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative
An initiative of the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network, the Burma Project attempts to bring about international awareness of issues in Burma through its support for education and human rights organizations. It also has an archive of publications and articles related to Burma.

CYCLONE NARGIS

United Nations Development Program Report – Cyclone Nargis one year on (PDF)
In this report, the UNDP assesses its response to Cyclone Nargis and plans its future steps.

After the Storm: Voices from the Delta (PDF)
Prepared by the Emergency Assistance Team (Burma) and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

USAID Burma: Cyclone Nargis
USAID is an American federal organization that dispenses foreign aid. This site provides an overview of the events of the Cyclone and its aftermath, including a map, statistics, data on monetary aid sent to the region and aid updates.

UNICEF – Myanmar
This site provides general information on the health, education and economic status of Myanmar’s population, with a particular focus on child development indicators.

Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations
In this report, the International Crisis Group recommends to various bodies – regional organizations, western governments, donors, aid organizations – what protocol should be followed to normalize aid relations with the military junta after Cyclone Nargis.

Post-Nargis Periodic Review by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
This report by ASEAN looks into Nargis’ effect on, among other aspects of life: food, water supply and education.

MEDIA

The Irrawaddy News Magazine
The Irrawaddy, started by Burmese journalists in exile, aims to cover Burma and Southeast Asia for an international audience.

Burma News International
The Burma News International aggregates articles from independent media organizations in India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Burma’s western border area.

The Democratic Voice of Burma
The Democratic Voice of Burma, or DVB, is a Norway-based news organization run by Burmese exiles. It aims to provide uncensored news to the people of Burma through satellite television and radio broadcasts.

OPPOSITION POLITICS

Aung San Suu Kyi’s pages
This website compiles articles and speeches by Burma’s imprisoned opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

TIME magazine – Photo gallery on democracy protests in Burma
This compilation of photographs by Time Magazine centers around the various democracy protests and uprisings throughout Burma’s history.

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma won Burmese parliamentary elections in 1990, and has since governed in exile from Thailand.

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma
ALTSEAN-Burma (Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma) is a network of organizations and individuals based in ASEAN member states working to support the movement for human rights and democracy in Burma.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance – Burma
This website details the pro-democracy work that IDEA has done with various opposition groups operating within and outside of Burma.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Amnesty International – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s political prisoners
This site provides an overview of brief information about the most prominent political prisoners now being held in Burma.

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)
The Assistance Association for Politics Prisoners aims to report on political prisoners and the conditions within jails and bring this information to international human rights organizations for dissemination.

EarthRights International
EarthRights International’s Burma Project collects on-the-ground information about the human rights and environmental situation in Burma.

Human Rights Watch – Burma
Human Rights Watch website follows human rights abuses, by both the government and separatist groups, within Burma.

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