Monday, December 12, 2005

Support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

This posting by Mus is getting updated so frequently, this is the beauty of blogging. The old file remains and you could update it regularly like what happened here.

Updates:

9 March 2006 - Annual Report of NLDA Korea Branch

6 March 2006 - Wedding of Burmese in Political Assylu in Korea


Updated (9 March 2006)

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY ( LIBERATED AREA )
KOREA BRANCH
민족 민주 동맹 ( 자유지역) 한국지부
165-9(102 Ho) Simkog-2Dong, Wonmi-gu, Buchon Shi, Kyung-gi Do, 420-012, Republic of Korea
경기도 부천시 원미구 심곡2동 165-9 ( 102호 ) 420-012
http://www.dassk.com Tel:( 82 ) 32- 656-6932, Fax: ( 82 )32.657.6932
http://www.nldla.or.kr E-mail:nldlakorea@yahoo.com

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The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of January, 2005

2005.01.02 .....We celebrated ( 58th ) Independence Day of " Union of Burma " at our NLD(LA)Korea Branch.
2005.01.06..... The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.
2005.01.07 .....Nay Tun Naing and Zaw Moe Aung attended the meeting with Bucheon NGOs and discussed to support Burmese Democracy and the Children from Thailand- Burma border.
2005.01.08 .....NLD(LA)Korea Branch sent congratulatory message for the members of NLD(LA)Japan Branch who held the Hunger strike for release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all Political Prisoners in Burma.
2005.01.09 .....We celebrated the demonstrations in front of Junta's embassy and demand to release Mr.Tin Oo, the Vice Chairperson of National League for Democracy and Burmese Democracy Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, all political prisoners and to reopen all of NLD offices inside Burma.
2005.01.09 ..... We discussed about NLD(LA)Korea Branch's library at our office.
2005.01.10 .....Zaw Moe Aung attended " Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School " until January 28 together with other Burmese activists who came from Thailand and India.
2005.01.12 .....Nay Tun Naing attended the meeting with Bucheon NGOs and discussed to support Burmese Democracy and the Children from Thailand- Burma border.
2005.01.13 .....The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.
2005.01.13 ......Mr.Kang Youn Bae from Nawauri paid a visit to our office and discussed about our activities in Korea.
2005.01.15 ..... Nay Tun Naing and Maung Maung Soe met Professor.Park Eun_Hong at the Sungkonghoe University and requested his recommendation for Maung Maung Soe's Korean Language application at Seoul National University.
2005.01.16 ..... We celebrated the signature campaign and photos exhibition at Insadong,Seoul.
2005.01.17 ..... Maung Maung Soe applied for Korean Language Programme at Seoul National University.
2005.01.18 ..... Nay Tun Naing attended the meeting about Bucheon NGOs trip to Thailand at Bucheon Migrant Workers House.
2005.01.19 ..... ( 7 )Korean students and two teachers from (생명평화학교)paid a visit to NLD(LA)Korea Branch and asked about Burma and Burmese democratization.
2005.01.20 .....The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.
2005.01.21 ..... Nay Tun Naing attended the meeting with Bucheon NGOs and discussed to support Burmese Democracy and the Children from Thailand- Burma border.
2005.01.23 .....We celebrated the demonstrations in front of Junta's embassy and demand to release Mr.Tin Oo, the Vice Chairperson of National League for Democracy and Burmese Democracy Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, all political prisoners and to reopen all of NLD offices inside Burma.
2005.01.24 ....Maung Maung Soe was admitted to study Korean Language Programme at Seoul National University for Spring session.
2005.01.24 ....Kim Kyu Hwan and Kim Jong Oo paid a visit to Korea Branch and contributed ( 12,74,310 KW )for Mr.Maung Maung Lwin.
2005.01.27 ..... The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.
2005.01.28 ..... Nay Tun Naing met Mr.Park Chan-Un, the Chairperson of CLAR ( Committee for Legal Aid on Refugee in Korea )and discussed about the Refugee status of NLD(LA)Korea Branch and Maung Maung Soe's scholarship.
2005.01.30 ..... We held the January monthly meeting at our office. We reviewed our activities from the month of January of 2005 and discussed the schedules for the month of February.
The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of February, 2005
2005.02.01 : Zaw Moe Aung and Kyaw Win from ( All Burma Federation of Student Union) visited to AI ( Amnesty International )office and discussed about Burma's issue.
2005.02.01 : Nay Tun Naing attended the meeting with Bucheon NGOs who will go to the Mae Sot together at the Bucheon Migrant Workers House at 7.00pm.
2005.02.02 : Zaw Moe Aung and Kyaw Win ( All Burma Federation of Student Union) visited to Sarangbang office and discussed about Burma's issue.
2005.02.02 : The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch attended the Korean NGOs forum on Burma which celebrated at the Bucheon Migrant Workers House. Professor. Park Eun Hong from Songkonghoe University and other Korea NGOs participated at that meeting.
2005.02.05 : Professor. Park Eun Hong and Nay Tun Naing discussed about Prof.Park's Thailand trip at his university campus.
2005.02.07 : KBS came to NLD(LA)Korea Branch and interviewed to NLD members about Burma's situation and also Refugee Status in Korea.
2005.02.08 : We discussed about publishing the book to honor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's ( 60th )Birthday and also NLD(LA)Korea Branch's political library.
2005.02.10 : We celebrated the ( 58th ) union Day of Union of Burma at our office.
2005.02.10 : NLD(LA)Korea Branch and Burmese community from Korea discussed about current Burma's situation and our Democratic struggle in Korea.
2005.02.16 : Prefessor.Park Eun Hong and Nay Tun Naing went to the National assembly and met Mr.Kim Min Sam, Legislative Assistant of M.P. Rhee, Mok Hee and Roh-Hang Rae, Director for Policy Committee of URI Party and discussed about " Korean Parliamentary Caucus on Burma". Finally, we agreed that we will celebrate " The
Seminor on Burmese Democracy " at Korea National Assembly on March 21 ( Monday ).
2005.02.17: We attended the Korea NGOs forum on Burma which celebrated at the PSPD office and discussed about Korea NGOs support for Burma.
2005.02.18 : Nay Tun Naing attended the meeting with Korean who will go to Mae Sot together on February 23.
2005.02.24 : Nay Tun Naing and Korea NGOs group from Bucheon city visited to Mae La Refugee camp from Thai-Burma Border, Yamonna School, Young Chi Oo school, Saytana School. And we discussed with the " Education Committee " to found the High School at the Mae Sot area.
2005.02.25: Nay Tun Naing and Korea NGOs group from Bucheon city visited NLD(LA)Youth School, NLD(LA)Woman's school, NLD(LA) ( National League for Democracy < Liberated Area >, NCUB ( National Council of Union of Burma ),FDB ( Forum for Democracy in Burma ) office and discussed about Burma's situation as well as Korea role for Burmese democratization.
2005.02.25 : Kim Min Jung, the editor of Asian Workers News Letter from Busan and other two Korean visited to NLD(LA)Korea and interviewed to our members about Burma's situation and also activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch.
2005.02.27 : We celebrated the February monthly meeting at our office.
The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of March, 2005
2005.03.03 : Maung Maung Lwin, Win Min, Kyaw Oo and Win Bo celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from 10.pm to 1.pm.
2005.03.08 : Thaung Htun went to Seoul immigration office for interview.
2005.03.09 : Kyaw Win Naing went to Seoul immigration office for interview.
2005.03.10 : Nay Tun Naing met with Professor.Park Eun Hong at the Songkonghoe University campus. Prof.Park explained about his Thailand trip and Burmese Seminar which will be held at the Korea National Assembly.
2005.03.11 : Kyaw Moe Lwin, Khin Maung Yin, Zaw Moe Aung and Maung Maung Soe received the " Refusal Notice on the Recognition of Refugee Status”: and also " Application for Appeal " from Seoul immigration office.
2005.03.13 : We celebrated the Myanmar Human Rights Day, Opening Ceremony of Political Library of NLD(LA)Korea Branch, Political discussion among Burmese community in Korea and we also discussed about the case of ( 9 )Burmese people who were rejected for their Refugee Status.
2005.03.15 : We held the emergency meeting at our office to discuss about latest situations concerning with Refugee Status. Most of us supports to apply again ( 4 )members’ Refugee Status as the final.
2005.03.17 : Zaw Moe Aung, Maung Soe, Kyaw Moe Lwin and Khin Maung Yin applied again Refugee Status as the final to MOJ
:Kyaw Naing, Kyaw Moe Lwin and Win Bo celebrated the demonstration in front of National Assembly.
2005.03.20 : We celebrated the “ Free Political Prisoner Campaign “ near Hae Hwa station, in seoul.
:The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Joint Secretary of Korea Branch discussed about current situation in Korea .at the evening.
2005.03.21 :Nay Tun Naing and Maung Maung Soe discussed with Professor.Park Eun Hong at the Songkonghoe University about democratic activities in Korea.
2005.03.22 : Gwangju Broadcasting Cooperation came to our office and interviewed us about current Burma situation and also Korea Branch activities.
2005.03.23 Augn Myint Swe, Kyaw Swa, Zaw Moe Aung, Kyaw Naing and Kyaw Hyut celebrated the demonstration in front of National Assembly.
2005.03.27 : We celebrated the monthly meeting at our office.
2005.03.28 Kyaw Kyaw, Kyaw Oo, Myo Thant, Ei Ei Swe and Nay Tun Naing celebrated the demonstration in front of National Assembly.

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of April, 2005
1) The members of NLD (LA) Korea Branch met Bucheon's NGOs at our office in Bucheon on 1, April. 2005.
2) U Zaw Moe Aung ( In charge of worker's affairs of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch) and U Maung Maung Soe ( In charge of student affairs of NLD (LA) Korea Branch) attended an event invited by the Cheonan Mayor on 2 and 3 of April 2005.
3) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for the release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on 3, April. 2005.
4) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 7, April 2005.
5) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on 10, April. 2005.
5) Some members of NLD (LA) Korea branch single demonstration in front of the Korean National Assembly to Korea government support for Burma democracy and stop investment on Burma junta from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 7, April. 2005.

Attendee
1) U Maung Maung Lwin ( Vice chairman )
2) U Kyaw Swar Linn (a) U Shar Linn ( In charge of foreign affairs )
3) U Zaw Moe Aung ( In charge of worker's affairs )
4) U Maung Maung Soe ( In charge of student affairs )
5) U Kyaw Naing Oo ( Member )
6) U Zaw Moe Aung ( In charge of worker's affairs of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch) lectured about Burma democracy for Han Shin University Students at Han Shin University in Suwon from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on 12, April. 2005. U Maung Maung Soe ( In charge of student affairs of NLD (LA) Korea Branch) attended it.
7) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 14, April 2005.
8) On Sunday 17 April 2005, NLD (LA) Korea joined the Burmese New Year, Water Festival led by the Myanmar Association (Korea) and served with traditional food.
9) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 21, April 2005.
10) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch held photos exhibition and signature campaign for free political prisoners from the prisons of Burma from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Seoul on 24 April 2005.
11) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 28, April 2005.

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of May, 2005
1) Monthly Meeting from 1:00 pm at our office on 1, May, 2005.
2) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 6, May 2005.
3) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for the release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 8, May 2005.
4) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 12, May 2005.
5) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch celebrated 6th years anniversary of foundation of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch our office in Bucheon at 2:00 pm on 15, May 2005.
6) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 19, May 2005
7) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 22, May 2005.
8) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch demonstration 15th anniversary of the General Election Day of the Burma in front of junta's Embassy of Burma from 10 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul.
9) Some member of the NLD (LA) Korea branch single demonstration 2nd anniversary of the May 30 Depayin massacre in front of junta's Embassy of Burma from 10:00 am to 12:00 am in Seoul.

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of June, 2005
1) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 2, June 2005
2) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for the release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 5, June 2005.
3) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 9, June 2005
4) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch held photos exhibition and signature campaign for free political prisoners from the prisons of Burma from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Seoul on 12, June 2005.
5) U Zaw Moe Aung ( In charge of the NLD(LA) Korea Branch ) attended the meeting sponsored by PNAN organization to discuss on condition of refugees that are in Korea and changing the country's refugee law. The meeting was held in a Korea parliament building on June 16, 2005 between 9:30AM-12:30PM. During the meeting, U Zaw Moe Aung discussed the current Burma political situation and April 12, 2005 Burmese asylum case that was rejected by the Korean authority. U Kyaw Swa Lin (a) Shar Linn ( In charge of foreign affairs of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch )also attended the event.
6) On June 17, NLD (LA) Korea introduced the book titled “The 60th birthday of a national heroine”, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, at a Soul Nite Namu café between 3 and 5PM.
7) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at her 60th birthday in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 10:00 am to 12:00 am in Seoul on 18, June 2005.
8) At 7AM on June 19, NLD (LA) Korea and Burmese Association (Korea) held an event at a Pucheon Sokwong Sa temple to celebrate the 60th birthday of Burma democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. At the event, the Honorable monk Lim Yong Dam led the prayer session and prayed for the release of the leader and her well-being.
9) At 10:30AM, NLD (LA) Korea released alive fishes on the occasion of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th birthday on 19, June 2005.
10) From 6:00 - 9:00 PM, NLD (LA) Korea and others gathered at the Pucheon city hall and prayed for the release of Burma’s leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her 60th birthday on 19, June 2005.
11) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 23, June 2005
12) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for the release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 26, June 2005.
13) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 30, June 2005

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of July, 2005
1) Monthly meeting on July 3, 2005.
2) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on 7, July 2005
3) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch demonstration of anniversary of 7, July 1962 of the Burma in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Seoul on 7, July 2005.
4) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for the release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 10, July 2005.
5) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 14, July 2005
6) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch held photos exhibition and signature campaign for free political prisoners from the prisons of Burma from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Puphyong city on 17, July 2005.
7) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 21, July 2005
8) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for the release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 24, July 2005.
9) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government to support for Burma democracy and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 28, July 2005
10) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch single demonstration and anti junta for May 30 Depayin massacre in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul 30, July 2005.
11) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch celebrated monthly meeting at our office in Bucheon at 1:00 pm on 31, July 2005.

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of August, 2005
1) Monthly Meeting was held at our office at NLD (LA) Korea Branch's office in on 31, August 2005.
2) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch held photos exhibition for 17th anniversary of commemoration of the 8888 Burma democracy uprising from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Myong Dong on 7, August 2005.
3) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch demonstration the 17th anniversary of commemoration of the 8888 Burma democracy uprising from 10:00 am to 12:00 am in Seoul on 8, August 2005.
4) The 17th anniversary of commemoration of the 8888 Burma democracy uprising , a forum titling Burma democracy cause and Korea's involvement or assistance in the cause was held on the 11th floor of Korea Human Rights Commission building from 2:00-4:30PM.

At the forum:
1. Introduction speech was given by U Aung Myint Swe (Chairman of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch)
2. The occurrence of 8888 uprising and to help suffering children at the Thai-Burma border area were discussed by U Maung Maung Zaw ( Secretary of the APEBC )
3. U Zaw Moe Aung (In charge of worker's affairs of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch) presented the past movement/activities of NLD (LA) Korea Branch.
4. Ms. Choi Hyung Ja (Secretary of the Bucheon Migrant workers House) explained about the education assistance given to Thai-Burma border based children and their situation.
5. Ms. Choi Mi Kyoung (Leader of the Korean Human Rightof International Solidarity) explained how Daewoo International drilling gas and how it will have difficulties and affect Burma and how should protest the company
6. U Kyaw Swa Lin (a) Shar Linn (In charge of foreign affairs of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch) Korea explained Korea role for Burma’s democratization and answered all questions from concerned attendees.
5) We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release of U Tin Oo (Vice president of the NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (General Secretary of the NLD) and all political prisoners in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul on 14, September 2005.
6) The members of NLD (LA) Korea Branch held photos exhibition for free political prisoners in the Burma from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Puphyong Shi, Kyonggi Do on 21, September 2005.
7) The members of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch celebrated monthly meeting at 1:00 pm on 28, September 2005.
8) Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea Branch single demonstration and anti military government the 2 years and 3 months of 2003, May 30 Depayin massacre of the Burma in front of junta's Embassy of the Burma from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Seoul on 30, September 2005.
The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of September, 2005
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th September 2005.
Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government pressure to Burma military junta for release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul.
4th September 2005.
We NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in front of Burma junta's embassy at Yong San Ku, Han Nam Dong in Seoul from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
11th September 2005.
We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch held photos exhibition and signature campaign for free political prisoners from the prisons of Burma from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Myong Dong in Seoul.

16th September 2005.
Some NLD (LA) Kroea Branch celebrated of 7th anniversary of the CRPP (Committee Representing of People's Parliament) foundation Day in front of Burma junta's embassy from 10:00 am to 12:00 am at Yong San Ku, Han Nam Dong in Seoul.
25th September 2005.

We NLD (LA) Korea Branch discussed Chairman, Joint secretary and In charge of Publication's Japan travel at our office in Bucheon Shi.
27th Sepbermber 2005.

We NLD (LA) Korea Branch celebrated of 17th anniversary of the NLD foundation day at our office in Bucheon Shi from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. NLD (LA) Korea Branch's Activities in the month of October, 2005
The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of October, 2005
2nd October. 2005.

Some members of the NLD (LA) Korea branch demonstrated individually in front of the Korean National Assembly requesting Korea government pressure to Burma military junta for release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners and stop investment in dictator ruled nation, Burma, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Seoul.
9th September 2005.

We NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in front of Burma junta's embassy at Yong San Ku, Han Nam Dong in Seoul from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
14th October 2005.

NLD (LA) Korea Branch attended stop Daewoo investment in Burma in front of Daewoo Head quarter building in Seoul from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
16th October 2005.

NLD (LA) Korea Branch discussed for Japan trip our office in Bucheon Shi at afternoon and Rakhaing organizations visitation our office in Bucheon Shi at evening.
23rd October 2005.

We NLD (LA) Korea Branch called for release Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in front of Burma junta's embassy at Yong San Ku, Han Nam Dong in Seoul from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

We NLD (LA) Korea Branch attended Chin Kwardo festival at in Suwon.
24th October 2005.

We, NLD (LA) Korea Branch and Burma organizations called for free Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi, we want democracy and we need UN Action in front UNDP building in Seoul from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of November, 2005
3.11.2005 : The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.

6.11.2005 : We celebrated the demonstrations in front of Junta's embassy and demand to release Mr.Tin Oo, the Vice Chairperson of National League for Democracy and Burmese Democracy Leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, all political prisoners and to reopen all of NLD offices inside Burma.

7/8.11.2005 : Mr.Yan Naing Htun ( In Charge of News and Information ) attended Burma Media Conference which was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
10.11.2005 : The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.

17.11.2005 : The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.

24.11.2005 : The members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch celebrated the demonstration in front of Korea National Assembly from10am to 1pm.

26.11.2005 : We, the members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch and Burmese community in Korea celebrated the (85th ) National Day at NLD Office.

26.11.2005 : Nay Tun Naing discussed with Ms.Debbie from Altsean Burma who came to Seoul for some meetings with Korea Human Rights NGOs.

27.11.2005 : One Japanese form “ People Forum on Burma ( Japan ) visited to our office and discussed about current political situations inside Burma.

27.11.2005 : We held November monthly meeting at our office.
The followings are the activities of Mr.Zaw Moe Aung ( In Charge of Worker’s Affairs ) during the month of November, 2005.
2005년 11월 10일 목요일 오후 6시 30분 서울시 마포구 Holliday Hotel 에 대한 중화민간교류협회의 제 3차 이사회
2005년 11월 11일
저녁 6시 30분 원미구 북 초등학교에 제 2회 원미구 사람들의 문화의 밤 행사
2005년 11월 13일 일요일 IFC ( International Friendship Club ) 와 함꼐 외도 방문
2005년 11월 14일 월요일 김한겸 (거제시장님)의 방문
2005년 11월 14일 윤종만 경상남도 게제시의회 의장님 의 방문

The activities of NLD(LA)Korea Branch in the month of December, 2005
December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Demonstration in front of National Assembly.
December 1 : Thaung Htun and Nay Tun Naing met Prof.Kang Hyun Lee, Volunteer 21,
( 1 ) to contact Student Union ( 2 ) NLD Fund !
December 7,8, 9 :Nay Tun Naing attended “ Gwangju forum for Asian Human Rights”
December 10 : We Attended Fund Festival for Children from border !
December 11 : Demonstration in front of Embassy
December 13 : R TV Interview to the members of NLD(LA)Korea Branch at our office.
December 15 : Mr. Lwin, Kyaw Naing and Kyaw Swa met with Korea Chrischan Mission Crusade
Decemerb 16 :Migrant Worker Broadcasting came to our office and Kyaw Swa and Kyaw Naing
December 18 : Dr.Kaung Nyunt explained to the Burmese community about New Zeland scholarship at Bucheon Migrant Workers House.
December 22 : 여의도 통신, 사진부/ 기자 감진석 interviewed Kyaw Swa, Khin Mg Yin and Zaw Moe Aung
December 25 : We held monthly meeting of December, reviewed the activities of our branch in 2005 as well as discussed about our democratic movements in 2006.


Updated (6 March 2006):

Click to watch video
Exiled Burmese Wedding

http://www.dailymotion.com/ophaquwe/video/61204

This video was posted at the Daily Motion Site of Agnes. I am reposting here.


Photos:


this pics taken in front of Burmese Embassy in Seoul during Rally to support release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from home arrested in Burma



With members of NLD Liberate Area Korea Branch in front of Burmese Embassy Seoul


Pics of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

In front of NLD LA Office Korea Branch Seoul

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The First Monday in Snow Session

This Pete, Agnes and Pan making track for people in front of offfice Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 28, 2005

Meet our Interns

For the residents of Gwangju and to most Koreans, May 18, 1980 is a sacred day. It was this date that people offered their lives for democracy. The May 18 Memorial Foundation is an expression to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity for peace and human rights throughout the world. Also, it aims for the peaceful reunification of Korea.

Since its establishment in 1994 as a non-profit organization by the surviving victims of the uprising and the rest of Gwangju citizenry, the foundation has carried out numerous projects that include organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding the Gwangju Human Rights Prize.

For the first time the foundation is sponsoring an International Internship Program on Human Rights. The goals of the program are: to improve efficiency of International Solidarity Task by recruiting human rights organizations, activists, researchers in Asia, America and Europe and to promote Gwangju as an Asian Human Rights Movement hub. Also, the internship program is seen to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. Interns will be given a chance to learn about and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea. They will be conducting researches and public presentation on topics related to human rights, peace and democracy.

The foundation has five interns from four different countries that include Nepal, China, Indonesia and the Philippines. These interns are NGO workers and human rights activist in their countries and will attend the program for the next 10 months that will culminate in May 2006.


From Nepal our intern is Mr. Ram Prasad Sharma. He is the first among the interns to arrive in Gwangju City last May 2005. He has been working Advocacy Forum, Nepal since 2001 as a Advocate Legal Officer. His main responsibilities are monitoring detention centre and make detainees aware of their legal and human rights. He also documents cases of extra judicial killing, disappearances, abduction and torture from both the state and rebels groups. He also provides legal aid for detainees by filing the habeas corpus case in courts in their favor them. To get to know more about Mr. Sharma please follow link to Q&A with Interns.


Our Chinese intern is Ms. Xiaolin Pan, a graduate student of International Law at Peking University Law School. She is a member of the university’s Research Center of Human Rights Law School (www.hrol.org). The Research Center publishes periodicals and journals on international treaties, conferences proceedings and other basic information on human rights. The center also offers a Master’s Degree Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in cooperation with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) of Lund University of Sweden.




Indonesian representatives are Ms. Agnes Theodora Gurning of IKOHI and Mr. Mustawalad of KontraS. Ms. Gurning is coordinator of their organization’s Data Base Division. IKOHI is a human rights victim- based organization that has three main programs campaigns, members’ empowerment (social, economic, psychological counseling) and data base. Their organization hopes that she will accumulate wealth of experience from the Korean internship programme. She will be in-charge with International Networking on Human Rights when she returns to Indonesia.



Mr. Mustawalad came from Aceh where he work for KontraS as a investigation, data base and research officer. He has been with the organization since 1998 but was transferred to Jakarta in 2003 when martial law was declared in Aceh. Military prevented NGOs like KontraS in doing their job especially monitoring human rights abuses. With the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Free Aceh Movement (GAM), and the Government of Indonesia (GoI) last 15 August 2005, at Helsinki, Finland, he looks forward of walking again freely in his beloved native land. He is interested to learn the Korean experience of sending high profile human rights violators to court, awarding compensation and delivering justice to human rights victims and various campaign strategies that will help facilitate peace process and development in Aceh.




The invitation to Philippines was extended to the Community Organizers Multiversity (CO Multiversity). A non-government organization (NGO) that seeks to enhance the capacities of community organizers, people’s organizations and other development organizations by creating and nurturing innovative, culturally-sensitive and empowering community processes in partnership with other stakeholders. With its enhanced programs, CO Multiversity aims to achieve and carry out its distinct role and mission in empowering among others marginalized communities. CO Multiversity sent last July 8, 2005 Mr. Pedro E. Rahon, a program assistant staff to join the internship program. As an intern he will be doing researches on the plight of Filipino migrant workers in Korea, Filipinas married to Koreans, and the Philippines-Korean lessons and experiences in solidarity and study exchanges.


(Note: this article was made a long time ago and never got posted online so it is posted here)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Fare- WELL ! Ram






Ram is leaving us, Fare- WELL !

It is really sad to say goodbye, but life has to go on, people moves on, on and on and ….

Tonite,25 September 2005, Ram will go back to Nepal after more than 5 months of stay here in Gwangju City, Repubic of Korea.I made interview of Ram for an online publication but up until now is not yet posted, so I think I have to post if here as a tribute to our friend and co-intern Ram Prasad Sharma.


The interview:

Q & A with a Human Rights Intern
Ram Prasad Sharma
(Advocacy Forum – Nepal)


1- Please tell us about yourself ?

My Name is Ram Prasad Sharma. By profession I am Advocate of Supreme Court [Human Rights Lawyer] of Nepal. I have been working with the Advocacy Forum Nepal as a legal officer since the last 5 years.

2) Tell us about your country?

Nepal is one of the Hindu Kingdoms in the world. It covers an area of 147,181 square kilometers that stretches 145 to 241 km north to south and 850 km west to east. Geographically Nepal is sandwiched between two super power countries, China and India. Kathmandu is the capital. Environmentally it is mountainous in the northern parts. The hills that separates Mahabharat range to Chure hills and Terai is in the south. The world highest peak, Mount Everest is 8,848 meters high in the north; lowest point is 70 meters from the sea level. It is with a mixed biodiversity.

The population of Nepal is 23 million. More than 90 percent of the population is Hindu. And 90 percent of the people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. More than 25 ethnic groups exist and different languages are being spoken but the official language is Nepali. The Lord Buddha was born in Nepal.


3) Tell us about your organization?

Advocacy Forum- Nepal, is a non-profit or non-government organization established to promote and strengthen human rights and rule of law in Nepal. Advocacy forum has following program and activities:

Custody Monitoring Program
It is the main program of Advocacy Forum. The Forum has 5 Regional offices and 1 head office in the capital, Katmandu. Almost 30 police custodies are covered by forum’s regional offices and head office. Every day forum lawyer visits custody to survey the detainee’s basic legal and human rights. Forum lawyers are free to take interview with detainees any time. The Forum also establishes mechanism for lawyers to have access into police custody. The Forum fulfills the need of prisoners for legal services since private lawyers and firms neglect in providing this help. The Forum advocates that detainees must first be visited by lawyer or a legal counsel before they are presented to the court. The accused must know what kinds of charges are filed against him. Every three months the Forum calls for consultation meetings among the Police investigation departments, judges, public prosecutors and private lawyers in order to improve the investigation system of Nepal and the role played by other stakeholders. The Forum shares figures and evidences which they found in custody to public prosecutors offices and the courts. The Forum has been providing legal aid to those people who can’t afford the services of private lawyers. The Forum is strictly opposed to juvenile detainees. The Forum support and provide services to these juvenile delinquents, torture victims and medical services to sick persons inside the prison.

Documentation of Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances -
Advocacy Forum has been documenting extra judicial killings, disappearances, and abductions, tortures and abuses caused by the state and non state actors during the civil war and various encounters in Nepal. If some parts of Nepal have clashes, encounters or battles, Forum lawyers are sent to conduct investigation. Lawyers meet with victims, victim’s family, eye witnesses, and concerned authorities. The Forum documents what kind of human rights violation cases were made and forward the information to international human rights organization. Questions were raised to security forces through the help of international human rights organizations. The royal army was pressed to form a court of inquiry to mete penalty to those security officer who committed violations and crimes.

The Forum is keeping the record of how may people lost their lives, how many people were injured, abduction and disappearances. It also provides free legal aid to the people. Forum lawyers file cases of habeas corpus in courts to prevent people from illegal detention. Almost 500 habeas corpus cases had been handed by the Forum’s lawyers. The cases continue to increase rapidly.

Juvenile Justice
The Forum has always been providing free legal and medical supports for juvenile detainees. If Forum lawyers found juveniles in the custody of police, they would interfere and invoke child rights and child law of Nepal. Almost 20 juveniles had been sent to child care centres from the police custody with due process of law.
Medical support for victims of torture and cases filed against the perpetrators
The Forum aims to reduce torture and establish a fair trial system in Nepal. When the Forum’s lawyer found any torture victims in police custody and jail they took them to the hospitals to check their physical and mental condition. If the victim was tortured by authorities, then a Forum lawyer file a case against the perpetrators according to the Nepalese compensation act.

Programs for the jail/custody personnel, public prosecutor offices and other authorities
Advocacy Forum has been providing training seminar and workshop for the police authorities (especially those who are involve in investigation), judges, jailors, public prosecutors and private lawyers in improving judicial-criminal system in Nepal. The Forum had established libraries in the police station, detention centers and jails.

4) What do you expect to gain from this internship program?

As an intern I would like to learn about following subjects: democratic movement of Korea and how they achieved it; compensation by the government of those injured, killed and disappeared; labor movement of Korea; democratic movements here in Kwangju City, in Seoul, Busan and other cities; Marshal act during the 1980s; Migrant Labor Laws and the problems of migrant people in Korea (specially SARC countries); interview and dialogue with victims and victims families of democratic movement during the 1980’s; I like to learn about the activities of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Korea and how it is working for the promotion of Human Rights here in Korea and the kind of international solidarity they do.

5) What can you give in return to the Foundation?

As a human rights lawyer I can give the following in return to the Foundation: I can share the human rights conditions (human rights abuses, etc.), norms and humanitarian laws in my country; documentation of all kind of human rights abuses; share my knowledge about international human rights law and human rights treaties; share the background of civil war in Nepal, its reasons, effects and the violations of human rights and other abuses both from the government and rebel’s side; inform about the problems of disappearances, abductions, extrajudicial killings and tortures in Nepal; and also give background of the democratic movements of Nepal after February 1, 2005 Coup d’ etat by the King.



6- What is the present political climate in your country, its human rights condition and situation?

The present situation of Nepal is marked by gory murders, indiscriminate killings, and disregard of humanitarian values. My country has been in a state of civil war since 1996 when the Communist parties (Maoists) took weapons against the monarchy of Nepal. The violent conflict is the main reason for the widespread violation of human rights and disregards for humanitarian law. There is no rule of law and there’s a political deadlock. Human Rights violation is on the rise. Extra judicial killings in fake encounters have grown rapidly. A number of people have disappeared; almost 2000 disappearance cases had been registered at National Human Rights Commission. Arbitrary arrests and detentions by the security forces are increasing rapidly.

Political leaders, the prime minister, ministers, and former prime ministers were arrested and some of them are detained on a house arrest for over a long period of time. Some still languishes at detention centers. Human rights activists are threatened as well, some have left the country due to security reasons.

After Feb. 1st 2005, media crackdown was instigated by the King. There is no press freedom; independent news is censored by the Nepalese government. Some people from the media and the press were locked by government. Local newspapers and radio are under threat. They don’t have the right to broadcast news that is anti-government.

On the other hand Maoists are putting pressure on human rights activists asking them to register to them. Now government is sponsoring village defense forces to counter Maoists. More than 350 houses at Chanaute Kapilwastu district were vandalized, torched and five innocent people were killed on charge of being Maoists. Simultaneously in Dhading a neighboring district of the Capital Katmandu, the government is forcing young people to join them in retaliation against Maoists.

A lot of people had migrated to other places due to this arm conflict. There is no parliament, the King appoints everyone: ministers, district, zonal and regional authorities. This illegal authority has suspended 140 government employees. No courts orders are being respected thus, weakening the judiciary. Human rights lawyers are threatened and victims are silently terrorized. Victims are not given justice, they can’t even file complaints even after suffering from serious torture since the security forces or the army in particular threatens them and their families.


7) How does your organization addresses these issues and concerns on democracy, peace and human rights?

Advocacy Forum continues to lobby for peace and democracy since it was established. Human rights violation is a serious problem in Nepal. My organization serves as a human rights watch dog. It has been working for the protection and respect of fundamental and human rights of the people. It conducts public awareness campaign, publication, seminars, workshops, field monitoring and consultation meetings to address human rights issues. The Forum advocates both to government and the rebels to respect and uphold human rights and humanitarian law. The forum also helps people to advocate their issues both in the national and international human rights organizations.


8) What are your impressions about Korea?

As an intern I have the chance to learn about Korean democratic movement of 1980s. Those people who actively participated during the 1980s democratic upraising are now well reputed people and considered patriots. The stories of their bravery are even covered in school curriculum. Government and some NGO has been collecting their story to promote it and so people will remember their valor. I admire the Korean peoples struggle for democracy and becoming a well developed economy. I appreciate Korean democracy and how the people are able to exercise their fundamental, human rights and live freely in a democracy.

Friday, September 09, 2005

JUSTICE FOR MUNIR! JUSTICE FOR ALL!




Press Statement on MUNIR's 1st Death Anniversary

Today, September 7, 2005 is exactly one year after Munir passed away. He died on a Garuda plane on his way to Netherlands from Jakarta. The official cause of his death was poisoning due to an extreme amount of arsenic found in his body. The death of Munir was politically motivated.
His assassination is a threat to human rights and democracy in Indonesia.

Although the investigation and judicial process on Munir case has been conducted, it is still far from complete. Up until now, the trial has only identified perpetrators but not the masterminds who remain at large. It is important that both direct perpetrators and the masterminds should be punished to give justice to Munir, his family, the Indonesian people and the international human rights community he served.

Therefore, to commemorate Munir’s 1st Death Anniversary, we would like to repeat our call to Indonesian government to act on this case judiciously. The Indonesian government should ensure a fair, impartial and independent trial on the case of Munir. The whole truth should be made known and justice meted out.

This treacherous act of murder to a human rights defender should be resolved at the soonest possible time. Justice delayed is justice denied. The government is seen to manipulate this case through the passage of time and might be shelved and forgotten. But the human rights community in Indonesia and the rest of the world remain vigilant. The crime committed against Munir will never be forgotten. This utter violation of the basic right to life of active human rights defender of Indonesia is despicable. The cycle of impunity going on in Indonesia should be put to an end, once and for all.

Today, we call the support and sympathy of the Korean public to help us strengthen and reinforce the pressure to the Indonesian government to act on Munir’s case. The City of Gwangju is famous for its ideals of democracy and human rights. We believe that the spirit of the May 18 Gwangju Uprising is alive and could be spread out to other places such as Indonesia where violations of human rights is rampant. We hope that it will inspire us in our struggle in achieving our own dream of democracy.

We will be distributing cards to be signed at strategic places in Gwangju City where people usually gather. Please show your support by signing those cards. We will send all of the signed cards to the President of Indonesia, Mr. Bambang Soesilo Yudhoyono to inform him that the Korean people are one with us in the demand to give Justice to Munir!

Justice for Munir! Justice For All!

Gwangju, September 7, 2005

IKOHI – Indonesian Association of Families of the Disappeared, Indonesia
KontraS – Commission for Disappearance and Victims of Violence, Indonesia

SUPPORTED BY :
The May 18 Memorial Foundation, Republic of Korea
COM – Community Organizers Multiversity, Philippines
Advocacy Forum, Nepal
Peking University Human Rights Research Center, China

(press statement made by Agnes Gurning of IKOHI)

Pictures of the campaign:


Chonam University















Downtown, In front of Post Office (Close to the Provincial Hall)



















The Magnificient Team all smiles after a hard day's work and they will keep demanding: JUSTICE for MUNIR, JUSTICE for ALL !

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Justice to MUNIR, Justice for ALL !



Commemorating the 1st Death Anniversary of Munir

I. Objective

To make use of Munir’s 1st death anniversary to advocate his case to the Korean public by informing and getting their support through signature campaign. This campaign shall serve as contribution to the growing international pressure to Indonesian government to act judiciously on the assassination of Munir.






2. Forms of Action

Exhibition using campaign materials such as : Munir’s profile, pictures of human rights situation in Indonesia, and news articles on Munir case.




Spread and distribute leaflets on Munir case.

Gather signature by signing cards of support on Munir case addressed to the Indonesian President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono.



3. Description of Situation

At Chonnam University

We arrived there at about 09.00 AM. It is good that the weather that day was conducive for us to conduct the activity (there was an typhoon forecasted in the news). The wind has dropped down the exhibited boards several times but it did not disturb us so much. We did it at the across of the Student Center building. Many students walked around that area and passed our stand too. Some of us dispersed one by one in some spots around the area and spread the cards/leaflets and approached the people to sign. While the rest stayed in the desk to serve and wait on people who passed around. We kept explaining and informing the case directly to the people there.

We also played the documentary films about Indonesia’s human rights issue/situation. We got more than half of all cards signed in this location. We left for Down Town at about 01.30 PM.

In Chonnam University, since it is a campus, the audience were mostly students, only few were lecturers. While in Down Town area, the audience is more varied. There are traders, workers, students, youths, monks, children, mothers, and other common people in it.

It means that we have targeted various kinds of people who were representatives of the Korean public. Therefore, it is justifiable to claim that we got the sympathy and support of the Korean public.


At Down Town

We arrived there at about 02.00 PM. We did it in front of the Post Office. It was on a crossroads where people passed by. Like in Chonnam University, some of us dispersed to different spots around the area; spread the cards/leaflets and approached the people to sign.



While the rest stayed in the desk (Sang Seon Kim, Jaedae Ko, Cheung Park) to inform and explain the campaigns in detail (obviously the interns can’t communicate in Korean !). The audience there was more varied. The people usually got attracted to the displayed pictures of violence (some were comparing it even to the scenes of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising).




Some children look surprised ( I hope not shocked of the display of explicit and gory pictures). They showed their curiosity by asking many questions and giving comments ( So Agnes tried her best to talk to them in English, while they asked in Korean – hmmm wonder of dialogue) . So we explained the matter we were campaigning. We left that place at about 05.30 PM.



4. Result

1. Some photo/journalists came and covered the activity (newspaper – The Namdo Ilbo- at page 2 ! and two online news – www.kjdaily.com and www.moodeungilbo.co.kr wow !).

2. Of the 1000 cards we distributed, 800 were signed and 120 unreturned, only 80 were left empty.

We can conclude that this activity was successful in meeting its goals and objectives. We have concrete evidences as basis for this claim (hurrayyyyy !).




5. Lessons

It is very good to interact directly with Korean public and let them know about Munir case.

We have opportunity to be in touch with various kinds of Korean people (across age, gender, profession, etc. – I believe there were several foreigners as well )

The interns had a good opportunity to show cooperation by doing concrete international solidarity action for this very significant event.

We received full support from May 18 Memorial Foundation.

I personally felt I was not able to fully maximize the opportunity and explain to the public the case due to my lack of language facility.

As a first experiment of organizing and conducting this activity, this is a very good experience for me and for the interns as well.

I hope we can do such activities/ events in the future with better performance.



(Note: This is a syndicated report of Agnes Gurning of IKOHI, sorry I can't control my fingers to tap the keyboard and introduce my own commentaries- my apology, pete).



Thursday, September 01, 2005

Call for Application for the Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School

Call for Application for the Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School







The Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School aims to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia. Twenty (20) invitees from all over the Asia who have been working for human rights and peace organizations in their own countries shall be given an opportunity to learn and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea.

Participants will be introduced to Korean history in general and to the movements and struggle for democracy, including the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, both through theoretical and practical experiences such as seminars, discussions and field trips to the sites of democratization movements in Korea.


(Note: The activity is invitational only. Submitting an application does not guarantee an invitation. The foundation is doing its best to allocate the invitation to a wider reach and representation (sector, country, gender, issues, etc.). Also, this activity is conducted on a yearly basis so the chance of being invited is very high).

Please visit this site for more information about the foundation:
www.518.org


● General information
▤ Place: Gwangju, Republic of Korea
▤ Dates: 7~25 November 2005
▤ Number of participants: 20
▤ Held by : The May 18 Memorial Foundation, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

▤ Prerequisites:
Minimum 3-years experience in the field of Human Rights or peace organisation, and ability to communicate in English (evidence of qualifications must be submitted with application).

▤ Rules:
1. Participants may not bring their friends and family member for the duration of the programme.
2. Participants must stay in the accommodation allocated them for the duration of the programme.
3. Participants must participate in the programme fully, not using allotted times for their personal activities.

▤ Selection process:
Call for applications to be made through human rights and peace organisations in Asia; applications received will be assessed by the May 18 Memorial Foundation and applicants will be informed of the outcome.

▤ Expenses covered:
Cost of economy class air ticket, accommodation, food and education for duration of programme for overseas participants.
Domestic (Korean) participants will pay for the costs themselves.

▤ Application period:
24 August ~ 30 September 2005
Please find the Application Form attached to this e-mail.

● Syllabus
▤ First week: The History of the Korean Democracy Movement
1. Pay respects at the National May 18 Cemetery and introduction
2. Significance of the May 18 Uprising in the Korean Democracy Movement
3. Defeat of the military dictatorship
4. The history of the Korean Democracy Movement

▤ Second week: Human Rights in Asia
1. Inheritance of imperialism (overcoming colonialism, ideological conflict, ethnic problems, religious conflicts, and an overview of human rights in Asia)
2. Asian values and Orientalism
3. Cultural conflicts and unification
4. Ideological conflicts and state violence
5. Field visits (Pan Mun Jeom and the Korean Democracy Foundation)

▤ Third week: Korea and Asia
1. Civil society and NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations)
2. Anti-globalization/ Neo-liberalism
3. Development and environment (a. Development and dictatorship; b. Environment)
4. Group reports and networking
5. Trip, Closing Ceremony & Free Time

● Daily timetable
▤ 9:00~10:30 Lecture
▤ 10:30~11:30 Discussion
▤ 11:30~12:30 Lunch
▤ 12:30~14:00 Lecture
▤ 14:00~15:00 Discussion

● Contact
▤ Mr. Chanho. Kim
▤ Assistant Director of General Affairs Department of The May 18 Memorial Foundation
▤ Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School
▤ E-mail: may18interns@gmail.com
▤ Web: www.518.org
▤ Phone.: (+82) 62 456 0518 (Office), FAX: (+82) 62 456 0519, Mob: (+82) 10 4642 6650