In its monthly bulletin released on September 2, the International Crisis Group (ICG) noted that the crisis in Myanmar remained unchanged. Despite the much anticipated 20th year anniversary of the 8-8-88 nationwide uprising and the much maligned visits of the UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari to the country, the bulletin noted that the conflict in Myanmar neither significantly improved nor deteriorated during the course of the last month. It noted that the failure of Gambari to secure meetings with either junta leader Senior General Than Shwe or Aung San Suu Kyi brought into question the ‘efficacy of the UN effort’1.
Meanwhile, Suu Kyi was honoured with the 'Dundee Freedom Award' for her courageous struggle to restore human rights and democracy in Myanmar by the Dundee City Council of Scotland in a ceremony on September 3. The award will be received on her behalf by Anna Roberts, the Director of the Burma Campaign United Kingdom, a group that has been vigorously advocating for human rights and democracy in Myanmar2.