Time To Take Concrete Immediate Collective Actions To Free Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi once said that “It is even appropriate or justified for the international community carries out the responsibility to intervene in the internal affairs of another country whose power are creating hell for the population. The international community as a whole should recognise that it has got responsibilities. It can’t ignore grave injustices that are going on within the borders of any particular country.”
Burma crisis is in pivotal state. Junta will definitely deliver the verdict by saying Aung San Suu Kyi is found guilty and will imprison her another 5 more years. This is a ploy to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi since junta wanted to lock Aung San Suu Kyi in jail forever as their rigged 2010 election plan is drawing nearer in which they are setting up everything to win their backed party.
Junta’s planned 2010 election is designed to legitimised military rule in Burma. To pave the way to smooth for their rigged 2010 election plan, junta continue imprisoning democracy activists, plotting the ploy to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi and doing everything they can to nullify 1990 election results. Aung San Suu Kyi is victim of injustice.
In Burma, there is no rule of law and junta is always above the law. Aung San Suu Kyi was elected by the citizens of Burma in the 1990 General Election. Ironically that election was conducted by the same generals who suppress Burma today.
International Community musn’t just expresses hollow words of concern and allows the perpetrators to get away with impunity. Words must be backed up by actions-applying united and coordinated pressure through United Nations Security Council to force junta to come to dialogue table and to free Aung San Suu Kyi along with thousands of political prisoners.
We call for to hold United Nations Security Council emergency meeting to adopt binding resolution on Burma. UNSC must send the ultimate ultimatum demanding to free Aung San Suu Kyi or face consequences.
We want the world citizens to know that Burmese people have been suffering under a brutal military dictatorship for more than half century. During which thousands of people lost their lives, thousands have been imprisoned and thousands were forced to flee for their lives while seeking refuge around the world.
The People of Burma look to the world leaders in an effort to seek intervention from more than 50 years of a ruthless military dictatorship.
We call for world leaders to take concrete immediate collective actions to free Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma. Now is the time.
Source: Government of Sri Lanka
Date: 04 Jun 2009
Responding to a request for humanitarian assistance, the Government of the Union of Myanmar has decided to donate US$ 50,000/= as a demonstration of sympathy and goodwill towards internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Northern province in Sri Lanka.
This donation will be utilized for the welfare of the IDPs in the North.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
Time to make good on promise to Myanmar
June 4, 2009
By Benedict Rogers, Asahi Shimbun (Japan): Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi stood trial last month on new, false charges despite having spent 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest. She has committed no crime: Indeed, it is the regime that is criminal.
Her imprisonment is typical of this immoral and barbaric junta. A year ago, the military regime in Myanmar (Burma) imposed a sham Constitution through a rigged referendum, which enshrines military rule and excludes the democracy movement and major ethnic groups. The referendum was a rubber stamp, in which the regime claimed 99 percent turnout, with 92.4 percent in favor of the new Constitution. Yet, the authorities threatened, harassed, intimidated and bribed the people into voting “yes,” and in some places people were denied the vote altogether; local officials cast ballots on their behalf. The backdrop was a law which prohibited criticism of the Constitution and imposed prison sentences on campaigners for a no vote.
The referendum was held just a week after Myanmar’s worst humanitarian disaster. A cyclone struck the country on May 2. The storm, and the regime’s initial refusal of international aid, caused the deaths of at least 140,000 people and the displacement of 2.5 million others. The regime’s failure to help the victims, and its rejection–and subsequent restriction–of outside help, was criminal. To proceed with a vote when people were struggling for survival added to the callousness. Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi imprisonment is typical of this immoral and barbaric junta”
Win Tin, a prominent member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), has urged the international community to continue pushing for her release, saying that the pressure on the Burmese junta since her trial began more than two weeks ago has given the democratic opposition more “breathing space.”
Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Thursday, the 79-year-old Win Tin expressed deep appreciation for strongly-worded statements from world leaders condemning the detention of Suu Kyi and asking for the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s unconditional release.“That was very significant,” he said of the strong messages of support for Suu Kyi from a number of world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
He also thanked Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and other leading Thai politicians, who have been unusually outspoken in their criticism of Suu Kyi’s detention, even raising the issue at meetings of regional leaders.
Win Tin also welcomed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s promise to return to Burma “as soon as possible.” He added, however, that the UN chief must be prepared to press for tangible results.
“If he leaves Burma empty-handed, it will be a setback,” he said.
He also warned against any slackening of pressure on the regime, which he said was now stalling Suu Kyi’s trial in the hope that the international outcry would lose momentum. Continue reading “Keep up the Pressure, Urges Win Tin”
FREE AUNG SAN SUU KYI!
Burmese Democratic Forces and Friends, In front of Chinese Consulate SF
Causes – Protest
05 June 2009 at 11:00
06 July 2009 at 14:00
Chinese Consulate San Francisco
1450 Laguna St,(at the corner of Geary BLVD and Laguna St)
San Francisco, CA
Protest Against China for supporting the Burmese Military Regime!
San Francisco Bay Area Burmese Democratic Forces, Friends and all Freedom loving people will protest against China on June 5th, 2009:
WHY: For supporting the Burmese Military Regime’s crimes against humanity
WHO: Burmese Democratic Forces and Friends
WHERE: Chinese Consulate, 1450 Laguna St., San Francisco (corner of Geary Blvd. & Laguna St.)
WHEN: June 5th, 2009 (Friday) from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
China has close diplomatic and economic ties with Burma. China has consistently blocked and vetoed the UN Security Council resolutions that call for strong action against the Burmese regime, encouraging the dictators to tighten more of their power grip on the suffering people of Burma. The cowardly regime has become so daring that they are now putting Aung San Suu Kyi on military trial accusing her with trump-up criminal charges.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is innocent. She is a Nobel Peace Laureate and an international icon. She is THE beacon, hope and inspiration for the people of Burma and the world. China is saying that the unjust military trial of Aung San Suu Kyi is Burma’s internal affair which is totally wrong.
The United States and the international community must act decisively in asking China to pressure Burma’s military regime to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners of Burma immediately and unconditionally.
Media Contacts: Ko Ko Lay (415)203-0541/ Jean Gale (650)756-5887
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Burmese Democratic Forces
San Francisco Bay Area
Maungdaw: A stretch of over 200,973 feet of embankments for erecting barbed wire fences have been completed till 30 May 2009, according to an official report of Maungdaw. The project to fence the western border began in February this year.
The embankment is being constructed by 7,000 workers at the site everyday. So far over 200,973 feet of embankments have been completed along the Naff River in the western border township of Maungdaw. Construction began in February, the report said.
The Burmese Army authorities have built a lengthy embankment along the Naff River to erect barbed wire fences.
Among the 7,000 workers at the site there are 800 soldiers and 600 riot policemen. The rest are local Buddhists and Muslims.
A worker said he receives 2500 Kyats per day but a Muslim worker receives 2000 Kyat per day. However most of the Muslim workers are working at the construction sites with the lesser amount without any angst.
Though some workers are receiving wages, most workers in the northern part of Maungdaw Township do not receive wages regularly.
A worker from Aung Zay Ya village in northern Maungdaw said that the army pays between 2000 Kyat to 2500 Kyat to a worker but it is not usual and permanent. On some days army officials do not pay the money to workers even though they have worked from sunrise to sunset.
The Burmese military junta has been erecting barbed wire fences along the western Burma border with Bangladesh to prevent human trafficking and cross border smuggling from February 2009.
The military authorities are likely to complete fencing soon before strong objections are raised by the international community and the Bangladesh government. So the construction of fences is being done hurriedly by using many workers and a large budget.
Youth killed in accidental gun shot
Pelatwa : An Arakanese youth from a village in Paletwa Township in Chin State was killed when a gun belonging to a Burmese Army soldier accidentally went off on Tuesday on a motor boat. The youth was on his way to Pelatwa from his village, said an eyewitness.
The victim was identified as Ko Shwe U (26) son of U Thein Shwe, from Tha Raw Ai village, near the India border, under Pelatwa Township in southern Chin State.
The accident occurred on a motor boat on the upper reaches of Kaladan River at 8: 10 a.m. on Tuesday while the motor boat was heading for Pelatwa from Tharaw Ai village.
The eyewitness said the gun belonged to a private soldier Zaw Myo Aung from the Burmese Army’s LIB 289 based in Pelatwa. A shot was fired accidentally when the soldier put down his head on the gun.
The bullet hit Ko Shwe Oo’s on the right side of his abdomen. He was lying near the soldier Zaw Myo Aung.
About 30 minutes after the incident, Ko Shwe Oo succumbed to his injury on the boat. The soldier jumped from the boat and fled, leaving his gun on the boat.
Shwe Oo’s body was sent to Pelatwa hospital’s morgue for autopsy after the police filed a case against Zaw Myo Aung for murder.
However, no one knows whether the army authorities will compensate the parents of Ko Shwe Oo who died because the gun belonging to a Burmese Army soldier accidentally went off.
Two Thai policemen raided the Burmese migrant workers’ residences around 9 am yesterday (June 3rd 2009). The police arrested two mothers together with their babies and the mothers were handcuffed. The incident happened in the Wathom area of Mahachai township near Bangkok.
“It was about 9 am when the two policemen came to this area by motorbikes to arrest the workers,” said Ko Win Zaw, a volunteer who is helping Burmese migrant workers in the Bangkok area.
“They arrested two mothers and their babies,” he continued, “the mothers were only 28 and 29 years old and their babies are about only three months old. Two other girls, a five year old and a seven year old who are believed to be the daughters of the detained were also arrested and the police brought both of them together with their mothers and the two babies. The mothers were handcuffed together, clasping their babies with the other hand over their breast. The two girls went along with their mothers, crying along the way.”
Most of the Burmese migrant workers in the Mahachai area are working in fisheries. According to Ko Win Zaw, the husbands of the female detainees are thought to have been fishing in the sea when the incident occured. The mothers together with their three month old babies and two daughters were still detained in a police cells in the Wathon area until yesterday afternoon when the news was reported. A witness said that nobody had come to meet the mothers and their children in the cell yet.
According to data from the Ministry of Labour in Thailand, over one million migrant workers from Burma are now working in Thailand, (according to the UN the number is over 2 million). Among them, over ninety thousands have been registered at labour offices to work legally in various sectors in Thailand. Forty percent of them are working in fisheries and trading, thirty percent are in agriculture and livestock and another thirty percent are working in various industries such as construction, rubber plantation, industries, domestic and others.
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