Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) today calls for world leaders to not to get lost in junta’s game plan of sham 2010 election instead of focusing on national reconciliation

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) today calls for world leaders to not to get lost in junta’s game plan of sham 2010 election instead of focusing on national reconciliation. Ruling junta of Burma which gunned down more than 3000 peaceful demonstrator came to power in 1988. Junta held the election in 1990 in which Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD) won landslide victory. Junta still ignores to honour it and instead put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. During their reign of terror, people of Burma are suffering tremendously. Junta never hesitate to use brutal force to quell anyone who opposes their illegitimate rule.

Aung San Suu Kyi officially once said that “That the results of the 1990 General Elections must be implemented is a resolution already taken by the United Nations. We already know that the General Assembly of the United Nations has accepted the notion that the will of the people has been expressed in the 1990 General Elections. This is something we cannot abandon. It will be to the detriment of our country if after an election has been held the results are not honoured and we do not resist attempts to trivialise it”. She reaffirmed again the importance of implementing 1990 election result and the necessary practical action taken by international community by saying “Since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly has been passing resolutions on the human rights situation in Burma. But resolutions are not enough. Resolutions should be implemented. We think it is time that the international community took a greater interest in getting the terms of the resolutions implemented”. In 1996 students demonstrations were broke out and junta harshly crack down by beating, torturing and imprisoning student leaders. Junta held their so-called National Convention attended by their hand-picked delegation for 14 years long to draw the sham constitution which legitimise military rule in Burma. In 2003, junta ambushed the Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade attempting to assassinate Aung San Suu Kyi in Depaeyin, upper Burma resulting in hundreds of her supporters were cruelly beaten to death. Until today, the state sponsor culprits who murdered Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters are still at large. Junta took no action against them and instead put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest again.

In 2007 Buddhist monks led the tens of thousands of people on the street demanding for change in Burma. Military responded by shooting, beating, arresting and killing the saffron robed monks and peaceful demonstrators. During the saffron revolution, more than 200 lives were lost and hundreds were missing.

In 2008 May, Cyclone Nargis struck Burma which left more than 250, 000 died leaving 2.5 million homeless. Instead of helping unfortunate victims of Cyclone, junta prioritise to adopt its sham constitution through sham referendum. Junta even blocked to give humanitarian assistance to victims which outraged international community some calling for R2P. 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.” Recently in 2009 May, junta plot the ploy to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi since her 6 years under house arrest was expire. International Community called for military regime to release Aung San Suu Kyi. But junta ignores their pleas passing down Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months under house arrest again. This is the junta’s cunning act which is tantamount to turning their back on dialogue and ultimately national reconciliation. Aung San Suu Kyi and her party the National League for Democracy (NLD), the unanimous victors of the 1990 election, clearly stated their position in “Shwe-Gone-Daing” declaration that need to place in order to have true national reconciliation, i.e. to

1. Release all the political prisoners
2. Review 2008 Constitution
3. Allow to reopen NLD and ethnic nationalities offices
4. Recognise 1990 election result
5. Take place political dialogue
“International Community must take collective coordinated action through United Nations Security Council to push junta to do dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi in order to take place national reconciliation”, said Khin Maung Win, Director at the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC).

The junta’s planned 2010 election is only a charade designed to legitimise the military dictatorship within Burma. The International Community should be aware of the hopelessly irreconcilable contents of the constitution that was adopted in 2008. The referendum was ushered into existence under questionable conditions including extortion and rigged ballots. “International community must pull itself not to threading into junta’s game plan of 2010 election which we don’t need since the pending 1990 elections result is yet to be honoured. Implementing these fundamental demands requested by legitimate leaders of Burma is a MUST before playing into the junta’s illegal 2010 election”, said Myo Thein, Director of the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC).

Giving the military junta 25% of the parliamentary seats, unbridled authoritarian control and a self serving amnesty for the crimes against humanity were truly not the will of the Burmese people. Legitimizing the criminal regime was also not the will of the people and this is incomprehensible and totally unacceptable to the Burmese people.

“It should not be forgotten that in spite of promises made by the military junta in the 1990 which they sponsored they did not relinquish power when they lost the election. Now to insure they will not lose the 2010 election they have intensified the arrests of democratic proponents and concocted charges against Aung San Suu Kyi to eliminate her influence in this sham election”, said U Tint Swe Thiha, the patron of the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC).

For more information please visit Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) at http://www.bdcburma.org or contact

Myo Thein
Phone: 00-44-208-493-9137, 00-44-787- 788-2386
Khin Maung Win
Phone: 001-941-961-2622
U Tint Swe Thiha
Phone: 001-509-582-3261, 001-509-591-8459

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