Amendments of the Constitution: At stake is not just military but also the ethnic military groups

As to amendments of the Constitution, it is not easy to amend all aspects to prepare for 2015. At stake is not just military but also the ethnic military groups. The Constitution needs to be amended before 2015 and before 2020 step-by-step. We need to prepare the election in three parts:
(1) To arrange and prepare for the establishment of the “democratic federal union”
(2) To reorganize the balance of power to sustain national reconciliation
(3) To prepare free and fair election in 2015
The Constitution is difficult to amend, especially Chapter 12 Article 436 (A) and (B). I think everyone who is involved in amending the Constitution needs to understand the National Reconciliation Framework and know what to amend before and after 2015.
436.(a)If it is necessary to amend the provisions of Sections 1 to 48 inChapter I, Sections 49 to 56 in Chapter II, Sections 59 and 60 in ChapterIII, Sections 74, 109, 141 and 161 in Chapter IV, Sections 200, 201,248 and 276 in Chapter V, Sections 293, 294, 305, 314 and 320 inChapter VI, Sections 410 to 432 in Chapter XI and Sections 436 inChapter XII of this Constitution, it shall be amended with the prior approvalof more than seventy-five percent of all the representatives of thePyidaungsu Hluttaw, after which in a nation-wide referendum only withthe votes of more than half of those who are eligible to vote.

(b)Provisions other than those mentioned in Sub-Section (a) shall beamended only by a vote of more than seventy-five percent of all therepresentatives of the Pyidaungsu




More than a week ago, I wrote that the current Myanmar’s economic, political and social agenda were showing signs vis-à-vis national reconciliation of possible backtracking.

The national reconciliation means bringing together the people including the national ethnic groups and the military, as their relations have been strained since 1962 when the military seized power. To achieve this, the military should take up its primary responsibility in defense of the country, and to refrain from governing and politics, and to give the power back to the people, who are real owners of the country. That is the goal of the national reconciliation. Continue reading “Amendments of the Constitution: At stake is not just military but also the ethnic military groups”

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Implementing Action Plans To Take Place Dialogue Leading Toward National Reconciliation

In Burma, junta claimed that they handed over the power to U Thein Sein led USDP government which emerged from the sham election held in 2010 which was held in accord with sham constitution, sham referendum and sham election laws. But the sufferings of the Burmese people remain unchanged. Burma’s economic crisis continues to deepen; unemployment is rising dramatically while prices of consumer goods are increasing out of control. Poverty has soared and corruption is growing. Ordinary people especially farmers, 70% of the 60 million populations, are hardest hit.  Continue reading “Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Implementing Action Plans To Take Place Dialogue Leading Toward National Reconciliation”

Petition addressed to the President of the Union of Myanmar by NLD


On the first day of the Burmese New Year, a signature campaign has been initiated by NLD members at the headquarters of NLD. In this campaign, people signed a petition addressed to the President of the Union of Myanmar requesting to take some concrete actions for national reconciliation and domestic peace of the country. In the letter, it is said that new government which is not just an ordinary administration that has been elected for ordinary term but the one that is responsible for bringing about a working democracy by opening a new page of Burmese history.

It also requests the new government to release all political prisoners unconditionally and immediately, to make a dialogue by peaceful political means after ceasing all armed conflict among Tatmadaw and ethnic armed groups and to create an environment for all organizations in exile, Burmese people living abroad and refugees to be able to come back home safely.

London:Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calling for National Reconciliation on Union Day Demonstration

11 February · 13:00 – 14:00

Location In front of the Burmese Embassy in London, UK.

19A Charles St London W1J 5DX 020 7499 4340

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More info Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) will hold the demonstration calling for National Reconciliation in Burma and the protest will be held on 11 February 2011 from 13:00-14:00 pm in front of the Burmese Embassy in London, UK and you are cordially invited to join with us and looking forward to see you all.



Mon people and Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM)Welcoming the Release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Genuine National Reconciliation

December 3, 2010

Along with the people in Burma and international community, the Mon people and Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) are glad to see that Burma’s democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was released on November 13.

Many people expect she can make a change for Burma, as she also officially spoke about building up a ‘national reconciliation’.  But since the regime change after November 7 was not significant, whether she can move forward or deal with the regime in getting genuine national reconciliation remains a question.

The people in the entirety of Burma have suffered enough because of no ‘national reconciliation’ in this country.  The regime has not tolerated the people ‘s freedom of speech and assembly since 1988 and the people’s and Buddhist monks’ peaceful demands’ for national reconciliation and peace are always rejected.

Ceasefire talks with ethnic armed groups do not proceed toward peace and reconciliation.  The regime uses them just for show and never guarantees them rights to their lands, property, language, and culture preservation.  By the end, when there is no political guarantee, a dozen ethnic armed groups again oppose the,  now new, USDP (Union Solidarity and Development Party) government.  When the new civil war breaks out the ethnic people in all of the border regions will face more suffering through displacement and migration from their homes.

Yet, ethnic people have always been expecting national reconciliation because they want to stay at their homes safely and work in their farms without harm.  If Daw Aung San Suu Kyi can bring peace and reconciliation, then change for all of the people will really happen.