1. Burma: Myo Thein calls on Chinese Government to stop using VETO on Burma crisis

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    Myo Thein, director of Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls on Chinese Government to stop using the veto on Burma, to stop protect the military generals in Burma. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I am Myo Thein. This is the honour to speak on behalf of Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) on this auspicious Burma Resistance Day. On this day, all the people of Burma led by Bogyoke Aung San drove out the fascist from Burma leading toward the Burma gained independence. Even though we gained independence but due to successive military dictatorship, we are suffering very tremendously. Our lives and rights are robbed by military regimes for half the century and this is the time that UNSC must take action practically. World leaders should be aware that they cannot ignore the injustices going on in Burma but also they have the responsibly to protect the oppressed people since it is the duty of all the mankind. 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 cant ignore grave injustices that are going on within the borders of any particular country. We would like to affirm here that Burma crisis is not the internal affair of one country but the affair of humanity and the affair of international community. We also want to express our perception that failure to take timely action on the perpetrators is tantamount to agree committing atrocities in Burma. We must take action decisively and collectively in order to intervene Burma crisis so as to avoid total devastating. Junta is fully geared up to extinguish democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma. Junta is all doing this because international community fails to take action practically in the past. We would like to give message to the world leaders that To bring about justice realities in Burma, UNSC must take action practically. People are dying and suffering. How many years more do we need to wait to take practical action on Burma? We would like to call for the Chinese government to: •stop protecting criminal military regime in Burma •not to use the VETO for the sake of 50 million people of Burma •support the oppressed people of Burma in the name of humanity We would like to call for the United Nations Security Council to: •declare that it wont recognize juntas planned 2010 election and its results •declare juntas sham 2008 constitution as NULL and VOID •declare that it will recognise Aung San Suu Kyi led CRPP1, as the legitimate Government of Burma if should Interim Government be formed We call for United Nations Security Council to intervene in this very critical time or else Burma will face turmoil. We would like to urge all the justice loving people around the world to call for United Nations Security Council to take practical action on Burma. Thank you very much. http://www.bdcburma.org/

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    • Burma human rights presentation by Sen. Pimentel at IPU Assesmbly 2010, Bangkok, Thailand

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      This slide presentation is produced by Philippine Senator Aquilino "Nene" Q. Pimentel, Jr., chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians, for presentation at the 122nd IPU Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand on March 27-April 1, 2010. Sen. Pimentel is a staunch advocate of human rights and democracy in the Philippines and is a strong supporter of democratization in Burma. We thank Sen. Pimentel and all the parliamentarians who bring the issue of human rights and democracy in Burma to the fore of the international community's agenda. - Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and Free Burma Coalition - Philippines (FBC-Phils)

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      • Burma 2008 Constitution must be revised or it must be VOID

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        Review of the junta’s 2008 constitution is a MUST before playing into the junta’s illegal 2010 election Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for the international community to pay close attention to what the democratic forces are saying especially the “Shwe-Gone-Dine” declaration by the National League for Democracy (NLD). 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 the “Shwe-Gone-Dine” Declaration. NLD outlined the five main principles that need to place in order to have true national reconciliation. They are: 1. Release of all the political prisoners 2. Review of draft 2008 Constitution 3. Allow to reopen NLD and ethnic nationalities offices 4. Recognition of the 1990 election result 5. Political dialogue These are the fundamental demands requested by legitimate leaders of Burma. If the international community truly wanted to see national reconciliation in Burma, they must find ways to facilitate these demands rather than playing into the junta’s illegal 2010 election. Before we could possible address the junta’s proposed 2010 election we must address the validity of the recently adapted constitution. Drafted by the junta, this document is far from credible or constitutional. Free, fair and all inclusive is not what this document represents. We would like to draw particular attention on these points: 1. The Junta gave itself amnesty from the crimes against humanity it has perpetrated throughout Burma during their reign of terror. 2. The Military regime systematically took 25% of the parliamentary seats. The military commander in chief was also given absolute authority to dissolve the parliament at any time effectively neutralizing the voice of the people. 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. 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. Even though Aung San Suu Kyi and her party won a landslide victory the junta chose to ignore the election results and the voice of the people of Burma. Further, the junta arrested the victors including Aung San Suu Kyi. Later they also tried to assassinate Aung Suu Kyi and continue to arrest and imprison pro democracy activists. Now to insure they will not loose 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. Ironically the architects of the 1990 election are the very same generals who’ve plotted this latest scam to nullify the voice of the people in this rigged election. With victory in their sights the junta has already made plans for after the election clearly indicating this election is a sham. Obviously there will be no need to count the votes since it would be an exercise in futility. For more information please visit Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) at http://www.bdcburma.org http://www.bdcburma.wordpress.com http://bdc-burma.blogspot.com

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        • Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma's Nobel Leader

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          There have been many words supporting democracy, and we are duly grateful for them, because we do not underestimate the power of words. But words need to be backed up by action -- by action that is united and that is focused on essentials. Only by such action will we be able to realize our democratic aspirations. (Aung San Suu Kyi) Ruling junta of Burma which gunned down more than 3000 peaceful demonstrators 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. 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. (Aung San Suu Kyi) 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 have true national reconciliation in Burma. 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. (Aung San Suu Kyi) 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. World leaders should not be threading into the junta?s game plan of sham 2010 election. 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. (Aung San Suu Kyi) International community must be aware of that we don't need planned junta's sham 2010 election since the pending 1990 elections results are still yet to be honoured. Implementing "Shwe-Gone-Daing" Declaration requested by legitimate leaders of Burma is a MUST before playing into the junta?s illegal 2010 election. 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. Burma is not only Burmese people crisis but also international crisis as everyone is bond in humanity. United Nations Security Council must take serious precedence action on Burma. We must have United Nations Security Council?s binding resolution on Burma in order to take action on Burma. We must have more vigorous and bolder intervention of United Nations role in Burma more than ever. United Nations got the obligation to implement the result of 1990 election accordingly. This is totally unacceptable that elections were held and without honouring them. We should not let it happen not only in Burma but also in the world at large. We wanted to see more actions rather than words. 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. Now is the time.

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          • Burma Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

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            AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Burma's Legitimate Leader 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.” As a courageous political leader under the military rule, she travelled through out the country in 1989 and campaigned against the military rule for the future of Burma and then junta put her under house arrest. But her party, National League for Democracy, won landslide in May election of 1990 but junta ignores to honour it. In August and September of 2007, the public and the Buddhist monks organized peaceful rally against the regime's decision to higher up the patrol price because this decision created more economic hardship to the public. However, the Army and pro-junta groups suppressed the rally brutally and arrested thousands of activists, including Buddhist monks and prominent student leaders. “If this country is to achieve genuine democracy, the result of the elections of 1990 must be recognized. It must be recognized by the military regime, as it has been recognized by the people, and by the world at large. It is through this recognition that we will be able to make genuine progress in Burma. 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 can not 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”, Aung San Suu Kyi insists. However, the genuine dialogue hasn't taken place yet. At the same, the regime go ahead it's seven-steps road map unilaterally. Regime conducted sham referendum in May 2008 for the constitution which is drawn by its hand-picked representatives for 14 years long and declared that new election will be held in 2010. Aung San Suu Kyi, Mohandas Gandhi of BURMA, turned 64 on June 19, 2009 inside Burma's notorious Insein Prison. Military regime repeatedly extended her detention and she spent 14 of last 20 years under house arrest. Since junta did not want to release her when illegal 6 years detention was about to complete, junta plotted the ploy to imprison her. Ruling junta who suppress the Burma today knows very well that all the justice loving people are standing behind her and so junta is using dirty tricks in order to silence Aung San Suu Kyi by planning to lock her behind bars indefinitely. Aung San Suu Kyi is not only the icon of the Burmese people's struggle for freedom but also the symbol of non-violent movement in the world at large. We salute her courage and sacrifices for the sake of oppressed people. Aung San Suu Kyi gives us hope, confidence and faith in our aspiration for democracy. Junta claimed that it will hand over power after 1990 elections but when Aung San Suu Kyi's party NLD won landslide victory, they ignore to transfer power. In order to nullify 1990 election result, junta planned to hold sham election in 2010 which is designed to legitimize military rule in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi MUST be the Prime Minister of Burma as the leader of the winning party according to the results of the 1990 general election; instead military regime put her under house arrest and intensified crack down on her supporters. In Burma, power is centred on the ruling junta which maintains strict authoritarian rule over the people of Burma. Under the illegitimate military regime, people of Burma are suffering very tremendously. To find the solution for Burma crisis by political means, Aung San Suu Kyi is always calling for genuine dialogue. She said that “Burma is made up of many ethnic peoples, and unless there is freedom to discuss, to negotiate, to find common values, we shall never make any progress towards genuine peace in our country. So for the sake of peace in our country, for the sake of the progress and human development of our people, and for the sake of peace and harmony in our region and in our world, we would like to urge the peoples of the free world to work harder towards bringing true democratic progress everywhere. We would like to see action, rather than words. There have been many words supporting democracy, and we are duly grateful for them, because we do not underestimate the power of words. But words need to be backed up by action -- by action that is united and that is focused on essentials. Only by such action will we be able to realize our democratic aspirations”. 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 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. Every actions, every voices and every words count. Please get involved to work collectively to free Aung San Suu Kyi and to restore justice in Burma. http://www.bdcburma.org/Assk.asp

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            • Burma You Can WIN

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              Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) dedicated to heroes of Burma. http://bdcburma.org/Statements.asp?Id=72

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              • Burma: "PATTANIKKUJJANA"

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                "Saffron Revolution" is the protest of the saffron-colours robes Buddhist monks who were at the forefront of the demonstrations against military dictatorship in Burma. Burmese monks have taken part in protests in the past, against British colonial rule and against a half-century of rule by military dictatorship. The costs of basic commodities were rising continuously and normal people are distressfully relying on their little earning under military junta. On August 15, 2007 the government increase the price of natural gas by about 500% which led to an increase in food prices. Long term suffering of the economic distress as well as living under the injustice system of the government makes the people took to the streets to protest the current conditions. In response to the protests, the government began arresting and beating demonstrators. On September 5, 2007, juntas troops forcibly broke up a peaceful demonstration in Pakokku and injured several monks. The military refused to apologize the demanding by the deadline of September 17. This sparked the huge number of monks involving in the protests. The biggest antigovernment protests in two decades, thousands of barefoot monks held their alms receiving bowls upside down refusing to receive alms from the military rulers and their families — effectively excommunicating them from the religion that is at the core of Burmese culture. Tens of thousands of Burmese people led by these monks took to the streets of Rangoon demanding for change. The Buddhist monks were beaten arrested, many monks were disrobed, and several monasteries were raided, ransacked, and closed in retribution for leading protest marches. Now again, the Buddhist monks of Burma demand the military junta to apologise the killing and insulting of monks and the religion not later than October 2, 2009 or face the consequences of excommunication starting on October 3, 2009 in Burma and around the world. This is the third time calling for boycotting junta and this could be the "Second waves of saffron revolution".

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                • We love Burma

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                  Burma, 2009. We were there on tourist purpose, travelling accross the country. We met many interesting people from each part of Myanmar sharing a common dream : live in a free and democratic country. The narrator is one of them. He didn’t knew that he was recorded, simply answering our questions. Realisation : Gabriel Guérin, Benjamin Bianchet Montage : Pierre Zandrowicz GBA MASAY BMA. WE LOVE BURMA…

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                  • Burma Junta's 2008 Constitution Discussion

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                    Burma: Under military dictatorship---Half the century 1988: Current junta came to power---Gunned down 3000 peaceful demonstrators 1990: Junta held the election---Aung San Suu Kyis party NLD won landslide---Junta refuses to recognize it 1993: Junta draft the constitution---Hand-picked delegations---It took 14 years 2008 May: Cyclone Nargis struck Burma---250, 000 died & 2.5 million homeless---Adopt the constitution unilaterally Aung San Suu Kyi, Democratic and Ethnics groups say--- NO ! WHY ??? COMING SOON !!! http://www.bdcburma.org

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                    • Jody Williams "Aung San Suu Kyi"

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                      http://eomega.org/ Jody Williams became the tenth woman in its almost 100-year history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1997). Organizer and activist, teacher and writer, she is an internationally recognized speaker on the power of individuals to bring about dramatic change in the world. Professor Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which began in early 1992 with two non-governmental organizations and a staff of one - Jody Williams. She oversaw the growth of the coalition to over 1,300 organizations working together from 95 countries to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. Working in an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), she served as a chief strategist and spokesperson for the ICBL as it dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997. Three weeks later, she and the ICBL were awarded the Peace Prize. Since February 1998, Jody has served as a Campaign Ambassador for the ICBL, speaking on its behalf all over the world. She is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Work and Global Justice, in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. Prior to beginning the ICBL, Jody worked for eleven years to build public awareness about U.S. policy toward Central America. From 1986 to 1992, she developed and directed humanitarian relief projects as the deputy director of the Los Angeles-based Medical Aid for El Salvador. From 1984-1986, she co-coordinated the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, leading fact-finding delegations to the region. Prior to that, she taught Spanish, as well as English as a Second Language in Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. Professor Williams continues to be recognized for her contributions to human rights and global security. She is the recipient of fourteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

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