6th ANNIVERSARY BURMA’S SAFFRON REVOLUTION
We, the Burmese democratic activists led by Buddhist Monks, belong to the various organizations of students, youth, women, ethnic and political parties, assemble at Jantar Mantar to mark 6th anniversary of Saffron Movement in Burma in 2007, in which several hundreds of peace loving people including Buddhist monks had been killed when army brutally cracked down on them. Then thousands of Buddhists monks led peaceful procession in all major cities across the country for national reconciliation and peace in Burma and world as well. Monks did not shout any slogan against Junta at these peaceful demonstrations, but only chanting Buddha’s Mantra for love and peace.
Presently, the military junta has been trying to hoodwink world’s opinion by installing puppet civilian government led by the ex-army general Thein Sein through sham election in 2010. It is obvious that the situation in Burma (Myanmar) had no change at all and common people are still surfering and reeling under the brutal rule of junta. The people of Burma had been continued to be denied their fundamental rights. Political and rights activist are brutally cracked down to be killed, arrested, tortured and forced to leave the country or forced to be displaced. Hundreds of political prisoners are still remaining in jails and at the same time hundreds of thousands of people fled and taking refuge in neighbouring countries as the result of junta’s wars being waged in ethnic minority dominated areas.
Thus, we would like to express our view on current situation in Burma. Although we have confidence on Madam Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment on people’s cause, we are very doubtful on junta’s promise of reform as they never keep their promises. We also believe that any political offshoot that growth under shadow of pro-military dictatorship constitution 2008 will be just another military government in civilian cloth in essence. The state power still remains in handful of military dictators named National Defence and Security Council, regardless of existence of sham election, puppet parliament and bogus civilian government. We firmly believe that Burma’s political crisis cannot be solved, no matter whatever political agreement made with whatever political party, as long as 2008 pro-military dictatorship constitution remains in force. The public life will largely remain in military bondage as per pro-military constitution, the military leaders are guaranteed with one-fourth of total parliamentary seats in all assemblies and all important ministerial positions, and confers power to legally stage serial coup d’etat at their will. Until now, all the ministries have been occupied by military officers or ex-military officers.
Therefore, we hereby demand Burmese Military Junta to implement following points immediately if it has sincerity to settle general crisis that Burma has been facing for half a century.
1. To release all political prisoners and to initiate for a genuine peace process.
2. To repeal or abolish 2008 undemocratic constitution.
3. To make formal apology to Monks for cracking down of peaceful procession and chanting Buddha’s Mantra for love and peace.
4. To implement for a Federal Union wherein the self-determination of ethnic nationalities’ own affairs are constitutionally granted.
Date: 26th September 2013 (11:00 A.m)
Venue: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
ON BEHALF OF SAFFRON REVOLUTION MONKS IN DELHI
Burmese democracy activists in India
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