Friday, December 21, 2012

21-12-2012 Press Statement

21 December 2012, New Delhi
Today is the final day of our 5-days sit-in-protest cum photo-exhibition. We launched this campaign from 17 – 21 December 2012. Over 50 Burmese activists joined the protests by condemning the brutal crackdown of peaceful protesters in Burma on 29 November 2012.

(ကြ်န္ေတာ္ မတက္ႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါ)
During this sit-in-protest and photo exhibition campaign, we urged the concerned authorities to;

Declare nationwide ceasefire with ethnic armed groups and cease attack on ethnic community and protect civilians in Kachin state and other ethnic areas.
Suspend Letpadaung copper mine project until present crisis are resolve and local people can participate in decision making process on the use of their local resources
Enact laws for NHRC to operate independently and with a broad-based mandate to investigate violations of fundamental human rights.

We also urged ASEAN member nations to review its approval of President Thein Sein led government to chair ASEAN in 2014 as there has been continued harassments and repression against the rights of people by the Burmese military.

It is our deep concern that India sticks to its democratic and non-violent principles by ensuring that no arms and ammunitions are supplied or sold to Burmese Army.

A nationwide protest demonstration against the Letpadaung copper mine project in Burma is a timely reminder for Government of India because India’s funded Kaladan Multi Modal Project is implemented without conducting Social and Environmental Impact Assessments. What is worst is that local people in the project areas were not informed about this project.

We urge government of India to ensure that both ongoing and future investments in Burma are fair, transparent and accountable, and that there is full local participation in any Indian-supported developmental projects in Burma.

This 5-days sit-in-protest cum photo-exhibition is just a beginning of our movement for protection and promotion of human rights and democracy in Burma.

We reiterate that we will continue our movement till we meet our mentioned demands.

Burmese Democratic Forces in India
For more information, please contact to:
Ashin Panya Zawta at +91-8130811264 & Mr. Kim +91-8800414483