Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dear brothers, sisters and friends of Burma,
You are cordially invited to attend the protest in front of the Burmese Embassy on 10th December 2012 to mark for the International Human Rights Day.
Across the globe, people mobilize to demand justice, dignity, equality, more participation to defend and protect the rights, enshrined in the Universal Declaration throughout the year. However, sadly, in our country, the most basis of globally recognized civil and political rights are not yet respected by the government. The continued detention of political prisoners and the numerous human rights violations on ethnic minorities, committed by the Burmese army, are ever escalating over time.
Even though the Thein Sein government enacted a few steps of limited political and economic reform after it came into power 2 years ago, all these serious issues of human rights violations has not been addressed as a matter of priority. Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, highlighted  in his statement issued on 5 August 2012, “Myanmar needs to tackle serious human rights challenges for democratic transition and national reconciliation to succeed.”
We are going to stage a silent protest to call on the Burmese government to;
1)     Put an end to Human Rights abuses in all the ethnic’s areas in Burma;
2)     Ensure genuine general amnesty and unconditionally release of all the remaining political prisoners in Burma;
3)     Stop attacking the Kachin Land and all the ethnic’s areas across Burma immediately;
4)     Hold immediate peace talk and seek durable political solution with all the ethnic groups;
5)    Increase engagement with political parties and implement genuine national reconciliation
We would like to invite you to join hands with us, to strongly condemn the on-going systematic violations of human rights and long lost fundamental freedoms and our rights in every aspect.

 Program details are as follows:
Date: 10.12.2012 ( Monday )
Time: 12:00 to 1:00PM
Venue: Burmese Embassy
19A Charles Street
London W1J 5DX
Yours respectfully,
 88 New Generation Students (UK)

Dear brothers, sisters and friends of Burma

You are cordially invited to attend the protest to condemn the oppressive Burmese regime’s brutal crackdown on a peaceful protest against the Letpadaung mine project, which will be held on 3rd December 2012.

Just last week the Burmese government forcibly evicted local residents from villages in the vicinity of the Letpadaung mountain range and illegally confiscated land and lay down steps which have ensured the seeds for the destruction of the natural habitat of these mountainous areas, as a result of the ongoing mining project.

With growing worry regarding these changes to the local community and environment by the mining project, local farmers, human rights, later joined by Buddhist monks, voiced their concerns by means of a peaceful protest asking for the government to suspend the project.  The Thein Sein regime’s (lauded for their so called ongoing reform process) security forces responded to the peaceful protesters with  tear gas, smoke bombs, and fire, leaving a number of  protesters including Buddhist monks injured, severely burnt.

The Burmese government’s aggressive response to the peaceful expression of opinions included, directly targeting protesters with flare guns and chemical weapons. This is further evidence of the Burmese government’s oppressive crackdown on the basic human right, of freedom of expression. It is acts like this, which have always been the reason why, we the Burmese population have always doubted the true intentions of the government and tried the trust that we put in their so called democratic reform process.

We therefore call on the Burmese government to immediately

1)      Completely shut down the mining project

2)    Facilitate an independent investigation of the crackdown, by a team which includes international experts to provide justice for the innocent victims

3)     Ensure that urgent and appropriate steps be taken to end such horrific offences against the people of Burma

It is crucial that we stand by our people at home and show our solidarity in the fight for our basic human rights.

In this regard, we would like to invite you to join hands with us, to call for human rights and justice for our people in Burma.

Programme details
Date : 03.12.2012 ( Monday)
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Venue : In front of Burmese embassy, London

Sincerely yours
Democratic Burmese Community (UK)

Speech of General Aung San