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Petition for UN Special Envoy Mr. Gambari

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To:  “UN” Special Envoy “Mr. Gambari” to “Burma”

We Burmese patriots welcome United Nations Special Envoy, Mr. Gambari, for his trip to Burma on Monday, August 18, 2008, to mediate a national reconciliation process. Also, based on our long knowledge of Burmese politics, we would like to give some positive suggestions to him for democratization in Burma in a meaningful way.

The National League for Democracy (NLD) Party recently issued a statement that it would like Mr. Gambari to emphasize only a dialogue between NLD and State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). NLD leadership is not comfortable with Mr. Gambari’s advice, encouraging NLD to enter the proposed 2010 elections. This advice directly neglects the 1990 election results. We totally agree with NLD’s stand on abiding by the 1990 election result. That election expresses not only the will of the citizens of Burma; it is also a necessity for a peaceful democratization process.

The SPDC manipulates the UN body for its own benefit to hold on to political power. The previous UN special envoy, Mr. Razali Ismail, believed that the regime possessed a desire for democratic change because each time before he visited Burma the regime released some political prisoners to fool him into thinking they were moving in a positive direction. However, years passed by and not one dialogue occurred between NLD and the dictators. Finally, after Mr. Ismail was not allowed to visit Burma, he admitted in an article he wrote that the regime is not sincere.

Now Mr. Gambari is following in Mr. Ismail’s footsteps. The UN needs to know and learn from its past experiences when dealing with unethical regimes. From 1990 to the present, the UN has warned the regime against continuing its oppression with a series of statements regarding Burma issues such as human rights abuses and crackdowns on political parties and activists nationwide. However, there exists no effective action initiated by the UN. Mr.Gambari is accepting the regime’s seven steps road map and pressuring NLD, the opposition party, to cave in to the regime’s plan for “democracy.” Again, this is a regime that has shown itself to be insincere all too many times.

We sincerely urge Mr. Gambari to take courageous and efficient steps in moving Burma towards a genuine democratic transition rather than falling deeper into the trap of the illegal regime’s fake election in 2010. Below is what we would like Mr. Gambari to achieve for our country.

  • Convince the regime to release all political prisoners unconditionally, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo, U Win Tin, Min Ko Naing, and other political prisoners.
  • Encourage SPDC to start a genuine political dialogue with NLD, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Convince the regime to allow independent newspapers, the third political power to educate the people in the truth of what is occurring in Burma and elsewhere. Without free and open discourse, Burma cannot have her beautiful democracy.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Sign petition: Stand with Tibet – Support the Dalai Lama

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http://www.avaaz.org/en/tibet_end_the_violence/22.php

After decades of repression, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change. China’s leaders are right now making a crucial choice between escalating brutality or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China.

We can affect this historic choice — China does care about its international reputation. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get the government’s attention. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world’s people to support him. Fill out the form below to sign the petition–and spread the word.

Petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao:

As citizens around the world, we call on you to show restraint and respect for human rights in your response to the protests in Tibet, and to address the concerns of all Tibetans by opening meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Only dialogue and reform will bring lasting stability. China’s brightest future, and its most positive relationship with the world, lies in harmonious development, dialogue and respect.

Act now to end the violence:

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This posting is grabbed from the whole Avaaz team.

Here are some links with more information on the Tibetan protests and the Chinese response:

Crackdown in Tibet, but protests spreading:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/19/tibet.china
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/crackdown-on-protests-widens/2008/03/17/1205602289349.html

Dalai Lama calling for dialogue and restraint, and an end to violence:
http://www.dalailama.com/news.216.htm
http://www.agi.it/world/news/200803191258-pol-ren0032-art.html

Leaders across Europe and Asia starting to back dialogue as the way forward:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7300157.stm

Chinese Prime Minister attacks “Dalai clique”, leaves door open for talks:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/18/content_7813194.htm

Other Chinese signals:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/China_looks_at_India_to_talk_to_Dalai_Lama/articleshow/2875142.cms
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 20, 2008 at 12:58 am