DEMOCRACY FORCES WILL CHALLENGE THE CREDENTIALS OF THE MILITARY JUNTA AND OBJECT ITS RIGHT TO REPRESENT BURMA IN THE 2008 UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
July 14, 2008
The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and object to its right to represent Burma at the United Nations. Since the endeavor is aimed at prompting reforms in the country as well as protecting the people of
For decades, the people of
Over the last year, the international community has witnessed numerous demonstrations of the brutal and callous tactics the SPDC uses to maintain power, including the ruthless crackdown on peaceful monks and citizens calling for democratic reform in the Saffron Revolution; the disregard for human suffering in refusing international assistance following Cyclone Nargis; the illegal extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's confinement; and the fraudulent constitutional referendum conducted just days after Cyclone Nargis, even before the government assessed the damage from the storm. The injustice of these latest crimes is compounded when viewed in light of the junta's past atrocities, such as its violent repression of 1988 protests, its refusal to honor the 1990 elections, and its murder of NLD members in the 2003 Depayin massacre.
The most fundamental principle of democracy is that sovereignty rests with the people. Although the military junta has brutally oppressed the Burmese people and scoffed at the requests and demands of the international community, United Nations Member States have continued to extend the junta the privilege of illegally representing the people of
The pro-democracy movement for Burma, united in coalition throughout the world, calls upon the Member States of the United Nations to stand up for the principles of democracy and human rights and reject the credentials of the SPDC's delegation to the United Nations during the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
For additional information, please contact:
- International Burmese Monks Organizations Sasana Moli - Ashin Pyinnya Vansa Tel : 718 426 3959
- National Council of the
Unionof Maung Maung Tel: 202 352 7884 Burma
- Director, Credentials Challenge Project Ko Ko Lay Tel: 415 203 0541