19th Anniversary of NLD’s Landslide Electoral Victory - 6th Anniversary of Depayin Massacre
Burma Protest at London Embassy on 27th May 2009. It was the 19th anniversary of the last free and fair election in Burma. The National League for Democracy NLD’s Liberated-Area (exile) branch in UK here expressed its belief that the mandate given by the people’s overwhelming landslide vote (82%) for the National League for Democracy NLD in the last elections in Burma is still fully legitimate and valid now. They also denounced the military regime’s unilateral plans to hold a new election without first recognizing the 1990 election results.
It was also the 6th anniversary of the Depayin Massacre, when Aung San Suu Kyi was last free and junta thugs tried to kill her as she was touring a remote area of Burma. The junta thugs killed 70 of her supporters. The despicable regime used the incident to put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. In Burma junta thugs and rapist soldiers escape justice whilst it is always the victims of their violence that face persecution and punishment.
During Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi's show trial in Burma, there was a daily protest during weekdays outside the Burma Embassy in London. The protesters called for the release of All Political Prisoners in Burma. There are over 2,100 known political prisoners in Burma.
Protesters also called for respect for human rights and ethnic minorities in Burma. The corrupt military junta is notorious for its genocide against ethnic minorities, forced labour, use of child soldiers, ill treatment of Buddhist monks, Muslims and Christians.
Over 3,300 Karen villages have been destroyed by the junta. Already displaced Karen villagers faced renewed mortar attacks in June 2009, causing thousands to flee to Thailand, despite the international attention already on Burma, due to Aung San Suu Kyi's trial.
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This year ASEAN hailed the creation of a regional human rights body as a historic first step toward confronting abuses in the region. ASEAN should get to work in Burma: stopping the genocide of the Karen people, widespread oppression of ethnic minorities, abuse of the Rohingya Muslims, child soldiers, forced labour and forced conscription into the army. A clear milestone by which ASEAN's regional human rights policy will be judged is whether ASEAN can even help free more than 2,100 known fellow political prisoners in Burma as well as Nobel Peace prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burma Campaign UK page on Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma News:
Thousands left messages for Aung San Suu Kyi's 64th birthday:
The main website for Burma's Political Prisoners:
www.fbppn.net/ - the campaign site
www.aappb.org/ - most of the news of political prisoners comes from APPB, that Amnesty International etc uses
Burma News: (RSS feed works well on mobile phones or browsers with RSS readers)