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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2395

"Return Peace and Democracy to the Burmese peopl" - Thai human rights organizations.

Bangkok, 16 May, (Asiantribune.com): Numerous Thai human rights organizations have jointly condemned all acts of violence by the Burmese military regime against its own people. They further alleged that those who ignore and allow those atrocities on humankinds would be held as criminals. The joint press release urged “We, representing the Thais that respect the rights of human beings, are confirming that the rights of humans are rights without boundaries. Property abuse of every human, of any race or nationality, is a threat and a critical criminal act against humankind. All human beings have the rights to be treated equally with love, happiness, and human dignity.”

A joint press release by the human rights organizations, - Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB), Peoples Media Foundation, Women Development Center, Slum Women’s Network, Thai Labor Campaign, The Institute for Social Research and Action, Labor Center for Solidarity and Burma Issue, in their statement pointed out with great concern, the miserable plight of the Burmese people.

“More than 100,000 refugees are living without future and hopes in the refugee camps for more than 17 years. Burmese IDPs (Internal Displaced Persons) living along the Thai-Burma borders and elsewhere are living in the conditions worse than animals. Burmese labors are being oppressed, harassed; many died ill-treated. Human trafficking and sexual abused by Burmese children and women is frequent. All these acts have continued due to the fact that the superpowers has turned their eyes away, remain in silence, or simply interpret the situation as “Burmese internal affairs”.

Full text of the joint press release is given below:

Currently, the conflicts in Burma seem to be increasing continuously and the situation makes it look like superpowers such as the United States, China, and India; or international organizations like the United Nations, European Union, or ASEAN cannot help ease the escalating conflicts.

Different country has different interests in Burma since there are diverse levels of engagement with Burma for different countries. The contradicting standpoints and interests lessen the credibility the effectiveness of the policies on Burma; consequently the military regime is able to find loopholes to oppress and commit atrocities on people and ignore the human rights standard, and disregards concerns from the international communities. The current situation also questions effectiveness of the ASEAN attempts to engage Burma through productive policies, since Burmese government has still not recognize and lack the knowledge of human rights.

Therefore, the policies to change the regime through bits and bits might not seem as an appropriate strategy. The past seventeen years has shown that the policies lack the practicality – 10 million of Burmese citizens, minority groups, women and children has perished, tortured inhumanely, while the rest carries on living in harsh conditions both inside and outside the country.

More than 100,000 refugees are living without future and hopes in the refugee camps for more than 17 years. Burmese IDPs (Internal Displaced Persons) living along the Thai-Burma borders and elsewhere are living in the conditions worse than animals.Burmese labors are being oppressed, harassed; many died ill-treated. Human trafficking and sexual abused by Burmese children and women is frequent. All these acts have continued due to the fact that the superpowers has turned their eyes away, remain in silence, or simply interpret the situation as “Burmese internal affairs”.

We, representing the Thais that respect the rights of human beings, are confirming that the rights of humans are rights without boundaries. Property abuse of every human, of any race or nationality, is a threat and a critical criminal act against humankind. All human beings have the rights to be treated equally with love, happiness, and human dignity. We, therefore, will condemn all acts by the Burmese military regime against its own people and those that ignore and allow those atrocities on humankinds would be hold as criminals as well. We, therefore, urge:

1. The United Nations, with special emphasis on the Security Council, needs to have a clear resolution on Burma to keep stability and peace in the region. Intervention and pressures for the release of the political leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others political prisoners need to be made. The true process to lessen the tensions and national reconciliation through tri-partisan dialogues should be made.

2. ASEAN and the world community should reconsider for new policies and standpoint on Burma, and should support the Security Council closely for the national reconciliation to happen in Burma.

3. The Thai government should give more humanitarian concerns to the Burmese citizens, such as the ethnic minorities, IDPs, refugees, labors, women and children that are victims of human trafficking, living on the Thai-Burma borders. The government should have policies that will encourage humanitarians, human rights, and friendship to the Burmese people. Need to encourage democracy urgently and be delighted with democracy in Burma, for the purpose that it will provide pleasant friendships and sustainable relations with Burma and the Burmese people endlessly and forever.

- Asian Tribune -

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