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28.11.2009 International

Asian MPs insist on a free & fair 2010 Burma polls

By Nava Thakuria
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A group of pro-democracy parliamentarians from various Asian countries

have emphasized for a free and fair Burma elections duly monitored by

a team of impartial international observers and not 'under the

fraudulent Constitution of 2008'.
The group consisting parliamentarians from India, Nepal, Singapore,

England, Burma (Myanmar) and Tibet, was also unanimous that all

political prisoners must be released unconditionally and stop the

ongoing violent repression against ethnic groups and political

opponents of the military regime, before the proposed general

election in 2010.
In a Consultation meeting of Parliamentarians' Solidarity for the

Struggle of Democracy in Burma on November 27 in the Indian capital,

they also urged to pave way for enabling all stakeholders to

participate in planning for and setting the ground rules for the

forthcoming election.
Organised by the Indian Parliamentarian's Forum for Democracy in

Burma, the meeting in the resolutions say, “The Burmese military junta

is tearing the Burmese society asunder by promoting ethnic strife and

has launched a brutal offensive against various ethnic communities

under the guise of combating armed resistance groups which is

resulting in large scale human rights violation of the civilian

The group opined that 'the Constitution of 2008 under which the

military regime intends to hold the 2010 elections is a travesty of

democracy and will only reproduce a repressive regime'.

However, it added, 'the new found desire of the military regime to

seek legitimacy from the international community provides us a window

of opportunity to mount greater pressure on the dictatorial regime'

and hence they appealed ��� the International community to impose a

global arms embargo against the Burmese military regime and use all

possible influence on the Burmese military regime to free the

unquestioned leader of the Democracy Movement, Aung San Suu Kyi and

enter into a comprehensive dialogue with her as a first step towards

restoration of democracy in Burma'.
Commenting that 'thousands of political prisoners are still

languishing in Burmese jails without trial and many more thousands

have been done to death', the group specially urged New Delhi saying,

“India as a neighbor and the largest democracy should have a

comprehensive policy on Burma that strengthens the forces of democracy

in the country.”
The appeal from the group, which is endorsed by Charles Chong (MP and

Vice Chair, ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Mynamar Caucus, Singapore),

Chandrika Yadav (Chief Whip of MPRF, Nepal Parliament), Baroness

Barbara Cox (MP, British Parliament), Dr Tint Swe (MP-elect of NLD,

Burma and Information Minister, National Coalition Govt. of the Union

of Burma), Rev. Achariya (M.P. of Tibetan Parliament in Exile) with

Indian MPs D. Raja, Chandan Mitra, Brinda Karat, Sharad Joshi, Thomas

Sangma etc, concluded appealing New Delhi 'to join and actively engage

with ASEAN and UN in finding ways to urge Burmese SPDC leaders to pave

the way for genuine democracy in Burma'.
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