Thursday, February 2, 2012
Burmese Delegation at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference
A delegation of the Members of Parliament and a representative of the Women's League of Burma was invited to testify before the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bali, Indonesia, when the IPU held its 116th Assembly.
The delegation of Members of Parliament-elect from Burma and a representative of the Women's League of Burma attended a hearing of the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians held in conjunction with the 116th IPU Assembly in Bali, Indonesia, 28 April to 1 May.
The delegates were U Bo Hla Tint, MP and member of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB); Dr. Sann Aung, MP and NCGUB member; U Win Hlaing, member of the Members of Parliament Union - Burma; Ms L. Dwelling, member of the Women's League of Burma; and Dr. Myint Cho, member of the NCGUB Foreign Affairs Committee.
At the hearing, members of the delegation testified about the continued persecution and detention of elected representatives by the Burmese military regime and the Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Senator Drilon of the Philippines, drafted a Burma resolution which was adopted by the IPU Assembly.
The IPU also sponsored a Burma Exhibition about 12 Burmese elected representatives who continued to be detained in prison. The exhibition was jointly presided over by Mr. Agung Laksono, speaker of the House of Indonesian Parliament, and Senator Drilon from the Philippines, while Indonesian Representatives Mr. Djoko Susilo and Mr. Marzuki Darusman, also attended the opening ceremony.
At the exhibition, brief biographies of the 12 Burmese MPs still in jail, notes of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's speeches, and updated situation of Burma were displayed on six huge poster boards. Postcards produced by IPU calling for the release of the detained 12 Burmese MPs were also distributed to the MPs attending the IPU Assembly.
This is the first time that the IPU has allowed a sideline Exhibition or Information Booth at its assemblies, pointing to the fact that the IPU considers the situation in Burma to be very serious.
A Burma Forum entitled: "Military Rule in Burma, Its Effects On the International Community and ASEAN", sponsored by the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus and the NCGUB was also held in the same premises of the IPU Assembly.
About 70 IPU delegates joined the forum which was addressed by the Speaker of the House of Indonesia Parliament who believes Burma has become a threat to the region, that ASEAN should seriously address the situation, and that democracy in Burma is essential for the development of the region.
Among many speakers, U Bo Hla Tint explained about the "Political Implications in Burma and a Glance at The Future", Ms L. Dwelling highlighted "the Plight of Women under Military Rule", Hon. U Win Hlaing spoke under the title, "Looking Inside Burma".