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Regular UN Engagement, Monitoring of Human Rights in Burma Urged

Friday, October 12 2007, 10:12 PM EDT
The NCGUB humbly salutes the people of Burma whose courage, determination, and sacrifice have helped expose to the world the true deplorable features of the Burmese generals who would resort to all means, including the killing of religious leaders, to maintain their power. The UNSC Presidential Statement, endorsed by all 15 member nations of the UN Security Council, therefore constitutes a tribute to these heroes of Burma as well as a warning to the Burmese generals to change their ways. (NCGUB)

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
Press Release
October 12, 2007

Regular UN Engagement, Monitoring of Human Rights in Burma Urged


The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) warmly welcomes the Presidential Statement of the United Nations Security Council of 11 October 2007 and the formation of a "Core Group for Burma" which reflect concerns of the international community over the Burmese military's use of brute force against peaceful demonstrators, which left many people, including monks, dead and injured and thousands imprisoned without due process of law.

The NCGUB humbly salutes the people of Burma whose courage, determination, and sacrifice have helped expose to the world the true deplorable features of the Burmese generals who would resort to all means, including the killing of religious leaders, to maintain their power. The UNSC Presidential Statement, endorsed by all 15 member nations of the UN Security Council, therefore constitutes a tribute to these heroes of Burma as well as a warning to the Burmese generals to change their ways.

The statement also highlights the most serious concerns of the people of Burma:

1. An "early release" of all political prisoners and detainees
2. "Genuine" dialog between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, all concerned parties, and ethnic leaders "with the direct support of the United
Nations"
3. National reconciliation and peaceful solution

For the people of Burma to achieve these aspirations and progress made according to the UNSC Presidential Statement, UN engagement with the Burmese junta needs to be consistent. This can only be attained by the institutionalization of UN facilitation process and continuing presence of the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser or his representative in Burma.

Furthermore, since NCGUB believes that political progress can never be assured unless human rights conditions improve, the UN Human Rights Special Repporteur for Myanmar must be able to perform his mandate of human rights investigation and monitor the implementation of the resolution adopted by the Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council
on Myanmar.

Most importantly, it is imperative to ensure that the Burmese military junta complies with the framework of conditions set and at a pace expected by the people of Burma and the UN Security Council. The clock should start ticking now and the world must be prepared to act if otherwise.

The NCGUB wishes to express its deep appreciation to all UNSC member nations, countries that have persistently shown concern over the injustices being committed in Burma, and all individuals who have gone out of their way to empathize with the plight of our people. The special adviser to the UN Secretary-General, Mr Gambari, will soon embark on another mission of peace for Burma and the NCGUB wishes him every success in his endeavors. The people of Burma will prevail!
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