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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rights Violatons Increasing, Urges Close Monitoring of Situation

Thursday, April 24 2008, 06:15 PM EDT
Deeply concerned over the likelihood of human rights violations blatantly increasing and persecution of democratic and ethnic opposition widening as the referendum approaches, the NCGUB calls on governments, the United Nations, and the international community at large to closely monitor the political and human rights situation in Burma and use their resources to protect the people from being intimidated, harassed, and bullied.

NCGUB Sees Rights Violations Increasing, Urges Close Monitoring of Situation

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, and all other major democracy and ethnic organizations have called on the nation to vote "No" in the upcoming referendum and reject the draft constitution that the Burmese regime has unilaterally written to perpetuate military rule in the country.

Foreseeing stiff opposition from the democracy and ethnic organizations, the military regime has alerted its armed forces, police and riot police forces, and its "auxiliary forces" -- the Union Solidarity and Development Association, Swan Arr Shin thug groups, Fire Services Department, the Corrections Department, and even the Red Cross and GONGOs -- asking them to be "combat ready" for drastic action against public unrest.

Presently these junta-affiliated forces are being used to intimidate, harass, and silence the opposition. The following sequence of recent perverse actions clearly indicate that the junta will resort to all means to ratify its constitution and stay in power: Ten NLD members from Thingangyun, Yenangyaung, and Taungup were taken into custody for wearing "No" T-shirts in public and/or opposing the junta's constitution; solo protestor against high prices U Ohn Than was given life sentence to serve as a warning to would-be protestors; and Human Rights Defender U Myint Aye of Myenigon, NLD Township Chairman U Myint Hlaing of Hlaingthaya, and NLD Member U Tin Yu of the same township were brutally attacked in separate incidents by assailants.

Deeply concerned over the likelihood of human rights violations blatantly increasing and persecution of democratic and ethnic opposition widening as the referendum approaches, the NCGUB calls on governments, the United Nations, and the international community at large to closely monitor the political and human rights situation in Burma and use their resources to protect the people from being intimidated, harassed, and bullied.

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