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Joint statesment form India
India based Burmese activists have planned to hold a press conference
tomorrow (25.5.96) at press club in New Delhi. The folllowing joint
statesment has been prepared to hand out at the press conference.
The Detailed report will be dispatched immediately after the press
The Joint Statement regarding the SLORCs recent crackdown on
NLD MPs and Supporters
Date.: 25 May 1996.
1. The military rulers of Burma has recently arrested and detained
over 220 MPs and supporters of NLD, preventing them from
attending the party conference scheduled to hold on 26-28 May,
1996 at the residence of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
2. This arbitrary arrests clearly reveal the regimes attempt to
impose restrictive measures on a legally founded political party
in order to bar its freedom and to prolong the military
machinery of the rulers.
3. Forth coming 27th May, 1996 marks the sixth anniversary of the
multi-party general elections in which NLD won a landslide
victory. It is well known to all that SLORC failed to keep its
words for numerous times and neglected to hand over the power
to the winning party in spite of several appeals and demands
from both the Burmese opposition groups as well as international
communities and bodies.
4. A constant observer of Burmese situation can easily see that the
recent crackdown of SLORC upon peoples elected Mps is
another preventing and barbaric step of military junta to bring
democracy in Burma and dissuade the Burmese people and entire
international community as well.
5. In stead of entering a face to face tripartite dialogue offered by
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led democratic forces and ethnic leaders,
the SLORC has ignored and keep on implementing all measures
and tactics which prevents from the way to restoration of multi
party democracy and national reconciliation.
6. We, the pro-democracy activists based in India unitedly condemn
the such illegal, unlawful and irresponsible steps of the SLORC.
Its recent crackdown on NLD MPs and activists is totally
contradictory to democracy and human rights.
7. As such we urge the entire nations in general and India, the
largest democratic country of the world in particular, to
denounce the unlawful steps of SLORC and stop all sorts of
their economical and diplomatic ties with the military junta
which has very obstinately turn its deaf ear towards any appeal,
request and demands of Burmese people and international
community as well.
8. At the same time, we strongly support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
endeavouring to assemble the elected representatives of NLD to
chalk out the ways and means for the restoration of multi-party
democratic system and genuine peace in Burma.
9. Once again, to this statement, we jointly appeal to peace,
freedom and justice loving people of the world to come forward
and extend their effective and practical supports for the cause of
the restoration of democracy and basic human rights in Burma.
10. We firmly demand the SLORC :
- for the immediate and unconditional release of the detained MPs
and supporters of NLD as well as all political prisoners .
- for its non-interference into the legal and political rights of
NLD, the winning party of the 1990 general elections.
NLD/LA (Western Sector) DSB
FTUB (West Burma) CSU