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Letter to Australian Prime Minister (r)
Subject: Letter to Australian Prime Minister.
LETTER TO AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER
The Hon. John Howard, MP Central Committee
Prime Minister PO Box 4010
Parliament House Auburn South
Canberra 2600 Vic 3122
Fax: (06) 273 4100
27 May 1996
Dear Prime Minister,
The All Burma Students Democratic Organisation (ABSDO) in Australia
welcomes the decision of your government to award Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
(1991 Nobel Peace Laureate) the Companion Order of Australia. This is an
important acknowledgement of the Democratic Oppositions struggle against
the SLORC. We thank you for your governments firm denunciation of the
SLORCs current crackdown and we hope that this move is a sign of
initiating a more forceful policy on this illegitimate regime.
We look to your government to provide further appropriate action to make
it clear to the SLORC that their oppression is not acceptable to the
international community. We urge that your government consider
incremental action against the SLORC as a response to their persecution
of the democratic movement. We would like to suggest that you begin with
closing down the AusTrade office in Rangoon and change the current
Australian policy to one of discouraging trade, as the current policy is
ineffectual in encouraging or informing Australian business about the
corrupt and oppressive nature of SLORC.
This is a crucial time in Burma and the situation is very different
from1988. We have friends in the international community and the worlds
attention focused on Burma now. We request that you do your utmost to
help legitimise the elected representatives of the people of Burma and
design policies to remove the illegal junta. We would like Australia to
be more vocal in criticising SLORC and pushing for reforms in our
Thank you for your support to the democracy movement of Burma.
All Burma Students Democratic Organisation.