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ABSDO (Australia)'s Statement on si
Subject: ABSDO (Australia)'s Statement on sixth anniversary of 1990 elections.
STATEMENT ON SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF MAY 27, 1990 ELECTION
Today marks the sixth anniversary of the nationwide general
election held on May 27, 1990. The Burmese population has clearly
expressed their overwhelming support to NLD in the struggle for democracy
On September 18, 1988, the present ruling military junta in
Rangoon, Burma, self-claimed as the State Law and Order Restoration
Council (SLORC) seized the power of the country by armed might, that
resulted in the death of many thousands including a large number of
students and the clergy.
On May 27, 1990, the SLORC held multi-party elections and pledged
the people and the global community to hand over power to the elected
representatives of the people. People voted for NLD (392 out of 485
seats) against the military ruling body during the elections. However,
the SLORC refused to accept the election results and back-tracked on due
process for power transfer to the elected representatives.
Despite the obvious fact that the SLORC is only and illegal
ruling military in Burma, many countries like the ASEAN, Japan and some
western countries are heavily investing in Burma for their self-centered
interests only. They have ignored the prevailing plight of the 43 million
Burmese presently in bondage under the SLORC. Thus, co-operation with
Burma under the SLORC, in any form and guise, certainly augurs ill for
the country and our democratic cause.
With an ultimate aim of unshackling the people from SLORCs
perpetual enslavement, we, in solidarity with our colleagues in the
United States, Canada, India, Thailand and elsewhere, are striving our
best to restore democracy and human rights in our country and firmly
support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD members, in their endeavours to
wrest Burma out of the military yoke and establish national
reconciliation that will lead to internal peace in the country.
Hence, we solemnly urge, the international community and other
countries with vested interests in Burma, the following:
1. To impose international trade sanctions and world-wide arms
embargo on Burma.
2. To affect immediate and unconditional release of all political
detainees including students, clergy and more than 261 political
dissidents recently held in Burma and
3. To exercise effective measure and adequate pressures on the SLORC
to honour the May 27, 1990 election results and empower the elected
representatives of the people, in order that they may affect
political reforms in Burma.
All Burma Students Democratic Organization (Australia)