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Nov. 16-17 Burma Study/Action Week
- Subject: Nov. 16-17 Burma Study/Action Week
- From: brelief@xxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 07:00:00
Subject: Nov. 16-17 Burma Study/Action Weekend in Kyoto
Burmese Relief Center Japan
266-27 Ozuku-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara-ken 634, Japan
Tel: (07442) 2-8236 Fax: (07442) 4-6254
Burma Study/Action Weekend
November 16-17, 1996
Takaradera, Yamazaki, Kyoto, Japan
One year ago, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said,
"I have been released. That is all. Nothing has changed."
Nothing has yet improved; in fact, the situation has gotten even worse.
Burma's most prominent democracy leader has been released from house arrest,
but she is not free
to travel the country, or even to meet with the people. Unquestionably, the
overall human rights situation in Burma is worsening:
Top leaders, and hundreds more members of the National League for Democracy
have been arrested without charge. Several political prisoners have died in
detention. The Rangoon office of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) remains closed because the military junta refuses to allow the
organization access to Burma's notoriously brutal detention centers.
SLORC has resumed offensives against ethnic minority groups, including the
People's Party, which signed a cease-fire agreement with the SLORC in March
1995. A dry-season offensive against the Karen appears in the offing.
There are more refugees sheltering in the jungle along the border than ever
Tens of thousands of villagers have been forcibly relocated in Shan and
Karenni States. Thousands more have been taken from their homes and fields
to work for the army. Many have died from beatings and exhaustion.
Documented evidence of slave labor is overwhelming.
SLORC is continuing its sham National Convention to draft a constitution to
give the military the
major political role in Burma.
In spite of pleas from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Japanese government (JICA
and JETRO) is
increasing assistance to the SLORC.
Boycott Visit Myanmar Year
To line their pockets and to fund their oppression, SLORC has declared
this year "Visit Myanmar
Year." Burmese Relief Center Japan can give you hundreds of good reasons
why not to visit
Myanmar until Democracy comes.
Save the Salween Damn the Dams
Burmese Relief Center Japan is continuing a campaign to stop the damns
planned for the Salween River which would be a disaster for the Karen, Pa'O,
and Karenni ethnic minorities and their rich teak forested homelands.
Stop the Pipeline
Burmese Relief Center Japan joins the Rainforest Action Network in
opposing the Nat Ei Taung Gas Pipeline being built to benefit SLORC,
Thailand, Total, and Unocal at tragic cost to the environment and the Mon,
Karen, and Tavoyan peoples of Mon State.
Well-informed Action is Effective
Burmese Relief Center Japan in cooperation with the Burma Youth Volunteer
hold the seventh annual Burma Study/Action Weekend to consider the current
situation in Burma and to discuss avenues for action. The program will
include videos, slides, and discussions with visiting Burma experts and
BRC-J members who have recently returned from the border. Hand-outs,
reprints, and newsletters with the most up-to-date information on all
Burmese issues will be provided.
environment imprisonment torture porterage
human rights monks and Buddhism
narcotics deforestation natural resources
National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma foreign governments
ASEAN Thailand forced repatriation UNHCR investments
malaria dry-season offensive constructive engagement
border camps relief medicine clothes orphanages clinics
self-sufficiency development education maternity and child care
WHAT CAN WE DO?
medical assistance relief regular donations fund raising
letter campaigns petitions posters
political pressure boycotts demonstrations
handwoven Karen jackets Burmese delicacies Shan bags
raw silk scarves Karenni blankets longyis T-shirts keychains
handwoven chopsticks cases magic bags hand-painted greeting cards
hand-carved teak jewelry postcards telephone cards note cards
books video tapes cassettes of Burmese music
All proceeds, of course, will be used to help the Burmese
Schedule and Directions
Activities will begin early Saturday afternoon and continue until Sunday
afternoon. Burmese vegetarian meals and Burmese refreshments will be
provided. Discussion will be in English, Japanese and Burmese.
Come when you can; stay as long as you can. Historic, scenic Tenno-zan
merits notice as
well, so plan time for a hike!
Takaradera, a Shingon temple with important cultural properties, is in
Yamazaki between Kyoto
and Osaka and can be reached by either JR or Hankyu. Some Rapid Service
(kaisoku) stop at JR
Yamazaki, but only the local (futsu) stops at Hankyu Oyamazaki. From Hankyu
Oyamazaki Station, first walk to JR Yamazaki Station (about five minutes).
>From JR Yamazaki Station cross the tracks and go STRAIGHT up the hill.
(After you cross the tracks, DO NOT TURN RIGHT. That takes you around the
hill to the Tenno-zan cherry trees.) You will pass one temple before you
reach the gate of Takaradera on the right. By car, continue past the stairs
and turn right, going around the main gate. The parking lot is on the left.
The fifteen-minute walk up is quite steep. A taxi from either station costs
about 750 yen. (The taxi stand at Hankyu Oyamazaki Station is not right at
the station. You have to walk along the road to the left after you come out
of the station.)
Participation fee: 10,000 yen (includes a donation)
For reservations, please contact:
BURMESE RELIEF CENTER JAPAN
Ken and Visakha Kawasaki, 266-27 Ozuku-cho, Kashihara, Nara 634
Tel: (07442) 2-8236, Fax: (07442) 4-6254, E-mail: brelief@xxxxxxx
Takaradera telephone number: (075) 956-0047 (for directions to the temple;
NOT for reservations!)