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LETTER CITY COUNCIL ALKMAAR, THE NE (r)
Subject: Re: LETTER CITY COUNCIL ALKMAAR, THE NETHERLANDS, TO GEN. THAN SHWE
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On 16 Nov 1996 Anja-Sloot@xxxxxxx wrote:
> From: "Anja Sloot-van Dijk" <Anja-Sloot@xxxxxxx>
> Subject: LETTER CITY COUNCIL ALKMAAR, THE NETHERLANDS, TO GEN. THAN SHWE
> Amnesty International group Alkmaar, the Netherlands and the International
> Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Netherlands is very pleased with the recent
> initiative of City Council member H. Eggermont, in order to express the
> concern of the City Council of Alkmaar about the human rights situation in
> Burma, to the authorities of Burma's State Law and Order Restoration Council.
> Herewith we forward the letter of the City Council of Alkmaar, with the names
> of it's members subscribing it.
> We are very interested in the initiatives of any groups or human rights
> organizations working for democracy and human rights in Burma. We would also
> like information on the issue of purchasing local selective legislation.
> Please contact:
> Anja_Sloot@xxxxxxx (Amnesty Int. Group Alkmaar)
> ifor@xxxxxxxxxx (International Fellowship of Reconciliation)
> LETTER FROM CITY COUNCIL ALKMAAR, THE NETHERLANDS, TO GEN. THAN SHWE.
> General Than Shwe, Chairman
> State law and Order restoration Council
> c/o Ministry of Defense
> Signal Pagoda Road
> Union of Myanmar
> Friday 13 November 1996
> Dear General Than Shwe,
> Greetings from the Dutch city of Alkmaar, a city of some 95,000 people in the
> northern part of the Netherlands. This letter is written on behalf of the
> citizens of Alkmaar, by members of the Alkmaar City Council, which governs the
> We are writing to express our concern about the human rights situation inside
> the Union of Myanmar. Well documented reports from bodies such as the United
> Nations and from internationally respected human rights organizations point to
> the existence of serious violations of international law within your country.
> The reports of forced labor, forced relocation, government military operations
> against ethnic minorities, religious discrimination, and the denial of the
> rights to freedom of speech, press and political participation so essential to
> democracy, are very disturbing.
> As governing officials we are convinced of the benefits of democracy. The
> corner stone of democracy is respect for human rights. We welcomed your
> government's release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi last year, as did the entire
> international community. This release was an important first step in
> establishing democracy in the Union of Myanmar.
> Yet we are aware that there are hundreds of political prisoners who remain
> unjustly imprisoned within Myanmar, and that international norms of human
> rights are violated daily within your country. We respectfully request that
> your government continue its steps towards democracy and respect for human
> rights by releasing such prisoners, whose only "crime" has been the nonviolent
> exercise of their basic human rights.
> Respectfully yours,
> H. Eggermont
> member City Council Alkmaar.
> Names of subscribing City Council members:
> * G.P. van den Berg
> * S.H. Binnendijk
> * mw. J. Blom
> * mw. M.N. Bolte
> * J.J.A. Brons
> * R. Diktas
> * A.J. Dingerdis
> * drs. B.S. Dobber
> * A.J. Douma
> * J. Douma
> * D.W. Driessen
> * H.A. Eggermont
> * G.J. v. Elk-Kalkhuis
> * A.J. Epskamp
> * A.A.J. Giling
> * A.M. Godijn
> * D. Graatsma
> * W.B. van der Ham
> * mr. K.L.R. Ho-ten-Soeng
> * V.H. Kloos
> * drs. J. Klooster
> * A.J. Leek
> * mw. A.M.C. Levijn-Rademaker
> * A.C. Lind
> * drs. M.M.C. Maassen
> * T.K.C. Stom
> * dr. J. Talsma
> * mw. mr. L.B. Vellenga-van Nieuwkerk
> * mw. G.C.J. Verwoort
> * C.G. van Vliet
> * mw. drs. M.M.C. Wingen
> * R.J.G. Bandell (chairman and Mayor)
> * J.C.M. Cox (Secretary General)