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Boycott Ericsson's Mobile Phone

!Boycott Ericsson's Mobile Phone!

Ericsson Australia is the largest supplier of cellular phones in Burma.
Ericsson has been selling cellular phones and Advanced Mobile Phone
Systems(AMPS) in Burma since November 1992. Ericsson Australia even
maintained an office
in Rangoon to look for future opportunities. 
While in most countries, the arrival of new communications technology is
hailed as a great step forward, for the people of Burma advanced
telecommunications equipment provides the military junta known as the State
Law andOrder Restoration Council(SLORC) an effective tool for oppression.
The SLORC's pervasive human rights abuse extensively documented by the
Unite Nations, Amnesty International and the Australian government,
civilians are routinely used by the army as forced labour, ethnic groups
are persecuted and democracy activists are subjected to years of
The SLORC continue to rule the country illegitimately after refusing to
transfer power to the National League for Democracy which won 82% of the
vote in
the 1990 elections. The SLORC spends 50% of the government's annual budget
on the army. 
The average Burmese person does not have access to mobile phones. Four
decades of brutal military dictatorship accompanied by gross mismanagement
of the Burmese economy has reduced Burma to the sinus of least developed
Many places atill do not have ordinary telephones.Only the military elite
and their business partners can afford the luxury of a mobile phone.



General Secretary
All Burma Students' Democratic Organization
Ph;(02)95793847 / (02)96462614


> From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
> To: Recipients of burmanet-l <burmanet-l@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: U.S. May Delay Tibet Post Until Jiang Visit
> Date: Friday, October 24, 1997 9:15 AM
> U.S. May Delay Tibet Post Until Jiang
> Visit 
>                                  06:54 a.m. Oct 23, 1997 Eastern 
>                                  By Jim Wolf 
>                                  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Clinton
> administration still plans to name a ``special coordinator''
>                                  for policy on Tibet but may delay until
> Chinese President Jiang Zemin ends a visit here next week,
>                                  the State Department said Wednesday. 
>                                  China, which put down a popular
> uprising in the Himalayan land of Tibet in 1959, has denounced
>                                  the planned appointment as meddling in
> its domestic affairs. 
>                                  Nevertheless, Secretary of State
> Madeleine Albright tentatively intended to create and fill the new
>                                  State Department job by her
> self-imposed deadline of Nov. 1, James Rubin, the department
>                                  spokesman, told reporters. 
>                                  But he left open the possibility that
> the administration might miss that deadline, perhaps by just a
>                                  day or two, to avoid souring Jiang's
> U.S. tour, the first by a Chinese chief of state in 12 years. 
>                                  ``Secretary Albright does intend to
> follow through on her commitment and name a special
>                                  coordinator on Tibet by the stated
> timeframe,'' Rubin said at his daily briefing. 
>                                  Pressed on whether Albright might delay
> the announcement by a matter of days to avoid ruffled
>                                  feathers, Rubin replied: ``I'm not
> going to rule out for all time that it won't be at 12:01 on November
>                                  2nd, or November 1st, but her intention
> is to meet the commitment.'' 
>                                  Jiang, who arrives in Hawaii on Sunday
> on the first stop of his seven-day visit, is scheduled to meet
>                                  Clinton at the White House on Oct. 29
> before continuing on to Philadelphia, New York, Boston and
>                                  Los Angeles. He flies home from
> California Nov. 2. 
>                                  Both U.S. and Chinese officials hope
> Jiang's visit will end the eight years of frostiness that have
>                                  followed China's suppression of the
> Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement. 
>                                  Referring to the 12-year gap since the
> last visit by a Chinese chief of state, Jeff Bader, director of
>                                  Asian affairs at the National Security
> Council, said this was an ``unnatural state of affairs for two
>                                  great nations.'' 
>                                  In a briefing for reporters, he said
> the Clinton administration looked on the visit as a ``first step'' in a
>                                  long-term process of improving ties. He
> declined to discuss whether the administration was mulling
>                                  putting off the appointment until after
> Jiang left the country. 
>                                  Rubin said the administration still had
> not settled on its choice to fill the new job ``and you need to
>                                  figure out who the person is before you
> can figure when you'll announce it.'' 
>                                  Albright has been discussing the
> appointment with Samuel Berger, President Clinton's national
>                                  security adviser, among others, Rubin
> added. 
>                                  Earlier in the day, a Chinese embassy
> spokesman told reporters at a briefing on Jiang's visit that
>                                  Beijing had made ''representations'' to
> the United States to protest the creation of the new State
>                                  Department slot. 
>                                  Describing Tibet as part of Chinese
> territory since the 13th century, Yu Shuning, an embassy
>                                  counselor, said the appointment
> constituted ``interference in our internal affairs.'' 
>                                  Albright has said a ``central
> objective'' of the new job would be to promote substantive dialogue
>                                  between the Chinese government and the
> Dalai Lama or his representatives. 
>                                  The Dalai Lama, a Nobel peace-prize
> winning Buddhist monk, fled his Himalayan homeland after
>                                  the failed 1959 anti-Chinese uprising.
> He heads a government in exile in India and has been
>                                  seeking greater autonomy for Tibet. 
>                                  At a meeting with the Dalai Lama in
> Washington in April, Clinton promised he would press Jiang at
>                                  the summit to negotiate with the Dalai
> Lama on resolving their differences. 
>                                  The new ``special coordinator'' will
> also ``vigorously promote the U.S. policy of seeking to protect
>                                  the unique religious, cultural and
> linguistic heritage of Tibet, and pressing for improved respect for
>                                  human rights,'' Albright said in a July
> 29 letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman
>                                  Jesse Helms. 
>                                  In a reminder to Albright sent Oct. 6,
> Helms, a North Carolina Republican, said he believed and
>                                  hoped that the appointment of a
> high-level official to the new job would ''change the course of
>                                  Tibet's tragic history.'' 
>                                  Advocates of greater Tibetan self-rule
> have been pressing the administration to fill the new job in
>                                  time to play a role at the summit. 
>                                  ``This person needs to be part of
> whatever discussions take place on Tibet at the summit and
>                                  surrounding the summit,'' said John
> Ackerly of the International Campaign for Tibet, a lobbying
>                                  group in Washington with ties to the
> Dalai Lama's government in exile.