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Letter sent to Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, (r)

Hi Cham,

Ma Ngea Ra!!!
You should contact to Ba Nya(aust).

Par Pa

celsus@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> Dear Minister:-
> We are members of the Mon National Organization of Canada and the
> Karen
> National Organization (B.C).  We belong to the Mon and Karen ethnic
> nationalities of Burma (Myanmar) and have been exercising our right to
> a
> peaceful life since we arrived in Canada after fleeing oppression by
> the
> Burmese military regime know as the State Law and Order Restoration
> Council
> (SLORC).
> Recently we received reports we believe to be reliable and accurate
> from
> the Mon Information Service, as well as a documentation centre, Burma
> Issues, both located in Bangkok, Thailand, that military officials of
> the
> SLORC had ordered Karen and Mon villagers living in Kya-In Seik Kyi
> and Kaw
> Ka Reik Townships of the Karen State to relocate to other areas,
> having
> accused these people of being supporters of insurgent guerillas that
> operate in these areas.  Immediately, many of these same villagers
> left
> their belongings behind and fled to the Thai-Burma border seeking a
> safe
> haven.
> Nevertheless, after crossing into the Umphang district of Tak Province
> in
> Thailand they were informed by officers of the Thai Army that they
> would
> have to return to Burma.  If these people are sent back to Burma
> against
> their will, it will consitute an act of refoulement that is contrary
> to
> international law, because they have taken shelter in Thailand because
> of a
> well-founded fear of persecution by the Burmese Army and the SLORC
> regime.
> We are fearful for the fate of our people should they have to return
> to the
> oppression exercised by the military regime of Burma.  There can be no
> doubt that, if they are repatriated, they will be subjected to forced
> labour and portering, and to extortion, lootings, beatings, rape and
> murder
> that are practised without letup by one of the most repressive
> military
> regimes the world has ever seen.  Members of our two organizations can
> speak from personal experience of what it is to suffer this kind of
> repression.  We cannot see our brothers and sisters returned to Burma
> without doing what we can to save them from this fate.
> On behalf of our people, we urge you as Minister of Foreign Affairs
> for
> Canada, a country known throughout the world as a defender of the
> rights of
> all people to a free and peaceful existence, to exercise your good
> offices
> on behalf of these Karen and Mon villagers, and to do all that is
> within
> your power to ensure that the international conventions protecting the
> rights of refugees are observed in this case.
> Respectfully yours,
> Saw Bee Duu
> Secretary, Karen National Organization (B.C.)
> Cham Toik
> Chairperson, Mon National Organization of Canada
> Vancouver, BC, Canada