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Subject: Meeting of the Council of the Socialist International United

Nations Geneva, 23-24 November 1998 (from CCT)
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<center>Meeting of the Council of the Socialist International

United Nations Geneva, 23-24 November 1998


<center><underline>RESOLUTION ON BURMA


The Council of the Socialist International meeting in Geneva on 23-24
November 1998:

Recognises the Committee Representing the People's Parliament, formed by
the National League for Democracy on 16 September 1998 acquiring the
legal authority of 251 MPs and support of the four non-Burman ethnic
political parties, as the legitimate instrument of the will of the people
of Burma;

Strongly condemns the regime for the recent illegal and arbitrary arrests
of more than one thousand members of the National League for Democracy
including about 200 elected representatives;

Condemns the regime's policy of racially-motivated genocide against the
ethnic people, especially those in Karen, Karenni and Shan States;

Deplores the regime's persecution of Christians and Muslims as well as
the continuing repression of the Buddhist monks;

Welcomes the finding by UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Burma
that human rights abuses in Burma were likely "the result of policy at
the highest level" and that therefore, the regime's officials bear
"political and legal responsibility" for their crimes;

Urges the United National General Assembly (UNGA) and UNCHR adopt
consensus resolutions on Burma that accurately reflect the severity of
the repression in Burma and adequately reflect the international outrage
at the regime's policies;

Call on the Untied National General Assembly and organizations to
authorize member states to take individual actions to pressure the regime
to abide by its UN treaty obligations;

Appeals to the UN Secretary General to bring more pressure to bear on the
military junta by using his good offices, in consultation with Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi, to make significant advances towards the democratization of

Calls on the international community, and Japan in particular, not to
provide any form of financial that directly or indirectly benefits the
regime in Burma;

Calls on the European Union to impose tough trade and investment
sanctions on the regime until there is genuine progress in restoring
democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights in Burma;

Calls on TOTAL of France, UNOCAL of the United States, PREMIER of the
United Kingdom, and MITSUBISHI and NIPPON OIL of Japan to withdraw or
suspend their pipeline operations in Burma and to make amends for the
forced labor and human rights abuses caused by their projects against the
ethnic peoples of Burma;

Strongly urges the military regime in Burma to immediately initiate a
substantive dialogue with the Committee Representing the People's
Parliament before it is too late to prevent another violent social and
political upheaval in Burma, and 

Urges the regime to release all political prisoners, to repeal all
repressive laws, and to stop all the violations of human rights and all
unlawful harassment on NLD members leading to surrendering of their
membership and closing down of NLD offices.


Report of the Special Repporteur on Myanmar, Untied Nations General
Assembly, doc/53/364, 10 September 1998.