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NLD Statement 113 in English
National League for Democracy
No: (97/b) West Shwegondine Road
STATEMENT 113 (11/98)
1. Having its goal as the establishment of a democratic system in the
country, the National League for Democracy sought and obtained
registration as a political party on 27 September 1998 under the
Political Parties Registration Law which was promulgated by the rulers
who assumed state powers. The provision of Chapter 2, Section 3 read:-
" x x x x x x Application for registration by any one of the following
organisations is prohibited-
(a) An organisation declared to be an illegal association under any of
the laws in force,
(b) An organisation that is engaged in armed insurrection against the
(c) An organisation that directly or indirectly receives and utilises
any moneys, buildings, motor vehicles, or any other property belonging
to the state,
(d) An organisation that directly or indirectly receives and utilises
any moneys, or properties or support from a foreign government or
religious body or any other organisation,
(e) An organisation that misuses religion for political gain,
(f) An organisation whose membership comprises any member of the
peoples' armed force, peoples' police force or other security forces,
any person working in the civil service, state owned commercial
enterprises, boards or corporations earning salaries the state treasury,
2. The National League for Democracy obtained registration because there
was no infringement of any of the above prohibitions. This means that
registration would not have been obtained had there been a single
infringement at the time of application and can be cancelled if a
subsequent infringement occurred.
3. Registration of the National League for Democracy automatically
includes the registration of the Central Head Office, the branches at
all levels, States, Divisions, Townships, Wards/Villages, the different
classified sections and wings established by the central body such as
the farmers, the workers, the traders, the women and the youth.
4. The demolition and destruction of the limbs of an organisation
established in conformity with the provision of law made by the rulers,
through the military intelligence services that are under their control,
without any legitimate cause is a violation of law by the law makers
5. The diabolical methods employed by the military intelligence
personnel in their acts of destruction are as given hereunder:-
(1) NLD MPs elect who are holding positions of Chairman or Secretary of
organising committees at township level have been unlawfully arrested
and remain imprisoned for no legitimate reason.
(2) Non MPs elect holding positions of Chairman or Secretary and all
members of organising committees in that township have been similarly
arrested and remain imprisoned.
(3) Instead of honestly admitting these facts they are deceitfully
broadcasting that consultations are taking place. What is really
happening is that interrogations are conducted in a similar manner to
persons committing crimes. No courtesy or consideration is shown towards
the individuals in accordance with their positions or gender. The
attitude and manner of the interrogators is base and vindictive.
(4) Permission for families to visit them at the holding stations have
been granted to some but not to all. The crafty and foul methods
employed are intended to cause division and discontent among the members
of the NLD.
(5) By the use of force, threats, intimidation and torture they are made
to resign their positions in the organising committees and from the NLD.
Our information is that some have been beaten.
(6) Obstructive tactics are used against the families so that they are
disadvantaged in matters relating to their jobs and personal well-being.
(7) Where members and relatives of the families concerned are holding
government positions, they are forced to resign and illegally dismissed
or they may be transferred to outlandish posts.
(8) NLD members are illegally evicted from premises that are
state-owned in violation of the tenancy laws that are in force.
(9) NLD branches that have been unable to effectively function for many
years have been made to close down to give the appearance that there has
been a voluntary dissolution.
6. Other tactics employed are through a deliberate campaign by the
Military Intelligence personnel who call at the homes and apply pressure
by telling lies and threats to dismember the organisation such as:-
(1) The elderly members of the NLD should resign because the NLD had no
use for them.
(2) When the NLD was dissolved, the members would all be sentenced to 7
years imprisonment and that it could be worse later. That the NLD would
soon be dissolved by the authorities.
(3) That before matters got worse, the MIS was giving this warning.
Later they would not be in a position to do anything.
(4) We, the Military Intelligence, are not telling you to resign.(note-
it is only a matter of giving illegal pressure)
(5) There is no meaning in remaining a member of the NLD. It lowers the
reputation of the locality.
(6) If you resign you will be given equal privileges in social and
economic matters. Some members have been falsely promised a sum of two
million Kyats to get their resignations.
(7) Even if foreign ships enter Burma's waters, things will not change.
(8) Some village councils have issued notices to members stating date,
time and place and required them to attend at specified military
intelligence units. This can be only for the purpose of obtaining
7. The military intelligence personnel have taken it upon themselves to
individually campaign against the NLD by phone calls and house visits
four or five times a day to apply pressure and get resignations which
reveals with what hatred and venom they regard the organisation.
8.(a) Members of the NLD have resisted all pressure from the authorities
for ten whole years because of their strong conviction and determination
to obtain democracy and human rights for their country. This needs to be
commended and we do so accordingly.
(b) Until and unless democracy and human rights are attained there is no
hope for stability, prosperity or social advancement for this country.
Democracy is our goal. Those who are placing obstacles in the path of
attaining democracy are solely responsible for lack of progress in the
(c) Democratic countries are enjoying economic and social advancement
and these democratic countries are the ones who are assisting the
9. (a) The demolition and destruction of NLD branches in the township by
the military intelligence services is unlawful. The NLD has legally
constituted in accordance with the provision of law decreed by the
authorities and for the military intelligence to wilfully adopt crafty
and evil methods to dismember the organisation is disgraceful and
roundly denounced by us. We condemn all illegal, and unlawful use of
power and exercise of authority by the military intelligence services.
All such operations can never be for the advancement of peace and
stability of the country.
(b) We urge the higher echelons in the military intelligence services to
order their underlings to immediately stop their illegal activities. If
they fail to do so the responsibility for consequential events will be
their entire responsibility.
10. We place on record the determination and laudable stand taken by the
members of the NLD who have not caved in despite the pressure and
persecutions rained on them by the military intelligence. Our
congratulations to the organising committee members for their courage
and persistence. We urge all our NLD MPs elect, members of organising
committees and ordinary members to strictly and steadfastly abide by our
policies and convictions with great determination and discipline.
Central Executive Committee
National League for Democracy
26 November 1998
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